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03-06-2015: Knowing Otherwise: The Armenian Community of Istanbul and Grandmothers’ Lullabies

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Knowing Otherwise: The Armenian Community of Istanbul and Grandmothers’ Lullabies A talk and presentation by Melissa Bilal   Friday, March 06, 2015 – 6:30 – Room C197 In the Armenian community of Bolis (Istanbul), lullabies contribute to the construction of a particular sense of the past in relation to the present. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, Dr. Bilal argues that the lullabies grandmothers sing and the stories they narrate transmit both their desire to speak and to remain silent. Consequently, elderly Armenian women powerfully shape a genuine mode of knowing and being...

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03-12-2015: THE SOUNDTRACK OF KURDISH-ALEVI SOCIAL MOVEMENTS In Turkey and Beyond

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THE SOUNDTRACK OF KURDISH-ALEVI SOCIAL MOVEMENTS In Turkey and Beyond A talk by Ozan Aksoy   Thursday, March, 12 2015 – 7:00 – Room C198 Kurdish and Alevi social movements in Turkey and in the transnational space have relied heavily on music and activist musicians to engage community members. This talk marks several key songs, musicians, and events that effectively formed the soundtrack for these movements. This presentation is based on a multi-sited ethnography of musicians as well as a discursive analysis of the social media activities of Kurdish Alevis in Germany and...

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03-16-2015: Screening of Come to My Voice

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Screening of Come to My Voice By Kurdish Filmmaker Hüseyin Karabey   Monday, March, 16 2015 – 7:00-9:00 – Proshansky Auditorium In a remote Kurdish village in the mountains little Jiyan is worried about her father who has been arrested by the Turkish police as a suspected guerilla. He will only be released when his family surrenders his gun. The problem is: he has never possessed one. And so Jiyan’s grandmother Berfé has no choice but to set off in search of a weapon. A long march on foot leads Berfé and Jiyan through breathtakingly beautiful mountains to their relatives and...

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03-23-2015: NEW FRAMEWORKS: Turkey, Spain, and the Question of World Literature

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NEW FRAMEWORKS: Turkey, Spain, and the Question of World Literature A talk by Başak Çandar   Monday, March, 23 2015 – 6:30 – Room 9204 World Literature is a relatively new field that has received increased attention throughout the past two decades, both as an object of theory and as a pedagogical practice. By bringing together texts from a variety of national literatures and milieus, World Literature claims to expand the literary canon and include hitherto overlooked works. But do current practices of World Literature in fact expand the literary canon, or do they reinforce...

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03-30-2015: Book Talk – Rebel Music by Hisham Aidi

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Book Talk – Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham Aidi   Monday, March 30, 2015 – 6:30-8:30 – Room 6304.24 Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014) focuses at the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world. Aidi analyzes how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West’s policies in the War on Terror. Hisham Aidi interviews musicians and activists, and...

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04-01-2015: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY: Marc Nichanian, author of MOURNING PHILOLOGY: Art and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire, in conversation with David Kazanjian and Gil Anidjar

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IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY: Marc Nichanian, author of MOURNING PHILOLOGY: Art and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire in conversation with David Kazanjian and Gil Anidjar   Wednesday, April 01, 2015 – 6:30 – Room C205 Mourning Philology (Fordham University Press, 2014) draws on the life and work of Arminian poet Daniel Varuzhan to present a history of the national imagination, which is also a history of national philology, as a reaction to the two main philological inventions of the 19th century: mythological religion and the native. In its...

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04-13-2015: Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Neilesh Bose (St. John’s University) and Maha Chehlaoui (Noor Theatre)

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Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Neilesh Bose (St. John’s University) and Maha Chehlaoui (Noor Theatre)   Monday, April 13, 2015 – 6:30 – Segal Theater Ayad Akhtar: After graduating from Brown University, Akhtar moved to Italy and studied acting with Jerzy Grotowski. He returned to the U.S. to teach acting classes with André Gregory and earn his Master of Arts in directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. His playwriting credits include Disgraced, which premiered at The American Theater Company in January 2012 and which was staged at LCT3/Lincoln Center in New...

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04-15-2015: Ali Akbar Moradi

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Ali Akbar Moradi A Concert   Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 7:00 – Elebash Recital Hall Sacred Kurdish music, rarely heard in the US, will be performed by Ali Akbar Moradi, recognized as the greatest living master of the tanbur. This ancient lute, played with a distinctive plucking and strumming style, is venerated for its role in traditional Sufi ceremonies. Moradi performs meditative improvisations from the repertoire of the Yarsan people, followers of a mystical faith in Kurdistan, western Iran. He will be accompanied on tombak and daf drums by his son, Kourosh Moradi. $25,...

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04-16-2015: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY Permanently Temporary: Constructing Sectarian Belonging through Informal Property in Lebanon

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IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY Permanently Temporary: Constructing Sectarian Belonging through Informal Property in Lebanon Dr. Joanne Randa Nucho   Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 6:30-8:00 – Room 9205 In this talk, Dr. Nucho focuses on two informal settlements in a suburb of Beirut with a large Armenian population called Bourj Hammoud in order to discuss the relationship between informal property regimes and the production of sectarian community in Lebanon. As these two differing examples will show, the production of sectarian community is about more than...

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05-07-2015: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY – Book Talk with Bedross Der Matossian

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IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY – Book Talk with Bedross Der Matossian   Thursday, May 07, 2015 – 6:30 – Room 9205 The Ottoman revolution of 1908 is a study in contradictions—a positive manifestation of modernity intended to reinstate constitutional rule, yet ultimately a negative event that shook the fundamental structures of the empire, opening up ethnic, religious, and political conflicts. Shattered Dreams of Revolution considers this revolutionary event to tell the stories of three important groups: Arabs, Armenians, and Jews. The revolution...

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