On Saturday, December 1, four students in Professor Lothspeich’s Asia 331/PWAD 3331/HIST 335 “Cracking India: Partition and its Legacy in South Asia,” presented papers on the panel “Gendered Violence at the Time of India’s Partition,” at the Feminisms Here and Now conference organized by graduate students at UNC. The papers of Azba Wahid, Laurel Cunningham, Aashka Patel (Asian Studies major and honors student), and Hannah Feinsilber all dealt with different aspects of the violence women faced when India gained Independence in 1947 and new borders were drawn, creating Pakistan and precipitating mass migrations and upheaval. The panel was well-attended and closed with a lively Q&A.
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Dr. Khalid Shahu, Teaching Assistant Professor in Arabic, will offer a new course, “Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic” (ASIA 490-01) in the spring semester of 2019. Please see the attached flyer for more details. Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic Flyer
The UNC campus newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel, has published an article on the establishment of a new Turkish Community Center in Chapel Hill.
A new Turkish Cultural and Community Center, funded in part by Noble Prize winner Aziz Sancar’s foundation, will create interactions between American students at UNC and Turkish students when it opens in spring of 2019.
Gwen Sancar, president of the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, said Chapel Hill needs the center to help bring Turkey’s culture to Americans.
Professor Didem Havlioglu of our department is quoted in the article.
Professor Nadia Yaqub, Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, was interviewed in the journal Film Quarterly on her new book, Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018). The interview is vital reading on “the first book-length study of 1970s Palestinian cinema available in English.”
Assistant Professor Claudia Yaghoobi’s student, Rain Tiller, had their work accepted by Sprinkle: An Undergraduate Journal of Queer and Feminist Studies for publication. Their work was entitled, “A Forbidden Act: Illicit Sex and the Colonial Heterosexual Matrix.”
A group of students in Assistant Professor Claudia Yaghoobi’s “Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature” class presented their findings at UNC’s Celebration of Undergraduate research. Dhalia Mohamed, Stephanie Cales, Michael Myers, Gregory Sanders, and Jessica Glass won an award for the presentation of their topic, “Modernity Versus Tradition in Fatima Mernissi’s Dreams of Trespass.”
One of Associate Professor Gang Yue’s students, Jasmyn Thomas, has been awarded the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship. The award aims provide access to education abroad by providing scholarships to US students that are consistently underrepresented in study abroad, from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Jasmyn was selected among a pool of over 2,300 students from across the country