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This issue was curated to locate the voices that speak to communities in flux and see the local for what it is—simultaneously rooted & uprooted.
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Statement from Mashrou' Leila on Jordanian Government Banning of Their Show (Again)

[The following written statement and video was issued by the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila on 13 June 2017 in response to news that the the Jordanian government had officially cancelled their 27 June 2017 show in Amman. This represents the second year in a row that this has happened, despite obtaining all necessary permits and other documents in the lead up to the show.] We regret to inform you that the Mashrou’ Leila concert, which was supposed to take place on the 27th of June in Amman, has been cancelled following a decision by the Jordanian ministry of interior. The decision was reminiscent of last year’s concert, when our performance was authorized, then ...

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Faculty and Border Patrol Searches

[Logo of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)]

[The following announcement was issued by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on 7 June 2017 via email] In conjunction with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the AAUP is seeking information from any faculty members who have had their cell phones or other electronic devices searched by US border patrol officers at the nation’s borders while traveling internationally.  The Knight First Amendment Institute is a recently created non-profit organization that works to defend and strengthen freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through litigation, research, and education.   The AAUP is concerned ...

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Call for Book Proposals to UC Press: New Directions in Palestine Studies at Brown University

Call for Book Proposals in Palestinian Studies New Directions in Palestinian Studies publishes innovative conceptual, archival, and ethnographic research projects that transcend the dominant Orientalist and nationalist paradigms and that connect the Palestinian experience to global histories and dynamics. WHAT WE'RE ACQUIRING The series will develop and acquire projects by established academics and by rising scholars who place a premium on innovation and accessibility. Rigorous works that integrate comparative and global perspectives are especially welcome. The series is open to a wide range of approaches to the study of Palestine and the Palestinians including, but ...

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Letter to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey in Response to the Infringement of Academic Freedoms

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 19 May 2017, in response to the memo released by the Turkish Council for Scientific and Technical Research on 17 March 2017.] Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankaya, Ankara Turkey  Dear Prime Minister Yıldırım and President Erdoğan: We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom ...

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Press Release: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Unconstitutional Ruling in MESA Lawsuit against Trump Travel Ban

[The following press release was issued by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 25 May 2017] For Immediate Release May 25, 2017 Contact: Geoffrey Knox 917-414-1749 gknox@geoffreyknox.com Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Muslim Ban Unconstitutional RICHMOND, VA. — In a 10-3 ruling, a federal appeals court today ruled President Trump’s revised Muslim ban executive order is unconstitutional. The full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case earlier this month. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, and National Immigration Law Center brought the challenge on behalf of HIAS, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Middle ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2017): Activism

Middle East Report No. 281 (Spring 2017) ACTIVISM Many commentators declare that the Arab uprisings of 2011 have ended. But in the eyes of many activists in the region, the uprisings are not over, even if the multitudes have retreated from central squares as the regimes re-entrench. Indeed, the throngs that assembled in 2011 set an unreasonable standard for judging the political significance of street protests, which continue—and may even be increasing in frequency—in several countries. And there are numerous other ways in which to express resistance and dissent. The new issue of Middle East Report takes the temperature of ongoing citizen agitation for change across ...

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Call for Applicants: The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice (Beirut, 7 June 2017)

[AUB museum Photographed by BlingBling10 and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

Call for Applicants "The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice" Social Justice and The City Program Issam Fares Institute American University of Beirut Does your research bring up issues of social or spatial (in)justice? Does it invoke social issues such as unemployment, mobility problems, unaffordable or dysfunctional services, or ingredients of the city such as housing, infrastructure, parks, and more? Do you look at how such social issues or the organization of these ingredients is influenced by planning, government policies, laws and regulations, and/or people’s practices? Do you wonder how they materialize spatially in relation to income distribution ...

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Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies (MES) at Brown University

Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies (MES). The position is open to all disciplines, with a preference for the social sciences such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology. This is a two-year position. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment, who have experience teaching and supervising undergraduates, and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives. The successful candidate will serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the MES concentration (major) and will teach two classes a year: a seminar ...

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Call for Submissions: The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) 2017 Book Award

2017 INAUGURAL AGAPS BOOK AWARD The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites nominations for its inaugural 2017 Book Award. Nominations can be made either by the publisher or the author. The criteria for nominated books are as follows: Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2017. Subject matter must deal primarily with the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, inclusive of the transnational flow of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and/or Indian Ocean. Works not eligible include edited ...

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Call for Papers -- Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel

[Pile of papers. Taken by biblioteekje, uploaded via Flickr]

Trinity College Dublin 12 September 2017 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction.  The enjoyment of academic freedom carries with it obligations, such as the duty to respect the academic freedom of others, to ensure the fair discussion of contrary ...

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GCHR Report: Oman - Internal Security Service Continues Systematic Targeting of Human Rights Defenders and Internet Activists

[Gulf Center for Human Right. Image from gc4hr.org.]

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 24 April 2017.] Oman: Internal Security Service Continues Systematic Targeting of Human Rights Defenders and Internet Activists According to reports from Oman, the Internal Security Service (ISS) has arrested both human rights defender Ahmed Al-Bahri and Internet activist Khalid Al-Ramadani for their peaceful and legitimate activities in the field of human rights and their writing on social media networks. On 17 April 2017, the ISS summoned Ahmed Al-Bahri for interrogation, and detained him at the Special Division of the Omani Police General Command in the capital, Muscat. ...

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GCHR Report: Saudi Arabia - Human Rights Defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi Calls On The International Community To Protect Him

[Gulf Center for Human Right. Image from gc4hr.org.]

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 23 April 2017.] Saudi human rights defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi has called for international support after being forced to leave Saudi Arabia for Qatar. He said, "I call on the international community to protect me under the 1951 UN Convention and its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and to either resettle me in Qatar or to be resettled in a third country because my life is in danger." Al-Otaibi was forced to leave his country, and arrived in Qatar on 30 March 2017, after his case was referred to the Specialised Criminal Court, which was set up to deal ...

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DC Panel Discussion -- Fifty Years of Occupation: Looking Back, Looking Forward (15 June 2017)

[DC Panel Discussion -- Fifty Years of Occupation: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:30 – 12:00 pm. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036] The panel will include Tareq Baconi and Nur Arafeh, US and Palestine-based fellows respectively at Al-Shabaka; and Noura Erakat, assistant professor at George Mason University and co-founding editor of Jadaliyya journal. The three panelists will reflect on the ...

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Call for Targeted Academic Boycott of Turkey

[This call was released by Academics for Peace on 7 June 2017. The statement is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish (Sorani), Kurdish (Kurmanji), Norwegian, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. For more information, click here; to sign on to this petition, click here.] CALL FOR TARGETED ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF TURKEY DO NOT BE A PARTY TO CRIMES IN TURKISH HIGHER EDUCATION Background In January ...

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at Fresno.] Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor California State University twhite@calstate.edu Dr. Joseph I. Castro President California State University ...

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Sorry I Drowned | آسف لأني غرقت

[The following video and introduction were co-produced by Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] The world has catastrophically failed millions of people fleeing war, persecution and despair. Calculating politics won out over moral and legal obligations to offer protection and assistance to those in need. Like a contagious disease, walls, fences and restrictive border measures rampantly spread causing countless thousands of people to die on land or at sea. This 6-minute animated film ...

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London Event -- Violent Order: Extinguishing Palestinian Resistance, Expanding Israel’s Use of Force

School of Politics and International Relations Friday, 26 May 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST) London, England Only those with tickets can attend. You will be asked to present your ticket and photo ID at the registration desk Doors close at 18:00, strictly no admittance after this time  Since November 2000 when Israel publicly embraced its assassination policy of Palestinians, it embarked on two fundamental and interlocking shifts. The first was to unsettle the applicable legal framework ...

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Beirut Event: Heritage Watch Day for Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche (18-21 May)

Heritage Watch Day:  Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche  By Save Beirut Heritage & The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche 18-21 May 2017 Beirut, Lebanon Beirut has two of 50 selected sites worldwide listed on the 2016 World Monument Watch List. By listing Beirut’s Dalieh of Raouche and Heneine Palace, the World Monument Fund (WMF) aims to raise awareness about the threat to cultural and built heritage sites and monuments that are of national and universal ...

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Call for Applicants -- The 2nd Palestinian/Arab Youth Summer School 2017: Political Education & Transnational Movement Building

The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) Calls on Palestinian/Arab Youth to apply to participate in: The 2nd Palestinian/Arab Youth Summer School 2017: Political Education and Transnational Movement Building The Summer School will be held from July 22th to July 30th, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The summer school will convene in PYM USA’s National General Assembly, which will be held the last day of the school, July 29th. This summer school will offer a deep and engaging program to critically engage ...

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Task Force on Population Movement Yemen Report (May 2017)

[The following report summary was published by the International Organization for Migration on 14 May 2017. For the full report, click here.] The Task Force for Population Movement (TFPM), co-led by IOM and UNHCR is a Technical Working Group of the Yemen Protection Cluster. The TFPM implements an information management tool that gathers data on the status and location of displaced persons across Yemen. As of 01 April 2017, the TFPM has identified, 1,988,946 internally displaced persons (IDPs) ...

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The Muslim Ban and MESA

Last year we watched as the condition of academic freedom eroded in Egypt, Gaza, Turkey, and elsewhere in the Middle East. The situation for scholars in Turkey, in particular, has reached a low that none of us could have imagined, with hundreds of those who signed the peace petition protesting the government’s actions in southeast Turkey losing their jobs. Our colleagues on the MESA Committee for Academic Freedom have been indefatigable in documenting abuses of academic freedom by the Turkish government ...

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Multi-Campus Event: Three UC Schools Observe the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War (28 April)

June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The anniversary makes all too evident what activists and scholars have long noted: the Israeli military occupation is not temporary. It is a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political landscape. Initiated by the centers for Middle East studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara, separate panel discussions on all three campuses on Friday, April 28, 2017 form the core of ...

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Berkeley Event--6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time (28 April 2017)

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa arbara will host contemporaneous events to address this significant milestone. [There is a panel discussion at 10 am followed by a keynote at 3:30 to be delivered by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat.]

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Spring 2017 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

Arab Studies Journal Volume XXV, no. 1 (Spring 2017) EDITOR'S NOTE Since the November 2016 elections, the dying gasps of US exceptionalism has meant the intensification of attacks on the lives and movement of people from the Arab world. The travel ban constitutes a US policy to sanction the very people that previous administrations as well as the current one have bombed. As borders close, the number of refugees fleeing the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq increases. In this tautology, the new ...

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