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Conference: Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Graduate Student Conference (New York, 27-28 February 2014)

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Graduate Student Conference New York, 27-28 February 2014 Knox Hall, Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street Presented by the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Columbia University Thursday 27 February 8.30 - 9.30 am: Registration (Knox Lobby) and Light Breakfast (Knox 207 and 208) 9.30 - 10.30 am: Welcome Remarks (Matan Cohen) and Plenary Address (Sudipta Kaviraj) - Knox 208 SESSION ...

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Carnegie Centennial Fellowship at the University of Minnesota

Call for Applications Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities  The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School in the Fall semester of 2014.  The ...

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Critical Sociology on 'Sociological Imagination in the Middle East'

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Critical Sociology "Sociological Imagination in the Middle East" Beginning in 1969, Critical Sociology has examined social structures, social change, and social problems through the lenses of the critical imagination. Critical Sociology publishes scholarly work on transnational and global sociology, and as a result of its initiatives, Latin American, and African Sociology is now represented in the journal. Recently, the ...

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Nouveau Webdoc: Au centre de Tunis: géographies de l’espace public après une révolution

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Un nouveau web-documentaire intitulé Au centre de Tunis: Géographies de l’espace public après une révolution est paru sur le net. Il s’agit d’une recherche universitaire réalisée par des géographes de l’Université de Cagliari (Italie), du Politecnico de Turin et de l’Université Montpellier 3 (UMR GRED), conçue et produite avec des professionnels des médias (photographes, vidéastes et journalistes), en collaboration avec l’agence Prospekt Photographers de Milan, et financée ...

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مئة مفكر ومفكرة يطالبون باطلاق سراح الشاعر الفلسطيني أشرف فياض من السجن في المملكة العربية السعودية

[أصدر الموقعون أدناه المطلب التالي في 11 شباط (فبراير) 2014. وكتب المطلب كرد على قرار السلطات السعودية باعتقال واحتجاز أشرف فياض في عام 2013 لنشرة مجموعة شعرية في عام 2008.] نحن الموقعون في هذا البيان من أدباء وكتاب وفنانين وصحفيين وناشرين وناشطين حقوق وحريات عرب، نطلق حملة فلنتضامن مع اشرف فياض الشاعر والفنان التشكيلي الفلسطيني المعتقل في المملكة العربية السعودية للشهر الثاني، بتهمة التعدي على الذات الإلهية وإطالة الشعر بحسب الأنباء الواردة معلنين قلقنا الشديد مما يمكن ...

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One Hundred Arab Intellectuals Demand the Release of Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh from Saudi Prison

[The following petition was issued on 11 February 2014 by the below signatories. The petition was organized in response to the Saudi authorities'  arrest and detention of Ashraf Fayadh in 2013 for a collection of poems he published in 2008.] As Arab authors, writers, artists, journalists, publishers, and activists, we are launching a solidarity campaign with Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh who was detained in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia two months ago and ...

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التطورات الأخيرة في الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات على اسرائيل

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في المقابلة أدناه التي أجرتها قناة الفلسطينية، يناقش الناشط عمر البرغوثي التطورات الأخيرة في الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات على اسرائيل. يعالج البرغوثي على وجه التحديد النجاحات الأخيرة للحملة، فضلاً على إشكالية علاقتها مع السلطة الفلسطينية شارحاً سياسات ومفاوضات السلطة مع الحملة. ثم ينهي المقابلة بنقد محاولات التطبيع والحوار التي تسعى إلى تقويض حملة المقاطعة

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Announcing the Launch of Syria Studies (Peer-reviewed Open-access Journal)

Announcing the launch of Syria Studies, a peer reviewed open access journal devoted to the study of contemporary Syria published by the St Andrews University Centre for Syrian Studies. The journal can be accessed at the following internet address: For the first on-line issue, see: The journal supersedes the St Andrews Papers on Contemporary Syria. While moving ...

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Call for Participants: “Les Ateliers” Urban Planning Workshop in Nouakchott

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The French association Les Ateliers is organizing an urban planning professional workshop in Nouakchatt, Mauritania, between 26 April and 11 May 2014, entitled “The Future as Challenge” (L’avenir pour défi.) Les Ateliers (International workshops of planning and urban design) is a non-profit organization created in 1982 that aims to promote the creation of ideas examining the challenges and processes of everyday city planning and design. It does so by fostering a process of ...

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George Mason University Event: Two Cheers for Democratic Violence (12 February 2014)

Two Cheers for Democratic Violence A public lecture by Steven Johnston Wednesday 12 February 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm Research Hall 163 George Mason University 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030 At its best democracy stands for the rejection of violence in all forms, perhaps especially physical harm or injury against persons. Yet democratic societies are riddled with violence, manifested in and the product of founding moments, electoral outcomes, legislative ...

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Guideline for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in Conformity with International Law

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Announcement of public release: “Guidelines for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in conformity with International Law” Occupied East Jerusalem, 6 February 2014 The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and the Birzeit University Institute of Law are pleased to announce release of this new advocacy tool, which is an outcome document of the conference “Options and Strategies of International Law for the Palestinian People” held at the Birzeit ...

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Conference--The Lebanese Civil Wars: History, Politics, Memory (6-7 February, Michigan State University)

[Lebanese army deployment in downtown Beirut on 4 December 1990. Image by Ali Mohammed via Associated Press]

The Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University presents a conference on the Lebanese Civil Wars of 1975-1990. Twenty-five years after the wars’ end, we bring together scholars of national and international stature to revisit the experiences of this period. How and why did the wars begin? What local, regional, and global dynamics sustained them over time? How have processes of memory and memorialization contributed to the production of the past and possible futures ...

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Wesleyan University’s Alumni Protest Roth’s Statement Against the American Studies Association

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[The following press release and open letter were originally published by a group of alumni of Wesleyan University.] For Immediate Release  Friday, Jan. 31, 2014  Contact: Wesleyan University’s Alumni Protest Roth’s Statement Against the American Studies Association As the semester at Wesleyan University begins, the Alumni of “Diversity University” are taking action in opposition to President Michael Roth, for his recent OpEd ...

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NYC Event: Reflections on the Academic Study of Women and Islam (NYU, 31 Jan 2014)

Reflections on the Academic Study of Women and Islam: A Panel Discussion with Professors Lila Abu-Lughod and Suad Joseph Friday, 31 January 2014 5:30pm-7:30pm King Juan Carlos Auditorium 53 Washington Square South New York University The Hagop Kevorika Center for Near East Studes invites you to attend a discussion with Lila Abu-Lughod, professor of Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies at Columbia University, on her new book Do Muslim Women Need ...

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Open Letter to Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam

[A parody of Scarlett Johansson's involvement with Soda Stream. Image by Stephanie Westbrook of BDS Italia.]

Scarlett Johansson Actor, Hollywood. Winnie Byanyima Executive Director, Oxfam.  Dear Ms. Johansson and Ms. Byanyima, We are writing to you about the involvement of Ms. Johansson as the Global Ambassador for Oxfam at the same time as she is the Brand Ambassador for Sodastream. Sodastream, as we will show, is an Israeli company that is based on an illegal settlement, illegal according to Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949). Not only are we concerned ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 January)

[Fallujah, 2005. Image by US Navy Seabee Museum, via Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to by Monday night of every other week.]  Palestine-Israel Israel's African Asylum Seekers Go on Strike, Ruth Margalit The New Yorker covers the opposition ...

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Statement by Emad Shahin in Response to Egyptian State Security Charges

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[The following statement was issued on 23 January 2014 by Emad Shahin in response to charges Egyptian State Security forwarded against him.] Statement to My Students, Family, and Friends January 23, 2014 It was with severe shock that I received news that I have been named in a case known as the “Grand Espionage,” which also included former President Mohamed Morsi and senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. These claims are baseless and politically motivated. The ...

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Call for Papers: Kurdish Studies

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Kurdish Studies is a new interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality research and scholarship in the field of Kurdish Studies. The Kurdish Studies journal aims to contribute to and revitalize research, scholarship, and debates in this field in a multidisciplinary fashion. The journal embraces a wide range of topics, including but not limited to economics, history, society, gender, minorities, politics, health, law, environment, ...

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From the 'Arab Cold War' to the Arab Revolts: Panel Discussion in Memory of Malcolm Kerr

[Panelists from left to right: Elizabeth Thompson, Samir Seikaly, Eugene Rogan, and Michael Hudson. Image from screenshot of below video]

On Sunday 19 January 2014, the American University of Beirut convened a panel to honor the life and work of scholar and former university president Malcolm Kerr. The occasion was the thirtieth anniversary of his assassination. The panel featured Professors Samir Seikaly, Michael Hudson, Eugene Rogan, and Elizabeth Thompson. Kerr received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1958. His publications include Lebanon in the Last Years of Feudalism 1840-1868: A ...

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Citizenship in Post-Awakening Egypt: Powers Shifts and Conflicting Perceptions

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[The following report was written by Raghab Saad and Moataz El Fegiery of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Study in Januarly 2014. It was published by the Democracy and Citizenship in North Africa after the Arab Awakening: Challenges for EU and US Foreign Policy (EUSPRING) Project.] Citizenship in Post-Awakening Egypt: Powers Shifts and Conflicting Perceptions Abstract This report links Egypt’s shifting political phases to debates more specifically about citizenship ...

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