6 thoughts on “On Academic Imperialism, by Seyed Mohammad Marandi”

  1. For once a brief comment ! I checked him out : Seyed Mohammad Marandi is a graduate of the University of Tehran and Birmingham University and associate professor of English Literature at the University of Tehran and a member of the Institute for North American and European Studies (INAES).

    Here he is in this 14 minute video (Cf. infra) brilliantly refreshing our memory on how ethnocentrism or eurocentrism are phenomena widely observed in the ‘eccentric’ and often racist discourse emanating from the ‘whiter than white’ parts of the Old and New World and in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. And how this intellectual straitjacket is affecting non-European cultures.

    Seyed refers briefly and a little too disnissively to Palestinian American literary giant Edward Said (1935-2003 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Said), who nonetheless was a pioneer in this field. His major work on the subject was titled Orientalism and published in 1978 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism_(book),

    Edward Said had the courage to criticise Jews and Arabs alike as well as US foreign policy over the Middle East and his legacy is still the establishment- with Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim – of the West-Esatern Divan Orchestra in 1999, ie an ensemble named after an anthology of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and comprising musicians from countries in the Middle East, of Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian and Spanish backgrounds. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West-Eastern_Divan_Orchestra).

    Finally maybe – as Copernicus liberated humanity from its limited geocentric view of the universe – there will come a time when monotheistic anthropocentrism will likewise become a thing of the past … PM

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