Yemen: Inside a Crisis

 

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The Imperial War Museum (IWM) in England is having an exhibition on the crisis in Yemen until January 26, 2020. Details are at https://www.iwm.org.uk/seasons/yemen-inside-a-crisis.

Described by the UN as the “world’s worst” humanitarian crisis, the on-going conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 80% of the country’s men, women and children in desperate need of assistance; but how has this man-made crisis affected the people of Yemen?

At the forefront of a major season of programming at IWM North, Yemen: Inside a Crisis is the UK’s first exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going conflict and humanitarian crisis. Showcasing around 50 objects and photographs, many of which have been exclusively sourced from Yemen for this exhibition.

Yemen Films at MESA

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There will be four Yemeni films shown at the annual MESA conference in New Orleans on Nov. 15 and 16.

10 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING (10 AYAM QABL AL-ZAFA)
(Yemen) 2018 120 min. In Arabic w/English subtitles. Director:
Amr Gamal. Producers: Mohsen Al-Khalifi and Amr Gamal.
Print Source: Adenium Productions.
Rasha and Ma’moon, a young Yemeni couple, were set to marry. The war of 2015 prevented their wedding. They try to make it happen in 2018. Again, obstacles appear but it’s not the war, it’s the aftermath.
From having to evacuate their homes and coping with war
dealers controlling their fates to conflicts with militias and the
economic crisis, the couple race with time to make sure the
wedding scheduled in 10 days happens on time.
Plus a Cineforum with Amr Gamal
Sponsored by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 pm

JUST ANOTHER MEMORY (MUJRAD DHIKRA) (Yemen/Qatar)
2018 14 min. Director: Mariam Al-Dhubhani. Producer:
Yassmine Hammoudi. Print Source: Mariam Al-Dhubhani.
Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen, how does one move forward
and heal? How can a person deal with so much suppressed
pain? In this affecting documentary, the filmmakers
investigate these questions and explore what it feels like to be
suddenly uprooted and displaced by war.
Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:40 PM

IN THE MIDDLE (FI AL-MUNTAṢAF) (Yemen) 2019 14 min.
In Arabic w/English subtitles. Director: Mariam Al-Dhubhani.
Producers: Nour Abunabaa and Mohammed Al-Jaberi. Print
Source: Mariam Al-Dhubhani. Even though the fighting in
Aden is over, Yemen’s state of uncertainty persists and lives
remain on hold.
Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:40 PM

YEMEN: THE SILENT WAR (AL-YAMAN: AL-ḤARB
AL-Ṣ MATA) (Yemen/Djibouti) 2018 11 min. In Arabic w/English
subtitles. Director/Producer: Sufian Abolohom. Print
Source: Sufian Abolohom. This short film presents the
small group of Yemeni refugees who have chosen to remain
in the Markazi Refugee camp in Djibouti.
Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:40 PM

Welcome Tarek and Waleed

AIYS is pleased to announce that Tarek al-Wazir and Waleed Mahdi have been elected as Directors-at-Large to the AIYS Board of Directors. We welcome their insights for our work in promoting scholarship on Yemen, especially by our colleagues in Yemen.

Below are the statements that both made while standing for election:

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Tarek al-Wazir

Since 1999 I have been affiliated with the Yemen Heritage & Research Center (YHRC) in Tysons Corner, Virginia and currently serve as its local director and liaison to the main center in Sana’a, Yemen. My interest in Yemen naturally springs from it being my motherland and Sana’a my birth place. I have helped organize seminars for YHRC about Yemen in Washington, DC, two panels at previous MESA conferences, co-sponsored another at the University of Exeter, assisted scholars in their research locally
and their field visits to Yemen, attended and participated in numerous round-tables, workshops, panels, seminars about Yemen in the U.S. and Europe, co-sponsored art and folkloric exhibits at local schools, established cordial relationships between YHRC and AIYS and the French Center in Sana’a. I have also responded to think tank queries and arranged Yemeni history and information sessions. I hope that there will be a real opening for some peace in Yemen before the end of this year, so that crucial field work cannbe resumed. This should be a focus of AIYS. I urge AIYS to channel scholarship on Yemen to promote its unique varied identities and cultures and within Yemen to seek out intellectuals from different
backgrounds to cover the rich tapestry of the land.

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Waleed Mahdi

My name is Waleed F. Mahdi. I am assistant professor in the University of Oklahoma, with join affiliation in the Department of International and Area Studies and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. My research, which lies at the intersection of area studies and ethnic studies, explores issues of identity and agency in US-Arab cultural politics and Arab American studies. I am currently focusing on Yemen as part of my contribution to a three-year, multi-institutional research collaboration that examines the 2011 Arab revolutionary public spheres. In addition to publishing, my contribution will result in an online archive that exhibits the role of Yemeni cultural producers in reflecting and affecting the process of transformation at the time. Recently, I have initiated a new line of inquiry for a book project that examines Yemeni and Yemeni American critiques of the US deployment of technology in the Yemeni conflict (e.g., drones, radar systems, weapons, and mid-air fueling) or in policing Yemeni American communities (e.g., DNA tests, Muslim ban algorithms, and surveillance tools).

I am interested in serving as an AIYS Director-at-Large and helping with the institute’s growth through several proposals. First, there is a great potential for the AIYS to be more visible in academia beyond the MESA conference, especially in increasing networking among colleagues across the US and Europe to co-sponsor events, workshops, or symposia of relevance to Yemeni studies. Second, there is a possibility for the AIYS to develop collaborations with other academic organizations (e.g., the American Studies Association, Arab American Studies Association, and Association for Middle East Women’s Studies, etc.) by sponsoring thematic panels of interest to AIYS’s community. Third, I hope the AIYS will explore ways to ensure timely collection of membership dues and increase funding to support research through identifying relevant grants and reaching out to potential donors. As a Yemeni American academic with experience in Yemeni higher education system, I am interested in continuing AIYS’s mission as a consortium for learning in the capacity of my elected position.