Friday, October 30, 2020
1:30pm – 3:00pm
A Peter Green Lecture on the Modern Middle East
Register here to attend the webinar
The Center for Middle East Studies' new research project, Racialization and Racism in the ME and its Diasporas, hosts Eve Troutt Powell, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania; Bam Willoughby, PhD student at Cornell University's Africana Studies and Research Center; and Razan Idris, PhD student at University of Pennsylvania's department of History. The webinar is moderated by Sherene Seikaly of UC, Santa Barbara, and hosted by Nadje Al-Ali, Beshara Doumani of Brown University.
CMES is starting a new initiative to explore intersectional struggles around anti-Black racism and forms racialization in the Middle East and its diasporas. As scholars and students of this region, we are intimately familiar with the battles for dignity and freedom by colonized, occupied, disenfranchised and oppressed people in the region. We are inspired by and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the millions of protesters in the United States and all over the world who are calling for justice and equality. Yet, merely declaring our solidarity in statements is meaningless unless we follow our words with initiatives and action that aim to challenge and transform the knowledge we produce and share, while also addressing our institutional biases and structural racism. This event is the first in a series in which we explore and critically engage with the long history and ongoing forms of anti-Black racism within the region and amongst relevant diaspora communities.