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To form a union is to join together across differences in the name of a common purpose, a demand, or a proposed future. In the context of what has become known as the ‘Middle East’, the notion of a progressive union that would cross sovereign borders and truly unite behind a common purpose is decidedly utopian. The constraints of racial capitalism, securitized borders, and the colonial notion of the ‘Middle East’ itself make it so.  The proposition of such a union, therefore, assumes the truly fantastical possibility of a way out.

It is precisely to this fantasy that the MEU festival will orient itself. We aim to ask: what would it mean to imagine a union in the ‘Middle East’, a term that we will call into question even as we name it, that would be radical, that would upset the current order of things, that would oppose the legacies of colonialism and ongoing forms of oppression through which the region is marked? (keep reading…)