Fall Programme 2014

Seminars Fall 2014


10 | 13:15 - 15:00 | CMES seminar room | Public Lecture in Arabic and English

Dr. Mourad Mhenni, Director of The Research Unit on Culture, Development and Citizenship, Masarat Center | "Tunisian revolutionary Processes: The Challenges of Local Development and The Identity Controverse"

Dr. Adel Belkahla, Vice President of Masarat Center | "Tunisian Revolutionary Processes and Civil Society Transformations"

Dr. Faten Mbarek, Director of the Research Unit on Youth and Family, Masarat Center | "The Tunisian Revolution: Socio-historical Reading of The Events
(December 17, 2010 to January 14, 2011)

18 | 16:30 - 18:00 | CMES seminar room | The Life and Legacy of Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani al-Qubrusi (1922–2014) | Research Seminar

What happens when a living Sufi saint ages and dies? How do disciples cope with his physical absence? How is the issue of successorship dealt with? Dr. Simon Stjernholm will present research findings and perspectives on the late Turkish Cypriot Naqshbandi Sufi Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, leader of the transnational Sufi movement Naqshbandi-Haqqani until his death in May 2014. Stjernholm carried out extensive fieldwork in Naqshbandi-Haqqani settings for his doctoral dissertation (defended in 2011). Since then he has visited the shaykh's home twice more, including immediately after his recent death.

23 | 19:00 - 21:00 | Stadshallen, Sessionssalen | Samtal om Islamiska statens framryckningar i Irak | Public Lecture in Swedish

Bitte Hammargren, frilansjournalist och Mellanösternkorrespondent, Leif Stenberg och Ingmar Karlsson, Centrum för Mellanösternstudier, Lunds universitet förklarar den kritiska situationen i Irak.

Islamiska staten (IS) har på kort tid ritat om Iraks politiska karta. I spåren av IS framryckningar i norra Irak har en enorm flyktingkatastrof uppstått och situationen är allt mer akut. Röda Korset uppskattar att 1,2 miljoner människor är på flykt. IS framgångar innebär att Irak går ett nytt omfattande inbördeskrig till mötes med ytterligare kaos och instabilitet runtom i Mellanöstern som resultat. Panelen kommer att diskutera konsekvenserna av IS agerande för Irak, Mellanöstern, Europa och Sverige.

Evenemanget är öppet för alla. Samtalet är på svenska i Stadshallen, Lund.


13 | 14:00 - 17:00 | CMES seminar room | Persian Miniature Painting

Workshop with Shima Davoudi. Shima's miniatures depict marriage of artistic and poetic languages. The event is organized by the Iran`s Cultural Center in Stockholm.

22 | 16:00 - 17:00 | CMES seminar room | Hafez the Love School Composer

Persian literature seminar with Dr. Farah Niazkar from Shiraz Hafez University.

Dr. Niazkar will speak about the famous Persian poet Hafez.

"Hafez collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran and Afghanistan, who learn his poems by heart and use them as proverbs and sayings to this day. His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-fourteenth century Persian writing more than any other author." (Source: wikipedia)

Everyone is welcome!


3 | 19:00 | Café Athen, AF-borgen | Yemeni media in transition – between independence and incitement

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UPF and University of Copenhagen invite you to a seminar on democracy and media in Yemen. The seminar has the title “Yemeni media in transition – between independence and incitement”, and we are proud to present the participants that are all very knowledgable in this current and interesting topic.

Our participating guest are: Jamila Raja – journalist, media consultant, activist and diplomat. Sara al-Zawqari – journalist and popular radio talkshow host at Yemen Times Radio.

Leif Stenberg from CMES will be moderating the seminar.

16 | 18:30 | EDEN 263 | The "Accidental" Menace: Turkey, Islamic State, Kurdistan

Convenor: Umut Ozkirimli (CMES, Lund University)

Moderator: Magnus Jerneck (Department of Political Science, Lund University)

Speakers: Soli Ozel (Kadir Has University, Istanbul): "Turkish foreign policy and Kurdish political resurrection"

Spyros A. Sofos (CMES, Lund University): "Everything you would like to know about the Islamic State and a few things you wouldn't"
About Spyros' talk: Drawing on extensive research on its brief career (its emergence, evolution, organizational and recruitment structures, domestic and international discourse and practices) and with the aid of visual material from the territories it holds, this paper will try to address the phenomenon of the Islamic State. What is and what is not the Islamic State, how has it managed to become a reality on the ground and a household name throughout the world, how does it control its territories and populations, how is everyday life organized in its Syrian and Iraqi 'provinces'.