Middle East and Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Past Events

Nov16

Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq

Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Johnson Center, Room B

"Iraq’s healthcare has been on the edge of collapse since the 1990s. Once the leading hub of scienti c and medical training in the Middle East, Iraq’s political and medical infrastructure has been undermined by decades of U.S.-led wars, sanctions and invasions. In this talk, I interrogate the biosocial and ecological dimensions of the unmaking of the biopolitical state in Iraq in light of the historical and present day claims of Iraq’s so-called 'ungovernability.' Drawing on historical and ethnographic research from my book, Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq, and ongoing ethnographic research on the ecologies of wounds and wounding across the Middle East, I explore how such 'ungovernability,' become entangled in the everyday experiences of medicine and affliction across Iraq and the war-torn region."

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Nov15

The Qatar Crisis in Regional Context

with Mouin Rabbani

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1203

An examination of the current crisis between Qatar and a number of its neighbors, and how this crisis reflects shifting dynamics within the MENA region as well as domestic developments in key Middle Eastern states. Discussion will examine the origins of the crisis in terms of changing relationships between and among GCC states, their internal political developments, and shifting regional and international alliances. 

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Nov1

Media and the Afterlife of the Arab Uprisings

Film and Media Studies

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Research Hall, 163

This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the afterlife of media and the Arab Uprisings. It interrogates the images, political dynamics, and cultural forms that have emerged in the years since Bouazizi, Tahrir, and Asad became familiar names beyond the Middle East.

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Nov1

Media and the Afterlife of the Arab Uprisings

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:30 PM
Research Hall, 163

This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the aftermath of media and the Arab Uprisings. It interrogates the images, political dynamics, and cultural forms that have emerged in the years since Bouazizi, Tahrir, and Asad became familiar names beyond the Middle East.

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Oct24

Palestine: Anatomy of an Abyss

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1203

This lecture examines the present crisis of the Palestinian national movement in terms of its various domestic dimensions as well as external challenges. Rabbani offers a discussion of the prospects for Palestinian national reconciliation, the potential for renewed conflict with Israel, and analysis of President Trump's declared objective of pursuing "the ultimate deal.”

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