21/10/2016 - Rethinking the History of State Building in Lebanon
يدعوكم معهد سجال لمحاضرة مع الدكتور زياد أبو ريش ، يتحدّث فيها عن منظور جديد لمشروع بناء الدولة في لبنان. ستتم المحاضرة باللغة الإنجليزية

المكان : معهد سجال - ١٥ شارع عمر بن الخطاب (في التسوية) 
(المتفرع من شارع الرينبو ، بجانب الهيئة الملكية للأفلام ومقابل بوكس آت كافيه)

الموعد : الأربعاء ، 21 سبتمبر (أيلول) في الساعة السادسة والنصف مساءً

Join us for a lecture (in English) by Professor Ziad Abu-Rish from Ohio University on the project of state building in Lebanon.

Location: Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture (ground level), 15 Umar Bin Al-Khattab St. 

Time: 6:30 pm, Wednesday, 21 September 2016

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Abstract: “Wayn al-Dawleh?” is a common refrain to anyone familiar with the contemporary public debates in Lebanon. The phrase has its corollary in academic literature. On the one hand, much of the historical research on Lebanon has very little to say about state building, let alone social mobilizations calling on the state. On the other hand, Lebanon as a case-study is almost completely absent in the scholarship on comparative state formation in the Middle East. This lecture will draw on original archival and oral history research to challenge such conventional framings of the history of Lebanon. It will highlight the centrality of state institutions and mobilizations to shape those institutions in the history of Lebanon. In doing so, it offers new insights into the history of state formation, economic development, and social mobilization in Lebanon.

Bio: Ziad Abu-Rish is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Ohio University, where his teaching centers on the political, social, and cultural history of the modern Middle East. Abu-Rish’s research interests focus on state formation, economic development, and social mobilization in the mid-twentieth- century Levant. He earned his PhD from the Department of History at the University of California Los Angeles. Abu-Rish serves on the editorial teams of the Arab Studies Journal and Jadaliyya Ezine. His publications include the co-edited volumes, The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) and Critical Voices On and From the Middle East (Tadween Publishing, 2015), and a chapter entitled “Protests, Regime Stability, and State Formation in Jordan” (in Oxford University Press’s 2014 Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East). He is currently completing a book project entitled “Making the Economy, Producing the State: Conflict and Institution Building in Lebanon, 1943-1955
16/08/2016 - A Conversation with Muhammad Abdullah of El-Morabba3 / حوار مع الفنان محمد عبد الله من فرقة المربع الموسيقية
يدعوكم سجال لجلسة حوارية مع الفنان محمد عبد الله من فرقة <<المُرَبَّع>> الموسيقية ، يتحدّث فيها عن إنتاج الفن والموسيقى في الاردن . سيتم الحوار باللغة العربية

محمد عبد الله (باص جيتار و تأليف و غناء) فنان ومدير فرقة <<المُرَبَّع>> الموسيقية التي أُسست في ٢٠٠٩

سيحاوره الاستاذ والمترجم الأدبي نادر عثمان ، مدير البرنامج الصيفي في معهد سجال للغة والثقافة العربية والأستاذ المشارك في قسم الدراسات الشرق أوسطية والإسلامية في جامعة نيو يورك في نيو يورك

المكان : معهد سجال (في التسوية) - ١٥ شارع عمر بن الخطاب
(المتفرع من شارع الرينبو ، بجانب الهيئة الملكية للأفلام وأمام بوكس آت كافيه)

الموعد : الثلاثاء ، ١٦ أغسطس (آب) في الساعة السادسة مساءً

  Sijal invites you to attend a conversation (in Arabic) on artistic production and music in Jordan with Muhammad Abdullah, Muhammad Abdullah (bass guitar, lyrics, vocals) is the .lead singer and manager of the band Al-Morabba3, founded in 2009. Nader K. Uthman is the Summer Director of Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture and Clinical Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University in New York

Location: Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture (ground level), 15 Umar Bin Al Khattab St. (off of Rainbow St., in front of Books@Cafe and next to the Royal Film Commission)
Time: 6 pm, Tuesday, 16 August 2016

09/08/2016 - Foucault and Friendship: A Conversation
Sijal will host a talk on Tuesday 9 August, at 6:00pm.

Abdullah M. Awad is Director of the Institute for Critical Thought in Amman, where he teaches seminars on critical theory, and a Herchel Smith Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His research traverses continental philosophy, and aesthetics.

Nader K. Uthman is Summer Director of Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture in Amman. He teaches Arabic language, literature and culture at New York University, where he is Clinical Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

This event is co-hosted by Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture and the Institute for Critical Thought - Amman.

02/07/2016 - Return: A Palestinian Memoir
تستضيف حبر الناشطة والأكاديمية والكاتبة الفلسطينية البارزة غادة الكرمي في جلسة حوارية  للحديث عن كتابها «عودة: مذكرات فلسطينية»، الذي صدر عام ٢٠١٥

«عودة» هو مذكرات شخصية حميمية تروي فيها غادة الكرمي قصة عودتها إلى فلسطين عام ٢٠٠٥ للعمل كمستشارة في وزارة الإعلام والاتصالات الفلسطينية، وشعورها بالخيبة والإحباط في البحث عن وطن لا يوجد إلا في الذاكرة. وتأتي هذه المذكرات بعد مذكراتها الأولى «البحث عن فاطمة»، التي صدرت عام ٢٠٠٣ ولقيت نجاحًا كبيرًا.

د. غادة الكرمي هي حاليًا باحثة في معهد الدراسات العربية والإسلامية في جامعة إكستر في إنجلترا. من كتبها أيضًا «متزوجة برجل آخر: معضلة إسرائيل في فلسطين».


7iber is hosting a talk , Sat, 2 July from 9-10:30 PM at Sijal House, 15 Umar Bin Khattab Street. Dr. Ghada Karmi will be discussing her book, "Return: Palestinian Memoirs" which was published in 2015.

Dr. Karmi is currently a researcher at the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. She practiced as a doctor for many years, working as a specialist in the health of migrants and refugees. She has held a number of research appointments on Middle Eastern politics and culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and at the Universities of Durham and Leeds. She is also the author of "Married to Another Man" and "The Search for Fatima."
29/06/2016 - Superheroes: The Fate of Conflict and Identity Crisis / البطل الخارق: سيرورة الصراع وأزمة الهويّة

قراءة نقديّة لسيرورة البطل الخارق، وتداعياتها عليه وعلينا، ومفهوم البطولة من خلال نماذج سرديّة في السينما والرسوم المتحركة.

صراع الرجل الوطواط (باتمان) والرجل الخارق (سوبرمان)، وقبل ذلك حالة الفصام التي أصابت الرجل العنكبوت (سبايدرمان) منذ سنوات، وهذا العداء الجديد بين كابتن أمريكا والرجل الحديدي (أيرونمان) وحربهما الأهليّة، والإنتحار الدرامي للرجل العصفور (بيردمان)، أليس ذلك كله دلالات لأزمة وجودية تمر بها فكرة البطل الخارق؟ ألم يقع البطل الخارق نفسه ضحية استبداده الرمزي بنا؟ أم أنّ الثقافة التي أنتجته لم تعد قادرة على انتاج رموز تضاهيه؟

المحاضر عبد الله البياري
طبيب وباحث أكاديميّ فلسطينيّ، متخصّص في النظريّة النقديّة والدراسات الثقافيّة، له عدة كتابات وأبحاث منشورة في عدد من الصحف والمواقع العربية والأجنبية (السفير والأخبار اللبنانيتان، والعربي الجديد وفصل المقال)، كما درَّس في عدد من الجامعات العربيّة والأجنبيّة.

Batman and Superman’s battle, Spiderman’s split personality condition, Captain America and Iron Man’s civil war, and Birdman’s theatrical suicide: Are these signs of crisis afflicting the superhero as a concept? Or is the superhero a victim also of the symbolic hegemony held over us? Or perhaps, the culture producing these superheroes is incapable of producing symbols that live up to the idea.

Abdallah Al-Bayyari is a Palestinian doctor and academic. His focus is critical theory and cultural studies. He has published several books and articles with both Arabic and Western news media companies, such as Assafir and Al-akhbar, as well as Alaraby and Faslalmaqal. Al-Bayyari has also taught at a number of Arabic and 
Western universities.
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.


15/03 - 26/05/2016 - 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.
22/03/2016 - 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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09/02/2016 - 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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24/01/2016 - 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.