PalREAD – Country of Words: Reading and Reception of Palestinian Literature from 1948 to the Present


01.04.2018 — 30.04.2023

PalREAD aims to tell the story of Palestinian literature by tracing, collecting, mapping and analyzing the development and evolution of Palestinian literary and cultural production and practices from 1948 to the present across various Arab, European, American, and Latin American countries. 

The project aims to take a holistic approach to researching authors and literary texts: their trajectories, production, reading sites, reception, and circulation. 

PalREAD will seek to gather Palestinian literature-related material on: 

  • Authors 
  • Literary works, especially first editions
  • Literary/cultural publications (newspapers, magazines, journals)
  • Memoirs/autobiographies
  • Book art
  • Pamphlets & brochures
  • Photos
  • Letters
  • Speeches/lectures
  • Political party publications & posters
  • Radio and TV broadcasts of literary/cultural programs
  • Literary festivals, events, conferences, symposiums & meetings
  • Literary awards
  • Literary cafes/salons/spaces
  • Publishers
  • Distributers
  • Bookshops
  • Related film
  • Related art, museums & galleries

by seeking to tap into:

  • Private collections
  • Private libraries & archives
  • Cultural institutions/foundations libraries & archives
  • Political party archives
  • Public/national/institutional libraries & archives


Using the tools of Digital Humanities, material gathered will be made publicly accessible on the project’s searchable online platform. The portal will feature: 

  • Interactive timeline
  • Interactive maps
  • Author biographies and related literary works
  • A large array of digitized difficult-to-access sources & material
  • Podcasts/interviews with authors and cultural figures
  • Scholarly articles & secondary sources
  • Links to relevant online sources