The Middle East and Latin America: Historical Dialogues and Contemporary Relations

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Dr. Maria Logrono (PhD University of California Santa Barbara, 2007) is a native of Spain who received her BA in History (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares), after which she studied modern Middle Eastern history at UC Santa Barbara. Her dissertation ("The Development of Nationalist Identities in French Syria and Lebanon: a Transnational Dialogue with Arab Immigrants to Argentina and Brazil, 1915-1929”) explores the transnational political movements among Syrian and Lebanese emigrants in Brazil and Argentina during the period of the French Mandate. Dr. Logroño Narbona has conducted field research at: Archives du ministère français des affaires étrangères (Paris and Nantes); National Library (Al Asad), Damascus; American University in Beirut, Archival Collection; The National Archives, London. She has authored two articles on this topic: “Information and Intelligence Collection Among Imperial Subjects Abroad: The Case of Syrians and Lebanese in Latin America, 1915-1930” in The French Colonial Mind, edited by Martin Thomas (University of Nebraska Press: forthcoming) and “The ‘Woman Question’ in the Aftermath of the Great Syria Revolt” in Al-Raida(May 2007). She is currently working on a monograph drawing from her dissertation research. Before joining FIU, Dr. Logroño Narbona held a one-year position at Appalachian State University. She has presented her work at major international conferences and has recently being invited as a presenter at the international conference “La contribución árabe a las identidades iberoamericanas” (Rio de Janeiro, November 2008).