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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bio-Recognition: Speculating Race, Gender, and Health: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Colloquium | December 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall


Center for Race and Gender


Commentary: Prof. Charis Thompson, Gender & Women’s Studies

Prof. James Battle, UC Santa Cruz
More info soon!

Epidemiologic Rage: Biomedical Legibility and the Politics of Trans Health in the US and Argentina
Christoph Hanssmann, UC San Francisco



Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics

Panel Discussion | December 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Tulane University; Olivia Harrison, University of Southern California

Soraya Tlatli, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics introduces and makes available, for the first time in English, an incandescent corpus of experimental leftist writing from North Africa. Founded in 1966 by Abdellatif Laâbi and a small group of avant-garde Moroccan poets and artists and banned in 1972, Souffles-Anfas was one of the most influential literary,...   More >

Friday, December 2, 2016

MENA Salon

Workshop | December 2 | 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.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

12th Annual Berkeley River Restoration Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 3 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall


Scott McBain, President, McBain Associates

Riverlab UC Berkeley


Restoring fluvial process and ecology below dams: lessons over two decades.
Most of our major rivers are dammed, and ecosystem restoration must be undertaken in this context. How can we manage flow, sediment, and channel morphology on such highly regulated rivers to restore downstream fluvial processes, form, and biota? Based on over two decades of experience, Scott McBain describes the...   More >

Monday, December 5, 2016

Autobiographies for the Soviet State

Lecture | December 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Yuriy Zaretskiy, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

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


Dr. Zaretskiy will discuss the common practice by Soviet citizens of writing formal autobiographies. Millions of these autobiographies are being stored in archives and are little known to historians. He will introduce this type of writing and outline the social circumstances that fashioned their narrative structure and content. Further, he will argue that these autobiographies were written with...   More >

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Modernization, Geopolitics, and the New Russian Conservatives

Lecture | December 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Head of the Department of Sociology, Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

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


The rise of a new political conservatism in Russia did not just start with Putin’s publicly celebrated turn towards conservative values in 2012. Rather, it grew out of the disappointment with Western recipes for a catch-up economic development, the search for an alternative path, and geopolitical concerns among the Russian elite and intellectuals. The core idea was to construct a...   More >



Free Screening of Belo Monte: After the Flood

Film - Documentary | December 6 | 6:30-9 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building


TBA, Amazon Watch

TBA, International Rivers

Student Environmental Resource Center, Berkeley Water Group, Students of Color Environmental Collective, Friends of the River at Berkeley, Amazon Watch, International Rivers


Join us for a free screening of the groundbreaking documentary
Belo Monte: After the Flood
featuring a panel discussion with Amazon Watch and International Rivers

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Disoriental: Music from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and the Gulf

Performing Arts - Music | December 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall


Disoriental Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Enjoy an evening of music from across the Middle East and North Africa, performed by Disoriental, an ensemble of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

This activity has been partially funded by a grant from the Sultan Program of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, with additional support from the American Councils for International Education.

Friday, December 9, 2016

MENA Salon: Semester in Review

Workshop | December 9 | 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.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Legitimating Tradition: 2016 Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments

Conference/Symposium | December 17 |  Marina Hotel Kuwait


 , Kuwait City

Mike Robinson, Professor of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham; Yasser Elsheshtawy, Professor of Architecture, United Arab Emirates University; Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO; Farah Al-Nakib, Professor of History, American University of Kuwait

Asseel Al-Ragam, Professor of Architecture, Kuwait University; Dietrich Neumann, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University; Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, MIT

Monitra Unakul, National Professional Officer, UNESCO

International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE)


THE BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

In contemporary contexts of globalization, political conflict, and dynamic social and cultural change, legitimacy is often invoked, questioned, or challenged by various actors to achieve certain ends. This conference seeks to ask: What role does tradition play in legitimating practices that...   More >


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