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“Who is afraid of Orientalism?” by Dr.Christ Klep
07-11-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30
It is now 38 years ago that Edward Said wrote his very influential book on Orientalism. Orientalism entails that that the West is presumed to be superior to the cultures in Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. It is a source of inaccurate representations of those regions which are based mainly on Western prejudices. In this lecture, Dr. Christ Klep, a military historian from the University of Utrecht will give us his view on a possible recent revival of such orientalist thought in the Western world.
Another subject which will be touched upon is whether we can speak of a possible new culture clash between the West and the East. The American political scientist Samuel Huntington already put forward the hypothesis that cultural and religious identities would be the primary source of conflict in the world after the cold war. Dr. Klep will also go in further detail on this topic and whether we have to fear such a clash of civilizations happening between Europe and the Middle-East.
Dr. Christ Klep is a Dutch military historian, publicist and lecturer at the Universities of Utrecht, Amsterdam and Leiden. He frequently appears in Dutch media and wrote for Volkskrant, Trouw and De Groene Amsterdammer – commenting on topics as ISIS, the peace keeping mission in Mali, the Joint Strike Fighter program and the Russian military intervention in Ukraine