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Spring 2016


Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine

Panel Discussion on the Role of Literature in Politics p>Moderated by Bruce Robbins


Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine Panel Discussion on the Role of Literature in Politics

Moderated by Bruce Robbins

with award-winning writers:

Ru Freeman

Sri Lankan born writer and activist. Author of the novels A Disobedient Girl, and On Sal Mal Lane.

Marilyn Hacker

Poet and translator of Francophone Arab and Arab poets. Author of thirteen books of poems, including A Stranger's Mirror, Names, and Desesperanto

Lawrence Joseph

Poet, critic, essayist, and professor of law. Author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It. Also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose

Nancy Kricorian

Novelist, essayist, and activist. Her most recent novel All the Light There Was, is about Armenians in Paris during the Occupation

Eileen Myles

Poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls

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Symposium The Politics of Life and Death: (Post)/Decolonial Encounters, Palestinians, Kashmiris, and Tamils


You are warmly invited to attend and participate.

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Wednesday April 21

10am-4pm

Columbia Journalism School Lecture Hall

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Symposium Abstract The symposium engages intersecting imaginaries and histories that impact Palestinians, Kashmiris, and Tamils. Complex modes of power and history structure conquest, appropriation, and occupation across shifting colonial, (post)colonial, and decolonial moments. Peoples and landscapes are witness to monumental partitions, erasures, and Nakbas (catastrophes), producing states of exception organized through securitization, majoritarianism, and militarism. The symposium is concerned with issues of subjugation, minoritization, and racialization; and persistent efforts to articulate/silence truth and practice resistance, freedom, and self-determination. We draw on the efforts of native-local and allied intellectuals, activists, artists, and scholars of colonized peoples and geographies to decolonize knowledge and facilitate counter-memory. Works that strive to reorganize the senses, engender innovative methodologies, and open space for cultural and political experimentation are engaged. Our efforts contend with multiple complexities, including the ethics of access and engagement with material 'artefacts' and endangered archives imprinted with gendered violence, grief, and loss; bodies identified as half-widow, unknown, queer, disabled, and Other; landscapes of cemeteries of numbers and unknown graves; walls, borders, and shifting roadblocks; and disparate political and metaphoric ruptures. Attentive to multiple traditions of critical thought, this symposium aspires to collaborative scholarly engagement with the spatio-temporal politics of life and death relating to Palestinians, Kashmiris, and Tamils. It calls for intersectional analyses across disciplines, methodologies, issues, and geographicities to enable thought in terrains and among peoples where life is often neither bearable nor 'grievable.' Refusing hierarchies and celebrations of victimhood, this symposium seeks to foster generative approaches to counter-memory. In doing so, we investigate the politics of life and death, proximity and alliance, and their cultural, political, social, and legal implications; and negotiate the possibility of forming an intellectual collective on the rights and (im)possibilities of the living and the dead.

Co-sponsors

The Middle East Institute, Columbia University Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Birzeit University Political Conflict, Gender, and People's Rights Project, Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley; The Windsor-Birzeit Dignity Initiative, University of Windsor and Birzeit University


3000 Nights a Film by Mai Masri

Director Mai Masri presents: The New York Premiere of 3000 Nights
Moderated by Lila Abu-Lughod and Hamid Dabashi Monday April 25, 2016
7:00PM
Lecture Hall, Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway, at 116th Street

3000 NIGHTS

Beirut-based Palestinian documentary filmmaker Mai Masri will screen her first feature film, 3000 Nights (3000 Layla) at Columbia University, for its New York premiere.

Inspired by the true story of a young Palestinian mother who gave birth to her child in an Israeli prison, 3000 Nights is a story about resilience and the imagination in a genre -- the prison genre-- that has rarely dealt with women's experiences, let alone Palestinian women's. Set in Nablus in 1980, Masri draws on realities she has both experienced first hand and explored in her earlier documentary work. Shot in a real prison in a cinema verite style with handheld cameras, the film has a raw documentary edge that resonates with the reality it portrays. What is it like to raise a child behind bars? How do women survive, educate each other, suspect and support each other in prison? What happens in this unique situation in which Palestinian political prisoners mix with Israeli women incarcerated on criminal charges?

Screened first at the BFI London Film Festival and recently at festivals in Toronto, Ramallah and Geneva, 3000 Nights has been described as "a poetic, compelling and raw allegory for freedom under occupation." Prison is a widespread collective experience for Palestinians, but not only Palestinians. The film just received the Young Jury Prize at the International Film Festival on Human Rights in Geneva.

Masri's reputation as a leading Palestinian documentary filmmaker rests on her award-winning films that include Beirut Diaries, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, Children of Shatila, Children of Fire, Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon and several films made with Jean Chamoun including Suspended Time.

Q & A with the director follows the screening, moderated by Professor Hamid Dabashi, editor of Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema.

There will be a Master Class with Mai Masri the following evening. In the Master Class, open to all students and faculty, Mai Masri will discuss her experiences and approach to filmmaking, show clips from her films, and talk with Mira Nair about moving from documentary to fiction and about women directors. Mira Nair began in documentary but has gone on to make many award-winning feature films including Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies as part of Palestine Cuts, its film initiative. The two events are co-sponsored by the Center for Justice, the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, the Middle East Institute, and the Columbia School of the Arts.

Event Registration: 3000 Nights: New York Premiere with Director Mai Masri.



Exhibition on Exile

Exhibition on Exile:

Palestine

April 4 - 17, 2016

Columbia University

International Affairs Building 

420 W 118th St #1411

New York, NY 10027

As Palestinians live a continued reality of Al Nakba, our Exhibition on Exile lecture series and photographic exhibition seeks to provide a space to reflect on the history, people and sites of Palestinian dispossession.

Please join us for a lecture by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Chair of the History Department at Columbia University on Thursday April 14th, 2016 at 2 p.m. Columbia University Knox Hall, Room 208 606 West 122nd St, New York, NY 10027



Master Class with Mai Masri & Mira Nair

April 26, 2016

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

612 Schermerhorn

Columbia University

There will be a Master Class with Mai Masri the following evening. In the Master Class, open to all students and faculty, Mai Masri will discuss her experiences and approach to filmmaking, show clips from her films, and talk with Mira Nair about moving from documentary to fiction and about women directors. Mira Nair began in documentary but has gone on to make many award-winning feature films including Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies as part of Palestine Cuts, its film initiative. The two events are co-sponsored by the Center for Justice, the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, the Middle East Institute, and the Columbia School of the Arts.

RSVP here for Master Class With Mai Masri & Mira Nair.




Other Events







    SPRING 2016

  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 11512
  • ARABIC SELF-NARRATIVES, Muhsin Al-Musawi, G4226
    Wednesday 4:10pm-6:00pm, Call Number: 25948
  • CINEMA & SOC IN ASIA & AFRICA, Hamid Dabashi, W4031
    Thursday 2:40pm-3:55pm, Call Number: 763466
  • ORIENTALISM/HISTORY OF THE OTHER, Rashid Khalidi, W4713
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm, Call Number: 73928
  • ISLAMIC LAW, Brinkley Messick, W4282
    Friday 10:10am-12:00pm, Call Number: 26862
  • WRITTEN CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, W4172
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm, Call Number: 20190
  • LEGALIZING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, Katherine Franke with Emilio Dabed (Palestine & Law Fellow), L8285
    Tuesday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 13249
  • 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
  • HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, W3719
    Tuesday and Thursday 8:40am-9:55am, Call Number: 63866
  • ISRAELI SOCIETY & ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT, Yinon Cohen, W3285
    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

  • THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE, Rhoda A Kanaaneh, V3887
    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

  • ARCHAEOLOGY BEFORE THE BIBLE, Brian Boyd, V3007
    Monday and Wednesday 1:10pm-2:25pm, Call Number: 60591
  • THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF EDWARD SAID, Stathis Gourgouris, CLEN G6628
    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
  • CONSTITUTION/DEMOCRACY, THE MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History W4705
    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
  • ORIENTALISM AND HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE OTHER, Rashid Khalidi, History W4713
    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
  • INTERNATIONAL LAW & ITS OTHERS: RACE, RELIGION AND THE QUESTION OF "CIVILIZATION," Darryl Li, Law L8021
    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
    PALESTINE & THE PALESTINIANS THROUGH LITERATURE & THEATER (Call No. 82949). 4 points. *NEW COURSE
    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
    THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT. 3 points.
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Middle East G6225
    BIOGRAPHY & SOCIAL HISTORY. 3 points.
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Anthropology V3887
    THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE. 3 points.
    Instructor: Rhoda Kanaaneh
  • English BC3149
    CULTURES OF COLONIALISM: PALESTINE/ISRAEL (09734); 3 points
    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
    THE MODERN HIST OF PALESTINE; 4 points
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm 208 KNOX HALL.