Benjamin and the 'Tradition of the Oppressed'
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Apr 9, 2016 6:00–8:00pm
Organized by: AUC Downtown
Venue: AUC Downtown
Address: 113 Kasr El Aini St., Downtown Cairo, Egypt

Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square
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Hakem Al-Rustom
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology
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As part of the Theory and Practice Workshop 2015 - 2016 theme "Walter Benjamin as Historian",  Sami Khatib from the Center of Arts and Humanities at the American University in Beruit will deliver a lecture on the "Tradition of the Oppressed."

If the “tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living,” as Marx wrote in the Eighteenth Brumaire (1852), also the tradition of the oppressed will haunt all attempts to repress it completely and erase its experience in the linear continuum of “victor’s history.” But how are we to pass on an oppressed tradition? How can the tradition of the oppressed be recalled, actualized and “worked through?”

The Theory and Practice Workshop is generously supported by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at AUC and the Mellon Foundation.