Looking back at a time when a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seemed possible, Sari Nusseibeh sits down with Dan Ephron
Students Organize for Syria at Columbia University are proud to host:
Yousef Shamoun and the Tarab Ensemble for a Night of Music from Aleppo. The concert will feature Muwashshahat and Qudud Halabiya as well as vocal and instrumental improvisations.
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.
Are you looking for the chance to work on your Arabic speaking or listening skills? Come join us for our weekly gathering. This week we will feature a film in Arabic. Everyone is welcome.
The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies: 2016-17
The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce and to invite applications for the seventh annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award, a post-doctoral fellowship in Palestinian Studies. The one-semester fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 and the status of post-doctoral research fellow or visiting scholar at Columbia University, as appropriate.
HESPAL is a British Council managed scheme, which offers scholarships to young Palestinian lecturers from universities in the West Bank and Gaza enabling them to study in the UK.
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.
with Suad Amiry, Nikolaus Hirsch, Thomas Keenan, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal
Refugee camps are considered—by definition—to be temporary spaces. They are designed to be dismantled, abandoned. Their conflict for being meant to be quickly resolved. Yet there are some Palestinian refugee camps that are now almost seventy years old; the conflict, seemingly permanent. What is the type of history cultivated within Palestinian refugee camps? Could their historical presence mean there is value in their preservation? Instead of being perceived as a threat, can this history be mobilized for the right of return? How do concepts of heritage and conservation change by being applied to refugee camps? Within the context of Refugee Heritage, a new e-flux architecture project by Alessandro Petti, this panel seeks to address the potential for practices and institutions of conservation to be understood as a force capable of mobilizing the political constitution of built space.
With Suad Amiry, Thomas Keenan, Jorge Otero-Pailos, and Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal; moderated by Nikolaus Hirsch.
Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine.
Thomas Keenan is Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Literature, Human Rights Program at Bard College.
Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture, and preservation. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York.
Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti are architects, artists, and educators whose work combines critical and rigorous theoretical research with an architectural, artistic, and pedagogical practice engaged in the struggle for justice and equality.
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A Syrian Doctor with a Visa is Suing the Trump Administration
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.
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.
Legal scholars and other leading experts will provide essential updates and analysis. Others, including the International Student and Scholars Office, will highlight University resources.
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.
The University of Bristol, in partnership with the HESPAL scheme, will offer 3 PhD scholarships per year for a 4-year period from 2017/18, working with institutions in the West Bank and Gaza.