“Reclaiming Queer Arab Stories”, March 20, 2017, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
From the images of ISIS throwing gay men off towers to the media rhetoric following the Orlando nightclub shootings in 2016, over the last several years LGBTQ Arabs have found themselves at the crossfires of global 'clash of civilizations' discourses. Drawing on the works of queer Arab activists, as well as his own personal experience, Saleem Haddad examines the challenges facing queer Arabs in reclaiming their own narratives.
Pen World Voices Festival, April 2016, NYC.
Three writers bring startling and inspirational perspectives to the gay coming-of-age genre in the Middle East and transgender fiction in Brazil. Saleem Haddad, Abdellah Taïa and Alexandre Vidal Porto share what it means to be true to oneself.
Writer Saleem Haddad in conversation with poet Jehan Bseiso at Dar Bistro & Books in Beirut, Lebanon. August 3rd, 2016.
Jehan Bseiso and Saleem Haddad discuss how their shared background in humanitarian work impacts their writing, the difficulties of writing for different audiences and under different gazes, the impact of reading their work in Palestine and Amman, and difficulties of translating their writing.
"Deviance is Revolutionary", Next Day Better event in London, 19 September 2015.
Writer Saleem Haddad explores the complex issue of identity by reflecting on his own life and considers the factors that shape identity and the revolutionary principle of deviating from rigid labels.