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Friederike Pannewick: The Poetics and Politics of the Body in Pain. Sinan Antoon’s Novel
The Poetics and Politics of the Body in Pain. Sinan Antoon’s Novel "The Corpse Washer"
(p. 141 – 166)

Friederike Pannewick

The Poetics and Politics of the Body in Pain. Sinan Antoon’s Novel "The Corpse Washer"

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  • performance
  • collective memory
  • Think Art
  • Human rights
  • violence
  • justice
  • politics

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Friederike Pannewick

is Professor for Arabic Literature and Culture at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and member of the board of directors at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. Her edited volumes include Martyrdom and Literature: Visions of Death and Meaningful Suffering in Europe and the Middle East from Antiquity to Modernity (Reichert Verlag, 2004), Conflicting Narratives: War, Violence and Memory in Iraqi Culture (Reichert Verlag, 2012), and Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s (Reichert Verlag, 2015).
Liliana Gómez (ed.): Performing Human Rights

The invisibilization of political violence, its material traces and spatial manifestations, characterize (post)conflict situations. Yet counter-semantics and dissonant narratives that challenge this invisibility have been articulated by artists, writers, and human rights activists that increasingly seek to contest the related historical amnesia. Adopting “performance” as a concept that is defined by repetitive, aesthetic practices—such as speech and bodily habits through which both individual and collective identities are constructed and perceived (Susan Slyomovics)—this collection addresses various forms of performing human rights in transitional situations in Spain, Latin America, and the Middle East. Bringing scholars together with artists, writers, and curators, and working across a range of disciplines, Performing Human Rights addresses these instances of omission and neglect, revealing how alternate institutional spaces and strategies of cultural production have intervened in the processes of historical justice and collective memory.


With contributions by Zahira Aragüete-Toribio, Pauline Bachmann, Vikki Bell, Liliana Gómez, Joscelyn Jurich, Uriel Orlow, Friederike Pannewick, Elena Rosauro, Dorota Sajewska, Stephenie Young.