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Northeast Ohio Events: Joel Beinin on BDS, High Risk Activism, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2-3 March)

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) proudly presents Stanford University Professor and noted Middle East Historian, Joel Beinin, who will be in Northeast Ohio for four events on March 2 & 3, 2015. The subject of all his events will be the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. On Monday, March 2 at 9am EST, Prof. Beinin will appear on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas  He will discuss BDS at Stanford and more broadly as well as PM Netanyahu's speech to Congress. Case's Brian Amkraut will appear opposite of Beinin. You can listen here to the Sound of Ideas live and they make the show available as a podcast afterwards.  Also ...

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London Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (February 24)

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In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: A reading from the novel, The Corpse Washer, a Q&A, followed by book signing and a reception Special performance by virtuoso oud player Khyam Allami. This is a free event, but please reserve your place by e-mailing: picadilly@waterstones.com Event Time: 6:30-9:00 pm Event Location: Waterstone’s Picadilly (4th Floor), 203/206 Picadilly, London W1J 9HD   For more details click here.

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Open Letter: Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine

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[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 4 February, 2015.] We support and congratulate UC Santa Cruz on their selection of Angela Davis for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation The undersigned organizations write in support of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal for his office’s selection and sponsorship of the Black feminist theorist and activist Angela Davis, a luminary of our movements and our region, who delivered a speech on “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine” at UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation. The event was attended by 1,000 people with 500 more ...

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Call for Applicants: Sijal Institute's Intensive Arabic Summer Courses

Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture invited applications for intensive Arabic summer courses in Amman, Jordan. Established by renowned scholars of teh Arab world, we offer enthusiastic students access to: Oustanding Arabic instruction at all levels Curriculum designed at leading US iniversities Hub for intellectual and cultural events Save and exciting location in the heart of Rainbow Street (old Amman) For more information visit as at www. sijal.org About Sijal Sijal is an institute of Arabic language and culture founded by scholars of Arab culture, history, and society. We offer outstanding instruction for students of Arabic at ...

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Workshop: Carbon Democracy and Revolution: Perspectives from the Middle East and the Mediterranean

Social revolutions, civil war and crippling economic crises: What is going on in the Middle East and South Eastern Mediterranean? Are the revolutions and wars in Egypt, Syria or Libya connected to the economic crises in Greece, Italy or Cyprus? How do carbon resources and energy competition affect these tense social, economic and environmental inter-relations? What is the future of 'carbon democracy' and what are its geographic and political ramifications? Inspired by Timothy Mitchell's work Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, this workshop will probe the relationship between energy, political power, history and ideology in the broad area of the Middle ...

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Corporatization: Are Public Services still Public?

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Public water and electricity are back in vogue. Yet, many state-owned utilities are now undergoing “corporatization,” i.e. they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services or a slippery slope toward privatization? Sometimes driven by neoliberal agendas, there are examples of corporatization that could herald a brighter future for equity-oriented public services. The Municipal Services Project, both a scholarly and activist network based at Kingston University (Ontario, Canada), recently released a book, a blog post and a video, presenting the results of in-depth research dealing with the ...

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Symposium: An Energy Revolution? Political Ecologies of Shale Oil in the Middle East, United States, and China (11-13 February, Washington DC)

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Abdullah S. Kamel International Symposium An Energy Revolution? Political Ecologies of Shale Oil in the Middle East, United States, and China 11-13 February Georgetown University Washington DC The CCAS has been holding annual symposia for nearly three decades, and this year’s meeting aims to assess the political, economic, human, and environmental impacts of shale oil and its technologies of extraction globally, and particularly on the societies and economies of the MENA region. Delivering our keynote is Dr. Peter H. Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies ...

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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 deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2015-2016 academic year: 1 March 2015. 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 to gain a ...

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Visualizing Impact: The Long Run & On the Brink

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[The following infographics were originally published by Visualizing Impact.] The Long Run This graphic shows the struggle that the region's youth must counter in their struggle to reach the age of independence.  The weight of multiple social and economic factors in the region have kept youth from finding a first job and ultimately reaching the financial security to afford to marry and become independent from their families. Created in collaboration with Silatech, our hope is that this graphic will start news conversations about this critical challenge facing a generation.     [Click image to enlarge.] On the Brink To show the ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Wins 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize

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[Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon wins the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer. Here are excerpts from the press release] The 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation was awarded to Sinan Antoon, for his translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer, published by Yale University Press. It is the first time the award goes to a self-translated text. Paula Haydar is highly commended for her translation of June Rain, by Jabbour Douaihy, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Publishing Foundation. The judging panel comprised literary translator and joint winner of the 2013 Prize Jonathan Wright, translator ...

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Call for Applicants: 2015-16 NEH/FPIRI PARK Fellowship for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its third National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral fellowships for research in Palestine. Fellowship awards are a minimum of four and a maximum of eight consecutive months. Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award. Full proposals due January 23, 2015 (Note deadline extended) Awards announced March 10, 2015 Important Information:   Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In ...

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بيان مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في بيروت ردا على مقال جريدة النهار

[صدر هذا البيان عن ادارة مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في تاريخ 6/1/2015] - ذكر المقال المنشور في جريدة النهار بتاريخ 6/1/2015 بقلم حسين حزوري، والذي تضمن كماً من العبارات العنصرية، مطعم تاء مربوطة وأحد موظفيه احمد الحفار ونسب اليهما مواقف عنصرية مرفوضة اتجاه المواطنين السوريين. - ان ذكر مطعم تاء مربوطة وأحد موظفيه ونسب موقف عنصري اليهما امر كاذب وغير صحيح ولم يحصل اصلاً ان زار حسين حزوري المطعم والتقى بأي شخص من إدارته عدا عن انه كذب ايضاً حين نسب وظيفة مدير الى النادل احمد الحفار، وان حقيقة عدم علاقة التاء المربوطة او احد موظفيها بما ورد في المقال تم التأكد منها بعد تحقيق داخلي دقيق وكامل.  - ان مطعم تاء مربوطة وإدارته لم يسبق لهما ان اتخذا اي موقف ينم عن عنصرية او ...

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Call for Applicants: Open-Rank Academic Positions in Legal Studies Program (The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies)

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Administration and Development Economics, has been newly established in Doha, Qatar by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Student applications have now opened and the DI is scheduled to launch its first academic year in the Fall semester of 2015. The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is seeking to strengthen its Master’s Program ...

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Cornell University Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East (3 March)

Lund Critical Debate Series presents: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure Ambassador Dennis Ross (William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Professor Bassam Haddad (Director, Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University) Moderated by Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School Associate Professor Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:30 ...

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Call for Proposals: ‘The State and the Study of Africa’ (ASA Annual Meeting, November 2015)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 58th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association THE STATE AND THE STUDY OF AFRICA 19-22 November 2015 Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina San Diego, CA DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:  15 March 2015 PROGRAM CHAIRS Dismas A. Masolo, University of Louisville Derek R. Peterson, University of Michigan ABOUT THE MEETING We are soliciting proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables. Presentations may focus on the theme of “The State and Study of ...

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Arab Studies Institute and Asfari Institute Present: Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship (Beirut, Feb. 20-22)

'Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship' First Annual Conference A conference co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute and the Asfari Institute Date and Time: 8am Friday 20 February through 5:30pm Sunday 22 February Location: Beirut, Lebanon Live Tweets: Follow @AsfariInstitute The February 2015 conference commemorates the fourth anniversary of the revolts that began in Tunisia in the final days of 2010 and rapidly spread to nearly half the countries of the Arab region. The revolts provided a ...

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Symposium: Law, Politics, and Constitution-Making in the Arab Spring (20 March 2015, London)

The School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies cordially invites you to the symposium on: Law, Politics and Constitution-Making in the Arab Spring 20 March 2015, 15:25-19:00 Khalili Lecture Theatre SOAS, University of London Russell Square, London, UK 15:25: Welcome Notes Dr. Nimer Sultany, Law Department, SOAS Professor Matthew Craven, Dean, Faculty of Law & Social Sciences, SOAS 15:30 – 17:00: Panel I: Whose Constitution?  Professor ...

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Vote 'Yes' on MESA Resolution in Support of Free Speech

At the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) this past November 2014, the business meeting passed a resolution that affirmed the principles of freedom of speech and academic freedom, specifically condemned the intimidation and censuring of scholars who seek to discuss and/or endorse BDS, and called on the MESA leadership to create a transparent space for the discussion of what position MESA should take on the question of BDS. Click here to read the resolution. This ...

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Bassam Haddad Speaks on Syria, Knowledge Production, and Pedagogy (2-4 February, Simon Fraser University)

Between Monday 2 February and Wednesday 4 February, Jadaliyya Co-Founder and Co-Editor Bassam Haddad will be visiting Simon Frasier University in Vancouver, Canada. Understanding the Syrian Tragedy: Lecture Monday, 2 February, 6:00pm Simon Fraser University 515 West Hastings St., Room 1700 Vancouver, Candada Nearly four years after the beginning of the Syrian uprising, many contend that the current multisided conflict has buried the revolution, contributed to furthering the disarray of the ...

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Stanford Event: Steven Heydemann on Authoritarianism in the Era of Mass Politics (2 February 2015)

CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD), in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute (ASI), presents: Authoritarianism in the Era of Mass Politics Featuring: Steven Heydemann Vice President, Applied Research on Conflict United States Institute for Peace Date and Time: Monday, February 2 12PM-1:30PM *Lunch will be served* Location: Goldman Conference Room (4th floor East Wing) Encina Hall Stanford University Abstract The uprisings that spread across the Middle East in ...

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Call for Submissions: Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for Submissions Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2015 The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XVIII (2015). Unlike recent years, this upcoming volume will not be based on a specific theme. Therefore, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law and Palestine. The Yearbook is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and ...

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Stanford Event: Joel Beinin on Workers and Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia (21 January 2015)

CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD), in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute (ASI), presents: Workers and Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia Featuring: Joel Beinin Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Stanford University Date and Time: Wednesday, January 21 12PM-1:30PM *Lunch will be served* Location: Goldman Conference Room (4th floor East Wing) Encina Hall Stanford University Abstract Arab workers participated prominently in the popular uprisings ...

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بيان مشترك لمؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) رداً على مقال جريدة النهار

[صدر هذا البيان عن مؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) في تاريخ 6/1/2015]  بحزن واشمئزاز قرأ الكثيرون مقال حسين حزوري في صحيفة «النهار» الصادرة اليوم السادس من كانون الثاني (العدد 25575). في المقال المذكور أساء الكاتب ليس لمنطقة فقط بل لشعب بأكمله، بلغة عنصرية مهينة.منطقة من بيروت صنعت تاريخها على الانفتاح وتقبّل الآخر واحتضانه هاربا من الظلم، حتى في اسوأ أيام الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية. تاريخياً بنى لبنان سمعة على أنه الملجأ والمقصد لكل مضطهد هارب من الظلم. ولا شكّ بأن راس بيروت – ...

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مذكرة الى الهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور عن المساواة في حقوق المواطنة للمرأة الليبية في الدستور

[صدر المذكرة التالية من قبل مجموعة من المواطنين الليبيين المعنيين لالهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور في 20 آب 2014 فيما يتعلق بحق المرأة الليبية على نقل الجنسية لأبنائها.]  14 أغسطس 2014 إلى: الهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور الموضوع: المساواة في حقوق المواطنة للمرأة الليبية في الدستور السادة أعضاء الهيئة بعد التحية نود تهنئتكم على انتخابكم للهيئة التأسيسية لصياغة مشروع الدستور في ليبيا وإلى الأمل والثقة التي ألهمت العديد من الموطنين في ليبيا إلى غاية ...

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