Moving Biography: Second Keynote – Contemporary Innovations in Arab Biography

Contemporary Innovations in Arab Biography: A Conversation

Second Keynote Event in the run-up to the Moving Biography Summer School

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 4-6pm Beirut time (GMT+3)
American University of Beirut, IFI Auditorium

In this conversation moderated by Kirsten Scheid, Jean Said Makdisi and Lina Saneh Majdalani reflect on their approaches to biographies, with particular reference to their works Teta, Mother, and Me and Biokhraphia.

Jean Said Makdisi taught English and Cultural Studies at LAU and participated in the theatre there, directing the play Gilgamesh in 1995. She is the author of Teta, Mother, and Me (Saqi Books, 2005) and Beirut Fragments: A War Memoir (Persea Books, 1990), and co-editor of Arab Feminisms: Gender and Equality in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2013).

Lina Saneh Majdalani is a free independent artist and theatre maker. She has written, acted in, and directed several plays, among them: Les Chaises (1996), Ovrira (1997), Extrait d’Etat Civil (2000), Biokhraphia (2002), Who’s Afraid of Representation (2005), and Pixelated Revolution (2012). She has taught at USJ and USEK in Lebanon.

Kirsten Scheid is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Affiliated Faculty in Fine Arts and Art History at AUB.

How to Attend

Live streaming link:

In person: For live attendance at the IFI Auditorium of the American University of Beirut, please note that a full COVID-19 vaccination is necessary.

Cite this blog post
Nadia von Maltzahn (2022, April 13). Moving Biography: Second Keynote – Contemporary Innovations in Arab Biography. LAWHA Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from

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