Adania Shibli, "Language Has No Throat"

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 7 - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar

Adania Shibli

Minor Detail, New Directions, 2020.

Silence consoles us during an interruption in the flow of words, while pausing for the right words to approach, and in moments when words are hiding away from us. During blocks in which no words would emerge, silence allows us to shift from speech to writing.  Language, in the end, has no throat. As part of the Fall 2022 IDS Lecture Series, Adania Shibli will reflect on being forced into dysfluency in the context of Palestine/Israel, and learning to write in silence as a counterpoint to speaking and to the dubious treatment of words based on their functionality, therefore freeing language from performing the role of pure expression.

Any guests to compus are required to show proof of a vaccine to enter a Cooper Union Building and the Residence Hall.

ShibliAdania Shibli is a writer who was twice awarded the Qattan Young Writer's Award-Palestine: in 2001 for her novel Masaas (translated  into English as Touch), and in 2003 for Kulluna Ba’id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub (translated as We Are All Equally Far from Love). Her latest novel, Tafsil Thanawi, was published in English as Minor Detail (New Directions, 2020). Her non-fiction includes the art book Dispositions (2012) and an edited collection of essays titled A Journey of Ideas Across: In Dialog with Edward Said (2014). Shibli is also engaged in academic research, and since 2013 has been teaching part-time in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine.

The IDS public lecture series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding from the Robert Lehman Foundation. The IDS public lecture series is also made possible by generous support from the Open Society Foundations.

Adania Shibli’s lecture is presented in partnership with the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies at New York University.

logo     logo


Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.