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The Contest in Context: Uyghur and Urdu Poetry Reading and Discussion

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Twelve Gates Arts, and the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) for a Uyghur and Urdu Poetry Reading (5-6pm est) followed by a Discussion and Q&A (6-6:30pm est).

At a time when their homelands are engulfed in crisis, two poets, one from the Uyghur region, the other from Kashmir, are giving voice to what it means to survive anguish and find a way to live, love, dream, and hope. Tahir Hamut Izgil and Abdul Manan Bhat’s struggles inflect their voices: their lines are haunted by loss, and carry the bewilderments and unmoorings of being forced to leave home. Yet their poems also contain hope, and point to the imaginative and creative resources we can marshall to contend with our world. Come hear these two poets read their works in the original Uyghur and Urdu, while their translators, Joshua L. Freeman and Partha P. Chakrabartty, read their English renderings.

The Contest of the Fruits will consist of an array of activities with Slavs and Tatars through fall 2021 that will bend borders, tickle tongues, and fracture fixed identities. It is an extended project including an artist residency, film premiere, exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and a publication.

This event is part of the The Contest in Context: A Virtual Program on Poetry, Allegory, and Uyghur Language Politics event program. All events are free to attend and require advanced registration. Full event schedule and details can be found at: exhibits.haverford.edu/slavsandtatars/.  

The Contest of the Fruits is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


September 24
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Twelve Gates Arts
CAIR Philadelphia
Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities