CMES Colloquium Spring 2022

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Nizar Messari, Yale University/Akhawayn University

Nizar Messari is an Associate Professor at Al Akawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and a visiting professor at Yale’s MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies. His main area of expertise is International Relations Theory, which applications and alternative perspectives he explores in North Africa. His latest publications include “The EU and North Africa, or the Actorness of the Possible” in EU Global Actorness in a World of Contested Leadership – Policies, Instruments and Perceptions, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming), a contribution to the Forum: Did “America First” Construct America Irrelevant? International Studies Perspectives, 2021, and “Migration” in International Relations from the Global South: Worlds of Difference, (London: Routledge, 2020).

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Allison Mickel, Lehigh University

Allison Mickel is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and Assistant Director of Global Studies, at Lehigh University. Her research focuses on how local communities have impacted and been affected by the long history of archaeological work in the Middle East. She has excavated in Jordan, Turkey, Kenya, and the United States. Her first book, Archaeologists as Authors and the Stories of Sites: Defending the Use of Fiction in Archaeological Writing, focused on the politics of representation and public engagement in publications about archaeology. Her new book, Why Those Who Shovel are Silent: A History of Local Archaeological Labor and Knowledge, is out now and examines the ways in which the economics of labor management and the epistemology of archaeology are intertwined. Mickel was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to undertake an ethnographic project centering on two new private companies in Jordan advocating for the recognition of local expertise and fair labor conditions on archaeological excavations.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Dalton Einhorn, Yale School of Management ‘97

Dalton Einhorn is a graduate of Yale’s School of Management and has spent the past twenty-four years as an enthusiastic student mentor. He has an unusual connection to this lecture, which will be the first-ever unveiling of the origin story of Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” told by the author himself from an archive of never-published materials that was found at the University of North Carolina. More than a century after the book’s creation, Gibran tells the speaks to us as we embark on the next one hundred years of the life of the best-selling book of the Twentieth Century! Dalton’s mother, Virginia Hilu, was the first and only person ever to be authorized to produce a book from the UNC archive. After she produced that book, she worked on Stanley Milgram’s “Obedience to Authority” and her notes and his original draft chapters can be found at Stirling Library. Virginia died young, and Dalton spent seven years getting permissions from estate holders to continue his work. What he found was the untouched origin story of “The Prophet.” This talk will share the loving story of its creation and has a number of charming wrinkles. And it will also be an important insight into one of the most important books of the past one hundred years, conceived first in the mind of a sixteen year old student in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Lizzy Berk, Yale University

Lizzy Berk is currently serving as a CMES postgraduate associate and recently received her PhD in anthropology from Yale University. She also pursued a certificate in gender and sexuality studies during her doctoral work, and holds an MA from Washington University in St. Louis. Lizzy’s work focuses on issues related to gender/sexuality, time, and subjectivity in chronic illness.  She has published with the Journal of Material Culture, Anthropology of the Middle East, and Social Anthropology, and is currently preparing her first book manuscript for publication.

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 She has published with the Journal of Material Culture, Anthropology of the Middle East, and Social Anthropology, and is currently preparing her first book manuscript for publication.

Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Lain Macgillivray, Yale University/University of Melbourne

Iain MacGillivray is a 2021-2022 Fox International Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and a doctoral candidate, researcher, and foreign policy analyst in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has over twelve years’ experience in Australia and overseas as a researcher and political analyst. His research interests include Turkish domestic and foreign politics, International Relations theory, Middle East Politics, China-Middle East relations, Australian foreign policy, Security Studies and Foreign Policy. 

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Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Leslie Gross Wyrtzen, Yale University

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Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Gustavo Barbosa, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Gustavo Barbosa is an Associate Researcher at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense, in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) and MScs, also in Anthropology, from the LSE and Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He has published several articles in English and Portuguese and his book The Best of Hard Times – Palestinian Refugee Masculinities in Lebanon is being published by Syracuse in February/2022. His academic interests lie in gender, masculinity, refugees, Palestinians, hope, and new reproductive technologies. His homepage is gustavo-barbosa.com.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer: Aaron Rock Singer, University of Wisconsin

Aaron Rock Singer is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a research focus on 20th century Islamic movements and states. He uses the tools of social and intellectual history to trace the emergence and performance of particular projects of piety and, more broadly, the ways in which men and women employ their bodies to challenge the prescriptive visions of religious elites to regulate daily practice. His first book is Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival (Cambridge, 2019), and his second book, entitled In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in the Twentieth-Century Middle East, is forthcoming from the University of California Press. 

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