Fall 2016

Welcome to a new semester at CMES! Please find below the fall 2016 program. Please note that the program is still preliminary and subject to change.

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Date Title Location Time
Aug. 31 Turkey's Whatsapp Coup: Implications for Europe and the Middle East

Welcome to a roundtable discussion of the 15 July coup in Turkey and its aftermath, with a particular focus on its implications for Europe and the broader Middle East, in particular the ongoing war in Syria. The discussants include Johanna Alkan Olsson (Lund University), Paul T. Levin (Director, Stockholm Institute for Turkish Studies, SUITS), Cengiz Candar (Distinguished Visiting Scholar, SUITS), and Umut Ozkirimli (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CMES). The event will be moderated by Leif Stenberg, Director of CMES.
Edens hörsal 19:00
Sept. 14 How immigration can affect the mainstream: The U.S. case

Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York.

Abstract: I will discuss the mechanisms and evidence of mainstream expansion as a result of immigration in the U.S. Two windows will be used to glimpse empirically the processes involved: 1) the changing ethno-racial composition of the upper tiers of the workforce; 2) the rising frequency of mixed unions and the characteristics of Americans who are growing up in families that mix minorities and majority backgrounds. I will argue that these processes of change amount to an assimilation that bears significant resemblance to assimilation in the past. Like that earlier assimilation, the contemporary one is engendering greater diversity within the mainstream, rather than homogenization.
'CMES seminar room' 16:00
Sept. 15 CMES - the film

Premiere of the documentary about CMES by explorer and film maker Mikael Strandberg.
Oct. 19 Recognizer’s Burden: AKP and the Democratic Opening towards Kurds in Turkey

Arda Gucler, Uppsala universitet

Since the early 2000s, Turkish politics has gone through a process of democratization. The two most prominent pillars of this phenomenon has been the integration of the Islamic constituencies into Turkish politics and the recent democratic opening towards the Kurdish constituency. Even though both of these events have been closely studied by the recent scholarship on Turkish politics, the question of how they are interlinked with one another remains unexplored. This is what this article intends to do. It argues that even though the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s decision to recognize the Kurdish identity has partially managed to destabilize the norms that are associated with ethnic nationalism in Turkish politics, it has not completely broken away from nationalism per se. Instead, the AKP’s willingness to recognize the Kurdish identity is accompanied with this government’s aspiration to consolidate a new form of nationalism, which is now known as Muslim Nationalism. To demonstrate this, the article taps into the contemporary discussions on the concept of recognition in political theory. The theory teaches us that recognition not only grants rights to ‘the recognized’, but also shores up the political power of ‘the recognizer’. This article locates the recent emergence of Muslim Nationalism as a manifestation of this latter aspect of politics of recognition.
CMES seminar room 16:00
Nov. 2 Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

Kamel Doraï, Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo)
CMES seminar room 16:00
Nov. 30 Halal Money - Islamic finance in Norway

Torkel Brekke, Institutt for kulturstudier og orientalske språk, Oslo

This lecture presents the first overview of the interest in Islamic financial products among Muslims in a Nordic country. There are no Islamic banks in the region today, but there are several initiatives to establish these services. The lecture is based on a survey of 707 Muslims in Norway carried out in 2015 and 2016, on individual interviews and focus groups, as well as on dialogue with commercial banks. It will discuss the interest in Islamic banking and say something about its sociological and religious significance.
TBA '15:00
Dec. 7 Yemen

Isa Blumi, Associate Professor, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS)
CMES seminar room 16:00