MIDDLE EAST AND MIDDLE EASTERN AMERICAN CENTER

MIDDLE EAST AND MIDDLE EASTERN AMERICAN CENTER

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MEMEAC hosts numerous events that are open to the public, such as book conversations, conferences, film series, lectures, and photo exhibitions. The Center also collaborates with other programs and centers within the Graduate Center and...
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Committee on Academic Freedom: Calling on Kingsborough Community College to defend faculty free speech rights and academic freedom Posted: April 12, 2019 MEMEAC supports the Committee on Academic Freedom’s call for Kingsborough Community College, CUNY...
Alumni
2018Mark Drury Program: Anthropology Dissertation: “Disorderly Histories: An Anthropology of Decolonization in Western Sahara” Contact:  drury.mark@gmail.com Chris Rominger Program: History Dissertation: “Mobility, Colonialism, and Political Horizons: Tunisians around the First World War, 1911-1925” Contact: cchris.rominger@unf.edu 2017Jeffrey Culang Program: History...

Events

MEMEAC hosts numerous events that are open to the public, such as book conversations, conferences, film series, lectures, and photo exhibitions. The Center also collaborates with other programs and centers within the Graduate Center and with groups outside the Graduate Center to sponsor events.

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CONFERENCE: Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution
Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution May 24, 2019 The Graduate Center, CUNY The 1919 Egyptian Revolution changed Egypt, affecting politics, culture, history, and art,...
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Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book
Demography and Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa have recently experienced one of the highest population...
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04-30-2019: Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film
Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film Tuesday, April 30 2019 at 5:00 PM in Room 9205 Join Forum co-curators Dr. Habiba...
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News

Committee on Academic Freedom: Calling on Kingsborough Community College to defend faculty free speech rights and academic freedom

MEMEAC supports the Committee on Academic Freedom’s call for Kingsborough Community College, CUNY to respect free speech rights and academic freedom   Dr. Claudia V. Schrader President, Kingsborough Community College President@kbcc.cuny.edu, Claudia.Schrader@kbcc.cuny.eduDr. Vita C. Rabinowitz Interim Chancellor, The City University of New York chancellor@cuny.edu, Vita.Rabinowitz@cuny.eduDear President Schrader and Chancellor Rabinowitz: …

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Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book

Demography and Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa have recently experienced one of the highest population growth rates in the world, something which has profoundly affected the wider region and its institutions. In addition, the recent period of unprecedented political turbulence …

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Happy Holidays from MEMEAC

December 19, 2018 Dear Friends of MEMEAC: As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to highlight our activities this past year and the exciting plans that we have for the coming year. Over the summer, we launched a new website, showcasing the work of alumni, faculty, and students. …

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MESA 2018

We at MEMEAC are excited to announce that dozens of our affiliated faculty and students will present their research at the annual Middle East Studies Association’s conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas from November 15th to November 18th, 2018 CUNY Participants MESA 2018  11:00AM-1:00PM Friday November 16: Deen …

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MEMEAC CONGRATULATES ALUMNA FOR RECEIVING ERC GRANT

MEMEAC congratulates alumna Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski (History, 2010) who is currently a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and director of Centre de Recherches sur le Japon (CRJ) in Paris for receiving the European Research Council Grant. HOW JAPAN BECAME ASIA’S FIRST INDUSTRIAL POWER © Shutterstock …

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NAAIMS 47th Annual Conference

MEMEAC is excited to be hosting the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies’ 47th Annual Conference with the theme of “Impact of Emerging Digital Technology and Social Media on Muslim Communities” on Friday, September 14th, 2018. To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naaims-47th-annual-conference-impact-of-emerging-digital-technology-and-social-media-on-muslim-registration-48164284672 Please note, if you are a member …

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PRESIDENT ROBINSON TO LEAD THE SMITHSONIAN’S ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY AND FREER GALLERY OF ART

“I will leave The Graduate Center with pride in its standing and confidence in its future.” Dear Colleagues: As you enjoy the final days of summer and complete your preparations for the fall semester, I want to share important news. After a decade of service to The Graduate Center and …

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CONFERENCE: Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution
Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution May 24, 2019 The Graduate Center, CUNY The 1919 Egyptian Revolution changed Egypt, affecting politics, culture, history, and art,...
Read More "CONFERENCE: Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution"
Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book
Demography and Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa have recently experienced one of the highest population...
Read More "Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book"
04-30-2019: Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film
Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film Tuesday, April 30 2019 at 5:00 PM in Room 9205 Join Forum co-curators Dr. Habiba...
Read More "04-30-2019: Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film"
02-28-2019: Book Salon: Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity
Book Salon: Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 PM in Room 9206/9207 of the Graduate...
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Happy Holidays from MEMEAC
December 19, 2018 Dear Friends of MEMEAC: As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to highlight our activities this past year and the...
Read More "Happy Holidays from MEMEAC"

Alumni


2018
Mark Drury

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “Disorderly Histories: An Anthropology of Decolonization in Western Sahara”
  • Contact:  drury.mark@gmail.com


Chris Rominger

  • Program: History
  • Dissertation: “Mobility, Colonialism, and Political Horizons: Tunisians around the First World War, 1911-1925”
  • Contact: cchris.rominger@unf.edu


2017
Jeffrey Culang

  • Program: History
  • Dissertation: “Liberal Translations: Secular Concepts, Law, and Religion in Colonial Egypt”
  • Contact: jculang@gmail.com
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Paul Fadoul

  • Program: French
  • Dissertation: “How to be a French Jew: Proust, Lazare, Glissant”
  • Contact: tipol@aol.com
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Yunus Doğan Telliel

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “What is the Language of Islam?: Reform, Translation, and Secularism in Turkey”
  • Contact: ydtelliel@gmail.com
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2016

Kutlughan Soyubol

  • Program:History
  • Dissertation: “The Sciences of the Soul: The Emergence of Psy-sciences and the Modern State in Turkey”
  • Contact: ksoyubol@gc.cuny.edu


Secil Yilmaz

  • Program: History
  • Dissertation: “Love in the Time of Syphilis: Medicine and Sex in the Ottoman Empire, 1860-1922”
  • Contact: secil.yilmaz@gmail.com


Rayya El Zein

  • Program: Theatre
  • Dissertation: “Performing el Rap el ʿArabi 2005-2015: Feeling Politics amid Neoliberal Incursions in Ramallah, Amman, and Beirut”
  • Contact: rayyaelz@gmail.com


2015
Emily Cury

  • Program: Political Science
  • Dissertation: “Policy Advocacy and the Performance of Muslim American Identity Contact”
  • Contact: ecury@gc.cuny.edu


Kareem Rabie

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “Palestine is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited: Privatization and State Building in the Contemporary West Bank”
  • Contact:  kareem.rabie@compas.ox.ac.uk


Ana Vinea

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “Contemporary Egyptian Therapeutic Landscapes Between Qur’anic Healing and Psychiatry”
  • Contact: avinea@gradcenter.cuny.edu


2014
Ozan Aksoy

  • Program: Ethnomusicology
  • Dissertation: “The Music and Multiple Identities of Kurdish Alevis from Turkey in Germany”
  • Contact: ozanaksoy@gmail.com

2013
Kinan Azmeh

  • Program: Music
  • Dissertation: “Arab Music Vocabulary in Syrian Contemporary Clarinet Chamber Works”
  • Contact:kinanazmeh@yahoo.com


Ceren Ozgul

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “From Muslim Citizen to Christian Minority: Tolerance, Secularism, and Armenian Return Conversions in Turkey”
  • Contact: ceren.ozgul@gmail.com
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2012

Aida Izadpanah Jahromi

  • Program: Psychology
  • Dissertation: “An Analysis of Multi-Media Representations of Children’s Experience of War by Humanitarian Organizations”
  • Contact: aidaizadpanah@yahoo.com
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Katherine Wilson

  • Program: Theatre
  • Dissertation: “The Social Lives of Playscripts: Nick of the Woods from Inkwell to Internet”
  • Contact: katecwilson@yahoo.com
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Raja Abillama

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “The Marital State: Personal Status Laws, Discourses of Reform and Secularity in Lebanon”
  • Contact: arabillama@gmail.com
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Nada Moumtaz

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “Modernizing Charity, Remaking Islamic Law”
  • Contact: moumtaz.1@osu.edu
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Mitra Rastegar

  • Program: Sociology
  • Dissertation: “Articulated Values, Affecting Figures: Liberal Tolerance and the Racialization of Muslims/Arabs”
  • Contact: Mitraellen@gmail.com
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Shea McManus

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “The Politics of Transition: Time, History and Justice in Postwar Lebanon”
  • Contact: Shea_Mcmanus@ncsu.edu
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Sara Pursley

  • Program: History
  • Dissertation: “A Race Against Time: Governing Femininity and Reproducing the Future in Revolutionary Iraq, 1945-63”
  • Contact: spursley@nyu.edu
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2010
Mehmet Kucukozer

  • Program: Sociology
  • Dissertation: “Peasant Rebellions in the Age of Globalization: The EZLN in Mexico and the PKK in Turkey”
  • Contact: mkucukozer@hotmail.com
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Cemal Yetkiner

  • Program: History
  • Dissertation: “American Missionaries, Armenian Community, and the Making of Proantism in the Ottoman Empire, 1820-1860”
  • Contact: yetkinercemal@hotmail.com
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Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski

  • Program: History
  • Dissertation: “Learning to Be Modern: American Missionary Colleges in Beirut and Kyoto 1860-1920”
  • Contact: aleksandra.kobiljski@ehess.fr
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2009
Reina Arakji

  • Program: Busines
  • Dissertation: “Designing Social Production Models for Producer-Consumer Collaboration and Innovation in Digital Social Spaces”
  • Contact: arakjir@newschool.edu
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Dalia Basiouny

  • Program: Theatre
  • Dissertation: “The Powerful Voice of Women Dramatists in the Arab American Theatre”
  • Contact: Daliadr@gmail.com
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Christine Hegel-Cantarella

  • Program: Anthropology
  • Dissertation: “Breach of Trust: Customary/Commercial Documents and Practices of Private Law in an Egyptian Port”
  • Contact: Christinehegel@gmail.com


Mayida Zaal

  • Program: Urban Education
  • Dissertation: “Neglected in their Transitions: Second Generation Muslim Youth Search for Support in a Context of Islamaphobia”
  • Contact: zaalm@mail.montclair.edu


2008
Zeynep Turan

Program: Environmental Psychology

Dissertation: “Object of Legacy: Material Objects of Displaced People”

Contact: zeynept7@gmail.com

2007
Alessandra Maria Ciucci

  • Program: Music
  • Dissertation: “Songs of Honor, Voices of Shame: The Aita and the Moroccan Shikhat”
  • Contact: amc25@columbia.edu

PRESIDENT ROBINSON TO LEAD THE SMITHSONIAN’S ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY AND FREER GALLERY OF ART

“I will leave The Graduate Center with pride in its standing and confidence in its future.”

Dear Colleagues:

As you enjoy the final days of summer and complete your preparations for the fall semester, I want to share important news.

After a decade of service to The Graduate Center and The City University of New York, I will be stepping down as president. In December, I will take up the position of Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s two museums of Asian art in Washington, D.C. David J. Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, made the announcement today.

I will leave The Graduate Center with pride in its standing and confidence in its future. The Graduate Center holds a unique position in public higher education. At a time of increased income inequality, political polarization, and a precipitous decline in political and cultural discourse, the research and teaching of our students and faculty have never been more important. It has been a personal and professional honor to lead our collective commitment to advancing research for the public good.

My time at The Graduate Center has been deeply gratifying. Together, we have recruited dozens of world-class faculty; enhanced traditional strengths in the humanities and built new ones in the experimental and theoretical sciences; established a national reputation in interdisciplinarity, digital pedagogy, and research, including the study of socio-economic inequality; increased the diversity of our faculty ranks and student body; admitted and enrolled students of unprecedented quality; doubled our master’s offerings and master’s enrollment; and strengthened our Foundation Board. While I take tremendous pride in these accomplishments, they are a product of the collective efforts of my very talented colleagues.

Provost and Senior Vice President Joy Connolly, former Interim Provost Louise Lennihan, our deans and executive officers, both past and present—they all exemplify the very best of public education. Members of The Graduate Center Foundation, led by Peter Darrow, have been generous in sharing their time, talents, and advice. And my senior staff members, along with the members of the cabinet, have served our community with great distinction.

Of course, it’s not administrators who are at the heart of The Graduate Center. It’s faculty, staff, and students, whose talents and energies animate our offices, classrooms, labs, and public spaces, and in whose accomplishments we are all fortunate to share. To them all, I am immensely grateful.

CUNY Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz will soon announce the appointment of an interim president. In due course, a national search for the sixth president of The Graduate Center will commence. To ensure a smooth and productive transition, I will continue to serve as president through the fall term.

The Freer|Sackler exists “to enhance understanding and appreciation across cultures.” My decision to leave The Graduate Center was eased by the close affinity between this mission and the principles that I have been able to champion here. My work at the Smithsonian will continue the work that I started in this remarkable community of scholars and students. I am grateful for the support of the CUNY Board of Trustees, which is so ably led by Chairperson William Thompson and Vice Chairperson Barry Schwartz, and to Interim Chancellor Rabinowitz for her commitment to the values of CUNY.

Thank you for making my time at the GC such a privilege.

Kind regards,

President Robinson's signature

Chase F. Robinson
President

CONFERENCE: Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution

Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution May 24, 2019 The Graduate Center, CUNY The 1919 Egyptian Revolution changed Egypt, affecting politics, culture, history, and art, and reverberating globally. Speakers at this conference will cover the impact of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution on society and memory 9:30 – 10:00 | Registration …

Committee on Academic Freedom: Calling on Kingsborough Community College to defend faculty free speech rights and academic freedom

MEMEAC supports the Committee on Academic Freedom’s call for Kingsborough Community College, CUNY to respect free speech rights and academic freedom   Dr. Claudia V. Schrader President, Kingsborough Community College President@kbcc.cuny.edu, Claudia.Schrader@kbcc.cuny.eduDr. Vita C. Rabinowitz Interim Chancellor, The City University of New York chancellor@cuny.edu, Vita.Rabinowitz@cuny.eduDear President Schrader and Chancellor Rabinowitz: …

Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book

Demography and Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa have recently experienced one of the highest population growth rates in the world, something which has profoundly affected the wider region and its institutions. In addition, the recent period of unprecedented political turbulence …

04-11-2019: Bayt Farhi and the Sephardic Palaces of Ottoman Damascus: A Book Talk with Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay Lewis

Bayt Farhi and the Sephardic Palaces of Ottoman Damascus: A Book Talk with Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay Lewis Thursday, April 11 2019 at 6:30 PM in Room C197 One of the largest and most important palatial houses of late 18th- and early 19th-century Damascus belonged to the Farhi family, who served …

03/21/2019: Sharia Scripts: A Historical Anthropology – Prof. Brinkley Messick in conversation with Prof. Mandana Limbert

Sharia Scripts: A Historical Anthropology – Prof. Brinkley Messick in conversation with Prof. Mandana Limbert Thursday, March 21 2019 at 6:30 PM in Room 9205 A case study in the textual architecture of the venerable legal and ethical tradition at the center of the Islamic experience, Sharīʿa Scripts is a …

02-28-2019: Book Salon: Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity

Book Salon: Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 PM in Room 9206/9207 of the Graduate Center, CUNY Join Professors Karen B. Stern (History, Brooklyn College), Robert Hoyland (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU), and Annette Y. Reed …

MEMEAC Alumni Spotlight: Sara Pursley

MEMEAC is excited to announce that Sara Pursley (PhD in History, 2012) has published her first manuscript Familiar Futures Time, Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq (Stanford University Press, 2019). Iraq was the first postcolonial state recognized as legally sovereign by the League of Nations amid the twentieth-century wave of decolonization movements. …

MEMEAC Alumni Spotlight: Deen Sharp

In 2018, Deen Sharp (PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences, 2018) has achieved several professional milestones. In July, he published his first peer-reviewed academic journal in Progress in Human Geography on the relationship between geography and area studies. On September 4,  he successfully defended his PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences …

Upcoming Events

CONFERENCE: Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution

Centennial of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution May 24, 2019 The Graduate Center, CUNY The 1919 Egyptian Revolution changed Egypt, affecting politics, culture, history, and art, and reverberating globally. Speakers at this conference will cover the impact of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution on society and memory 9:30 – 10:00 | Registration …

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04-30-2019: Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film

Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film Tuesday, April 30 2019 at 5:00 PM in Room 9205 Join Forum co-curators Dr. Habiba Boumlik and Lucy McNair in a screening and discussion of Amazigh Film with focus on preserving cultural identity through film.

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