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Due to circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to present our annual public lecture series online. Though we miss gathering for intellectual exchange in-person at our facility in Amman, we are pleased to offer this unprecedented opportunity for international virtual connection regarding research in Jordan.

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“The Landscape of Research in Jordan and in the Arab Region: Challenges, Transformations, Prospects”

by Dr. Seteney Shami (Arab Council for the Social Sciences)
Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. Amman local time

What are the patterns and trends, constraints and potentials in current research contexts and practices in Jordan and across the Arab region? This presentation will address these questions from three angles:

  • The changing themes and priorities in research in Jordan and on Jordan;
  • The present and future of research in the region in the light of unfolding crises;
  • The response by research communities and institutions to the heightened demands for new knowledge for new audiences.

Overall, the landscape of research across the region appears bleak, with deteriorating infrastructures, decreasing resources, shrinking public spheres and restricted mobility. Despite all of this, research continues to take place, and there are lively online discussions and burgeoning portals for the production and dissemination of analysis and commentary on the politics, economics, and social transformations of the region. This outflow does not simply represent a technological leap or a quantitative increase. It also presents a challenge to longstanding academic institutions and practices and blurs the boundaries between academia and media, between academia and activism, and between the institutional and the interstitial.

In this way, current challenges to the social sciences and humanities, and to knowledge production in general, are not only practical or logistical but also epistemological and methodological. The presentation will discuss the implications for: higher education and research institutions; the possibilities emerging from new actors, interstitial collectivities, and thought communities; the emergence of new audiences for new types of knowledge; and the changing connections between academia, activism and policy. The groundwork for the needed shifts has already been laid through critical, feminist, and decolonial approaches in the social sciences and humanities. I argue that academia needs to take up the challenge of the times—build on solid foundations of the past but look toward a future which will necessarily present a reconfigured institutional landscape of knowledge production.

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تُلقي الدكتورة ستناي شامي (المجلس العربي للعلوم الاجتماعية) محاضرةً بعنوان: “مشهد البحث في الأردن والمنطقة العربية: التحديات، والتحوّلات، والآفاق“، يوم الإثنين الموافق 17 أيار/مايو 2021 عند الساعة السابعة مساءً (بتوقيت عمّان).

ما هي الأنماط والاتجاهات والقيود والإمكانيات في سياقات وممارسات البحث الحالي في الأردن وفي مختلف أنحاء المنطقة العربية؟ ستتناول المحاضرة هذه الأسئلة من ثلاث زوايا:

• الثيمات والأولويات المتغيّرة في البحث، في الأردن وعن الأردن.

• حاضر البحث ومستقبلُه في المنطقة في ظل الأزمات المتفاقمة.

• استجابة المجتمعات والمؤسسات البحثية للطلبات المتزايدة لمعرفة جديدة ولجماهير جديدة.

بشكل عام، يبدو مشهد البحث في جميع أنحاء المنطقة مُهمَلًا، وذلك مع تدهور البنيات التحتية، ونقص الموارد، وتقلّص المجالات العامة، وتقييد حركة التنقل. وعلى الرغم من ذلك كلّه، لا يزال البحث مستمرًا، إذ تُعقَد مناقشاتٌ مُباشِرة عبر الإنترنت والبوابات الإلكترونية لإنتاج ونشر التحليلات والتعليق على السياسة والاقتصاد والتحوّلات الاجتماعية في المنطقة.

لا تمثل هذه الاستمرارية ببساطةٍ قفزة تكنولوجية أو زيادة كمية، بل تجسّد أيضًا تحديًا للمؤسسات الأكاديمية والممارسات طويلة المدى، وتطمس الحدود الفاصلة بين الأكاديميا ووسائل الإعلام، وبين الأكاديميا والنَشاطية، وبين المؤسسية والخلالية.

 على هذا النحو، فإنّ التحديات الحالية للعلوم الاجتماعية والإنسانية ولإنتاج المعرفة بشكل عام، ليست عملية أو لوجستية فحسب إنما هي أيضًا تحديات إبستمولوجيّة ومنهجية.

 ستناقش المحاضرة الآثار المترتبة على: مؤسسات التعليم العالي والبحث؛ والاحتمالات الناشئة عن الجهات الفاعلة الجديدة والجماعات الخلالية ومجتمعات الفكر؛ وبروز جماهير جديدة لأنواع جديدة من المعرفة؛ والروابط المتغيرة بين الأكاديميا والنَشاطية والسياسة.

لقد تمّ بالفعل تمهيد الطريق للتحوّلات المطلوبة من خلال مقارباتٍ نقدية، ونسوية، وإنهاء الاستعمارية في العلوم الاجتماعية والإنسانية. وأجادل أنّ الأكاديميا في حاجة إلى مواجهة  تحديات العصر – بالاعتماد على أسس متينة من الماضي ولكن أيضًا التطلع إلى مستقبل سيقدم بالضرورة مشهدًا مؤسسيًا مُعاد تشكيله لإنتاج المعرفة.

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“Human Heritage: Preserving Palmyra, Petra, and Hatra”

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 8–9:30 p.m. Amman local time
Co-hosted in Arabic and English by the Getty Research Institute and the American Center of Research in Jordan, this program brings together archeologists from these regions to gain insights on the future of these once vibrant cities and efforts toward their preservation.

The ancient histories of Palmyra (Syria), Petra (Jordan), and Hatra (Iraq) tell a story of cultural exchange: their citizens shared trade routes, built comparable monuments, and worshiped common local and regional gods. These cities’ universal value has been recognized by local and global communities, but protecting and preserving their remnants as a shared human heritage remains a significant challenge.

Dr. Salam Al Kuntar is assistant dean of Middle Eastern Affairs at Rutgers Global and assistant professor of archaeology at Rutgers New-Brunswick’s Department of Classics. She is a National Geographic explorer, a consulting scholar at the Penn Museum, and the chair of heritage preservation association Syrians for Heritage in Berlin.

Dr. Suleiman Ali Al-Farajat is the chief commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority in Jordan. He previously served as the commissioner for the Petra Archaeological Park. His research interests focus on tourism planning and development around World Heritage Sites and empowering local communities.

Dr. Yasmin Abdulkareem Mohammed Ali is an assistant professor of archeology and ancient arts in the Department of Archeology and dean of the College of Archaeology at the University of Mosul. She is the director of project Preserving Community Heritage of Mosul, which documents heritage buildings throughout the city and provides records for future preservation work.

Dr. Helen Malko is associate director for Fellowships and Programming at the American Center of Research in Jordan. Her research centers on Middle Eastern archaeology and cultural heritage, cultural representation in museums, and ideas of historical consciousness.

This event coincides with the launch of Return to Palmyra, an interactive online exhibition presented in Arabic and English that invites audiences to explore the rich history of the city.

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سيتم تقديم هذا البرنامج باللغتين الإنجليزية والعربية
 انقر هنا لقراءة تفاصيل البرنامج باللغة العربية 

Online lectures on demand

Did you know ACOR has over 40 recordings of past academic presentations, available for free on our YouTube channel? Click here to see our video list, including short presentations from virtual academic conferences (e.g., ASOR and MESA) as well as feature lecture events previously held at ACOR in recent years.

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