2018-19

Rosie Bsheer Mecca keynote

Reflecting on the Many Faces of Mecca, the Lived City

June 28, 2019

“Mecca is lived, experienced, and documented differently by different people,” began Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History at Harvard and author of the forthcoming “Archive Wars: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia,” in her keynote address to the colloquium Mecca: The Lived City, hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in May.

Mecca is characterized by plurality. In two days of lectures, speakers drew on academic, professional, and personal experiences to explore disparate visions of Mecca. The city’s social,...

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Roger Owen at CMES

Roger Owen, My Mentor and My Friend

August 1, 2019

It is impossible to sum up the life of Professor Roger Owen in a few paragraphs; even Roger found it difficult to edit his life in his wonderful memoir. I will focus on being his student and then his friend, and how he taught me how to pass forward his special brand of mentoring.

As a graduate student working on the history of Egypt and Sudan, I made my pilgrimage to Oxford to see Roger and Albert Hourani and receive their wisdom on my project. Albert enjoyed its potential but Roger told me in no uncertain terms that it was too big and would be very difficult (I would like to...

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Tomorrow's Children film

Syrian Asylees Produce Child Refugee Documentary 

March 19, 2019

About 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of a civil war in 2011 – including a family that settled in Silver Spring. To bring awareness to the eight-year anniversary of the conflict’s beginning, the brother-sister duo of Mouhanad Al-Rifay and CMES AM candidate Oula Alrifai are screening their documentary about child refugees from their home country this month in the town that took them in 13 years ago. “Tomorrow’s Children,” released in 2018, was directed by Al-...

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Jocelyne Dakhlia

Practices of Mobility, Regimes of Visibility: Jocelyne Dakhlia on Women in the Early Modern Maghrib

May 6, 2019

Jocelyne Dakhlia, Director of Studies, Center for Historical Research, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, was the distinguished speaker this year for the H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series, established in 1964 in honor of Sir Hamilton A.R. Gibb, who was a director of CMES as well as University Professor and James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic at Harvard. Youssef Ben Ismail, PhD candidate in Muslim Societies and Cultures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, covered the lectures for CMES.

In the summer of 1535...

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sultan's harem

Video: Undesired Bodies: Figures of Continuity and Discontinuity in the Mediterranean of Lady Montagu

April 4, 2019

Jocelyne Dakhlia, Director of Studies, Center for Historical Research, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, delivers the second lecture of the 2019 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Also see a video of Dakhlia's first lecture in the series, and read Youssef Ben Ismail's coverage of both talks.... Read more about Video: Undesired Bodies: Figures of Continuity and Discontinuity in the Mediterranean of Lady Montagu

Frau in Morocco

Video: The Sultanic Harem in Movement: State Logic and Feminine Mobility in Morocco (1500-1800)

April 2, 2019

Jocelyne Dakhlia, Director of Studies, Center for Historical Research, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, delivers the first lecture of the 2019 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Also see a video of Dakhlia's second lecture in the series, and read Youssef Ben Ismail's coverage of both talks.... Read more about Video: The Sultanic Harem in Movement: State Logic and Feminine Mobility in Morocco (1500-1800)

Nadia Murad

Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture with Nadia Murad

April 3, 2019

The 2019 Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture, "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning," took place on April 3 at the Memorial Church at Harvard. Nadia Murad is the corecipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Murad’s peaceful life was savagely interrupted in 2014 when Daesh attacked her homeland in Sinjar, with the intention of ethnically cleansing Iraq of all Yazidis. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women in particular...

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2019 May 09

Persecution and Persistence: 75th Anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars in Historical Context

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a Crimean Tatar Studies Lecture Series with

Crimean Tatars

Brian Glyn Williams
Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Huseyin Oylupinar
Turkish-Ukrainian-Crimean Tatar Studies Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Hanna Abakunova
Mihaychuk Research Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

This panel will be followed by the screening of the docudrama Haytarma (2013): https://bit.ly/2LkgZhk at CMES.... Read more about Persecution and Persistence: 75th Anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars in Historical Context

2019 Apr 26

Film Screening & Discussion with Director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Rm 020, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a screening and discussion with filmmaker

Anahita GhazvinizadehAnahita Ghazvinizadeh
Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts, University of Iowa; first prize winner at 2013 Cannes Film Festival

A screening of two short films, "When the Kid Was a Kid" and "Needle", followed by a Q&A with the director... Read more about Film Screening & Discussion with Director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

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