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Dr Neil Faulkner presents "Lawrence of Arabia, Islamophobia and the War on Terror"

AMES/IAIS co-hosting: this is a ticketed event with refreshments at 18:00

A diverse talk on Lawrence of Arabia, problematic perceptions of the Middle East, Islamophobia and the War on Terror. Dr Neil Faulkner FSA is an archaeologist, historian, writer, political commentator, and occasional broadcaster. He has directed field projects in Britain, Jordan, and elsewhere, including the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project in north-west Norfolk, and the Great Arab Revolt Project in southern Jordan.

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The 1962 film you are probably all familiar with, although enjoyed by many, is one of the products of lingering Orientalist views and omits many truths about the reality of T E Lawrence’s successes.

T E Lawrence played a central role in the outcome of the First World War in the Middle East. His own testimony in his famous war memoir Seven Pillars of Wisdom has now been ground-truthed by a ten-year archaeological field project. This provides a firmer base for examining his character, achievements, celebrity status, and endless cultural reconfiguration over the last century. These matters remain highly problematic, since Lawrence himself was both a Romantic and an Orientalist, and the many biographers, dramatists, and commentators who have contributed to his enduring fame have used his story to ‘imagine’ the Middle East in specifically Western ways. For a century, the evolving legend of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ has reflected a distorted Western perspective on the region, its people, and its conflicts. This lecture will attempt to critique both T E Lawrence the historical actor and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ the cultural construct as products of Western imperialism. There will be a Q&A after the talk.

He wrote the ‘script’ for the successful exhibition Shifting Sands: Lawrence of Arabia and the Great Arab Revolt at Newark’s National Civil War Centre. He is currently setting up projects at Cassino in Italy, to investigate the Second World War battlefield, and at Almeria in Spain, to investigate the archaeology of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia film locations.

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