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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bringing diversity

Macquarie University's Centre for Middle East and North African Studies is a comprehensive faculty dedicated to a thorough and frank dissection of various countries in the world. Guest speakers, both provocative and timely, are a regular feature as is examination of Western involvement and complicity in the current region's troubles. Perhaps most importantly, emphasis is given to examining the wonder, beauty and problems of the countries, rather than the typical Orientalist perspective.

I've been asked to join the Centre's Board and will contribute occassional talks, assistance, advice and guest speaker organising. I'm honoured and I thank Director Andrew Vincent for the priviledge.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

Oh dear, this should be darkly funny to watch. What, pray tell, are your academic qualifications to sit on this board? Just clicking around the site, thuogh, I see you've got everything from Ilan Pappe to screenings of Outfoxed. Should be some balanced scholarship coming out of this joint.

You sure are parlaying that f2 cadetship that didn't work out into some interesting gigs...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:37:00 pm  
Blogger Darp said...

Great stuff.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:30:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Shab, your envy is showing again.

I'm with Darp. Good work, Ant.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:32:00 pm  
Blogger Darp said...

I'm a former student of Dr Vincent. The "Middle East Centre" as it was in my day is THE place to study the Middle East in Aus.

The centre always tries to vary its speakers and actually does produce some balanced scholarship (minus shaba's invisible inverted commas).

They've had speakers ranging from Chomsky, to Kurdish leaders, exec members of the NSW Jewish Board of deputies, former Palestinian prisoners, former diplomats (Pierre Hutton), Andrew Wilkie, Ron Weiser).

I must admit to being a fairly lost undergraduate who partied way too hard until I discovered Andrew Vincent's courses. A major turning point in my life.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:42:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks all for the support.
We've got some imbalances to sort out...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:52:00 pm  
Blogger Human said...

Cool man. As sharing knowledge is against the creed of the sick far right I'm sure that they believe it in their interest to disparage any institution and it's members that does not goosestep to the ordered criteria.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:26:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Hey Anty, nice ducking, but what exactly qualifies you to sit on this board? A distinguished CV of book reviews and opinion pieces?

Serious scholarship there...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 7:58:00 am  
Blogger Human said...

Does anybody hear that squeaking? Ah just ignore it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:44:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

The intent is not so much serious scholarship. After all, this is not a fact checking course. what is important is the point of view. In that regard, we want to hear what Arafat has to say, even it it merely proves his liniage to nazi germany.

We want to hear the opinions of scum like dirt and elf and umkahlil just to see what the screwed up people in the world are thinking.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:45:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
" what is important is the point of view. In that regard, we want to hear what Arafat has to say, even it it merely proves his liniage to nazi germany.

We want to hear the opinions of scum like dirt and elf and umkahlil just to see what the screwed up people in the world are thinking. "

Yes, that's right. Macquarie's CMENAS is nothing more than a front for the Jew-hating, neo-Islamo-fascist mafia. They're everywhere. They're taking over. Soon they'll be marrying our children. Ugh. Can you imagine it? We must expose these people and their organisations for what they are and where they ultimately draw their power: the Nazis. That's where history began. *rolls eyes*

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:20:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Scum, Ibrahamav? How brave.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:46:00 am  
Blogger Darp said...


I came through all of Vincent's courses and also had a voluntary role running the MEC for a few years too.

I came out of that and have taken down more Aus/Kiwi LIVING AND BREATHING Nazis than most.

Have you done the courses? Are you ex-club Mac? Have you downloaded every Vincent lecture and listened to them?

In, short - what do you actually know about them that you haven't allowed your innate prejudices to assume for you?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:53:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Darp, You misunderstand me. I have no complaints regarding MEC. In fact I applaud efforts such as that. All I am saying is that voices of ill reason such as Arafat and dirt should be heard if only to find out what lunatics think about.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 1:26:00 am  
Blogger Iqbal Khaldun said...

Well done Antony, about time you got the recognition you deserve.

Keep up the good work!

Thursday, November 03, 2005 6:00:00 pm  

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