Past Conferences

Waypoints and Watersheds: Arab American Activism and Memories, A Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

2nd Triennial Conference on Arab American Studies
Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

24-26 March, 2017

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The AASA Inaugural Conference:

Beyond the Label: Arab American Faces, Places, and Traces

successfully concluded at the

Dearborn, Michigan
April 4-6, 2014

A conference organized by the Arab American Studies Association and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI., in honor of Alixa Naff (1919-2013).

3-7:30 p.m. Fri., April 4, 2014
8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sat., April 5, 2014
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun., April 6, 2014

About the Conference
The label “Arab American” is imbued with layered meanings within both academic settings and public arenas. Variously embraced, sometimes contested, often redefined, Arab American identity constructions have been influenced by historical factors, discourses of self-identification, and normative processes of data collection. Foremost in promoting understanding of the changing nature of the Arab American label have been influential works by archivists and historians such as Alixa Naff, whose contributions to archiving Arab American history include a collection of oral histories and artifacts that she catalogued and donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Her preeminent publication, Becoming American: The Early Arab-American Experience, remains a pioneering and influential history of Arab Americans.

Panel themes include
Arab American Feminist Studies; Early Visions of Arabs in America; Arabs on Screen and Stage; Arabs as Ethnic Minorities in the United States; Arab American Writers; Religion, Race, and Class; and Transnationalism in Arab American Identity

Keynote Address Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis

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Contemporary Research in
Arab American Studies:
New Trends and Critical Perspectives 

A Conference Honoring Michael Suleiman

Arab American National Museum
Dearborn, MI

November 4-6, 2011

This gathering of scholars, writers, and community members honors Dr. Michael Suleiman, a pioneer in the field of Arab American Studies, who passed away in 2010. The conference will feature scholarly presentations, readings, and performances highlighting the diverse approaches to contemporary research in Arab American Studies.

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