You are invited to participate in the International Conference titled "Jerusalem in the Eyes of Contemporary World Literature" that will be held between the 4th and the 6th of October 2016 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Jordan, Amman-Jordan. Selected refereed papers of the conference will be published in a special issue of Dirasat, a journal published by the Deanship of Academic Research, University of Jordan.
Based on the exceptionally significant location of
Jerusalem/al-Quds as symbol of holiness and peace in the world's collective
conscious, and in view of the following:
· the painful status quo that threatens this holy city and the
unremitting, sordid aggressions against it,
the international silence vis-à-vis violations against the land, religious
sites and the lives of indigenous people, and
the deception orchestrated by the other's media
outlets that camouflage, falsify and fabricate reality,
a grave need urges us to hold the conference under the heading:"Jerusalem in the Eyes of
Contemporary World Literature" in an attempt to restore the City's hijacked
dignity, inscribe its glory in human memory and retain its symbolism of peace
The conference seeks to achieve a number of objectives:
Stressing the global importance of Jerusalem amongst peoples regardless
of their religious beliefs, sectarian tendencies or political orientations.
Emphasizing the City's symbolism for peace and brotherly co-existence.
Getting acquainted with the creative accounts and portraits of the City
in different languages and literatures.
Confirming the human-place bond.
The conference hopes to cover the following themes:
Researchers shed light and analyze the literary works
written in different languages across the globe during the past two centuries.
This includes imaginary literature and travel literature as well, aiming to
present the portrait of Jerusalem in the imagination of writers.
2. Art and Media
Researchers present the image of Jerusalem in global
art and media with emphasis on how that image is distorted and manipulated.
Visual arts, films, conflict reports can all be explored.
Researchers submit critical readings of contemporary
orientalists' views (19th and 20th centuries) towards the
Researchers look critically into the translation relevant
to the City, particularly the translators' normative behavior in communicating its
true image, on the one hand, and identifying what ought to be translated into
different languages in order to put it more in the eyes of the world, on the
Researchers present a critical and panoramic analysis
of what the elitist educational institutions (of various stages) offer on the
City in their curricula. Such accounts can hopefully point out the potential
pitfalls and shortcomings and propose solutions.
6. The Hashemite Custodianship
Researchers write about the Hashemite role (past and
present) in the protection and restoration of the holy sites, and persistently
addressing the world community concerning that.
7. The Jerusalemites/Maqdisies
Researchers Scrutinize the different aspects of the
intimate relationship between Jerusalem/al-Quds and the Jerusalemites/Maqdisies;
and to present the City through the eyes of its people.