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MENA | Palestine in Context | Exile, Palestine, and the Limits of Dissent: Being Syrian in Germany after October 7th

When: Friday, May 24, 2024
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: Norris University Center, Wildcat Room, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: 0

Contact: MENA  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Fine Arts, Social, Global & Civic Engagement


In this conversation, Berlin-based Syrian exile playwright Mohammad Al Attar will explore the current climate for discussions of Israel/Palestine in Germany, as well as his experience using theater to chronicle the Syrian revolution and its aftermaths. 

Mohammad Al Attar is a Syrian playwright and theater maker born in Damascus and based in Berlin since 2016. His plays include Withdrawal (2007), Samah (2008), A Chance Encounter (2011), Online (2011), Look at the Street… This Is What Hope Looks Like (2011), Could You Please Look into the Camera? (2012), Youssef was Here (2013), Antigone of Shatila (2015), While I Was Waiting (2016), Aleppo: A Portrait of Absence (2017), Iphigenia (2017), The Factory (2019), and Damascus 2045 (2021). They have been staged at international theaters and festivals around the world. His most recent work, Yesterday’s Encouter, premiered at the Theater Freiburg in March 2024, and the contemporary opera Searching for Zenobia will be premiering at the Muncher Biennale in June 2024.

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