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In 2011, Tunisia made international headlines for sparking the Arab Spring. Everyday men and women took to the streets to demand political, social and economic change, culminating in the unprecedented ouster of longtime Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Similar protests spread throughout the region, primarily in eastern neighboring countries, including Libya, Egypt, and Syria, the repercussions of which are ongoing. But what of Tunisia’s western neighbors, Algeria and Morocco? Why did they not undergo the same degree of political unrest? This conference explores the historical developments in the postcolonial Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia), all former French colonial territories. It analyzes the impact of decolonization across the three countries and interrogates the varied approaches to development and state building after prolonged periods of foreign rule. Topics include infrastructure and investment projects, public health campaigns, education and language policies, intra-Maghribi relations as well as international relations, and strategies for establishing legitimacy and maintaining power.
Historical scholarship on the Maghrib often focuses on one of the three countries, and while a limited number of political science studies attend to Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia within a single frame, they typically exclusively examine politics and party formation. This conference, which will coincide with spring 2020 upper-level North African History Seminar (HIST 1960S) , therefore, aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of Maghribi specialists from the United States, Europe, and North Africa to consider anew the region as a unit and its unique evolution. In so doing, the conference will identify new directions in North African history that will help us better understand the priorities and concerns of Maghribi actors and shed light on its current place within the overlapping spheres of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
In the summer of 2020, challenges to race, memorialization, and icons of power predominated ongoing social, cultural, and political action and art. These scholars will examine how social movements have redefined public space, articulated social justice issues through art, and defied long-standing national icons and monuments. What’s at stake in these movements and gestures and how do art and politics work together to reimagine social space, belonging, and power?
Presentations by Crystal Feimster, Yale University; Daniel Magaziner, Yale University; Renee Ater, Brown University; and Juliet Hooker, Brown University.
Presented by the Centering Race Consortium, a collaboration between the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity at Stanford University, theCenter for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, and the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration at Yale University.
The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press, 2020)
Mitchell Center Podcast – Episode 1.13: Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians in the Shadow of the Holocaust - Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor
Berlin is home to Europe’s largest Palestinian diaspora community and one of the world’s largest Israeli diaspora communities. Germany’s guilt about the Nazi Holocaust has led to a public disavowal of anti-Semitism and strong support for the Israeli state. Meanwhile, Palestinians in Berlin report experiencing increasing levels of racism and Islamophobia. In The Moral Triangle Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor draw on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans in Berlin to explore these asymmetric relationships in the context of official German policies, public discourse, and the private sphere. They show how these relationships stem from narratives surrounding moral responsibility, the Holocaust, the Israel/Palestine conflict, and Germany’s recent welcoming of Middle Eastern refugees. They also point to spaces for activism and solidarity among Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians in Berlin that can help foster restorative justice and account for multiple forms of trauma. Highlighting their interlocutors’ experiences, memories, and hopes, Atshan and Galor demonstrate the myriad ways in which migration, trauma, and contemporary state politics are inextricably linked.
Sa’ed Atshan is an assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College. He will be spending the 2020-2021 academic year as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology and visiting scholar in Middle Eastern studies at UC Berkeley. He previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He earned a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He received his BA from Swarthmore in 2006.
He has published two books in 2020: Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique (Stanford University Press) and the co-authored (with Katharina Galor) The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press).
Atshan has been awarded multiple graduate fellowships, including from the Open Society Foundations, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is also the recipient of a Soros Fellowship and a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. He has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. He is also a Palestinian, Quaker, and LGBTQ human rights activist.
Katharina Galor is an art historian and archaeologist specializing in the visual and material culture of Israel-Palestine. She received her B.A., M.A. and Diplôme d’Études Approfondi in Art History and Archaeology from the Université d’Aix-Marseille in France and her Ph.D. in Old World Art and Archaeology from Brown University. In addition to teaching at Brown, she also taught at the Hebrew University and the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem, at Tufts University and at RISD in the US, and most recently at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. She has been a fellow at Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, at the Berlin Antike-Kolleg, the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg, and at the Chronoi Center of the Einstein Foundation Berlin. She is currently the Visiting Hirschfeld Associate Professor at Brown University with a joint appointment in the Program of Judaic Studies and the Program of Urban Studies. Her publications include The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans (co-authored with Hanswulf Bloedhorn; Yale University Press, 2013), Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology Between Science and Ideology (University of California Press, 2017), and, with Sa’ed Atshan, The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press, 2020). She is currently writing Jewish Women: Portraits of Conformity and Agency, a project supported by a grant from the Leo Baeck Institute, Berlin.
Naika Foroutan is a political scientist, professor at the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, director of the Berlin Institute on Integration and Migration Research (BIM), as well as head of the German Center for Integration and Migration (DeZIM). Her research focuses on nation states transforming into countries of immigration and its implications for migration and integration politics. She analyzes norm and value debates, collective identities, hybridizations as well as conflict parameters in plural democracies with a particular focus on Islam and Muslims. Her new book on postmigrant societies has been published recently (“Die postmigrantische Gesellschaft: Ein Versprechen der pluralen Demokratie”).
In 2011 she received the Berlin Integration Award for her intervention during the controversial “Sarrazindebatte”. In 2012 she received the Fritz-Behrens Stiftung’s Science Prize for excellent research. Furthermore, she has been awarded with the Höffmann-Science Prize 2016 for intercultural competence.
Nadje Al-Ali joined Brown as the Robert Family Professor of International Studies and professor of anthropology and Middle East studies in 2018, after leaving a long-term position at the Centre for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. On July 1, 2020, she assumed the role of director of Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies. Her main research interests revolve around feminist activism and gendered mobilization, mainly with reference to Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and the Kurdish political movement. Her publications include Gender, Governance and Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2018, co-edited with Deniz Kandiyoti and Kathryn Spellman Poots); What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (University of California Press, 2009, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (Zed Books, 2007,); and Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2000. Her co-edited book with Deborah al-Najjar, titled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press), won the 2014 Arab-American book prize award for non-fiction.
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Black Lives Matter protests erupting in cities across the nation have renewed calls to not only reform school discipline policies and abolish school police, but also present an urgent need to understand how we arrived at this moment. This talk argues that federal-level policymakers have played a key role in promoting school discipline policies and punishment practices that continue to perpetuate racial inequality, particularly in the nation’s urban schools. This talk will shed light on how 1980s federal policymakers used “A Nation at Risk,” arguably the most influential educational policy document in the post-civil rights era, to embark on a campaign to restore order and discipline –the effects of which not only helped to rescind but also criminalize civil rights victories. Q&A will follow.
Mahasan Chaney is a Research Fellow in Race & Ethnicity at Brown University. Her research agenda looks broadly at the historic nexus between education, race and social policy.
The Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture was named for Noah Krieger, a Brown undergraduate who was interested in political science, public policy, and economics, who died shortly after graduating from Brown. The series, established by his parents, brings distinguished public servants to campus.
In January 2013, Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator, filling the same seat once held by storied Maine leaders Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell, and Olympia Snowe. A strong believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building, Senator King is proud to join the long line of thoughtful, independent leaders from the State of Maine, and he works hard every day to bring Republicans and Democrats together to find common-sense solutions for Maine and America.
He is a proven consensus-builder who “calls ‘em like he sees ‘em”, putting civility and respect ahead of political ideology. Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. He has made it a priority not to miss Committee hearings, earning him praise from his colleagues and the reputation as a workhorse in the Senate. The late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who served as Armed Services Chairman, once called Senator King “one of the most serious and hard-working members” of the Committee.
Celebrate Rhode Island’s Archaeology Month with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology! Inspired by 2020’s centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment, we’re highlighting the work of women archaeologists and anthropologists affiliated with the Museum.
Annalisa Heppner | (Being a Woman While) Searching for Women in Ice Age Alaska
Weaving together stories from Alaskan archaeology, feminist archaeological theory, and research on the osseous tools from the Broken Mammoth Pleistocene site in Interior Alaska, this discussion highlights how personal experiences can shape the course of archaeological exploration.
Annalisa Heppner, MA is the Project Manager for the Circumpolar Laboratory Inventory Project at the HMA. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has been an archaeologist for over a decade, with experience all over the USA, but especially in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Heppner is passionate about the role of Indigenous people in archaeology and museum management. Her areas of interest within archaeology include Indigenous archaeology, Feminist archaeology, story-telling as archaeological interpretation, and Decolonial practice in fieldwork and museums.
This event is free and open to the public. Supported by generous donors to Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum.
Archaeologists and heritage professionals whose work overlays histories of colonialism, exploitation, collective violence, and genocide are increasingly aware that they cannot simply take refuge in prehistory to avoid troubling pasts; nor is it sufficient to merely acknowledge historical wrongs. And yet scholars often struggle to identify ways that archaeological and heritage work can make a meaningful impact. In this webinar, we explore how archaeology can not only identify the legacies of inequity, injustice, and violence that have shaped historical and contemporary communities, but also to open the possibility of redress for the continuing systemic inequities these legacies reveal (i.e. environmental racism, racialized disenfranchisement, heritage erasure). Panelists will discuss how they blend archaeology and heritage work with principles of redress and restorative justice.
Mary Elliott, Curator of Slavery, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Sada Mire, PhD, Director, Horn Heritage Organisation
Kisha Supernant, PhD, Director, Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, University of Alberta
Michael Wilcox, PhD, Associate Professor, Stanford University
Moderated by Margaret Bruchac, PhD, Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous Studies, University of Pennsylvania
This event is hosted by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and is part of a webinar series “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology” organized through a partnership with the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Cornell Institute of Archaeology & Material Studies, SAPIENS, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
Free and open to the public. Register here: https://bit.ly/32QAiG4
Guadalupe Maravilla is a transdisciplinary visual artist, choreographer, and healer. At the age of eight, Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, Maravilla became a U.S. citizen and adopted the name Guadalupe Maravilla in solidarity with his undocumented father, who uses Maravilla as his last name. As an acknowledgement of his own migratory past, Maravilla grounds his practice in the historical and contemporary contexts of immigrant culture, particularly those belonging to Latinx communities.
Maravilla currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Additionally, he has performed and presented his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Queens Museum, New York; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Art of El Salvador, San Salvador; X Central American Biennial, Costa Rica; New York;, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York; and the Drawing Center, New York, among others.
Awards and fellowships include; Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2019, Soros Fellowship: Art Migration and Public Space 2019, Map fund 2019, Creative Capital Grant 2016, Franklin Furnace 2018, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant 2016, Art Matters Grant 2013, Art Matters Fellowship 2017, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship 2018, Dedalus Foundation Grant 2013 and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Award 2003. Residencies include; LMCC Workspace, SOMA, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Drawing Center Open Sessions.
In partnership with the Brown Arts Initiative.