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For the purpose of the workshop, it seemed convenient to discuss the matter in three groups:
I Structures and concepts of discourses
II Traditions and conceptualizations
III The dynamics of identity production
Each of these focusses on different, though often overlapping, aspects of the “West Reads East” constellation.
Groups I and II contribute to the programme through, roughly spoken, a historical assessment and a critical (self-) reflection of Western readings of Middle Eastern literatures, while group III looks at the behaviour of MELs themselves and proposes modified and, hope-fully, more adequate approaches.