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September 2015

“Resistance, Resilience, Remembrance: The Arab-Jewish Politics of Mizrahi Literature and Performance”

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Ramon Stern, PhD Comparative Literature Registration on Eventbrite will be required closer to the date.  Abstract: Mizrahi Jews, predominantly of Middle Eastern and North African origins, have faced acute discrimination within the Israeli State and a negation of Arab Jewish identities and memories. This talk seeks to address the cultural explosion in the “Mizrahi arts.” especially since the 1980s, and with particular attention to literature. The performance of “Arabness” and Arab Jewishness through musical performance, literary experimentation and film production remain…

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Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Book signing to follow. Speaker: Nadera Shalhoub-Kervokian, Lawrence D Biele Chair in Law at the Institute of Criminology- Faculty of Law School of Social Work and Social Welfare of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Registration on Eventbrite will be required closer to the date.  “Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear” The core of the book is a reconsideration of “security” claims, surveillance and fear. It reveals the way fear and surveillance over otherized communities are turned into a new theology in our…

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“Sectarianism in Islam and Muslim Communities,” NAAIMS Annual Conference

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Sectarian difference and conflict has been part of Islamic history from early times, beginning in a tangible, if not fully established, way during the First Civil War in the mid-1st/7th century. By the late 3rd/9th century, Islamic heresiographers began to document a wide variety of real or reified sectarian identities within the Islamic community. This sectarian history has always been tempered, however, by a well-established Islamic principle that allowed for a certain degree of theological and legal pluralism within the Muslim community, and the…

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October 2015

Smadar Lavie – “Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture”

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02912 United States
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This event will be livestreamed. Professor Smadar Lavie’s new book, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture posits a model of state bureaucracy that operates by theological decree. In this system, the categories of religion, gender, and race become the ironclad rubric used to sort citizens into binaries: Jews versus Goyim, rich versus poor, Men versus Women, White versus Black. In so doing, the book explores the relationship between social protest movements in the State…

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November 2015

“Value of Transregional/Transnational Comparative Scholarship”

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Featuring: Paul Amar, Associate Professor, Global & International Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Paulo Gabriel Hilu da Rocha PINTO, UFF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Paul Amar will present on “Queer Encounters between Brazil and the Middle East: Geopolitics, Gender and Political Culture as an Emerging ‘Tropical Superpower’ faces the aftermath of the Arab Spring.”  Paulo Gabriel Hilu da Rocha will present on “Diasporic Allegiances”

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December 2015

“Why Arab Youth give the Middle East some hope”

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum,
111 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Dr. Bessma Momani is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), has been Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center and at the Amman Institute in Jordan. She has authored and co-edited over six books and over 60 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles…

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