AIYS and Yemen at MESA 2004 (San Francisco CA, November 20-23, 2004)

1. AIYS Meetings

Board Meeting:

Saturday Nov. 20, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

General Meeting:

Saturday Nov. 20, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Four presentations are scheduled: 1. Charles Schmitz (Towson State University), "The Defense of a Yemeni National Held at Guantanamo." 2. Wahbieh Ahmed M. Sabrah (Yemen Center for Studies and Research), "The Status of the Modern Yemeni woman." 2. Huda Taleb (Yemen Center for Studies and Research), "The Troublesome Economy of Yemen." 4. Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington), will talk about the symposium: "Yemen's First Generation Modernists Confront Themselves and their Legacy" (planned for early 2005, in Sana'a).

2. Papers on Yemen and Papers and Sessions Offered by AIYS Members and Fellows

Note that because of the hotel strike not all these papers were actually presented.

Saturday, November 20

  • Nathalie Peutz (Princeton University), "'Return to Culture': Deportation, Alienation, and Recognition in Somaliland"; in the session, Displacement, Migration and Return, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
  • Beth Kangas (Michigan State University}, "Contending with Ambiguity and Hope: The Shari'a and the Medical Imaginary in Yemenis' International Medical Travel"; in the session, Islam, Health and the Body: Technologies of Life and Death in the Middle East, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Sunday, November 21

  • Daniel M. Varisco (Hofstra University). Special session organized by Prof. Varisco: Islam and Political Violence: the 'Ismhouse' of Language. 8:30 - 10:30 am. Prof. Varisco will also present a paper in this session: "Islam as an Ism: The Rhetoric of Representing Violence in Islam."
  • Alyce N. Abdalla (Population Council). Session organized by Ms. Abdalla: Egyptian Youth and Social Change. 8:30 - 10:30 am. Ms. Abdalla will also present a paper, Assessing the Impact of Social Intervention: Lessons from an NGO Youth Program.
  • Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago), "The Politics of Rumination: Qat Chews and Public Spheres in Yemen"; in the session, Beyond Denial and Deniability: Revelation and Constructing the Public Sphere. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Laurence Michalak (Prof. Emeritus, University of California-Berkeley). Session organized by Prof. Michalak-Innovative Approaches to Teaching about Islam in the Pre-Collegiate Classroom. A special panel for K-12 teachers and other scholars. Please note: this session will run from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm.
  • Gregory Gause (University of Vermont), "September 11, The Second Gulf War and the Problems of American 'Hegemony' in the Persian Gulf"; in the session, Discord and Cooperation in the Gulf. 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
  • Fred Lawson (Mills College), "Exploring the Links between Territorial Disputes and Enduring Rivalries: The Case of the Hawar Islands"; in the session, Discord and Cooperation in the Gulf. 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
  • Andrew J. Shryock (University of Michigan), "Locating Crisis and Community: The DAAS, the War on Terror, and the Contradiction of Empire in Arab Detroit"; in the session, The Detroit Arab-American Survey and the War on Terror: Initial Findings and Implications. 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
  • Steven C. Caton, Harvard University. Prof. Caton will chair the session, "I Can't Move-I Must Already Be Moving": Maps, Everyday Life, and the Drawings and Un-drawings of a "Muslim World." 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Monday, November 22

  • Susanne Dahlgren (University of Helsinki), "Illegitimate Encounters, Segregation and Changing Public Sphere in Aden, Yemen"; in the session, The Other Sex: New Histories of Sexuality of Islam. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Annelies Moors (ISIM/University of Amsterdam), "Islam and Fashion on the Streets of Sana'a, Yemen"; in the session, The Cultural Politics of Dress and Fashion. 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 23

  • Bat-Zion Eraqi-Klorman (Open University of Israel), "Jewish Mysticism and the Legal Status of Yemeni Jews"; in the session, Modern Legal Debates. 8:30 - 10:30 am.
  • Carol J. Riphenburg (College of DuPage), "Constitutional Engineering and Governance in Afghanistan"; in the session, Constitutions and Contemporary Legal Institutions. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Gregory Gause (University of Vermont). Prof. Gause will be a discussant for, Divergent Perspectives on the U.S. War on Iraq. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Scott S. Reese (Northern Arizona University). Prof. Reese will be a discussant for, From Zanzibar and Beyond: Themes in the Modern History of Islam and Arab-Muslims in East Africa. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Anne K. Bang (University of Bergen, Norway), "My Generation: Network Transmission from One Generation to Another in a Hadrami Family in Zanzibar, ca. 1900-1950"; in the session, From Zanzibar and Beyond: Themes in the Modern History of Islam and Arab-Muslims in East Africa. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Pete W. Moore (University of Miami). Prof. Moore will chair the session, NGOs and Civil Society. 1:30 - 3:30 pm.
  • Marion Holmes Katz (New York University) "Ritual and Time in Medieval Islam"; in the session, Rituals of Mourning and Renewal. 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

3. In the MESA FilmFest

Haram-Yemen, The Hidden Half Speaks (2003, 52 min.; Monday, November 22, 2004, 5:00 pm). Directors: Fibi Kraus and Gudrun Torrubia; Distributor: Women Make Movies. In Arabic with English subtitles. Produced at the request of the Yemeni Women National Committee, Haram offers a surprising look at women's lives and gender roles in contemporary Yemen. This astonishing film presents the affecting personal narratives of individual women struggling for self-determination. Resisting the roles prescribed for them by brothers, husbands and fathers, these powerful women speak eloquently about breaking societal taboos and fighting for economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Qudad, Re-inventing a Tradition (2004, 58 min.; Sunday, November 21, 2004, 9:00 am). Producer, director, and writer: Caterina Borelli; Distributor: Documentary Educational Resources. In Arabic with English subtitles. In Yemen, where it most likely originated, qudad is an ancient lime waterproofing plaster that has been used for several millennia in the Arabian Peninsula. Made as an ECA/AIYS-supported fellowship project by filmmaker, Caterina Borelli, of Architecture of Mud fame.

The Yemen Option (2004, 40 min.; Sunday, November 21, 2004, 1:55 pm). Director: Mark Corcoran; Producer: Greg Wilesmith for the Australian Broadcasting Corp.; Distributor: Filmakers Library. In Arabic with English subtitles. This Australian Broadcasting Company documentary examines the Yemen government's secret cooperation with the United States to insure its contested regions would not become the next terrorist haven. However, while abetting the US, Yemen has established its own solutions, working to strike a balance between the demands of the superpower and the sympathies of its citizens. Interviews showing a wide variety of opinions from government representatives, tribesmen, sheiks, students and an Australian doctor who survived an attack that killed three close colleagues.

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