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Describing Manuscripts from the MWM Project: A Hands-On Codicology Workshop with Kelly Tuttle
Sep
20
9:00 AM09:00

Describing Manuscripts from the MWM Project: A Hands-On Codicology Workshop with Kelly Tuttle

  • Chang Seminar Room, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (map)
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This is an intensive, one-day workshop to begin to familiarize students and scholars of other manuscript traditions with the Islamic codicological tradition. Over the course of the day, students will learn about safe handling of manuscripts, collation, bindings, paper, common types of hands, decoration, and layouts, including traditional locations and styles of recording authors, titles, and dates in Islamicate manuscripts. To practice what they are learning, attendees will work hands-on with Islamicate manuscripts from the Columbia collection, many of which have been recently cataloged for the first time as part of the Muslim World Manuscripts project.

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Arabic Digital Humanities Open Seminar
Sep
6
2:00 PM14:00

Arabic Digital Humanities Open Seminar

September 6 Seminar: "Current work of the OpenITI and Kitab Projects: Resources and Challenges"

In this session, I introduce currently available resources from the KITAB/OpenITI projects and provide a sneak preview of in-progress digital research applications. I then discuss key challenges involved in working with our corpus and methods. The session will encourage discussion and involve demonstrations.

Professor Sarah Bowen Savant (Aga Khan University-ISMC) is a cultural historian, focusing on early Islamic history and history writing up to 1400, with a special focus on Iraq and Iran. She is the author of The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), which won the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award, given by the International Society for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Persian Heritage Foundation. Her other publications include The Excellence of the Arabs: A Translation of Ibn Qutaybah’s Faḍl al-ʿArab wa l-tanbīh ʿalā ʿulūmihā (with Peter Webb; The Library of Arabic Literature; Abu Dhabi: New York University Press, 2016), as well as articles and edited volumes dealing with ethnic identity, cultural memory, genealogy, and history writing. Her current project focuses on the history of books in the Middle East. With a team and partners she is developing digital methods to collect texts and to study the origins and development of the Arabic and Persian textual traditions. Her next monograph arises from this work, and interrogates concepts of the book and authorship. Please see kitab-project.org and https://github.com/OpenITI.

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Apr
26
to Apr 27

WORKSHOP | Representations of Exile and Migration

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Columbia University Middle East Institute will be hosting a professional development workshop for teachers, grades 8-12.

This two-day course will provide a nuanced portrait of the experience of displacement and the figure of the migrant by focusing on literary, cinematographic, pedagogical, and theoretical materials.

Facilitator Biographies:

Anthony Alessandrini is Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College and in the MA Program in Middle Eastern Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center, where he is also a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the editor of Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; the co-editor of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey; and has recently published a poetry chapbook entitled Children Imitating Cormorants. He is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the MLA West Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Forum, and on the Nominating Committee of the Middle East Studies Association.

Hande Gurses holds a PhD in Literary Studies from University College London, and currently teaches in the English Department at Ryerson University and in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. She has published her work on Orhan Pamuk in Fear and Fantasy in a Global World, Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk, and other academic and non-academic journals. She was previously a Visiting Lecturer in the Comparative Literature Program at UMass Amherst, where she taught courses on the international short story, dystopian literatures, and ecocriticism. Her primary research interests include contemporary world literature, ecocriticism, and critical animal studies. She is interested in inclusive pedagogies and contemplative practices in higher education. At UMass Amherst she was the recipient of a TIDE fellowship (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) and an active member of the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group. Most recently she co-edited a volume on eco-critical approaches to contemporary Turkish literature titled Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film (published in 2019 by Routledge). Her current book project examines the relation between animals and sovereignty in the construction of national identity.

Kirsten Helmer, Ed. D., is a lecturer and the Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity with the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is in charge of developing and overseeing TEFD’s programming for intercultural teaching development with a focus on inclusive course and syllabus design, inclusive and culturally responsive teaching and assessment practices, universal design for learning, anti-oppressive and contemplative pedagogies, intercultural competence, and facilitating difficult dialogues.

She designed and facilitates the TIDE Ambassador (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) program, a year-long faculty fellowship; regularly offers teaching workshops for faculty; and consults with departments and one-on-one with faculty. Kirsten has taught courses on multicultural education, anti-racism, intergroup dialogue, queering the curriculum, exploring gender and sexuality diversity, multicultural children’s literature, and German language in face-to-face and online settings at both UMass Amherst and Mount Holyoke College.

Kirsten holds a Doctorate in Education from the department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies; a Master’s Degree in Bilingual/English as a Second Language/Multicultural Education; a Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity; and a Certificate as Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) from the College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition, she also received a Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and has a degree as a Diplom-Betriebswirt (Business Administration) from the Berufsakademie Mannheim, Germany. Her publications include “Queer literacies: A multidimensional approach to reading LGBTQI-themed literature” in D. Linville & D. L. Carlson (Eds.). Beyond Borders: Queer Eros and Ethos (Ethics) in LGBTQ Young Adult Literature, 2016; “Reading queer counter-narratives in the high school literature classroom: possibilities and challenges” in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Special Edition: Queering LGBT-Themed Literature with Teachers and Students. Guest editors: Mollie Blackburn, Caroline Clark, & Wayne Martino; and “Disruptive practices: Enacting critical pedagogy through meditation, community building and explorative spaces in a graduate course for pre-service teachers” in the Journal of Classroom Interaction (2014), 49(2), 33-40.

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Please email Simone with any questions at sr3429@columbia.edu.

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International History Workshop: Professor Meltem Toksöz (Boğaziçi University/Brown University)
Apr
3
5:00 PM17:00

International History Workshop: Professor Meltem Toksöz (Boğaziçi University/Brown University)

"World History as an Ottoman mission Civilsatrice"

We would like to invite you to another exiting meeting of the International History Workshop. Our guest speaker for this week will be Professor Meltem Toksöz (Boğaziçi University/Brown University). She will be presenting a paper entitled "World History as An Ottoman mission civilisatrice; Ahmed Midhat's Configuration."  

The event is co-sponsored by Columbia's Center for International History and the Middle East Institute.   

In case you are interested in attending and would like to read the pre-circulated paper, please write to: Roy Bar Sadeh at rb3159@columbia.edu.

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Muslim World Manuscripts Project: Rediscovering Words & Worlds - Arabic Script Collections at Columbia University
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Muslim World Manuscripts Project: Rediscovering Words & Worlds - Arabic Script Collections at Columbia University

  • Columbia University. Butler Library 523 (map)
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Join the Columbia World Manuscripts Project at Columbia University and the Middle East Institute for a two-day public workshop with lectures and key note address on Rediscovering Words & Worlds: Arabic Script Collections.

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International History Workshop with Dr. Ussama Makdisi
Jan
18
11:15 AM11:15

International History Workshop with Dr. Ussama Makdisi

Professor Makdisi will present us a draft chapter entitled "Coexistence in an Age of Genocide: The Birth of the Ecumenical Nahda" from his new book project about the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East. The workshop is open to all, and consists of an informal discussion of pre-circulated works in progress. Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

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Empire in the Middle East
Oct
11
4:00 PM16:00

Empire in the Middle East

  • 1918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University (map)
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Weatherhead East Asian Institute presents the 2012-2013 Workshop Series After the Postcolonial Turn: Global Perspectives Inaugurating the new series Institutes Global Connections

On the premise that post-colonialism (the theory and scholarly practice) and post-coloniality (the historical condition) have both reached a new stage, this series of informal workshop-discussions will compare the specificities of colonial histories across the globe in order to identify commonalities and differences toward the goal of a new conceptualization of those all-too-well-worn words: colonialism and empire. 

With guest lecturer Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Department of History. Discussant: Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Department of History

The full schedule is available online

Co-sponsored by The Institute of African Studies, The Harriman Institute, The Blinken European Institute, Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, The Middle East Institute, Committee on Global Thought, and Departments of History, Anthropology and East Asian Languages and Cultures. 

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