Middle East and Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Past Events


Global Affairs Speaker Series

Global Affairs

Monday, February 19, 2018 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), #1201

Global Affairs Speaker Series: The Role of Entertainment Mass Media in Achieving Gender Equity and Global Sustainability

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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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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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