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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 -- 1:00pm

Lunch and a Lecture


Aynur Onur, doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology


Aynur Onur is an Indiana University doctoral candidate, supervised by Dr. Nazif Shahrani and Dr. Sara Friedman in the Department of Anthropology. She will be discussing her research on the relationship between gender equity goals, secularism, and military service in a secular Muslim state. The research will focus on women who serve in the military or who are part of military families in Turkey.


This event is free and open to the public, and free lunch will be provided.


Time and Date: Wednesday, April 16th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Center for the Study of the Middle East, Conference Room

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Afghanistan: Assessing the Impact of 35 Years of Wars and Violence on Social Institutions


A Workshop by Prof. Nazif Shahrani, Depts. of Anthropology, Ceus, and NELC


Unlike most other security-centered conferences on Afghanistan, this forum will offer the opportunity to further examine and analyze the discourses of the peoples of Afghanistan on the ground about their own local level experiences of the wars and violence and how it has impacted their social lives, institutional practices, added to their predicaments, fears and hopes for the future in some detail.  With planned publication of the papers it is also hoped to contribute significantly in making policy relevant recommendations for improving governance, security and stability in this war ravaged country.


Please contact the Ostrum Workshop for additional details


Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Office of the VP for International Affairs, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Russian and East European Institute, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Pan Asia Institute and the Department of Anthropology

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 -- 10:00am


Israel in the Middle East?

Nonwestern identities in Jewish Israeli Society


It has long been argued that in developing itself as a western nation, Israel missed an opportunity to root itself in its Middle Eastern setting. In particular, it has been argued that Israel failed to utilize its mass immigration of Jews from the Middle East to create an identity for itself that was both Jewish and Arab. Work in this vein, however, has focused on the past and illuminated the road not taken. This panel will focus on evidence (or lack of evidence) of currently viable nonwestern Israeli Jewish identities, and their implied connections to Israel’s geographic setting. Is an Arab identity for Jews no longer feasible? And if not, what is?


This event is free and open to the public, and free lunch will be provided.


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Time and Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, 10:00am - 1:30pm

Location: Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East, Borns Jewish Studies Program, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures