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April 2015

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 Access livestream here >> Ellen Amster’s lecture will be followed by a book signing of her 2013 book, Medicine and the Saints:  Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956 (Austin: University of Texas Press). About the lecture: This paper begins with the body to expand the theoretical discussion of the Islamic polity (umma) in North Africa. The body and the body politic are mutually constitutive, yet modern…

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Border Dialogues: Critical Conversations on Violence, Citizenship and Sovereignty in Modern ‘South Asia’

April 3 @ 9:30 am - April 4 @ 6:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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  On April 3-4, 2015, a group of graduate students from the departments of Anthropology and History are organizing a conference titled “Border Dialogues: Critical Conversations on Violence, Citizenship and Sovereignty in Modern ‘South Asia’.” We hope you will join us for the two-day conference and workshop featuring papers presented by distinguished faculty and graduate students.The conference has been funded by the International Colloquium Fund and South Asian Studies. You can find more information about it on the Border Dialogues…

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Iran’s Mediatic Public Diplomacy with the West: War by Other Means

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pembroke Hall 305,
172 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Speaker: Hamid Naficy, Professor of Radio, Television and Film, and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Professor in Communication, Northwestern University Reception to follow. Bio: Hamid Naficy is a leading authority of Iranian cinema. His four-volume series, A Social History of Iranian Cinema, covers Iranian cinema from late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first cinema. Naficy has published extensively about theories of exile and displacement, exilic and diaspora cinema and media, and Iranian and Third World cinemas. Sponsored by the Office of…

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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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Training Mind, Body, and Spirit: American Education and Sports Culture at Robert College

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Please note change of speaker and topic. Speaker: Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD Candidate in American Studies Registration open. Sign up on Eventbrite below. 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. In 1863, American missionary Cyrus Hamlin and New York-based philanthropist John Robert collaborated to found…

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

April 10 @ 8:30 am - April 11 @ 1:30 pm
Sayles Hall,
81 Waterman St. , Providence, RI 02912 United States
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 2015 Engaged Scholarship Conference of the the Middle East Studies Program, Brown University Organized by Middle East Studies and co-sponsored by Brown University’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Pembroke Center, the LGBTQ Center, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, the Watson Institute, and Open Society Foundations. 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 Middle East.” The 2014 theme was “Embedded! Archeologists and Anthropologists…

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Turkish Culture Night

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Building for Environmental Research and Teaching 015 (BERT 015),
85 Waterman Street, Providence, 02912
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Come and experience Turkish culture! Join us for this Turkish culture night, in which there will be a short slideshow presentation, dancing workshops, singing performances and many more fun activities. Delicious Turkish food will be served and the admission is free!

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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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1913: Seeds of Conflict Film Screening

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Middle East Studies is pleased to announce the screening of “1913: Seeds of Conflict” on April 14. The documentary film explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before the start of World War I and features Beshara Doumani, director of Middle East Studies. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ben Loeterman and Beshara Doumani. Most observers consider the Balfour Declaration and Mandate period of the 1920s as the origin of today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Breaking new ground, 1913:…

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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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Security Society in Gaza: Police Encounters under Egyptian Rule

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Ilana Feldman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University This event will be live-streamed. A recording of the lecture will be posted to our website after the event. This talk explores the dynamics of policing and security in the Gaza Strip during the period of Egyptian Administration (1948-67). Drawing on a rich and detailed archive, I track a range of police encounters. Many such encounters were mundane, including investigation of petty crime. Many were evidently repressive, including…

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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. Access livestream for Day 1 here >> Access livestream for Day 2 here >> About: This symposium brings 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…

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Protective Edge and Human Shields in Gaza

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Nicola Perugini, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies Registration will open April 8. 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: During Israel’s 2014 operation ‘Protective Edge’ in Gaza, human shielding became a central trope in the semiotic warfare…

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