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Perspectives on the Immigration Ban: A Town Hall with GMU Faculty

On Thursday, February 9 The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, in conjunction with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, hosted a town hall titled “Perspectives on the Immigration Ban.” The Center organized the town hall as a response to the confusion and questions surrounding Executive Order 13769, titled “Protection of The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and more commonly referred to as the “Muslim Ban,” signed on 27 January. The town hall brought together six Mason faculty members to put the ban under scrutiny from multiple angles in conversation with the audience. The first ...

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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

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PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as well as performances, screenings, talks, discussions and studio visits in different locations across the city. A sustained engagement with the context in which artists exchange knowledge, work and exhibit in Egypt has shaped much of the thinking around PhotoCairo’s sixth edition. Rather than working within the limited time frame of festivals, Shadows of ...

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Call for Volunteers: LEAP Summer English Program with Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon (Deadline: 17 February 2017)

Apply Today Deadline: February 17, 2017  ABOUT LEAP  Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of our students. LEAP encourages youth to become agents of change by supporting them in their educational pursuits during their most formative years. 
LEAP aims to illuminate the plight of Palestinian refugees, particularly in Lebanon, through volunteer-run educational programs and scholarship opportunities; simultaneously facilitating a rich ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these cases are distinct because the structures are not built on what Israel has declared “State Lands.” Instead, they are built on private Palestinian lands where the proof of ownership is not in controversy. The Validation Law is an unprecedented new step in Israel’s incremental and steady encroachment of Palestinian lands. Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat, joins ...

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Call for Papers: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance

CFP: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance At the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference in London, 29 August  to 1 September 2017.  Panel affiliated to the Urban Geography Research Group Session's convener: Nathan Marom (Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel) Middle East cities–and the wider regions and territories in which they are embedded–present a distinct constellation of socio-environmental disparities and socio-political inequalities. These feed into wider processes of political instability, governance ...

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Eleven Former MESA Presidents Support Current Bylaw Amendment Proposal

[The following letter was issued by a group of former presidents of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 7 November 2016 in support of a bylaw amendment introduced at the 2016 Members Meeting. The amendment is currently up for a membership-wide vote. See below for details on voting.]       Enhancing MESA’s Legal Standing Dear members of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, We are writing as former MESA presidents, in light of recent regional trends in the Middle East and political developments in the United States. Scholars, as well as academic organizations, working on the region are confronting renewed pressures in such ...

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Call for Applicants--2017 Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the second Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute on Lebanon, to be held 12-23 June 2017. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon. Scholarly literature on Lebanon is seldom fully integrated into the graduate coursework of PhD students focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. Furthermore, such students rarely find themselves at institutions with access to a scholar of Lebanon to fulfill the ...

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Press Release and Petition: Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

[The following press release and petition were issued on 27 January 2017 by a group of concerned academics. As of 29 January 2017, over 4500 US-based academics have signed the petition, with an additiona plus 1000 post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students, and non-US scholars signing on as well.] For Immediate Release Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Press Inquiries: notobanpress@gmail.com NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2017 – More than 6,000 academics from many of the most prestigious universities across the United States, including many Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, Members of the National Academy of Sciences, and winners of John Bates ...

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Call for Letters of Interest: Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World (Beirut, 17-21 July 2017)

Call for Letters of Interest Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World “Security Beyond the State” July 17-21, 2017 | Beirut The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is soliciting letters of interest from doctoral students, junior scholars, and other researchers for the first Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World titled “Security Beyond the State,” which will be held on July 17-21, 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon. This summer institute will introduce participants to the ways in which we can research such plural and precarious patterns of security and insecurity in the Arab World. This initiative comes from the Beirut ...

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UNOCHA Update on Wadi Barada, Syria

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[This report was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 14 January 2017.] Syrian Arab Republic: Wadi Barada Flash Update No. 1 14 January 2017   Highlights Since 22 December, an estimated 5.5 million people in Damascus and surrounding areas have been cut off from their main source of water supply, the Ein Elfijeh and Barada springs, after those were damaged. Following an agreement of 13 January, government and SARC technical teams entered the Wadi Barada area the same day to carry out a damage assessment of the water sources and infrastructure at the Ein Elfijeh spring site with a view to ...

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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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The MLA and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

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The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia. This short documentary makes the case for MLA members to vote in support of the resolution. The video includes interviews with numerous prominent literary scholars who support the boycott resolution. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, W. J. T. Mitchell, Bruce Robbins, Margaret Ferguson, Rosaura Sanchez, David Lloyd, Malini Schueller, David Palumbo Liu, Jeffery Sacks, Koritha Mitchell, Kenneth Surin, and Kamran Rastegar are among the scholars interviewed. The interviews were conducted ...

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Political Economy of Development Series at GMU

[Political Economy of Development Series at GMU : : Starting Tuesday, February 21, 12 pm, JC 3rd Floor, Room A, with Bassam Haddad]        Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Political Economy Project Present Political Economy of Development Series    FOUR EVENTS  (LECTURES AND RELATED WORKSHOPS)   LECTURE 1. Development Under Authoritarian Rule by Bassam Haddad Tuesday, February 21, 12 pm Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Room ...

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Growing Sustainability at Beirut Design Week 2016 (Video)

Growing Sustainably is a documentary film made during Beirut Design Week 2016. It focuses on four initiatives that took place over the course of that year. Each project represents a certain aspect of sustainability. The Beirut Makers, a collective of over a dozen designers and makers, are featured as an example of economic sustainability for the Lebanese design industry. TheOtherDada, an architectural studio, represents the importance of environmental sustainability through their Beirut ...

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BBC News: A Sarcastic Response to Syria's Militants

By Mike Thomson BBC News 9 February 2017 It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Music is forbidden, so are women presenters. But Raed Fares - manager of Radio Fresh FM - has come up with a creative response to the militants' demands. It is mid-day and almost time for the latest news from Radio Fresh FM in the rebel-held province of Idlib, in north west Syria. Suddenly the airwaves are filled with assorted sounds of ...

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Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

[The following report was issued by Amnesty International on 7 February 2017] Human Slaughterhous: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria Executive Summary Saydnaya Military Prison is where the Syrian state quietly slaughters its own people. The victims are overwhelmingly ordinary civilians who are thought to oppose the government. Since 2011, thousands of people have been extrajudicially executed in mass hangings, carried out at night and in the utmost secrecy. Many other detainees ...

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Protesting the Modern Language Association's Anti-Boycott Resolution

[This statement was originally published on 30 January 2017. The initial signatories are Modern Language Assocation (MLA) prize winners, current Delegate Assembly members, and past Executive Council members and MLA presidents. The petition is now open to all active and past members of the MLA; for more information, or to sign on to this petition, click here.] 30 January 2017 To the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association: We write collectively as MLA award winners, current Delegate ...

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Press Release: NYC Yemeni Grocery Stores to Shut Down in Response to "Muslim Ban"

Wednesday, February 1 (New York, New York)  On Thursday, February 2, Yemeni grocery store owners across five New York boroughs will close 1,000 stores from 12pm to 8pm in response to the Trump administration’s infamous “Muslim Ban” executive order. This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric and, during this period, grocery store owners will spend time with their families and loved ...

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MESA Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017)

[The following memo was issued on 29 January 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017) President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27th, 2017 which issued new guidance on the admission and vetting of non-citizens to the United States. Key provisions of the Executive ...

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Call for Papers -- McGill Islamic Studies Graduate Students' Symposium CFP: (Deadline: 5 February 2017)

Call for Papers: McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium Symposium Dates: April 26th and 27th, 2017 Main McGill Campus Within recent years, Islam has been a potent subject for televised and radio debates, heated dinner table discussions, legal and judicial hearings, rhetorical publications, official statements from religious leaders, and funding applications that capitalize on the political expediency of its study. These modern forums are the inheritors of a long ...

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Press Release: Former Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni in to be Questioned in Brussels

[The following press release was issued on 19 January 2017. See contact info below] Press Release 19 January 2017 Belgo-Palestinian Association Former Israeli minister of affairs Tzipi LIVNI in Brussels - Judicial arrest This Monday, January 23rd, 2017, Mrs. Tzipi LIVNI, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, comes to Brussels to participate in a conference in the European Parliament. She was Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of the Israeli military operation "Cast Lead" in ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Executes Three Men

[The following press release was issued on 15 January 2017 by Reprieve] Three men were executed by firing squad in Bahrain this morning (15th) according to the Attorney General. The three men executed were Ali Al-Singace (21), Abbas Al-Samea (27) and Sami Mushaima (42). Commenting, Maya Foa, a director of international human rights group Reprieve, said: It is nothing short of an outrage – and a disgraceful breach of international law – that Bahrain has gone ahead with these executions. The ...

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In Keeping with Conservative History, MLA Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions

[This statement was released by MLA Members for Justice in Palestine on 9 January 2017.] At the annual convention of the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association (MLA), a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in violations of international law was voted down by 113-78. The Delegate Assembly is the representative body of the Association, and the resolution will not now move forward for consideration by the full ...

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Call for Papers -- Palestine under Occupation: The Legitimation of Violence and the Violence of Legitimation (Queen Mary, 26 May 2017)

Call for Paper Proposals Palestine under Occupation: The Legitimation of Violence & the Violence of Legitimation Date and Venue: 26 May 2017, Queen Mary, University of London. We invite proposals for papers to be presented at this one-day research workshop hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. The workshop will consist of a series of panels during the day followed by a public lecture. Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Noura Erakat ...

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