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March 2018

Re-membering Torture: A Conversation with Shahla Talebi and Diana Coleman

March 26, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  In this workshop, we will be discussing the work of Darius Rejali (“Torture and Democracy”) as well as some of the testimony culled from the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT). Professor Talebi, herself a former detainee under two separate regimes in Iran, will be discussing some of her writings, and her student, Diana Coleman, will discuss her work on Guantanamo.  Light reception to follow. For the readings, please visit here. Sponsored by the D-SIGN working group on…

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CANCELLED: Public Talk and Conversation: “Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Age of ISIS and Islamophobia”

March 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Monday, March 26 | 6:00 – 7:30pm Speaker: Dr. Muhammad al-Sammak, Advisor to the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, and Secretary General of the National Committee for Muslim Christian Dialogue. Parking: Free and available near Park Shops, in the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck, or closer in the parking lot behind the SAS Mathematics Building. For more information, please click here or contact 919.515.5058 or RSVP is required by March 12th. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. 210 Park Shops NC State University

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Lecture: “The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language” by Minister Mohamed Al-Machnouk

March 27, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In several nations around the world, debates rage on whether school science and mathematics ought to be taught in native tongues versus English or some other ‘dominant, global’ language. Passionate arguments have been advanced to articulate the benefits and burdens for student learning and outcomes as a result of using one approach or the other. In Lebanon, native Arabic speaking children mostly learn science and mathematics in English or French starting in the primary grades. In this talk, Minister Mohamed…

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April 2018

Lecture: “A Picture of Health: Visualizing Care in Late Ottoman Istanbul” with Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

April 2, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Professor Gürsel examines formal portraits of late 19th century female patients of the Haseki Women’s Hospital from Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit’s palace archive to ask how this album requires us to rethink agency in photography as well as the traditional differences between medical and political imaging technologies. In this thoughtful dive into an unusual archive, Gürsel makes us confront how care is visualized and to what political end. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is a media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of…

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Lecture: “Modernity, Subjectivity and Sexual Violence: Stories From Iran” by Dr. Shahla Talebi

April 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  What is the relationship between our sense of the self and sexual violence that for many individuals it appears so radically different from other forms of violence?  Why do we so often attribute such significance to sexuality that makes it possible for sexual violence to become profound means of asserting power for its perpetrators?  What is behind the visceral experience of this kind of violence that the theoretical renditions on power or torture do not seem to adequately capture? …

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Lecture: “Vicissitudes of Care: Humanitarian-Military Entanglements in Occupied Kashmir” with Dr. Saiba Varma

April 6, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Alumni Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Saiba Varma’s research focuses on health and medicine, as well as politics, inequalities, and violence and has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in psychiatric and military settings. Her work  examines the global military-humanitarian complex from the prism of South Asia, specifically Indian-occupied Kashmir, the site of an ongoing conflict between an independence movement and the Indian military. In this talk, Dr. Varma will be discussing material from her book manuscript, Life in Pieces: Military and Humanitarian Care in Kashmir, which shows how…

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Public Lecture: “Beyond Al Jazeera and the ‘Arab Spring’: Media, Politics and the Struggle Over Modernity in the Arab World Today” with Jaafar Aksikas (Columbia College Chicago)

April 10, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hyde Hall United States + Google Map

Most recent conventional accounts of dominant Arab media, both in the Arab world and in the West (including the United States), tend to focus almost exclusively on Al Jazeera or, in the wake of the “Arab Spring” of 2011 and the following political upheavals across the region, on the new and emergent media forms.  In these accounts, new Arab media are seen as modernizing, democratizing and liberatory.  Aksikas places these media in a broader context, looking especially at consumer and corporate culture.  He considers how…

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