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February 2017

Public Lecture: “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies and Middle East Studies in the United States” by Dr. Zachary Lockman (NYU)

February 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Area studies is often simplistically depicted as little more than a Cold War form of knowledge, but its emergence as a component of the postwar American academic scene was in fact propelled and shaped by visions, exigencies and contingencies that were not initially or exclusively about the needs of the national security state. Zachary Lockman’s 2016 book Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States draws on extensive archival research to offer a different perspective on…

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Film Screening: On the Bride’s Side with Q&A

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The third film in the semester-long “Documenting the Middle East Film Festival,” On the Bride's Side is a 2015 documentary from Israel. The film will be introduced by Anna Kipervaser with a Q&A to follow. A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden - and hopefully avoid getting themselves…

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Panel Discussion: Contending Visions of the Middle East

February 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This panel will use Zachary Lockman’s influential book, Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (Cambridge, 2004), as a jumping off point to discuss the ways in which Westerners have examined and depicted Islam and the Middle East. The discussion will also address Lockman’s recent publication Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the US (Stanford, 2016), including the politics, controversies, and critical issues relating to the US and the Middle East. Participants…

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Persian Classical Music and Dance: in celebration of Khayyam

February 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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Persian Students Association at Duke & Persian Art Center in Carolina delightfully invite you for a cultural night with Persian classical music & dance! This event honors Omar Khayyam (1048–1131), a Persian polymath, scholar, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet. Performers include Siavash Pourfazli (tar, daf), Shahram Mazhari (santour, tombak), Reza Mahini (vocal, daf), Naim Montazeri (bass tar), Farzaneh Rezaei (dance).   Admission is free and open to public. Sponsored by the Duke Persian Students Association.  For more information, click here.

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Public Lecture: “International Law for the Weak State: The Ottoman Empire”

February 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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Mostafa Minawi (Cornell University) introduces his book "The Ottoman Scramble for Africa” (Stanford UP, 2016). Professor Minawi will explore the role that the philosophy behind 19th-century notions of international law played in maintaining and expanding an exclusively European colonial possession in Africa and Asia. Using the Ottoman Empire's part  icipation in the Conference in Berlin (1884-85) as a case study, he will argue that Istanbul understood how positivist international law gave the upper hand to the Great Powers, but continued…

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March 2017

Wednesdays at the Center: “The War Against Rape as a Weapon of War” with miriam cooke

March 1, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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Rape has always been part of war, but in the 20th century as military technology increased the scale of warfare so did the rate of rape. During the 1990s, the Serb rape camps holding Bosnian Muslim women in sexual bondage and then the rape camps of the Rwandan Genocide galvanized international action. The ICC trials led to the declaration that rape in war constitutes a crime against humanity. Activists were elated, yet rape remains an authorized weapon of war. This talk…

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Public Lecture: “Two-State Solution vs. One-State Solution”

March 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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Perhaps one of the most resounding questions in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict is the configuration which any potential state would take. The Two-State Solution, proposing an independent Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, perhaps with a change in borders, has its proponents. Others advocate a One-State Solution, in which the Palestinian territories are fully integrated into Israel and Palestinians are extended the full legal rights of Israeli citizens. Though neither solution can be definitively declared superior, the pros and cons of…

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Panel Discussion: “Palestine and US Relations” with Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat and Duke Professors David Schanzer and miriam cooke

March 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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The US-Palestinian relationship has shaped much of Middle East politics for decades. Despite a close working relationship with Israel, the United States has often tried to serve the role of the ‘honest broker’ in handling the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has, in turn, necessitated an effective working relationship with Palestine. The relative strain on, or warmth of, this relationship has always been in flux and responsive to current event, but a new American foreign policy under President Trump will naturally challenge…

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Public Lecture: “Hebrew, Arabic, and Death: Palestine-Israel and the Global Novel” with Anna Bernard (Kings College London)

March 9, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
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Anna Bernard (Kings College London) introduces her book Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2013). The crisis in Israel/Palestine has long been the world's most visible military conflict. Yet the region's cultural and intellectual life remains all but unknown to most foreign observers, which means that literary texts that make it into circulation abroad tend to be received as historical documents rather than aesthetic artefacts. Rhetorics of Belonging examines the diverse ways in which Palestinian and…

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Film Screening: “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” with Q&A

March 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
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The fourth film in the semester-long Documenting the Middle East Film Festival. “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” is a documentary from Turkey. A Q&A with Didem Havlioğlu will follow the screening. The Turkish film industry “Yeşilçam” was both financially and structurally weak. But with the help of basically non-existing copyright law, Yeşilçam filmmakers started producing remakes of European, American, and Indian movies. But they did not simply remake the movies scene by scene, they were using the movies’ soundtracks or even special…

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Public Lecture: “Muslim Women in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism” with Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin)

March 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin) introduces her book Muslims in the Balkans Between Nationalism and Transnationalism (OUP USA, 2013). With the newly-gained religious freedom, and in the context of multiple structural and cultural transitions, Muslim communities underwent remarkable transformations. They sought to renegotiate their place in formally secular legal and normative environments, mostly as minorities in majority-Christian societies. They reclaimed their Islamic faith, practices, and identities in a complex geopolitical situation dominated (particularly after 9/11) by anti-Muslim sentiments. The rising…

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April 2017

Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke

April 6, 2017 | 5:00 pm - April 8, 2017 | 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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SAVE THE DATE! Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke April 6–8, 2017 Duke University The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies is honored to announce an international conference to honor Professor miriam cooke’s multifaceted career on the occasion of her retirement. Dr. cooke’s colleagues and friends will gather to address issues of relevance to miriam’s artistic and scholarly interests including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mediterranean cities, Islamic feminism, gender and conflict, and literature. Each of the…

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Public Lecture: “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution” with Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois)

April 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois) introduces his book Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution (Or Books, 2016). Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these political prisoners, many of whom were eventually executed. Told through a series of linked memories…

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Film Screening: “The Wanted 18” with Q&A

April 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
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The fifth film in the semester-long Documenting the Middle East Film Festival. The Wanted 18 is a Canadian-Palestinian animated documentary. A Q&A with Nancy Kalow will follow the screening. The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people…

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