MESP FACULTY UPDATE


Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Political Science) published “Islam and the Promenades of Global Media” in Rethinking Religion and World Affairs (Oxford University Press, 2012), and “Humble Secularism” in Civil Society and Democ- racy in Iran (Lexington Press, 2012). He gave talks on Iran at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the United States Institute of Peace, Hamilton College, National Defense University, the University of Oklahoma and The International Society for Iranian Studies conference (in Istanbul), and he was quoted in New York Times, United Press International, Al Jazeera English, Associated Press, and Toronto Star.

Miriam F. Elman (Political Science) published “The Arab Spring and the Future of Democracy in the Middle East: Rethinking Middle Eastern Studies,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2012). The article appeared in a special issue of the journal devoted to the Arab Spring. Additionally, Elman’s co- edited book, Democracy and Conflict Resolution: the Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking, was recently accepted for publication by Syracuse University Press. In Spring 2012, Elman assisted the Maxwell School’s Executive Education Program to develop and teach a new mini-course on “Democratic Transitions and Contested Democracy: a Cross Regional Approach” for the visiting Leaders of Democracy Fellows from the MENA region. While revising her book manuscript Family Fortunes: Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia for publication with University of Texas Press, 

Amy Kallander (History) has embarked on a number of new projects. These included exploring the role of social media in the Tunisian revolution for a panel on media and social movements at the Middle East Studies Association annual conference in December, and a paper discussing the cinematic representation of Tunisian women for the “Narrating the Arab Spring” conference at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in February 2012. This panel was sponsored by the AMEWS (Association of Middle East Women’s Studies).

Kallander also serves on the editorial advisory board of the affiliated journal. Kallander taught two new courses this year that included the uprisings spreading across the Arab world in 2011: “The Arab Revolutions” and “Popular Culture in the Middle East.” In Spring 2012, Kallander was a faculty fellow at the SU Humanities Center where she organized a symposium on Middle East media and cultural politics bringing Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, to speak at SU.

Carol Fadda-Conrey (English) presented the paper “What About Arab Men? Representations of the Male Figure in Contemporary Arab-American Literary Texts” at the Contemporary Research in Arab American Studies confer- ence, held in November 2011 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. She was invited to participate in Le Moyne College’s “Middle East and Beyond Symposium: Thinking about Sept. 11 Ten Years After.” The title of her presentation was “Rethinking the Mobilization of Gender and Sexuality in the U.S. National Security State Post Sept. 11.” Her essay “Arab American Citizenship in Crisis: Destabilizing Representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US after 9/11” appeared in a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on “Fiction after 9/11” (2011).

Ken Frieden (Religion and Judaic Studies) received a Humboldt grant and a Fulbright Fellowship to do research on travel narratives in Düsseldorf, Germany from June to October 2012. In addition, to support his project on Travels in Translation, he has received the SU Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship for Spring 2013.

Tazim Kassam (Religion) taught an introductory course on Islam in an online format during the spring semester. The asynchronous format enabled both main campus and university college students to enroll thus expanding the opportunity to study Islam. In the summer of 2012, Prof. Kassam attended an institute organized by ITS at Syracuse that focused on pedagogical strategies and technological resources for online learning and teaching. Prof. Kassam will offer two sections of REL/MES/SAS 165, “Discovering Islam” online during the Spring 2013 semester.

Osamah Khalil (History) delivered several conference papers related to his book project. The first paper, “The New World Order: The Decline of Middle East Studies and the Rise of the Think Tanks, 1971-2001,” was presented at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting (December 2011). He also presented, “Arab Spring or New Arab Cold War?: Revolutions, Counter-revolutions, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” at the “Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East & North Africa” conference hosted by the American University of Beirut (January 2012). Both papers were adapted for inclusion in proposed edited volumes. In addition, he participated in a work- shop hosted by Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities on “OSS, Intelligence, and Knowledge of the World,” and delivered the paper, “Constructing Interests and Expertise: The OSS and the Origins of Middle East Studies, 1940-1945” (April 2012). He also published a review of Menachem Klein’s The Shift in the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Finally, Khalil was awarded the Appleby-Mosher Grant from the Dean of the Maxwell School to support research on his book project, tentatively titled Constructing the Middle East: U.S. Foreign Policy, Area Studies, and the Politics of Knowledge, 1902-2012.