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IMES Annual Conference
Art in a Time of Violence: Cultural Production in the Contemporary Middle East

The IMES annual conference is a multidisciplinary event that brings together top scholars and practitioners from across the US. The organizing theme for this year’s meeting is cultural production and critique (broadly conceived) with the aim of examining the political, social and cultural role of art in the midst of repression and violent conflict.

8:45 a.m. - Coffee and Registration

9:00 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
Marc Lynch, George Washington University

9:15 a.m. - Panel I: The Slow Burn - Art and Expression in Occupied Palestine
Ted Swedenburg, University of Arkansas
Rebecca Stein, Duke University
David McDonald, Indiana University

11:00 a.m. - Panel II: Telling Others' Stories - Collecting, Translating, and Interpreting the Art of the Revolutions 
Hisham Aidi, Columbia University
Max Weiss, Princeton University
Donatella Della Ratta, Copenhagen University

12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote: "A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria & Iraq"
Michael Danti, Boston University

2:00 p.m. - Panel III: War as Backdrop - Iraqi Film and Literature 
Oday Rasheed, Writer and Director
Elliott Colla, Georgetown University
Ali Bader, Writer and Director
Kevin Jones, University of Georgia

Friday, April 17th, 2015
8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
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A light lunch will be served.


POMEPS Book Launch
The Taming of Democracy Assistance
Featuring Sarah Bush

Sarah Bush is an assistant professor of political science at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She is the recipient of the 2014 Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development awarded by the International Studies Association’s Women’s Caucus. She will discuss her recent release The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
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A light lunch will be available 
Copies of the book will be available to students


MEPF Book Launch
Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule
Featuring Ilana Feldman

Throughout the twenty years of its administration (1948–1967), Egyptian policing of Gaza concerned itself not only with crime and politics, but also with control of social and moral order. Through surveillance, interrogation, and a network of local informants, the police extended their reach across the public domain and into private life, seeing Palestinians as both security threats and vulnerable subjects who needed protection. Security practices produced suspicion and safety simultaneously.

Dr. Ilana Feldman is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at GWU. She has conducted ethnographic and archival research in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Dr. Feldman is also the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority and the Work of Rule (1917-67) and In the Name of Humanity: the Government of Threat and Care (co-edited with Miriam Ticktin).

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
6:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW, 6th Floor
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Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Copies of the book will be available to students.

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

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Upcoming Events

IMES Annual Conference
"Art in a Time of Violence: Cultural Production in the Contemporary Middle East"
Friday, April 17th, 2015
8:45 AM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

POMEPS Book Launch
"The Taming of Democracy Assistance"
Featuring Dr. Sarah Bush
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

MEPF Book Launch
"Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule"
Dr. Ilana Feldman
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
6:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

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