Postcolonial Theory and The Middle East- Case Western Reserve University

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
in Collaboration with the
Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies
Announces a Conference

Title: Postcolonial Theory and the Middle East

Dates: Saturday evening, October 29 through Monday, October, 31 2005

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Convener: Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Sponsor: The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies, Professor Peter Haas, Director, Case Western Reserve University

Conference Chair: Philip Carl Salzman, McGill University

Proceedings Publishers: Israel Affairs and Routledge Press (Spring 2007) Philip Carl Salzman, McGill University; Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College; Efraim Karsh, King’s College, University of London, Co-Editors

Sessions, Participants, Topics

Participants in SPME Conference on
“Postcolonial Theory and the Middle East”

Sunday morning, 30 October


9:00 Chair: Ed Beck, SPME President

9:10 Irfan KHAWAJA, John Jay College, CUNY
“Realism, Nominalism, & Orientalism: Edward Said on the Essence of Islam”

9:40 discussion

9:50 Ed MORGAN, Law, University of Toronto
“What Really Was Said: History as Advocacy”

10:20 discussion

10:30 coffee break

10:50 Ronald NIEZEN, Anthropology, McGill University
“Postcolonialism and the Utopian Imagination”

11:20 discussion

11:30 Laurie ZOLOTH, Medicine, Northwestern University
“Mistaken-ness and the Nature of the ‘Post’: The Ethics and the Inevitability of Error in Theoretical Work”

12:00 discussion

12:10 Discussant: Jonathan ADELMAN, International Relations, Univ. of Denver

12:30 general discussion

12:50 end of Session I

Sunday afternoon, 30 October


2:30 Chair: Judith S. Jacobson, Public Health, Columbia University

2:40 Herbert LEWIS, Anthropology, Wisconsin
“The Influence of Edward Said & Orientalism on Anthropology”

3:10 discussion

3:20 Jonathan ADELMAN, International Relations, University of Denver
“What Does Postcolonialism Do to Russian and Chinese Studies?

3:50 discussion

4:00 coffee break

4:20 Ilan TROEN, History, Ben-Gurion University & Brandeis University
“De-Judaizing the Homeland: Academic politics in rewriting the history of Palestine”

4:50 discussion

5:00 Gerald STEINBERG, Political Studies, Bar Ilan University
“Postcolonial Theory and the Ideology of ‘Peace Studies'”

5:30 discussion

5:40 Discussant: Ronald NIEZEN, Anthropology, McGill University

6:00 general discussion

6:20 end of Session II

Monday morning, 31 October


9:00 Chair: Nidra Poller, Author & Journalist, Paris

9:10 Efraim KARSH, Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London
“The Missing Piece: Islamic Imperialism”

9:40 discussion

9:50 David COOK, Religious Studies, Rice University
“The Muslim Man’s Burden: Explaining the Great Islamic Conquests in the Light of Postcolonial Theory by Contemporary Arab and Muslim Intellectuals”

10:20 discussion

10:30 coffee break

10:50 William IRONS, Anthropology, Northwestern University
“Yomut Turkmen Ethnography and Postcolonial Theory”

11:20 discussion

11:30 Phyllis CHESLER, Psychology, C.U.N.Y.
“The Palestinianization of the Feminist Academy: Stalinism, Postmodernism, and Islamic Apocalypse Now.”

12:00 discussion

12:10 Discussant: Donna ROBINSON DIVINE, Government, Smith College

12:20 general discussion

12:40 end of Session III

Monday afternoon, 31 October


2:30 Chair: Ruth Contreras, Jewish Studies, University of Vienna

2:40 Andrew BOSTOM, Medicine, Brown University

“Negating the Legacy of Jihad in Palestine”

3:20 discussion

3:30 Philip Carl SALZMAN, Anthropology, McGill University

“Postcolonial Theory and Middle Eastern Tribes”

4:00 discussion

4:10 coffee break

4:30 Irwin MANSDORF, Psychology, Jerusalem Project for Democracy in the Middle East

“The Psychology of Post-Colonial Revisionism in the Arab World: An Analysis of ‘Occupation’ and ‘Right of Return’”

5:00 discussion

5:10 Gideon SHIMONI, Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Postcolonialism and the History of Zionism”

5:40 discussion

5:50 Discussant: Peter HAAS Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University

6:10 general discussion

6:30 end of session IV

Closing Comments

6:30 Remarks on publication of proceedings: Philip Carl Salzman

6:40 Closing remarks: Ed Beck

6:40 end of conference sessions

Postcolonial Theory and The Middle East- Case Western Reserve University

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