The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut will hold its third international conference, titled "Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East." The conference will take place January 6-9 at the AUB campus. Participants will examine the ruptures and connections created by current and past encounters between America and the Middle East—whether economic, political, or cultural—as they have been narrated and as they have been experienced.
The conference will open with an address featuring William Scott Lucas (Birmingham University) on “Blasts, Drones, and Tweets: Obama and the Perils of Liberal Intervention.” In the two full days of sessions that follow, over eighty scholars from fifteen countries in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East will examine topics related to the current and past connections and ruptures between America and the Middle East. Two plenary sessions will take place on January 7. The first, entitled “Views from Abroad: Redefining Globalization between the U.S. and the Middle East,” will feature U.S. scholars Alex Lubin, Brian Edwards and Harilaos Stecopoulos. The second, a non-traditional hip hop performance entitled “Middle East LA,” will feature Mark Gonzales, Nizar Wattad, and Omar Chakaki from the Humanwirtes project. Professor Ussama Makdisi from Rice University will close the conference with an address entitled “After Orientalism: Rethinking the Study of U.S.-Middle East Relations”, followed by comments by Professor Melani McAlister (Georgetown University).
Apart from the opening session, which takes place at Le Meridien Commodore Hotel on Jan 6 at 6pm, all paper sessions will be held in West Hall on the AUB campus and will be open to students and the public free of charge.
The Center for American Studies and Research was launched in 2003 with a major gift from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. It is an independent academic center that seeks to promote better understanding between the people of United States and those of the Arab world through teaching, research and outreach efforts.