Past Event

Reading History through Diaries and Memoirs - Damascus, Jerusalem, Jaffa

April 1, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
509 Knox Hall (606 W 122nd St, New York, NY 10027)

Global Centers Scholar-in-Residence Salim Tamari and Suad Amiry will discuss the use of family papers, memoirs, and intimate correspondence in interpreting major transformations in Arab society. Tamari will discuss the use of soldiers' memoirs in examining the remaking of the Middle East during World War I. Amiry will discuss her fictionalized memoirs of a Damascene family saga covering three generations (1890-1990), based on family papers and interviews. The presentations will be introduced by Safwan M. Masri, EVP for Global Centers and Global Development, who will also moderate the discussion and Q&A.



Salim Tamari, Global Centers Scholar-in-Residence and adjunct professor at GSAPP, is a Palestinian sociologist who is a senior research associate at the Institute of Palestine Studies and adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Drawing upon archival materials and personal diaries, Tamari has produced numerous studies documenting and analyzing Palestinian society. Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi has called Tamari "the preeminent Palestinian historical sociologist."

Suad Amiry, adjunct professor at GSAPP, is an award-winning architect and author, as well as a cultural heritage specialist and professor of architecture. She is the founder of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, where she focuses on the conservation of historic buildings and revitalization of historic centers. Amiry is also an author - her book "Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries" has been translated into 19 languages, and was awarded the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy in 2004.



Presented by:

Columbia Global Centers
Middle East Institute