AIMS at MESA 2017
November 18-21, 2017
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.

Each year the AIMS board meets in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. Following the AIMS board meeting, all members and potential members are invited to attend the AIMS business meeting. Please join us in Washington, D.C., November 18-21, 2017.

2017 Annual Board Meeting:
Closed meeting limited to board members, officers, directors, staff and invited guests; All other interested parties are invited to attend the AIMS Business Meeting

2017 Annual Business Meeting:

Saturday, November 18th, 3:00-4:30pm
Marriot Wardman Park, Virginia C (L)

Special guest: Jonathan Glasser, 2017 AIMS L. Carl Brown Book Prize Winner

2017 AIMS Sponsored Panels:
The Preservation of Historic Architecture in North African Cities , Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am [P4729]

(Trans)nationalisms and the Left in the Greater Maghrib, 1910-1970, Sunday, 11/19/17 3:30pm [P4800]

Imagery in Jewish Morocco, Tuesday, 11/21/17 8:00am [P4823]

2017 Jeanne Jeffers Mrad Travel Awards:
Abadeer, Caroline, Stanford University, Local Governance and the Authoritarian
Egyptian State: Forced Evictions in Cairo’s Informal Settlements, Saturday, 11/18/17 5:30pm [P5002]

Blankinship, Kevin, University of Utah, Al-Maʿarrī’s Menagerie in the Maghreb, Tuesday, 11/21/17 8:00am [P4775]

Cantarale, Giorgia, University La Sapienza, EU-Tunisia relations after the Arab Spring: migration policies, asylum, and human rights protection, Tuesday, 11/21/17 10:30am [P4856]

Chami, Hicham, Columbia University, A Tale of Two Protectorates: Cultural Hegemony in Colonial Morocco and Its Impact on Indigenous Music, Saturday, 11/18/17 5:30pm [P4969]

Cornwall, Kerry-Ann, University of Guelph, Transitional Constitutionalism: The Role of International NGOs in Tunisia’s Constitution-Making Process, Monday, 11/20/17 8:00am [P4977]

Gaul, Anny, Georgetown University, Mother Sauces and Civilizing Processes: Writing Cuisine in Egypt and Morocco, Tuesday, 11/21/17 1:00pm [P4886]

Kilavuz, M. Tahir, University of Notre Dame, Reconfiguring Authoritarianism: Post-Crisis Regime Consolidation in Algeria, Monday, 11/20/17 3:30pm [P4955]

Matsushita, Elizabeth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Echoes of the Maghreb: Modernity, Empire, and the Fez Congress of Moroccan Music, Saturday, 11/18/17 5:30pm [P4969]

Oubou, Hafsa, Northwestern University, Moroccan-Belgian Shi‘a Muslims in Brussels: Rethinking Religious Practices outside Traditionally Shi‘a Center, Monday, 11/20/17 3:30pm [P4805]

Rahmouni, Kamilia, University of Arizona, Between French Assimilationism and Nationalist Communism: the impact of WWII on Tunisian Jews’ ideological orientations, 1939-1945, Monday, 11/20/17 8:00am [P4930]

Ryan, Brady P., University of California, Los Angeles, Revolution and the Abject in Intisāb Aswad, Sunday, 11/19/17 1:00pm [P4997]

Williford, Daniel J., University of Michigan, Infrastructures of Violence and Zones of Restraint in Colonial Urban Morocco, Saturday, 11/18/17 5:30pm [P5002]

Youssef, Maro, University of Texas at Austin, Contesting Elite & State Feminism: A New Generation of Tunisian Feminists, Monday, 11/20/17 3:30pm [P4955]

2017 I. William Zartman North African Travel Awards:
Abouzzohour, Yasmina, University of Oxford, Commander of the Faithless: Challenging the myth of monarchical religious legitimacy in Morocco, Sunday, 11/19/17 10:30am [P4870]

Salman, Lana, University of California, Berkeley, Expectation as a mode of statecraft: ‘municipal encounters’ in post-revolution Tunisia, Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am [P4916]


AIMS nine member Board of Directors serve three year terms. Annually, two are selected from the Institutional Members and one from the general membership. Officers, staff and Overseas Research Directors are part of AIMS steering committee. Past officers and directors are often asked to attend in an advisory capacity.

Current AIMS Board: (through year listed)
2017: Eric Calderwood, University of Illinois, Urbana-Canmpaign
2017: Todd Shepard, Johns Hopkins University
2017: Yael Warshel, Pennsylvania State University

2018: Mia Fuller, University of California, Berkeley
2018: Doris Gray, Al Akhawayn University
2018: Jacob Mundy, Colgate University

2019: Benjamin Brower, University of Texas at Austin
2019: Murian Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
2019: Camilo-Gomez-Rivas, University of California, Santa Cruz

AIMS Officers, Staff and Advisors:
Allen Fromherz, President
Jonathan Wyrtzen, Vice President
Donna Lee Bowen, Treasurer
Diana Wylie, Secretary
Terry Ryan, AIMS US Director
Robert Parks, CEMA Director
Laryssa Chomiak, CEMAT Director
John Davison, TALIM Director
Rick Spees, CAORC Interim Director
I. William Zartman, Founding Member