22nd October - 26th October 2018

Photo Credit: Alejandro Valderrama

22nd October - 26th October, 2018

This week CMES researchers are participating in two conferences, and CMES is hosting three public events at Finngatan 16.

  1. On Monday 22nd at 12:00 we welcome Louise Bennet, physician and project manager for the MEDIM study (the impact of Migration and Ethnicity for Diabetes in Malmö). She will give a talk to explain about the project. For more information see the Facebook event here or check our events page here

  2. On Tuesday 23rd at 16:00 CMES will host a panel discussion The politics of (un)learning: Nationalism, gender, sexuality, statelessness, and Kurdish movements in the Middle East, with Nisa Göksel (CMES), Pinar Dinc (CMES), Barzoo Eliassi (Linnaeus University) and Isabel Käser (SOAS). 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. For more information see the Facebook event here or check our events page here

  3. CMES researchers will be at The Refugees, Borders and Membership Conference at Malmö University with a workshop entitled Diaspora and Conflict - Rewriting Belonging. The workshop is organised by Helen Avery (CMES), Spyros Sofos (CMES) & Alejo Valderrama (National University of Colombia and National University of Ireland, Maynooth). The workshop takes place across two sessions, Wednesday 24th 14:00-17:00, and Thursday 25th 9:30-12:30, in the Niagara building, Room A0502, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1A.

    The workshop intends to contribute to exploring the complex ways in which diasporas engage in transnational and national contexts with the conflicts “back home” and their repercussions in the countries of their settlement. How do diasporas make sense of sectarian conflict, violence and displacement, how do they approach return, reconciliation, justice, restitution and reconstruction and how do they contribute to the rearticulation of the nation and the nation state during conflict and post-conflict situations?  Examples are discussed from a variety of perspectives and contexts, including Afghan, Colombian, Syrian, Bosnian, Palestinian and Kurdish diasporas. 

  4. On Friday 26th at 15:00, Visiting Research Fellow Martina Koegeler-Abdi will give a presentation of her PhD research on the cultural history of early Syrian American communities in the US, entitled "Adaptive Agency and Arab American Womanhood, 1893–1967". Her analysis focuses on how women’s cultural agency shaped Syrian American ethnic community formation and its constant interaction with US racial imaginaries.
  5. Maria Malmström (Associate Professor at CMES) will be giving a talk entitled "The Clitoris is in the head!" Female circumcision and the making of a harmful cultural practice in Egypt at the 9th FOKO Conference (PDF) Female Genital Cutting: The Global North & South which takes place in Höör between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th of October.

    This talk aims to offer a critical analysis on the usage of the category of Harmful Cultural Practices in the context of female genital cutting in Egypt. Female genital cutting is understood as a harmful cultural practice within national campaigning efforts to stop the practice. This harm is characteristically defined in terms of women’s sexual desire and enjoyment. In contrast to these framings, we have looked at a group of circumcised women who offer different narrations and understandings of their experienced sexual desire. This talk draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, carried out before the Egyptian 2011 uprisings by Maria Frederika Malmström and fieldwork carried out after the Egyptian revolt in 2013 and onward by An Van Raemdonck.

Last week at CMES (15th - 19th October)

On Thursday (18th) as part of Lund University's research tourTorsten Janson gave a talk entitled "Saudi Arabia: Dictatorship, Religion and Reform in the Land of the Two Sacred Sites". 

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