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Friday, October 5, 2018

Claims of Armenian-ness in Turkey: An Ethnography of Identification and Boundary-Making

Lecture | October 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Hrag Papazian, Doctoral Student, Oxford University; Visiting Lecturer, USC Institute of Armenian Studies, USC Institute of Armenian Studies

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

Armenian identity in Turkey has recently been going through a process of diversification. Whereas the long-established Christian Armenian community was for decades the sole explicit bearer of 'Armenian-ness' in the country, that monopoly is now challenged by ‘newcomers.’ The latter are Muslim citizens of Turkey, either by only categorization or by also belief, who self-identify as Armenians, and...   More >

MENA Salon, Troubled times for Iran

Workshop: MENA Salon | October 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Two weeks ago, a parade of the Revolutionary Guards was attacked by undercover militants in the city of Ahvaz, which resulted in dozens of casualties. In addition to various groups claiming responsibility for the attacks, Iran's leaders were quick to accuse Gulf countries and the US as the perpetrators of the attack, and threatened to respond. Continuing the sharp detour from the Obama-era...   More >

Monday, October 8, 2018

Arab Film Festival Kickoff: Arab Highlights

Film - Short: Film | October 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A diverse assembly of shorts that relay cutting-edge work from and about the Arab World. Apartheid, war, Saudi feminism, racial profiling, and analyses of the refugee experience are a few of the themes engaged in the selection, across a sweeping roller coaster ride that yields waves of black humor inasmuch as heart-wrenching drama. For our 22nd edition, our Arab Highlights short film showcase...   More >

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Demise of the Islamist Utopia: What's Next?

Lecture | October 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Hicham Alaoui, University of Oxford

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Islamist movements have dominated popular discussions of opposition and change within Arab politics for the past three decades. Uniquely positioned during the Arab Spring, some have since directly governed, while others have been co-opted or absorbed into existing political structures. Yet outside Tunisia, no Islamist group has been able to deliver upon its promise of political transformation....   More >

Friday, October 12, 2018

MENA Salon: Yemen's Continuing War

Workshop: MENA Salon | October 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council, overriding the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, voted to continue an investigation by a panel of international experts into the war in Yemen. This comes in the wake of a recent cholera outbreak, with roughly 10,000 new cases each week, and increasing civilian casualties. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been aided by the United States'...   More >

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Space-In-Between: Dialogical Urban Space in Contemporary Iran

Lecture | October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 M. Reza Shirazi, Institute for Urban and Regional Development

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Contemporary architecture and urban space in Iran registers itself between two extremes of modernity and tradition. In this lecture, I first narrate the conflict between these two extremes and its manifestation in the architecture and urban planning of Tehran starting from mid-19th century. I then present a critical analysis of the writings and works of three leading architects, Kamran Diba,...   More >

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mena Salon: Death, Disappearance, Jail, and Exile: Dissidence and Journalism

Workshop: MENA Salon | October 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

International news media has focused on the recent disappearance and alleged execution of a dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi, also known as Cemal Kasikci, did not have a long track record as a "dissident" journalist, but was known as of late to be in an inevitable exile as he had grown increasingly critical of the...   More >

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sandow Birk: American Qur'an in Conversation with Professor Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Lecture | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Sandow Brik, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco; Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world.

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently...   More >

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Women of Mosul in the Age of Terrorism and Beyond: 2014 to the Present

Lecture: Lecture Series | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In June 2014, a terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham also known as ISIS conquered the city of Mosul. They displaced Christians, enslaved Yazidis, killed Shia and Sunnis alike. Life in Mosul came to a halt. More than 9,000 Yazidi women were enslaved and more than 500 women were publicly executed in the streets of the city on multiple charges. 2,000 women from...   More >

Friday, October 26, 2018

Islamic Texts Circle: Same-Sex Relations in the Qur'an

Workshop: Islamic Texts Circle | October 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

MENA Salon: International Fallout After Khashoggi Disappearance

Workshop: MENA Salon | October 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As new details emerge in the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, fallout from technology companies, investment firms, art institutions, and Western political ties has grown. Those who have seen Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as a reformer and game changer have scrambled to address the diplomatic and public relations blow back. The disappearance...   More >

MENA Salon: International Fallout After Khashoggi Disappearance

Workshop: MENA Salon | October 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As new details emerge in the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, fallout from technology companies, investment firms, art institutions, and Western political ties has grown. Those who have seen Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as a reformer and game changer have scrambled to address the diplomatic and public relations blow back. The disappearance...   More >

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Leila's Quest for Flight

Performing Arts - Theater | October 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Golden Thread Fairytale Players present
Leila’s Quest for Flight
at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
drawn from Palestinian folktales

When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal.

30-minute performance is followed by 20-minute Q & A session with...   More >

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Citizen-Enemies: Military Courts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Lecture: Lecture Series | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories produced a boomerang effect on Palestinian citizens within the 1948 borders, re-framing them as citizen-enemies. While the Israeli legal regime of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is extensively researched, this study extends its focus to the interrelations between the different parts comprising the Israeli “imperial formation.” Looking into...   More >