Fall Programme 2018

SEP 19
12:00 - 13:00

Finngatan 16

David Warren: Cleansing the Nation of the ‘Dogs of Hell’
Muslim Scholarly Support for the 3 July Egyptian Coup and its Bloody Aftermath

Public lunch lecture with David Warren, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh.

The enthusiasm shown by leading members of the Muslim scholarly establishment (theʿulamāʾ) for the 3 July 2013 Coup in Egypt and its bloody aftermath was a source of both horror and surprise for many observers.

One of the most prominent and visible scholars supporting the coup was the former Grand Mufti, ʿAli Jumʿa. Over the course of July and August 2013, he delivered lectures to the army, authored op-ed pieces, and was a common sight on Egyptian television. Jumʿa used these appearances to offer what seemed to be a series of Islamic legal justifications for the Coup and the killing of anti-Coup demonstrators.

To date, academics have sought to explain Jumʿa and his colleagues’ support for the Egyptian Counter-Revolution by focusing on historical precedents in Islamic political thought in which the scholarly establishment had similarly endorsed the usurpation of power by force.

In this lecture, the speaker argues against this prevailing assumption and contends that Jumʿa and his peers’ support for the Coup owes far more to modern nationalism than classical Islamic political thought.

SEP 26
16:00 - 18:00

G-K Salen
Sölvegatan 19

Beth Baron: Birthing Egyptians: Medicine, Museums, and Hard Labors

Public lecture with Beth Baron, Distinguished Professor of History, City College and Graduate Center, CUNY Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

This talk focuses on Dr. Naguib Mahfouz, “the father of obstetrics and gynecology in Egypt,” to chart the changes in childbirth practices in colonial Egypt. Mahfouz played a pivotal role in challenging inequities in a British colonial health care system that ignored maternal health by pushing for the founding of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Qasr al-`Aini Medical School/Hospital. He delivered thousands of babies in Egyptian homes in difficult labors and pioneered a number of surgical procedures, most notably new techniques for repairing fistulas, earning him an international reputation. In the course of his surgeries, he collected thousands of specimens, which he built into a gynecological museum housed at the hospital.

OCT 22
12:00 - 13:00

Finngatan 16

Louise Bennet: The MEDIM study - impact of Migration and Ethnicity for Diabetes

Public lecture with Louise Bennet, physician and project manager for the MEDIM study (the impact of Migration and Ethnicity for Diabetes In Malmö), Lund University.

Louise's research is focused on studying causes of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the immigrant middle-eastern population, representing the largest non-European immigrant group in Sweden today and a high risk population for diabetes. In the MEDIM study (the impact of Migration and Ethnicity for Diabetes In Malmö) aims to identify which metabolic, lifestyle and hereditary factors contribute to an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in this immigrant population.

Welcome to learn more about the MEDIM study!

OCT 23
16:00 - 18:00

Finngatan 16

Panel Discussion: The politics of (un)learning: Nationalism, gender, sexuality, statelessness, and Kurdish movements in the Middle East

The Kurds, who are often considered to be the largest stateless nation, are integrating and interacting in a ‘Middle-East-wide’ political space that mainly includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Amidst ongoing wars and insecurities Kurdish parties are carving out various political spaces in their quest for self-determination. This panel discussion brings together researchers whose work focuses on different aspects of Kurdish movements in the region, such as statelessness and politics of home;  conflict, violence, the role of women, and the Rojava experience, the self-proclaimed autonomous region in Northern Syria.

The speakers are:

Pinar Dinc, Visiting Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University
Barzoo Eliassi, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Linnaeus University
Isabel Käser, PhD Candidate, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS University of London 

12:00 - 13:00

Finngatan 16

Hamideh Kazemi: Rivers in Iran - Climate change and human impact

Public lecture with Hamideh Kazemi, School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia.

The lecturer will discuss impacts of climate change and human activities on streamflow variation in several rivers in Iran. Which are the determining the dominant factors affecting the streamflow? What management plans are needed based on the outcome of the research?

NOV 21
12:00 - 13:00

Finngatan 16

Nisa Goksel: Encounters, Networks, and Conflicts: Kurdish Women’s Activism in Diyarbakır

Welcome to a lunch seminar with Nisa Goksel, Northwestern University

Revolutionary womanhood, for Kurdish guerrilla women, is based on the repudiation of familial roles and the ideals including self-sacrifice, love for the nation, and revolutionary ethics. Yet although the Kurdish movement has historically assigned this role to guerrilla women, Kurdish activist women also aspire to this selfhood. How do Kurdish women aspire to ideal revolutionary womanhood while living the lives of activists? In answering this question, this paper turns to the site of activist politics in the city of Diyarbakır to examine the ways in which activist women work to put into practice the revolutionary ideals and qualities represented by the guerrilla woman. Whereas activist subjectivity is formed within a realm of temporary and fluid networks as well as daily risks and uncertainties, revolutionary womanhood is imagined and performed on the basis of “eternal” values of self-sacrifice and love for the nation. This, I suggest, leads to competing demands on Kurdish women activists as they are torn between revolutionary resistance and activist politics. By drawing on interviews and ethnographic observations conducted in Diyarbakır from 2013 to 2015, I therefore suggest that Kurdish women activists strive to be part of both the revolutionary and activist realms by navigating multiple levels of conflicts; political networks; and local and transnational encounters.

NOV 28
12:00 - 13:00

Finngatan 16

Fanny Christou: Plural mobilisation and plural diaspora: the role of Palestinians in Sweden

Fanny Christou, PhD in Geography, University of Potieirs and American University of Beirut, Visiting Researcher CMES, Lund University

Nearly 25 years after the Oslo accords, the Palestinians are still in the quest for Statehood. The emigration of Palestinians from the Middle East is still increasing in volume and is directed towards more distant areas with Sweden being one of the sites where part of the Palestinian diaspora is located and becomes active today. Palestinian mobilization first began in different Middle-Eastern host territories as an expression of the political aspirations of the displaced Palestinian Arabs but also in response to their living conditions and their level of socio-political integration thereof. Today, the failure of the Oslo Accords and the absence of a “Palestinian spring” have contributed to a reconfigured territorialisation of the Palestinian diaspora political mobilization in localities situated beyond the first places of exile.

With the ambition to transcend an approach centered on the Palestinian issues in the Middle-Eastern host territories, my research focuses on a micro-located analysis in Malmö, Sweden. It questions the contours of the Palestinian diasporic fluidity based on the spatial, identity and political fissures that are emerging. The purpose here is to understand the meaning of “being Palestinian” by taking into consideration multidimensional factors situated at the crossroads of varied contexts and temporalities. This research witnesses the emergence of new modes of contestation that have for too long been limited to the struggle against Israel. Thus, it aims to contribute to a re-reading of the political sense given to the territorialisation of the Palestinian mobilization in the post-Oslo context. In addition, it also attempts to present empirical and theoretical insights on the basis of fieldwork observations and to think through the Palestinian diaspora mobilization case study that can be relevant to deconstruct traditional approaches dealing with the concept of diaspora. The question here, then, is to understand how migratory trajectories have contributed to deep reformulations of modes of expression of Palestinians in exile.

16:00 - 18:00

Edens hörsal
Paradisgatan 5H

Zafar Adeel: From Conflict to Water Security: Women as Agents of Change

A number of conflicts in the Arab region have impacted women and girls, displacing them from their homes as refugees or internally-displaced persons (IDP), and exposing them to physical and sexual abuse as well as day-to-day challenges of securing water for their families. 2017 estimates put the total number of refugees originating from the Arab region at 13 million, and another 17 million are considered IDPs. A large fraction of these persons are women and girls; for example, three-quarters of Syrian Refugees are women. Recent research at the Pacific Water Research Centre, conducted in collaboration with United Nations organizations, has addressed approaches for improving water security in these conflict zones, relying on women as agents of change. This work has resulted in specific recommendations to Arab regional structures and organizations, United Nations and international organizations, governments in the Arab region, and community-based organizations. The focus of these recommendations is on providing opportunities to women for leadership in diplomacy and management, for access to financial resources, and for fostering an enabling policy and institutional landscape.

Dr. Zafar Adeel serves as the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, and as Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Resources and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of environmental science and policy issues. This includes 18 years of work as a United Nations official, with progressively increasing responsibilities in the field of international development and research. He served as the Director, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) from 2006 to 2016. He also served in a number of international leadership roles: These include chairing a group of over 65 organizations called UN-Water during 2010-2012, and co-chairing the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment team that produced the global desertification synthesis in 2005. Dr. Adeel led the development of a south-south network of scientists working in water-scarce countries, particularly focused on Africa, Middle East and Asia. Through his editorial lead, this network has published eight books in the UNU Desertification Series. Presently, he is the Series Editor for a book series by Springer: “Water Security in a New World.”