Fall Programme 2019

Conversation series Passion and Politics

How can we understand today’s global collective body of anxiety? The fear of the other? War and hostility? Such topics will be explored in five separate conversations with prominent and innovative scholars, formed as dialogues where the audience is invited to actively participate. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is holding a conversation series on passion in relation to contemporary global politics, with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa and citizens in the Diaspora.

The series will focus on affective politics. Rather than taking macro-level politics and changes of the geo-political map as our point of departure, the conversations aim at exploring political processes, values and relations from the vantage point of passion.

How do politics of passion contribute to strife and conflict? To ethnic and sectarian categorizations? To loyalties and alliances? What is the emotive component of critique, protest and mobilization, challenging authoritarian regimes and power relations? How is passion interrelated with politics of displacement? With senses of uncertainty, experiences of persecution, the loss of a national home? And how may affect simultaneously work toward strengthening people’s sense of belonging and public intimacy?

In order to reflect on such questions, and with the hope of generating new ones, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University is bringing together five prominent international scholars for conversations with Associate Professor Maria Frederika Malmström, hosted and presented by Torsten Janson, senior lecturer at CMES and co-coordinator of the research program The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW).


Jessica Winegar is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work investigates how people articulate understandings of history and political-economic change through cultural production and consumption, in particular through competing notions of culture and culturedness.  She is primarily concerned with the multiple ways that culture projects create social hierarchies and modern subjects while frequently hiding the mechanisms of these processes, thereby contributing to their durability. 

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CMES Finngatan 16


Public seminars


  • How does the Peacebuilding Community Perceive Peace in Turkey?

Nov, 27, at 12-13, Seminar room, Finngatan 16

Pınar Sayan is a Visiting Researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Beykoz University. She is also Turkey Director of Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation; co-editor of Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation and the co-founder and co-director of Roman Medya

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  • The Culture Police: Manning the barricades of allowable art and culture in Egypt

Nov 29, at 14-15, Seminar room, Finngatan 16 PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME BECAUSE OF CLIMAT STRIKE

Ramy Aly, Assistant Professor of AnthropologyAmerican University in Cairo 

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December 2, at 12-13, Seminar room, Finngatan 16

Marta Kolankiewicz

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  • War trophies in the age of mechanical reproduction: Evidence from human rights courts

Dec 12, at 12-13, Seminar room, Finngatan 16

At UMass Amherst Violence and Conflict Laboratory, we examined twenty-two photographs of slain Kurdish revolutionaries that were unclassified for Turkish courts for identification of human remains in a mass grave site. They were killed in 1998 and the photographs were made available to the court in 2014. These photographs were not produced for forensic purposes, instead they were treated as trophies that would be displayed to superiors as proof of military success and to families of slain insurgents. Dead bodies and human parts are used as writing materials during warfare and conquest. 

Bilgesu Sumer is a political scientist, translator and human rights activist from Turkey.

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December 16, at 16-18, Seminar room CMES

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