Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Swarthmore College
The Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region is incredibly diverse-- and its LGBTQ communities are just as heterogeneous. How does queer subjectivity differ across the region? What are the challenges to local and international LGBTQ rights organizing in the Middle East? What successes and advances have we witnessed over the past decade? While the case of Queer Palestine will serve as a key area of discussion, this lecture, presented by Sa'ed Atshan, will also address the broader regional context.
Sa’ed Atshan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He holds a PhD (2013) and an MA (2010) in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He also received an MPP (2008) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA (2006) from Swarthmore College. Atshan has served as a Lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies for more than five years at Tufts University and he has earned four “distinction in teaching” and several advising and mentoring prizes from Harvard for his work as a head teaching fellow and resident tutor there. He has been awarded multiple graduate fellowships, including from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is also the recipient of a Soros Fellowship and a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. He has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. Atshan is also a member of Al-Qaws, an organization promoting LGBTQ Palestinian rights.
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
On Thursday, October 15, the Jewish Studies Program, Comparative Literature Program, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department, and Middle East Center, welcome Professor Lital Levy (Associate Professor, Comparative Literature) of Princeton University, who will be giving a talk on her book Poetic Trespass: Writing Between Hebrew and Arabic in Israeli/Palestine. The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 5:30 PM in the Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111, 3620 Walnut Street. We hope you will be able to join us!
Lital Levy is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where she teaches Hebrew and Arabic literatures, Jewish studies, and literary theory. Previously, she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She specializes in contact zones of Arabic and Hebrew. Her research encompasses the intellectual history of Arab Jews; literature and film from Israel/Palestine; the question of Jewish literature as world literature; and comparative modern non-Western "renaissance" and "enlightenment" movements. Her book Poetic Trespass examines questions of multilingualism, translation, and the cultural politics of language in Israel/Palestine. It has been awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association of Jewish Studies in the category of literature.
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111, 3620 Walnut Street.
Dr. Arang Keshavarzian, New York University
Arang Keshavarzian will examine the changing urban morphology of the Persian Gulf port cities as a vehicle to trace the shifts in the global and local political economy. He will explore how the forces that de-couple ports from cities, namely containerization and state-building, reconfigured both the cities and the social relationships within and across the Gulf region. Thus, the Gulf was an arena and participant in the fashioning of multiple waves of globalization and forms of cosmopolitan urbanism and their attendant exclusions and inclusions.
Arang Keshavarzian is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. He earned his PhD in Politics from Princeton University. He is the author of Bazaar and State in Iran: the Politics of the Tehran Marketplace and articles in edited volumes and journals, including Politics and Society, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Geopolitics, Middle East Report, and Economy and Society. He is currently conducting research on a project examining imperialism and capitalist integration from the vantage point of the circuits of exchange, movement, and control in the Persian Gulf.
208 South 37th Street Stiteler Hall B21
The Middle East Center
The Middle East Center will host a timely and intriguing panel on the Iran Nuclear Deal with some of Penn's distinguished scholars on the region and special guest speaker Asaf Romirowsky, of Middle East Forum. At the event panelists will discuss the present and future implications of this important deal for the Middle East and the Global international community.
The Panel Will Include: Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet Professor of History, Director of the Middle East Center at University of Pennsylvania and author of Martyrdom Street.
Dr. Ian Lustick Professor of Political Science at the at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book Trapped in the War on Terror.
John Ghazvinian Author of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil and a forthcoming book on the history of US-Iranian relations.
With Special Guest:Asaf Romirowsky Middle East analyst, fellow at the Middle East Forum and co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief.
208 South 37th St. Stiteler Hall Room B26
The Cinema Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Center, and the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and International House Philadelphia, present the 2015 edition of NEW MIDDLE EAST CINEMA. Recently released feature films have been selected to represent Middle Eastern societies and cultures through cinema. Each film will be introduced by a presenter with special knowledge of the country, culture, and issues addressed in the film.
Learn More by visiting the film festival website.
Monday, 26 October @ 5:30pm | SYRIA
The Shebabs of Yarmouk (Axel Salvatori-Sinz, 2013, 78 min)
In Yarmouk (Syria), the Shebabs, a small group of boys & girls, have been friends since they were teens.
Monday, 26 October @ 8:30pm | JORDAN
Theeb (Naji Abu Nowar, 2014, 100 min)
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age.
Tuesday, 27 October @ 5:30pm | ISRAEL
Zero Motivation (Talya Lavie, 2014, 97 min)
A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.
Tuesday, 27 October @ 8:3pm | IRAN
Boys With Broken Ears (Nima Shayeghi, 2013, 78 min)
A look at the hopes and struggles of a handful of young Iranians wrestlers as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives.
Wednesday, 28 October @ 5:30pm | LEBANON
Ghadi (Amin Dora, 2013, 100 min)
Ghadi is different from other kids… Could he be an angel?
Wednesday, 28 October @ 8:30pm | MOROCCO
Traitors (Sean Gullette, 2013, 83 min)
Malika is the leader of the all-female punk rock band Traitors.
Thursday, 29 October @ 5:30pm | PALESTINE
Eye of a Thief (Najwa Najjar, 2014, 98 min)
A father with a dangerous secret searching for his daughter.
Thursday, 29 October @ 8:30pm | TURKEY
Sivas (Kaan Müjdeci, 2014, 97 min)
11-year-old Aslan saves an injured Kangal sheepdog named Sivas.
International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Dr. Janet Klein, Akron University
This talk turns back to the roots of the "minority" question in the Middle East and explores enmity between religious groups in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Klein will investigate the construction of minorities and citizens in the late-Ottoman period, and indeed the “routine violence” that Pandey (2006) observed as being part of this process. She will do this by examining not just how the Ottoman state but also (and especially) local Kurds in the Ottoman East perceived foreign intervention on behalf of the Armenian community in the empire. In this centenary of the Armenian Genocide, the speaker hopes that this is a timely moment to add to the discussion of anti-Armenian violence in the late-Ottoman period, and to prompt new thinking on issues surrounding minority-hood and belonging.
About the speaker: Janet Klein is Associate Professor of History at the University of Akron. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2002. Her work has focused on issues of identity-making and violence in the Ottoman East, with a special focus on Kurdish societal dynamics in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and more recently on neighboring communities, particularly Armenians. She is the author of The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone (Stanford University Press, 2011) and numerous other publications.
255 S. 36th Street, Williams Hall, Rm. 421
World Heritage Teacher Workshop
WHO: K-12 Educators from all disciplines are invited
WHAT: FREE professional development workshop on teaching about world heritage
WHEN: Saturday November 14th, 2015, 9:00am-12:00pm.
Registration Deadline: Sunday November 1st, 2015, 11:59 pm. Space is limited.
WHY: The City of Philadelphia is aiming to be the first World Heritage City in the United States.* To celebrate this, a World Heritage Tool Kit was created by local teachers full of lesson plans, teaching resources and ideas for explorations. The World Heritage Tool Kit can help teachers and their students develop a transnational analysis in their classrooms by using themes of world heritage as a framework to understand global regions across disciplines. Lesson plans cover topics such as:
World heritage around the world - Learning about the cities, sites, and cultures abroad
Historical "Global" Philadelphia
Today's "Global" Philadelphia - Learning more about & from immigrant communities
The workshop features:
Presentations by the 2015-2016 Master Teacher Fellows in Global Education, Summer Institute alumni, and the Learning Programs Department of the Penn Museum
Guided activities in selected galleries
Act 48 Credits
Copy of the Philadelphia World Heritage Tool Kit
*This effort is led by the Global Philadelphia Association in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department. Find out more here.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Ranin Kazemi, San Diego State University
Join the Middle East Center for an evening with Professor Ranin Kazemi. In this lecture Dr. Kazemi will discuss the Tobacco Protest which swept across Iran and the broader Shi'ite world in 1891-92 and examine its environmental causes.
Professor Kazemi earned a Ph.D. in History at Yale University in December 2012. He is interested in social and environmental history with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Caucasus, and Central and South Asia. In August 2012, he joined the Department of History at Kansas State University where he taught courses in a wide variety of topics concerning the history of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as world history, historical methodology, and the international and social history of the Cold War. Beginning this fall, he will join the Department of History at San Diego State University where he will continue teaching and researching on the broader Middle East and North Africa.
Professor Kazemi has published in leading journals in his field and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "The Ecology of Conflict: Privation, Protest, and Populism in Iran, 1850-1892." This project traces the economic, environmental, social, and political origins of one of the earliest national revolutionary movements in the modern Middle East. To complete this work, he has conducted research in Iranian, Turkish, British, French, Dutch, and American archives. His research has been supported by, among others, the International Institute of Social History and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and the Yale University Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Erika Gilson, Princeton University
About the Lecture:After briefly talking about alphabets and writing systems, Dr. Erika Gilson, will present the Turkic languages in history, their geographic spread, and principal linguistic markers, as well as the alphabets used for Turkic languages in history. Focusing next on the quest for a Common Alphabet, Dr. Gilson will discuss some of its historic background, namely the 1926 Baku Conference, and the 1991 International Symposium on Contemporary Turkic alphabets, and summarize the current state and discussions relating to alphabet matters amongst the Turkic peoples.
About the Speaker:Erika Gilson taught Turkish and Ottoman Turkish for the Near Eastern Studies department at Princeton University for 26 years before retiring in 2014. Committed to teaching Middle Eastern languages, she was a founding member of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages. She received the A. Ronald Walton Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Less Commonly Taught Languages in 2008 and the Jere L. Bacharach Service Award from the Middle East Studies Association in 2012. Gilson is currently working on a database to study the effectiveness of writing as an enabling activity for language learning and on the Turkic Notations in Afanasii Nikitin's Voyage Beyond the Three Seas. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jacob Mundy
About the Film
Learn more about what many have dubbed, “the forgotten occupation”, at the Middle East Center screening of the short documentary, “Life is Waiting”. The film is based on the contested territory of Western Sahara. Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish colonialists, Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony. While the 1991 UN-brokered ceasefire put an end to armed hostilities in the area, the Sahrawi people have continued to live under the Moroccan armed forces' rigid occupation. This film explores the diverse cultures of resistance that have developed within Sahrawi communities in Western Sahara and the hope kept alive through large and small acts of rebellion.
Pre-Screening Talk and Discussion with Special Guest Dr. Jacob Mundy
Dr. Jacob Mundy will provide the audience with an in depth explanation of thegeo-political context that surrounds the region. After the screening he will then lead a discussion about the film where audience members will have a chance to examine a more critical look at the conflict.
About Jacob Mundy
Jacob Mundy is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University where he also contributes to courses on Middle Eastern and African studies. He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter's institute of Arab and Islamic Studies where he completed a dissertation on the international dimensions of Algeria's civil conflict of the 1990s. He is coeditor of The Post-Conflict Environment (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and coauthor of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010). His monograph, Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence: Conflict Science, Conflict Management, Antipolitics, will be published by Standford University Press in 2015.