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ACAPS Report: Movement back to Syria - Scenarios

[The following report was published by ACAPS and the Mixed Migration Platform on 9 September 2017.] ACAPS and the Mixed Migration Platform have produced a new set of scenarios, outlining possible developments in Syria and neighbouring countries over the next nine months. Following ...  Read More »

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Shanghai University Call for Papers: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism in African, Middle East, Latin American, Asian/Chinese Studies

                CALL FOR PAPERS:  ORIENTALISM, NEO-ORIENTALISM AND POST-ORIENTALISM IN AFRICAN, MIDDLE EAST, LATIN AMERICAN, ASIAN/CHINESE STUDIES 15th Anniversary of Memory of Edward Said (1935-2003) and 40th Anniversary of His Book (1978) MAY 17–18, ...  Read More »

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Report by Human Rights Watch on Saudi Arabia: Prominent Clerics Arrested

Saudi authorities have arrested dozens of people, including prominent clerics, in what appears to be a coordinated crackdown on dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. The campaign comes three months after Mohammad bin Salman became crown prince in June 2017. The reported arrests of Salman al-Awda, Awad ...  Read More »

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Job Opening: Watson-Anthropology Position in Middle East Studies at Brown University

Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Department of Anthropology jointly invite applications for a tenured, senior position (Associate or full Professor) in Sociocultural Anthropology of the Middle East. This position will fill the currently vacant Roberts Family ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Arab Studies Journal Special Issue

 Visualizing Change: Graphic Arts and Literature in the Contemporary Arab World Guest Editors: Eid Mohamed and Barkuzar Dubbati This special issue focuses on the rise of graphic literature and arts in the Arab world as a means of expression, representation, and political resistance against ideological ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Towards an Arab Left Reader

Cambrigde 12- 14 April 2018 Why is there as yet no reader or anthology of Arab leftist thought in English translation?  This workshop will bring together an international group of scholars and translators from a wide range of disciplines to identify, discuss and translate a selection of documents that have ...  Read More »

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Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Regarding Intenet to Reject US Assylum Application of Radwan Ziadeh

[The following letter was issued by the Middle East Studies Association on 29 June 2017, in response to the Department of Homeland Security's intent to reject Dr. Radwan Ziadeh's application for U.S. asylum, despite being a well-known human rights activist.] The Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary of Homeland ...  Read More »

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Letter to Shaikh Hamad Al Khalifa Regarding the Sentencing and Detention Conditions of Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab

[The following letter was issued by the Middle East Studies Association on 26 July 2017 in response to its decision to Bahrain's detention of the prominent human rights lawyer, Nabeel Rajab.] Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa Office of His Majesty the King P.O. Box 555 Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain Fax: ...  Read More »

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Statement of Opposition to the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" by the Middle East Studies Association of North America

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Studies Association of North America on 27 July 2017 in response to the Congressional move to enact a "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" law.] The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) expresses its strong opposition to the “Israel ...  Read More »

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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Academe

Next week, I will depart Beirut and return to the DC area. I’m grateful to the students and friends who made our time in Lebanon so rewarding. We’ll remember this period with great fondness. My son grew from a toddler into a little boy in Beirut. His first memories are registered at AUB. Despite applying to ...  Read More »

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تقرير: خمسون عاماً على احتلال القدس الشرقية: سياسات القضم والإبعاد والتهويد تتواصل

بعد مرور 50 عاماً على الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لمدينة القدس الشرقية، باتت مساحتها تتقلص أكثر فأكثر لحساب المستعمرات، إلاّ إن عدد الفلسطينيين يزداد على نحو يؤشر إلى فشل سياسات التهويد الإسرائيلية. مع بداية الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للقدس الشرقية في سنة 1967 كان عدد سكانها بشطرَيها الشرقي والغربي 266,300 نسمة تقريباً، يشكل ...  Read More »

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Statement of Condemnation and Clarification by the Socialist Forum in Lebanon

[The following statement was issued by Socialist Forum on 16 July 2017 in response to its decision to cancel a demonstraiton it had organized in response to the recent actions taken by the Lebanese government (through the military) within the Syrian refugee communities of Arsal.] On Friday June 30th, 2017 at dawn, a ...  Read More »

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بيان المنتدى الاشتراكي رداً على هجمات ضد اللاجئين السوريين في منطقة عرسال

[أصدر المنتدى الاشتراكي هذا البيان في ١٣ تموز، ٢٠١٧، رداً على هجمات ضد اللاجئين السوريين في منطقة عرسال] فجر نهار الجمعة 30 حزيران 2017، قامت قوة من الجيش اللبناني بمداهمة مخيمي النور والقارية للاجئين السوريين في بلدة عرسال، ضمن ما اعتبره الجيش "عملية استباقيّة" ضد "إرهابيين" موجودين في المخيم. ...  Read More »

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Report: Informal Systems in Urban Sustainability and Resilience

The Climate Change and Environment team at the Issam Fares Institute of the American University of Beirut, in partnership with the Lebanon office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German non-profit institution working for the public interest, are conducting a research project that explores informality in the urban ...  Read More »

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MESA Memo on Impact of US Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

[The following memo was issued on 27 June 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Supreme Court's limited stay in the case that MESA has joined as plaintiff against the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] On Monday, June 26, 2017, the ...  Read More »

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Call for Abstracts: The Politics of Boycotts (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

 The Politics of Boycotts Issue number 134 (May 2019) Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017 Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the ...  Read More »

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Statement from Mashrou' Leila on Jordanian Government Banning of Their Show (Again)

[The following written statement and video was issued by the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila on 13 June 2017 in response to news that the the Jordanian government had officially cancelled their 27 June 2017 show in Amman. This represents the second year in a row that this has happened, despite obtaining all ...  Read More »

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DC Panel Discussion -- Fifty Years of Occupation: Looking Back, Looking Forward (15 June 2017)

[DC Panel Discussion -- Fifty Years of Occupation: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:30 – 12:00 pm. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036] The panel will include Tareq Baconi and Nur Arafeh, US and Palestine-based ...  Read More »

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Faculty and Border Patrol Searches

[The following announcement was issued by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on 7 June 2017 via email] In conjunction with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the AAUP is seeking information from any faculty members who have had their cell phones or other electronic ...  Read More »

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Call for Targeted Academic Boycott of Turkey

[This call was released by Academics for Peace on 7 June 2017. The statement is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish (Sorani), Kurdish (Kurmanji), Norwegian, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. For more ...  Read More »

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Call for Book Proposals to UC Press: New Directions in Palestine Studies at Brown University

Call for Book Proposals in Palestinian Studies New Directions in Palestinian Studies publishes innovative conceptual, archival, and ethnographic research projects that transcend the dominant Orientalist and nationalist paradigms and that connect the Palestinian experience to global histories and dynamics. WHAT WE'RE ...  Read More »

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at ...  Read More »

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Letter to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey in Response to the Infringement of Academic Freedoms

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 19 May 2017, in response to the memo released by the Turkish Council for Scientific and Technical Research on 17 March 2017.] Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Office of the Prime ...  Read More »

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Sorry I Drowned | آسف لأني غرقت

[The following video and introduction were co-produced by Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] The world has catastrophically failed millions of people fleeing war, persecution and despair. Calculating politics won out over moral and legal obligations to offer protection and assistance to those in ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Unconstitutional Ruling in MESA Lawsuit against Trump Travel Ban

[The following press release was issued by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 25 May 2017] For Immediate Release May 25, 2017 Contact: Geoffrey Knox 917-414-1749 gknox@geoffreyknox.com Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Muslim Ban Unconstitutional RICHMOND, VA. — In a 10-3 ruling, a federal appeals ...  Read More »

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London Event -- Violent Order: Extinguishing Palestinian Resistance, Expanding Israel’s Use of Force

School of Politics and International Relations Friday, 26 May 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST) London, England Only those with tickets can attend. You will be asked to present your ticket and photo ID at the registration desk Doors close at 18:00, strictly no admittance after this time  Since November 2000 ...  Read More »

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2017): Activism

Middle East Report No. 281 (Spring 2017) ACTIVISM Many commentators declare that the Arab uprisings of 2011 have ended. But in the eyes of many activists in the region, the uprisings are not over, even if the multitudes have retreated from central squares as the regimes re-entrench. Indeed, the throngs that ...  Read More »

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Beirut Event: Heritage Watch Day for Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche (18-21 May)

Heritage Watch Day:  Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche  By Save Beirut Heritage & The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche 18-21 May 2017 Beirut, Lebanon Beirut has two of 50 selected sites worldwide listed on the 2016 World Monument Watch List. By listing Beirut’s Dalieh of ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice (Beirut, 7 June 2017)

Call for Applicants "The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice" Social Justice and The City Program Issam Fares Institute American University of Beirut Does your research bring up issues of social or spatial (in)justice? Does it invoke social issues such as unemployment, mobility problems, unaffordable ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants -- The 2nd Palestinian/Arab Youth Summer School 2017: Political Education & Transnational Movement Building

The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) Calls on Palestinian/Arab Youth to apply to participate in: The 2nd Palestinian/Arab Youth Summer School 2017: Political Education and Transnational Movement Building The Summer School will be held from July 22th to July 30th, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The summer school ...  Read More »

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