Prof. Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies) has won two major awards for his book, The Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus (Routledge, 2020), a well earned recognition of a major contribution to the fields of Middle East Studies, Spanish history, and ethnomusicology. The American Historian Association awarded Reynolds the Premio del Rey for a distinguished book in English in the field of early Spanish history, and the American Musicological Society awarded Reynolds the Early Music Award.
Farshad Sonboldel, the Middle East Studies Librarian and Area Studies Collection Strategist at UCSB, has been awarded the Nyholm Prize. The prize is awarded to “a librarian, [who] in the judgment of the University Librarian, aided by consultants he [sic] may elect, has made during the past year an outstanding contribution to librarianship, be it excellence of performance, catalyzing influence, or some other act of distinction.”
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.