Blurring Boundaries: Arabic Identities Across the Mediterranean and Beyond — An International Conference
Wednesday, November 1
Wells Hall B119
Junction 48 screening
Introduction and discussion led by Marc Bernstein
Thursday, November 2, Wells Hall B342
Key Note Presentation
Dr. Salam Diab, Director of Center for Oriental Studies, Grenoble Alpes University (France), “Lexicon in the Arabic Press between Archaism and Neologism: The Islamic Lexicon as an Example” (Translation by Nicholas Bruckman)
Comments by Dr. Camelia Suleiman, Arabic Studies, MSU, “Arabic between the Anglophone and the Francophone Spheres”
Coffee Break 10:30–10:45 am
Panel 1: Visualizing Arabic
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Moderator, Caleb Lucas, Ph.D. student, Political Science, MSU
Dr. Salah Hassan, Department of English, MSU, “Renoir in Algeria: Art and Colonialism”
Dr. Eswaran Pillai, Department of English and Film Studies, MSU, “Diaspora and the Cinema”
Dr. Marc S. Bernstein, Hebrew Program, MSU, “Tamer Nafar and the Politics of Arabic Rap in Israel”
Lunch Break 12:15-1:15 pm
Panel 2: Arabic in the Media
Dr. Abdenbi Lachkar, Arabic Studies, University of Montpelier (France), “Uses of Languages and Cultures in the Moroccan Arabic Media: Diversity, Hybridity and Borders” (Translation by Nicholas Bruckman)
Dr. Ahmad Ayyad, Al-Quds University (Palestinian Authority), “Contesting Palestinian and Israeli Narratives in Translation”
Coffee Break 2:15-2:30 pm
Panel 3: The Arabic Legacy in Italy
Moderator, Dr. Safoi Babana-Hampton, French Studies, MSU
Dr. Roberto Dainotto, Romance Studies, Duke University, “The Impact of the Algerian War on Southern Italy”
Dr. Joseph Francese, Italian Studies, MSU, “Giufà and the Sicilian Writer Leonardo Sciascia”
Coffee Break 4:30-4:45 pm
Round Table Discussion 1 4:45-6:00 pm
Comments by Dr. Sandra Logan, Department of English, MSU
Friday, November 3, Wells Hall B342
Panel 4: Challenges of Pedagogy and Translation
Moderator, Bilqis Al-Barrak, TESOL Program, MSU
Dr. Sandro Barros, College of Education, MSU. “The Culture of Monolingualism and the Training of Arabic Teachers in the U.S.”
Dr. Ayman Mohamed, Arabic Studies, MSU, “Dilemmas of Teaching Arabic Vocabulary to Non-natives: Between Neologism and Archaism”
Dr. Russell Lucas, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, MSU, “Lost in Translation: Public Opinion Surveys in the Arab Gulf”
Coffee Break 11:00-11:15 am
Round Table Discussion 2 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Comments by Dr. Cheng-Wei Lin, Arabic Studies, MSU
Closing Remarks 12:15-12:30pm
Starring Tamar Nafar and Samar Qupty
A film by Udi Aloni
Introduction and discussion led by Dr. Marc Bernstein
Set against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian rapper Kareem and his singer girlfriend Manar struggle, love and make music in their crime-ridden ghetto and Tel Aviv’s hip-hop club scene.
ARABIC IDENTITIES ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BEYOND
A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES SYMPOSIUM
Come interact with a traditional Japanese dance troupe and three artists from Japan (ceramics, textile designs on “tenugui”, and Edo doll making). This exciting event will allow MSU students, faculty, and community members to learn a traditional Japanese dance and watch demonstrations by these artists.
Organized by the Asian Studies Center, the Citizen Scholars Program in the College of Arts & Letters, and the Japan Council.
Presented by MSU College of Arts & Letters Signature Lecture Series
Trevor Noah is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central and has been part of the show since 2014 when he was a contributor.
Noah’s comedy specials have sold more DVDs than any other standup on the African continent, and his last one-hour special: Lost in Translation was released on Comedy Central.
In November 2016, Trevor released his first book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. It is a collection of personal stories about growing up in South Africa during the last gasps of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that came with its demise. The book was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and another for Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category.
About the Signature Lecture Series
Founded in 2007, the Signature Lecturer Series allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University. The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time. Trevor Noah will join a list of notable Signature Lecturer figures that have spoken at MSU, which include Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.
Please note that program may contain strong language and content not suitable for all audiences.
Dijana Jelača, Fordham University
“Gender, Class and the Socialist Minor Cinema of Soja Jovanović”
This lecture will discuss the “minor cinema” of a pioneering Yugoslav woman director, Sofija “Soja” Jovanović (1922-2002). Even though she was the first woman director in socialist Yugoslavia, and her 1950s and 1960s comedies were extremely popular, Jovanović has largely been ignored by Yugoslav film historians, or relegated to a secondary. This is due, in part, to her work being predominantly situated within the genre of comedy, and perceived as light entertainment. The lecture will urge a rethinking of Jovanović’s oeuvre through the lens of socialist minor cinema that possesses “low” cultural capital yet frequently articulates what might be deemed a socialist woman’s intimate public sphere. In focusing on the class components of her later work in particular, the gender politics of socialist women’s cinema will be explored vis-à-vis their distinction from the famed Yugoslav New Film, or the Black Wave. With this, the presentation seeks to reestablish Jovanović’s rightful place in the history of Yugoslav socialist film, but also in the project of mapping new transnational constellations of women’s cinema more broadly.
DIJANA JELAČA is the first speaker in the “Rethinking State Socialism” speaker series — organized by Dr. Nikolay Karkov
SPONSORED BY: Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and James Madison College
WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception
A solo exhibition featuring Karen Hampton, MSU Designer-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.
JANUARY 19 – MARCH 23, 2018
RECEPTION JANUARY 19, 5-7PM, REMARKS AT 6:15PM
Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7PM for the opening reception for WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right a solo exhibition featuring the work of Karen Hampton at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Opening Remarks will be offered at 6:15PM.
I am a conceptual mixed media artist, addressing issues of colorism and race in my works. I seek to break stereotypes and address issues related to my life. My artwork is steeped in oral history and expresses the narrative of those whose stories have not yet been fully told. As a storyteller, I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. I view myself as a vehicle for ancestral stories to transcend history and remain part of the historical record. The canvas of my artwork is fabric, which I age and imbue with conceptualized images of a forgotten part of the American story. Using images and text, I embed the cloth with the hopes and visions of my ancestors, particularly those whose stories that have remained invisible. Whether woven or stitched, every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of scorched earth that slavery has left behind and work to reframe critical issues of race.
Karen Hampton is a Michigan State University, Designer-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Hampton joins us from Los Angeles, CA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally she will be offering a public lecture about her work on January 30 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.