Lecture by multi-lingual writer and scholar Adania Shibli


The talk highlights methods of visibility and visuality that depart from treating otherness’ as an essential requirement for self-perception; an approach that was largely instigated by Lacan’s concept ‘mirror stage’. Instead, we revisit proposals that locates the self within otherness, by perceiving the self as a reflection of everything. These proposals, spanning from al-Ghazali to Joyce (via Thomas Aquinas), maintain inherent links between nature and culture, and the human and the natural, rather than opposition.

Adania Shibli (1974, Palestine) is a scholar and multilingual writer of award-winning novels, plays, short stories and narrative essays. Shibli’s academic research engages visual culture and since 2013 she has taught in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine. Amongst her non-fiction books are the art book Dispositions (Ramallah: Qattan, 2012), and an edited collection of essays entitled A Journey of Ideas Across: In Dialog with Edward Said (Berlin: HKW, 2014).

Location: Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design, Beaconhouse National University (BNU)

Date: February 13, 2020

In collaboration with Beaconhouse National University
Supported by Goethe-Institut
Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation