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Sherene Seikaly and Maya Mikdashi

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New Texts Out Now: Maya Mikdashi, What is Settler Colonialism? and Sherene Seikaly, Return to the Present

[The Wall. Image by Sherene Seikaly]

Maya Mikdashi, “What Is Settler Colonialism?” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 37:2 (2013) Sherene Seikaly, “Return to the Present,” Elisabeth Weber, editor, Living Together: Jacques Derrida’s Communities of Violence and Peace. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write these pieces? Maya Mikdashi (MM): I had visited my mother's family in Michigan and gone to the reservation for a holiday. Prior to ...

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Let's Talk About Sex

[Jordanian police women control a protester, near the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordan, June, 4, 2010. Image by Nader Daoud/AP Photo.]

This week Foreign Policy published a “Sex Issue.” They explained their decision to feature a special issue with these words Foreign Policy's first-ever Sex Issue…is dedicated…to the consideration of how and why sex—in all the various meanings of the word—matters in shaping the world's politics. Why? In Foreign Policy, the magazine and the subject, sex is too often the missing part of the equation—the part that the policymakers and journalists talk about with ...

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"Have a Nice Day, Buddy:" What The Actions of a Few US Marines Say About Us All

[Left: US Marines urinating on dead Afghans. Image from AFP. Right: Afghan civilian dead on the road. Image from unknown archive]

Golden, like a shower, said one of the US marines as he urinated, along with three of his fellow officers, on three dead Afghans. Over the last forty-eight hours this grizzly spectacle has resuscitated the horrific images of US soldiers’ torturing and sexually humiliating men from Abu Ghraib prison to Guantanamo Bay. Then as now, brown bodies are the raw material through and upon which US soldiers realize their darkest fantasies and their deepest secrets. The pornography ...

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Bio

Sherene Seikaly and Maya Mikdashi

 

Sherene Seikaly is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo. She is a co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal and co-founder and contributing editor of Jadaliyya ezine. Her individually authored articles on Jadaliyya can be found here.

Maya Mikdashi is a PhD candidate at Columbia University's Department of Anthropology and Co-Director of the documentary film About Baghdad. Maya is currently a Faculty Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. She is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. Her individually authored articles on Jadaliyya can be found here.