NEWS & UPDATES
Campus announces Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Iranian Studies.
The Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Iranian Studies, financed by her contribution and a grant of $500,000 from the University of California Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs, will support teaching and research by a faculty member in the Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES), with a preference for work focused on ancient Iran.
Alison Joseph (NES, Ph.D. 2012) is a recipient of a 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. She is one of ten recipients of the prestigious Lautenschlaeger Award for her first book, Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics (Fortress Press, 2015). The Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology grants the Lautenschlaeger Award annually to ten scholars from around the world and across academic disciplines. A committee of twenty-three members from nineteen different countries selected this year’s winners. Joseph and the other recipients will be honored formally with an award ceremony in May 2016 at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.
Winners of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise 2015 - Further information
Anna Cruz, Ph.D. Student in Arabic Literature receives a prestigious Mellon Sawyer Seminar CHAT Fellowship in Comparative Global Humanities (2016-17).
The Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Global Humanities at Tufts University is a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. The fellow will take a leading role in organizing, administering and participating in a Sawyer Seminar entitled “Comparative Global Humanities: Colonialisms, Violence, and Conditions for the Human.” Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this seminar reconceives humanities and social science knowledge in relation to histories of global relation, contradiction, convergence, and exchange.
New Faculty (Spring 2016)
Ahmad Diab will be joining the NES Department as an Acting Assistant Professor in Spring 2016.
Diab received his B.A. from Damascus University, majoring in English Literature. He completed an M.A. in English Literature at City University of New York while on a Fulbright scholarship. He was awarded a PhD from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University. On an Erasmus Mundus scholarship he spent a semester of research at Universitat de Barcelona. His research interests are twentieth and twenty-first century Arabic literature; translation studies; Arabic philology; Middle Eastern cinema; post-colonial politics of culture and representation. Diab is currently completing a book manuscript on the representations of Arabs in the Palestinian literary and visual cartography. It demonstrates that Palestinian writers and artists, both before and after Al-Nakba of 1948, responded to the exigencies of their political conditions by articulating heterogeneous visions for identity and alterity around the concept of the Arab. Diab’s work has appeared in the Arab Studies Journal, Washington Square Review, Wasafiri, Jadaliyya, and Al-Shabaka.
Professor Rita lucarelli has been appointed Assistant Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
Professor Lucarelli is also a Digital Humanities Fellow and is developing the Book of the Dead in 3D.
Professor Benjamin Porter has been appointed Acting Director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research selected Benjamin Porter, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and curator of Near Eastern archaeology at the Hearst Museum since 2008, as an acting director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
As an archaeologist, Porter investigates how past Middle Eastern and Mediterranean societies built resilient communities and institutions in arid and semi-arid zones. He directs field archaeology projects in Jordan at the Iron Age capitals of Dhiban and Busayra, as well as a Hearst Museum collections project researching evidence from Peter B. Cornwall’s 1941 expedition to Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia. More information is available through this link
Professor Benjamin Porter has received the G. Ernest Wright award for his book Complex Communities: The Archaeology of Early Iron Age West-Central Jordan, University of Arizona Press. The G. Ernest Wright awardis given to the editor/author of the most substantial volume(s) dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. This work must be the result of original research published within the past two years.
New Faculty member
Egyptologist Rita Lucarelli joins the Department of Near Eastern Studies from the Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, Department of Egyptology, Bonn University. Her Egyptological specialties and areas of interest include: Religion of ancient Egypt; funerary culture and literature of ancient Egypt; history and translation of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead; demonology in ancient Egypt and the Near East; magic in the ancient world; ancient Egyptian material culture and art; ancient Egyptian religious iconography; hieratic magical and funerary texts.