Welcome Arcapita Visiting Professor Dr. Ahmad H. Sa'di


We are pleased to welcome Ahmad Sa'di to Columbia University as the Arcapita Visiting Professor for the Fall semester. Ahmad H. Sa'di comes to us from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government.

Ahmad Sa'di received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Manchester in the UK and has published over 38 articles, in English, Arabic, Hebrew, German and Japanese, and most recently co-edited a book of Palestinian memoirs entitled Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and the Claims of Memory. Later this fall Manchester University Press will release his highly anticipated publication Thorough Surveillance: The Genesis of Israeli Policies of Population Management, Surveillance and Political Control towards the Palestinian Minority.

His areas of interest include political sociology, the sociology of developing nations, social movements and political mobilization, and the discourse and methods of political control and surveillance used by Israel to control Palestinian citizens.

For more information, visit www.columbia.edu/cu/palestine


Sa'di will be offering two courses this Fall:

THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER, Middle East W3250, Tuesday & Thursday 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM, Call Number: 64036

This graduate level course explores the relationships between the colonial powers and the territories and peoples they ruled. It is based on the assumption that the colonial experience has had an enduring and multifaceted impact on the social, cultural and political process in both the colonial and the colonized societies. The course is organized around the key themes of the colonial encounter, rather than the history of colonialism in various regions: it considers colonial ideologies of race and sexuality, the formation of identities in the encounter, the dynamics of cultural borrowing, and the emergence of new forms of social struggle and collective memory that this shared but unequal history has generated.

PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL 1948-2013, Middle East G4256, Friday 11 AM - 12:50 PM, Call Number: 63149

The mixed level course examines the lives of the Palestinians who became citizens of Israel, analyzing their status in Israeli society as well as their conceptualization in Israeli literature, social sciences, and textbooks. The course will study the historical, sociological, and anthropological scholarship, as well as the literary representations of the dialectical processes that shaped their situation: the destruction of the Palestinian landscape and the creation of a new Israeli society, landscape and maps.