AIYS and Yemen at MESA 2007 (Montréal, November 17-20, 2007)

AIYS Meetings

Board Meeting:

  • Saturday Nov. 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Hyatt Regency hotel, room Alfred Rouleau C)

General Meeting:

  • Saturday Nov. 17, 4:15-5:00 p.m. (Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 512F)

Provisional list of panels and presentations on Yemen

1. Panel

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 11:00-1:00 a.m.

Revisiting al-Hamdani: New Perspectives on the Indigenous Language Communities of the South Arabian Periphery
Chaired by Gregory D. Johnson (Princeton University).

  • Turning Ploughshares into Words: Dialectical Diversity in Yemeni Arabic, Daniel Martin Varisco, Hofstra University)
  • Reorienting Heritage: Poetic Exchanges between Soqotra and the Gulf, Nathalie Peutz (Princeton University)
  • The Syntax of Particles in Razihi, Bonnie Glover Stalls (independent scholar) and Shelagh G. Weir (University of London)
  • Humayni Poetry in al-Mahra, Samual Liebhaber (Middlebury College)

2. Individual presentations related to Yemen

Sunday, November 18, 2007, various panels, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

  • "A Queen, a Hujja, in Front of Whom the Majority of slaves are Humbled" -- Female Spiritual Authority in Islam: The Case of Queen Arwa (1045-1138) of Yemen, Simonetta Calderini (Roehampton University, London), in the panel Islamic Thought Past and Present
  • Globalization, Democracy, and Political Cohesion: Forging a New National Identity, (Rolin G. Mainuddin (North Carolina Central University), in the panel South Arabia and the Gulf
  • Post-Petroleum Yemen: Chaos and Collapse or Relief from the Curse of Oil?, Charles Schmitz (Towson University), in the panel South Arabia and the Gulf
  • Veiled Expections: Islahi Women's Activisms in Yemen, Stacey Philbrick Yadav (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), in the panel Creating a Paradoxical Political Class: Islamist Parties and Women's Activism

Monday, November 19, 2007, 2:30-4:30 a.m.

  • Making Yemen Indian: Rewriting the Boundaries of Imperial Arabia, John M. Willis (University of Colorado) in the panel Colonial Policy

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

  • "Your Master is Your Servant": The Cultural Politics of Migrant Domestic Labour in Yemen, Marina de Regt (International Institute of Social History), in the panel The Politics of Migrant Domestic Labour in the Middle East

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Tensions in the Authoritarian State: The Unintended Consequences of Elite Competition and Patronage Politics in Yemen, April L. Longley (Georgetown University), in the panel Strategies of Authoritarian Governance in Comparative Perspective

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