Nov
02

Genealogies of Syrian Ba‘thism: Michel ‘Aflaq and Modern Arab Intellectual History

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Max Weiss, Princeton University

Join the CMES for a lecture by Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He studies the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into … Continued

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Oct
30

The Body/Psyche Politics of Cairo’s El-Nadeem

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Barrows Hall 20
Frances Hasso, Duke University

El-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is a women-initiated and dominated non-governmental activist organization established in Cairo in 1993 as a psychological counseling center by university professor and labor activist Dr. Aida Seif al-Dawla and two other psychiatrists to ameliorate the traumas of Egyptian and refugee torture victims. Over time, El-Nadeem developed…

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Nov
01

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Murat Akan, Boğaziçi University

Discussions of modernity—or alternative and multiple modernities—often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its original European context. Too often, attempts to answer this question either imagine a universal model derived from the history of Western Europe, which neglects the experience of much of the world, or emphasize a local, non-European … Continued

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Oct
09

Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Barrows Hall 20
Thomas Abowd, Tufts University

This presentation will analyze how colonialism and colonial urbanism remain a crucial component of contemporary Palestinian and Israeli realities. It seeks to illuminate everyday life as well as the broader institutional forces that comprise and enable Israeli urban policy in Jerusalem. What kinds of barriers—physical, legal, and discursive—operate to keep Israeli-occupied Jerusalem a city of…

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