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Call for Papers -- Women and Liberation Struggles: Palestine and the Global South Rethinking Revolutionary Histories and Futures

A.M. Qattan Foundation & Institute of Women Studies, Birzeit University December 11–13th, 2017  This seminar seeks to explore the past and present relationships between women and liberation movements and investigates ways to relink these struggles today. It is part of a much wider and more expansive work entitled Researching Women in Revolution, organized by the A. M. Qattan Foundation, in partnership with the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University and Gallery One. The seminar is one component of a series of interventions that will prepare the grounds for a central event on women and revolutions that will be held in 2019. As part of ...

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Education in the Time of Virality

Wide-spread access to the internet has facilitated access to news and information at rates unseen in earlier eras. As individuals have the ability to post and spread political information, social commentary, and other thoughts at will, it has caused an information overload for users of social networking sites. In a fight for views, reposts, and clicks, creators, both corporate and not, have been forced to develop new tactics to inform their audiences. This response to a new mode of information consumption also forces a reconsideration of how we understand knowledge production. Much of the information put forth into the world is taken in passively, such as through ...

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Academic Challenges

Thought pieces from academics making the decision to leave the academy have increased in number over the recent years. Al-Diwan brings you a small selection of articles and blog posts from such scholars as they highlight the complexities in choosing to leave academia and why they have made this decision. This piece was originally featured on Tadween's Diwan blog.         Why I Left Academia: Part I by Allison Harbin In a four-part series, Dr. Allison Harbin recalls the moment beginning of the story that would forever change her perspective on academia and her own Ph.D. journey. She writes about the difficulties and stresses of navigating ...

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New Texts Out Now: Michèle Jolé, Histoire turque de l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris. Des étudiants de 1919 à 1969

A propos de : Michèle Jolé, Histoire turque de l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris. Des étudiants de 1919 à 1969 (Institut français d’études anatoliennes/ Openeditionbook: Istanbul, 2017) Jadaliyya (J.) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Michèle Jolé (M.J.): La question est particulièrement pertinente. Je m’y suis d’ailleurs, longuement  et sans doute avec complaisance, arrêtée dans le premier chapitre de ce livre. On peut y voir un besoin de légitimer cette aventure, hors de mes champs de recherche. Je ne suis en effet ni historienne, ni turcophone, ni spécialiste de la Turquie, ni tourmentée par le passé d’un Institut où j’ai sévi pourtant pendant ...

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Political Economy Summer Institute: Two Public Events | GMU

This weekend, the Political Economy Project is holding its second annual Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) at George Mason University. The summer institute brings together some two dozen participants (both graduate students/researchers and instructors) for four intense days of instruction and engagement.  Around the summer institute, we are holding two public events. One is a keynote lecture on Oilcraft by Robert Vitalis, and the other is a panel on the Political Econnomy of the Arab Uprisings. For further information on either the Political Economy Project or the Summer Institute, visit ...

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at Fresno.] Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor California State University Dr. Joseph I. Castro President California State University Fresno Dear Chancellor White and President Castro: We write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to ...

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Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

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This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The discussion was held as part of the MENA Dialogues series produced by Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies Program. MENA Dialogues is a video series produced by the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University and consisting of interviews with leading scholars, artists, and writers. The series is produced by Sandeep Reddy Pamulapati and Danny Postel. This interview will ...

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Beirut Conference: Rethinking Media Through the Middle East

Organized by the Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut in collaboration with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies--American University of Beirut on 12-13 January 2017. Within the field of media studies, Middle Eastern media is often treated as a domain of interest only to area specialists. If knowledge about Middle Eastern media usually serves only to supplement dominant frameworks and paradigms, we are interested in thinking about the ways it can instead extend, qualify, or even explode them. "Rethinking Media Through the Middle East" aims to create an interdisciplinary ...

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Deadline for Applications: M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University

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The Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University announce the early deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2017-2018 academic year: 15 February 2017. The aim of this degree program is to reposition the study of the Middle East and Islam within a global context to help students better analyze particular issues in light of current events and shifting historical paradigms. The program’s core classes provide a solid background in both fields of study, however students can choose to focus their coursework on either Middle East Studies or Islamic Studies. A variety of fascinating electives allow students ...

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الحركة النقابية في الجامعات الفلسطينية: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

 في هذا النقاش للوضع بين إيلين كتاب وأجرت المقابلة ضياء علي، تلقي ايلين كتاب الضوء على التجربة الشخصية لرائدة في جامعة بيرزيت وكيف واجهت الصعوبات كامرأة في بيئة معينة. أيلين كتّاب مديرة معهد دراسات المرأة وأستاذة علم الإجتماع في جامعة بيرزيت٬ ورئيسة نقابلة العاملين في الجامعة من سنة 2011-2013. ولها العديد من المساهمات المجتمعية والمؤسسات الأهلية الفلسطينية.    

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New Texts Out Now: Fatma Muge Gocek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009

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Fatma Müge Göçek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Fatma Müge Göçek (FMG): I wrote this book to understand why my country of origin, Turkey, could never become truly democratic. Realizing that violence had been naturalized and normalized in both Turkish state and society, I decided to trace back the point of origin of when such collective violence first occurred. I surmised that violence would be normalized into social practice if its perpetrators were not held accountable for the ...

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CUNY Faculty Letter in Support of the Doctoral Students’ Council

[This statement was released on 7 May 2016. To sign on to this letter, click here.] We, the undersigned City University of New York faculty, wish to declare our support for the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) at the CUNY Graduate Center, which recently adopted a Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. In doing so, the DSC joins major academic organizations in North America and around the world, including the Association for Asian American Studies, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, the African Literature Association, the ...

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Shanghai University Call for Papers: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism in African, Middle East, Latin American, Asian/Chinese Studies

                CALL FOR PAPERS:  ORIENTALISM, NEO-ORIENTALISM AND POST-ORIENTALISM IN AFRICAN, MIDDLE EAST, LATIN AMERICAN, ASIAN/CHINESE STUDIES 15th Anniversary of Memory of Edward Said (1935-2003) and 40th Anniversary of His Book (1978) MAY 17–18, 2018 CENTER FOR GLOBAL STUDIES SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY CHINA Call for Papers: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism in African, Middle East, Latin American, Asian/Chinese ...

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Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program)

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Call for Abstracts: The Politics of Boycotts (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

 The Politics of Boycotts Issue number 134 (May 2019) Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017 Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of Palestine. Our aim is to create a broad basis for historical and strategic discussion by exploring a variety of spatio-temporal ...

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A Database of Language Programs [Ongoing Post]

 Graduate students as well as professionals in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies often seek language programs that best fit their school/work schedule and budget. The list below presents a one-stop shop informational database to help our readers identify available language programs. The information below is submitted by the program administrators. We will continue to update this list with other programs. If you are a program administrator and have not had a chance to respond to ...

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Call for Book Proposals to UC Press: New Directions in Palestine Studies at Brown University

Call for Book Proposals in Palestinian Studies New Directions in Palestinian Studies publishes innovative conceptual, archival, and ethnographic research projects that transcend the dominant Orientalist and nationalist paradigms and that connect the Palestinian experience to global histories and dynamics. WHAT WE'RE ACQUIRING The series will develop and acquire projects by established academics and by rising scholars who place a premium on innovation and accessibility. Rigorous works that integrate ...

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Letter to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey in Response to the Infringement of Academic Freedoms

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 19 May 2017, in response to the memo released by the Turkish Council for Scientific and Technical Research on 17 March 2017.] Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankaya, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jean Pierre Frey, Les voies erratiques de l'urbanisation. Etre architecte et devenir urbaniste en Afrique du Nord

A propos de : Jean-Pierre Frey, Les voies erratiques de l’urbanisation. Être architecte et devenir urbaniste en Afrique du Nord (Éditions L’Harmattan : Paris, 2016) Jadaliyya (J.) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Jean-Pierre Frey (J.-P. F.) : Mes expériences d’enseignement et de montage de formations de troisième cycle pour permettre à des architectes de devenir docteurs et de s’engager pleinement dans des carrières d’enseignants du supérieur. C’est à ...

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Status/الوضع Launched! A New Bilingual Audio Platform and Issue 3.2!

This holiday season, the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is pleased to announce the official launch of its most ambitious project to date! Meet Status الوضغ Audio Magazine!! A bilingual Arabic and English audio site with interviews and programs about the region unrivaled in their depth and scope. This first “official” issue on our spanking new interactive and fully customizable website includes twenty interviews with forty-one guests on twenty-two topics! But first for the backstory! For a little over a ...

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Engaging Books Series: Stanford University Press Selections on Knowledge Production

 ENGAGING BOOKS SERIES Stanford University Press Selections On Knowledge Production  This is a new series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an excerpt from each volume. The first installment involves a selection from Stanford University Press on the theme of Knowledge Production. Other publishers’ books will follow on a monthly basis.      Table of Contents Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United ...

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Reading Resource on Sykes-Picot Agreement (Signed in May 1916)

As the one-hundred year anniversary of the infamous Sykes-Picot Agreement falls this May 2016, Jadaliyya takes this oppertunity to highlight a two-part article by Sara Pursley published in both English and Arabic. Using the case study of Iraq, Pursley draws on her own research to highlight what about Sykes-Picot was implemented and not implemented as part of the post-World War I settlment in the Middle East. In doing so, she also sheds light on the historical processes through which the borders of Iraq ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics

Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joseph Sassoon (JS): While researching my previous book (Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime), which was based on the archives of the Ba‘th Party regime in Iraq (1968–2003), I kept asking whether the other Arab republics were similar to Iraq and to each other. Answering that question would ideally require ...

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New Texts Out Now: Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11

Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thea Renda Abu El-Haj (TRAEH): Unsettled Belonging is a deeply personal book. I came to the US to attend Swarthmore College in the early 1980s. Having grown up in Iran and Lebanon, and traveled often to spend time with my family in Palestine, my political consciousness was shaped by ongoing fallout from legacies of ...

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