March 30, 2016, 5:30pm
Displacement in the Making and Unmaking of the Modern Middle East
Presenter: Dr. Beshara Doumani (Brown University)
Location: Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street

The Middle East state system as we know it came about partly as a result of ethnic cleansing, genocide, and population exchanges around the time of the First World War. A century later, massive displacements in the wake of imploding states are reshaping not only the Middle East, but also Europe and global politics in general. Today, the Syrian refugee crisis is the largest in the world. The talk will frame these developments within the larger question of displacement in the making of the modern world since the fifteenth century.

Dr. Beshara Doumani is the Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History, and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. From 1989 to 1997, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Doumani‚Äôs major publications include, Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 (University of California Press), Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property, and Gender (editor) (SUNY Press) and Academic Freedom After September 11 (editor), Zone Books/MIT Press, 2006. 

This event was sponsored by the Middle East center, the History Department and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.