2018 Conference, New York University, New York

On April 27-28, 2018, NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America), MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project), and Jadaliyya convened scholars, artists, and activists for a two-day international conference at New York University that explored new and longstanding links between Latin America and the Middle East. Contributors considered social movements, cultural exchanges, political and economic institutions, and transnational solidarity and diaspora politics in light of the Arab spring and winter, and against the backdrop of nearly two decades of left wing governance in Latin America. Below you can find a schedule of the conference as it played out, plus links to the recorded footage and to the published pieces on which participants’ presentations were based.


Friday, April 27:


Alejandro Velasco (New York University; NACLA), Omar Dahi (Hampshire College; MERIP), Sinan Antoon (New York University; Jadaliyya) & Laura Weiss (NACLA): “The Latin East,” NACLA

Session 1: The Politics of Art: Readings, Reflections, and Refractions

Chair: Omar S. Dahi (Hampshire College; MERIP)

Houzan Mahmoud (Kurdish Culture Project) & Ismail Hamalaw (Kurdish Culture Project), “The Latin Boom in Iraqi Kurdistan,” NACLA

Lena Meari (Birzeit University), “Reading Che in Colonized Palestine,” NACLA

Roosbelinda Cárdenas (Hampshire College) and Hiba Bou Akar (Columbia University), “Writing about Violence,” MERIP

Sinan Antoon (New York University; Jadaliyya), “Reading César Vallejo in Arabic,” MERIP

Rania Jawad (Birzeit University), “Traveling Pedagogies and Theaters of Violence,” Jadaliyya

Discussant: Eman Morsi, "Comments on the Politics of Art: Readings, Reflections, and Refractions,” Jadaliyya

For a recording of the panel, click here.


Session 2: Political Parallels and Economic Intersections

Chair: Alejandro Velasco

Paul Amar, “Military Capitalism,” NACLA

Kaveh Ehsani (DePaul University), “Blessing or Curse? From Resource Nationalism to Neoliberalism in the Politics of Oil in the Middle East and Latin America,” forthcoming in Jadaliyya

Cecília Baeza (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo) and Paulo Pinto, “The Syrian Uprising and Mobilization of the Syrian Diaspora in South America,” MERIP

Paulo Daniel Farah (Universidade de São Paulo), “South-South Solidarity and the Summit of South American-Arab Countries,”MERIP

Discussant: Arang Keshavarzian, forthcoming in Jadaliyya

For a recording of the panel, click here.


Session 3: Mapping Solidarities

Chair: Sinan Antoon

Tariq Dana (Doha Institute), “Palestine Beyond Slogans,” NACLA

Sara Awartani (George Washington University), “Puerto Rican Decolonization, Armed Struggle and the Question of Palestine,”MERIP

Nadim Bawalsa (New York University), “Palestine West of the Andes,” NACLA

Amal Eqeiq (Williams College), “Of Borders and Limits: Comparative Indigeneity in Mexico and Palestine,” Jadaliyya

Omar Imseeh Tesdell (Birzeit University) , “Planting Roots, Claiming Space,” NACLA

Discussant: Ella Shohat (New York University), “Comments on Trans-Regional Studies,” Jadaliyya

For a recording of the panel, click here


Saturday, April 28:

Session 4: Confluences and Cartographies

Chair: Laura Weiss

Fernando Camacho Padilla (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), “Reading Latin America in Tehran,” NACLA

Marwan M. Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania), “A Tale of Two Modernities,” NACLA

Kevan Harris (UCLA), “Divergent Histories and Converging Inequalities in the Middle East and Latin America,” MERIP

Omar S. Dahi and Alejandro Velasco, “Latin America-Middle East Ties in the New Global South,” MERIP

Discussant: Ali Mirsepassi, “Comments on Confluences and Cartographies,” Jadaliyya

For a recording of the panel, click here