Middle East Studies: Dissident Subjects

The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies is honored to announce an international conference to honor Prof. miriam cooke’s multifaceted career on the occasion of her retirement. Dr. cooke’s colleagues and friends will gather to address issues of relevance to miriam’s artistic and scholarly interests including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mediterranean Studies, Islamic feminism, gender and conflict, and literature. Each of the conference panels will be arranged around one of these themes.



Thursday, April 6 • John Hope Franklin Center Gallery  

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm • Reception for Creative Memory: The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution

Friday, April 7 • Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library 153  

9:00 amIntroductory Remarks by Sally Kornbluth (Duke), Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke), Hae-Young Kim (Duke), Erdağ Göknar (Duke) & Bruce Lawrence (Emeritus, Duke) 

9:45 am Panel 1: Women Claim Islam, facilitated by Ellen McLarney (Duke)

Evelyne Accad (Lebanese American University) • Hina Azam (UT-Austin) • Judith Tucker (Georgetown) • Margot Badran (Wilson Center) • Banu Gökarıksel (UNC)  


1:00 pm • Afternoon Introductory Remarks by Shai Ginsburg (Duke) and Mbaye Lo (Duke)  


1:30 pmPanel 2: Mediterranean Passages, facilitated by Charles Wilkins (Wake Forest)

Susan Slyomovics (UCLA) • Roberto Dainotto (Duke) • Erdağ Göknar (Duke)   


3:00 pmPanel 3: Dissident Arts, facilitated by Nancy Armstrong (Duke)

Muhsin al-Musawi (Columbia) • Fırat Oruç (Georgetown-Qatar) • Farzaneh Milani (UVA) • Negar Mottahedeh (Duke) • Ranjana Khanna (Duke) • Sana Yazigi (creativememory.org)

Saturday, April 8 • John Hope Franklin Center Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, Room 240

10:00 am • Panel 4: Palestine-Israel, facilitated by Susan Slyomovics (UCLA)

Eric Zakim (University of Maryland) • Nadia Yaqub (UNC) • Rebecca Stein (Duke)  


Closing remarks by miriam cooke 


12:00 pm • Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion with Suad Joseph (UC Davis), Zeina Halabi (UNC), Carl Ernst (UNC), Leo Ching (Duke), Ellen McLarney (Duke) & Nancy Armstrong (Duke)


Pre-Conference Materials

April 6, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Duke University

Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Deans, Franklin Humanities Institute Humanities Futures, Duke University Middle East Studies Center & the Duke Islamic Studies Center