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Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Visual Culture in the Middle East

2018-01-01 00:00:00

ANTH 1737:How are social media and visual technologies shaping new forms of identity, community, and politics in the Middle East? This course problematizes and analyzes the role of new media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, etc.) through an anthropological lens. We will adopt the lens of the smartphone and other internet enabled platforms to explore the stakes of this unique visual form of production, circulation, and storage of images and data.

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30 Jun 2018


Islamophobia Studies Summer Institute: Colonial Imaginaries and Orientalism

Sunday, July 1, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, July 14, 2018 (All day)
Paris, France
Sponsored By: 
The Islamophobia Studies Center in Berkeley California

Please note, the application deadline is March 1st 2018. The application can be found here:

18 Jun 2018


Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
Granda, Spain
Sponsored By: 
The Center of Study for Mediterranean Dialogue

Please note the application deadline is February 1st, 2018. You can access the application here:


09 Jan 2018


Art in Context: Border Crossings

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
The Warhol Theater at The Warhol Museum
Sponsored By: 
The Andy Warhol Museum

Artists, scholars, and community members come together to consider creative expression in relation to timely political and social concerns. Art in Context: Border Crossings will explore shifting perspectives on historic and contemporary immigrant and refugee experiences in Pittsburgh and beyond. In a complex and contentious era of border closures, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and isolationism, what role do artists play in maintaining the free exchange of ideas across cultural boundaries?

11 Jan 2018


Rahim AlHaj: Beyond Microtonal Music

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Carnegie Music Hall
Sponsored By: 
University Of Pittsburgh Department of Music, Andy Warhol Museum,

Iraqi oud player Rahim AlHaj will be performing in Pittsburgh as part of the Beyond Microtonal Music Festival from January 11-13th. AlHaj will perform a movement of his own piece, Letters from Iraq alongside the Beyond Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 11th. This concert will also include a variety or works by other modern composers, and is FREE to Pitt students. AlHaj will give a second performance, featuring traditional and contemporary Iraqi music alongside percussionist Issa Malluf, at the Andy Warhol Museum at 8 p.m.


28 Nov 2017


European Media Art Festival: Rubber Coated Steel

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:30pm
PF/PCA Melwood Screening Room
Sponsored By: 
European Media Art Festival, PF/PCA


Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Lebanese, German co-production) 22 mins

23 Feb 2018


CERIS Book Discussion for Educators: Beyond Timbuktu

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored By: 

You are invited to participate in the spring 2018 faculty book
discussion at the University of Pittsburgh. Please join in the
discussion about Beyond Timbuktu: an Intellectual History of
Muslim West Africa by Ousmane Kane.

Amir Syed, a Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the
Islamic World at the University of Pittsburgh will facilitate the
book discussion.
The author, Ousmane Kane is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal
Professor in Contemporary Islamic Religion & Society at Harvard

29 Nov 2017


Making Victory Count After Defeating ISIS with Linda Robinson

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Duquesne Club, Founders Room, 325 Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sponsored By: 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Please join us for a luncheon featuring Linda Robinson, a senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation; John T. Ryan Jr. Memorial Lecture upon the occasion of the Council’s 86th annual meeting.

17 Nov 2017


Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival

Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, November 18, 2017 (All day)
Springboard Design's Studio at 1931 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh PA

Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival (PAM) is a platform for the exploration of how people inhabit the built environment through the lens of film and other forms of kinetic imagery. Pam Fest 2017 is an opportunity to experience immersive, critical, narrative, experimental and dialogic film and architecture worlds and start thinking about how, why and where we live today and the problems and issues we face in these environments moving forward.

This fest features Kaz Rahman who is launching his book Islamic Art in Modern Film and Architecture.

07 Jul 2018


Muslim American History and Life 2017 Seminar

Sunday, July 8, 2018 (All day) to Friday, July 27, 2018 (All day)
Indiana University-- Purdue University Indianapolis
Sponsored By: 
National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana University

What does it mean to be both Muslim and American? You are invited to explore this fascinating and important question this coming summer. You will read compelling texts and conduct engaging field trips as you study the diverse facets of Muslim American identity, both as grounded in the past and as experienced in the present. As an NEH Summer Scholar, you will reflect on and discuss thirty primary source documents and two major academic monographs; visit two mosques; and make a final presentation about how you will integrate teaching about Muslim Americans into your classroom.


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