The CMES Spotlight Series features presentations on current research by the faculty and students that constitute our diverse scholarly community across departments, initiatives, and programs at UCSB. All events will be held via zoom. Links to register for our webinars will be posted a week before the events.
October 12, 5 pm PST
November 5, 9 am PST
Shaping Self, Shaping Other: a CMES graduate fellows panel
Amy Fallas (History), Death of a Prime Minister: The Assassination of Boutros Ghali and the Origins of Egyptian Sectarianism, 1906-1911
Wael Hegazy (Religious Studies), Online Islamic Rituals and their Impact on Shaping the Muslim Communities
Ibrahim Mansour (History), Sufism, Philosophy, and the Reverberations of Power in Medieval Islamic Thought
Richard Nedjat-Haim (Comparative Literature), The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa: The Politics of Performance
Rachel Winter (History of Art and Architecture), The 1976 World of Islam Festival in Hindsight: Finding the Contemporary
Discussant: Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies)
January 11, 5 pm PST
6 pm PST
Saladin Commemorated: Palestinian and Jewish/Israeli Myths, 12th–21st Centuries
Daniella Talmon-Heller (Ben Gurion University)
Discussant: Stephen Humphreys (History)
February 25, 9 am PST
Infrastructure, Architecture: a CMES graduate fellows panel
Ali Derafshi (History of Art and Architecture), Memāri-e Irāni in California: Iranian and Persian-inspired Architecture in the Land of Sunshine
Samira Fathi (History of Art and Architecture), Architectural Patronage and Urbanization of Isfahan, 1700-1834
Anthony Greco (History), “The Greatest Irrigation Canal on Earth:” Muhammad Effendi Ismail’s Image of Infrastructure, Asyūṭ, 1900.
Tina Guirguis (Global Studies), Potty Politics: Toilets for the People?
Alice Kezhaya (Global Studies), Beirut’s EDL Building & Electricity Infrastructure’s Racializing Order
Discussant: Charmaine Chua (Global Studies)
April 14, 5 pm PST
Curating the Middle East
Shiva Balaghi (Area Global Initiative)
Discussant: Soha Saghazadeh (Film and Media)
Image credit: Pouran Jinchi artwork on view in Glitch, an exhibit at Tahrir Cultural Center, AUC.
April 23 – 24
April 29, 9 am PDT
Making, Breaking, Transgressing the State: a CMES graduate fellows panel
Gehad Abaza (Anthropology), “‘We Built it Bit by Bit’: Exile, Homemaking, and State Formation in Abkhazia”
Sarp Kurgan (Global Studies), “The Making of an Opposition: A Comparative Analysis on Turkish Progressive Thought and Intellectual-State Relations in the Middle East, 1930-1980”
Sergey Saluschev (History), “The ‘Strange’ Insurrection of 1866 and the Abolition of Slavery in Abkhazia”
Mesadet Sozman (Global Studies), “Kemalism’s New Woman: Women Intellectuals at the Intersection of Nationalism and Conservatism in 1935-46”
Leila Zonousi (Global Studies), “The New Middle Eastern Intellectual Diasporas in North America: Migrations from Iran, Egypt, and Turkey in the 2010s”
Discussant: Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (Global Studies)
May 5, 5pm PDT
Book Discussion: Alaa Abd El-Fattah’s You Have Not Yet Been Defeated
A panel discussion with Sanaa Seif (filmmaker & activist), Sharif Abdel Kouddous (journalist), Laila Shereen Sakr (Film & Media), and Paul Amar (Global Studies).
* This is an in-person event at Wireframe Studio, 1410 Music Building, UCSB. Audience members must bring masks and wear them for the duration of the event.
Co-sponsored with Wireframe Studio and Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. More info here.
5 pm PDT
(Mis)/(Dis)Representation of Arabic Language in Israel
Rawia Hayik (Visiting Scholar UCLA; Senior Lecturer, Sakhnin Academic College for Teacher Education, Israel)
Discussant: Sherene Seikaly (History)