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December 2022

Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States

Rosie Bsheer of Harvard University explores the increasing secularization of the postwar Saudi state and how it manifested in assembling a national archive and reordering urban space in Riyadh and Mecca. This lecture will be delivered virtually via Zoom.

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February 2023

Race and Islam in Historical Perspective

February 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Professor El Hamel discusses the emergence and evolution of ideas of race and color in the Middle East and North Africa. This lecture is mainly interested in racial constructs built around notions of color and lineage. It traces distinct genealogies of race and racism to the beginning of the Islamic empire.

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Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Late Ottoman Empire

February 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

This talk traces the Ottoman roots of the post-imperial political order in the Middle East through an analysis of the inter-imperial contest over Ottoman autonomous provinces.

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March 2023

Iran, Russia, Turkey: Comments on the Anti-Democracies of the 21st Century

March 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Professor Hamit Bozarslan will discuss these three regimes. They are not the only anti-democratic ones that exists in the contemporary world, but they share some features that one cannot easily find elsewhere.

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Natives Against Nativism: Palestine and the Movement for Migrant Rights in Postcolonial France

March 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Against the erasure of the central role of the Palestinian question in the emergence of grassroots antiracist discourses in postcolonial France, Professor Olivia Harrison mines the journals, tracts, photographs, and video fragments that constitute the incomplete and fragmented archive of these movements for evidence of a distinctly transcolonial form of antiracist activism, grounded in anticolonial solidarity with Palestinians.

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April 2023

A Lecture with Atef Moatamed

April 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Atef Moatamed is a professor of physical geography at Cairo University and founder/director of the House of Geography for geographic studies. 

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Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent

April 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

In this talk based on her new book, Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent (Stanford University Press, 2022), Jillian Schwedler considers how space and geography influence protests and repression, and, in challenging conventional narratives of Hashemite state-making, offers the first in-depth study of rebellion in Jordan.

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