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Lecture: “Freedom and Its Discontents: Varieties of Muslim Experience in Europe and the Middle East,” Professor Unni Wikan, Department of Comparative Human Development, May 5

Dear Faculty and Students,

The Department of Comparative Human Development presents: The Lurcy Lecture

“Freedom and Its Discontents:
Varieties of Muslim Experience in Europe and the Middle East”

Professor Unni Wikan
Lurcy Visiting Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway

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4:30 PM, Thursday, May 05, 2011

Location: Stuart Hall, Room 105

Reception to follow in Pick Hall Lounge

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Lecture: “The Black Death in Central Asia and the Middle East: Disruption and Cultural Transformation in the Turkic World,” Uli Schamiloglu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 6

You are cordially invited to a talk in the Middle East/North African Speaker Series:

Uli Schamiloglu, Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Black Death in Central Asia and the Middle East: Disruption and Cultural Transformation in the Turkic World”

Friday, May 6

12:00pm-1:20 pm

Holton Hall 341

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2442 E. Hartford Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Dr. Schamiloglu is Chair of the Central Asian Studies Program and the Middle East Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research concerns the history of Turkic-Islamic Civilization, Turkic language and philology, and the social and economic history of the medieval Middle East and Central Asia. Awarded a Doctor honoris causa from the Tatar State University of the Humanities and Pedagogy in Russia, he is currently the advisor to Nazarbeyev University in Astana, Kazakhstan for the establishment of a School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sponsored by:
Center for 21st Century Studies
Middle East and North African Studies Certificate Program Center for International Education Department of History

The Middle East Speaker Series is made possible by an International Studies and Foreign Languages grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions,” 2011 MESA Conference, Deadline February 15

Call for paper proposals for the proposed panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the 2011 MESA Conference (1-4 December 2011, Washington DC).

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings!

I would like to invite you to contribute a research/study paper for the panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the coming MESA annual conference. The deadline for submission of panel proposals is on 15 February 2011. Please read the abstract of the panel below.

For a very long time, the Muslim world was regarded as an outsider from the cultural and normative pretext and state relations of the West. Even during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, scholars of International Relations (IR) excluded her as a subordinated non-ally or stealth ally of major European powers. It is now apparent that there is an imperative motivation why Islamic discourses gradually dominate contemporary international relations and events, e.g. Palestinian question, Iranian nuclear issue, Arab oil, gas and Turkish water resources, rise of extremist movements, terrorism, post-war Afghanistan and Iraq, tensions in the Maghreb countries, Sudanese conflict, Muslim rebels in Southeast Asia, and how all of these events affect the West in a theory-praxis spectrum.
If IR scholars and members of the English School of International Relations were able to associate and converge their thoughts on conceptualizing International Relations with Christianity, this is of course majority of them are Christians. Then, it is a precedent and an indication that along the strand of the Abrahamic Faiths Islam is putatively feasible and probable to understand and interpret IR.
The objectives of the panel are to show juxtaposed positions of mutual perceptions between Islam and IR based on conceived notions of sensitive conceptions like sovereignty, state, human rights, gender, and etcetera, to eliminate deplorable and pejorative (mis)conceptions of IR scholars towards Islam and vice versa, and add or put Islam in the epitome of global discourse of international relations as a major causal factor that affects the behaviors of every actors in the international community particularly those which have interest and peculiar relations with the Muslim world. The panel will examine two outstanding inquiries that will guide the panel in hoping to find, discover or create patterns of tangency. Questions below magnify the totality of where the panel will lead at and to what extent it is presented and analyze.
1. How International Relations scholars perceived the field of Islam?
2. How Islamic scholars (Muslims or non-Muslims) perceived the field of IR?
The organizer humbly hopes that through this panel, we may able to add to the realm of literature on how human races and civilizations are linked through intellectual, cultural, economical, and social exchanges particularly on the relations between the East (Islam) and the West (International Relations).

Kindly please send your abstract (200 to 400 words) and a short one-page CV to nassef.adiong@yahoo.com before 15 February 2011.

Sincerely,

Nassef Adiong
PhD student in International Relations
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

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