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Dr. Parama Roy

Alimentary Tracts: Food, Filth, and Anglo-Indian Flesh in 1857

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Hamid Dabashi

Amir Naderi and Ramin Bahrani: Two generations of Iranian Filmmakers in New York

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STEVEN SALAITA, Assistant Professor, English, Virginia Tech

Curricular Activism and Academic Freedom Representations of Arabs and Muslims in Print and Internet Media

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Rights Talk and Rights Work in the Middle East and South Asia

PROGRAM Thursday, February 28, 2008 5:30-7:00pm Dinner 7:00-8:00pm Welcome: Steven Sheffrin, Dean, Division of Social Sciences, UC Davis Suad Joseph, Middle East/South Asia Studies, UC Davis Chair: Kevin Johnson, School of Law, UC Davis "The Power of Rights and the Rights of Power" Speaker: Richard Falk, Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara Friday, February 29, 2008 8:30-9:00am Registration and breakfast 9:00-10:00am Chair: Gayatri Gopinath, Women & Gender Studies, UC Davis "Sexuality and Rights in Translation" Speaker: Joseph Massad, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University 10:00-11:00am Chair: David Simpson, English, UC Davis "The Missing Homeland Of Edward Said: Person and Place in Globalization" Speaker: Aamir Mufti, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles 11:00-11:30am Coffee break 11:30-12:30pm Chair: Carolyn de la Pena, Director, Davis Humanities Institute "The Politics Of The Future" Speaker: Martina Rieker, Director, Institute for Gender and Women's Studies, American University in Cairo 12:30-2:00pm Lunch, University Club Lounge 2:00-3:00pm Chair: Elizabeth Constable, French and Italian, UC Davis "The Crisis of the Rights-bearing Agent: Radical Politics in a Post-subject Age" Speaker: Nivedita Menon, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi 3:00-4:00pm Chair: Clarence Walker, History, UC Davis "The Terrorist In Search Of Humanity" Speaker: Faisal Devji, Department of History, New School for Social Research 4:00-5:00pm Roundtable: "Rights Talk and Rights Work" Chair: Flagg Miller, Religious Studies, UC Davis Speakers: Richard Falk, Suad Joseph, Zeev Maoz, Parama Roy, Sudipta Sen 5:00-6:00pm Reception

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KHALED HUSSEINI

A Conversation with the Author of the Kite Runner

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A Public Lecture by: Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi, Harvard Professor

The Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard Univeristy

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Yousif Chahine

A Retrospective: Classic Films of Egyptian Filmmaker Yousif Chahine

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Abed Azzam-Public Lecture

"A Reading of Islamic Atheism against the Background of Nietzsche's Word 'God is Dead' " A Public Lecture by Abed Azzam

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LAWRENCE PINTAK

America, Islam, and the War of Ideas

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Ahmad Dallal

An Islamic Enlightenment? Traditions of reform in eighteenth century Islamic thought

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Angeleno Days: An Arab American Writer on Family, Place and Politics

Spend an evening with Georgetown University Professor GREGORY ORFALEA Author of book Angeleno Days, Some of the best Arab American writing ever assembled.

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Arab and Muslim Communities the the U.S.: Immigration, Race, and Terror

Speakers: STEVEN SALAITA, Assistant Professor, English, Virginia Tech. WAZHMA MOJADDIDI, Immigration Civil, and Criminal Lawyer. SARA M. MOSTAFAVI, Immigration Attorney SUMMER HARARAH, UC Davis undergrad; student advisor to the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. Moderator: SUNAINA MAIRA, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis

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Arab Studies Conference

May 2: Subjectivity and its Discontents, May 3: Decolonization and its Discontents, Official Times: TBD

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The Faris Saeed Lecture Series in Arab Studies

Professors Paul Amar, Beshara Doumani and Susan Miller will participate in a panel discussion on May 11th, 2011.

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Arab Studies Research Symposium

Come listen to various papers, read by UC Davis students, related to topics such as "State, Sexuality, and Medicine in Islam", "Displacement, Labor and Terror", "Framing Poetry, Cinema and Language in Arabic" and more.

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Arabic Class End of the Fall Quarter Event

Performance created and presented by the beginner and intermediate Arabic students. Diverse cultural food and refreshments will be provided.

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Flagg Miller

Bin Laden's Tapes The Orders and Disorders of AL-QA'IDA's audio jihad

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Black Orientalism: Genesis, Purpose, and Significance for American

Religious Studies Program presents Sherman Jackson Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies University of Michigan Black Orientalism: Genesis, Purpose, and Significance for American Professor Jackson received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He is the author of Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihâb al-Dîn al-Qarâfî (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996) and On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâlî’s Faysal al-Tafriqa Bayna al-Islam wa al-Zandaqa (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2002). Currently, he is working on a book tentatively titled Islam and the Black American.

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Borders, Checkpoints, Crossings: Arab American and Asian American Studies

The Middle East/South Asia Studies Program and the Asian American Cultural Politics Research Group present: Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa Nadine Naber Assistant Professor, American Culture & Women’s Studies, UMichigan, Ann Arbor Moderated by Sunaina Maira This panel focuses on convergences and divergences between the fields of Arab American and Asian American studies, and how they inform debates about empire, Orientalism, racialization, and gendered nationalisms, especially after 9/11. Borders and boundaries are issues that emerge in both fields as they address questions of self-definition, institutionalization, and interdisciplinarity, as well as negotiate checkpoints or obstacles as the field evolves. Ibrahim Aoude’ is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He is co-editor of Arab Studies Quarterly and has published work on Middle East politics, Arab American identity, and Hawaiian political economy and social movements. Nadine Naber is Assistant Professor in American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a member of the Arab Women’s Gathering Organizing Collective (AWGOC) and RAWAN (Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network) and is a graduate of UCD’s Anthropology department. Sunaina Maira is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis.

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Borders, Rights, and Resistance Roundtable

Guest Speakers, Domingues, Espinoza, Kiswani, Noyola, Pang, Tactaquin, Strierl

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Bring Your Own Conflict

Bring Your Own Conflict Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution, will be coming to UC Davis for two "Bring Your Own Conflict" workshops and a lecture on his book. The first "Bring Your Own Conflict" workshop will start at 1pm - 4pm on Thursday, Oct. 16th. In the workshop, Juergensmeyer will help participants work out issues using Gandhi's practices. 7:00 PM: Main Theater At 7pm, Juergensmeyer will lecture on his book in the UC Davis Main Theater, a reception will follow.

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Call for Papers: South Asia by the Bay

A Graduate Student Conference at Stanford University on May 9-11, 2012

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Dr. Anil Gupta

Can protecting intellectual property rights be of any consequence for poor people?

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Chai and Chat

Public event, Mairaj Syed & Baki Tezcan

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Ebrahim Moosa

Challenges in re-thinking Islam

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Characterizing a Language as a Whole: The strange Case of Hinid (Urdu)

Michael Shapiro (PhD, Languistics, University of Chicago) is Chair and professor of Hinid, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, Univsersity of Washington.

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Coffee and the Conquest of the Night in the Early Modern Era

UC Davis History Department presents the 11th annual Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture Coffee and the Conquest of the Night in the Early Modern Era by Cemal Kafadar Vehbi Koc Professor of Turkish Studies Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Harvard University Cemal Kafadar is the author, among other works, of Between two worlds: the construction of the Ottoman state (University of California, 1995), and a far-ranging scholar on Middle Eastern history.

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Differences Within and Differences Without: Early Perceptions of Others in South Asia

“Conversations,” the Sociocultural Anthropology Discussion Series, presents Differences Within and Differences Without: Early Perceptions of Others in South Asia B. D. Chattopadhyaya Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi Tuesday, June 1, 2004; 4:00 PM Andrews Conference Room, Social Sciences Building B. D. Chattopadhyaya is Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. His interests center on the study of the history of South Asia before the fifteenth century and span the disciplines of economic and social history, archaeology, numismatics, epigraphy, and literature. Some of his recent books include Studying Early India: Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues (2003), Representing the Other? Sanskrit Sources and the Muslims: Eighth to Fourteenth Century (1998), The Making of Early Medieval India (1994), and Aspects of Rural Settlements and Rural Society in Early Medieval India (1990).

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End of the Two-state Solution: Apartheid, Binational State or the last Stage of Sociocide

Center for History, Society, and Culture presents a special lecture End of the Two-state Solution: Apartheid, Binational State or the last Stage of Sociocide Saleh Abdul Jawad Bir Zeit University Thursday, November 20, 2003 4 p.m., Andrews room, 2203 Social Science Humanities Building

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Martina Rieker

Envisioning New Geographies after the Postcolonial World Order

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Faculty Development Seminar

Archana Venkatesan, Assistant Professor Comparative Lit and Religious Studies, Performing the Past to Remember for the Future: The Case of Hereditary Performance Traditions in south Indian temples.

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Fall Welcome

Come and join the ME/SA faculty and students for a meet and greet full of information about our program, brand new major, Middle East/South Asia student organizations, and lots of free food. Everyone is welcome!

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Fall Welcome

Come and join the ME/SA faculty and students for a meet and greet full of information about our program, Middle East/South Asia student organizations, and lots of free food. Everyone is welcome!

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Fault Lines: Disasters and the Imagination of Democracy

Special Lecture and Discussion Fault Lines: Disasters and the Imagination of Democracy Shiv Visvanathan Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University

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Gayatri Gopinath

Feminist Approaches to South Asia

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SUNAINA MAIRA

Guilt Redemption, and Gratitude in the Kite Runner

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Hafla/Mela

Join UC Davis Middle East/South Asia Studies Program for an evening of free food and entertainment. Graduating students with a ME/SA minor will receive special recognition. This is a great opportunity for those interested in the ME/SA minor or major to speak with ME/SA faculty. Come find out about the new ME/SA major to be launched Fall 2008. Entertainment and food provided. Entertainment: Zindagi Hindi Film Dance Team; Middle Eastern Dance Group; poetry; Middle Eastern and South Asian music

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ME/SA end of the year event with students.

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Hafla Mela

Join us to Celebrate ME/SA’s Fifth Anniversary Dr. Suad Joseph’s completion of her term as ME/SA Director The Graduation of First ME/SA Majors The Graduation of ME/SA Minors FEATURING Lebanese-American Poet, Essayist, and Visual Artist ETEL ADAN Persian Bandari Dance Middle Eastern and South Asian Music, Dance, and Poetry

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Hafla/Mela 2010

Join us celebrate ME/SA’s annual event with an evening of free food and entertainment . Graduating students with ME/SA Major and Minor will receive special recognition. This is a great opportunity for those interested in the ME/SA Major or Minor to speak with ME/SA faculty.

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Pearling in the Indian Ocean: Public Lecture by Pedro Machado

Pedro Machado, Professor of History at Indiana University on pearling in the Indian Ocean. Co-Sponsored by the Mellon Indian Ocean Initiative.

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