Spring 2022 AMECYS Graduate Student Discussion Series

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Spring 2022 AMECYS Graduate Student Discussion Series

The Association of Middle East Children and Youth Studies (AMECYS) welcomes you to listen and engage with graduate students who will present on their research on young people in the Middle East and North Africa, and its diasporic communities.  The format of the sessions is thirty minutes of presentation by the speaker followed by thirty minutes of discussion and Q&A with the audience.  The AMECYS Graduate Student Discussion Series is intended to be a space for graduate students to share their cutting-edge research as well as workshop their dissertation material.


Friday February 4th, 11 am CST

Caroline Kahlenberg – PhD, Harvard University

        (Winner of the 2021 AMECYS Best Graduate Student Paper Prize)

                         Age, Race, and Jewish Terror in Mandatory Palestine


How does age function as both a rigid legal category and a fungible social marker? This paper investigates a 1939 court case from British-Mandate Palestine in order to explore this question. It argues that everyday discourses of age difference, or what I call “age talk,” naturalized social hierarchies on the ground and had dramatic consequences in the courtroom. 

Caroline Kahlenberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the modern Middle East, Jewish history, and gender studies.


*Before the discussion we will circulate Prof. Caroline Kahlenberg’s paper to attendees.

 Please RSVP to Dylan Baun (djb0035@uah.edu) to receive the paper and the zoom link


Friday April 1st, 11 am CST 

Tory Brykalski - University of California, Davis


Partners of the Mother Roses:

Finding Kayani, Making Water, and Growing Land in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.


Please RSVP to Dylan Baun to attend (djb0035@uah.edu) and receive the zoom link