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IMES Lecture Series
With Orkideh Behrouzan

Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician and medical anthropologist, specializing in anthropology of biomedicine and biotechnologies, comparative analysis of medical professional cultures with a focus on psychiatry, as well as mental health and memory-work in post-war societies in the Middle East. Using both anthropology and Science Technology Studies (STS) as conceptual frameworks, she has combined multi-sited ethnography with discourse analysis in her work on cross-cultural psychiatry, subjectivity and memory-work particularly in virtual contexts such as blogs. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2011 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Social Sciences by the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), and received Honorable Mention for 2011 Best Dissertation Award from the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Currently, she is working on the manuscript of her first monograph, Prozàk Diaries, based on her doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Behrouzan is a lecturer and study abroad tutor at Kings College in London.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
3:30 PM
Room 505
1957 E St. NW, 5th Floor
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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.

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

Panel II: Telling Others' Stories - Collecting, Translating, and Interpreting the Art of the Revolutions 
Hisham Aidi, Columbia University
Max Weiss, Princeton University
Donnatella Della Ratta, Copenhagen University

Panel III: War as Backdrop - Iraqi Film and Literature 
Oday Rasheed, Writer and Director
Elliott Colla, Georgetown University
Ali Bader, Writer and Director

Keynote Speaker: Michael Danti, Boston University

Friday, April 17th, 2015
8:45 AM to 4:00 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

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Upcoming Events

IMES Lecture Series
Dr. Orkideh Behrouzan
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
3:30 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

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

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