Podcast: On the Need to Shape the Arab Exile Body (with Amro Ali)

This is a conversation with Amro Ali, author of the essay “On the Need to Shape the Arab Exile Body in Berlin.” He is also co-president of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities, research fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, and lecturer in sociology at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

What we talked about:

  • Moving from the centers to the peripheries
  • Why Berlin? And not London, Paris, New York or Istanbul
  • Berlin as an incomplete city and Germany’s past
  • Germany and the Arabs
  • The Koblenz trial, accountability in Germany (but not in the Arab world)
  • January 25 and the legacy of the Arab Spring for the exile body
  • Home as the place where all attempts to escape cease
  • Valuing public spaces
  • Survivor’s guilt and impostor’s syndrome
  • Challenges faced by Arabs and other non-white people in Berlin
  • Meeting other Arabs for the first time in Europe
  • The need for a connection between Berlin and other capitals, such as Beirut or Tunis
  • Politics of language and the use of Arabic in the diaspora

Recommended Books:

  • City of Exiles: Berlin from the outside in by Stuart Braun
  • Representations of the Intellectual by Edward W. Said
  • Exile, Statelessness, and Migration: Playing Chess with History from Hannah Arendt to Isaiah Berlin by Seyla Benhabib

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