Dictionnaire des Orientalistes (suite)

February 1, 2010

How does a book live after its publication?

Last year, I announced  the release of the Dictionnaire des orientalistes de langue française (F. Pouillon ed., Paris, Karthala, 2008).   One year later, the book is almost outsold and received  a deserved (almost unexpected) audience. Therefore the critical work on evaluating orientalism is going on!

– A website has just been launched by the editors: http://dictionnairedesorientalistes.ehess.fr/
It features the life of the book after its publication (reviews, conferences, etc.) and the ongoing continuation of the work started in 2000: exploring new paths, intending reequilibration of the diverse geographical and cultural spaces of orientalism, forgotten names… Still in the making.

– A conference on orientalism 50 years after the Independances, 30 years after Edward Said’s book and polemics is being planned for June 2011 in Paris: “L’orientalisme, et après ? Médiations, appropriations, contestations“. It sounds as a promise for heated debates.

– Notice Robert Irwin’s brilliant review published in the TLS : “Entries for Tintin
(I am a little proud to have co-authored with F. Pouillon the entry on Titin’s father, Hergé.)

Keep updated, more to come.

Another book is starting his life. Pratiques du patrimoine en Egypte et au Soudan (EMA 5-6, Le Caire, Cedej, 2009) is now partly on line on revues.org (click, click). The full version will be available by Decembre 2010, meanwhile the abstracts are published. And it rocks!

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