The Syria International – Robin Yassin-Kassab

 

Why should the world be interested in Syria at all? Is the world interested, at what level? What are the existing internationalist networks that work with and for Syrians today, and how effective are they? How can Syria inform a radical critique of classical forms of postcolonial, anti-imperialist, and left-wing oppositional movements? More about the event.

Syria: between political catastrophe and cultural resilience – Karam Nachar

 

While the Syrian war seems to embody all that is complex, alien, and thus incomprehensible about the Middle East, the five-year-old brutal conflict can in fact be explained through a set of global historical factors that emanate from the world made by Europe in the wake of World War One. This talk will shed light on some of these global factors and their local manifestations, all while emphasising their inherently contradictory nature: destabilising Syrian politics to the point of disaster, while generating much cultural angst and productivity. More about the event.

Misreading Syria: Sectarian Secularism – Thomas Pierret

Persistent claims that the Syrian regime is “non-sectarian” result from a failure to distinguish between sectarianism as an explicit ideology, and sectarianism as an often unspoken technique of power. Whereas the Assad family has generally purported to act in the name of “national unity”, and accordingly minimised discursive expressions of sectarianism, its actual practices throughout the last five decades have consisted in the systematic manipulation of sectarian divides for the purpose of regime survival. More about the event.

The Question of Syria – Syria Are… | Media Roundup

In case you missed The Question of Syria – Syria are.., here is a snapshot of the event’s media coverage; the main articles and interviews with our guests (in Norwegian): – Ingen løsning med Assad – Mazen Darwish, Dagsavisen Den internasjonale debatten om Bashar al-Assads rolle i framtidens Syria har …

Keynote Speech by Mazen Darwish

Mazen Darwish, one of Syria’s most prominent human rights activists, gave a speech about his experience in Syria before and after the revolution as a human rights advocate. Afterwards, Darwish was interviewed by the Norwegian journalist and author Åsne Seierstad.   Mazen Darwish is a Syrian lawyer and free speech …

Syria Are… – The Question of Syria

Last year, SPACE organized The Question of Syria engaging Norwegians in the struggle of Syrians through panels that focused on the political situation, civil society activism, as well as artistic and cultural practices. This year, the unprecedented scale of violence, the military intervention by Russia as well as the diplomatic …

The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution – Sana Yazigi


Sana Yazigi – Oslo, 26 September 2015

There is no political power without control of the archive, if not of memory. Effective democratization can always be measured by this essential criterion: the participation in and the access to the archive, its constitution, and its interpretation” Jacques Derrida

Since March 2011, Syria has witnessed deep cultural mutation; forms of expressions have evolved trying to respond to the eventful Syrian uprising. Artistic and cultural production have been a vital tool of political resistance, and so is archiving this production.

What is the Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution? What are the characteristics of ‘expression’ in times of tyranny and freedom? How do socio-political and cultural factors affect ‘expression’? How do we see the change on people’s ‘expression’ and behaviour since 2011? What would be the role of memory in the future? What is the link between justice and memory?

For more details about the event, please see this page.

Syria’s good guys – Inside a forgotten revolution

By organizing ‘The Question of Syria’, SPACE aims to portray the ongoing, multifaceted Syrian uprising and to introduce the alternative democratic forces in Syria. In addition to the panel discussions and film screenings, we also agreed with the New Internationalist magazine to distribute the magazine’s September edition on ‘Syria’s good …