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

PalREAD aims to tell the story of Palestinian literature by mapping and re-tracing the evolution of Palestinian literary and cultural production 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

PalREAD is a 5-year (2018-2023) European Research Council (ERC) funded project, hosted at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), led by principal investigator Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh

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