Keynote Speaker – Elizabeth S. Kassab

Women in Writing the History of Contemporary Arab Philosophy

Elizabeth S. Kassab taught in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut and Balamand University, and has been a Visiting Professor at a number of Universities in Europe and the US. Her research interests center on Western and post-colonial philosophies of culture, with a particular focus on contemporary Arab thought and philosophy

She talks about Contemporary Arab philosophy. It is a field of study, teaching and research which is a relatively new field in the making. It is an integral part of contemporary Arab thought that needs to be identified and assessed. Writing the history of philosophy and writing intellectual history in general has both intellectual and political significance, especially in the Arab World. Resistance 15 to dictatorship and brutality has often taken the form of alternative intellectual histories shaped in opposition to the one imposed by those in power. Defining one’s intellectual legacy and locating one’s intellectual locality have been significant acts of defiance in the face of forced indoctrination.

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