Poetics of Evidence: Ammiel Alcalay in conversation with Hana Morgenstern


Location: Live on Zoom


Poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar Ammiel Alcalay teaches at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include After Jews and Arabs, Memories of Our Future, Islanders, neither wit nor gold: from then, from the warring factions, and a little history. Recent books include the co-edited A Dove in Flight: Poems by Faraj Bayrakdar, with Shareah Taleghani and the New York Translation Collective; a poem sequence, Ghost Talk, and A Bibliography for After Jews & Arabs. He has written and been active on the question of Palestine for decades and, during the wars in ex-Yugoslavia, he was one of the main conduits for translations from Bosnia. He is a contributing editor of The Markaz Review and was given a 2017 American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation for his work as founder and General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.

Dr. Hana Morgenstern is a scholar, writer and translator. She is Associate Professor in Postcolonial and Middle East Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Newnham College, co-founder and co-director of the Revolutionary Papers project, co-convener of the Archives of the Disappeared and Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance research seminars. Dr. Morgenstern is convener of the Postcolonial Paper at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Cultural Co-resistance in Palestine/Israel: Collaboration Under Colonialism.

Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance, launched by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, is a research collective and lecture series co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and housed at the newly launched Initiative on Race and Resilience, directed by Mark Sanders, Professor of English and Africana Studies. The series focuses on the study of literatures that have been shaped by territorial and linguistic politics, colonialism, military domination, and gross human rights violations. We aim to theorize new modes of contemporary literary resistance across national borders, nurture scholars and writers of color, and cultivate intersectional coalition building.