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Modern Middle Eastern Studies Seminar Group

"Mind your Language": Arab(ic)-phobia in the United States or When Language Symbolism Overrides Language Instrumentality

Yasir Suleiman

Tuesday 20 May, 2pm-3pm, room 206, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

To register and receive the paper, please email psa27@cam.ac.uk

A Unique Little Country": Lebanon, the United States, and the Meanings of Independence in the Writings of Charles Malik, c.1946-1962

Andrew Arsan

Tuesday 11 February, 1pm-2pm, room 206, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

To register and receive the paper, please email psa27@cam.ac.uk

The Politics and Discourse of Language Academies in the Arab World

Chaoqun Lian

Tuesday 14 January, 2pm-3pm, room 206, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

To register and receive the paper, please email psa27@cam.ac.uk

On Not Being at Home in One's Home

Fiona Wright

Tuesday 12 November, 2pm-3pm, room 206, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

This paper reflects on the conflicted attachments and relationships that Jewish Israeli left-wing activists have with the various "others" for whom they advocate, with themselves, and with other Jewish Israelis whose politics and visions of life in Israel they oppose. It argues that ethics involves an uneasy and political relationship with otherness that is not always in tune with surrounding normative moralities.

To register and receive the paper, please email psa27@cam.ac.uk

Arresting Talk: The Politics of Everyday Narrative in Aleppo

Dr Paul Anderson

Tuesday 15 October, 2pm-3pm, room 206, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

This paper discusses the politics of everyday speech, discursive performance and cultural production in Syria. It identifies a trope of “staging subjectification” across different genres of talk, from anecdotes and jokes to a television soap opera. Drawing on and modifying Althusser’s theory of interpellation, it argues that this kind of talk has “arresting effects” which produce a shared sense of social reality or “predicaments”. These can vary in scale, producing a sense of intimate solidarity among trading networks, but also scaling up to national and even supra-national proportions in the events that marked the Arab popular revolutions in early 2011.

To register and receive the paper, please email psa27@cam.ac.uk

Film Screening

Cambridge Middle East History Group

Special Event: screening of unique 1928 Hajj film Het Groote Mekka Feest (The Great Mecca Festival)

An astonishing feat of early film-making, this high quality work follows the journey of pilgrims from the Dutch East Indies across the Indian Ocean to Jidda. Then it records their travels to Mecca to perform the Hajj. It is a unique snapshot of the Hajj experience, and of life in the Hijaz, in the late 1920s. This will be only the second time this rare film has been screened in the UK.

Tuesday 20 November, 5pm, Nihon Room, Pembroke College.

Open language classes

Open language classes in Modern Hebrew and Turkish

  • Teaching of Turkish is provided by a native speaker, Mrs Berua Akca, and specific questions about this class should be addressed to her: aa110@soas.ac.uk
  • Teaching of Hebrew provided by a native speaker, Mrs Rachel Williams, and specific questions about the class(es) should be addressed to her: rw212@cam.ac.uk

Israeli film club

Mrs Rachel Williams, Wednesdays 2:15pm, room L1, FAMES