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Fall 2015


Friday December 4, 2015
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106
Columbia Law School
435 W 116th Street

Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA will join us to discuss the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, its implications, and what struggle and solidarity means in this context.

With Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh, Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Palestine Studies.

Moderated by Nadia Abu El-Haj, Proefessor of Anthropology at Columbia University/Barnard College, Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies.

Author and historian Robin D.G. Kelley is one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies and a celebrated professor who has lectured at some of America’s highest learning institutions. He is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and formerly the Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Kelley has just completed the definitive biography of jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk titled, Thelonious Monk: His Story, His Song, His Times and is best known for his books on African American culture: Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class, Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. He is currently working on another book, Speaking in Tongues: Jazz and Modern Africa. His career spans several esteemed universities, including serving as a Professor of History and Africana at New York University as well as acting as Chairman of NYU’s History Department. While at NYU, Kelley was one of the youngest full professors in the country at 32 years of age. He was also the William B. Ransford Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies at Columbia University and helped to shape programs at its Institute for Research in African American Studies. Kelley’s work includes seven books as well as over 100 magazine articles, which have been featured in such publications as The Nation, Monthly Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Code Magazine, Utne Reader, and African Studies Review. He received his PhD in US History and MA in African History from UCLA.

Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh is a poet and academic born in Jerusalem to a Palestinian refugee family from Ramallah. He is an Associate Professor of philosophy, and cultural and Arab studies at Birzeit University. AlShaikh's work is focused on cultural representations and the politics of Palestinian identity, in addition to his works on Arab poetry, art criticism, and translation. He is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for Palatine Studies, Columbia University working on his project The Palestinian Living Cemetery. Given the theoretical paradigm shift from bio-power to necro-politics throughout the last decade, his research aspires to instigate scholarly interest in the highly subversive spatio-temporal epitaphs of the Palestinian cemetery. Al-Shaikh earned his Ph.D. in Middle East and Arab Studies at the University of Utah, after which he conducted his postdoctoral research in cultural mobility in near-eastern cultures at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since 2004, he has been a fellow at both Muwatin-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy and the Institute of Palestine Studies. He is the author of: Sharon's Golden Heart: A Mythical Trial (2007), Palestinian Textbooks: Issues of Identity and Citizenship (2008) and The Biography of Gabi Baramki and His Odyssey at Birzeit University 1929-2012 (2015). He has published three collections of poetry: Ash Wheels (1998), City Remnants (2003), and Departing Narratives (2012). His forthcoming book is titled: The Columbus Syndrome and the Veiling of Palestine: A Genealogy of the Israeli Politics of Toponymy of the Palestinian Landscape 1856-2015 (by the Institute of Palestine Studies, 2015).

Nadia Abu El-Haj is professor in the Departments of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies. She is the author of Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society (2001), and The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology (2012), both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Research on African-American Studies.

This event is free and open to the public.

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The Zionist left: Settler colonial practices and the representation of the Palestinian Nakba in Northern Palestine

Monday November 30, 2015
7 PM
The Wenner-Gren Foundation
470 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor New York
Reception at 6PM

Areej Sabbagh-Khoury
Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Fellow, Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University

Based on a meticulous examination of archival material documenting the process of Zionist land accumulation and the expulsions of Palestinians from 1936 to mid-1950s, I argue that the 1948 Nakba was neither the beginning nor the end of a process of settler-colonial expropriation. Instead, I claim that the mid-1930s signaled intensified efforts to expel Palestinian sharecroppers, a practice which culminated in the Nakba. In particular, I will discuss the case of a thickly populated closed frontier of Marj Iban ‘Amer (Jezreel Valley) region located in Northern Palestine. In this context the Zionist settlers utilized forceful practices, perpetrated in this region by the Ha-Shomer Ha-Tza’ir movement, self-described as a socialist and bi-national movement, to vacate the lands of its Palestinian inhabitants. I will also explore how the politics of remembering by members of H a-Shomer Ha-Tzair kibbutzim reconstructed memories of the pre-1948 colonization practices and their role in the Nakba.

Areej Sabbagh-Khoury is Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Columbia Center for Palestine Studies. She is an associate researcher and the Academic Coordinator of the Political Participation Project of Palestinians in Israel at Mada al-Carmel - The Arab Center for Applied Social Research. She is spending Fall 2015 at Columbia University working on a book project based on her dissertation research, Colonization Practices and Interactions at the Frontier: Ha-Shomer Ha-Tzair Kibbutzim and the Surrounding Arab Villages at the Margins of the Valley of Jezreel/Marj Ibn 'Amer, 1936-1956. Her most recent publication is a co-authored article in Settler Colonial Studies; "Settler Colonial Citizenship: Conceptualizing the Relationship between Israel and its Palestinian Citizens." She has received several awards and grants for her research, among them the Fulbright Post-doctoral Scholar Award.

Organized by Dr. Brian Boyd, Lecturer in Discipline, Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of Museum Anthropology, Program Director, Columbia Center for Archaeology, and Co-Chair, New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division.

This event is part of a Fall lecture series on "Settler Colonialism" hosted by The New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division.

The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past

International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street
December 3-5, 2015

Please join the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability for their annual conference, The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past. The conference aims to explore issues relating to memory, victimhood and violence. Possible themes include the changing nature and identity of victims and the theme of contested victimization, with a particular interest in topics that explore the anniversaries of historical violence and the way such events are remembered.

For a full schedule, click here. For questions you may have, please refer to our page. To attend the conference, please register here.

Tanya Habjouqa: Occupied Pleasures

Exhibition opening, Artist talk, and Q&A with professor Nina Berman
World Room, Journalism Building
November 23, 6:30pm-8pm
Contact: njb22@columbia.edu

Photographer Tanya Habjouqa will present work from her recent book "Occupied Pleasures" which looks at the pursuit of happiness in the midst of occupation and blockade in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Tanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan and educated in Texas, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS.

She is a founding member of Rawiya photo collective, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. Her work has been widely exhibited, and her series "Women of Gaza" was acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Art in 2013 and in private collections.

Based in East Jerusalem, she is published in Foreign Policy, Le Monde, British Journal of Photography, Republica, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Washington Post, New York Times, and CNN.

She is the recipient of a World Press Photo award and a Magnum Foundation grant.
She is represented by East Wing, an international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar and Panos Pictures in the UK.

Her book "Occupied Pleasures" is published by Foto Evidence.

Bodies of Revolution: Women Rise Against the Violence of Police, States & Empire

104, Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School

435 W 116th Street

Saturday December 5th, 9:30AM

Building on our State of Female Revolution series, One Billion Rising and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) at Columbia Law School are bringing together this formidable group of activists for a public panel discussion on resisting the violence of police, states and empire.

Join us as we explore why and how women experience violence at the intersection of multiple oppressive forces and systems and how they are RISING against imperalism, racism, sexism and neo-colonialism.

We will look to the women's movements and activists working to change the narrative of violence against women across the globe, from Say Her Name and Black Lives Matter in the US, the Chinese Feminist Five, the Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq, the Gabriela Women's Movement and political party in the Philippines, Elman Peace and Human Rights Institute in Somalia, RIWAQ: Centre for Architecture Conservation in Palestine, Women activists in Afghanistan, the 'Politics of Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka', and One Billion Rising globally.

RSVP on Facebook, or buy tickets here.

    FALL 2015

  • ARABIA IMAGINED, Brinkley Messick, V3933
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm, Call Number: 97598
  • MODERN ARABIC NOVELS, Moneera Al-Ghadeer, W3929
    Tuesday 4:10pm-6:00pm, Call Number: 61786
    Tuesday and Thursday 8:40am-9:55am, Call Number: 63866
    Tuesday and Thursday 4:10pm-5:25pm, Call Number: 64506
  • ARABIC PRISON WRITING, Muhsin Al-Musawi ,W3928
    Thursday 2:10pm-4:00pm, Call Number: 11073
  • ARAB WOMEN NOVELISTS, Moneera Al-Ghadeer, G4236
    Monday 4:10pm-6:00pm, Call Number: 88784
  • ARAB CITIES IN EVOLUTION, Ziad Jamaleddine and Amale Andraos, A6454
    Monday 11:00am-1:00pm, Call Number: 11446

  • Past Courses

    SPRING 2015

    Wednesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 62048
  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 20866
  • FALL 2014

  • MODERN HISTORY OF PALESTINE, Rashid Khalidi, G9713
    Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 69394
  • SPRING 2014

    Monday and Wednesday 1:10pm-2:25pm, Call Number: 60591
    Thursday 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM, Call Number: 24581
  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 27392
    Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Call Number: 71647
  • NATIONALISM IN THE ARAB WORLD, Rashid Khalidi, History G9701
    Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 11742
  • FALL 2013

  • THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER, Ahmad Sadiya, Middle East W3250
    Tuesday & Thursday 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM, Call Number: 64036
  • PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL 1948-2013, Ahmad Sadiya, Middle East G4256
    Friday 11 AM - 12:50 PM, Call Number: 63149
  • SPRING 2013

  • THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE, Mayssoun Succarrie, Anthropology V3887
    Monday 11am-12:50pm, Call Number: 23322
  • ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History G8701
    Tuesday 2:10-4:00pm, Call Number: 62841
    Tuesday 11:00am-12:50pm, Call Number: 77356
  • THE LAW OF OCCUPATION, Katherine Franke & Dean Spade, Law L8993
    Tuesday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 60797
    Monday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 80537
  • FALL 2012

  • MODERN HISTORY OF PALESTINE, Rashid Khalidi, History G9713
    Tuesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 72343
  • HISTORY OF THE MOD MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History W3719
    Tuesday/Thursday 8:40-9:55 AM, Call Number: 20904
  • PARADIGMS: GENDER, CULTURE, Lila Abu-Lughod, Women's Studies G6001
    Monday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 23766
  • THRY & METHODS-MID EAST & ASIA, Timothy Mitchell, Middle East G4000
    Monday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 18453
  • THEORY,HIST,PRAC OF HUM RIGHTS, Mahmood Mamdani, International Affairs U8172
    Tuesday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 91199
  • THE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, Anthropology V1002
    Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:25 AM, Call Number: 74178
  • WRITTEN CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, Anthropology W4172
    Wednesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 61450
  • THEORIES & CULTURE: MID EAST/S, Gil Anidjar, Middle East W3005
    Wednesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 19762
  • SPRING 2012

  • Anthropology V3887
    The Anthropology of Palestine, Section 001, Call Number: 87282, Points: 4
    Instructor: Rhoda A Kanaaneh
    Day/Time: W 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Anthropology G6602
    Questions in Anthropological Theory II: Texts, Section 001, Call Number: 03136, Points: 3
    Instructor: Nadia Abu-El-Haj
    Day/Time: R 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Asian Civilization: Middle East V2008
    Contemporary Islamic Civilization, Section 001, Call Number: 88397, Points: 4
    Instructor: George Saliba
    Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
  • Religion V2305
    Islam, Section 001, Call Number: 27646, Points: 3
    Instructor: Peter Awn
    Day/Time: MW 5:40pm-6:55pm
  • Religion V3314
    The Qur'an: A Comparative Perspective, Section 001, Call Number: 00350, Points: 3
    Instructor: Najam Haider
    Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
  • Anthropology W4282
    Islamic Law, Section 001, Call Number: 19699, Points: 3
    Instructor: Brinkley Messick
    Day/Time: F 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G4228
    Revolution In Arabic: Lit-War, Section 001, Call Number: 72750, Points: 3
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
    Day/Time: W 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G4228
    Islamic Context Arabian Nights, Section 001, Call Number: 13450, Points: 3
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm
  • History W3705
    Modern Egypt, Section 001, Call Number: 70952, Points: 3
    Instructor: Marwa Elshakry
    Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
  • History W47555
    Oil & History of Arab Gulf States, Section 001, Call Number: 28252, Points: 4
    Instructor: Rosie Bsheer
    Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Middle East G4760
    Shi'ites and Shi'ism, Section 001, Call Number: 92898, Points: 3
    Instructor: Hamid Dabashi
    Day/Time: W 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Religion W4335
    Shi'ism, Section 001, Call Number: 07862, Points: 4
    Instructor: Najam Haider
    Day/Time: W 4:10pm-6:00pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G6020
    Colonialism, Section 001, Call Number: 63534, Points: 3
    Instructor: Timothy Mitchell
    Day/Time: F 11:00am-12:50pm
  • International Affairs U6712
    Political Islam, Section 001, Call Number: 96598, Points: 3
    Instructor: Ousmane Kane
    Day/Time: T 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Middle East G6600
    Postcolonial Theory, Section 001, Call Number: 77201, Points: 3
    Instructor: Hamid Dabashi, Mamadou Diouf
    Day/Time: W 11:00am-12:50pm
  • FALL 2011

  • Anthropology W4277
    ANTHROP OF THE MID EAST (Call No. 04002). 3 points.
    Thursday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 307 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
    Instructor: Nadia Abu El-Haj
  • Anthropology V3465
    WOMEN, GENDER POL-MUSLIM WORLD (Call No. 88447). 3 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, 413 Kent Hall
    Instructor: Lila Abu-Lughod
  • Middle East W3000
    THEOR-CULTURE: MID EAST/S ASIA (Call No. 87097). 4 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 313 Fayerweather
    Instructor: Gil Anidjar
  • Religion W4330
    SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL SUFI TEXTS (Call No. 53346). 4 points.
    Friday, 11:00-12:50 AM, 401 Hamilton Hall
    Instructor: Peter Awn
  • Political Science W4445 (Barnard)
    PLTCS MID EAST & NORTH AFRICA (Call No. 02425). 3 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 10:35-11:50 AM, 504 Diana Center
    Instructor: Mona El-Ghobashy
  • Middle East W3923
    CNTRL QUESTIONS IN ISLAMIC LAW (Call No. 96099). 3 points.
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 103 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Wael Hallaq
  • Fall 2011 CSER W3970
    Instructor: Nathalie Handal
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 420 Hamilton Hall
    This course explores contemporary Palestinian culture, history, and society through literature and theater produced by Palestinian writers and playwrights, including those in the West Bank, Israel, other Arab countries, and the West. The course will examine Palestinianess, looking at the various cultural and socio-political issues prevalent in plays, poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Discussions revolve around styles and aesthetics as well as identity and cultural politics. Students will also read critical and theoretical works in order to better help them understand the works. Some of the writers the class will cover include, Mahmoud Darwish, Faqwa Tuqan, Sayed Kashua, Mourid Barghouti, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
  • History W3719
    HISTORY OF THE MOD MIDDLE EAST (Call No. 53496). 3 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:10-10:25 AM, 417 International Affairs Building
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
  • History G8712
    U.S.,MID EAST & THE COLD WAR (Call No. 27779). 4 points.
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 208 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
  • Anthropology - Middle East G6406
    THE MOD ST & THE COLONIAL SUBJ (Call No. 71502). 4 points.
    Monday, 4:10-6:00 PM, 963 Schermerhorn
    Instructor: Mahmood Mamdani
  • Anthropology V3933
    ARABIA IMAGINED (Call No. 60800). 4 points.
    Friday, 10:00-12:00 PM, 467 Schermerhorn Hall
    Instructor: Brinkley Messick
  • Middle East W3260
    RETHINKING MIDDLE EAST POLITCS (Call No. 92597). 3 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 2:40-3:55 PM, 103 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Timothy Mitchell
  • Middle East G4261
    ISLAM ON THE STREET (Call No. 84700). 3 points.
    Wednesday, 11:00-12:50 PM, 403 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
  • Middle East G4228
    REVOLUTION IN ARABIC:LIT-WAR (Call No. 62283). 3 points.
    Thursday, 11:00-12:50 PM, 403 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
  • Middle East V2003
    INTRO TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION (Call No. 61497). 4 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 2:40-3:55 PM, 501 Schermerhorn Hall
    Instructor: George Saliba
  • SPRING 2011

  • Middle East W4053
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Middle East G6225
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Anthropology V3887
    Instructor: Rhoda Kanaaneh
  • English BC3149
    Instructor: Bashir Abu-Manneh
    Tuesday & Thursday, 2:40-3:55 PM, Room TBA The significance of colonial encounter, statehood, and dispossession in Palestinian and Israeli cultures from 1948 to the present, examined in a range of cultural forms: poetry, political tracts, cinema, fiction, memoirs, and travel writing. Authors include: Darwish, Grossman, Habibi, Khalifeh, Khleifi, Kanafani, Oz, Shabtai, Shalev, and Yehoshua.
  • FALL 2010

  • History G8716
    POLTICS OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST; Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in the Middle East; 4 points
    Instructor: Thomas Hill
    W 2:10-4, 311 Fayerweather.
  • SPRING 2010

  • History G9713
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm 208 KNOX HALL.