A report on
One of the Pannels of:
The Tenth International symposium
Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th, December, 2010
The International Symposium on Comparative Literature is a biennial event organized by the Department of English language and literature, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University since 1989. Ever since its inception, it has had the privilege of hosting international scholars and intellectuals from allover the world. The symposium this year has ten sessions, presenting around ninety – five papers through ninety – five participants covering various literary and linguistic aspects on the symposium’s topic. There are also three keynote addresses, three panel discussions and two cultural events visiting different parts of Cairo such as Bayt Al – Sehaymi.
The previous symposia have been discussing various issues and themes such as “Images of Egypt” in 1989 …, “Power and the Role of the Intellectual” in 2005 and “ Egypt at Crossroads” in 2008. The theme of this year is “The Marginalized” whether in literature, culture or any other field. The symposium is believed to be an opportunity for scholars and all who believed in the power of humanities to improve the quality of life to indulge in constructive arguments in pursuit of truth. It is also believed that this year’s theme is relevant to the current state of affairs. The symposium seeks to explore different view points about various marginalized voices or examples through the discussed topics raised by different participants in its sessions and panels.
It is worth saying that the symposium of this year is dedicated to the late professor Malak Hashem, whose inimitable spirit and powerful intellect infused past symposia.
Panel I has been on Thursday and it has been chaired by Sahar El Mougy. The topic of the panel has been on “Literature of the Marginalized” and there were six participants in it : Sayed Hegab, Mikkawi Said,...