GUST Launches 1st Kuwait Modern Literature Conference

Mar 28, 2017

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), held the 1st Kuwait Modern Literature Conference titled the "Contemporary Kuwaiti Literature: Views and Issues". The conference promotes the subject of “Readings in the contemporary Kuwaiti Literature - ARB 210” which is a course unique to GUST locally.

The conference featured Dr. Mariam Khalfan Hamad Al Suwaidi, Head of Arabic Language Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University, and renowned Kuwaiti critic and poet Dr. Khalifa Al Waqayan, along with a number of writers, critics and academics working in the field of Arabic literature. Also attending the conference were university President, Professor Donald Bates, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Salah Al Sharhan, Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Dr. Manal Hosni, Head of the Cultural Committee, Dr. Salah Eddine Arkadan, and Arabic Language and Literature Professor, Dr. Ayman Bakr, as well as other professors, students and guests.

Opening the conference, Dr. Salah Eddine Arkadan said, “Once achieving a leading position our field of work, continuous development is a must in order to remain at the forefront. GUST is the leading private university in Kuwait and maintains its position by following its slogan "University of Life" which it practices throughout its scientific and practical academia.”

At the conference, Dr, Arkadan welcomed Dr. Mariam Al Suwaidi and Dr. Khalifa Al Waqayan, who was honored during the conference.

During her word, Dr. Mariam Al Suwaidi congratulated GUST on hosting the 1st Kuwait Modern Literature Conference, and thanked all participants for their contributions.

Al Suwaidi added, “Kuwait has led the pioneering renaissance movement in the region by spreading education and developing a creative play movement that has extended its influence to the entire gulf. In addition, it launched Al Arabi magazine, which contributed to the culture and literature not only in Kuwait, but in the gulf and the Arab world as a whole.”

The university then honored Dr. Khalifa Al Waqayan, who thanked the organizers, “I am honored to be receiving such recognition. My work comes as part of fulfilling my duty towards my society and Kuwait. My youngest son is currently studying MBA in GUST so I feel very affectionate towards this event as I will also be attending his graduation ceremony later this year. Foremost, I invite everyone to honor the rise of literary figures in the coming years.”

The audience then toured the book fair, which was organized in cooperation with the Kuwaiti Writers Association and the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, and viewed the art gallery paintings contributed by GUST’s Dr. Ayman Bakr and Dr. Esraa Al Omran.

The conference workshops and seminars discussed topics included:

  • The Rise of Gulf Contemporary Literature and Kuwaiti Literature in Particular
  • Factors of the Rise and Development of the Literary and Cultural Phenomenon in Kuwait
  • The Kuwaiti Youth Novel: Views and Visions
  • The Contemporary Kuwaiti Theater: Between Script and Presentation
  • The Human Dimension in Kuwaiti National Poetry