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CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium: Enriching Perspectives on the Middle East & North Africa

Thursday, March 17, 2016
9:30 AM-5:30 PM
Michigan Room Michigan League Map
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.

Symposium Program Outline:

9:20 am » Introductions and Welcome Remarks by Symposium Committee

9:30 am » Panel 1: Education and Society
Discussant: Yasmin Moll, University of Michigan

JAMEEL BRENNEMAN, University of Michigan
Sports and Education in Jordan: Testing the Athletic-Academic Correlation

CHRISTINE SARGENT, University of Michigan
Family, Marriage, Morality: Making Sense of Down Syndrome in Amman, Jordan

10-minute break

10:40 am » Panel 2: State Control
Discussant: MURAT YILDIZ, University of Michigan

MERAL KOCAK, Harvard Divinity School
The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Deep State: the Construction of Knowledge and History by Modern Piety Movements

HRATCH KESTENIAN, The City University of New York
The Lebanon Hospital for the Insane: Scientific Treatment Blessed with Divine Help

SONAY BAN, Temple University
State-Led Censorship Mechanisms in the Festival Screenings and the Case of the Documentary Bakur in Turkey

12:10 pm » Break for Lunch – for panel presenters, discussants, and invited CMENAS MA students only

1:30 pm » Panel 3: Law, Order, and Islam

RUSLAN MAMEDOV, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Sufism in Iraqi Socio-Political Life During and After World War I

OMAR EDAIBAT, McGill University
A Survey of Revisionist Approaches to the Doctrine of Abrogation in Islamic Legal Theory: A New Scholarly Consensus in the Making?

10-minute break

2:40 pm » Panel 4: Identity and Form

SOMAYEH SHIRAZI, University of Alberta
Negotiating Identities in the Artworks of Three Iranian Woman Artists

10-minute break

3:50 pm » Panel 5: Diplomacy Among Elites and Masses
Discussant: Maryam Arbabzadeh, University of Michigan

AMIR MAHDAVI, Harvard University
Two Major Iranian Crises the Nuclear Deal Does Not Necessarily Solve

JONATHAN BRENNEMAN, University of Notre Dame
Palestinian Refugees: A Framework of Reconciliation

4:50 pm » Closing Remarks by JUAN COLE, CMENAS Director and Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History

Free and open to the public; pre-registration is requested at

Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Dean’s Strategic Initiative at the Rackham Graduate School, Department of History, Department of the History of Art, Department of Political Science, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Department of American Culture, International Institute, Islamic Studies Program, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Graduate, Middle East Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, History of Art, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Global Islamic Studies Center, Department of American Culture, Department of History, Department of Political Science

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).