Events AY 2011-2012

Public Lecture: “The Arab Uprisings and Political Change in the Middle East.”

CammettFebruary 29, 2012
by Prof. Melanie Cammett

In January 2011, Tunisians ousted long-time president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali after a wave of protests–in what became the first successful revolution of the Arab Spring. On October 23, Tunisia held its first free election to the Constituent Assembly. Prof. Cammett will review the Tunisian revolution and compare it to the other Arab uprisings, while commenting on the results of the resent elections.  Video of this lecture is available on BUniverse.

Additionally, this program was broadcast on NPR Station WBUR’s Boston University World of Ideas.  To listen to the WBUR broadcast, please see the World of Ideas web site.


CURA Lecture Series: “Disappearing Women.”

large_laury.silversFebruary 16, 2012
by Prof. Laury Silvers

Biographers depict Hafsa as a woman who did not simply retreat to her home–for homes are social spaces–but into a room within her home for some thirty years until her death. Yet Hafsa, a woman who enjoyed extraordinary intimacy with God, was also a daughter sensitive to issues of family social status, a learned woman who taught men in her home, a corpse-washer who served her community through the many plagues that swept through Basra, and a devoted, grieving mother. Silvers showed that Hafsa was indeed a prayerful woman, but that her life of worship does not seem to have been at odds with her engagement with the world around her.


The 2012 Institute for Iraqi Studies Annual Workshop.

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Hosted by Institute for Iraqi Studies

The workshop provided an opportunity for BU faculty and students with an interest in contemporary Iraq to meet one another to discuss research interests and the possibilities for collaborative research. The schedule of events featured multiple presenters on a wide range of topics focusing on the legacy of the 2003 invasion through the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. Additional attendees and discussants included: Dr. Shakir Abdulla, Dr. Tahir Albakaa, Dr. Kecia Ali, Dr. Roger Owen, Dr. Betty Anderson, and Dr. A. Richard Norton.


Public Lecture: “The Arab Spring and Social Anthropology.”

eickelmanFebruary 8, 2012
by Dr. Dale F. Eickelman

This presentation explored how scholars writing in different national contexts find themselves now, as in the past, in constricted,volatile, shifting, and precarious regional and international political and economic currents. How has the balance shifted today between social thought and public responsibility, and for whose public? It explored the changing craft of social anthropology in the Middle East over the last half century and suggested the likely shape that field research and the writing of anthropology will take in at least the coming decade.  Video of this lecture is available on BUniverse.