New Courses this Spring at IGS!

Professor Avinash Singh will teach two brand new courses this Spring 2021 that will be offered in person and remotely:

IGS 171a The Asian Wave: Global Pop Culture and its Histories

Asia is not only remaking itself but also exporting images and ideas across the world. This course analyzes the impact of Asian pop culture on global modernity as Asian countries project their aspirations and belief-systems, via an increased connectivity, to a worldwide audience

HIST 179b India and the Superpowers (USA, USSR, and China): 1947 and Beyond

This new course examines history of modern India through its relationships with the “superpowers,” USA, USSR, and China. Covering the period between 1947-2018, the course analyses ideological, economic, foreign policy shifts and subcontinental conflict in a constantly changing geo-political scene.

The BREXIT Negotiations

When: November 16, 2020 at 12 PM EST – 1:30 PM EST
Where:  RSVP Prior to the event here
This is a Zoom event. RSVP prior to the day of the event is required.
Join The Center for German and European Studies, along with IGS and the Department of Politics, for this upcoming talk on BREXIT.
What is the state of BREXIT in 2020? Hear from Sam Lowe (Centre for European Reform) and Georgina Wright (Institute for Government, London) about the ongoing negotiations and how they have been impacted by recent global events.

An American In Ukraine – Reporting on the Trump Impeachment from Kyiv

Picture of Brandeis alumni Matt Kupfer
Matt Kupfer – Class of 2012

Matt Kupfer’s work for an English-language newspaper in Ukraine took a strange turn last August, when President Trump tried to get the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, his rival in the 2020 election.  Suddenly Matt wasn’t covering allegations of corruption in a former Soviet state: instead, charges of abuse of power in Washington followed a paper trail back in Kyiv. It seemed every journalist in America needed Matt as a guide to twists and turns of a country where Russians, Europeans, and Americans were all fighting for influence.

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Revisit the Class of 2020 Mini Commencement!

Interested in revisiting the IGS Class of 2020 online mini commencement and celebration? Watch the full video with the link below. A video transcript is available as well.


[ONLINE] COVID-19: Pathway to a Pandemic?

This event will be streamed at

Join us for an upcoming panel on the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: March 11, 2020, 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Online at

Join panelists Prof. Utretsky (Brandeis University), Katherine A. Mason (Brown University), and Jennifer Bouey (Tang Chair in Chinese Policy at the RAND Corp) as they discuss the COVID-19 virus and its global impact.

Co-sponsored by: IGS, East Asian Studies, HSSP, MS in Global Health Policy and Management, and the Asia Pacific Center

Urbanism and Kurdish Mobilization in Diyarbakir, Turkey

Join the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Brandeis community for “Urbanism and Kurdish Mobilization in Diyarbakir, Turkey

A Brown Bag Seminar with Muna Güvenç Ospina Leon

In the early 2000s, pro-Kurdish parties in Turkey—banned by the state or denied access to parliament by legal restrictions—worked to preserve squatter settlements (gecekondus) in cities they controlled. This is puzzling because municipalities around the world often work to end urban informality. In this talk, Muna Güvenç Ospina Leon examines how pro-Kurdish municipalities sustained such conditions and used urban planning in Diyarbakır to mobilize Kurdish society and resist state coercion.

Muna Güvenç Ospina Leon is an assistant professor of fine arts at Brandeis and a faculty affiliate of the Crown Center.

When: Wednesday, March 4, 12:30pm—2:00pm
Where: Schwartz Hall 103, Brandeis University

Cosponsored by
Islamic and Middle Eastern studies program

Free and open to the public | Bring your lunch | Light refreshments will be served

On the Margin of the Holocaust: Vichy Forced Labor Camps in North Africa, 1940-1945

Join the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Brandeis Community for “On the Margin of the Holocaust: Vichy Forced Labor Camps in North Africa, 1940-1945

A Brown Bag Seminar with Aomar Boum

When: Tuesday, March 10, 11:00am—12:30pm
Where: Multipurpose Room (Room 236)
Shapiro Campus Center, Brandeis University

In the early 1940s, the colonial Vichy administration set up networks of forced labor camps in Algeria and Morocco to build a railroad system connecting the Sahara to the Mediterranean Sea. Using Muslim oral histories, Aomar Boum argues that these camps exemplify a model of internment in which Spanish Republican and European Jewish captives had a margin of hope of survival despite the harsh topography of the desert and environmental conditions that restricted their movements in and out of the camp. Boum addresses the bureaucratic management of camps and prisoners’ daily lives and analyzes the movement of internees between labor and internment camps in French North African colonies and their connections to camps in the French mainland. The collective experience of these camps by Jews and non-Jews contributes to both a historical ethnographic understanding of North Africa and a reevaluation of the Holocaust period.

Aomar Boum is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cosponsored by
Islamic and Middle Eastern studies program
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

Free and open to the public | Bring your lunch | Light refreshments will be served

What about tomorrow? A lecture on the history of punk music in the USSR and Russia

When: Monday, March 9, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Where: Mandel Reading Room (303)
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What about tomorrow? A lecture on the history of punk music in the USSR and Russia by Alexander Herbert is a PhD candidate in the history department at Brandeis University focusing on the history of the late Soviet Union. His research interests include environmentalism, youth culture, macabre film, music, and politics toward the end of the socialist experiment. He is a veteran vegan, self-ascribed environmentalist, occasional musician, opportunistic freelance writer and translator, and fan of beet and pickle pizza.
The presentation will chronicle the history of punk rock in Russia from its earliest manifestation in 1978 to its current standing. It looks at how punk entered the Soviet Union and managed to persist despite the cultural police, how it struggled for definition in the 1990s, and how punks formed Antifa, animal rights, and feminist groups to help carve out safe spaces in an otherwise conservative country. Please join Alexander for a presentation, a chance to listen to some music, and a discussion. 

Permanently Temporary: The Politics of Waiting for Citizenship A Brown Bag Seminar with Noora Lori

When: Wednesday, December 4, 12:00pm—1:30pm
Where: Schwartz Hall 103, Brandeis University

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How and why are some minorities neither fully included nor simply expelled by a state? What does it mean to be suspended in limbo—residing in a territory for extended periods without ever accruing any citizenship rights? In this talk, Noora Lori will discuss her recent book, Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf, an in-depth study of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which uses new archival sources and extensive interviews to show how “temporary residency” can be transformed into a permanent legal status. This presentation will focus specifically on the UAE’s minorities—communities of South Asian, Persian, and East African descent whose Emirati citizenship was called into question when new biometric passports were introduced in 2008. After being stripped of their Emirati passports, these populations were issued passports from the Union of Comoros. This new legal status authorizes them to remain in the UAE, but as temporary ‘guest workers’. This arrangement codifies temporary residency into a formal citizenship status, allowing elites to effectively reclassify domestic minorities into foreign residents.

Noora Lori is an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University.

Cosponsored by