رام الله – دنيا الوطن أعلن القس البروفيسور متري الراهب مؤسس ورئيس جامعة دار الكلمة، عن بدء التحضيرات لعقد مؤتمر الجامعة الدولي الثالث والعشرين تحت عنوان “الفن والمواطنة”، والمزمع عقده بالفترة من 15-16/12/2021 في حرم الجامعة في بيت لحم، حيث تسعى جامعة دار الكلمة من خلال هذا المؤتمر إلى استضافة نخبة من العلماء والأكاديميين/ات أصحاب العلاقة. و يضاف لذلك أصحاب الخبرات الفنية والإبداعية من المختصين والمهتمين في هذا المجال من مختلف أنحاء العالم من أجل تبادل الخبرات العلمية والثقافية والفنية، وتفعيل آليات الحوار الثقافي من خلال الاطلاع على تجارب الآخرين، وخلق فضاءات معرفية مشتركة تعزز من حضور القيم الانسانية والثقافية في مواجهة التحديات.
و يهدف المؤتمر إلى تقديم رؤية واضحة وشاملة حول دور الفنون بكافة أشكالها في تعزيز وتجذير مفاهيم المواطنة كأساس للحوار في بناء المجتمعات المدنية، كما ويطرح المؤتمر التساؤلات والمواضيع التالية مدى الحاجة لتكريس الخطاب الفني المعاصر في تعميق قيم المواطنة ومفاهيمها ومدى أهمية تعدد أشكال الدور الذي يمكن لمؤسسات التعليم العالي أن تقوم به في ترسيخ القيم التي ترتبط بالكرامة الإنسانية والتحرر والتعددية والمساواة.
و يأتي هذا المؤتمر ضمن إحتفالية بيت لحم عاصمة للثقافة العربية، وكذلك استكمالا لتوصيات مؤتمر جامعة دار الكلمة الدولي “المواطنة الفاعلة: نحو مجتمعات حاضنة للتعددية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا”. و سيتناول المؤتمر العديد من المحاور البحثية ذات العلاقة بالفن والمواطنة كدور التبادل الثقافي والفني الأكاديمي في تعزيز المواطنة، وقضايا المواطنة في الأفلام العربية، والمسرح وقضايا المواطنة، وكذلك مفاهيم الكرامة – المساواة – والمجتمع المدني في الفنون المعاصرة، والفن والحراك الشعبي وقضايا المواطنة، والفن – المقاومة والمواطنة، ودور الفن في تعزيز المواطنة في الجامعات العربية، بالإضافة إلى محور قضايا المواطنة في أعمال طلبة الفنون، وهذا المحور موجه للطلاب، ذلك أن جامعة دار الكلمة تولي أهمية كبيرة لعرض آراء الشباب وأفكارهم، وذلك لإيمانها بدور الشباب في صنع التغيير.
وبالتزامن مع يومي انعقاد المؤتمر ستقام ثلاث ورش فنية كجزء من المؤتمر، حيث سيعقد في 15/12 ورشة فنية في عمان بالتعاون مع المعهد الملكي للدراسات الدينية، وفي 16/12 سيعقد ورشتين الأولى في غزة، وذلك في مقر جامعة دار الكلمة، والثانية في بيروت بالتعاون مع جمعية دار الكلمة للفنون والثقافة، و سيتم عقد جلسات المؤتمر من محاضرات وندوات وورش عمل وجاهيا، وكذلك عبر تقنية (Zoom).
We are more than pleased to have our Nabad program featured in both the digital and printed versions of Issue 101 of Aesthetica Magazine, Recharge and Reset, p.134.
This edition looks at artists and curators who are initiating change. It includes features on Palm Springs Modernism and on the confrontation of gender imbalance in the gallery setting. Also included are interviews with Berlin-based South African artist Robin Rhode and German architectural photographer and winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award, Andrea Grützner.
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Watch this interview by Elyssar Press with Dr. Mitri Raheb, Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, and Ms. Roula Salibi on “The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” anthology.
The Beirut Call is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.
The book is available in Digital Format and Hard Copy with hardcover. Go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information. Proceeds will help the Nabad program further support artists, small creative enterprises, and arts NGOs in Lebanon.
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“The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change” is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring 21 artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.
Proceeds will help Nabad continue to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.
Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi, Beirut (Lebanon).
“THE BEIRUT CALL…Harnessing Creativity for Change!” is a new anthology in collaboration with @daralkalimauniversity, its program @nabad.art and @elyssarpress, a publishing press in Redlands, CA. Support our Lebanese artists and arts organizations! Follow us @elyssarpress, on facebook @thebeirutcall or go to elyssarpress/the-beirut-call/ for more information. VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH is set for Sunday May 9, 2021 at 10am PST (1pm EST), 8pm Lebanon Time, 6pm UK time, 9pm Dubai time. Sign up here for the event: https://fb.me/e/1XYDoqyim Video Trailer by 5d Studios (5dstudios.org) . Repost Elyssar Press . #nabad #nabad.art #Dar_alKalima_University #elyssarpress #thebeirutcall
How and why did we let ourselves be continuously buried under the rubble? Without implicating ourselves in entrenching the Orientalist caricatures of Southwestern Asian societies as incapable of self-government, there are questions to be asked about quietist and conformist tendencies, about the ostrich-like behavior, and the zombie attitude. These questions do not lend themselves to easy answers. But engaging with them may facilitate critical assessment of the prospects for sustainable change. According to Patricio Aylwin Azocar: “Ordinary men and women may often feel unmotivated to exert their citizenship, either because they cannot tell the difference between the different alternatives, or because they have lost faith in the political classes, or because they feel that the really important issues are not in their power to decide”. As for the well-known poet Adonis, he reproaches the deification of the political party, the ideology, and the community – Adonis opposes the sacralization that colors and creeps into politics, turning parliamentarians, ministers, and other public servants into demi-gods, their ideologies into gospels and political parties into quasi-sects. Indeed, over the past decades, the legacy of multiple wars in Lebanon, including hypermnesia, and paradoxically the tabula rasa mentality and strategy, have produced in the minds of a good many Lebanese the illusion that somehow “somebody” – the warlord, the zaim, the political party, the sectarian community/belonging – but not the State (or the embodiment of the common management of our diversity), can provide for ALL needs, so why make much effort to fulfill what used to be considered in practice (or are considered in the Constitution) the responsibilities of any citizen? As Larbi Sadiki describes Adonis in The Search for Arab Democracy, he is in all of this “an iconoclast”. “His predilection is for fluidity, plurality, and provisionalism”. The icons of Lebanese politics have all cultivated and entrenched political iconolatry, and that iconolatry has been internalized by many Lebanese, thus has weakened the case for citizenship. Adonis’s iconoclasm (desacralization) seems therefore justified, but in my opinion, when it comes to the Lebanese case, iconoclasm is not a generalized rebellion which will not take place given local divisions – and let us not forget the chaotic outcome of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ in most countries where it occurred -, but a change-making process located in multiple local and diasporic social-political struggles already taking place. Agents of dialogue, non-governmental organizations, academics, and activists have been trying their best, especially since the 1990s (and before), to raise awareness about the necessity of reforming the social-political system and of finding solutions to numerous crises such as the economic, environmental, cultural,…; crises of paradigms, identities, difference, indifference, intolerance, belligerence, ignorance, oppression, fanaticism, and of missionary zeal. However, if we want to shift from subjection, autocracy, blind faith, absolutism, fixity, non-participatory polity, and “denizenship” to citizenship and good governance, we will have to crawl out from under the rubble, we will have to desacralize, we will have to become iconoclasts, and by that I mean: we will have to start making use of the energy and creativity of all these agents and encourage new initiatives, to serve our society (and continue on serving) even from afar (Lebanese living in diaspora) while continuing our primary missions, to pull up the stories of people who have been silenced, to harness solidarity into forms of actions that would contribute to the change-making process in an efficient manner, and to redirect the substantial energy of our frustration – when our streets and lives are vanishing under piles of glass, debris and garbage – and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. “If beyond hopelessness there is hope, I am hopeful” (Elias Khoury). And I am calling on my fellow academics and artists to further publicize/disseminate their knowledge as a catalyst for social-political change, to share and continue to share the myriad ways they use their expertise to expand public discourse and promote social justice, human rights, peacebuilding, and alternative diversity management approaches. Intellectual activism or public sociology – or social justice education/ peace education – is an important form of activism that should accompany street protests, boycotts, and demonstrations. It is about the democratization of knowledge, about facilitating other forms of activism by giving people data, symbols, and paradigms they can reference to back up their positions on social and political issues (as Popkewitz and others have noted, “Knowledge provides the principles through which options are made available, problems defined, and solutions considered as acceptable and effective”), by fostering dialogue and constructive criticism. It is about stepping out of the office and putting the accumulated research to use. It is about ‘being academic and artist’ as a social role, not just a job, especially when the silence of many maintains injustice, which it frequently does. True that academia and the arts do more than influence society, they are also shaped by it, they reflect the antagonisms and reproduce them, they are contested sites where various agendas and desires are promoted and through which power circulates to produce and legitimate certain kinds of knowledge, experience and ways of knowing, but academia — and some aspects of artistic production — in Lebanon is also inherently an elitist hierarchical structure and most academics/artists are worried about keeping their jobs, getting tenure and selling their artworks. Furthermore, as Henry Giroux notes, “Neoliberalism assaulted all things public, sabotaged the basic contradiction between democratic values and market fundamentalism (…), it also weakened any viable notion of political agency by offering no language capable of connecting private considerations to public issues…As democratic values give way to commercial values, intellectual ambitions are often reduced to an instrument of the entrepreneurial self, and social visions are dismissed as hopelessly out of date”.
Yet despite these limitations and that of self-enclosure of the Ivory Tower, there are already engaged Lebanese academics and artists, iconoclasts, and they are making a difference, but more need to engage beyond their classrooms, books and academic journals, and ‘ateliers’, to be in the act of researching people, themselves, the dynamics of oppression and the politics of social interactions and injustices, to become aware of the people’s often unknowingly complicit in the process of oppression, to create knowledge in and through meaningful participation and action with others, to bring people together and contribute to finding reasons of solidarity, to transform boundaries into spaces where lives and pedagogies are constructed together in ways that work for social justice and lead to powerful possibilities, and where dialogic and open-ended praxis based on more collaborative and caring relationships is promoted.
*A text by Dr. Pamela Chrabieh — published on August 16, 2020, republished on April 13, 2021.
Dear colleagues and friends, kindly spread the word about our upcoming anthology. “The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change” presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the diaspora, and it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal issues—war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, resilience, artistic activism, human rights, feminism, social justice, intercultural dialogue…—which can be discussed in a range of settings such as in schools and universities, arts & culture workshops and learning programs, youth and community centers, women’s groups, NGOs, as well as alternative education programs.
Proceeds will help Nabad continue to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.
A special thank you to Elyssar Press, Dar Al-kalima University College of Arts and Culture, and our anthology’s esteemed contributors: Mitri Raheb Roula Salibi Joelle Sfeir Nada Raphael Roula-Maria Dib Roula Azar Douglas. Loulou Malaeb Wadih AL-ASMAR Rabih Rached Carmen Yahchouchi Anthony Semaan Omar Sabbagh Nadia Wardeh Katia AH Linda Tamim Faten Yaacoub Reine Abbas Frank Darwiche Dorine Potel Cliff Makhoul
Nabad The Beirut Call cover photo credit Nada Raphael
The Beirut Call, coming out this April 2021, is one of Nabad’s latest projects in Lebanon.
This anthology offers a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion on August 4th of 2020.
Over 20 voices have come together for this publication and proceeds from The Beirut Call will help NABAD continue to fund artists, art NGOs, and locally-owned creative enterprises in Lebanon.
For this publication, Elyssar Press has partnered with the nonprofit Nabad, an outgrowth of the Dar al-Kalima University. We hope this blog serves as a mere introduction to the powerful and critical work that Nabad enables.
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Published by Elyssar Press on March 20, 2021, Redlands-CA, USA.
“Our team has been hard at work finalizing the first anthology that Elyssar Press is publishing. We are honored to be a part of this incredible project. The Beirut Call is a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion on August 4th of 2020.For this publication, we have partnered with the nonprofit Nabad, an outgrowth of the Dar al-Kalima University, College of Arts and Culture. Over 20 voices have come together for this anthology. Proceeds from The Beirut Call will help Nabad continue to fund artists, art NGOs, and locally-owned creative enterprises in Lebanon”.
Our featured author for this week, celebrating #internationalwomensday, is Pamela Chrabieh (@pamelachrabieh), director of Nabad (@nabad.art), a non-profit organization in Beirut, Lebanon, collaborating with Dar El Kalima University and Elyssar Press (@elyssarpress), to put together the new book “The Beirut Call”.
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