How might the work - writing, art, and everything in between - of political prisoners be understood as manuals?
Prison works that evade characterisation as speculative theory or by-products of praxis are often manuals for revolution, manuals for survival, and ultimately manuals for hope.
To mark the publication of You Have Not Yet Been Defeated. Selected Works 2011-2021 (Translated by a collective, foreword by Naomi Klein, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2021) by Alaa Abd el-Fattah, one of Egypt’s longest imprisoned political activists, the event features recorded and live readings by writers Naomi Klein and Ahdaf Soueif, poet Seán Hewitt and sociologist-activist Ronit Lentin as well as a discussion between Annie Fletcher, director of IMMA and Hussein Omar, historian of political ideas.
Hussein Omar is Lecturer in Global History at University College Dublin; Annie Fletcher is Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Seán Hewitt is a poet, critic and lecturer. His book J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism was recently published with Oxford University Press (2021); Ronit Lentin is a political sociologist. She has published widely on Palestine and Israel, racism and immigration in Ireland, and on gender and genocide.