Jul
30
1:30 PM13:30

Music of the Arab Spring

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Dr. Ramzi Salti has published numerous works, including short stories, and has interviewed many celebrities including Debbie Harry from Blondie, Mashrou’ Leila, and Rania Kurdi.
A Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University, his academic interests are related to Arabic Literature and Language, Digital Humanities, Feminist and Queer Theories, and Postcolonial Works of literature.
In this talk, Dr. Salti reflected on the music in the Arab world before and after the Arab Spring

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Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

What is the role of museums in Jordan and Palestine today? Dr. Diana Abouali

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The last few years have seen an outbreak of “museum fever” in the Middle East. While the fever seems to have raged most fiercely in the Arab Gulf region, countries like Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt have not been immune. As museums globally are redefining themselves and their purpose, it is interesting to ask what kind of a role do museums play in our region today, if any? What purposes to they see themselves fulfilling?
Dr. Diana Abouali spoke to Sijal about case studies from Palestine and Jordan that give insight into what we can learn about the contribution museums are making as stewards of cultural heritage, and as institutions that define what cultural heritage and the historical narrative are or should be.

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Salafism as a Political Ideology
Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

Salafism as a Political Ideology

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A professor of Social Development and Policy at Habib University in Kerachi, Pakistan, Prof. Massimo Ramaioli researches the intersection of Islam, politics, and international relations. He spoke with Sijal about the history of Salafism, its ideological foundations, and how its role in regional politics.

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Written in Stone: How Inscriptions from the Jordanian Badiya Change the Story of Arabic
Apr
9
11:00 AM11:00

Written in Stone: How Inscriptions from the Jordanian Badiya Change the Story of Arabic

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A scholar in the history and the development of the Arabic language, Prof. Philip Stokes presented a challenge to the widely-accepted notion that all Arabs spoke Classical Arabic prior to Islam and its spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Recent research, Prof. Stokes discussed, reveals that ancient desert inscriptions from across the region are indeed non-Classical Arabic, yet pre-Islamic, forcing us to rethink or conceptions of Arabic and its history.

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The Language of Jordanian Service Programmes: Broadcaster Persona, Publics, and Participation
Feb
20
11:00 AM11:00

The Language of Jordanian Service Programmes: Broadcaster Persona, Publics, and Participation

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Dr. Jona Fras, an expert in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, spoke with Sijal about his research on the language used on various Jordanian radio programs. While the language of specific programs is often explicitly “Jordanian” in dialect, Dr. Fras explored the language beyond its nationalistic undertones, namely how differences in language change how radio hosts interact with and attract listeners.

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Books@ Cafe and LGBTQ Culture in Amman
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Books@ Cafe and LGBTQ Culture in Amman

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In 1997, Madian Al Jazerah founded Amman's Books@ Cafe, a cafe widely known for being a safe space for Amman's queer community. Madian joined us to discuss his early beginnings as an entrepreneur; his advocacy work; and his perspectives on the past, present, and future of LGBTQ life in Jordan.

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The Art of Storytelling
Oct
24
11:00 AM11:00

The Art of Storytelling

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Professional storyteller and storytelling coach Sally Shalabi, who goes by Shalabia Al Hakawatieh (Hakawatieh is Arabic for storyteller), joined us to discuss the art and history of storytelling in Jordan and the Arab world.

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The Situation of Sudanese Refugees in Jordan
Oct
18
11:00 AM11:00

The Situation of Sudanese Refugees in Jordan

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Dina Baslan, an activist, social worker, and co-founder of Sawiyan, spoke with Sijal about the recent history of Sudanese refugees in Jordan and the current legal, social, and economic issues they face in Amman. Sawiyan exists to support and advocate for marginalized refugee communities in Amman, of which the Sudanese community is a significant percent. 

الخميس الماضي كان لقاؤنا الثقافي مع الناشطة الاجتماعية دينا بسلان التي تحدّثت معنا عن أوضاع اللاجئين السودانيين في الأردن.

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Dance and Site Specific Choreography in Jordan
Sep
26
11:00 AM11:00

Dance and Site Specific Choreography in Jordan

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Shireen Talhouni, an award-winning choreographer based in Amman, presented on the status of contemporary dance in Jordan. With a background in architecture, Shireen was able to provide Sijal students with a unique perspective into the world of dance and movement, largely informed by her knowledge of architectural design.


سعدنا باستضافة شرين تلهوني التي أعطتنا صورة جميلة وواضحة عن الرقص المعاصر في الأردن. وقد استمتع طلابنا بالتقديم وسألوها العديد من الأسئلة التوضيحية ليتعرّفوا أكثر على هذا الجانب من المشهد الفنّي في الأردن.

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The Jordan Trail: Sustainable, Community Based Tourism
Aug
6
11:00 AM11:00

The Jordan Trail: Sustainable, Community Based Tourism

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The founder and managing director of Baraka and the Chairwoman of the Jordan Trail Association, Muna Haddad is a tourism expert with experience in site development, community based tourism, adventure tourism, ecotourism development and destination marketing. Muna joined us to discuss the Jordan Trail and Community Based Tourism in Jordan.

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Jordan's Transforming Furniture Industry
Jul
12
11:00 AM11:00

Jordan's Transforming Furniture Industry

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Rooted in deep cultural history and styles, Jordan's furniture industry is rapidly transforming. Basel Naouri, a multidisciplinary designer, architect, and musician, shed light on some of these transformations in his Brown Bag Lecture and sound exhibition on his current furniture pieces and the state of the furniture industry at large.


أسعدنا آن نستضيف المهندس المعماري والموسيقي والمصمم باسل الناعوري لمحاضرة تحدث فيها عن التغيرات في سوق صناعة المفروشات في الأردن

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The Political Economy of Olive Oil
Jul
4
11:00 AM11:00

The Political Economy of Olive Oil

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Part of the staple diet in Jordan, olive oil is a key component to many traditional dishes. Brittany Cook, a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky, joined Sijal for a lecture on the political economy of olive oil production and its ramifications in Jordan.

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Jordanian Women's Citizenship Rights
May
3
11:00 AM11:00

Jordanian Women's Citizenship Rights

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Dr. Aida Essaid, Director of the Information and Research Center at the King Hussein Foundation, spoke with Sijal about the right of Jordanian women to pass on their citizenship to their children and non-Jordanian husbands. Students also learned about the Haqqi Information Zone, an open data source with information regarding legal, media, and human rights in Jordan.

أسعدنا باستضافة الدكتورة عايدة السعيد مديرة مركز المعلومات والبحث في مؤسسة الملك الحسين لآخر لقاء أكاديمي للفصل الدراسي الربيع والتي عرفتنا فيه على الموقع الالكتروني "حقي" الذي هو مساحة مفتوحة للجميع للوصول إلى المعلومة المتوفرة في التشريعات، والبحوث، والإعلام حول قضايا حقوق الإنسان في الأردن وكذلك ناقشت حقوق اعطاء المرأة الجنسية الأردنية لأولادها وزوجها غير الأردني.

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BDS Movements in North America: Academic Labour Unions and Solidarity Across Race and Class
Apr
9
11:00 AM11:00

BDS Movements in North America: Academic Labour Unions and Solidarity Across Race and Class

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Omar Sirri, doctoral student at the University of Toronto, spoke with Sijal about the BDS movement in North America. Sijal students learned about the efforts of student and academic labour unions to practice solidarity across race and class struggles.

أسعدنا باستضافة عمر سرّي تلميذ الدكتوراه في جامعة تورونتو لثالث لقاء أكاديمي لطلّابنا والذي كان موضوعه حركات المقاطعة في أميريكا الشامالية وجهود الطلّاب والنقابات في دعمها وضمّها إلى الصراعات الاجتماعية الأخرى كالتعصّب العرقي وحقوق العمّال

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Signed and Spoken Language Contact and Ideologies in Egypt and Morocco
Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

Signed and Spoken Language Contact and Ideologies in Egypt and Morocco

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As a Fulbright Fellow, Ryan Fan conducted his doctoral research on language and ideology in Morocco.  He gave a unique lecture on signed and spoken language contact and ideologies in Egypt and Morocco, as they relate to the broader Arabophone context.

يوم مميز آخر في سجال، فقد استضفنا رايان فان في محاضرة ضمن سلسلة المحاضرات الثقافية الخاصة بطلابنا. رايان الحاصل على منحة فولبرايت، وحاليا يعمل على أطروحة الدوكتوراه في المغرب، قدم لنا مقدمة وافية عن لغة الإشارة في اللغة العربية وعن الفروقات في اللهجات بما في ذلك المقاربات الأيديولوجية في لغة الإشارة العربية

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Amman Design Week: An Experience of Curation
Feb
14
11:00 AM11:00

Amman Design Week: An Experience of Curation

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Rana Beiruti is the Co-Director of Amman Design Week, a much-anticipated annual event. Students were given a unique overview of the scope of art and design in Amman, as well as an insightful perspective from a primary source in the art industry.

كنا سعيدين جدا اليوم باستضافة المديرة المشاركة لأسبوع عمّان للتصميم رنا بيروتي، وقد تفاعل معها طلابنا في هذا الحديث النهاري الشيّق الذي تعرفوا من خلاله على جانب فني آخر لمدينة عمّان

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Distributional Politics in Karak
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Distributional Politics in Karak

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Thoraya El Rayyes, a political sociologist and literary translator, gave an informative Brown Bag Lecture for Sijal students on her research regarding distributional politics in Karak.

أسعدنا جدا حضور ثريا الريس لالقاء محاضرة ممتازة لطلابنا عن بحثها عن السياسة التوزيعية في الكرك.

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Street Art in Amman
Jul
30
11:00 AM11:00

Street Art in Amman

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Kyle Craig, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, presented a Brown Bag Lecture on the production and culture of street art in Amman. The colorful, expansive, and often political pieces he discussed can be seen on many building facades throughout the city.

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Covering the Civil War in Syria
Jun
21
11:00 AM11:00

Covering the Civil War in Syria

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Orion Wilcox, the managing director of Syria Direct, spoke with Sijal about the challenges and necessity of covering the Syrian Civil War. Syria Direct is a non-profit Amman-based media outlet specializing in in-depth media coverage of the conflict in Syria.

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Saudi Arabia, Ready for the Future?
Jun
18
11:00 AM11:00

Saudi Arabia, Ready for the Future?

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One of Sijal's very own students, Fieke Huisman led a discussion on her experience as the First Secretary at the Netherlands Embassy in Riyadh. Her talk demonstrated how a new king, falling oil prices, and regional turbulence have caused major political and economic changes throughout recent years.

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Lajeh Project: A Discussion
Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

Lajeh Project: A Discussion

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Dr. Kamel Dorai, a Sijal friend from Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) Amman, presented research on Ifpo's Lajeh Project. Through a interdisciplinary and empirically-driven approach, this project further's regional knowledge of forced migration and its effect on both host countries and migrating communities.

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‘Black Zion’: The Political Economy of Settler Colonialism in Liberia
Jul
5
11:00 AM11:00

‘Black Zion’: The Political Economy of Settler Colonialism in Liberia

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Henny Ziai, a PhD candidate at Columbia and a Sijal student, spoke with fellow students about the establishment of the settler colony of Liberia in the beginning of the early 19th century. Her research and presentation investigated the strategies employed by settlers to exert power over land and the indigenous populations of the new "Black republic". 

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