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CSAMES Lectures

  • A teach-in on the situation in Gaza and Israel with Hasan Ayoub, Ayelet Ben-Yishai, and Josh Ruebner. The views expressed are those of the speakers and do not represent an official position of the university or the organizing units.
  • This lecture focuses on a reading of two contemporary novels: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and Omar ElAkkad’s What Strange Paradise in the light of magical realism. It argues that these novels infuse reality with fantasy to re- write the narrative of the refugee. Looking at refugee journeys not only as itineraries but also as narrative and literary modes, the paper reflects on the use of certain...
  • A fascinating Archaeological site, PERGAMON-BERGAMA, which was the capital of Attalid Dynasty in the 3rd Century BC and gateway between the Eastern and the Western Worlds.
  • What happens when we recognize that inheritors of traumatic cultural memory can also be witnesses to succeeding events of collective violence? More specifically, how does the field of contemporary cultural memory studies develop tools to make meaning of the narrativization of those acts of witnessing when such acts occur in context of the displacement of an already diasporic community? In this...
  • The Use and Value of Geography among the Ottomans: KATIP CELEBI's Cosmography
  • Identity has been studied in light of many theoretical frameworks such as “Accommodation Theory” (Coupland 1984; Giles and Coupland 1991), “Audience Design” (Bell 1984), “Acts of Identity” (Le Page and Tabouret-Keller 1985), and “Language and Identity” Bucholtz and Hall (2004, 2005) among other theories. Building on two theoretical models, “Acts of Identity” and “Language Identity”, this research...
  • When COVID-19 hit the nation, all schools had to shift to online learning. Several efforts have discussed online learning practices and digital transformation in different contexts and countries. However, discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning practices in the Arab World is not well explored. This talk will explore remote learning practices in the K-12 education...
  • In the aftermath of Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022, the United States, Canada, and the European Union states showed unusual unity in identifying Russia as an aggressor and taking swift measures both to move away from energy dependency on Russia and to institute sanctions to limit Russia’s ability to finance this war. In the Global South, however, the range of responses ...
  • This paper aims to answer two important questions using MENA countries’ data between 1996 and 2017. The firsts: what are the impacts of the financial development and the quality of institutions (or corruption levels) on the informal/shadow economy? The second question is: how does the interaction between financial development and institution quality affect informality? The results show that as...
  • This talk will address first, the dominant mystifying perceptions of the current crisis of transition in Libya after 2011, then it shall present an alternative critical argument to understand the causes of the civil war, and main internal, regional and international actors behind it.