MESP Faculty Update 


Mehrzad Boroujerdi

(Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program) published three articles in Shahrvand Emrouz (Tehran), Kargozaaran (Tehran) and The Daily Star (Beirut). He also gave four interviews which appeared in Persian-language journals and newspapers in Iran. The Arabic translation of his Iranian Intellectuals and the West was published in Beirut, Lebanon and one of his articles ap- peared in translated form in the Turkish journal Dogudan. He was the subject of a profile in the Maxwell Perspective (Spring 20008) and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Iranian American Council for a three year term (2008-2011). Boroujerdi was also quoted in stories that appeared in BBC Arabic, Reuters News, Washington Post, and Toronto Star.


Miriam Elman

(Associate Professor of Political Science) presented a talk entitled “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Internal Politics and External Con- sequences” at the Munk Centre for International Studies at University of Toronto (November 2008). She also delivered a lecture entitled “Does Democracy Tame the Radicals? Lessons from the Middle East” in the PARC Conversations Series at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (November 2008).


Amy Elouafi

(Assistant Professor of History) spent much of the summer undertaking research for her manuscript in progress, Trans/forming the family: women, gender and the palace households in Ottoman Tunisia, at the Tunisian National Archives in Tunis and at the French Foreign Ministry Archives in Nantes, France. A portion of this research will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January as part of a panel on “Reclaiming Family History: Global Perspectives.”


Carol Fadda-Conrey

(Assistant Professor of English) presented a conference paper entitled “Which Way Home, Jack: Authenticating Identities in Arab-American Return Narratives” at the Middle Eastern Studies Association conference in Washington, D.C. (November 2008). She also participated in a special session at the Modern Language Association conference (December 2008) organized by the Discussion Group on Arabic Literature and Culture, presenting her paper “Rescuing the Arab Man: Arab-American Literary Re- formulations of the Arab Male Figure as Other.” Fadda-Conrey’s annotated syllabus, “Middle Eastern Literature: Introduction,” will appear in Teaching World Literature, forthcoming in 2009 from the Modern Language Association.


Deniz Gökalp

(Postdoctoral Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies) presented a conference paper entitled “Caught in the Snare of Violence, Political Islam and Ethno-Nationalism: The New Kurdish Politics in Turkey” at the Middle East Studies Association Conference in Wash- ington, D.C. (November 2008).


Rania Habib

(Assistant Professor of Linguistics) published two papers respectively entitled “The syntax of the Standard Arabic particles ?an and ?anna” in Kleanthes Grohmann and Phoevos Panagiotidis (eds.), Selected Papers from the 2006 Cyprus Syntaxfest, 159-198; and “Humor and Disagreement: Identity Construction and Cross-cultural Enrichment” in Journal of Pragmatics 40 (6), 1117-1145. She also delivered the following lectures and conference papers: “A new model for analyzing sociolinguistic variation: introduction of social constraints to formal theory” at NWAV 37 (New Ways of Analyzing Variation 37) in Houston, Texas (November 2008); “Sociolinguistic variation in Syrian Arabic within the framework of Optimality Theory” at AILA 2008 (The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics) in Essen, Germany (August 2008); “A New Model for Analyzing Sociolin- guistic Variation: The Case of Syrian Arabic” at the Syracuse University Linguistics Colloquium (September 2008). In addition, she received a curriculum development grant from the Luce Project in Religion, Media and International Relations at Syracuse University (October 2008).


Jaklin Kornfilt

(Professor of Linguistics) was on leave in the spring term of 2008. She was a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig during that time, and in March 2008, she taught a course on topics in Turkic syntax at the Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity. In April 2008, she served as a judge at the Turkish Language Olympics held in Darmstadt. In June 2008, she co-taught at Stuttgart University (with Professor Artemis Alexiadou) a course on language contact, with particular attention to Greek dialects influenced by Turkish. Her publications during that time: “Differential Object Marking and Two Types of Differential Subject Marking in Turkish”, “Subject case and Agr(eement) in two types of Turkic rela- tive clauses”, and “Specificity and partitivity in some Altaic languages” (the last together with Klaus von Heusinger, Stuttgart University). Two additional articles will appear in Festschrift volumes: “Revisiting ‘Suspended Affixation’ and other coordinate mysteries” and “A Constraint on Certain Relative Clauses in Turkic.” Kornfilt gave a number of invited talks on Turkish and Turkic during her leave, at various countries and universities. After her return to SU, Kornfilt gave three invited conference and workshop presentations, one of which was with Professor Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, another MES faculty member.