ebbf basel breakfast - Inclusion Centers on Us
Inclusion Centers on Us
“There is no “us” and “them”—we’re aliens when we can’t identify with others.” – BAHIYYIH NAKHJAVANI
By sharing themes from her latest book, Us&Them, a story of family, migration, and belonging, author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani will discuss the underlying narrative structures that govern our ideas of “who’s in, who’s out,” who’s “right” and who’s “wrong” from a cultural and social standpoint, and what it means to be included or feel excluded. The presentation will highlight how “we” can become “them” at any moment, and will seek to broaden our definition of “us.”
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani was born in Iran, raised in Uganda, and educated in the UK and the States. She has taught English literature at universities in Canada, the US and West Africa, as well as most recently at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, France. She has published four books of non-fiction and four novels including ‘The Saddlebag’ (2000), and ‘The Woman Who Read Too Much’ (2015) and most recently, ‘Us&Them’, a satire about the psyche of the Iranian diaspora. She has also collaborated on various translation projects including ‘Prison Poems’, adapted from the poetry of the Baha’I prisoner of conscience, Mahvash Sabet, recognized by PEN International for her courage. Bahiyyih Nakhjavani was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of Liège, Belgium, in 2007 and currently lives in France.
WHEN: Thursday, 23th November 2017, 07:45 am – 09:00 am
WHERE: Tibits Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant, 1st Fl. Stänzlergasse 4; 4051 Basel
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