U.S. Hegemony & the Arab World Conference Program

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DAY 1: Friday April 20

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. in front of SMSU Events Center

12:00-2:00: Lunch & opening at SMSU Events Center

2:00-3:30: Orientalism, Anti-Zionism and Decolonizing Imperial Education (Uinversity Hall (UH)-053)

Chair: Jamal Nassar, CSUSB-CIMES

Maha Nassar, University of Arizona

Resisting Imperial Orientalism


Loubna Qutami, University of California, Riverside

Precarious Lives and Uncertain Times: Anti-Zionism as a Tenet to Syrian Refugee Survival, Dignity and Agency


Saliem Shehadeh, University of California, Los Angeles

Decolonizing Education in the US: Palestine on College Campuses


3:30-4:00 Coffee Break


4:00-5:30: Women’s Activism in the Arab World and Beyond (UH-053)

Chair: Mahbuba Hammad, CSUSB-CIMES


Sahar Khamis, University of Maryland

What's Next for Arab Women's Mediated Activism(s) and Resistance(s)...


Rana A. Sharif, University of California, Los Angeles

Discursive Ruptures: Instagraming the Revolution and Heteropatriarchal Nationalism


Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino

U.S. Media Darlings: Arab and Muslim Women Activists, Exceptionalism, and the “Rescue Narrative”


5:30-6:00 Break


6:00-6:45: Dinner (SMSU Events Center)


6:45-8: Keynote Speech (SMSU Events Center)

Dr. Ghada Karmi, The University of Exeter

“Israel/Palestine at 70: Still Married to Another Man”


DAY 2: Saturday April 21

8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast (UH-052)

9:00-10:30: US Hegemony and Regional Conflicts (UH-053)

Chair: Dany Doueiri, CSUSB-CIMES


Tareq Y. Ismael, University of Calgary

Kurdistan and the Iraqi State


Elizabeth Bishop, Texas State University

Negotiated Geography:... Barzani and US Hegemony in the Arab World


Ibrahim Aoudé, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Turkey: Regional Conflict and Imperatives of State

10:30-10:45: Break


10:45-12:15: Conflict in the Gulf Region (UH-053)

Chair: David Yaghoubian, CSUSB-CIMES


Sahar Razavi, Northern Arizona University

Zealous Pragmatism: Friends and Foes in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Zahid Khan,  Shanghai University

China's Energy Driven Initiatives with Iran


Tomi Pulkkinen, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Houthi Rebellion in the Context of the Global War on Terror


12:15-1:00: Lunch (SMSU Events Center)


1:00-2:10: Keynote Speech (SMSU Events Center):

Dr. Hatem Bazian, University of California, Berkeley

“Arabs, Muslims and Embedded Intellectuals: Empire and Academia in 21st Century”

2:15-3:45: The Arab Spring, US and (Political) Islam (UH-053)

Chair: Ece Algan, CSUSB-CIMES


Mushtaq Ul Haq Sikander, Independent Scholar

The Arab Spring & Role of US


Mohamed-Ali Adraoui, Georgetown University

The US and Political Islam


Yousef K. Baker, California State University, Long Beach

The American Need for the Muslim Menace

3:45-4:00: Coffee Break

4:00-6:00: Film Screening at SMSU Theater: 1948: Creation & Catastrophe

Q & A with filmmakers Ahlam Muhtaseb & Andy Trimlett