Saturday, February 21, 2015

Professor Sherene Seikaly at Stanford University

On Feb 17, 2015, Sherene Seikaly (University of California, Santa Barbara) spoke at Stanford University about "Egypt's Bread Intifada: On the Subject of the People." The talk was sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Arab Institute, and CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy.




Abstract:
Over the last four years of upheaval in the Arab world, the notion of “the people,” Egyptian and otherwise, has proven profoundly resilient. It is these “people”—as individuals and a collective—that are problematically celebrated as subjects finally fulfilling their long-awaited destiny; dismissed as passive objects duped by external forces and incapable of politics; or incited against as dangerous masses capable of destroying the nation. A return to the historical moment of the “Bread Intifada,” of 1977 interrupts the narrative resilience of the alternating sleep and wakefulness of the Egyptian, and more broadly the Arab people. By engaging 18-19 January 1977 as a moment of politics and popular sovereignty, this project challenges who and what count as political, rational, and legitimate. The role food played in protestors’ and government strategies and demands reveals how basic needs function as a trigger of social upheaval as well as a vehicle of political containment. This project attends to the roles that poverty and hunger play in politics in order to detail critiques of the open door policy. It explores how government officials, journalists, and protestors defined and ultimately contained the “poor” and the “hungry.” More importantly, by studying how protestors narrated and represented themselves and the tools they used to make their claims, this project troubles the construction of the “people.” In so doing, it explores continuity and rupture between 1977 and 2011.

Speaker Bio:




Sherene Seikaly is Assistant Professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal, and co-founder and editor of Jadaliyya e-zine. Seikaly's Men of Capital in Times of Scarcity: Economy in Palestine (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Music from Tania Saleh & Dina El Wedidi






On the heels of their appearance on last year's Songs From A Stolen Spring, Valley Entertainment is excited to announce the release of new solo albums from Tania Saleh and Dina El Wedidi.

Beirut's Tania Saleh gives us an album about love. On A Few Images (Algumas Imagens), this Lebanese artist looks towards love of the lost and failed variety. This is love seen from a woman's point of view in a region of the world where men rule, where a woman's needs are silenced or suppressed.

Dina El Wedidi is a young singer-songwriter from Cairo who combines fiery contemporary sounds with her roots in Egyptian vocal music. After gaining notoriety in 2011 during the Egyptian Revolution, Dina was selected to join The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative by famed Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil. Her solo debut, Turning Back, features a collaboration with Gil on the song "The Night (El Liel)". She is currently on tour in the United States with The Nile Project - a collective of East African artists who use their music to inspire, educate, and engage audiences about the region.

Both albums are now available on CD and digital download.See http://www.valley-entertainment.com/

Arabology Podcast Available (Feb 10, 2015)



Arabology 9.5 aired on Feb 10, 2015.  Show spotlighted and discussed the Lebanese indie/alternative music scene + interview with Nicolas Chalhoub whose CD is currently topping the Virgin Megastore charts in Beirut.

Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology95




Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mashrou' Leila and Yousra El Gendy on BBC TV

Watch report about Mashrou' Leila below or at http://youtu.be/pdGcAB2Q4wg



Watch report about Yousra El Gendy below or at http://youtu.be/9Axeh0etm-U




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Arabology Podcast Available (Feb 3, 2015)

Arabology 9.4 aired on Feb 3, 2015 and spotlighted gorgeous alternative music from Syria by Hello Psychaleppo!, Kulna Sawa, Omar Offendum, LaTalteh, Gene, Zein Al-Jundi, Joussour, Rasha Rizk, Ibrahim Souleimany, Itar Shameh, Mayada Bselis, Lena Chamamyan, Malek Jandali, Dima Orsho, Twais and Omar Souleyman.

The show also featured interviews with groundbreaking Directors whose films center on Syrian refugees at the Zaatari Camp in Jordan: Faisal Attrache ("Growing Home") and Zaid Baqaeen ("Hotel Zaatari").

Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology94



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