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10th Annual Middle East Studies Conference


Saturday, April 19, 2008
Panels will take place 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mosher Alumni House, UCSB

This conference is free and open to the public.

The conference examines the concept and evolution of sectarianism. What is the role played by foreign powers, such as the United States, in making sectarian identity so central to contemporary political, social, and economic systems? Featuring: 

  • "Five Years and Counting: Defining Progress in Iraq" (Dahr Jamail, independent U.S. correspondent)
  • "The 'New' Middle East and its Social Categories" (Dr. Julie Peteet, Univ. of Louisville)
  • General media coverage of recent conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Gender, class, and ethnicity
  • The role of piety and pilgrimage
  • Iraqi refugees in Jordan
  • Free concert performed by Middle East Ensemble of UCSB  

Supported by the UCSB Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the UC Humanities Research Institute, and the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

For further information, contact:

Professor Kathleen Moore
Director, CMES,
(805) 893 7537


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