North Africa

Helen Zughaib Migrations

The Everyday Dignity of Helen Zughaib’s Refugees

February 9, 2017

Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib's work is on display this month at CGIS, under the auspices of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her paintings have been displayed widely in public collections, at the White House, the Library of Congress, and elsewhere; they often lend themselves to diplomatic optimism, even as they depict people in desperate situations: fleeing catastrophe in Syria, leaving home to emigrate to America, selling tiny items in the street to feed their families. Read a review of the exhibition and of Zughaib's accompanying artist talk in ...

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2017 Feb 13

Through A Camera Obscura: Economic Science and the Emergence of the Market in Colonial Egypt

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Robison Hall, Lower Level Library, Harvard Yard, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Seminar presents

Casey Primel
Volkswagen Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University

Commentators:
Roger Owen, AJ Meyer Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus, Harvard University
Lydia Walker, PhD candidate in History, Harvard University... Read more about Through A Camera Obscura: Economic Science and the Emergence of the Market in Colonial Egypt

2017 Feb 06

Egypt: Unfinished Revolution?

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and ILSP: SHARIAsource at Harvard Law School present

Jack ShenkerShenker book cover
Journalist; author, The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution

Khaled Fahmy
Shawwaf Visiting Professor in Modern Middle East History, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Professor of History, American University in Cairo... Read more about Egypt: Unfinished Revolution?

Swift Response to Trump Immigration Order

January 30, 2017

The Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the United States for at least several months has stirred a hornet’s nest of concern internationally, including at Harvard. Among other actions, Harvard President Drew Faust unveiled a plan for Harvard to appoint a full-time Muslim chaplain, with a search committee to be chaired by Harvard Divinity School Professor and Committee on Middle East Studies faculty member Ousmane Kane. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.

2017 Jan 25

Population, Generation and Nation: Understanding the Arab World Through Demography

4:15pm to 5:45pm

Location: 

Darman Seminar Rm, 1st floor, Taubman Bldg, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

The Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies present

Philippe FarguesFargues
Professor, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute; Associate, Harvard Kennedy School.... Read more about Population, Generation and Nation: Understanding the Arab World Through Demography

Harvard Tunisia 2016

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Opens Field Office in Tunisia

January 17, 2017

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard University today opened its first overseas office, in Tunisia, home to a tradition of learning and research that extends from Antiquity to the present. The office and the year-round programs run from the location are made possible by the support of Harvard College alumnus Hazem Ben-Gacem ’92.... Read more about Center for Middle Eastern Studies Opens Field Office in Tunisia

Khaled Fahmy among GDI 100 Thought Leaders in Arabic-Speaking World

Khaled Fahmy among GDI 100 Thought Leaders in Arabic-Speaking World

November 28, 2016

Khaled Fahmy, Shawwaf Visiting Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, has been named one of 2016's top 100 Thought Leaders in the Arabic-speaking world by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI), an independent think-tank in economics, society, and consumption. Since 2012, GDI has analyzed social networks to identify influential voices in the digital world. This marks the first year that GDI has analyzed the Arabic-speaking internet as well as the English-, German-, Spanish- and Chinese-speaking internet.

2016 Dec 01

Colonial Approaches to Governance in the Periphery: Direct and Indirect Rule in French Algeria

2:15pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Hoffman Room, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for European Studies Study Group: Colonial Encounters and Divergent Development Trajectories in the Mediterranean present

Adria Lawrence
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University

Abstract: When European imperial powers expanded into Africa, Asia, and the Americas, they began ruling diverse populations that differed from them along ethnic, linguistic, and religious lines. To manage this diversity, they articulated two distinct ideologies: direct and indirect rule. ...

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2016 Nov 21

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Fainsod Room, Littauer 324, Harvard Kennedy School

The CMES Middle East Forum and the Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School present

A book talk with authors
Nader Hashemi, Director, Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics, Josef Korbel School of Int'l Studies, University of Denver,
Danny Postel, Assistant Director, Middle East and North African Studies Program, Northwestern University
Paul Gabriel Hilu Pinto, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil... Read more about Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East

2016 Nov 16

Fitna: Civil War or Sectarian Conflict? Understanding Political Violence Within the Post-Mandate Arab States

10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of History present a workshop organized by Roger Owen

This workshop aims to historicize violent conflicts in the states of the Post-Mandate territories and to understand the Arabic terminology of violence in a trans-temporal and trans-national framework.... Read more about Fitna: Civil War or Sectarian Conflict? Understanding Political Violence Within the Post-Mandate Arab States

2016 Nov 14

#Khartoon! - @khalidalbaih at Harvard

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

Plese join us as we welcome political cartoonist and artist Khalid Albaih to CMES. The talk will begin with his presentation in room 102 at CMES, and then transition to the CGIS Knafel Concourse to view his works in the gallery space there. 

His #Khartoon! - @khalidalbaih at Harvard exhibit will be on display in CGIS Knafel Concourse November 11-December 19.

@khalidalbaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist born in Bucharest, Romania in 1980. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar, where he has been based since 1990. He publishes his cartoons on social media under “Khartoon!,” a word play on cartoon and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.... Read more about #Khartoon! - @khalidalbaih at Harvard

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