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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oral History and Research Methods Workshop

Workshop | March 1 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Join CMES Visiting Scholar Dr. Ozlem Ezer (Bogazici University) for a hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will benefit graduate students new to fieldwork or seasoned interviewers. In addition to some key works/readings of oral history, participants will tackle a variety of provocative scenarios inspired by real-life situations and questions.

Discussion will mainly focus on...   More >


Open to current students and academic affiliates only. RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Languages in the Medieval Mediterranean: 2017 Marie G. Ringrose Graduate Lecture

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Karla Mallette, University of Michigan

Department of Italian Studies, Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Geography, Department of Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Medieval Studies Program, The Program in Romance Languages and Literatures, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The Ringrose Lecture, begun in 1998, features a distinguished scholar in some aspect of Italian Studies chosen by a committee of UCB graduate students, who also organize and run the event. The lecture is one of many department activities made possible by the generous contributions of Marie G. Ringrose, a UCB alumna.



Flood in Ba'ath Country: Contemporary Syrian Documentaries

Film - Documentary: Arab Film Festival | March 2 | 5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Flood in Ba'ath Country (2003, Omar Amiralay)

Contemporary Syrian Documentaries
curated by Nathalie Khankan (Near Eastern Studies)
in partnership with the Arab Film Festival

Part of "To Aleppo Gone:" Syrian Culture Today, series of programs exploring the arts in Syria.

Friday, March 3, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Native and the Refugee

Presentation | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Malek Rasamny

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Please join the CMES for a talk by Malek Rasamny, a researcher, writer, filmmaker and programmer based in New York and Lebanon. Rasamny was a founding member of the Red Channels Film Collective and the LERFE space in Harlem, New York. He is the co-founder of The Native and the Refugee along with his collaborator Matt Peterson.

The Native and the Refugee is a multi-media film and research...   More >

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Islam and Christianity in Competition: Armenian Martyrdoms of the Late 12th Century

Lecture | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Sergio La Porta, Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies, California State University, Fresno

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


On October 24, 1170, a Muslim convert to Christianity called Joseph was martyred by the Turkish Atabeg of Azerbaijan for apostasy in the city of Duin. Joseph’s martyrdom is just one of a series of martyrdoms from the second half of the twelfth century preserved in Armenian synaxaria and homiliaries. This presentation will argue that rather than reflect a climate of religious persecution and...   More >

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Our Terrible Country: Contemporary Syrian Documentaries

Film - Documentary: Arab Film Festival | March 9 | 5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Our Terrible Country (2014, Ali Atassi)

Contemporary Syrian Documentaries
curated by Nathalie Khankan (Near Eastern Studies)
in partnership with the Arab Film Festival

Part of "To Aleppo Gone:" Syrian Culture Today, series of programs exploring the arts in Syria.

Friday, March 10, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cultural Foods Case Competition

Special Event | March 12 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)


Berkeley Food Institute


FEED, KABIRA, & FoodInno are collaborating with Oakland Bloom to host the first Cultural Food Case Competition at UC Berkeley!

Required RSVP Here:
The first 30 to RSVP will be registered; the rest will be waitlisted
(https://goo.gl/forms/e9bOtOjOfDarm3DG3)


Register online.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mecca's Perspective as Symbolic Form

Lecture | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall


Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Columbia University

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


The “Sacred” and the “Holy” (haram in Arabic and, to some extent, al-quds or al-muqaddas), are Semitic words (see Herem and Kadosh in Hebrew) denoting the act of separation, parting, or setting aside, and imply the apparent human faculty of setting distinctive borders between holy and profane zones. Constrained to time, these spaces become chronotopes. But,...   More >


General Public

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Houses Without Doors: Contemporary Syrian Documentaries

Film - Documentary: Arab Film Festival | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Houses Without Doors (2016, Avo Kaprealian)

Contemporary Syrian Documentaries
curated by Nathalie Khankan (Near Eastern Studies)
in partnership with the Arab Film Festival

Part of "To Aleppo Gone:" Syrian Culture Today, series of programs exploring the arts in Syria.

Friday, March 17, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


James Gelvin, Professor, History, UCLA

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Spring 2016 CMES Distinguished Visitor lecture.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Choreographing the Disabled Body: Political Change in the Work of Israeli Dancer Tamar Borer

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Ilana Szobel, Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature at Brandeis University;, Visiting Professor in Near Eastern Studies, and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley

Near Eastern Studies


By focusing on the work of the Jewish-Israeli dancer Tamar Borer (b. 1965, in 1990 was involved in a car accident that left her paralyzed in both legs), this talk examines the implications of disability in Israeli society. The talk looks into ways in which disability is not a condition to overcome, but rather a starting point for radical social change. The talk explores the ways in which disabled...   More >



Mediterranean Models and Modalities in Forging a Strong Centralized Monarchy in 13th-Century Armenian Cilicia

Lecture | March 22 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


Situated on a major thoroughfare between East and West and on the intersection of sea and land routes running North and South, the Levant has always been a locus of encounter and exchange. Adopting the insights of Braudel (1966) and more recently Horden and Purcell (2000), this paper views the medieval Armenian experiment with statedom in Cilicia (11th-14th cc.) through Mediterranean optics....   More >



Eye on South Asia: Challenges to Development and Democracy in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal

Panel Discussion | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room


Sanchita Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Abdullah Ahmadzai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Afghanistan

Hasan Mazumdar, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Bangladesh

Sagar Prasai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, India

Sofia Shakil, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Pakistan

Dinesha de Silva, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Sri Lanka

George Varughese, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Nepal

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Asia Foundation, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Ethnic Studies Library, Berkeley Master of Development Practice, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


A panel discussion by panelists from The Asia Foundation on development and democracy in Asia.

Friday, March 24, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.