Oct
05

Claims of Armenian-ness in Turkey: An Ethnography of Identification and Boundary-Making

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Dwinelle Hall 3335
Hrag Papazian, USC Institute of Armenian Studies

Armenian identity in Turkey has recently been going through a process of diversification. Whereas the long-established Christian Armenian community was for decades the sole explicit bearer of ‘Armenian-ness’ in the country, that monopoly is now challenged by ‘newcomers.’ The latter are Muslim citizens of Turkey, either by only categorization or by also belief, who self-identify … Continued

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Oct
05

MENA Salon, Troubled times for Iran

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Two weeks ago, a parade of the Revolutionary Guards was attacked by undercover militants in the city of Ahvaz, which resulted in dozens of casualties. In addition to various groups claiming responsibility for the attacks, Iran’s leaders were quick to accuse Gulf countries and the US as the perpetrators of the attack, and threatened to … Continued

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Oct
08

AHMA Colloquium – Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

4 - 5 p.m.
Dwinelle Hall 7205
Adam Anderson, UC Berkeley

This is the second paper in a lecture series entitled “Digital Humanities and the Ancient World.” The event is co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. Abstract: I introduce the Ur III (250,000 tot.; Drehem 15,000) and Old Assyrian (23,000 tot.; 10,000 published) texts as examples of large bodies of cuneiform … Continued

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Oct
08

Arab Film Festival Kickoff: Arab Highlights

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

A diverse assembly of shorts that relay cutting-edge work from and about the Arab World. Apartheid, war, Saudi feminism, racial profiling, and analyses of the refugee experience are a few of the themes engaged in the selection, across a sweeping roller coaster ride that yields waves of black humor inasmuch as heart-wrenching drama. For our … Continued

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Oct
10

The Demise of the Islamist Utopia: What’s Next?

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Hicham Alaoui, University of Oxford

Islamist movements have dominated popular discussions of opposition and change within Arab politics for the past three decades. Uniquely positioned during the Arab Spring, some have since directly governed, while others have been co-opted or absorbed into existing political structures. Yet outside Tunisia, no Islamist group has been able to deliver upon its promise of … Continued

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Oct
12

MENA Salon: Yemen’s Continuing War

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council, overriding the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, voted to continue an investigation by a panel of international experts into the war in Yemen. This comes in the wake of a recent cholera outbreak, with roughly 10,000 new cases each week, and increasing civilian casualties. The … Continued

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Oct
17

Space-In-Between: Dialogical Urban Space in Contemporary Iran

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
M. Reza Shirazi, Institute for Urban and Regional Development

Contemporary architecture and urban space in Iran registers itself between two extremes of modernity and tradition. In this lecture, I first narrate the conflict between these two extremes and its manifestation in the architecture and urban planning of Tehran starting from mid-19th century. I then present a critical analysis of the writings and works of … Continued

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Oct
22

Sandow Birk: American Qur’an in Conversation with Professor Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Sandow Brik, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco; Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City

A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world. Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of … Continued

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Oct
26

Islamic Texts Circle: Same-Sex Relations in the Qur’an

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes … Continued

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Oct
27

Leila’s Quest for Flight

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hearst Museum of Anthropology 340

Golden Thread Fairytale Players present Leila’s Quest for Flight at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian drawn from Palestinian folktales When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal. 30-minute performance is followed by 20-minute Q & A session with…

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Oct
31

Citizen-Enemies: Military Courts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

The 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories produced a boomerang effect on Palestinian citizens within the 1948 borders, re-framing them as citizen-enemies. While the Israeli legal regime of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is extensively researched, this study extends its focus to the interrelations between the different parts comprising the Israeli “imperial formation.” … Continued

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