University honors Syrian critic Subhi Hadidi for contribution to Palestinian culture

Birzeit University honored the Syrian literary critic, editorialist and translator Subhi Hadidi for defending the Palestinian cause and preserving its culture through his writings and literary criticism, on October 5, 2019. Hadidi is best known for his books “Reading Raymond Williams, After Reading Edward Said” and “Exiles’ Crossings: Mahmoud Darwish and the Lyric-Epic Form.”

Khalid Swaileh, Birzeit University’s vice president for academic affairs, conferred the honorary shield to Hadidi in a ceremony that was attended by Ibrahim Mousa, the dean of the Faculty of Arts; Mohammed Abualrob, the chair of the Media Department; Walidd Shurafa, a faculty member at the department.

After the honoring ceremony, Hadidi, at the invitation of the Faculty of Arts and the Media Department, held at a lecture titled “Edward Said and Jewish Philosophy: Differences and Similarities.”              

Born 1951 in Kamichli, Syria, Hadidi graduated from Damascus University and continued higher studies in France and the UK. Recent publications include “The Novel and the Archive: How History Is Better Narrated?,” “Before the Last Post in Postmodernism,” and “Frantz Fanon and the Postcolonial: Can the Subaltern Speak?” He translated into Arabic several works in the genres history, philosophy, and literary theory and is a regular contributor to the pan-Arab daily Al Quds Al-Arabi, London.