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26th Cultural Season

Claudia Al-Rashoud.

‘Forty-two Years of Documenting Kuwait’

In 1979, at the age of 22, Claudia Farkas Al Rashoud became Kuwait’s first professional female photojournalist at the Arab Times newspaper. Join her as she talks about photographing and interviewing film stars, fashion designers, royalty, an astronaut, and entrepreneurs on the one hand, and on the other hand, Kuwait’s last master bedouin weavers, shipbuilders, sea captains, and pearl divers. Find out why Kuwait’s desert environment and animal welfare are among her major areas of concern. Finally, learn about how her photographic work here began in the chaotic conditions of a newspaper darkroom, and have come full circle, with a collaboration with The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut, and the Akkasah Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi. Bio: Claudia Farkas Al Rashoud became Kuwait’s first female photojournalist at the Arab Times in 1979. Captivated by a country rich in heritage and traditions, she began capturing her dramatically-changing surroundings on film and in writing. She authored five books on Kuwait and has contribute d to countless publications, researching many subjects largely undocumented elsewhere. Serving as Ethnographic Consultant for the nascent Scientific Center, she procured unusual and rare artifacts and helped produce exhibits depicting a vanishing way of life. Claudia will touch on many subjects, including Kuwaiti heritage, natural history, and animal welfare.

November

Wednesday, 3rd

 

Claudia al-Rashoud

‘Forty-two Years of Documenting Kuwait’ In 1979, at the age of 22, Claudia Farkas Al Rashoud became Kuwait’s first professional female photojournalist at the Arab Times newspaper.  Join her as she talks about photographing and interviewing film stars, fashion designers, royalty, an astronaut, and entrepreneurs on the one hand, and on the other hand,

 Kuwait’s last master bedouin weavers, shipbuilders, sea captains, and pearl divers. Find out why Kuwait’s desert environment and animal welfare are among her major areas of concern. Finally, learn about how her photographic work here began in the chaotic conditions of a newspaper darkroom, and have come full circle, with a collaboration with The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut, and the Akkasah Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi. Bio: Claudia Farkas Al Rashoud became Kuwait’s first female photojournalist at the Arab Times in 1979. Captivated by a country rich in heritage and traditions, she began capturing her dramatically-changing surroundings on film and in writing. She authored five books on Kuwait and has contribute d to countless publications, researching many subjects largely undocumented elsewhere. Serving as Ethnographic Consultant for the nascent Scientific Center, she procured unusual and rare artifacts and helped produce exhibits depicting a vanishing way of life. Claudia will touch on many subjects, including Kuwaiti heritage, natural history, and animal welfare.

Monday , 1st

 

Dr. Amin Almuhanna

A lecture titled ‘Numeric Codes in the Arabian Peninsula’ presented by Dr. Amin Almuhanna Since around 2000, some Kuwaiti youths of Bedouin ancestry have used three-digit numeric codes to refer to their tribes in computer-mediated communication and public areas. 

These digital nicknames are more functional in Internet-based searches than the polymorphous names of tribes. These codes represent an attempt by urbanized Badu youths to redefine their social identity in a modern setting. While we focus primarily on Kuwait, we show that a whole youth subculture of three-digit codes referring to groups of people is developing in the Arabian Peninsula. 

Bio: Dr. Amin Almuhanna is Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, at Kuwait University. He received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from Kuwait University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

October

Monday, 25th

 

lecture by Dr. Saleh Baraka Al-Saeedi titled ‘Al-Hilali Epic Journey’. In this lecture, we will review a historical account of the reasons for the al-Hilali migration and the role of each of the narrators and storytellers in tracking these stories. We will try to determine if the Hilalians really migrated from Najd, as is narrated, and review later historians who agree with this version of the narrative.

Bio: Dr. Saleh Baraka Al-Saeedi is a Kuwaiti writer and researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Helwan University. He worked as director of the Kuwaiti media office in Algeria, and as a political editor for Al-Qabas newspaper. He also published many research papers and political and historical studies in local and Arab newspapers.

Wednesday, 20th

مقتطفات من ندوة “مُحب الطبيعة” من تقديم أ. بكر موسى البكر ود. نوف الحشاش في مركز اليرموك الثقافي

Monday, 11th

 

From Shakespeare to Southern Arabia: Doreen Ingrams (1906 – 1997), co-founder of the “Ingrams Peace”. From the Series ‘The Middle East & Victoria’s Women’ presented by Alison Shan Price. During World War 2, in April 1943, Doreen Ingrams, former actress and key player in the establishment of the ten-year intertribal ‘Ingrams Peace’ in the Hadhramaut, accompanied the Hadhrami Bedouin Legion on their 500-mile trip, by camel, through the arid regions that bordered on the ancient Frankincense Route. 

Here she witnessed the devastating effects of the Great Famine and was determined to be of assistance. This lecture has been made possible through the tremendous support kindly given by Sultana al Qu’aiti and the Friends of the Hadhramaut. Bio: Alison is the creator of The Middle East & Victoria’s Women’, a series of presentations and performances built on archival evidence. The series looks at the evolving cultural worldviews of early twentieth century women travellers in the Near/Middle East. From the Ottoman Empire, through World Wars, British Mandates and Protectorates, to Arabic Self-determination, their life stories present a unique insight into history. This lecture is the 6th in the series.

Monday, 4th

قريش في النقوش والمصادر قبل الاسلام

September

Monday, 27th

 

Tareq Rajab Museum Lecture of Dr. Ziad Rajab titled: Medicinal & Amuletic Artefacts in the Tareq Rajab Museum The ongoing Covid 19 pandemic is but the latest in a string of pandemics and plagues that have occurred throughout human history and all through time societies have strived to protect themselves against these plagues and illnesses. 

Along with traditional medicines and cures, people have resorted to more superstitious methods of protection such as the use of magic squares, talismanic clothes and jewellery, and magic bowls, among other things, all in the desperate quest to survive and avoid affliction. 

This talk focuses on major events in the Middle East and presents a selection of such talismanic artefacts from the Tareq Rajab Museum in addition to other artefacts with a broader medical use. Dr. Ziad Rajab is the director of the New English School and a Tareq Rajab Museum board member. In addition to being a human resource specialist, he is involved in the arts, and has non-professional certificates in bookbinding, illumination, portraiture, oil painting and pottery. He is also an accomplished flautist.

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