AIYS and Yemen at MESA 2005 (Washington DC, November 19-22, 2005)

AIYS Meetings

General Meeting:

  • Saturday Nov. 19, 3:00-4:00 Lanai 156

Board Meeting:

  • Saturday Nov. 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Virginia A

Provisional list of panels and presentations on Yemen

1. Panels sponsored by AIYS

Sunday, November 20, at 8:30 a.m.

Rights, Rules, and Relations: Politics in Contemporary Yemen.
Organizers: Gregory D. Johnsen (University of Arizona) and Christopher M. Edens (AIYS Resident Director in Sana'a); chair: Thomas B. Stevenson (Ohio University - Zanesville; AIYS President);
respondent: Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington).

  • Some Yemeni Ideas about Human Rights, Sheila Carapico (University of Richmond)
  • Yemen: Unification, Power Sharing, Democracy, and Central-Local Relations, Steve Day (Indianapolis IN)
  • Reprogramming the Imagination in Yemen: Hamoud al-Hitar and the Religious Dialogue Council, Gregory D. Johnsen (University of Arizona)
  • The Yemeni Tribes and al-Qaeda: What is the Connection?, Mark N. Katz (George Mason University)
  • U.S.-Yemen Relations Since 1990: Actions Speak Louder than Words, Charles F. Dunbar (Boston University)

Tuesday, November 22, at 8:30 a.m.

Port Cities of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden: New Perspectives on Historical Sources and Maritime Culture.
Organizer: Nancy Um (SUNY Binghamton); chair: Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University); respondent: Edward Alpers (UCLA).

  • Conflict and Competition in the World of Indian Ocean Trade: A View from Medieval Aden, Roxani Margariti (Emory University)
  • Maritime Traffic between Egypt and Yemen in the 13th Century: Evidence from the Quseir Documents, Li Guo (University of Notre Dame)
  • The Merchant Community of Eighteenth Century Mocha: Ship-Owning, Travel, and Authority on the Western Edge of the Indian Ocean, Nancy Um (SUNY Binghamton)
  • Becoming Red-Sea Citizens: Mercantile Community, Urban Authority, and Cultural Change in the Mid- to Late-Nineteenth Centery Massawa, Jonathan Miran (Western Washington University)

Tuesday, November 22, 11:00 a.m.

Archaeology in Yemen and Recent American Contributions.
Organizer and chair: Christopher M. Edens (AIYS Resident Director, Sana'a); discussant: Juris Zarins (Southwest Missouri State University).

  • Activities of the General Organization for Antiquities and Museums, Yemen, Abdallah BaWazir (General Organization for Antiquities and Museums, Yemen)
  • The Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia, Joy McCorriston (Ohio State University) and Rich Oches (University of South Florida)
  • Bronze Age Developments in the Highlands of Yemen, Christopher M. Edens (AIYS Resident Director, Sana'a) and Muhammad Al-Nood (Foundation for the Protection of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Yemen)
  • Recent Excavations at the Mahram Bilqis, Marib, Abduh Othman Ghaleb (Sana'a University)
  • The Rise of Himyar in Early Historic Yemen, Krista Lewis (University of Chicago)

2. See also:

Monday, November 21, 11:00 a.m.

Guantanamo Bay as Foreign Policy: The United States, Political Reform, and Human Rights in the Arab World. Organizer: Thomas B. Stevenson (Ohio University - Zanesville).

  • Military Order No. 1 and the U.S. Constitution, Neal Katyal (Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Guantanamo Bay and the Laws of War, Charles Swift (LCDR, JAGC, U.S. Navy)
  • Guantanamo Bay and Human Rights in Yemen, Her Excellency Amat Al-Alim Al-Suswah, Minister of Human Rights, Republic of Yemen
  • Guantanamo Bay and Human Rights in the Arab World, Joe Stork (Human Rights Watch)
  • Gitmo and the Politics of Political Reform in the Arab World, Charles Schmitz (Towson University)

3. Papers on Yemen in other sessions

Sunday, November 20, 2005

  • Providing a 'Good' Death in Yemen and Abroad, Beth Kangas (Wayne State University), in the session Medical Anthropology in the Muslim World: Ethnographic Reflections from Africa and the Middle East. 8:30 a.m.
  • Yemeni Women Chanters and the Re-Interpretation of the Prophet's Mawlid, Marion H. Katz (New York University), in the session Muslim Women's Ritual Practices: Local and Transnational Religious Agency and Authority. 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 21, 2005

  • Oral Traditions and the 'New School' of Poetry and Song in the Mahri Language of Southeast Yemen, Samuel Liebhaber (University of California, Berkeley), in the session Making Memories. 2:00 p.m.

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