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Tentative Conference Schedule 

 

Day 1 : Monday, 6 January, 2014

10:30 – 17:00

Registration, Lobby

14:00-16:00

Elissar Hall

Panel 1: Pinkwashing and Transnational Alliance: Challenging Settler Colonialism in Palestine/Israel, the United States, and Canada

Chair: J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

Ø  Dana Olwan, Rethinking Alliances and Diasporic Indigeneities

Ø  Joanne Barker, Homonationalism and Indigenationalism

Ø  Kent Lebsock, 21st c. win’tke  - Inside Lakota Tiyospaye and Outside Settler Colonialism: Responsibility

Ø  Nada Elia, Queer statelessness: Redefining Indigenous Sovereignty

Ø  Scott Morgensen, Settler Responsibility and the Queer International: The Demands of Anti-Colonial Alliance Ellen

14:00-16:00

Multimedia Room

Panel 2: Transnational American Encounters in Lebanon
Chair : Lisa Armstrong, American University of Beirut

Ø  Christine Lindner, Charles Dana and the game of ‘American’ relief in WWI Lebanon

Ø  Ellen Fleischmann, “Go, My Daughter and Don’t Retreat”: Syrian and American Women Physicians Reach for Themselves and Christ

Ø  Maria Bashshur Abunnasr, Miss Amineh's School and the Protestants of Ras Beirut

Ø  Andrew Patrick, Jesus Optional: The Ottoman Education Regulations of 1914 and the Shifting Institutional Identity of the Syrian Protestant College

14:00-16:00

Ishtar Hall

Panel 3: Transnational Texts
Chair : Marwan Kraidy, University of Pennsylvania

Ø  Alexander Gil, Négritude's Legos: Transposition, iteration and the migrant text

Ø  David Wrisley, Transnational Arabic Metafictions: Beirut, Belgrade, Buenos Aires and Pasadena

Ø  John Lennon, Writing with a Global Accent: Assembling a Transnational Graffiti Scene in Cairo, Egypt

Ø  Sunaina Maira, The 'New Civil RIghts' Movement:ng Coalitions, Failed Alliances, and Muslim American Youth Activism

16:15-18:15

Elissar Hall

Panel 4:  Redwashing: Israeli Claims to Indigeneity and the Political Role of Native Americans
Chair : Scott Morgensen, Queen's University

Ø  J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Redwashing: Israeli Claims to Indigeneity and the Political Role of Native Americans

Ø  Sa'ed Atshan, ‘‘Idle No More’ and ‘Redwashing’: The Politics of Transnational Indigenous Solidarity

Ø  Steven Salaita, Multiculturalism as Colonization:  Why Israel So Eagerly Courts Indians

16:15-18:15
Multimedia Room

Panel 5: Transnational Feminism and Feminist Praxis
Chair : Gayatri Gopinath, New York University

Ø  Joe Kadi, The Theory of Intersectionality and its Application in the Classroom

Ø  Nicole Khoury, Locating Transnational Feminist Rhetorics: (Re)Positioning Lebanese Feminist Arguments

Ø  Therese Saliba, Transnational Arab American Feminist Studies

16:15-18:15
Ishtar Hall

Panel 6: American Education beyond the U.S.
Chair : Patrick McGreevy, American University of Beirut

Ø  Betty Anderson, Middle East Forum at the American University of Beirut (AUB):  An Interlocutor between Arab and American society in the 1950s and 1960s

Ø  Maha El Said, From Conversion to Convergence a new Paradigm: American Studies Egypt

18:30-20:30*
Ballroom

Opening Session

Ø  Welcome: Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Ø  Opening Talk: Alex Lubin, Director, Center for American Studies and Research

Panel: What Comes After the American Century?
Chair : Vijay Prashad, American University of Beirut

Ø  Panelists:  Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Moustafa Bayoumi

Cocktail Reception

Day 2 : Tuesday, 7 January, 2014

09:00-10:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 7: Revolution and Counter-Revolutions
Chair : Alex Lubin, American University of Beirut

Ø  Christina Heatherton, Global Revolts in Leavenworth Penitentiary: WWI and the Unanticipated Struggles Against Empire

Ø  Nicholas Estes, Counter-Sovereignty and Domestication of Indigenous Internationalism

Ø  Jordan T. Camp, An Army of the Wronged: Race, Security, and the Cold War Counterrevolution

09:00-10:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 8: Settler Colonialism and the Colonial Present
Chair : Josie Saldaña, New York University

Ø  Adam Waterman, Cowboys and Muslims: Islam in the Literature of US Settler Colonialism

Ø  Melanie Yazzie, Experimental Nations: Israel, The Navajo Nation, and the Itinerancy of Development

Ø  K-Sue Park, First Insurgents

09:00-10:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 9: Locating the Americas in Transnational American Studies
Chair:

PANEL WILL NOT BE HELD DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS 

 

10:40-11:00

Coffee Break, Lobby

11:00-12:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 10: Bodies in Protest
Chair : Anjali Nath, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Davis

Ø  Marwan Kraidy, Creative Insurrection: The Body in the Arab Uprisings

Ø  Rayya El Zein, Resistance Fetish in New York City's "World Music"

Ø  Sara Mourad, Deviant Bodies, Proper Nations

11:00-12:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 11: Edward Said in the Arab World
Chair : Vijay Prashad, American University of Beirut

Ø  Alexis  Wick, Arab Critiques of Orientalism before Said's Orientalism

Ø  Fadi  Bardawil, Orientalism’s Levantine Vicissitudes: Rereading the 1980’s Marxist Polemics against Said

11:00-12:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 12: Transnational Identities
Chair : Sirene Harb, American University of Beirut

Ø  Parween  Ebrahim, The Making of the Chicken Nugget Generation

Ø  Christina Owens, Traveling Yellow Peril:  U.S. American English Teachers in Japan and the Threat of Filipino Competition

Ø  Waleed Mahdi, Going Transnational: Re-Mapping the Arab American Experience

12:40-14:00

Lunch Break (Suggestions for restaurants are available in the booklet)

14:00-15:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 13: Transnational War and Law
Chair : Laleh Khalili, SOAS

Ø  Craig Jones, America’s Transnational War-Law

Ø  Lisa  Bhungalia, ‘From the American People’: Sketches of the US National Security State in Palestine

Ø  Derek Gregory, Drones, Spaces of Exception and the Everywhere War

14:00-15:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 14: Transnational Circuits of Culture and Memory
Chair: Mounira Soliman, American University in Cairo

Ø  Erika Doss, Transnational 9/11 Memorials: Mapping the Geographies of American Affective and Political Cultures

Ø  Brian T. Edwards, Argo v. A Separation: Iran, Cinema and the Politics of Circulation

Ø  Omar Al-Ghazzi, Nostalgia as resistance? The Arab social media campaign to remember Al-Andalus

14:00-15:40

Ishtar Hall

Panel 15: America in the MENA
Chair: Laleh Khalili, SOAS

Ø  Andrea StantonEntertainment and Technology: American Influences on Levantine Radio, 1930s-1940s 

Ø  Osama Madany, Egypt's Fulbright American Studies Alumni Circle: A Replicable Model to Transnationalize the Discipline

15:40-16:00

Coffee Break, Lobby

16:00-17:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 16: Biopolitics and Transnational Borders
Chair: Ebony Coletu, American University of Cairo 

Ø  Anjali Nath, Do Not Tape Over: Videotapes Are/Not Evidence

Ø  Jih-Fei Cheng, “Will-‘o-wisps of science”: Micrographs and Early Twentieth-Century Virus Visualization

Ø  Paul Amar, Gay Spring + Arab Spring = New Global Security Regime? : Securitizing the Queer Intersections of "Feminist" US Foreign Policy, Humanitarian Militarism, and Brotherhood Populism

16:00-17:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 17: On Edward Said
Chair : Omar Dewachi, American University of Beirut

Ø  Nubar Hovsepian, Edward Said's Palestine: Inclusion Without Domination

Ø  Suraya Khan, Finding Palestine in America: Political Identity Formation and the AAUG, 1967-1986

16:00-17:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 18: Transnational Literatures
Chair : Crystal Parikh, New York University

Ø  Mazen Naous, Traveling Frames:  Disorienting and Transgendering The Arabian Nights in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent

Ø  Paul Jahshan, Cyber-Orientalism and the Virtualization of an Image: Edward Said's Legacy for a Digital Century

18:30-20:00

Performance of "Unmanned", a play by Robert Myers, AUB, Maamari Auditorium, OSB.

Day 3: Wednesday, 8 January, 2014

09:00-10:40 Elissar Hall

Panel 19: The Palestine Question in the U.S.
Chair : Vijay Prashad
, American University of Beirut

Ø  Alex Lubin, Taboo No More: the Palestine Question in America

Ø  Sophia Azeb, TBA

09:00-10:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 20: Race, Empire, and Islam
Chair : Dahlia Gubara, Columbia University

Ø  Maytha Alhassen The Afro-Asiatic Ummah: Appraising the influence of Islamic Humanism on Malcolm’s pro-Palestine politics

Ø  Tim Marr,  Transnational Islamic Intelligence in the American Philippine Empire: The Case of Dr. Najeeb M. Saleeby

Ø  Junaid Rana, The Right to Public Health: Medical Care and Its Alternatives in Pakistani Brooklyn

09:00-10:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 21: Local/Global Itineraries
Chair : Marwan Kraidy, University of Pennsylvania

Ø  Lisa Arnold, Importing America: Theorizing Writing in the Middle East

Ø  Bryan Waterman, Andy Warhol in Tehran

Ø Tsolin Nalbantian, Trans-state-al Productions at Sea: The Armenian Heritage Cruise in the Caribbean

10:40-11:00

Coffee Break, Lobby

11:00-12:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 22: The Geographies of War
Chair : Derek Gregory, British Columbia University in Vancouver

Ø  Jeremy Scahill, The World Is America’s Battlefield, The Nation, United States

Ø  Laleh Khalili, Agile Opportunists and Military Mobilities in the Making of Kuwait

Ø  Lisa Hajjar, The Transnational Implications of the CIA’s “Kill or Capture” Program

Ø  Toby Jones, Energy and the Geography of Modern War

11:00-12:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 23: Transnational Arab America
Chair : Maha El Said, Cairo University

Ø  Sawsan Abdulrahim, Gender, class, and context: intersections in Arab American Whiteness

Ø  Mounira Soliman, The Adventures of Khalid and Bassem in Central Park: A Century of Arab Encounters of Arab Encounters with America

Ø  Kristine Ajrouch, Transnational Social Relations and American Identity

11:00-12:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 24: Theorizing the Transnational
Chair :

PANEL WILL NOT BE HELD DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS

12:40-14:00

Lunch Break (Suggestions for restaurants are available in the booklet)

14:00-15:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 25: Rethinking Said
Chair : Waleed Hazbun, American University of Beirut

Ø  Nadine Naber, Arab American Studies: Beyond Orientalism and anti-Orientalism

Ø  Maryam Griffin, Checkpoints and Bus Stops: The Enduring Relevance of Said on Statehood and Separation

Ø  Sarah Gualtieri, Out of Ann Arbor: Edward Said and Arab American Studies

14:00-15:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 26: Transnational Studies of Gender and Sexuality
Chair : Lisa Armstrong, American University of Beirut

Ø  Ghiwa Sayegh, “I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be gay/feminist in that part of the world:” The Race for Contrapuntal Transnational Encounters in Lebanon

Ø  Anita Mannur, Gender, Terroir and Conflict: Culinary Discourse and Transnational Justice

Ø  Nadya Sbaiti, Sustenance and Authority: Gender, Cuisine, and the Professionalization of "National Education"

14:00-15:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 27: Social Movements in Transit
Chair : Vijay Prashad, American University of Beirut

Ø  Nate George, 'Solidarity Means to Step Across Continents': Mehdi Ben Barka and Arab Routes to the Tricontinental

Ø  Les Field, Peace Will Never Come: The (Trans) Nationality of the National Security State

Ø  David Francis, The Migratory Corpse as Counterpoint to Transnational Commodification

15:40-16:00

Coffee Break, Lobby

16:00-17:40
Elissar Hall

Panel 28: Afro-Arab Intersections
Chair : Ruth Wilson Gilmore, CUNY

Ø  Ira Dworkin, Frederick Douglass, Transnationalism, and the Arab World

Ø  Keith Feldman, James Baldwin and the Dirty Work of Comparison

Ø  Salah D Hassan, "Keeping it Real": Arabs, Blackness and Racial Politics

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16:00-17:40
Multimedia Room

Panel 29: Sand, Water, and Sky
Chair : May Farah, American University of Beirut

Ø  Scott Laderman, From Pamela to Palestine: Kelly Slater and the Politics of Surf Culture

Ø  Elena Glasberg, "Paint the Sand Yellow Again": Settler Colonialisms Across Antarctica and Palestine

16:00-17:40
Ishtar Hall

Panel 30: Communication and Politics Across Borders
Chair : Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College

Ø  Khadija El Alaoui, On Transnationalism and the Exchange of Gifts

Ø  Walid El Hamamsy, Political Media and the Mediation of Politics: Popular Media, Censorship, and US-MENA Relations

Ø  Nicole Grove, More than Just a 'Kill Switch': Digital Activism and Modulations of Control in the MENA Region.

18:00-20:30
Hostler Auditorium, AUB

Jeremy Scahill delivers the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Lecture and screens, Dirty Wars.

20:45-23:00

Closing Dinner, Beryte Hall

Day 4: Thursday, 9 January, 2014

8:30-20:00*

Optional all day field trip

*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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