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State of the Art: Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa

Day one of a two day conference organized by Sherine Hafez, University of California, Riverside and Susan Slyomovics, University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 01, 2010
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The link between the ideology of power and knowledge production about the Middle East/North Africa is a potent, generative and creative one. Our conference aim is to tap the most recent contributions to the field of the anthropology of the region and to highlight collaborative research that recognizes the potential of ethnographic methodologies as a powerful catalyst for theoretical debate. We will examine a wide range of theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches that emerge at the intersection of scholarship and a larger discourse of power analytics.

The conference will be open to the public.

Sherine Hafez, UC Riverside & Susan Slyomovics, UCLA
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Panel I: State of the State of the Art

Chair: Sherine Hafez, UC Riverside
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
• Susan Slyomovics, UCLA
State of the State of the Art Studies: An Introduction to the Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa
• Jon W. Anderson, Catholic University of America
Anthropology’s Middle Eastern Prehistory: Archaeology of Knowledge
• Lara Deeb, Scripps College & Jessica Winegar, Northwestern University
The Politics of Middle East Anthropology
• Paul A. Silverstein, Reed College
On Anthropologists and Other Cultural Entrepreneurs: The Pragmatics and Politics of Collaboration on the Moroccan Frontier

Lunch Break
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Panel II: Studies of Identity, Memory and Conflict
Chair: Barbara Aswad, Wayne State University
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
• Sondra Hale, UCLA
The Memory Work of Anthropologists: Gendered Studies of Conflicts and the “Heroic Life” in MENA
• Steven Rousso-Schindler, State University Long Beach
National Narrative as Theoretical Intervention in Middle East Anthropology: How Jewish-Israeli Stories about Demography can Narrate the Nation In or Out of Being
• Camila Pastor de Maria y Campos
The Mashreq Unbound. Modernism and the ‘Discovery of America by the Turks’
• Seteney Shami, Social Science Research Council and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study & Nefissa Naguib, UNIFOB-GLOBAL, University of BERGEN
Identity and Difference in the Middle East and North Africa: A Review Essay

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel III: Gendering the Middle East
Chair: Jessica Cattelino, UCLA
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
• Allen Fromherz, Georgia State University
Being Like Women to Be Better Men: The Male Mouth Veil
• Sofian Merabet, The University of Texas at Austin
The Human Geography of Queer Identity Formations in Post-Civil-War Beirut, Lebanon
• Nadia Dropkin, New York University
The Forty-One informants of Bareed Mistajil: A Textual Ethnography of Queer Women and Transgender Persons in Lebanon
• Cortney L. Hughes, UC Irvine
Creating New Belongings: Colonial Pasts, Modern Discourses, and Reproductive Practices in Morocco


Cost : Free

MonaRamezani, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology

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