Hard Times: Critical Approaches to Crisis and its Aftermath -27-28/04/2018, Berkeley (CA, USA)
The title of this year's symposium is, Hard Times: Critical Approaches to Crisis and its Aftermath. From our perspective as students and scholars of the Near East, hard times have become an uncritical staple of contemporary discourse regarding the Middle East. In the news, in the streets and even in our classrooms, the Middle East is often framed as an outworldly difficult place, defined by its hardships and catastrophes. In our conference, we wish not to deny this notion (at least, not offhandedly), but to complicate it by considering it from a diverse array of critical perspectives. To that end, the Near Eastern Studies Department and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, invite papers situated within, working against and expanding on the question of hard times in related fields of the Near East. Individual paper topics may include (but are not limited to) the following: Opposition and counter-narratives, The future(s) of Near Eastern Studies, Borders and border politics, Resistance in the Ancient World, Crisis and Archaeological Cultural Heritage, Persistence of instability as a trope in Near Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, Precarity and its poetics, Beyond the geopolitical narrative of crisis (environmental, social, existential crises), and Representation of crisis in aesthetics (literature, plastic art, etc.).
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) on the UC Berkeley campus (Berkeley, CA, USA)
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