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Contribute to the Syrian Studies Association Bulletin
The Syrian Studies Association Bulletin (https://ojcs.siue.edu/ojs/index.php/ssa) invites feature, news, and research article proposals for its forthcoming issue, covering issues of contemporary or historic interest in Bilad al-Sham and modern Syria.
We seek short abstracts (50-200 words) from scholars and practitioners who work in or on Syria and related issues, including human rights, journalism, military studies, international relations, archeology, media studies, trauma and conflict, etc. (Word counts are flexible but generally range from 500-1500 for research notes, 1000-3000 for features, and 500-1500 for news or other pieces.)
Please send abstracts to Editor Andrea L Stanton (andrea.l.stanton at gmail dot com) Authors wishing to have a Syria-related book reviewed or those wishing to write book or film reviews are encouraged to contact Book Review Editor Ben Smuin (bensmuin at gmail dot com.) Contributors are not required to be members of the Syrian Studies Association; graduate student contributions are welcome.
The SSA at MESA 2014
SSA Business Meetings
- Executive Board Meeting (Sat, 11/22, 1-2:00pm, Park Tower, Suite 8224 (L)):
Meeting for current members of the SSA Executive Board.
- Business Meeting (Saturday, 11/22, 2:30-3:30, Virginia B (L)):
All general members and prospective members of SSA welcome.
Agenda: SSA Election results, Treasury report, new business.
- SSA Panel Discussion: (Saturday, 11/22, 3:30-5pm, Virginia B (L)):
An event open to all conference attendees.
New Perspectives on the Syrian Conflict with
Adrienne L. Fricke (Syria Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights),
Mapping War Crimes: Attacks on Medical Infrastructure and Personnel in Syria
In Syria, we have seen persistent violations of international humanitarian law. The targeting of health workers and medical infrastructure are a hallmark of the Syrian conflict. When hospitals are destroyed and medical workers are killed, more is lost than buildings and individual lives: whole communities suffer.
Salam Al Kuntar (Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania),
Syrian Cultural Heritage at Risk: Current observation and Protection Efforts
In Syria, cultural heritage is part of everyday life. It creates shared bonds to a common past, standing as a tangible reminder of the millennia of experience that have shaped the Syrian national identity. The destruction of Syrian heritage therefore presents immediate preservation and social concerns, elevating the need to address the protection of the country’s cultural fabric. This talk addresses the protection efforts of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center's project, Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq (SHOSI), in documenting the ongoing damage to cultural heritage and developing specific interventions that empower Syrians to protect and preserve their own heritage.
Harout Ekmanian (Journalist, Civilitas Foundation),
Challenges of the Armenian Community in Syria During the Syrian Uprising
This talk analyzes the political, social and cultural development of the Syrian Armenian community under Baath party rule (from 1963 until present), its transformation during the presidency of Bashar Assad since 2000, and its dilemma during the present Syrian conflict. Within a complex web of decades-old alliances among sects, clans, businesses and a security apparatus in Syria, Armenians have forged both as a community and as individuals relations with the regime through its army, security agencies, and influential Baath party officials. Did these networks help or fail the Armenian community during the Syrian Uprising? Were the representatives of the regime honest partners or they were exploiters.? How will the Armenian community survive, transform, or cease to exist after the collapse of or change in the Syrian political system?
Sharon Smith (Aga Khan Documentation Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
2014 Election Results
The SSA welcomes three new members to its Executive Board: Geoffrey Schad, Melanie Tanielian, and Charles Wilkins. The Board also thanks Thomas Pierret, Max Weiss, and Stacy Fahrenthold, who will leave the Board at the end of 2014.
You can read about our new officers below:
Dr. Geoffrey Schad is a Visiting Scholar with the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania and will be a Lecturer in Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studiesin spring 2015. A social historian of Syria during the French Mandate, he is a co-founder and past list editor of H-Levant and has served the Syrian Studies Association as newsletter editor, secretary-treasurer, and board member at large. Geoff returns to the Board to serve as Secretary-Treasurer through 2016.
Member at Large:
Dr. Melanie Tanielian is assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Prof. Beshara Doumani. Her dissertation, "The War of Famine: Everyday Life in Wartime Beirut and Mount Lebanon (1914-1918)", is a socio-economic study of daily life at the Lebanese homefront during the First World War, seen through the lens of famine, family, disease and medicine, as well as local, state, and international humanitarian relief. Her research interests include the history of WWI in the Middle East, the emergence of religious philanthropic societies in times of conflict, the history of German missionaries, social Protestantism and modern humanitarianism, disease, medicine, and hospitals, the history Childhood and Youth. Melanie will serve the SSA as Member-at-Large through 2016.
Syrian Studies Association Bulletin
The SSA publishes a bulletin with articles, association news, research notes, and book reviews related to Syria and Syrian Studies twice a year. The latest issue (19.2, Fall 2014) contains a feature article on Shi'i piety as well as field notes from the region. It also includes news of the Syrian Studies Association and book and film reviews.
The Table of Contents for the latest issue is included below. The full contents of this newsletter can be found at the SSA newsletter's dedicated website. Back issues are posted in the SSA newsletter archives.
Vol 19, No 2 (2014): Fall 2014 Issue
Table of Contents
Letter from the President
|Letter from the President||PDF HTML|
|Sex and the Cemetery: Iranian Pilgrims, Shrine Visitation, and Shi‘i Piety in Damascus||PDF HTML|
Syrian Studies Association News
|Syrian Studies Association Annual Meeting||PDF HTML|
|Syrian Studies Association News: 2014 General Elections Results||PDF HTML|
|Middle East Studies Association 2014, Washington D.C.: Syrian Studies Association Sponsored Panels||PDF HTML|
|Syrian Education and Education for Syrians: A Letter from the Graduate Student Representative||PDF HTML|
|Tuyour al-Amal and Informal Education for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon||PDF HTML|
|Beverly A Tsacoyianis|
|Review Syria Speaks||HTML PDF|
|Lovisa Ulrika Berg|
|Esther van Eijk. Family Law in Syria. A Plurality of Laws, Norms and Legal Practices||HTML PDF|
|Faedah M. Totah, Preserving the Old City of Damascus (review)||HTML PDF|
|James A. Reilly|