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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Anneka Lenssen on Surreality and Possession in the Modern Art of the Arab East

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | March 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Prof. Anneka Lenssen, Department of Art History, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


This talk explores 'Arab Surrealist' ideas and images from the period 1945-53: work by artists and intellectuals in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria who conceived of the artist's medium as living and shape-shifting material rather than an inanimate means to make a picture on a surface. Lenssen draws on an archive of sketches, critical writings, and artist letters to highlight how figures such as Bishr...   More >

Friday, March 6, 2015

MENA Salon: Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington

Workshop: Special Events | March 6 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The MENA Salon is an informal weekly coffee hour and guided
discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa,
open to all and free of charge.

This week: Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Meltem Yenilmez on Islam, Women's Sexuality, and Social Change in Turkey

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | March 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Prof. Meltem Yenilmez, Scholar-in-Residence, Beatrice Bain Research Group, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Since the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, women have played a key part in the secularization of Turkey. With the rise of political Islam in the beginning of 1990s, the idea of the “modern Republican woman” and the very role of women in public life have come into question in escalating tensions about the nature of modernity and secularism. This talk will explore the struggles over...   More >

Friday, March 13, 2015

MENA Salon: Neoliberal Palestine

Workshop: Special Events | March 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar a few days before the Salon for the current week's topic.

This week: Neoliberal Palestine

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Politics in a Grey Zone: Connivance Militancy in Malaysia and Tunisia

Lecture | March 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Sophie Lemiere, Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


This talk is drawn from a new and on-going comparative research in Malaysia (2008-2014) and Tunisia (2014) exploring the rise of connivance militants in young democracies as a conjectural and/or systemic phenomenon.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lital Levy on Poetic Trespass: Writing Between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Prof. Lital Levy, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Blending history and literature, Lital Levy’s talk traces the interwoven life of Arabic and Hebrew in Israel/Palestine from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, exposing the two languages’ intimate entanglements in prose, poetry, film, and visual art by both Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel. It investigates voices from the Hebrew-Arabic “no-man’s land”: the voices of those...   More >

Friday, March 20, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop: Special Events | March 20 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

This week: Israel’s Parliamentary Elections