We congratulate UCSB’s CMES affiliated PhD student Alex Schultz (History of Art & Architecture Dept) for successfully completing and presenting her dissertation “Living and Dying in Water: Fluid Infrastructure Disruptions in Urban Egypt (1870-1935).” Her (very impressed) committee members are Nuha Khoury, Swati Chattopadhyay, Paul Amar, and Michael Provence (UCSD).

CMES Director Sherene Seikaly (History) has received a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will be working on her book From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine that charts the trajectory of her great-grandfather Naim Cotran (c.1877-1961) from nineteenth century mobility across Baltimore and Sudan to twentieth century immobility in Lebanon. Cotran was a Palestinian man who was at once a colonial officer and a colonized subject, a slave-holder and a refugee, whose homeland was dismembered. The book places the question of Palestine in a global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession. 

Laila Shereen Sakr (Film and Media Studies) will exhibit Capital Glitch: Arab Cyborg Turns to D.C., an interactive art installation, from November 5 through December 3 at the Gallery QI at UCSD. An exhibition in three-acts, Capital Glitch, reflects on the events leading up to and taking place during the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol through cultural analytics of social media. It consists of a 30-foot wall of interactive mosaics, glitch metal prints, and holograms in a mixed reality immersive experience. The exhibit will premiere in-person on 11/5 at 5 pm PST, featuring an artist presentation and panel discussion. A livestream will accompany the event. Find more information here.

Farshad Sonboldel joined UCSB in October 2021 as Middle East Studies Librarian and Area Studies Collection Strategist. He is a poet, literary critic and researcher in modern Persian literature. His books in Persian include two selections of his poems titled Metropolis and She’r-e Boland-e Sharayet, a research monograph, Gozaresh-e Nahib-e Jonbesh-e Adabi-e Shahin: Tondar Kia, and an edited volume on the current trends of the literary criticism in Persian literature titled Naqd-e Irad. His forthcoming book is The politics of poetic experimentation: reimaging the history of alternative poetic movements in Iran (1800-1960). He is the book review editor for MELA Notes.