Events

Spring 2017

Welcome to a new semester at CMES! Please find below the spring 2017 program. Please note that the program is still preliminary and subject to change.

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Date Title Location Time
Jan. 19 CMES on Tour: Vad är islamism? Bakgrund, yttringar och tendenser (SWE)

En föreläsning som reder ut begreppen kring den så mångskiftande företeelsen islamism. Vad är den historiska och sociala bakgrunden? Vad förenar och vad skiljer olika yttringar av islamism, från de mest civila till de mest våldsbejakande
Trelleborgs stadsbibliotek 12:00
Feb. 08 Yazidis: Survivors of 74 Genocides

Nareen Shammo is an Iraqi journalist and activist who belongs to the Yazidi community. Nareen resigned from her position as an investigative journalist when ISIS started attacking the Yazidi community and enslaving its women and children while killing all the men. She thus decided to devote herself to the rescue and protection of Yazidi women, creating networks that will help captured women to escape or that will collect funds to be used to buy these women’s freedom. Come listen to Nareen talk about the Yazidi women's situation and their struggle to regain freedom.

CMES seminar room 16:00
March 2 Female citizens at the crossroads after 2011: Reproducing noncitizens and stateless in Kuwait and beyond

Rania Maktabi, Associate professor
Østfold University College

A decade has passed since female citizens in Kuwait were enfranchised in 2005. Political rights for women, and the mobilization of stateless Bidun in Kuwait after the 2011 Arab Uprisings, are two factors that impact on the politicization of pressures to reform the patriarchal nationality law in Kuwait formed in 1959. Similar pressures for reform, as well as counter-pressures against change in the status quo, are found in other member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and most Levantine states in MENA, such as Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.
In the lecture, Dr. Maktabi presents how Kuwaiti women, female activists and lawyers, as well as Members of parliament –particularly those with tribal background– have engaged in raising claims for addressing the problems of Kuwaiti women married to noncitizens. The presentation outlines some of the political responses towards demands for expanding the Kuwaiti citizenry by fellow citizens, opponent groups, and Kuwaiti authorities.
CMES seminar room 16:00
March 8 Courtship and Marriage among Arab Youth in Urban Jordan

Sandra Nasser el-Dine, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology
University of Tampere, Finland


Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the Jordanian capital Amman, the lecture discusses young women’s and men’s experiences of intimate relationships. The focus is in the current ambiguities and negotiations of courtship practices, which will be addressed especially from the point of view of affective elements in relationship dynamics.
CMES seminar room 16:00
March 20 Mark Sedgewick

Mark Sedgewick, Professor, School of Culture and Society - Arabic and Islam Studies, Aarhus University
CMES seminar room 16:00
March 21 CMES on Tour: Flykting och elitstudent. Berättelser om utanförskap och framtidshopp (SWE)

Torsten Janson, forskare Centrum för Mellanösternstudier

I snart 70 har Libanons palestinska flyktingar levt som statslösa, med stora inskränkningar i rätt till egendom och arbete. Ofta lever de under eländiga villkor i överbefolkade flyktingläger. Barn och ungdom är särskilt utsatta, inte minst vad gäller brister i utbildning. Samtidigt finns strimmor av hopp. Under senare år har Torsten Janson följt en grupp ungdomar som fått tillfälle att läsa vid Libanons toppuniversitet. Föreläsningen ger en inblick i hur dessa ungdomar tänker kring liv och uppväxt som unga palestinier. Vad har de för bild av sin skolgång och vad innebär den plötsliga flytten från flyktingläger till elituniversitet?
Landskrona stadsbibliotek 13:00
March 22 The integration and acculturation of second-generation Turks in Sweden from an international diasporic perspective

Memet Aktürk Drake, Centre for Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Adult second-generation (G2) Turks born and raised in different parts of Western Europe, North America and Australia provide us with an interesting case for comparing the effects of the integration and minority policies of these different diasporic contexts. Firstly, their parents, who immigrated in the 1960s and 1970s, were subject to highly divergent integration policies couched in different state ideologies towards minorities. Secondly, the G2 itself experienced acculturation against varying historical, economic and political backgrounds. Previous studies have found marked differences between the Turkish diaspora in Western Europe and the New World with stronger preservation of the Turkish heritage in the former and stronger identification with the majority society in the latter (Yağmur 2016). Sweden constitutes a special case because it deviates from the rest of Europe as the country with the earliest policies that actually aimed at integrating the immigrant parents and as the most enduring representative of multiculturalism in Europe (Borevi 2012, MPI 2017). In this talk, I will first outline Sweden’s particular brand of “welfare multiculturalism”. Based on data from the large-scale European project The Integration of The European Second Generation (TIES), I will go on to discuss the integration and acculturation profiles of G2 Turks in Stockholm (cf. Crul et al. 2012, Westin 2015). The main focus will be the impact of multicultural discourses and policies on identity formation, with special consideration for issues related to bilingualism such as language proficiency and use. I will also present comparisons with other Western European cities within the same project, especially Paris. The main conclusion is that the integration and acculturation profiles of G2 Turks in Sweden constitute to some extent an intermediate case between the general patterns observed in Western Europe and the New World (Aktürk-Drake forthcoming).
CMES seminar room 16:00
March 22 Jubileumskurs: Handslag, famntag, klapp eller kyss? Hur vi hälsar och gränserna för mångfalden (SWE)

Dan-Erik Andersson, forskare Centrum för Mellanösternstudier.

Alla samhällen bygger på kompromisser kring traditioner och värderingar. Men var går gränsen för samförstånd: Hur ska vi hälsa på varandra? Ska vi ha skolavslutning I kyrkan? Separata badtider? Ett föredrag baserat på det senaste årets debatter med Dan-Erik Andersson, universitetslektor i Mänskliga rättigheter vid Lunds universitet. Dan-Erik Andersson undervisar främst om mänskliga rättigheter i förhållande till etik och religion. Läs mer om hans forskning och undervisning här.
LUX C121 19:00
March 23 CMES on Tour: Kan klimatförändringar och vattenbrist orsaka konflikter?
(SWE)

Lina Eklund, forskare Centrum för Mellanösternstudier
Staffanstorps bibliotek 17:30
March 26 - 31 Progress, Prospects and New Directions: Re-connecting and Re-energizing

CMES Alumni conference 2017 Present and former students of the MA programme in Middle Eastern Studies at CMES are invited to an Alumni conference last week of March 2017. More information will follow but please let us now if you´re interested in joining. Send an email to our education coordinator Tina: kristina.robertsson@cme.lu.se Read more here: bit.ly/20E0fx4
AF-borgen See program
April 4 CMES 10th Jubilee week: Ellen Lust - CMES seminar room 16:00
April 5 CMES 10th Jubilee week: Michelle Obeid - Disrupted Borders, Security and the Trapped Subject: the Lebanese/Syrian border

In this public address, Michelle Obeid will talk about the areas by the Lebanese/Syrian border and the repercussions of the conflict and the emergence of Da`ish. The talk will draw on her long-term fieldwork and knowledge of the border. How do the people who are not drawn into radical Islamism experience the changes and securitization? And what are the experiences of the communities that are ‘hosting’ refugees – an area of research so far underexplored.
CMES seminar room 16:00
April 6 CMES 10th Jubilee week: Ido Zelkovitz - From the Books to the Guns: Students and the Palestinian Revolution in Historical Perspective

The lecture will explore the Palestinian Student Movement from an historical and sociological perspective; the main aim of the presentation is to demonstrate how Palestinian national identity has been built in the absence of national institutions, whilst emphasizing the role of higher education as an agent of social change, capable of crystallizing patterns of national identity.
CMES seminar room 16:00
April 7 CMES 10th Jubilee week: Dr. Abbas Milani - From Sayyad Qutb to Seyyed Khamenei: Islamist Challenge of modernity

For the last century, modernity has been the most enduring challenge facing Muslim societies of the Middle East. What does Sayyad Qutb, the grand theorist of the Muslim Brotherhood in predominantly Sunni Egypt, share with Sayyad Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the predominantly Shiite Iran, in their challenge to Modernity?
CMES seminar room 16:00
April 25 Shirin Khankan

Sherin Khankan is Denmark's first female imam who has led the foundation of a women-only mosque in Copenhagen called Mariam Mosque. She is also an activist on Muslim issues including female integration and extremism, and has written numerous texts discussing Islam and politics.
TBA 18:00
April 27 CMES on Tour: Flykting och elitstudent. Berättelser om utanförskap och framtidshopp (SWE)

Torsten Janson, forskare Centrum för Mellanösternstudier

I snart 70 har Libanons palestinska flyktingar levt som statslösa, med stora inskränkningar i rätt till egendom och arbete. Ofta lever de under eländiga villkor i överbefolkade flyktingläger. Barn och ungdom är särskilt utsatta, inte minst vad gäller brister i utbildning. Samtidigt finns strimmor av hopp. Under senare år har Torsten Janson följt en grupp ungdomar som fått tillfälle att läsa vid Libanons toppuniversitet. Föreläsningen ger en inblick i hur dessa ungdomar tänker kring liv och uppväxt som unga palestinier. Vad har de för bild av sin skolgång och vad innebär den plötsliga flytten från flyktingläger till elituniversitet?
Båstad stadsbibliotek 13:00
April 27 The digital society: Nicole Grove TBA TBA
May 9 CMES on Tour: Kan klimatförändringar och vattenbrist orsaka konflikter?
(SWE)

Lina Eklund, forskare Centrum för Mellanösternstudier
Svalövs bibliotek 18:00
May 11 The annual Ingmar Karlsson Lecture - Jenny White

Jenny White, professor Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
TBA 19:00
May 11 Religion and Music in the Black Atlantic

TBA TBA
May 15-21 Lund University Sustainabilty week May 15 - 21 CMES offers two events: exhibition on the water situation in the Middle East and Jordan River Basin Game. TBA TBA

Spring Program 2017