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CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium. Evolving Perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa

Thursday, April 9, 2015
12:00 AM
Rackham Assembly Hall (4th Floor), 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Rackham Graduate School and Dean’s Strategic Initiative; Islamic Studies Program; African Studies Center; International Institute; International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Department of History; Department of History of Art; Department of Near Eastern Studies

The event is open to the public, attendance registration is requested. « Online Registration »

The CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium is a forum for graduate students across the University of Michigan and beyond to present original research concerning the modern Middle East and North Africa. Papers selected for presentation will inform one another and contribute to their respective academic fields.

8:30 am – Registration and Opening Reception (Breakfast, coffee, and tea will be  provided in the rear alcove of the Assembly Hall.)

9:10 am – Introduction by Jameel Brenneman, Symposium Organizing Committee, CMENAS

9:15 am – Opening Remarks by Juan R. I. Cole, Professor, History; Director, CMENAS

9:30 am – Panel I: Identity and Form
Discussant: Christiane Gruber, Associate Professor, History of Art

Woman as State: Nasser Palangi’s Nationalist Imagery
Crystal Labrosse

Old Walls and New Nations: The “Syria-Lebanon” Room at the University of Pittsburgh
Courtney Lesoon

11:00 am – Break

11:15 am – Panel II: Turkey Revisited
Discussant: Gottfried Hagen, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies

The Ottoman Coffeehouse: Gendered Routes to Power
Britton Daley

Problematizing the “Rescue Myth”: How Turkey Failed to Protect its Jewish Citizens Abroad During WWII
Sakire Dogan

Female Homoerotic Intimacy and the Public Space in Erden Kiral’s Vicdan
Duygu Ula

12:45 pm – Break for Lunch

2:00 pm – Panel III: Converging Realities
Discussant: Geoffrey Hughes

The “Traditional” and “Modern” Religious Figures in mid-20th Century Syria: Was There Cooperation or a Clash?
Sarah Azmeh

Darwinism’s Evolution in the East: a Comparison between Darwinism among the Arabs and its Appearance among the Chinese
Yikuan Chen

Globalization and the Effects of Convergent Organizations on Saudi and Emirati Tertiary Education
Ann Desiderio

3:30 pm – Break

3:45 pm – Panel IV: Transition and Power
Discussant: Juan R. I. Cole, Professor, History; Director, CMENAS

Fragmentation and Emergence of Authoritarian Regimes in Middle Eastern Politics: Iran Case Study
Morteza Nazari,

Forgotten Opposition and Strategic Success in Algeria’s First Experiments with Democracy
Juliet Happy

Labor and the State: The Battle for Trade Union Freedoms in Egypt’s Transitional Period
Nehal Amer

5:15 pm – Closing Remarks by Jameel Brenneman, Symposium Organizing Committee, CMENAS


Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Rackham Graduate School and Dean’s Strategic Initiative; Islamic Studies Program; African Studies Center; International Institute; International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Department of History; Department of Art History; Department of Near Eastern Studies