MENAS Colloquium Series, Fall 2014

September 12


Middle Eastern Roots of Spice Trade: The Origins of Culinary Imperialism and Globalization
Gary Nabhan
Southwest Center, University of Arizona

September 19

Who to Be, What to Wear: Ritual, Style and Violence in the Making of Lebanon's Popular Organizations
Dylan Baun
School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, University of Arizona

September 26

Iranian Women's Bestselling Novels and State Ideology: A New Literary Movement
Kamran Talattof
School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, University of Arizona

October 3

Normal Life in Troubled Times: An American Scholar's Life in Pakistan
Adele Barker
Russian and Slavic Studies, University of Arizona

October 10

Money, Guns, and Media: Afghan Journalism Faces an Uncertain Future
Jamil Popalzai and Afsar Shinwari 
Department of Journalism, Nangarhar University, Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Noor Dawari
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (Kabul)

This colloquium talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism at the UA School of Journalism

October 17


Legal Pluralism, Contracts, and Trade in the Ottoman Empire
Cihan Artunç
Department of Economics, University of Arizona

October 24

Is it really 7½ or is it better than Switzerland and Sweden? Elections in Tunisia: Numbers and Propaganda
Lotfi Hermi
Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona

October 31

From the Arab Spring to ISIS; On Stateness and Tradition in the Modern Middle East
Asher Susser
Judaic Studies, University of Arizona (visiting)

Senior Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University



November 7

Occulting Neoliberalism: Neoconservative Familialism in Turkey 
Zeynep Korkman
Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona

November 14


December 5

Dueling Gateways : Architectural warfare in 16th c. Bijapur and Vijayanagara
Richard M. Eaton
History, University of Arizona

A Sneak Peak at UA’s Hybrid Turkish Language Course for Advanced Learners
Osman Solmaz
CMES/SLAT, University of Arizona
















































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