Programming


In conjunction with the exhibit “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World,” September 1 - December 12, 2009, the Yale Council on Middle East Studies is sponsoring a number of fall lectures that examine issues of gender, the arts and Islam.

 

Tuesday, September 8th • 4:00pm • Luce Hall Auditorum, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
“Festivals of Arts and Ideas in Morocco: A Panel Discussion”
Introduction by Marcia Inhorn, Yale University

Andre Azoulay, Counsellor to His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Founder of the Essaouria Gnaoua and World Music Festival; Fatima Sadiqi, Senior Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, University of Fes, Morocco and Director General of the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes, Morocco; and Moha Ennaji, Professor of Linguistics, Culture, and Gender Studies, University of Fes, Morocco and Director of the Festival of Amazigh Cutlure in Fes, Morocco will discuss the rise of arts festivals in Morocco and the impact that these festivals have had on diverse dimensions of Moroccan society. Sponsored by the Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship.

September 9th • 12:00m • ISPS, Room A001, 77 Prospect Street (please note venue)
“Nationalist Mobilization in Colonial Morocco”

Adria Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University, will be discussing the way in which nationalism is frequently described as a “wave” that swept the colonized world in the wake of WWII, a ubiquitous force that characterized politics and identity in places ruled by empires. She will discuss reasons that prompted those living under imperial rule to begin advocating independence and will also explore why some nationalist mobilizations turned violent. Dr. Lawrence will draw on the case of colonial Morocco to advance a theory to explain the determinants of nationalist mobilization in the colonial world. Part of the Weekly Colloquium Series sponsored by the Yale Council on Middle East Studies.

Wednesday, September 9th • 4:00pm • Luce Hall Auditorum, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
“The Anna Lindh Foundation: Promoting Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Region”
Introduction by Marcia Inhorn, Yale University

Andre Azoulay, Counsellor to His Majesty the King of Morocco and President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, will discuss the role of the Anna Lindh Foundation in coordinating a network of over 2000 NGOs in 43 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. He will discuss the means by which the organization has worked to confront all forms of xenophobia and to promote dialogue as an antidote to all forms of exclusion and extremism in the region. Sponsored by the Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship.

Thursday, September 10th • 4:00pm • Luce Hall Auditorum, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
“An Analytical Assessment of Women’s Rights in Morocco: The 2004-2009 Period”
Introduction by Marcia Inhorn, Yale University

Fatima Sadiqi, Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies at the University of Fes and Director of Isis Centre for Women and Devlopement, will discuss the reform of personal status law in Morocco and the impacts that the reforms have had on Moroccan women and Moroccan society. Co-sponsored with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale and the Yale Council on African Studies.

Friday, September 11th • 4:00pm • Luce Hall Auditorum, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
“The Revival of Amazigh (Berber) Language and Culture in North Africa”
Introduction by Mokhtar Ghambou, Yale University

Moha Ennaji, Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Fes, will be discussing Amazigh (Berber) language and culture in North Africa. He will examine the ways in which Berber culture has been revived in recent years, particularly in Morocco but also across the North African region, and the mechanisms that have put this cultural revival in place. Co-sponsored with the Yale Council on African Studies.

Tuesday, September 15th • 4:00pm • Luce Hall Auditorum, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
“Moroccan Society and the New Family Code: Reception, Impacts and Limits”
Introduction by Marcia Inhorn, Yale University

Hakima Fassi Fihri is a Moroccan scholar of contract law. She has worked as a legal advisor on issues of family law in Morocco and is an active member of women’s networks within Morocco. She will be discussing the reformed family code in Morocco and the ways in which it has been received in Moroccan society, as well as the limits that have restricted the codes’ implementation in certain arenas. She will also be screening a short film on the Moroccan family code reformation. Sponsored by the Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship.

Thursday, September 24th • 6:30pm • Luce Hall Auditorum, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
“30 Years of Belonging: New Iranian Poetry Around the World”
Introduction by Fereshteh Kowssar, Yale University

Niloufar Talebi is an award-winning translator, and theater artist. She will present from her anthology, BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, 2008), show footage of ICARUS/RISE dramatizing the poetry of BELONGING, and screen a slideshow of slogans by Iranian protestors, along with their translations. Co-sponsored with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale.

Sponsored by the ArtReach Foundation; the Royal Society of Fine Arts, Jordan; F.A.M-Femme Arts Méditerranée, Greece; Delta Air Lines; Yale Council on Middle East Studies; Yale Divinity School; Yale Institute of Sacred Music; the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale; Yale Office of International Affairs; Yale Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Yale Women’s Faculty Forum; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale; Yale Council on African Studies; Yale Council on South Asian Studies; and the Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship.