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March 2015

Palestine: Political Cultures and the Cultures of Politics / New Directions in Palestinian Studies

March 6 @ 9:00 am - March 7 @ 5:00 pm
Corporation Room, 3rd Floor, University Hall,
Main Green, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Registration for non-presenters now open- click to register The conference does not cover meals, travel, or accommodations for non-presenters. The international symposium on the topic “Palestine: Political Cultures and the Cultures of Politics” is to be held at Brown University, March 6-7, 2015. This event is cosponsored by the Watson Institute.   The 2015 theme is: Palestine: Political Cultures and the Cultures of Politics The 2015 symposium seeks to push the “political” beyond its conventional boundaries through both materialist and discursive analyses…

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Transgressing Textual Borders: Taha Husayn’s Intellectual Trajectory & The Death Penalty in Shari’a

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Join us for the sixth Undergraduate Paper Presentation of the year! Presenters: Yousef Hilmy ’16 and Michael Chernin ’15

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Early Marriage in Zaatari: Displacement and Agency Among Syrian Refugees

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Sarah Tobin, associate director, Middle East Studies Registration has reached limit and is now closed. Please be aware, that upon start of the event, unclaimed lunches and seats will be given to those on standby, even if you have registered. Priority will be given to the Brown community. This event is part of the Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar Series. Abstract: Western reports of sex- and gender-based violence of Syrian refugees in Jordan, namely the world’s second largest refugee camp, Zaatari,…

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Nowruz Celebration

March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Alumnae Hall Crystal Room,
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Join the Brown Persian Students Association and the URI Persian Students Association for an evening of food and dancing as we celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year! There will be authentic Iranian food ranging from kabob to Persian baklava (all free, though donations are greatly appreciated). Feel free to stop by for as little or as long as you like. This is what we Iranians call a “mehmooni,” so come ready to party. All are welcome! Friday, March 13th, 7:30…

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“Kings and Extras – Digging for a Palestinian Image” Film Screening

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Please note: Event start time has changed to 6:00 pm. Screening of Kings and Extras – Digging for a Palestinian Image, director: Azza el-Hassan (2004), Palestine and Germany (Arabic, English subtitles, 62 min) Presented by Ariella Azoulay This event is part of  “1948 – Once Upon a Palestine”, a film series curated by Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture. About Kings and Extras – Digging for a Palestinian Image: The question what happened to the PLO film archive in…

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April 2015

“On the Bride’s Side” Film Screening

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Granoff Center,
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906 United States
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The Italian Studies department presents a special screening of “On the Bride’s Side” (Italy/Palestine, 1989), written and directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry and recently released at the Venice Film festival. The screening, promoted by Nicola Perugini,  is scheduled for April 1, 2015 in Martinos Auditorium and will be introduced/followed by a conversation with one of the directors, Gabriele Del Grande. Click here for more information on the film.

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Healing the Body, Healing the Islamic Umma: Medicine and Sufi Saints in Morocco

April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Ellen Amster, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, McMaster University Ellen Amster’s lecture will be followed by a book signing. Bio: Ellen Amster is the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University, and associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatisics and the Department of History.  A Fulbright scholar and a Chateaubriand scholar (1998), she received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (2003).  Her research includes epistemologies of the body,…

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“Wadjda” Film Screening

April 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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“Wadjda” Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour (2012), Saudi Arabia (Arabic with English subtitles, 98 mins). About the film: This is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first Saudi film submitted for an Academy Award. It tells the moving story of Wadjda, an 11-year-old girl on a mission to own a bicycle. This screening is part of “Dreaming of Tomorrow: Youth Culture in the Middle East,” a film series curated by Sa’ed Adel Atshan, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at the…

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“What to Do With an MES Degree?” Alumni Panel

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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More info TBA.

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Cinematic Matters and Other Extraordinary Cases

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Hisham Bizri, Professor of Literary Arts Registration will open March 11. Please be aware, that upon start of the event, unclaimed lunches and seats will be given to those on standby, even if you have registered. Priority will be given to the Brown community. This event is part of the Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar Series. Abstract: This talk looks at utopia and anti-utopia in Lebanon seen in the extraordinary cases of “divine victories”,  professors of politics, practitioners of…

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“Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries in the Middle East,” Engaged Scholarship Conference

April 10 @ 9:00 am - April 11 @ 5:00 pm

 2015 Engaged Scholarship Conference of the the Middle East Studies Program, Brown University Organized by Middle East Studies and co-sponsored by Middle East Studies, Open Society Foundations, Brown University’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brown’s Pembroke Center, Brown’s LGBTQ Center, Brown’s Sarah Doyle Women’s Center  and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. Brown University’s Middle East Studies will be hosting the third annual “Engaged Scholarship” conference on April 10-11, 2015, with the theme of “Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries in the…

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Undergraduate Paper Series #7

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Join us for the seventh and final Undergraduate Paper Presentation of the year! More info TBA.

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MESDUG Peer Advising Hours

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Underground, Stephen J. Roberts Campus Center,
75 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Which classes should you take next fall? Traveling to the Middle East this summer? Middle East concentrators are here to answer any questions and share experiences. The MESDUG welcomes all students with an interest in the Middle East, regardless of concentration.

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“Jaffa – The Orange’s Clockwork” and “Civil Alliance, Palestine 47-48” Film Screening

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Screening of Jaffa – The Orange’s Clockwork, director: Eyal Sivan (2010), Israel, Arabic/Hebrew/English, English subtitles, 88 min) and Civil Alliance, Palestine 47-48, director: Ariella Azoulay (2012) Israel/Palestine (Arabic, English subtitles, 50 min). Presented by Ariella Azoulay. This event is part of  “1948 – Once Upon a Palestine,” a film series curated by Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture. About Jaffa – The Orange’s Clockwork: This film gives a rich visual history of the world-reknown citrus fruit brand – “Jaffa Oranges” – originating from Palestine and…

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Politics of Time, Material Culture and Islamic Religiosity

April 24 @ 8:00 am - April 25 @ 2:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Symposium organized by Amal Sachedina, 2014/15 Aga Khan Visiting Professor. The goal of this symposium is to bring together scholars who work on different regions of the historic and contemporary Middle East and Islamicate world in order to explore how history-making as a modern intervention has transformed the everyday lives of people through refiguring religious and political realities on the ground. It further seeks to interrogate the processes by which material culture, time and Islam as a discursive concept and practice…

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