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February 2023

Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Late Ottoman Empire

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Ingraham 206, 1155 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI United States
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This talk traces the Ottoman roots of the post-imperial political order in the Middle East through an analysis of the inter-imperial contest over Ottoman autonomous provinces.

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From Gecekondu to A Strangeness: One-Hundred Years of Rural-Urban Relations in Turkey

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
5233 Humanities Building Madison, WI United States + Google Map
Photo of Resat Kasaba

A discussion centered on Professor Kemal Karpat’s Gecekondu (1976) and the Nobel Laurette Orhan Pamuk’s A Strangeness in My Mind (2015).        

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March 2023

Iran, Russia, Turkey: The Anti-Democracies of the 21st Century

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Professor Hamit Bozarslan will discuss these three regimes. They are not the only anti-democratic ones that exists in the contemporary world, but they share some features that one cannot easily find elsewhere.

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Natives Against Nativism: Palestine and the Movement for Migrant Rights in Postcolonial France

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Ingraham 206, 1155 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI United States
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Against the erasure of the central role of the Palestinian question in the emergence of grassroots antiracist discourses in postcolonial France, Professor Olivia Harrison mines the journals, tracts, photographs, and video fragments that constitute the incomplete and fragmented archive of these movements for evidence of a distinctly transcolonial form of antiracist activism, grounded in anticolonial solidarity with Palestinians.

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April 2023

Mapping the Real and Imagined Geographies in Naguib Mahfouz’ Novels

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Madison, WI United States + Google Map

Atef Moatamed is a professor of physical geography at Cairo University and founder/director of the House of Geography for geographic studies. 

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Women’s Political Representation in Iran and Turkey: Demanding a Seat at the Table

April 12 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Educational Science Building, Room 228, 1025 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI United States
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Professor Mona Tajali will discuss how religious and cultural norms, attitudes, institutional structures, and voter behavior affect the representation of women and quality of democracy in Muslim contexts, with a comparative focus on Iran and Turkey.

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Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Ingraham 206, 1155 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI United States
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In this talk based on her new book, "Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent" (Stanford University Press, 2022), Jillian Schwedler considers how space and geography influence protests and repression, and, in challenging conventional narratives of Hashemite state-making, offers the first in-depth study of rebellion in Jordan.

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MESP Annual Conference: Minority and Ethnic Politics in and from the Middle East

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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You are cordially invited to attend our conference featuring outstanding scholars from around the US discussing the historical background, sociopolitical realities, and challenges facing religious, ethnic, and other minorities in the MENA region.

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Fri 17

Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Late Ottoman Empire

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Apr 21