AIYS and Yemen at MESA 2002 (Washington DC, November 23-26, 2002)

1. AIYS Meetings

Board Meeting:

Saturday Nov. 23, 5-7 p.m.

General Meeting:

Saturday Nov. 23, 4-5 p.m.

2. AIYS-Sponsored Special Session

Sunday, November 24, 2002; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

"Democratization, Economic Reforms, and External Relations, The Case of the Republic of Yemen, 1995 to the Present"
Chairs: Thomas B. Stevenson (Ohio University-Zanesville and President of AIYS); Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington)

Featured speaker: Dr. Abd al-Karim al-Iryani (Senior Advisor to the President of Yemen and Secretary General, GPC, Yemen); with additional presentations by: Mohammad Al-Maitami (Sana'a University); A. G. Aryani (Sana'a, Yemen); Sheila Carapico (University of Richmond); Michael C. Hudson (Georgetown University); Michael Katz (George Mason University); Charles Schmitz (Towson State University); Huda Seif (Columbia University).

3. Individual Papers Related to Yemen

Sunday, November 24, 2002; 8:30 - 10:30 am

  • "Agents of Change? Female Yemeni Health Care Workers and the Politics of Modernity," Marina de Regt (University of Amsterdam), in the panel: Women and Development
  • "Writing and Epigraphy in the Pre-Islamic Nasib: Historical and Literary Dimensions," Samuel Liebhaber (University of California, Berkeley), in the panel: Classical Arabic Poetry: Origins and Intersections

Sunday, November 24, 2002; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  • "Tribe and the Specter of Indeterminacy, Aden 1850 - 1915," John M. Willis (New York University), in the panel: State-Building in the Gulf
  • "The Collapse of the Qasimi Imamate," Vincent Wilhite (Ohio State University), in the panel: State-Building in the Gulf
  • "The Shifty Character in the Yemeni Cassette Industry: Circulation and Specular Anxiety," W. Flagg Miller (University of Chicago), in the panel: Media and Politics

Monday, November 25, 2002; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • "An Imperial Borderland as Colony: Knowledge Production and the Elaboration of Difference in Ottoman Yemen, 1872 - 1918," Thomas Kuhn (New York University), in the panel: Borderlands of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
  • "Beyond the Margins of the Empire: Issues Concerning Ottoman Boundaries in Yemen and Albania," Isa Blumi (New York University), in the panel: Borderlands of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
  • "Commodities and Uncommon Oddities: The Circulation of Trade Goods through the Port of Aden in the 13th Century," Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University), in the panel: From Alexandria to Aden: Commerce-Society in the Medieval Middle East, Part 1
  • "Customs, Dues and Regulations Till the Day of Judgement: Administration of the Customs House in Aden in Zurayid and Ayyubid Times (ca. 1083 - 1229)," Roxani Margariti (Princeton University), in the panel: From Alexandria to Aden: Commerce-Society in the Medieval Middle East, Part 1

Tuesday, November 26, 2002; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • "The Arabic Dialect of Hadramaut, Yemen," MaryAnn Walter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), in the panel: Issues in Arabic Language

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