AIYS and Yemen at MESA 1999 (Washington D.C., Nov. 19-22, 1999)

1. AIYS meetings

Board Meeting:

Friday, November 19, 1999, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

General Meeting:

Friday, November 19, 1999, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

2. AIYS-sponsored panels

A. Saturday, November 20, 1999; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Yemeni Studies at the Millenium
Chair: Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University; discussants to be announced)

  • "Making 'Medieval' Yemen Meaningful," Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University)
  • "Contemplations on Anthropology in Yemen at the Turn of the Century," Thomas B. Stevenson (Ohio University-Zanesville)
  • "Structuralism Reconsidered: A Vernacular Approach to the Study of a Contemporary Sufi Order in Yemen," David Buchman (Suffolk County Community College)
  • "Modernity and Authenticity," Lucine Taminian (University of Michigan)

B. Saturday, November 20, 1999; 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mobile Words and Spaces: Poetry and Song of the Arabian Peninsula
Chair: Elizabeth W. Fernea (University of Texas at Austin)
Discussant: Steven Caton (Harvard University)

  • "Silent Whiteness of the Page: Abdullah Habib's 'Laylamiat'," Stevem Hyland, Jr. (University of Texas at Austin)
  • "Longing for the Homeland in Hadrami Songs," Abu Baker Bagader (King Abdul Aziz University)
  • "Piety, Praise, and the Politics of Housework: Women's Poetry in Hadramawt (Yemen)," Linda Boxberger (University of Texas at Austin)
  • "'Cocktails' for Whom?: Imagined Audiences and Audiocassette Performance in Rural Yemen," W. Flagg Miller (University of Michigan)
  • "From Oral Culture to Digital Culture: Virtualizing Yemeni Space," Rizwan Mawani (Institute of Ismaili Studies)

3. Papers on Yemen in Other Sections

A. Saturday, November 20, 1999; 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

  • "Yemen's Foreign Policy: State-Building and Crisis in Southern Arabia," Carol J. Riphenburg (College of DuPage), in the panel Political Perspectives on State Building in the Arabian Peninsula

B. Sunday, November 21, 1999; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • "Signifying National Citizenship in Yemen," Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago), in the panel Representing the Nation

C. Monday, November 22, 1999; 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

  • "Imam Yahya and the Dynamics of Yemeni Politics, 1911-1918," Isa Blumi (New York University) in the panel Political Dynamics in the Arabian Peninsula (Early 20th Century)
  • "Ottoman Conscription Strategies in Yemen, 1878-1911," Thomas Kuehn (New York University) in the panel Political Dynamics in the Arabian Peninsula (Early 20th Century)

4. Special Session of Interest to Yemeni Scholars

Sunday, November 21, 1999; 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Gender, Race, and Class: Feminist Art Pedagogy
Chair: Margot Badran (Sana'a University)
Special Screening of the film "Sa'id and Sa'ida"; film introduction by film director Raufa Hassan (Sana'a University)
Discussants: Oras Sultan (Member of Yemen Parliament representing Aden); Tania Kamal El Din (University of California at San Diego)

5. In the MESA Film Festival

  • "The Architecture of Mud: Construction and Repair Technology in the Wadi Hadhramaut and the Wadi Do'an, Yemen" (1999) a documentary produced by Caterina Borelli, based on a fellowship project funded by USIA through AIYS, conducted by Caterina Borelli and Pamela Jerome (Columbia University). Friday Nov. 19th at 7:30 p.m; Saturday Nov. 20th at 1:45 p.m., followed by the Cineforum with mesdames Borelli and Jerome.

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