Biographies of Palestine: A conversation with memoirist Suad Amiry and sociologist Salim Tamari

Thursday, January 26, 5:00 p.m.
The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

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Suad Amiry is a Palestinian writer and architect. Born in Damascus to a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father from Jaffa, she now lives between Ramallah and New York CIty. She is the founder of Riwaq: Centre of Architectural Conservation, in Ramallah, and author of the acclaimed memoirs, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law (2005); Menopausal Palestine: Women at the Edge (2011); Nothing to Lose but your Life: An 18-Hour Trip with Murad (2011); and Golda Slept Here (2014). Suad is the recipient of Italy's renowned literary awards: Viareggia-Versilia (2004) and Nonino Risit D'Aur (2014). She and her organization, Riwaq, were also the recipients of the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013.

Salim Tamari is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Birzeit University, where he has taught since 1971. He Arcapita Visiting Professor at Columbia University this semester and teaching a course Jerusalem: Sacred, Imaginary, World. His distinguished teaching and scholarly career has included posts at Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, UC Berkeley, MIT, NYU, Cornell, Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. He is the editor of Hawliyyat al Quds and Jerusalem Quarterly. He is the author of several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. His recent publications include: Jerusalem 1948 (2001); AlQuds Al Uthmaniyya (Ottoman Jerusalem) (2002), Mandate Jerusalem in the Memoirs of Wasif Jawahariyyeh (with Issam Nassar, 2005), al Jabal didd al Bahar (Muwatin, 2005); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor) (IJS, 2005);  Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited, with I. Nassar,  2007, Beirut IPS); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); 3al Jarad: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); Family Papers: Studies in the Contemporary Social History of Palestine (Edited with I. Nassar, and Z. Muhammad, Beirut 2009); Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, Berkeley 2013); The Farcical Revolution: WWI and the Remaking of Palestine (Forthcoming U Press, 2017); and Landed Property, Endowments and Family Waqf in Contemporary Jerusalem (with Munir Fakhr al Din), (IPS Beirut, 2016, in Arabic). His current research interests include Ottoman Mapping and Ethnicity; Planning Jerusalem in the late Ottoman and Mandate Periods; Communalism, Orthodoxy and Ottomanism; Muhammad Kurd Ali and the Arab Enlightenment in Syria.

This event is in conjunction with the exhibit "MEMORY METAMORPHOSIS" on display at the Hagop Kevorkian Center through January 31, 2017.