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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Books and Bodies, Story Telling and Survival: Emily Jacir and the Palestinian Archive

Lecture | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Ayelet Even-Nur, PhD Candidate in Arabic Language and Literature, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Near Eastern Studies


NES Brown Bag Talk



Persian Writings on Ayurvedic Medicine: The Construction of a Genre

Lecture | April 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall


Fabrizio Spezaile, Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

Rania Shah, Center for Middle East, Anthropology Department, Institute for South Asian Studies


This talk will explore the use of Ayurvedic Medicine in medieval Persia.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Text Based Workshop on Islamic Legal Theory and Philosophy

Meeting | April 30 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Asad Q. Ahmed, PhD, Near Eastern Studies Department

Near Eastern Studies


Please contact Professor Asad Q Ahmed to register and to receive the texts at asad.ahmed@berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fabulous Creatures and Spirits in Ancient Iranian Culture

Workshop | May 3 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Jenny Rose, Adjunct Faculty, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University; David Stronach, Professor Emeritus, NES - UC Berkeley; Martin Schwartz, Professor Emeritus, NES - UC Berkeley; Matteo Compareti, Guitty Azarpay Distinguished Visitor in the History of the Arts of Iran and Central Asia, NES - UC Berkeley; James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Near Eastern Studies

Friday, September 2, 2016

Yogis in Full Color: An Illustrated Persian Field Guide to Indian Religions

Lecture | September 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Prof. Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina

Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


This talk will explore a previously unstudied text written in Persian by a Hindu scholar, well-versed in the science of Sufism, for a British patron in 1800, describing 47 different types of yogis who were found in the city of Benares at that time. Four of the existing copies are illustrated with miniature paintings, in one case quite lavish color portraits in the Company style. The presentation...   More >

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Feeding the Gods in the Neo-Assyrian Temple

Lecture | September 7 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | 20 Barrows Hall


Kiersten Neumann, Research Associate and Curator, Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

Near Eastern Studies and Assyrian Heritage Fund

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Drawings of the Greek Magical Papyri and their Pharaonic Origin: **Rescheduled**

Lecture | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall | Note change in date


Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Near Eastern Studies


NES Brown Bag Talk given by faculty member and Assistant Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Computational Analysis of Cuneiform Texts: Initial Results of the Digital Assyriology Research Team

Lecture | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


BIDS Team and Niek Veldhuis, Professor of Assyriology (Near Eastern Studies)

Near Eastern Studies


Brown Bag Talk, with contributions from this Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS) Team: Jason Kha (Computer Science, junior); Swarup Sahu (Economics, senior); Huidi Wang (Statistics/Economics, senior); Tinsley Zhu (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, sophomore); Anthony Suen (BIDS); Kyle Nguyen (BIDS)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

“Child in the Nest”: Children as Agents and Patients in Pharaonic Egyptian Rituals

Lecture | November 3 | 5-7 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Kasia Szpakowska, Swansea University, Wales

Near Eastern Studies


Children are a ubiquitous feature in Ancient Egyptian tomb scenes, where their role is sometimes described as passive (acting as offering bearers) and sometimes active (as mourners). Less visible is their role in household religious activities performed on behalf of the living. The young were thought to be vulnerable to the persistent onslaught of ailments, diseases, and malignant demonic...   More >

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Pritchett Lecture 2016: Invoking the Deity through Altered Consciousness: Egyptian Communal Temple Rituals before the primary Mystery Religions

Lecture | November 7 | 8 p.m. |  Alumni House


Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University

Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in


Betsy M. Bryan is the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, where she has taught since 1986. She specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, ca. 1600-1000 B.C., with a particular emphasis on the 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1300 B.C. Her research interests include the organization and techniques of art production as...   More >


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

AIA Norton Lecture - The Ark Before Noah

Lecture | November 9 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Dr Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper of the Department of the Middle East, The British Museum

Archaeological Institute of America - San Francisco Society


Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on a 4,000 year old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah's Ark myth. One day in 2008, a single, modest-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet - the palm-sized clay rectangles on which our ancestors created the first documents, arrived at the British Museum. It had been brought in by a member of the public and this particular...   More >

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

OMG ... Oh My Game!: Exploration of language games with application to Arabic

Lecture | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Haitham Mohamed, Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Near Eastern Studies


This presentation explores types of games that can be used in the language classroom and what can be considered a game, and when and how to use a game. With hands-on games, focusing on vocabulary and grammar, this presentation will also discuss how to design an in-class game and what is the recipe that can be used to create a pedagogically successful language game.   More >

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Past in 4D? Time and Space in the Archaeological Landscape of Saqqara, Egypt. AHMA Noon Colloquium

Lecture | November 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall


Elaine Sullivan, University of California, Santa Cruz

Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in


The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Unveiling the Veiled in Marjane Satrapi's Graphic Memoir Persepolis:: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2 and Rajaa Alsanea's Girls of Riyadh: a Revolutionary Perspective

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


Engy Ashour Torky, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Egypt

Near Eastern Studies


This talk tends to unveil and crystallize a new image of the Arab Muslim women in Fundamentalist communities and how those women try to alter the frozen images constructed about them both in the Arab communities and in the Occidental West. The talk will explore this by focusing on Satrapi's “Persepolis and Alsanea's Girls of Riyadh” in the light of the selected Foucauldian notion: “Power” and...   More >

Friday, February 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.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Revealing Social Relationships and Intersectional Identities in a Pre-Columbian Muisca Community Through Diet and Activity (Sabana de Bogotá, Colombia AD 1000-1400)

Lecture | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


Melanie Miller, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

Archaeological Research Facility


The Muisca cultural group occupied a large Andean territory around the Sabana de Bogotá (Colombia) for at least 800 years before the Spanish arrived in 1536-37. Historically, the Muisca have been portrayed as a classic chiefdom society, with an emphasis on social rank and hierarchy as a primary aspect of Muisca social life. Highly stratified societies are characterized by differentiation between...   More >



Rabih Alameddine on "The Angel of History"

Workshop | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Rabih Alameddine

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies, Department of English, Center for Race and Gender


Rabih Alameddine is the author of six novels--including the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman and the international bestseller The Hakawati--as well as a Twitter feed that The New Yorker called "a work of art." His most recent novel, The Angel of History, follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he reckons with his childhood in an Egyptian brothel, the AIDS crisis in San Francisco,...   More >

Friday, February 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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Syria: Spaces of War: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date


Sofia Shwayri, CMES Visiting Scholar

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The uprisings that swept North Africa from late 2010 thru early 2011 reached Syria, to the surprise of many including President Bashar Al-Assaad, in March 2011. Al-Assaad, was convinced that his country would never experience such a widespread public show of dissent. Differing from those other uprisings, Syrians could not claim their own Tahrir Square in Damascus, as the long standing state of...   More >



Knowing Plants in Cuneiform Cultures: Revisiting R.C. Thompson's “Dictionary of Assyrian Botany”

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Eduardo Escobar, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Near Eastern Studies


This talk will consider what R.C Thompson's 1949 "Dictionary of Assyrian Botany" might look like in the twenty-first century. Scribal investigations of plants covered a wide range of scholarly genres in cuneiform cultures, from lexical lists, to materia medica, and glassmaking recipes. I will address the perennial challenge of identifying modern plant species in ancient texts, and suggest new...   More >

Friday, February 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.

Friday, February 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 >

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.

Friday, April 7, 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.

Friday, April 14, 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.

Friday, April 21, 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.

Friday, April 28, 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.

Friday, May 5, 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.