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Wednesday, 11 January


11:00 – 17:00

Registration, Hotel

17:00 – 17:45*

Opening Ceremony, Hotel


Dr. Alex Lubin, Director of CASAR., Opening comments


Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Dean of FAS, Comments


Dr. Ahmad Dallal, Provost of AUB, Welcome


Representative from Alwaleed Foundation


Dr. Alex Lubin, Brief logistical comments




Opening address by Rami Khouri, Director of Issam Fares Institute for International Affairs and Public Policy, American University of Beirut, " Free at Last, Free at Last, Allahu Akbar, We're free at last: Understanding the Arab Citizen Revolts in a Transnational Context"  




20:00 – 21:30*



Cocktail reception



Thursday, 12 January

All paper sessions will take place on the AUB Campus in West Hall.


Late registration will be available at West Hall, Ground Floor.



Auditorium A

Session 1: Aesthetics and the Muslim International: Politics, Ethics and Islamic Futures 


Chair: Alex Lubin, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Suad Abdul-Khabeer, Purdue University, USA: Muslim Cool: Blackness, Hip Hop and American Islam


Sohail Daulatzai, University of California, Irvine, USA: “Darkness and A Blade: The Battle of Algiers in the Black Power Imagination


Maryam Kashani, University of Texas at Austin, USA: “A Muhammadan Breeze, From Tarim to Oakland


Junaid Rana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA: Sci-Fi Islamica: American Empire and the Fantasy of Pakistan



8:30 – 10:30


Session 2: Geneaologies of Zionism, anti-Zionism, and Orientalism in the U.S.  


Chair: Adam John Waterman, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Chapin Rydingsward, Yale University, USA: “Orientalism, Anti-Zionism, and the Arab(s) in America, 1945-1948


Maurice Labelle, University of Akron, USA: “A Historic Tragic Mistake”: Transnational Dissent and the U.S. Intervention in the Lebanese Civil War of 1958


 Hazem Jamjoum, American University of Beirut, The United States and Palestinian Autonomy, 1978-1984



8:30 – 10:30

Auditorium C

Session 3: Cultural Borderlands


Chair: Magda Shahin, American University of Cairo, Egypt


Charles Sabatos, Yeditepe University, Turkey: “Slaves, Slavs, Turks, and Renegades: the ‘Ottoman Captivity Narrative’ as a Cross-Cultural Genre


Jonathan Shannon, Hunter College CUNY, USA: “Routes and Itineraries of Culture: Song, Spice, and Struggle in the New Mediterranean: Notes toward a Pirate Ethnography


Emrah Yildiz, Harvard University, USA: “The Market on the Road for Pilgrimage: Field Notes on Religion, Economy and Family across the Iran/Turkey/Syria Borderlands


Christine Lindner, University of Balamand, Lebanon: “Resting in Peace: Identity Construction at the Anglo-American Cemetery of Beirut



10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break, West Hall, 2nd floor



11:00 – 12:30

Auditorium A

Session 4: America/ Middle East Intersections



Chair: Malini Schueller, University of Florida, USA


Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania, USA: “Practical Andalusias: How Democratic Practices Challenge the Discourse of Dominion


Selma Mokrani Barkaoui, Badji Mokhtar-Annaba University, Algeria: “From Mascara To Elkader: Emir Abdelkader between (De)Territorialization and (De)Commemoration


Allen Hibbard, Middle Tennessee State University, USA: “Middle East Meets Middle Tennessee:  Mosques, Immigrant Communities, Wars, Travel and Academic Programs


Tsolin Nalbantian, Leiden University, The Netherlands:The Lebanonization of the Armenian-Americans: From 1933 to the Present



11:00 -12:30

Auditorium B

Session 5: Border Crossing, Translation, and Empire


Chair: Belinda Walzer, University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA


Shouleh Vatanabadi, New York University, USA:Perspectives of a “Specular Border-Crosser”: Reconsidering Global Shifting Borders


Jens Hanssen, University of Toronto, Canada:Translating Revolutions – Hannah Arendt in the Arab World


Lisa Arnold, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: “Rethinking History: Composition Studies as an International Discipline


Karen Walther, Georgetown University, Qatar: “Mission to Morocco: American Perceptions of Muslim-Jewish Relations, 1880-1906"





Auditorium C

Session 6: Regional views on the future of the Middle East and North Africa

 Chair: Danyel Reiche, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Miloud Barkaoui, Badji Mokhtar-Annaba University, Algeria: “Post-Coloniality Revisited: the US and the Making of the New Arab Order


Mounira Soliman, Cairo University, Egypt: “The Reception of U.S. Discourse on the Egyptian Revolution: Between the Popular and the Official


Mohammad Ali Mousavi, University of Tehran, Iran: “Rebirth of the Middle East”; not for the US Interests but for the People


Waleed Hazbun, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: “Be identified with the emerging future rather than the decaying past: The US and Middle East in the wake of the Arab Uprisings 2010-11



12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break – See program booklet for restaurant suggestions



14:00 – 15:30

Auditorium A

Session 7: Obama, the Arab Spring, and the “American Autumn


Chair: Anne Sada'ah, Dartmouth University, USA


Adam Ramadan, University of Cambridge, UK & Sara Fregonese, Royal Holloway University of London, UK: “Sovereignty and responsibility: Between ‘a new beginning’ and ‘a moment of opportunity’ in Obama’s Middle East policy


Juan Cole, University of Michigan, USA: “The Obama Administration and the Arab Spring


Brian Edwards, Northwestern University, USA,Arab Spring, American Autumn






Auditorium B

Session 8: Literary Borders


Chair: Robert Gallagher, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Walid El Hamamsy, Cairo University, Egypt: “Egypt.. isn’t that in Switzerland?”: American Cartoons and the Egyptian Revolution


Tawfiq Yousef, University of Jordan, Jordan: “Border Shifting in Naomi Nye’s Habibi


Zohreh Ramin and Seyed Mohammad Marandi, University of Tehran, Iran:The failure of constructing a meaningful border for democracy in E.L.Doctorow's fiction


Osama Madany, Menoufiya University, Egypt: “"That is No Country for Old Men": Shifting of Literary Borders by "Merit"-Based Egyptian Fiction Writers



14:00 – 15:30

Auditorium C

Session 9: Gender, Sexuality, and the Arab Spring 


Chair: Sawsan Abdulrahim, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Nadia El Kholy, Cairo University, Egypt: “Shifting Borders, Gender Separatism and the Arab Spring : the Case of Egypt


Razieh Shameli, Al Zahra University in Qom, Iran: “Bahraini Women in the Bahraini Uprising: An Islamic-nationalistic movement or one with a feministic hue?”


Nadia Dropkin, American University of Cairo, Egypt: “Agentive Silences: An Exploration of Female Same-Sex Sexuality in Contemporary Cairo



14:00 – 15:30

Batihish Auditorium

Session 10: Hip Hop, Poetry, and the Borders of Sound 


Chair: Sirene Harb, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Cristina Moreno Almeida, University of London, UK: From the West Coast to Tangier: translocal hip hop in the new Morocco


Rayya El Zein, City University of New York, USA: “Rap and Resistance: Following the Beat from the Bronx to Benghazi


Maha El Said, Cairo University, Egypt: “On the Road to Democracy:  Spoken Word Poetry Giving Voice to the Voiceless


Marwan Kraidy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: “False Promises: America and Iraq in Arab Music Videos



15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break, West Hall 2nd floor




Bathish Auditorium  

Session 11: Plenary Session: Contesting the Foreign/Domestic Divide: Arab Revolutions and American Studies


Chair: Alex Lubin, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University, USA: Contesting Foreign/Domestic Divide: Arab Revolutions and American Studies


Monami Maulik, DRUM, USA:Islamophobia in U.S. Social Movements: Non-profit Industrial Complex and State of Mass Organizing under Obama


Melissa Garcia, Yale University, USA: “At Checkpoints: Visual Regimes of Border Crossings in Mexico and Palestine


Jaime Veve, Retired Labor Organizer, USA: “Tercer Mundo Otra Vez? Latin America and Arab Africa and Asia Challenge Neo-Liberalism


Ruth Wilson Gilmore, City University of New York, USA: Organization, Uprising, and the Anti-state state"



18:15- 20:00

Session 12: Hip Hop Performance: Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets by Mark Gonzales, Omar Chakaki, & Nizar Wattad



Friday, 13 January

All paper sessions will take place on the AUB campus in West Hall.


 Late registration will be available at West Hall, Ground floor

8:30 – 10:30

Auditorium A

Session 13: Arab Revolutions and the West


Chair: Waleed Hazbun, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Craig Jones, University of British Columbia, Canada: "Targeted Assasination from America to the Middle East and beyond: A Revolution?"


Osamah Khalil, Syracuse University, USA:Arab Spring or new Arab Cold War?: Revolutions, Counterevolutions, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East


Yaghoob Javadi, University of Tehran, Iran: “Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East: A Civilizational Challenge for the United States


Mohamed Dajani Daoudi, Al Quds University, Palestine:The United States and the Arab Spring: Crossing Linkages of Democratic Ideals and National Interests                                                     




Auditorium B 

Session 14: Mapping Transnational Geographies


Chair: Patrick McGreevy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Manijeh Nasrabadi, New York University, USA:Remapping Diasporic Imaginaries: The ‘Green’ Uprising and Iranian American Transnational Solidarity


Andrew Patrick, New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE: “The Contingencies of Pro-Americanism in World War I-Era Greater Syria


Suzanne Wiedemann, Saint Louis University, USA:Measuring the “great distance from our shores”: New Western Geographic Imaginaries of the Middle East/North Africa


Rita Sakr, University College Dublin, Ireland: “A New MENA?”: Re-inventing the American “Democratization”  project in the Arab world’s monumental squares



8:30 – 10:30

Auditorium C

Session 15: Environmental Politics and Borders



Chair: David Correia, University of New Mexico, USA


Sam Markwell, University of New Mexico, USA:Acequias, Polycultural Ghosts, and Decolonization


Omar Imseeh Tesdell, University of Minnesota, USA: “Staging environments: agriculture, science, and aid in the West Bank


Yara El-Ghadban, University of the Witwatersand, UK: Camp Utopia: Pre-Casting The Future in Nahr El-Bared


Benjamin Morris, Open University, USA:Heritage Ecology: Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the MENA




Bathish Auditorium

Session 16: The American-Style University at Large: Transplants, Outposts, and the Globalization of Higher Education


Chair: Kathryn Kleypas, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait: Introduction 


James McDougall, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait:Performing American: The Globalization of Higher Education and the American-Style University


Mary Queen, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait: “Branding Diversity & Difference: “American-Style” Education in the Arabian Gulf


Yulia Pushkarevskaya Naughton, Effat University, KSA: “A Neocolonialist Invader or a Postmodern Exile?: the American-Style University in the ‘Desert of the Real’



10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break, West Hall, 2nd floor




Auditorium A

Session 17: Visual Economies


Chair: Marwan Kraidy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Eid Mohamed, George Washington University, USA: Media(ting) Otherness: Visual Representations of the U.S./West in the Post-9/11 Era


Ashley Dawson, City University of New York, USA: “Visual Economies of Urban Empire


Jakob Schiller, University of New Mexico, USA: “The Politics of Seeing: A Comparative Analysis of American and Israeli Border Photography


Helga Tawil-Souri, New York University, USA:From Digital Occupation to Digital Revolution? Media Infrastructures as Borders



11:00 – 12:30

Auditorium B

Session 18: U.S./Middle East Cultural Politics


Chair: John Pedro Schwartz, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Adam John Waterman, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: The United States of Al-Andalus: Washington Irving´s Granada and the Disestablishment of Zion


Judith Tucker, Georgetown University, USA: Shifting and Crossing Borders as an Eighteenth Century Exile from Algiers in Colonial Virginia


Andrew Arsan, Princeton University, USA:Between Bilad al-Sham and Uncle Sam: Metaphors of America in Eastern Mediterranean Political Writing c.1900-1914


Bassem Ra’ad, Al Quds University, Palestine: Reimagining Pilgrimage: Shifting Our Reading of Twain and Others for Today



11:00 – 12:30

Auditorium C

Session 19: Shifting Policy and Faith


Chair: Hugh Goddard, University of Edinburgh, UK


Sarah Marusek, Syracuse University, USA: Understanding Islamic Movements: Where Faith and Rationality Commingle


Michelle Browers, Wake Forest University, USA:Minorities in Islam/Muslims as Minorities: Fadlallah’s Role as a Translocal Force


Sean Foley, Middle Tennessee State University, USA: “When the Qur’an was America’s Weapon for Freedom in the Middle East: Muhammad Siblini and the Defeat of the Axis in North Africa


Nathaniel George, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon, “’Black May’ in Lebanon? US Intervention and the Lebanese Crisis of 1973




Bathish Auditorium

Session 20: Arab-America, Islamophobia, and Hybridity


Chair: Sam Haselby, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Salah Hassan, Michigan State University, USA: At the Border of the Imagination: Figures of Arab American Immigrants


Charolotte Karem Albrecht, University of Minnesota, USA: Arab America Obscura: The Racial Intimacies of Working Class Syrian Migrants in the Early 20th Century


Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA:No Name in the Street: Questioning the Citizenship Narratives of Muslim Minorities in the West


Shirin Zubair, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan: “Co-constructing America and Pakistan :  Hybridity and Transculturality in Pakistani English Fiction



12:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break- See program booklet for restaurant suggestions



14:30 – 16:30

Auditorium A

Session 21: The Politics of Higher Education


Chair: Patrick McGreevy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Maria Bashshur Abunnasr, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: “The American Lives of Ras Beirut


Betty Anderson, Boston University, USA: “What You Know vs. How You Think:  American Higher Education in Crisis?


Elizabeth Matsushita, San Francisco State University, USA: “Fellow Citizens in the World of Nations”: The Secular Mission of the American University of Beirut in the Interwar Period


Seyed Mohammad Marandi, University of Tehran, Iran: “Iranian History Textbooks and Representations of the United States and Iranian-American Relations



14:30 – 16:30

Auditorium B

Session 22: Technology and Geography



Chair: Alexander Hartwiger, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Steve Niva, The Evergreen State College, USA: “Disappearing Violence:  US Counterinsurgency and the Pentagon’s New Geography of Life and Death


William Carruthers, University of Cambridge, UK: “Re-Affirming Borders: Egyptological Practice, Nuclear Science and America in Egypt


David Correia, University of New Mexico: Techno-Tahrir: Technology and Anti-authoritarianism in the Arab Spring



14:30 – 16:30

Auditorium C

Session 23: Drones, Robots, and Security


Chair: Lisa Portmess, Gettysburg College, USA


Paul Jahshan, Notre Dame University, Lebanon:Averted Gazes, Deferred Consumption: Osama bin Laden’s Cinematic Life and Death


Robert Ross, Point Park University, USA:Gentrification, Robots, and Warfare: Deception and the Defense Industry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Kabul, Afghanistan


Ronak Kapadia, New York University, USA: “Up in the Air and On the Skin: Wafaa Bilal, Drone Warfare, and the Human Terrain


John Lupien, FAO-FOA in participation with MEFOSA (MENA Food Safety Associates), Italy:Food Security, the Moving Borders of Poverty, Free Markets and Political Interventions



14:30 – 16:30

Bathish Auditorium

Session 24: Academic and Culture Boycott of Israel: Colonialism, Orientalism, and Eurocentrism


Chair: Rayan El-Amine, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


J. Kehaulani Kaunanui, Wesleyan University, USA:Native American and Indigenous Studies and the Academic Boycott of Israel


Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida, USA: “The AAUP, Left Critiques of U.S. Higher Education, and the Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel


Magid Shihade, Birzeit University, Palestine: “Boycott and Normalization: Jews, Arabs and Decolonization



16:30 – 17:00

Coffee Break, West Hall, 2nd floor



17:00 – 19:00

Bathish Auditorium

Closing Address, Introduction: Alex Lubin

Vijay Prashad, Director and Professor of International Studies and Co-director of the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Trinity College, USA: It's Just Night After All: Reflections on a post-American World




20:00 – onward*

Closing Reception and Dinner at Hotel.*



Saturday, 14 January


9:00 -19:00*

Meeting place:

Optional all day field trip to the south of Lebanon that includes a visit to Mlita (museum of Hezbollah), Beaufort Castle (also known as Shakif castle), Khyam and passing through Gate of Fatima at the Southern Borders. And lunch will be in Hasbani.


 * To attend these events, you need to pre-register for the conference. All paper sessions are free and open to the public.

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