Culture and Representation
Some of the courses within MEIS include: “Representing the Middle East: Issues in the Politics of Culture;” “Middle Eastern and Islamic Cultures, Societies, and Economies;” “Middle East Media and Cultural Politics;” “Repertoires of Representation and the Middle East: Civilization, Humanism, and Branding the Nation;” “Prisms of Cultural Critique and the Modern Middle East;” “Cities of the Middle East;” “Forced Migration, Biopolitics, and the Culture of Memory: The 1923 Greco-Turkish Population Exchange;” “Imaging Palestine and Israel: Issues in the Politics of Representation;” “Arab-Jews and the Writing of Memory.” To bolster their inter-disciplinary training, students can also enroll (after consultation with C & R advisor) in related courses offered via such departments as Art & Public Policy; Media, Culture and Communication; Anthropology; Comparative Literature; Cinema Studies; Performance Studies; and Social and Cultural Analysis.
All students in this track must fulfill the department’s basic requirements for the doctorate (see above). The students must pass two comprehensive (take-home) exams—the major exam, in the field of “Culture and Representation,” and the minor exam, in a subfield. The preparatory reading will emphasize landmark texts related to key debates, but can also include bibliographical references selected according to the individual student’s specific academic interests.
Professor Ella Shohat
Office Address: 665 Broadway Office 603 New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 992-9312
Fax: (212) 995-4689
Professor Ella Shohat's research interests focus on cultural studies and representation. Her books include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke Univ. Press, 2006); Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989; Updated Edition with a new postscript chapter, I.B. Tauris, 2010); Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT & The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998); Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited, Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1997); Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (co-edited, The Univ. of Michigan Press, 2013, Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction Category of the 2014 Arab American Book Award, The Arab American Museum); and with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism (winner of the Katherine Kovacs Singer Best Book Award, Routledge, 1994; Second 20th Anniversary Edition, with a new Afterward chapter, Routledge, 2014); Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003); Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge, 2007); and Race in Translation: Culture Wars Around the Postcolonial Atlantic (NYU press, 2012).
Professor Asli Igsiz - On Leave Fall 2015
Office Address: King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center 53 Washington Square South Room 512 New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 992-9783
Fax: (212) 995-4689
Professor Asli Igsiz's research interests include cultural policy, cultural history and representation, narratives of war and displacement, and dynamics of alterity in the late Ottoman and contemporary Turkish contexts. She teaches courses on representations of war and cultural memory, cultural policy, multiculturalism and neoliberalism in the Middle East in general, Turkey in particular.