Graduate Workshop at the University of Oxford

In the Margins of Ottoman History: Revisiting the Late Ottoman Past   

June 5, 2015

The Ottoman Studies Group at Oxford (OSGO), in cooperation with Ertegun House, is delighted to announce that its third graduate workshop will be held at the University of Oxford on June 5, 2015. The workshop aims to bring together an international and multidisciplinary group of scholars to explore the neglected histories of the late Ottoman past. 

This year's workshop will focus on the idea of 'margins' - on the stories and voices that have been sidelined or erased from the historiography of the late Ottoman Empire. Canonical readings of the period, derived from both Ottoman and early Republican histories, continue to inform present-day scholarship and also popular understanding of the last decades of the Empire. In these official accounts, groups, currents and event that were considered marginal were written out of the national picture. These untold stories have gradually been re-excavated in the last three decades, as new angles, methods and sources have altered the perception of a monolithic late Ottoman milieu. This workshop will seek to draw on the findings of this revisionist scholarship, in the hope of contributing to a more complex and nuanced history of the late Ottoman Empire.

Please send a 300-word abstract, including a paper title and your affiliation to the Organizing Committee by April 13, 2015 to

Accepted participants will be informed by May 1, 2015. 

The program of the workshop will be announced by May 8, 2015.

Deadline April 13, 2015

For more information click here.

The Third Arab Knowledge Report: Youth and Localisation of Knowledge

 Tuesday, April 28

 Time: 9:00am-1:30pm 

 Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Room  555, Columbia University

 This event will present and discuss  the main findings of the Third Arab  Knowledge Report of 2014 on Youth  and the Localisation of Knowledge.  There will be a special discussion  focusing on the trends of brain drain  within the context of the Arab  region. 

 For registration or questions please  email 

 Sponsored by UNDP and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. 

Reclaiming Pakistan: A Conversation with Jibran Nasir

 Friday, April 24

 Time: 5:45 pm 

 Location: Hamilton Hall, Room  602, Columbia University

In the aftermath of the December 16, 2014 Peshawar Army Public School attack, Jibran has been leading the citizen's movement against terrorism, organizing campaigns in an effort to pressure the Government of Pakistan to begin a crack down on banned militant outfits. As a result Jibran has faced an arrest and has been threatened by the Taliban. Moreover other banned militant outfits have falsely accused him of blasphemy and have even tried to implicate him in fabricated criminal cases as unsuccessful attempts to intimidate and silence him.  

 Sponsored by the Organization of Pakistani Students - Columbia University

Radical Increments: Toward New Platforms of Engaging Iraqi Studies

Friday April 24 and Saturday, April 25

Time: See schedule here.

Location: Butler Library, Room 203

Conference Co-Organizers: 

Muhsin al-Musawi, Columbia University

Yasmeen Hanoosh, Portland State

For more details click here.

Register by emailing Joscelyn Shawn Ganjhara Jurich at 

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute, the Middle East, South Asian and African Studies Department (MESAAS), Butler Library, and al-Shaybani Foundation.

Edge of Arabia: A Free Way

Thursday, April 23


Judith Lee Stronach Center 

1190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

Stephen Stapleton (Artist, Co-Founder and Director), Ahmed Mater (Artist and Co-Founder) and Ava Ansari (Artist and Edge of Arabia Associate Curator and US Tour Manager) will join Professor Moneera Al-Ghadeer (Visiting Professor, Columbia Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies) in conversation to discuss the mission and conceptual framework of Edge of Arabia's three- year tour across the United States. In 2013, Edge of Arabia initiated an ongoing tour across the United States in partnership with Art Jameel, with the intention to investigate, communicate and archive alternative stories and histories connecting the Middle East and the United States, and to cultivate direct encounters on a grassroots level across the physical and psychological borders in between and across these regions. 

For more information visit, click here

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute and Vivian Chui (Department of Art History and Archaeology)

The Tragedy of the Egyptian Revolution

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


International Affairs Building, Room 707

Khaled Fahmy

Arcapita Visiting Professor, Middle East Institute, Columbia University 

American University in Cairo

"Bread. Freedom. Social Justice. Human dignity". This was the slogan that erupted in Tahrir Square in January 2011 in what proved to be one of the largest episodes of the Arab Spring. More than four years later, none of the lofty ideals that this slogan had called for has been fulfilled. On the contrary, the human rights situation in Egypt is worse today than it has ever been in living memory. More Egyptians have been killed by security forces in the past year than during Mubarak's thirty years in power. Courts have been passing down death sentences by the hundreds in sessions that last no more than a few minutes. Hundreds of young activists are now behind bars. Many more have fled the country in self-imposed exiles. Informed by many years of studying Egypt's modern history and reflecting on his own personal experience in Tahrir, Khaled Fahmy will be lecturing about the Tragedy of Egypt's Revolution.

For more information click here.

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute.  

Islamic Scholarship Fund

ISF's mission is to improve the understanding and acceptance of Islam by supporting students and increasing Muslim American representation in the professions that influence public policy and public opinion through academic scholarships, film grants and networking opportunities. For the last 6 years, ISF has awarded 115 students a total amount of $316,000. Our goal is to award 35-40 scholarships in 2015 ranging from $2,000-$5000. 

ISF started accepting applications on December 11th. The deadline to submit a complete application is April 14. The Selection Committee will review applications from April-May. All applicants will be notified of the results by the second week of June and finalist will be scheduled for remote interviews. Interviews will be held in June and early July. The list of recipients will be announced and award checks will be send out by end of July.

Minimum requirements to apply for a scholarship: 

* Muslim or active member of the Muslim community; 
* Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2015; 
* Majoring in an ISF supported major (complete list here
* Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; 
* Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; 
* Undergraduate (sophomore/junior/senior) or graduate/PhD

Deadline April 14, 2015

For more information click here.

2nd Annual Ivy Arab Conference

April 10-12

Location TBD

As part of last year's pioneering conference, CU Turath tackled issues relevant to young Arabs and Arab-Americans living in the modern age while hearing from successful Arab professionals and engaging in discussion with peers to foster a stronger sense of fellowship within the Arab collegiate community. This year CU Turath hopes to further their mission and make the conference an even greater success the second time around. 

The Ivy Arab Conference is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014. CU Turath will happily provide student hosting accommodations for the weekend if needed. More information will be updated on the page as plans are finalized. Feel free to direct any and all questions to

Open to students from all universities. For more information click here

Sponsored by CU Turath. 

The Arabic-Islamic Manuscript Tradition and the Rise of the Professional Editor in 19th and 20th Century Egypt

April 9


Faculty House, Columbia University 

Islam Dayeh

Free University Berlin

In the nineteenth century, the advent of the printing machine and the influence of orientalist, classicist and reformist attitudes in the Arab East gave rise to a new type of professional scholar: the editor of manuscripts. These scholars­-whose training may have been in traditional Qur'anic and hadith philology and text criticism or in the methods of biblical and classical text criticism brought to them by European scholars teaching at Arab universities-came to play a pivotal role in the intellectual debates over what constituted Arabic/Islamic 'tradition' (al-turath), how it should be read and its relevance to contemporary questions. 

The talk will begin at 7:00pm. If you would like to join for dinner at 6:00 pm, please RSVP to the seminar's rapporteur Ouijdane Absi ( no later than Monday, April 6th, 2015. Please note that the cost of dinner is $25, payable by check made out to "Columbia University."

For more information click here.

Sponsored by University Seminars at Columbia University. 

The Arab American Experience

April 8-May 4

Lebanese American University Academic Center

211 East 46th Street 

A series of events between April 8 and May 4, 2015 aiming to dispel stereotypes, promote cross-cultural understanding, and bridge the gap between seemingly opposing notions of 'East' and 'West.'

All events are free and open to the public For more information please contact Lina Beydoun at 

Sponsored by the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut. 

Outcome of the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations and Outlook for US Policy

Monday, March 30


Faculty House Presidential Ballroom, Columbia University

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion on the outcome of Iranian nuclear negotiations and next steps for U.S. policy, featuring Richard Nephew, former U.S. negotiator with Iran and current Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy's new program on Economic Statecraft, Sanctions, and Energy Markets, Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, and President of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), and Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute at Columbia University. 

The deadline for an agreement on the political elements of a deal resulting from ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, coordinated by the EU) is March 24. The results of the talks will have significant implications for the stability of the Middle East, the future integrity of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and the international economy. 

For more information and registration click here.

Sponsored by Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy. 

Women Mobilizing Memory: Keywords, a Collaborative Graduate Student Roundtable

Monday, March 30


Faculty House, Columbia University

Reflecting the working group's unique feminist, connective, and activist approach, the Collaborative Keyword Project is attuned to problems of translation arising in global academic collaborations and conversations. This first set of Keywords was generated by Women Mobilizing Memory's recent workshop in Istanbul and its discussion of gendered memory and the political efficacy of various forms of art and activism in recent Turkish and broader transnational contexts.

For more information click here.

Sponsored by Columbia's Center for the Study of Social Difference. 

Teaching Religion: Pedagogy, Transmission, and Technology

Columbia University Religion Department Graduate Student Conference

Friday, March 27


Journalism Building, Columbia University World Room 3rd Floor

Pedagogy, transmission, and technology transform the teaching of religion by shaping the movement of ideas. Often understood as distinct categories, pedagogy, transmission, and technology substantially overlap in discussions of how, why, and by what means religion is taught. By bringing to light both how religions themselves are so often pedagogical in nature and the ways the study of religion poses particular pedagogical problems, this conference aims to challenge popular modes of teaching religion. In this conference we will discuss fundamental questions of how religion can be studied and taught, how religious knowledge can be created and transmitted, and how new technologies enable new ways of imagining religion. By putting into conversation teachers of religion from both within and outside religious communities, this conference seeks to not only cultivate interdisciplinary conversation, but also transgress the boundaries between religion and its secular study. 

For more information click here.

Sponsored by the Sponsored by the Department of Religion, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, the Graduate Student Advisory Council, and the Middle East Institute. 

New York Turkish Film Festival

March 27-April 4

This year's Festival showcases a selection of eight remarkable feature films, bringing the best of contemporary Turkish cinema to NYC.  Our screenings include many award-winning films by established  masters as well as emerging new voices that have enjoyed domestic and international festival success. This unique selection explores a diverse range of subjects and themes including the human-nature relationship, the consequences of urban gentrification, the expression of cultural and ethnic identity, and the complexities of family dynamics.

Students will be able to receive a 50% discount with the discount code "STUDENT50" for all of those three films: I'm Not Him (Ben O Degilim), Consequences (Silsile), and Song of My Mother (Annemin Sarkisi). 

For more information click here.

Sponsored by the American Turkish Society. 

The Tunisian Democratic Transition in Comparative Perspective: With Reflections on Indonesia, India, and Egypt

Friday, March 27



Saturday, March 28


International Affairs Building, 

Room 1501

This is a two-day conference to discuss the recent Tunisian transition to democracy and to examine how and why democracy succeeded there. Rached Ghannouchi, Founder of the Ennahdha Party, Tunisia, will give the keynote address on Friday, at 12:00-1:30pm. The conference will begin at 9:00am on both days, and ends with an open public reception on Saturday at 4:00pm. Registration is not required, and this event is free and open to the public. 

For more information click here.

Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, the Middle East Institute, the Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion, and the School of International and Public Affairs. 

Global Leaders: Alon Ben-Meir with H.E. Ms. Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan to the UN

March 26


NYU Center for Global Affairs, Room 430 - 15 Barclay St (between Church and Broadway)

Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author, hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies designed to address them.

H.E. Ms. Dina Kawar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations. 

 RSVP here.

Sponsored by the NYU Center for Global Affairs. 

Permission to Narrate: Three Nights of Palestinian Plays

March 25, 26, and 27


Earl Hall Theater, Columbia University 

The Center for Palestine Studies invites you to staged readings of three plays that embody the contemporary Palestinian playwright's use of art to resist historical, political and geographic erasures. 

Free and open to the public - please RSVP to 

For more information click here.

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Office of the University Chaplain, Columbia School of the Arts, Columbia Department of English, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Middle East Institute, and Noor Theatre. 

Wednesday March 25, 7:30 PM
I am Yusuf and This is My Brother

By Amir Nizar Zuabi, directed by Noelle Ghoussaini 

It is the eve of Partition in the village of Baissamoon. Yusuf and Ali are brothers whose lives - like the lives of those around them - are soon interrupted by the chaos of 1948 and the tragedy that will haunt them long into the future.

Thursday March 26, 7:30PM

By Dalia Taha, directed by Ismail Khalidi

Mariam returns with her son Jawwad to reclaim land in the town where she grew up. But once there, she is faced with the bizarre changes that have occurred and those that are yet to come. A story about the erasure of memory and landscape, Land/Fill explores the ways in which the buried past manages to seep through, out, and up into the present.

Friday March 27, 7:30PM

By Imad Farajin, directed by Jo Bonney

603 brings us to the core of the Israeli justice system where we meet Palestinian prisoners Mosquito, Boxman, Slap and Snake as they cope with incarceration and the uncertainty of when, if ever, they will be released.