Professor Catherine Hall will deliver the annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture. From Hall's first reading of Orientalism, Edward Said's work has acted as an inspiration and a provocation to understand the other. Her focus has been on English imperial identities in the C18 and C19. She understands the effort to enter imaginatively the states of mind that have underpinned those identities as part of the project of 'unlearning' modes of cultural domination. In this lecture, Hall focuses on Edward Long, C18 slave-owner, family man, creole nationalist and historian, who's encyclopaedic History of Jamaica (1774) explicates pro-slavery politics. Long's imagined geographies, rooted both in his lived experience and his attempted theorisations of racial difference, constituted the Atlantic as a place of white power, made productive by enslaved black labour. His politics of place fixed England, Jamaica and Africa in a fateful triangle, secured by racial binaries of "White" and "Negro." Those binaries could only be sustained by disavowal, that practice of knowing and not knowing the humanity of others, that remains central to an understanding of racisms in the present.
Join the Middle East Institute for its next Sharīʿa Workshop entitled: "Islamic Law As a Discursive Tradition" with a case study on court practices using the Islamic equivalent of "best interests of the child" legal principle. Our guest leading a discussion will be Dr. Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim of McGill University.
Seminar in Arabic Studies presents "Marriage, Housework, and the Changing Configurations of Islamic Law and Ethics in 13th-14th century Damascus," with speaker Marion Katz, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University.
Join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Ami Ayalon of Tel Aviv University on the topic of printing. Printing was adopted in the Arab countries in the nineteenth century and assumed mass proportions during the last half-century of Ottoman rule there. The talk will discuss the formative phase of that practice in the region and examine some of the problems and creative solutions in early Arab printing, publishing, and diffusion.
In late November 1990, Fidel Castro invited three Iraqis for lunch at his place: along with Muhsin Jassim Al-Musawi, were the Iraqi ambassador and the Minister of Endowment. No protocols were in effect.
Dr. Rothchild, a recently retired obstetrician and long-time rights activist, will also be presenting her new book Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine. The book chronicles the three "health and human rights" delegations she undertook to Israel/Palestine, 2013-2015.
Join UNDP sponsored local young leaders and the lead author of the AHDR 2016, Dr. Adel Abdellatif in a conversation about the outlook for the Arab Region towards empowering the youth to drive its development.
Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman has embarked upon a program of reform and self-redefinition that if successful will in less than a generation change it beyond recognition. Other GCC member countries are pursuing reform agendas that are equally if not more ambitious in their own right.
Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral research associate in Palestine and Palestinian Studies with a possibility of renewal for a second year. The position is part of the ongoing initiative, New Directions in Palestinian Studies, which seeks to critically explore and facilitate innovative lines of academic inquiry in this field. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives.
The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary symposium and reception in honor of Professor George Saliba, on the occasion of his retirement. Scholars of the history of science and the history of Arabic and Islamic thought will present their current research, and celebrate the contributions of Professor Saliba to these fields of scholarship.
In collaboration with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies invites proposals for its 2017 Annual Conference on the theme of "Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux."