AIYS and Yemen at MESA 2008 (Washington DC, November 22-25, 2008)

AIYS Meetings

Board Meeting:

  • Saturday Nov. 22, 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Taylor room)

General Meeting:

  • Monday, Nov. 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Marriott Wardman Park Tower Suite Room 8219)

Provisional list of panels and presentations on Yemen

1. Panels

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Yemen: Domestic Politics and Regional Relations
Sponsored by Yemen Heritage and Research Center, organized by Tarek Alwazir
Chaired by Michael C. Hudson (Georgetown University)

  • "Politics, Power, and Performance in Yemen," Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago)
  • "Authoritarianism and Democracy in Yemen: The Competition for Power," Mohammed Zabarah (Yemen Heritage and Research Center)
  • "Tribes and the Rule of Law in Yemen," Daniel M. Corstange (University of Maryland)
  • "Yemen-GCC Relations: Debating Inclusion/Exclusion," Abdu Sharif (Yemen Heritage and Research Center)
  • "Yemen's Non-Violent Protest Movement, 2007-08," Stephen Day (Rollins College)

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The Diversity of Yemeni Poetry
Sponsored by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Organized by Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University)
Chaired by Najwa Adra (Hofstra University)

  • "Making Scholars: Noble Science and Poetry in Early Twentieth Century Yemen," Lucine Taminian (The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq)
  • "The Fourteenth Century Almanac Poem of 'Abd Allah ibn As'ad al-Yafi'i," Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University)
  • "Yemeni-Arabic, Hebrew, and Judeo-Arabic Poems as Historical Source: A Comparative Study," Yosef Tobi (Haifa University)
  • "Rhythm and/or Beat: Re-evaluating Arabic Prosody in Light of Mahri Poetry," Sam Liebhaber (Middlebury College)
  • "The Pasha's' Broken Verse: A Poetics of Alienation in Yemeni Qasidah," W. Flagg Miller (University of California - Davis)
  • "Oral Poetry, Women's Empowerment, and Literacy in Yemen," Najwa Adra (Hofstra University)

2. Individual presentations related to Yemen

Sunday, November 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • "Jewish Polygamy in Yemen and in Palestine," Bat-Zion Eraqi-Klorman (Open University of Israel), in the session Marriage and the Family: Case Studies (NP32). Sunday, November 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Stacy Philbrick Yadav (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), will be the discussant in the session Authoritarianism, Opposition, and Elections in the Middle East, part II: Regime and Opposition in the Middle East (P016-11).

Monday, November 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

  • "British Colonial Law and the Hadrami Diaspora," Nurfazilah Yahaya (Princeton University), in the session British Colonialism in the Middle East (NP39).
  • "Political Mobilization in Revolutionary Upper Yemen, 1961-1978," in the session Social Movements and Mobilization (NP43).
  • "Inheriting the Republic: Hereditary Succession in Yemen," in the panel Dynasticism without Monarchy: Succession Politics in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen (P021, chaired by AIYS member Jillian Schwedler [University of Massachusetts]).

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