From: Ann L. Bragdon [SMTP:annbrag@...
Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 4:25 PM
Subject: FW: AAA Public Policy Forum-Violence Against the Middle East
FYI. If you are attending the AAA meetings, you may be interested in the
session organized by the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological
Association. The session will open with a keynote address by former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Please note the description and time of the
address. I am forwarding this because the official schedule of AAA meetings
"failed" to note this important "public policy forum" at our meeting.
Please publicize by forwarding to colleagues who attend and would be
interested in hearing Ramsey Clark on this important topic. Thanks. Ann
From: "William C. Young" <wcyoung@...
Subject: AAA Public Policy Forum-Violence Against the Middle East
Date: Sat, Oct 2, 1999, 8:56 AM
AAA Public Policy Forum-Violence Against the Middle East
A session at the American Anthropological Association meeting,
Thursday, November 18, 4 - 6:15 p.m.
Chicago Hilton & Towers
International Ballroom N, Second Floor
Although those of us who have lived in the Middle East have rarely
experienced it as a violent place, it is almost always portrayed as violent
by the U.S. news media. U.S. State department bulletins constantly harp on
the theme of violence "in" the Middle East. This has the ideological effect
of justifying U.S. violence AGAINST the Middle East. Many examples of this
(for example, the American bombing of Sudan) can be cited, but surely the
most horrific - and the least discussed in American circles - is U.S.
violence against Iraq.
Professor Laura Nader (UC, Berkeley) and Professor McGuire Gibson (Oriental
Institute, U of Chicago) will present their thoughts on this crucial human
issue, an issue about which all Middle East anthropologists must certainly
have an opinion.
The session will open with a keynote address by former U.S. Attorney General
Ramsey Clark, after which Professor Gibson will describe the effects of U.S.
bombing and sanctions on Iraq's archaeological heritage. He will present
slides depicting the ongoing destruction of standing monuments and
archaeological sites and discuss the crisis caused by the boom in the
illegal antiquities market since the Gulf War. Although he will focus on
Iraq he will also survey the situation in the rest of the Near East.
Professor Nader will discuss issues of silence, academic complicity in state
sanctioned violence, and the silencing of those who attempt to use
anthropological insights to critique the violence unleashed by the U.S. on a
whole range of Middle Eastern societies, including Iraq.
The session is co-chaired by Professor Jane Hill, anthropologist at the
University of Arizona and President of the American Anthropological
Association and Professor Fadwa El Guindi, anthropologist at the University
of Southern California and President of the Middle East Section of the
American Anthropological Association.
To stay abreast of this important debate, all anthropologists with
interests in the Middle East are urged to attend. For more information,
please see the web page at
Middle East Section
Our Web Site: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9361