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Naira Antoun


We Are All Complicit

[Nora Amin's staging of

An Enemy Of The People, written by Henrik Ibsen, dramaturgy/scenography and directed by Nora Amin. Lamusica Independent Theatre Group, Egypt, 2013. I don’t move my chair while watching a play. I don’t tend to wrestle with feelings of guilt watching a performance unfold. But I did both while watching An Enemy of the People at the American University in Cairo’s Oriental Hall on 12 October. Henrik Ibsen's five-act play has been transformed by director Nora Amin and LaMusica ...

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Something of Palestine Emerges

[Still image from Tawfik Abu Wael,

2012 London Palestine Film Festival. 20 April – 3 May 2012. For more information and a complete schedule of films, click here. Each year, for the two weeks of the London Palestine Film Festival, there are a bunch of people whose social life for that fortnight becomes the festival. Others dip in and out, while still others see a Palestinian film or a film about Palestine perhaps for the first time. Each year the program is rich and eclectic, ranging from animations to ...

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Threads of Narrating the Arab Spring

[Photo by Naira Antoun.]

“Narrating the Arab Spring,” Cairo University, 18-20 February 2012 Many of us have spoken and thought about those who we wished would have been present to witness—and perhaps participate in—the revolutions. People we have known and loved, and people we have known from a distance. A woman stands up in a plenary at the “Narrating the Arab Spring” conference simply to say she would have loved it if Edward Said were here; she would have loved to hear and read what he had to say ...

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Naira Antoun


Naira Antoun is a freelance writer and youth worker who works in both formal and informal educational settings. She recently wrote her MA thesis on the framing of the Egyptian uprising as a youth uprising. Naira is a reviews editor for Arab Studies Journal and for the past few years has been one of the organizers of the annual Palestine Society conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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