New Faculty in Academic Year 2018-2019

CFLLC welcomes new faculty with positions in Comparative Literature, German, Russian and Spanish. You can check out the courses they will be offering and learn about their teaching and research interests.

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Establishing an Arab Modern Visual Culture in Hilmi al-Tuni’s illustrations and Abdulkader Arnaout’s Typographic Work

Yasmine Nachabe Taan

Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture & Design at the Lebanese American University, will discuss the breadth and depth in Hilmi al-Tuni’s illustrations and Abdulkader Arnaout’s typographic work. She will first highlight Arnaout’s contribution to the development of a rich repertoire of Arabic typographic styles., and then discuss al-Tuni’s contribution to the development of a particular visual style reflective of an Egyptian popular culture. Both Arnaout and al-Tuni’s artwork had a great impact on the generation of artists and designers in Egypt, Syria and abroad.

April 4 at 6:30 | Schapiro 129

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Awaiting the Messiah: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East (1981-2000)

Febe Armanios

Febe Armanios, Professor of History at Middlebury College, explores the rise of Middle East’s first Christian television station, which was established in war-torn South Lebanon in the early 1980s and funded and operated by Americans. Over nearly two decades, the channel would introduce millions of viewers to wholesome American family programming, to American sports, and to a specific style of Arab televangelism that was heretofore unfamiliar in the region.

The talk will relate the role of local interlocutors in promoting this station, explore the messianic vision of its backers, and consider the political and religious ideologies of its supporters and detractors.

Thursday, March 1 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Griffin Hall, 3

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How Do You Say Blackface in French?: Translating and Anchoring the Black Experience in the Hexagon

Mame Fatou Niang

This talk, by Mame-Fatou Niang, seeks to define the contours of the Black presence in ‘colorblind’ France, by specifically addressing the language barrier currently keeping key notions outside of French public discourse. From the normalized use of American-English words and concepts, to the reticence to anchor Blackness in the French language, to the lack of recognition of the nation’s ties to slavery and colonialism, France has developed a culture that firmly cultivates the belief that anti-Black sentiments and racism only affect other societies. The untold story of French slavery and colonialism, as well as the powerful race-blind ideology tremendously effects the country’s ability to acknowledge that racial exclusion and oppression are a lived reality for racial minorities. In front of France’s peculiar desire to remain silent about race, this lecture seeks to reinscribe the Afro-French experience into the country’s language and history.

April 10, 6:30pm | Griffin 3

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From Tunis to New York City: Samia Ouederni on Tunisian Women Poetry

Samia Ouederni

In this lecture, Tunisian poet Samia Quederni will talk about the rich tradition of Tunisian women poetry and its historical roots in a mosaic of identities and ethnicities that Tunisians share such as: Amazigh (or Berber), Jewish, European (Spanish, French, Italian, Maltese, Greek), and Muslim. In addition to reading selections from her own poetry, she will also reflect on questions of translations, cross-cultural peregrination and her personal journey from Tunis to New York City.

Thursday, November 30 @6:30pm | Sawyer Library, Mabie Room

* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Comparative Literature, French, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Chronicles of Calais Jungle, an introduction to the European refugee crisis and the role of citizen solidarity

Yasmin Bouagga

What is the refugee crisis in Europe? Yasmine Bouagga, socio-anthropologist, entered Calais Jungle with the cartoonist Lisa Mandel, and investigated how an informal refugee camp developed on the European territory, at the border between France and UK: discovering who are these refugees, who are the volunteers helping them and why the French government did not develop facilities to avoid the humanitarian crisis. The chronicles untangle the multiple aspects of what became a landmark event in the history of Europe.

Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm | Griffin Hall, 3

* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science.

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Arabic Study Away Info Meeting (Tuesday, Nov. 14)

Considering study abroad in an Arabic-speaking country? This is your opportunity to have your questions answered – large and small! Faculty and returning students are looking forward to meeting with you. Tues, Nov 14, 7:30 – 8:30, Schapiro 241.

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Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

Sexagon book cover

Mehammed Mack will give a talk on his recently published book, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. “Engaging the nexus of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, Sexagon studies the broad politicization of Franco-Arab identity in the context of French culture and its assumptions about appropriate modes of sexual and gender expression, both gay and straight” [Fordham Univ. Press]. Mack is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Smith College.

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm | Sawyer Library, Mabie Rm.

* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, French, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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The Arabic Cooking Club

The Arabic Cooking Club invited the members of the Moroccan and Indonesian Think Tanks to dinner. They were on campus for the Ghana ThinkTank – WCMA collaboration, and the three Moroccans, Nadia, Mariam and Mehdi, immediately jumped in to prepare couscous, almond biscuits, and Moroccan mint tea with students.

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Mapping the Realm of Islam / تصوير مملكة الاسلام

Map of Mekka

Professor Zayde Antrim (Trinity College) will introduce in this lecture the earliest and most enduring mapping tradition devoted to representing a superregion shaped by Islamic civilization. Emerging from the context of early Arabic geographical writing, the maps that make up this tradition were simultaneously a product of and argument for the diversity of the “realm of Islam” as consolidated by Muslim rulers between the eighth and tenth centuries, as well as its internal and external connectivity.

Griffin Hall, 7 | Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, History, Global Studies, Religion, Spanish, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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