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Iraqi Odyssey in NYC

[Image from Iraqi Odyssey.]

Iraqi Odyssey: A Global Family Saga by Samir Monday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. The Iris and Gerald B. Cantor Center, 36 E. 8th Street, Theater 101 Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of people successively plagued by the horrors of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. You can watch the trailer here. (2015, Iraq, Switzerland) 162 Minutes After-film panel discussion with: Samir (filmmaker) Ella Shohat, Professor, New York University Sinan Antoon, Associate Professor, New York University * ...

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Leading Artists Endorse Cultural Boycott of Israel

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Eight leading artists, all with ties to New York, state their support for the cultural boycott of Israel in our new video. The eight artists recount the hardships that Israel imposes on Palestinian artists, and the history of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. They explain the Palestinian boycott call, and why they endorse a cultural boycott. The video marks the launch of a New York-based initiative calling for more artists and cultural workers in New York, the US and around the world to pledge to respect and support the Palestinian boycott call. Visit the Amplify Palestine website. 

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الأكاديميا والعدالة الاجتماعية: دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية

                  دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية   آخر موعد: ٣٠ تشرين ثاني/نوفمبر ٢٠١٥ Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA AR-SA Keep Reading »

Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria, with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad

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Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria Introduction: The Russian Intervention in Syria Payam Mohseni, Editor In late September 2015 at the request of the Syrian government, dozens of advanced Russian warplanes entered Syrian airspace and began conducting intensive airstrikes against enemy targets. With the support of the Russian Air Force, the Syrian government also launched an offensive ground campaign in conjunction with Hezbollah and Iranian forces to recapture key territories in Hama, Idlib, and Latakia provinces and has more recently set its objectives on regaining Aleppo. Moreover, Iran, Iraq, Russia, and Syria ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Three Winning Entries

Last June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The jury selected three winning entries from twenty submissions. The selection was made on the basis on the projects’ sensitivity to the urban context, reaffirming the historical identity of Dalieh as a space for the public, functionality, flexibility, and economic feasibility, ecological and environmental sustainability, the institutional framework addressing property and managerial/administrative concerns, innovation and creativity, and clarity and completeness of the submission. Winning Entry: The Last Resort ...

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Prominent Anthropologists Explain Why They Support the AAA Boycott Resolution

On 20 November 2015, members of the American Anthropological Association will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Over the past year, a number of prominent anthropologists have written eloquently about why they support such a boycott, urging their colleagues to join them in that support. Here are some of the highlights:         Lisa Rofel & Ilana Feldman, Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions James Ferguson, Israel BDS - Why I Signed . . . Reluctantly Thomas Blom Hansen, Why I Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Hilla Dayan, I Support the Boycott from Within Talal ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Results

When we started working on the ''Revisiting Dalieh'' competition about a year ago, our goal was to involve the largest number of people in shaping visions for the location of Dalieh of Raouche, as a starting point for a public debate about the common spaces in the city. We wanted to present alternative visions to the current practices along the Lebanese coast, serving as models or pilots for the design, management, and sustainability of similar spaces. We also wanted to raise public awareness about the importance of the environment, and the respect for nature and its components as they are, as a fundamental right, not to be truncated. On the other hand, we wanted to ...

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Seminaire: Mais que veut donc le peuple?

[cliché Vincent Battesti]

Ce séminaire est organisé par Habib Ayeb (Université Paris 8), François Ireton (CNRS) et Vincent Battesti (CNRS). Il aura lieu deux fois par mois le mercredi de 15h à 18h à l’Université de Paris 8 Vincennes à Saint-Denis (bâtiment D, salle D008, rez-de-chaussée, station de Métro "Saint Denis-Université", terminus de la ligne 13). Parmi les slogans, revendications et mots d’ordre qui ont fleuri durant les contestations et soulèvements qu’ont connus certains pays d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient durant les années 2011-2015 (à ne considérer que la période inaugurée par la chute de la dictature en Tunisie et en Égypte), nombre d’entre eux (le "pain", ...

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يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس

يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس من الصعب أن نبالغ بحماسنا المتواصل للعمل على “جدلية”. لكن في ظل الأوضاع الراهنة في المنطقة، من الصعب الحفاظ على حماس غير مقيّد. لقد أطلقنا هذا المشروع قبل وقت قصير من انطلاق الثورات العربية وتطورت المجلة بموازاة الحماس الذي واكب انطلاق الثورات العربية. ونجدنا نواجه الآن لحظة من اليأس الطويل ببصيص أمل. لكننا مصممون على التقدم إلى الأمام. بعد خمس سنوات من إطلاق “جدلية”، ما زلنا ننظر إليها كأنها حديثة الولادة، ونخصها بكل الرعاية والقوة وأحياناً عدم الشعور بالأمان الذين يرافقون إطلاق مشروع جديد. فقد اجتزنا طريقاً طويلاً جداً مذاك، على مزيد من الجبهات، أكثر مما نستطيع تلخيصه في هذه المادة القصيرة. وفي الحقيقة، نحن مترددون بشكل متزايد في ...

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Be It Resolved: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution

[A mural depicting Israeli settlements in Hebron. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic institutions until they take concrete steps to end their complicity with Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian rights. This includes refraining from any formal collaborations with Israeli universities or academic associations. The academic boycott is an act of protest against Israel’s violations and an act of solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues. It is ...

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Declassification of Presidential Daily Briefings Report

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On September 16th, 2015, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) formally declassified roughly twenty-five hundred President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations between 1961 and 1969. These documents are now accessible in the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act reading room. At the press conference held at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, CIA Director John Brennan said that this release means, “the world’s greatest democracy does not keep secrets merely for secrecy’s sake.” Many critics of American government secrecy would dispute this statement. Nonetheless, this release of PDB records is a significant step in the right direction and a ...

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Symposium: Palestine and Pedagogy at the University (UCLA, 6 November 2015)

Palestine and Pedagogy at the University: A one-day conference Friday, November 06, 2015 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM Charles E. Young Research Library, Main Conference Room UCLA Attedance is free, but requires an RSVP CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 9:15 –11:00: Panel I
 Moderator: Asli Bali, Professor UCLA Law School Yaman Salahi, “Academic Freedom in Middle East Studies: Comfort, Balance, and Neutrality in the Classroom.” Cheryl Harris, “Pedagogical Challenges of Engaging Palestine.” Coffee Break 11:00 - 11:30 

11:30-1:30: Panel II Moderator: Sondra Hale, Research Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, UCLA

 Lisa Rofel, ...

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Affirming the Rights of Students to Organize, Protest, and Resist (City University of New York)

[This statement was released on 23 November 2015.] In light of recent events and revelations, we, as faculty and graduate student members of CUNY for Palestine, reiterate our unequivocal support for students to organize for social justice, and to protest against injustices, without having their rights to free speech and free assembly infringed upon or violated by members of the university administration or law enforcement. We have noted with great concern recent revelations regarding spying and ...

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

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 2016-2017 academic year: 15 February 2016. 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 ...

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Academia and Social Justice: Call for Papers

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Salaita Update: Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for 'Uncivil' Tweets

[The following press released was issued on 12 November 2015 by Steven Salaita's legal defense team.] Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for “Uncivil” Tweets Contact: Jen Nessel, (212) 614-6449, November 12, 2015, Chicago – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Loevy & Loevy announced the settlement of Professor Steven Salaita’s case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing him from his tenured ...

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Dalieh Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Background Report

The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raoucheh authored a competition brief to guide all participants to the competition in elaborating and proposing their entries. It is available in English and Arabic on the Campaign’s website. In addition, the Civil Campaign authored a rich background report providing text, narratives, images, testimonies, analytical maps, and legal references about the site. It includes information about the Civil Campaign beginnings, progressive growth, and timeline of ...

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Revisiting Dalieh: Open Ideas Competition Results & Updates

In June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The Civil Campaign is a coalition of individuals invested in safeguarding Beirut’s livability, advocating for the protection of the city’s seafront as a shared space and open access zone. The campaign had launched its open ideas competition on 24 March 2015, under the patronage of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, the American University of Beirut’s ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Ideas Competition: Jury Report

The jury held its official deliberation on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. The jury members included Jad Chaaban (AUB); Habib Debs (URBI); Marwan Ghandour (Iowa State University); Hans Kienle (University of Stuttgart); Jala Makhzoumi (AUB); Nizar Saghieh (Legal Agenda); Jad Tabet (URBI, UNESCO); Andreja Tutundzic (IFLA); as well as deputy jurors Wafa Charafeddine (CDR) and Mona Harb (AUB). The jury unanimously elected Jad Tabet, an architect, ...

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Seminaire doctoral: Societes urbaines mediteraneennes: Histoire et anthropologie

L’Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain/Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (IIAC/LAU) et le Centre de recherche Europes-Eurasie de l’Institut nationale des langues et civilisations orientales, avec le soutien de l’ED 265 Langues, littératures et sociétés du monde de l’INALCO, organise ce séminaire mensuel, qui est un lieu de formation et d’échange pour les chercheurs et les étudiants en Master et Doctorat. Il vise à contribuer à la réflexion sur les notions et les pratiques ...

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Concerning Academic Facing Criminal Indictment for “Terrorist Propaganda” and Praising 'Crime and Criminals' Due to a Final Exam Question

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 3 November 2015] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476 Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom in order to express our serious concern over reports that Barış Ünlü, an Assistant Professor in the ...

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Announcing the 2016 Political Economy Book Prize Competition (Political Economy Project)

The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions will be read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts must have been published in 2013, 2014 or 2015 and ...

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Political Economy of the Middle East: Continuities & Discontinuities in Teaching & Research (Event at GMU)

Political Economy of the Middle East:  Continuities & Discontinuities in Teaching & Research Friday 6 November, 2015 3 pm - 6 pm Merten Hall 1202 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Pizza and Refreshments Served      S C H E D U L E  Panel 1: Field Research  : :  3 pm  Melisande Genat, Stanford University From Agrarian Experiments in the Context of Socialist ''Villagization'' to Population Displacements: Iraqi Kurdish Collective Towns During ...

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ICRC Report: Urban Services During Protracted Armed Conflict

This report seeks to stimulate a much-needed discussion on developing a better approach to assisting people in urban areas that have been affected by protracted armed conflict. Currently, some fifty million people worldwide are affected by armed conflict in urban areas, with knock-on effects that go far beyond the visible signs of destruction. Experience suggests that most of these people are more dependent on essential services than their rural compatriots, making them more vulnerable to service ...

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