Tom Sperlinger, Reader in English Literature and Community Engagement at the University of Bristol, will discuss his recently published book, written following 5 months teaching English Literature at the Abu Dis campus of al Quds University in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. By placing stories from the classroom alongside anecdotes about life in the West Bank, Sperlinger shows how his own ideas about literature and teaching changed during his time in Palestine, and asks what such encounters might reveal about the nature of pedagogy and the role of a university under occupation.
In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He has written about literature, universities and adult education for publications including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Higher, The Times Literary Supplement, Open Democracy and The Reader. Romeo and Juliet in Palestine is his first book.
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