Rayya El Zein - Our guest in the Dahlem Junior Host Program

12/12/2016 10:00

We are pleased to announce that for December 2016 and January 2017, Rayya El Zein, PhD, is going to join our project as a guest of Kristin Flade. Her stay is facilitated by the generous support of the Dahlem Junior Host Program as part of the work of the Dahlem Humanities Center.


Kristin Flade is a PhD candidate in theatre studies in the ERC project The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre. Her dissertation project “A Good Pain? Artistic Practices in Conflict Zones” examines applied theatre and practices of politically engaged performative arts in Palestine. As a guest Kristin has invited performance scholar Rayya El Zein. Rayya holds a PhD from the City University New York that is entitled “Performing el Rap el ʿArabi 2005-2015: Feeling Politics amid Neoliberal Incursions in Ramallah, Amman, and Beirut”. Together, they will work on the project “Writing Palestine: (Notes) Towards an Ethnography of Political Performance”, drawing on their extensive on-site research experiences in Palestine during which they each encountered methodological and political challenges. Writing about performances under occupation creates unique discursive and methodological opportunities for theatre and performance studies. The dialogue Rayya and Kristin are setting out to have will make use of those opportunities in writing a joint article as well as presenting their thoughts in a public workshop to be held at Freie Universität Berlin.