In this lecture, Professor Aamir Mufti turns to Palestine as image and idea in order to first attempt an inventory of some of its mode of signification and circulation in our world. His ultimate goal is that to suggest some way of understanding the use of Palestine as historical experience for critical thinking in our times. Mufti turns to the elaboration of Palestine in Edward Said’s oeuvre, which undertakes, he argues, a radical refashioning of the meaning of homeland.
This lecture was given at the Edward Said Memorial Conference, which focused on Edward Said’s legacy and paid tribute to the 10th anniversary of his passing. Each day of the conference featured renowned speakers and established academics on Edward Said’s work. Major attention was paid to cultural activities that resounded with Said’s vision in combining scholarship with the Arts so as to support the quest for justice, self-determination and equality.