New Book by Ozlem Ezer, “Syrian Women Refugees: Personal Accounts of Transition”

Ozlem Ezer, a former CMES visiting scholar, has a forthcoming publication out this January 2019: Syrian Women Refugees: Personal Accounts of Transition. Based on original interviews, this book relates the experiences of nine Syrian women refugees and their perspectives on a range of subjects. Each narrative reveals a displaced woman’s concept of the self in relation to … Continued

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Call for MENA Salon Leaders 2018-2019

The CMES seeks qualified UC Berkeley graduate students to run the weekly MENA Salon, an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa taking place at the CMES most Fridays during the semester. The Salon leaders will formulate a topic for each week’s meeting, scour the news media for high-quality … Continued

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Exposing Canary Mission: A Resource for College and University Leaders

The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America has prepared an informative statement addressing the ways in which the Canary Mission website has targeted students and faculty members, many of whom are in the field of Middle Eastern studies, in an attempt to harm them and their futures. Read the full statement here.

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Michael David Lukas article in The Forward

Michael David Lukas, Program Coordinator at UC Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and acclaimed novelist, has published a piece in The Forward on the history of Egyptian Jews. “Radical empathy is, for many people, the heart of the Passover seder. But in our current political moment — a moment characterized by bombastic rhetoric and Manichean worldviews — … Continued

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Call For Faculty Proposals

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) invites UC Berkeley faculty to submit proposals for possible inclusion in its application to the U.S. Department of Education for renewal of its status as a Title VI National Resource Center for the AY 2018–2022 period. Please note that the U.S. Department of Education has not yet issued … Continued

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نعي، صبا محمود، 10 آذار 2018

رحلت صبا محمود، أستاذة الأنثروبولوجيا في جامعة كاليفورنيا في بيركلي، في 10 آذار، 2018 بعد صراع مع مرض السرطان. كانت الأستاذة محمود متخصصة في الأنثروبولوجيا الاجتماعية والثقافية، وباحثة في شؤون مصر الحديثة. ولدت في كويته، باكستان في العام 1962، ثم قدمت إلى الولايات المتحدة في العام 1981 لدراسة الهندسة المعمارية والتخطيط المديني في جامعة واشنطن … Continued

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Remembering Professor Saba Mahmood

The CMES is mourning the loss of our affiliated faculty member Saba Mahmood, a professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, who passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018. A highly influential scholar of the relationship between religious and secular politics in postcolonial societies, sovereignty, subject formation, law, and gender/sexuality, Professor Mahmood was a vibrant and invaluable colleague, mentor, and teacher. … Continued

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Professor Christine Philliou wins 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Christine M. Philliou, Associate Professor of History and member of the CMES Faculty Advisory Committee, has won the 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, an award offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in support of recently tenured faculty pursuing scholarship at an important stage of their careers. Professor Philliou will use the fellowship to finish … Continued

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Big Give 2018

We are getting ready for another Big Give, UC Berkeley’s 24-hour fundraising drive, to be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Please consider making a gift to the CMES on this date, when your support can have an even greater effect than usual. For now, we would like to tell you a little about what we’ve … Continued

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