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January 2020

MES Lecture: “The Salafi Mystique: The Rise of Gender Segregation in the 20th Century Middle East “

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Aaron Rock-Singer (History, UW-Madison). About the talk: In this lecture, I trace the emergence of gender segregation within Salafism, Islam’s fastest growing movement. To do so, I focus on Egypt, examining the interaction between Salafism’s…

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February 2020

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage

February 5 - March 15
HELEN LOUISE ALLEN TEXTILE COLLECTION, 1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI W53706 United States
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UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage seeks to humanize the word “refugee.” For 6 weeks (February 5- March 15, 2020), the School of Human Ecology will host this multi-media installation featuring the sculptures of Mohamad Hafez, a Syrian-born, Connecticut-based…

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MES Lecture: “Powering Empire: “How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization”

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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On Barak, Tel Aviv University.   About the talk: The Age of Empire was driven by coal, and the Middle East—as an idea—was made by coal. Coal’s imperial infrastructure presaged the geopolitics of oil that…

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March 2020

International Conference: Refugees in/from the Middle East

March 6 - March 7
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Refugees in/from the Middle East: Policy Implications, Education, and Artistic Representations University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 6-7, 2020 This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from the social sciences and humanities who examine forced migration within the…

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MES Lecture: “Desert Melodies: Bedouin Women’s Oral Ghazal Poetrys”

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Miral Al-Tahawy, Arizona State University.   About the presenter:  Miral Mahgoub al-Tahawy is an associate professor of Modern Arabic literature, an award-winning Egyptian novelist and short story writer, and an affiliated member of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative…

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MES Lecture: “Mosques and Islamist Activism: Spatial Evidence from Interwar Cairo”

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Steven Brooke (Political Science, UW-Madison). About the talk: Why do Islamists mobilize in some mosques, but not others? We answer this question by matching a list of mosque-based lectures, sermons, and collections carried out by…

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April 2020

MES Lecture: “Partial wholes: descriptions of early modern Africa (Leo Africanus, Ramusio, Mármol)”

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Steven Hutchison (Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison).   About the talk: This presentation would look at how Africa, known and unknown, was “described” both in cartography and geographies of that era.   About the presenter: Steven Hutchinson…

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