MEMEAC Faculty Publications and Prizes

Selected Publications and Awards (incomplete) 2017-2018

Marnia Lazreg received the award for “outstanding achievement and contribution to community empowerment,” from The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 5, 2018.

Selected Publications and Awards (incomplete) 2015-2016

Ammiel Alcalay (English and Comparative Literature, Queens and the GC) was a week-long guest speaking and giving classes for the new Peace and Conflict Studies Program at University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia; he was also the Fishman Seminar Leader at the Vassar Jewish Studies Program, and gave a master class at The St. Marks Poetry Project. His “The Trial: A Real Farce,” and “Letter to the Americans” appeared in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers Speak of Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman (New York: OR Books/Olive Branch Press, 2015), and a section of his recent book, a little history, appeared in French translation in PO&SIE.

Nebahat Avcioglu (Art History, Hunter and GC) edited with Allison Sherman Artistic Practices and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Italy: Essays dedicated to Deborah Howard (Routledge: 2015); wrote the “Afterword” in Azra Aksamija’s book, Mosque Manifesto (Revolver: 2015; article “Le Hammam: A Case of Cultural Rivalry between Paris and London,” in Paris-Londres, eds., Dana Arnold and Jean-Louis Cohen, INF: 2015.

Jennifer Ball (Art History, Brooklyn and GC) received the Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award at Brooklyn College. Her article, “Charms: Protective and Auspicious Motifs,” appeared in Designing Identities: Gender and Power in Late Antique Textiles, edited by Thelma K. Thomas (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, February 2016).

Habiba Boumlik (Arabic/French, LaGuardia CC) article “Women in STEM: A Civic Issue with an Interdisciplinary Approach,” with Ian Alberts and Reem Jaafar, Science Education and Civic Engagement, vol. 8:1, Winter 2016. pp. 66-88. She also organized the Second Amazigh/Berber Film Festival at LGCC:

Marvin Carlson (Theater, the GC) and Margaret Litvin edited Four Arab Hamlet Plays, published by the Segal Center in-house press (2015); this is the ongoing series of dramas from the Arab world which he edits.

Alexander E. Elinson (Arabic, Hunter and the Graduate Center) developed teaching materials for Arab heritage students with a grant from the Center for Integrated Language Communities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. This project surveyed existing materials, curated the scholarly work on Arabic heritage learners, developed materials and piloted them in the classroom at Hunter College as ARB 148-248 sequence of courses. Soon this will be available to Arab heritage language programs worldwide. His translation of Moroccan Youssef Fadel’s acclaimed novel A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me will be published in September 2016 (American University in Cairo Press). He also completed chapters in two collective volumes: Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418, a two-Volume Set with Oxford University Press; and Writing Change: The politics of Written Language in the Arab World (Brill); and he reviewed a book review in the Journal of Comparative Literature Studies.

Erik E. Freas‘ (History, BMCC) book appeared Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine during the Late-Ottoman Period: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. His article, “Christian versus Muslim Employment in Mandatory Palestine,” Journal Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer 2015. He also reviewed Farid Al-Salim’s Palestine and the Decline of the Ottoman Empire, Modernization and the Path to Palestinian Statehood, for Arab Studies Journal.

Emily Greble (History, City College and the GC) has been a Fulbright Scholar in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2015-2016, where she is completing a book project titled Muslims on the Edge of Europe: The Making of a “European” Islam in the Balkans, 1878–1946.

Elhum Haghighat (Political Science, Lehman and the GC) published two book reviews: Michele Penner Angrist’s Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East for Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES). 49 (1): 62-64. 2015. DOI:10.1017/rms.2015; and Maria Holt and Haifaa Jawad, Women’s Islam, and Resistance in the Arab World for International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES). 47 (01): 193-194. 2015.

Andrea Khalil (French, Queens and GC) was promoted to Full Professor and edited Islam and Cinema, Oxford Islamic Studies Online for Oxford University Press.

Mandana E Limbert (Anthropology, Queens and the GC) wrote “Liquid Oman: Oil, Water, and Causality in Southern Arabia” for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a book chapter “Reserves, Secrecy, and the Science of Oil Prognostication” in Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas. She was also awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award for her book project “Oman, Zanzibar, and the Politics of Becoming Arab.”

Nicholas Michelli (Urban Education, GC) finished five years working with Zayed University, Qatar University, and Sultan Quaboos University in developing policies to admit women and in accreditation.  The universities developed systematic assessment systems, a shared vision with their partners in public and private schools and conceptualized diversity within their cultures. He co-edited the anthology, Teacher Quality and Teacher Education Quality:  Accreditation from a Global Perspective (Routledge, 2016) which reports on the experiences of these universities.

Christa Salamandra (Anthropology, Lehman and the GC) edited with Leif Stenberg, Syria from Reform to Revolt: Culture, Society and Religion (Syracuse University Press, 2015); she wrote “Ambivalent Islam: Religion in Syrian Television Drama,” in Karin van Nieuwkerk and Mark Levine, eds. Islam and Popular Culture (University of Texas Press, 2016); and “Nabil Maleh: Syria’s Leopard,” in Josef Gugler, ed. Ten Arab Directors (Indiana University Press, 2015).

Roger T Sedarat’s (English, Queens) chapter “Middle Eastern-American Literature: A Contemporary Turn in Emerson Studies” appears in A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture, edited by David LaRocca and Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso (University Press of New England/Dartmouth College Press, 2016).

Miryam Segal‘s (Hebrew, Queens and GC) published entries on the poets H.N. Bialik and Rachel Bluvshtain in Encyclopedia of Modernism (Routledge 2016) and an article “From Hatikvah to KISS (or, the Sound of a Hebrew Nation),” for AJS Perspectives forthcoming.

Stanley Thangaraj (Anthropology, City College) had a productive year; a book Desi Hoop Dreams: Pick-Up Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity (New York University Press), co-edited a volume with Constancio Arnaldo, Jr. and Christine Chin, Asian American Sporting Cultures (New York University Press), and an introduction, “You Play Sports? Asian American Sporting Matters.” His paper, “They said ‘Go Back to Afghanistan’: U.S. Publics, Playing Basketball, and Challenging the American Terror(ist)” appeared in Amerasia 41(2): 25-46; and an entry, “American Public Spaces and Gender: Muslim America, Sport, and Activism,” in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures edited by Suad Joseph and Sarah Gualtieri (Brill).

Selected Publications and Awards (incomplete) 2014-2015

Beth Baron (History, City College and GC) is currently the President elect of Middle East Studies Association (MESA), taking over in this capacity after the MESA Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 2015.

Marlène Barsoum’s (French, Hunter and GC) article, “Nostalgia and Beyond: The Casesof Andrée Chedid and Emile Ollivier” appeared in Dalhousie French Studies (Vol 99. Summer 2012/appeared 2014: 80-104).

 Moustafa Bayoumi’s (English, Brooklyn) new book This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (New York University Press) will be published in early September.

 Habiba Boumlik (Arabic/French, LaGuardia) was promoted to Associate Professor. She received a grant research grant from the Association for the Study the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) for her paper on Berber Video Films. On March 12th and 13th, she organized a very successful inaugural Berber Film Festival at LaGuardia Community College.

Lale Can (History, CCNY) received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend to finish her book manuscript, Spiritual Citizens: Central Asians and the Politics of Pilgrimage in the Ottoman Empire, 1869-1914. On January 7, 2015, she co-organized (with Michael Christopher Low, Columbia University) the conference, “The ‘Subjects’ of International Law: Autonomy, Extraterritoriality, and the Making of Ottoman Citizens” at the Graduate Center.

 Mikhal Dekel (Hebrew/English, CCNY and GC) was awarded the Humanities Enrichment Fellowship for scholarly research by the office of the Dean of Humanities and the Arts (2014-2015). Her recent publications include a book, Oedipus in Kishinev: Zionism, Literature, Tragedy (in Hebrew; Jerusalem: Bialik Institute Press); and articles (co-authored with Sharon Dekel) “Post-traumatic Stress, Resilience and Culture” that appeared in Annals of Depression and Anxiety (December 2014); and “Austen and Autism: Reading Brain, Emotion, and Gender Differences in Pride and Prejudice” in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies (December 2014).

Ziva Flamhaft’s (Political Science, Queens) memoir, No Laughter in Winter, was published in Israel in Hebrew and the English edition will follow.

 Erik E. Freas’s (History, BMCC) article, “Christian versus Muslim Employment in Mandatory Palestine,” appeared in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations (Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer 2015). Also his widely-circulated book review of Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer, appeared in Logos, A Journal of Modern Society and Culture (Vol. 14, No. 1, 2015).

Anissa Hélie (History, John Jay) co-authored (with Marie Ashe) an extensive article (over 70 pages) titled “Religio-Legalism: Religious Courts and Women’s Rights in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” published in the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy (Vol. 20.2, 2015: 139-209). She also edited two issues in the peer-reviewed journal Dossier: A Journal of Women Living under Muslim Laws, titled Sexualities, Culture and Society in Muslim Contexts (London: WLUML, Vol. 32-33, (258p.), 2014) and Communities and Control of Sexuality: Tackling So-called ‘Honour’ Crimes” (London: WLUML, Vol. 32-33: 79-122, 2014).

Andrea Khalil (Comparative Literature, Queens) edited Gender, Women and the Arab Spring (Routledge, 2015); contributed the chapter, “Tunisia’s Women: Partners in Revolution,” in the Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization, edited by Larbi Sadiki (Routledge, 2015). In addition, in 2014 she published her key work on Crowd Theory, Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. (Routledge).

 Mandana Limbert’s (Anthropology, Queens and GC) article “Law, Marriage, and the Production of Place in Southern Arabia,” appeared in the 2015 edition of Asia: Inside-Out (University Press; edited by Eric Tagliocozzo and Helen Siu). In 2014, two of her papers were published. “Caste, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Arabness in Southern Arabia,” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.” (34(4): 590-598) and “On Learning Ibadsim and Being Ibadi,” in On Ibadism, edited by Angeliki Ziaka (Georg Olms Verlag).

 Kristina Richardson (History, Queens) completed three years in Germany. In 2012-2014 she was Fellow Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institut für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft and in 2014 to 2015, a research in the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, “Mamluk History and Culture 1250-1517” at the University of Bonn. In the past year, she made several unexpected discoveries in 16th century Ottoman Syrian manuscripts. One is an Arab silk weaver’s diary from Aleppo; it is the only pre-modern diary of a crafts man that researchers have recovered and identified. The second finding is that this diary contains a description of an Arabic finger alphabet, which is the description of a pre-modern Middle Eastern sign language that we available.

Clifford Rosenberg (History, CCNY and GC) worked on an introductory textbook in world history that is considered the most globally integrated book in its field published by Norton: Worlds Together, Worlds Apart.

Jonathan Shannon (Anthropology, Hunter and GC) was promoted to Professor. His new book, Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia in the Mediterranean (Indiana University Press) will be available in September 2015. He also was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant to further his research on Syrian musicians in Turkey and Egypt.

Selected 2013-2014 Publications and Awards

Anthony Alessandrini (English, Kingsborough, and GC) Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different, was published by Rowan & Littlefield in June 2014. He also co-edited a special issue of JadMag, “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey [].

Jennifer Ball (Art History, Brooklyn, and GC) received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014-15 for “Habit Forming: Representations of Byzantine Monastics 9th-15th Centuries.” Her article (with co-authors) “Teaching Outside of your Subject Area,” appeared in Art History Teaching Resources, May 7, 2014.

Marlène Barsoum’s (French, Hunter, and GC) article “Revisiting Isabelle Eberhardt’s Lettres et Journaliers” appeared in Women in French Studies (vol. 21, 2013: 41-55).

Habiba Boumlik’s (Arabic/French, LaGuardia) article, “Muslim and European Encounters through Travel Writing, 17th to 18th Centuries,” was published in The Maghreb Review.

Marvin Carlson’s (Theater, GC) publications included two books, Three Plays from Medieval Cairo, with Safi Mahfouz, MESTC, 2013 (Arabic); Four plays by Sa’dallah Wannous, with Safi Mahfouz, MESTC, 2014 (Arabic) and the following articles: “Introduction: Rehearsing Arab Performance Realitites,” (with Hazem Azmy) Theatre Research International (38: July, 2013); “The Arab Aristophanes,” in Comparative Drama (47:2, Summer, 2013); “Medieval Street Performers Speak,” TDR (Winter 2013); “Microhistory in the Middle East: The Case of Ibn Daniyal,” Theatre Survey (55:1, January, 2014); and “Negotiating Theatrical Modernism in the Arab World,” Theatre Journal (65:4, December, 2013).

Mikhal Dekel (Hebrew/English, CCNY, and GC) was awarded the Humanities Enrichment Fellowship for scholarly research by the office of the Dean of Humanities and the Arts. Her article, “Erasing Race: The Redemptive National Narrative of S.Y. Agnon,” was published in the Cambridge Literary Review (v.7: November 2013).

Erik Freas’s (History, BMCC) paper “Christian versus Muslim Employment in Mandatory Palestine,” is under review in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations (Routledge); he also presented a paper, “The Exclusivity of Holiness,” at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference at the School of Politics and International Relations in University College Dublin, Ireland, June 24-26, 2013.

Elhum Haghighat (Political Science, Lehman) is executive editor of book series, Demography & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa, Palgrave Macmillan. Her article “Social Status and Change: The Question of Access to Resources and Women’s Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa,” was published in the Journal of International Women’s Studies (14/1, 2013:273-299); a second article, “Iran’s Changing Gender Dynamics in Light of Demographic, Political, & Technological Transformations,” will be published in Middle East Critique, Special Issue on Dynamics of Gender in Iran; a third article, “Establishing the Connection between Demographic and Economic Factors, and Gender Status in the Middle East: Debunking the Perception of Islam’s Undue Influence,” will appear in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Special Issue: Social Justice and Social Exclusion (34, 7/8). She also reviewed Saba Soomekh’s From the Shahs to Los Angeles, Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women Between Religion and Culture, for Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (10:3).

Amr Kamal (Arabic and French, CCNY) received a Humanities Enrichment Grant to conduct research in France during the summer of 2014. He co-organized a panel entitled “Shifting Centers of Cultural Capital in the Modern Middle East,” at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) conference at NYU in March 20-23, 2014; he also presented, “Qatar Collects, Writes and Publishes: Rewriting History through Ekphrasis” at that conference. He took the lead in establishing the minor for Arabic language and Cultures at CCNY to be effective in Fall 2014.

Andrea Khalil’s (Comp. Lit., Queens and French, GC) book, Crowds and Politics in North Africa Tunisia, Algeria and Libya appeared with Routledge in March 2014; she also edited a special volume on Women, Gender and the Arab Spring for The Journal of North African Studies (19:2, 2014).

Suha Kudsieh (English, CSI) was a faculty fellow at Place, Culture and Politics at the GC in 2013-14 and help establish an Arabic Minor at the College of Staten Island to be effective in Fall 2014.

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