Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

For close to a century, Arab artists have created comics to reflect on the social and political happenings of their times. In the panels of Arab comics, we find illustrations and stories that creatively engage the British occupation of Egypt, the question of Palestine, the tide of pan-Arabism, authoritarian regimes in Iraq and Syria, commercialization in the Gulf, Civil War in Lebanon, uprisings across the region, and beyond. This spring, the CMES hosts a traveling exhibit that explores the question of what, if anything, is distinctly "Arab" about this popular visual medium through three threads of original and translated comics in Arab countries, spanning from 1920s until today.

Curator Nadim Damluji will speak on Monday, April 18 at 6:00 PM in the CMES., 510-642-8208