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Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

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This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The discussion was held as part of the MENA Dialogues series produced by Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies Program. MENA Dialogues is a video series produced by the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University and consisting of interviews with leading scholars, artists, and writers. The series is produced by Sandeep Reddy Pamulapati and Danny Postel. This interview will ...

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Beirut Conference: Rethinking Media Through the Middle East

Organized by the Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut in collaboration with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies--American University of Beirut on 12-13 January 2017. Within the field of media studies, Middle Eastern media is often treated as a domain of interest only to area specialists. If knowledge about Middle Eastern media usually serves only to supplement dominant frameworks and paradigms, we are interested in thinking about the ways it can instead extend, qualify, or even explode them. "Rethinking Media Through the Middle East" aims to create an interdisciplinary ...

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Deadline for Applications: M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University

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The Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University announce the early deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2017-2018 academic year: 15 February 2017. The aim of this degree program is to reposition the study of the Middle East and Islam within a global context to help students better analyze particular issues in light of current events and shifting historical paradigms. The program’s core classes provide a solid background in both fields of study, however students can choose to focus their coursework on either Middle East Studies or Islamic Studies. A variety of fascinating electives allow students ...

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الحركة النقابية في الجامعات الفلسطينية: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

 في هذا النقاش للوضع بين إيلين كتاب وأجرت المقابلة ضياء علي، تلقي ايلين كتاب الضوء على التجربة الشخصية لرائدة في جامعة بيرزيت وكيف واجهت الصعوبات كامرأة في بيئة معينة. أيلين كتّاب مديرة معهد دراسات المرأة وأستاذة علم الإجتماع في جامعة بيرزيت٬ ورئيسة نقابلة العاملين في الجامعة من سنة 2011-2013. ولها العديد من المساهمات المجتمعية والمؤسسات الأهلية الفلسطينية.    

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New Texts Out Now: Fatma Muge Gocek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009

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Fatma Müge Göçek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Fatma Müge Göçek (FMG): I wrote this book to understand why my country of origin, Turkey, could never become truly democratic. Realizing that violence had been naturalized and normalized in both Turkish state and society, I decided to trace back the point of origin of when such collective violence first occurred. I surmised that violence would be normalized into social practice if its perpetrators were not held accountable for the ...

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CUNY Faculty Letter in Support of the Doctoral Students’ Council

[This statement was released on 7 May 2016. To sign on to this letter, click here.] We, the undersigned City University of New York faculty, wish to declare our support for the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) at the CUNY Graduate Center, which recently adopted a Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. In doing so, the DSC joins major academic organizations in North America and around the world, including the Association for Asian American Studies, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, the African Literature Association, the ...

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Derailing Democracy?: The Anti-Boycott Playbook Explained

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[This piece was first posted on the website of Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions on 28 April 2016.] As members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) cast their ballots on a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions, outside organizations are desperately mobilizing to pressure the Association and derail the initiative. In the interests of educating all members of the Association—whatever their position on the boycott—we are sharing information about these attempts to interfere in the AAA’s democratic processes. We believe sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that an informed membership can better stand together ...

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CUNY Doctoral Students’ Council Adopts Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[This statement was released on 15 April 2016.] The Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) of The City University of New York (CUNY) has adopted a Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, by a vote of 42-18 with nine abstentions. At the same meeting, the DSC also overwhelmingly adopted the Resolution Calling for Expanded Tuition Remission for Graduate Center Students. The mission of the DSC includes promoting democracy within CUNY and enabling students to participate in important social, political, and economic decisions that affect their community. The council also advocates for graduate student interests with the Graduate Center administration, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jacob Mundy, Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence: Conflict Science, Conflict Management, Antipolitics

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Jacob Mundy, Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence: Conflict Science, Conflict Management, Antipolitics. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jacob Mundy (JM): At first, I wanted to write a book about the unanswered questions surrounding the violence in 1990s Algeria, particularly the extraordinary massacres of late 1997 and early 1998. The typical question asked in response to those atrocities, even today, is: “Who killed who?” That is, who conducted the massacres? Islamsits? The state? Private actors? Some combination of these? These questions persist into the present, and I now agree with Hugh Roberts that ...

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The Panoptic Gaze and the Ivory Tower: A STATUS/الوضع Episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom

This episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom examines the state's use of university campuses as sites of surveillance and recruitment, and its effects on students and faculty. STATUS/الوضع host Tareq Radi interviews Muna Sharif, Arshad Ali, Jared Austin, and Danya Zituni about their experiences.  The program episode below includes four parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript below the player.  Muna Sharif is a Palestinian-American organizer based in Anaheim, California and an associate field organizer with Amnesty International. Arshad I. Ali is an educator, youth worker, and scholar who studies youth culture, race, identity, and ...

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Urgent Call for Solidarity with Academics in Turkey (Letter to the US Department of State)

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[This letter was written by a group of US-based scholars and educators and was released on 22 March 2016.] Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights US Department of State Email: tmalinowski@state.gov Dear Mr. Malinowski: We are a group of US-based scholars and educators who have grown deeply alarmed and shocked by the blatant violations of human rights to which our academic colleagues and counterparts in Turkey have been subjected under an increasingly authoritarian Turkish government. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government, supported by some university and other high-level officials, continue to use violent and illegal methods to ...

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Open Letters from CUNY Faculty and Students to President Chase Robinson Regarding the Replacement of Dr. Anny Bakalian, Associate Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

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[The following letters have been sent by faculty, PhD students, MA students, and alumni affiliated with the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, to Chase Robinson, President of the Graduate Center. The letters address proposed cuts that would replace the position of Associate Director, currently held by Dr. Anny Bakalian, with a part-time college assistant. Fifty-two faculty, fifty-nine PhD students, and twenty-five MA students have signed these letters. More information can be found here.] 1 March 2016 Dear President Robinson: We the undersigned CUNY faculty ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jean Pierre Frey, Les voies erratiques de l'urbanisation. Etre architecte et devenir urbaniste en Afrique du Nord

A propos de : Jean-Pierre Frey, Les voies erratiques de l’urbanisation. Être architecte et devenir urbaniste en Afrique du Nord (Éditions L’Harmattan : Paris, 2016) Jadaliyya (J.) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Jean-Pierre Frey (J.-P. F.) : Mes expériences d’enseignement et de montage de formations de troisième cycle pour permettre à des architectes de devenir docteurs et de s’engager pleinement dans des carrières d’enseignants du supérieur. C’est à ...

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Status/الوضع Launched! A New Bilingual Audio Platform and Issue 3.2!

This holiday season, the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is pleased to announce the official launch of its most ambitious project to date! Meet Status الوضغ Audio Magazine!! A bilingual Arabic and English audio site with interviews and programs about the region unrivaled in their depth and scope. This first “official” issue on our spanking new interactive and fully customizable website includes twenty interviews with forty-one guests on twenty-two topics! But first for the backstory! For a little over a ...

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Engaging Books Series: Stanford University Press Selections on Knowledge Production

 ENGAGING BOOKS SERIES Stanford University Press Selections On Knowledge Production  This is a new series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an excerpt from each volume. The first installment involves a selection from Stanford University Press on the theme of Knowledge Production. Other publishers’ books will follow on a monthly basis.      Table of Contents Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United ...

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Reading Resource on Sykes-Picot Agreement (Signed in May 1916)

As the one-hundred year anniversary of the infamous Sykes-Picot Agreement falls this May 2016, Jadaliyya takes this oppertunity to highlight a two-part article by Sara Pursley published in both English and Arabic. Using the case study of Iraq, Pursley draws on her own research to highlight what about Sykes-Picot was implemented and not implemented as part of the post-World War I settlment in the Middle East. In doing so, she also sheds light on the historical processes through which the borders of Iraq ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics

Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joseph Sassoon (JS): While researching my previous book (Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime), which was based on the archives of the Ba‘th Party regime in Iraq (1968–2003), I kept asking whether the other Arab republics were similar to Iraq and to each other. Answering that question would ideally require ...

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New Texts Out Now: Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11

Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thea Renda Abu El-Haj (TRAEH): Unsettled Belonging is a deeply personal book. I came to the US to attend Swarthmore College in the early 1980s. Having grown up in Iran and Lebanon, and traveled often to spend time with my family in Palestine, my political consciousness was shaped by ongoing fallout from legacies of ...

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research: Spring and Summer 2016 Courses

As The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research's Winter 2016 term comes to an end, we want to thank all the students and faculty who have participated in BISR seminars in the past three months. Conversations have been lively, instructive, challenging, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Looking ahead to Summer 2016, we'd like to highlight three of our upcoming courses, which will begin during the first week of May. At a time when the United States has the world's highest incarceration rate, and one in ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf

Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, editors, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones (AS & MOJ): Bahrain is small, but significant. Sadly though, it is often overlooked when it comes to writing on the region. We wanted to address the relative gap in the literature on Bahrain, and write a book that analyzed the recent uprising from multiple points of view, yet ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ramy Aly, Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity

Ramy Aly, Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity. London, Pluto Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ramy Aly (RA): My motivations were both personal and political, but at the outset the personal was more compelling. I was born and raised in London to Egyptian immigrant parents. It is a beautifully complex city that I love, but all too often I was made to feel that being brought into this world in Hammersmith Hospital in 1977 was some kind of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Caecilia Pieri, Bagdad. La construction d'une capitale moderne, 1914-1960

Caecilia Pieri, Bagdad. La construction d'une capitale moderne, 1914-1960. Beyrouth : Presses de l’Ifpo, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Caecilia Pieri (CP): Having seized an opportunity to go to Baghdad in June 2003,[1] I unexpectedly discovered an interesting modern vernacular landscape, which remains important to this day—in terms of quality and, still today, in terms of quantity. Instead of the black hole of information and of desolation with which the city’s name was ...

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Today I Testified Before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism

Today I testified before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism. I was accompanied by my attorney, Jed Eisenstein, president of the board of Jewish Voice for Peace. I also had legal support from Palestine Legal and The Center for Constitutional Rights. One member of the Task Force, Paul Shechtman, was not present. He is an attorney who—in addition to being on this Task Force—represents the New York Police Department officer who killed Akai Gurley, and his firm has also represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joel Beinin (JB): I lived in Cairo for most of the time between September 2004 and December 2008. During this period, the wave of strikes and collective actions by Egyptian workers escalated dramatically. Workers invited me to visit factories and other workplaces where strikes were underway and asked that I write about ...

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