Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
 
Past Events 

CAMES Events 2014-2015

The Myth of Coup-Proofing: Military Take-Over in the Middle East and North Africa, 1950-2013
Holger Albrecht, Associate Professor of Political Science, American University in Cairo
November 11, 2014
[Co-sponsored by PSPA]
[
FLYER]

Palestinian Neoliberalism and the Regional Context
Adam Hanieh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London
November 6, 2014
[Co-sponsored by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs]
[
FLYER]

Panel Discussions:

The Art of Arabic Letters: The Calligraphic Paintings of Samir Sayegh
Panelists:
- Samir Sayegh (Poet, Painter/Calligraphist, Critic)
- Abdo Wazen (Poet, Critic, Journalist)
- Nader el-Bizri (Academician, AUB)
October 29, 2014
[Co-sponsored by the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature] [
FLYER]

"Prospects for Peace in a Troubled Region"
- H.E. Angelina Eichhorst, Ambassador of the European Union to Lebanon
- Rami G. Khouri, Founding Director of the Issam Fares Institute
- Jean-Paul Chami, Director of Peace Labz
- H.E. Homer A. Mavrommatis, Ambassador of Cyprus to Lebanon
September 19, 2014
[Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon
Hosted by: Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs] To watch on YouTube click here.

 International Symposium in Honor of Talal Asad:

"The Idea of Islam Today: Towards Non-Orientalist Genealogies"
September 25-26, 2014
[Co-sponsored by AHI, the Office of the Provost, and FAS.]

Lectures:

"The Cultural Work of Recovering Palestine"
Joseph Massad, Professor of Modern Arab Politics & Intellectual History, Columbia University
September 29, 2014

CAMES Events 2013-2014

Conferences:

The Occult Sciences in Pre-modern Islamic Culture
December 5-7, 2013
Poster &Program [in collaboration with the Orient-Institut Beirut]

Whither the Nation? National identities in the modern Middle East and South Asia
September 27-29, 2013
[in collaboration with the Orient-Institut Beirut]
Poster / Program / Abstracts & Biographies

Panel discussion:

Lara Deeb & Mona Harb's Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (Princeton, 2013)
with Mona Harb (Urban Studies-AUB), Laleh Khalili (Politics-SOAS), Jean-Baptiste Pesquet (IFPO-Beirut), and Rasha Al Atrash (Al Modon).
March 28, 2014
You can find more information about the book at:
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10129.html.
Flyer & link to YouTube

Film screening, discussion & workshop:

Political participation and citizenship in cultural practices: A conversation between Akram Zaatari and Charif Kiwan on ABOUNADDARA
[In collaboration with University of Kent, UK; Global Uncertainties and Economic & Social Research Council, UK; Arts and Humanities Initiative, AUB]
April 11 - 12, 2014
Poster & article in Jadaliyya

Lectures:

American Foreign Policy from the Middle East to Asia
Ömer Taspınar, Professor of National Security Strategy at the U.S. National War College, Director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution
[in collaboration with the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration and the Institute for Palestine Studies]
April 30, 2014
Poster

Turkish Foreign Policy in a Changing Arab World: A 'New Turkey' for a 'New Middle East'?
Bilgin Ayata, lecturer at the Center for Transnational Studies, Foreign and Security Policy (ATASP), Freie University Berlin
April 17, 2014
[In collaboration with Department of Political Studies & Public Administration]
Abstract & Bio

What's left of the Egyptian Revolution? Revolt & Reaction three years after the Republic of Tahrir
Thanassis Cambanis, Boston Globe / The Century Foundation
April 10, 2014
Abstract & Bio

The Failures of American Humanitarian Exceptionalism: Stanley Kerr, Near East Relief and the Battle of Marash (1920-1922)
Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor & Director of the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative
March 18, 2014
Abstract & Bio

Chronicles of a Death Foretold: Public Affect in Turkey after the Assassination of an Armenian Journalist
Yael Navaro-Yashin, Reader in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
March 17, 2014
Abstract & Bio

Education and Community in Mandate Lebanon
Nadya Sbaiti, Assistant Professor, Middle East History, Smith College
March 10, 2014
Abstract & Bio

Ghurba’s Assassins: Shanfara, Kafka, and Hoda Barakat
Tarek El-Ariss, Associate Professor, Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
March 10, 2014
Abstract & Bio

Edge of Empire: the Social Origins of Mandatory rule in Trans-Jordan 1921-1946
Tariq Tell, Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, AUB
February 27, 2014
Abstract & Bio

Manufacturing Tastes in Late Ottoman Beirut
Toufoul Abou-Hodeib
Postdoctoral Fellow, Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
February 6, 2014 
Abstract & Bio

“Old People are not Revolutionaries!” Labour Struggles and the Politics of ʾIstiqrār (‘Stability’) in Egypt
Dina Makram-Ebeid
Post-doctoral research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
February 3, 2014 
Abstract & Bio

Bkhsūs el-karāmeh: Understanding Dignity in Political Struggle in Lebanon and Beyond
Sami Hermez
Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
January 30, 2014
Abstract & Bio

Jurji Zaydan and the Televised Abbasids
Michael Cooperson
Professor, Department Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
December 16, 2013
Abstract & Biography
[in collaboration with The Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Chair of Arabic]

The Empirical Strikes Back: Zuhd and Mujun Revisited
Michael Cooperson
Professor, Department Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
December 13, 2013
Abstract & Biography
[in collaboration with The Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Chair of Arabic]

Why Libya, Tunisia and Egypt Face Different Obstacles to Democratization: Parties, Polarization and Political Transition
Ellen Lust
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University
December 12, 2013
Abstract & Biography
[in collaboration with Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs; Department of Political Studies and Public Administration; Yale Arab Alumni Association]

Junk as Archive: Vernacular photography, writing practices and middle-class youth culture in mid-20th Century Egypt
Lucie Ryzova
Faculty of History, University of Oxford
December 10, 2013
Abstract & Biography
[in collaboration with the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature]

Two lectures by Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History, Rice University
Abstract & Biography [co-sponsored by FAS; Office of the Provost; SOAN & AMPL]

    • Born in the Global 19th Century: The Emergence of Sectarianism as a Problem in the Modern Middle East
      November 27, 2013
    • The Sectarian Scramble for the Post-Ottoman Middle East
      November 29, 2013

Muslims in Australia: The community's history, successes, challenges and opportunities
Waleed Aly
November 25, 2013 
[in collaboration with the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature and The Australian Embassy in Lebanon]
Abstract & Biography

Concentric Symmetry in the Qur’an: Suras al-Fatiha, al-Rahman, and al-Nas
Raymond Farrin
Associate Professor of Arabic, American University of Kuwait
November 21, 2013
[in collaboration with The Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Chair of Arabic]
Abstract & Biography

Civil Society after Saddam: Oil Unions and Democracy in Iraq
Dr. Benjamin Isakhan
Deakin University, Australia
October 14, 2013
Abstract and Biography

CAMES Events 2012-2013 

Workshop on Teaching and Learning the Civil War
In collaboration with:
The Lebanese Association for History (LAH)
The Centre for Lebanese Studies
The Finnish Institute in the Middle East Open Society Foundation Education
18-19 June, 2013

A Civilized Revolution: Aesthetics, Political Action, and Urban Space in Egypt
Jessica Winegar
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University
May 15, 2013

Lost Virgins Found: the Songbook as Genre in Arabic Literature
Dwight Reynolds
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Monday April 22, 2013

Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Formation of Medieval Andalusian Music
Dwight Reynolds
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Tuesday April 23, 2013

The Maghrib and Uprisings
Laryssa Chomiak (Center for Maghrib Studies, Tunis)
Robert P. Parks (Center for Maghrib Studies, Algiers)
April 15, 2013 [in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

British-French rivalry in the Middle East, 1915-48
James Barr
Author of A Line In The Sand: Britain, France and the struggle for the Middle East
April 9, 2013

Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon
Rola el-Husseini
Research Assistant Professor, Graduate Center, CUNY
March 27, 2013

The International Circulation of Palestinian Kufiyas
Ted Swedenburg
Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas
March 21, 2013

After Babel: Dialogue and Cosmopolis
Fred Dallmayr
Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
March 20, 2013
[in collaboration with the Department of Political Studies, the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature ]

Arab Workers and the Popular Uprisings of 2011
Joel Beinin
Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University
March 18, 2013
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

Security, Stateness, Popular Sovereignty: Locating New Political Theory in Contentious Egypt
Paul Amar
Associate Professor in Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
March 12, 2013
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

Contentious Politics and the Arab Uprisings
John Chalcraft
Reader in History and Politics of Empire/Imperialism, London School of Economics
March 1, 2013
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

Protests and Politics in Jordan
Tariq Tell
Visiting Assistant Professor at CAMES
February 19, 2013
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

Invisible and Proxy Detention in Counterinsurgencies: Khiam and Salt Pit
Laleh Khalili
Reader in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies
February 12, 2013
[in collaboration with the Center for American Studies and Research]

Social Justice, Jobs and Competitiveness: Searching for a Post-Revolution Private Sector Development Agenda in MENA
Magdi M. Amin
International Finance Corporation (IMF)
December 13, 2012
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

Blowback: The US Drone War in Yemen, Stories from the Field
Kelly McEvers
National Public Radio
December 6, 2012
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

The Emerging Political Landscape in Egypt – New players and the Constitutional Debates
Mohamed Elagati
Director of the Arab Forum for Alternatives
November 14, 2012
[in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs]

CAMES Events 2011-2012

Film presentation

CAMES, in collaboration with CASAR, showed Imperial Outposts: The Secret History of the US Military Presence in Turkey, a film directed by Amy Austin Holmes (Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo). The screening took place on Tuesday September 25, and the 67 minute film was followed by a discussion with the director.

Sheikh Zayid Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2012

Mahmood Mamdani, Professor at Makarere University, Uganda and at Columbia University, USA, came to CAMES as the Sheikh Zayid Distinguished Visiting Scholar during the period May 13-19, 2012. During this time he delivered two lectures:

  • “Israel is not Quite Apartheid South Africa: An African Perspective on the Palestine Question”
  • “Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Reflections on Nuremberg and CODESA”

Lectures

  • Katherine E. Hoffman, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University gave a lecture entitled "Revolution’s Refugees: Transnational Amazigh (Berber) Networks and Tunisian Responses to Displaced Libyans" on May 16, 2012.
  • Siba Grovogui, Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University gave a lecture entitled “The Responsibility to Protect: An Unconventional History of Postwar Interventions” on May 17, 2012.
  • James Jasper, Professor at the City University of New York, gave a lecture entitled “Thinking-Feeling in Protest Movements: Lessons from the Arab Spring" on March 26, 2012. The lecture may be viewed on this link: http://dr.aub.edu.lb/mod/data/view.php?d=3&rid=1692
  • Reinoud Leenders, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, gave a lecture entitled “Collective Action and Popular Mobilization in Dar’a: An Anatomy of the Onset of Syria’s Popular Uprising” on March 28, 2012 [co-sponsored by the Netherlands Institute in Beirut - NI-Beirut]
  • Ahmed Kanna, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & International Studies at the University of the Pacific, gave a lecture entitled “A Politics of Non-Recognition? Arab Gulf Worker Protests in a Year of Uprisings" on Thursday March 15, 2012.
  • Suad Joseph, Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis gave a lecture entitled “Family and State in the Arab World: Re-Framing Inquiries” on Wednesday March 14, 2012.
  • Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University, gave a lecture entitled “Arab and Arab American Feminisms” on Tuesday January 17, 2012.
  • Francis Ghilès, a senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and long-time correspondent for The Financial Times, gave a talk entitled "A Conversation on the ‘Arab Spring’ in North Africa" on October 18, 2011.
  • Paul Keleman, Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, gave a lecture entitled “Exploring the root of western support for Zionism: the case of the British Labour Party” on November 2, 2011.
  • Anthony Shadid, foreign correspondent for The New York Times, gave a lecture entitled “Imagining Otherwise: Covering the Arab Revolts from Tunisia to Bahrain” on November 17, 2011. The lecture may be viewed on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJmzfmoIBQo
  • Jane Harrigan, Professor of Economics at SOAS, gave a lecture entitled "The Political Economy of Aid Flows to the Arab World" on December 1, 2011.

Film

The CAMES Film Society held a screening of “Tin Roof Ghetto in Tripoli, Lebanon”, directed by Sharif Abdunnur on Thursday November 24, 2011 in Bathish Auditorium, West Hall. The film was followed by a discussion with the director.

     
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