12/04/2016 - The Perception of Meaning: A Book Launch

This April 12th, 2016 at 6PM at the National Gallery for Fine Arts in Jabal al-Luweibdeh, Sijal Institute is co-hosting the book launch of Hisham Bustani's acclaimed 

The Perception of Meaning

recipient of the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award and recently published in a bilingual edition by Syracuse University Press.


The bilingual event includes readings from the book in Arabic by the author Hisham Bustani, in English by the translator Thoraya El-Rayyes, and presentations about the book by acclaimed literary critic Faisal Darraj, and Sijal Institute Fellow Saul Ulloa. 

نتشرّف بدعوتكم إلى حفل إطلاق النسخة الإنجليزية من كتاب

أرى المعنى

الحائز على جائزة جامعة آركنسو للأدب العربي وترجمته (الولايات المتحدة)

والصادر مؤخراً في نسخة ثنائية اللغة عن دار نشر جامعة سيراكيوز - نيويورك

تتضمن الفعالية ثنائية اللغة قراءات من الكتاب بالعربيّة يقدّمها المؤلف هشام البستاني، وبالإنجليزية تقدّمها المترجمة ثريّا الريّس؛ ومداخلات عن الكتاب يقدّمها الناقد فيصل درّاج، وزميل معهد سجال ساؤول أُجوا. 

الثلاثاء 12 نيسان 2016، الساعة 6:00 مساءً، في المتحف الوطني للفنون الجميلة - جبل اللويبدة.

March 15th to May 26th, 2016 - The World in the City & The City in the World
Join us in exploring renowned urbanist Janet Abu-Lughod's personal library through a new seminar on urbanism here in Amman! This collection of works, many bearing her own marginalia, reflects the full variety of her interests and the extent of her influence. Over the course of seven seminars, we will read works from the collection that describe the city at scales ranging from the global flow of labor and capital to the movement of the individual body in space. We will also apply these concepts to cases drawn from American and Middle Eastern contexts, to ask how cities do, and do not, vary across space, time and cultures. 

The seminars will be convened by Zachary Sheldon, a PhD candidate in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology at the University of Chicago. His dissertation project addresses the ways in which people negotiate their collective pasts and futures through encounters in urban space, focusing on the case of young Iraqi migrants in Amman. He is also the Senior Editorial Assistant at HAU, Journal of Ethnographic Theory, an open-access publishing initiative in anthropology.

The course is intended for those hoping to develop new perspectives on life in urban spaces. Applicants should normally have a background in urban history, anthropology, geography, sociology or architecture. However, we will also consider other applicants who can demonstrate how their training, interests, or life experience connect with the seminar themes. Ultimately, eligible applicants must show their capacity for benefiting from, and contributing to, the course. 

Sessions will be held once every two weeks on Tuesday evenings from March 15th to May 26th, 2016. Readings will be distributed in advance. The course will be held at Sijal Institute, housed in a residential building from the early 1900s in the heart of Jabal Amman, with a terraced garden overlooking Jabal Ashrafieh. Most conducive for lively and engaged discussion as well as focused study, the venue is also the site for Sijal Institute’s vibrant lecture series. For more information about Sijal Institute’s ongoing events program, visit Sijal.org. To apply, please send your CV with a letter of interest to na2366@columbia.edu, with “Janet Abu-Lughod Library Seminar” in the subject line.

This program is brought to you by Studio-X Amman and Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture. It is possible thanks to the generous donation of the Janet Abu-Lughod Library, presented to Columbia GSAPP and the Columbia Global Centers | Amman by Columbia University Professor of Social Science, Lila Abu-Lughod and her family.
03/22/2016 - Women & Migration in Jordan's Labor Market
Sijal Institute warmly invites you to "Not Wasting My Education": The Internal Skilled Migration of Jordanian Women, a public lecture by Professor Fida Adely of Georgetown University. The talk will take place at 6:30PM at Sijal Institute on Tuesday March 23rd, 2016. 

In the past decade or so young, university-educated women have begun migrating to Amman from Jordan's provinces (muhafidhat), where work opportunities are limited, if not completely absent. In her talk, Dr. Adely will discuss her ethnographic research among such women, their motivations for migrating, and their experiences as young, single professionals in Amman, situating these within broader changes to Jordan's economy, labor market, and marriage and family patterns. The talk will conclude with a consideration of the long-term effects of these migrations on the Kingdom. 

Fida Adely (Ph.D, Columbia University) is an Associate Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies. She received her Ph.D in 2007 at Columbia University in Comparative Education and Anthropology. Her research interests include labor, education, and development in the Arab world, with a particular focus on gender and development. She is also engaged in a collaborative project with colleagues in Jordan, which examines the long-term family, work, and educational trajectories and perspectives of Jordanian youth of different backgrounds, which they hope to expand to include colleagues in other Arab countries. Finally, Dr. Adely is part of a team conducting research on the experiences of Arab women in computing and IT fields. 

Dr. Adely is currently associate editor at Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and is the author of many publications, among them Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress (University of Chicago Press, 2012); "God Made Beautiful Things," in American Ethnologist (2012); and "Educating Women for Development," in International Journal of Middle East Studies (2009). For more information on Dr. Adely's work, please click here

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02/09/2016 - Women & Labor Activism in Jordan
Sijal Institute cordially invites you to Troubling the Political: Women in the Jordanian Day-Waged Labor Movement, a public lecture by Professor Sara Ababneh of the University of Jordan. Professor Ababneh will discuss the role of women in the Jordanian Day-Waged Labor Movement (DWLM), a critical component of the more well-known Jordanian Popular Movement (al-Hirak al-Sha'bi al-Urduni) from 2011 to the end of 2012.  The talk will take place on February 9 at 6PM at Sijal Institute. 

Sara Ababneh (D.Phil, Oxford) is Assistant Professor in the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. She has taught courses on gender politics in the Arab world, international relations, and Middle Eastern politics more generally at Oxford, the University of Jordan, and through various study abroad programs in Jordan. She obtained her D.Phil in Politics and International Relations at St. Anthony's College, Oxford in 2009; her dissertation studied female Islamists within Hamas (in occupied Palestine) and the Islamic Action Front (IAF) in Jordan. Her current work examines the popular Jordanian protest movement Hirak, the Jordanian Personal Status Law, and EU-Jordan relations. For more information on Professor Ababneh's work, click the following link

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01/24/2016 - Piracy in the Early Modern Mediterranean!
The Sijal Institute is honored to invite you to attend a lecture by Professor Judith Tucker of Georgetown University, titled Tides of Power: Piracy in the Early Modern Mediterranean. This kicks off our Spring season of evening cultural events that reconsider the history and politics of the Middle East from a global perspective. Professor Tucker will speak about the ways in which piracy both reinforced and contested state power in the greater Mediterranean region. 

Judith Tucker (Ph.D, Harvard) is Professor of History and former Director of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies program at Georgetown University. A distinguished scholar, she is the author of many publications on the history of women and gender in the Arab world, including Women in 19th Century Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 1985), In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine (University of California Press, 1998), Women, Family, and Gender in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-author of  Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Restoring Women to History (Indiana University Press, 1999). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, co-Editor of the Women and Gender series in Middle East and Islam (Brill), and a member of the Board of Editors, American Historical Review.