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Critical Dialogues in Arts and Humanities

The joint visit of Jacqueline Rose and Mohammed Fairouz inaugurates a new series at the Cogut Center for the Humanities: CRITICAL DIALOGUES IN ARTS AND HUMANITIES.

In recent work including States of Fantasy and The Last Resistance, Rose has combined literary, psychoanalytic, and political analysis in the service of the transformative power of writing. Fairouz, whose music has been performed recently worldwide from Carnegie Hall to Seoul, has shaped multiple idioms and traditions into explicit engagements with Rose's work.

At Brown, Rose and Fairouz's three-day residency will offer a lecture, a concert including two recent piano sonatas, and a public dialogue between Rose and Fairouz on Music, Writing, and Critique, moderated by Cogut Center director Michael Steinberg.

February 22
"Total Belief — Delirium in the West"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30 - 7:00pm

What is the nature of our political investments?  In what, psychically, do they consist?  In this lecture, speaker Jacqueline Rose will return to Hannah Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism as mental control and ask: what form of belief and passion does such subjection entail? What happens when a political belief becomes sacred?  What categories of truth and falsehood, belief and disbelief, were engaged in the ideological order of the Third Reich?  This lecture will suggest that there is a productive link to be forged between Arendt’s analysis and Freud’s engagement with the question of faith. Above all, by focusing on one of the darkest moments of European history, it will suggest that those who too quickly ascribe the category of the religious `fanatic’ or `extremist’ to distant cultures and worlds have much to learn from some of the most intense deliriums – lethal and transformative - of the West.

February 23
"The Last Resistance: Piano Music of Mohammed Fairouz"
Live performance
Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street

Pianist Steven Spooner will perform works by young Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz. Works include Piano Sonata #1 Reflections on Exile, based on the essays of Edward Said, and Piano Sonata #2 The Last Resistance based on the essays of Jacqueline Rose.

More information about Mohammed Fairouz and this concert.

Read about and listen to Fairouz's "Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra."

Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.
Seating is first-come, first-served; please arrive early.
Doors open at 7:15pm.

February 24
"Music, Writing and Critique"
Panel discussion
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
3:30 - 5:00pm

This panel will open up a conversation across disciplines to think with and about music in translation.  Panelists Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, University of London) and composer Mohammed Fairouz will raise questions about possible relations between music and language (in the work and as analogies of each other), the problem of translation, the politics of comparative composition in a milieu of conflict and domination, the poetics of the musical and the textual elements, the task of criticism, and related topics. Cogut Center Director Michael Steinberg will moderate.

See the video of this event.