Edward Said, a namesake of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, was one of the founding fathers of post colonial studies, the author of “Orientalism,” a literary and music critic, and an activist. We caught up with Mena Mark Hanna, dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, to talk about the upcoming Edward W. Said days, in honor of the scholar who died in 2003.
The program aims to explore Said’s legacy through lectures, films, music and photography, organized under the theme of “counterpoint.” “Edward Said was very fond of using the term ‘counterpoint’ in his literary writings to describe non-musical things…an idea of dialogue, of equal partnership, creating something together…almost anything that has a plurality of voices can be read as contrapuntal, from Said’s definition,” says Hanna.
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