Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar

22nd Apr 2015, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Edge Hill University


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Seeing through the Occidentalist Mirror: Towards the Construction of a Maghrebi Occidentalist Discourse – Professor Zahia Smail Salhi

M46, Main Building, Edge Hill University

Edward Said defines Orientalism as a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction made between ‘the Orient’ and ‘the Occident’, and while Orientalism derives from a particular closeness experienced between the Occident and its Orient, we argue that Occidentalism is also the outcome of a long cultural relationship between the Orient and its Occident.

This lecture aims to scrutinize the limitations of ‘Orientalism’ in investigating the East-West encounter from the perspective of the Orient and the multifarious ways this latter relates to and imagines the Occident. It will cast a critical eye of the construction of Occidentalism as a discourse with particular focus on the Maghreb region.

Professor Zahia Smail Salhi is Professor of Modern Arabic Studies and Head of Middle Eastern Studies at Manchester University.

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