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The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University was created in 1966 to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern and contemporary Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the region. The Kevorkian Center's activities focus on the histories, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages of the area stretching from North Africa to Central Asia, and on the historical processes that have shaped the present.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.

    The Fabulous Life and Thoughts of Ahmad Fardid

    film screening and panel discussion
    Ali Mirsepassi, Gallatin, NYU
    Richard Wolin, History and Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center
    Andrew Arato, Sociology, New School
    Asef Bayat, Sociology and Middle East Studies, University of Illinois
    With the Iranian Studies Initiative, the Gallatin School for individualized Study, and the Urban Democracy Lab

  • Thursday, October 15, 12:30 p.m.

    The Politics of the Square in the Arab Revolutions

    Asef Bayat, Sociology and Middle East Studies, University of Illinois
    Recent uprisings in the Middle East-- the 2009 Green Movement in Iran, the Arab revolutions, and Gezi episodes mostly took shape in the urban spaces. What does this tell us about the roots and processes of these social upheavals in the region where still over 40% of people live in the rural settings? More specifically, what aspects of urbanity render the city, in particular these cities, spaces of contention? And why are certain urban sites prone to mobilization more than others?

  • Thursday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.

    Arabic Movie (Film Arabi)

    (Israel, 2015, 60 min) a film by Eyal Sagui Bezawe & Sara Tsifroni
    seating is first come, first serve, no reservations
    reception to follow
    A Friday afternoon ritual in 1970s Israel was to watch the weekly Arabic movie (usually Egyptian) broadcast on Israeli TV, despite Egypt being Israel’s arch enemy. This film traces how Israelis became devoted fans of Egyptian movies as a window into a world that most failed to see and understand.
    After-film discussion with filmmakers Eyal Sagui Bezawe and Osnat Trabelsi moderated by Shirly Bahar (PhD Candidate, Hebrew and Judaic Studies Department, NYU)
    With the Taub Center for Israel Studies, the Center for Religion and Media and the Center for Media, Culture, and History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

  • Monday, October 19, 5:00 p.m.

    The Question of Judeo-Arabic

    Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
    A presentation of new research in conjunction with the publication of Shohat's essay "The Question of Judeo-Arabic" forthcoming in the Arab Studies Journal.
    Reception to follow.

  • Thursday, October 22, 12:30 p.m.

    Building Politics

    Sarah El-Kazaz, Politics, Oberlin College
    Arjun Appadurai, Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

  • Monday, October 26, 5:00 p.m.

    Notes from Behind the Lens

    Helga Tawil-Souri, Media, Culture, and Communication and Near Eastern Studies, NYU
    Joanne Nucho, Near Eastern Studies, NYU
    Nucho and Tawil-Souri are both currently working on ethnographic films: one on urban space in a Beirut suburb, and one on a checkpoint in the West Bank, respectively. Their discussion will focus on the processes of film-making and how each filmmaker's intents and interactions vis-a-vis their subjects and interlocutors emerged, resulting in different outcomes both on and off-camera, addressing how different modes of observation and interaction result in a visual project that is ethnographic. Nucho's and Tawil-Souri's discussion will also address different forms of representing and seeing people's everyday experience with space.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.

    In the Proximity of ISIS: Observations from the Vicinity

    Ahmed Ferhadi, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

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