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Action Alert: MENA Census Category

The OMB has published a Federal Register Notice calling for public comments on the proposal to add a MENA category. The deadline for public comments is April 30th, 2017After of decades of work, this is an exciting breakthrough! 
 
We are providing sample language here: MENA Action Alert 4.12.17. Please read through it, draft your comment, and sent it to Race-Ethnicity@omb.eop.gov

AMEWS Book Award Now Accepting Nominations!

AMEWS is now taking nominations for it’s annual AMEWS Book Award. Information on the award can be found on their website here:

http://amews.org/amews-book-award/

AANM Travel Grant Application Open

The Arab American National Museum’s summer research travel grant is accepting applications. Deadline: April 14

All information about the grant and application process can be found here: bit.ly/2kk4DHT

TODAY: Waypoints and Watersheds at UM-Dearborn Social Sciences Building room 1500 SSB

Waypoints and Watersheds begins at 5pm today! Join us on UM-Dearborn’s campus in the Social Sciences Building, room 1500 SSB. The full schedule can be found here.

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Join us for Waypoints and Watersheds THIS WEEKEND

Waypoints and Watersheds starts on Friday, and we would love for you to join us! The schedule is here, and registration is here.

 

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Join us for Waypoints and Watersheds!

AASA’s conference will be held March 24-26 in Dearborn, MI. Please join us for this triennial convening of Arab American scholars as we share the latest scholarship in the field and hear from a roundtable of Arab American activists. Most meals are included, and Saturday night will feature DJ Salar Ansari. Check out the schedule here, and register here.

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Deadline Extended for AASA Travel Stipends

The deadline for  Arab American Studies Association Travel Stipends has been extended to Monday, February 21, 2017.

Travel stipends of up to $250 will be awarded to qualified candidates to participate in the 2017 AASA conference in Dearborn, “Waypoints and Watersheds: Arab American Activism and Memories, A Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War.” The funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other related expenses.

For more information: 2017-aasa-travel-stipend

Apply for an AASA travel stipend

Call for Applications: Arab American Studies Association Travel Stipend 2017

Travel stipends of up to $250 will be awarded to qualified candidates to participate in the 2017 AASA conference in Dearborn, “Waypoints and Watersheds: Arab American Activism and Memories, A Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War.” The funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other related expenses.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

For more information: 2017-aasa-travel-stipend

Announcing AASA’s 2017 conference

Please join us for our upcoming conference–check out the schedule and register today!

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Arab American Panels at MLA

If you will be at the MLA conference this weekend, please see below for information about Arab American Panels.

Session 200: States of In/Security: Global Palestine in Literature, Culture, Art, and Activism
Friday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Program arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American Forum

Presiding: Karim Mattar, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Speakers: Salah Hassan, Michigan State University; Helga Tawil-Souri, NYU Steinhardt; Dana Olwan, Syracuse University; Olivia Harrison, University of Southern California

Session Description: This roundtable gathers scholars, writers, artists, and activists to discuss how the question of Palestine has shaped literary, artistic, and cultural representations of in/security in Israel/Palestine and around the world; the politics of global solidarity and activism in response to the security state; and the insecurity of lives subject to various technologies and discourses of state control.

Session 473. Beyond Bounds: The Refugee in Global Arab Literary Studies
Saturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 406, Philadelphia Marriott

Session arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American Forum

Session Description: This panel explores concepts of forced migration, exile, and globality as shaped by literary discussions of the Arab refugee across textual, epistemic, disciplinary, and geographical boundaries.

Presiding: Carol N. Fadda, Syracuse University

Presenters:

Charlotta Salmi, Univ. of Birmingham, “At the Border/In the Gutter: the Graphic Refugee

Narrative and the Limits of Global Anglophone Studies.”

Anna Ziajka Stanton, The University of Texas at Austin, “Precarious Bodies: Translating Iraq in America,”

Danielle Haque, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato, “Humans and Citizens: Resisting Humanism in Refugee Narratives”

Session 735. Writing Migrant Selves in Transnational Arab Contexts
Sunday, 8 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Franklin 6, Philadelphia Marriott

Collaborative Session arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American and Life Writing Forums

Presidential Theme panel. This panel has been approved by the MLA current president, Kwame Anthony Appiah for inclusion as one of the sessions that will be listed under the 2017 MLA presidential theme “Boundary Conditions.”

Session Description: This panel examines Arab constructions of selfhood in terms of nation, religion, sexuality, and migration. It aims to expand our thinking about both Arab migrant literatures and the genre of autobiography by exploring how narrative constructions of different kinds of Arab migrant selves—queer, feminist, religious, oppositional—intervene in both Arab and Euro-American traditions of life writing.

Presiding: Georgia Kathryn Johnston, Saint Louis University and Pauline Homsi Vinson, Diablo Valley College

Presenters:

Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and Violence in Contemporary Arab Women’s Diasporic Writing”

Mootacem Bellah Mhiri, Vassar College, “Transnational Constructions of Muslim Feminist Selfhood in Mernissi’s Scheherazade Goes West”

Carolyn Ownbey, McGill University, “(Non)Citizenship and Narration: Anton Shammas’ Arabesques”