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Laila Shereen Sakr has a solo exhibition and two installation in group exhibitions

Laila Shereen Sakr has a solo exhibition and two installation in group exhibitions

Assistant Professor Laila Shereen Sakr (Film & Media Studies)  has a busy and creative year. February to March, 2020, Laila’s solo exhibition at the American University of Cairo’s (AUC) Tahrir Cultural Center, Beit Um Amel /بيت ام امل X“, shared a virtual archive of “Pixelated self-portraits, digital archives of social media activity in the aftermath Read More ... ...
Paul Amar (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies) receives two prestigious grants

Paul Amar (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies) receives two prestigious grants

Congratulations to Professor Paul Amar (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, Professor of Global Studies) and the Orfalea Center for receiving $240,000 from the Ford Foundation and $175,000 from the Carnegie Corp. Read more about these grants and the projects they will fund HERE. ...
Faculty Spotlight: Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies)

Professor Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies) publishes several chapters and articles on Kabbalah (part of Jewish tradition that deals with the essence of God) in 2020. A few highlights are below. “Ṣimṣum, Lichtung, and the Leap of Bestowing Refusal: Kabbalistic and Heideggerian Metaontology in Dialogue.” In Tsimtsum and Modernity: Lurianic Heritage in Modern Philosophy and Theology, edited by A. Read More ... ...
James White (History) successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia”.

James White (History) successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia”.

James White of the UCSB History Department successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia, on Friday, 28 August.  Combining Greek and Near Eastern textual, visual, and material evidence with insights from archaeological reconstruction of ancient military equipment, this dissertation makes a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of warfare and culture in the Achaemenid Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Adam Sabra (History)

Faculty Spotlight: Adam Sabra (History)

Admar Sabra (History) publishes Kitāb Dustūr al-gharāʾib wa-maʿdan al-raghāʾib and Related Texts with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers. This is the first publication of the official correspondence of the leading religious scholar and literary figure, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abi al-Hasan al-Bakri al-Siddiqi al-Shafi‘i Sibt Al al-Hasan. It provides a window into the world of an influential Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies)

Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies) has a book in press with Routledge/Taylor & Francis titled The Musical Heritage of al-Andalus that deals with music in medieval Iberia from the Muslim conquest in 711 CE to the final expulsion of the Moriscos (Muslims converted voluntarily or involuntarily to Christianity) in 1609-14. This volume documents the various cultural Read More ... ...
CMES Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

CMES Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

On June 29, 2020, the Board of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) released a statement in solidarity with the uprisings against systemic racism and anti-Blackness. The Executive Board of UCSB’s Center for Middle East Studies enthusiastically supports the below statement from MESA, with emphasis on the need for action above rhetoric. “Black lives matter. Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Professor Mona Damluji, in the Film and Media Studies Department, focuses on media in the Middle East and the history of the oil industry’s relationship to cinema in the region. She is the first to say that her path to UCSB has been anything but conventional. She first studied architecture at Tufts University with a Read More ... ...
Meet Middle East Studies Major: Maribelle Boutros

Meet Middle East Studies Major: Maribelle Boutros

Maribelle Boutros has a knack for language.  Learning Arabic and Spanish is central in her studies at UCSB. Boutros — a fourth-year Global Studies and Middle East Studies double major — is an Arabic tutor at CLAS, a translation studies minor, and plans to either teach English abroad or work as a translator. “I love Read More ... ...
Welcome to our three interns!

Welcome to our three interns!

CMES gained three interns.  From left to right they are: Katherine Schwartz, Matthew Ross and Clare Doyle. Katherine Schwartz will be masterminding our newsletter and interviews. Matthew Ross will be leading our social media and events planning. Clare Doyle will be working on our K-12 programming. We are thrilled to have them join our team! ...
CMES Faculty, Mona Damluji, receives NEH fellowship

CMES Faculty, Mona Damluji, receives NEH fellowship

Mona Damluji (Department of Film & Media Studies) has received a NEH fellowship in support of her writing about the nexus of cinema culture and the oil industry. To learn more see this article in The Current. Congratulations Professor Damluji! ...