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Hazem Kandil

Wednesday, February 15th
INTS 1113

Hazem Kandil is a political sociologist. His work examines   military-security institutions and revolutionary movements, with a   special focus on the Middle East. He has taught at the American 
University in Cairo, and the University of California at Los Angeles,   and has published on revolutions, military sociology and warfare, and   the sociology of intellectuals.


Tahrir Square: State Discipline and the Politics of Representation

Shahab Malik

Wednesday, January 18th
INTS 1113

Shahab MALiK IS a graduate student in the department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.  He is currently WORKING A multi-site ethnography working on the formations and practice of Islamic law and theological knowledge that led him to do fieldwork in Egypt this summer. He carried out fieldwork among the Muslim Brotherhood and observed a variety of demonstrations and discussion in and around Tahrir Square. In his talk he will explore the void created between the state, protesters, and emergent modes of representation.


“Digital gurus, online classicism:
Transnational pursuits of audible authenticity”

Radha Hegde

Wednesday, February 1st
INTS 1113

Radha S. Hegde is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Her research and teaching center on the subject of gender, globalization, migration and global media flows.  Her edited book, Circuits of Visibility:  Gender and Transnational Media Cultures, NYU Press came out in July 2011.  Radha is currently working on a book Mediating Migration where she examines a series of sites where technology mediates the meanings and value of tradition in the diasporic context.  Another ongoing ethnographic project focuses on the growth of English language and communication training in India and the shaping of aspirations about digital futures. Her earlier work focused on gender identities and reproductive politics in south India.  Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Theory, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Violence against Women, Global Media and Communication. She serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of media and cultural studies. She was a journalist with the Indian Express in Chennai, India before her academic career.  She is also one of the founder members of Manavi, the first feminist South Asian group in the United States.


Research notes on a Revolution in process: Tunisia

FEATURING: Susan Ossman
May 25th , 2011

In this talk Susan Ossman will report on her recent visit to Tunisia. She is currently working on a book on the social basis of the Tunisian revolution along with Professor Nabiha Jerad of the University of Tunis.

Susan Ossman has developed new modes of comparative and multi‐site research to explore how media shape urban space and rework social and political boundaries in and around North Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her current fieldwork explores emerging forms of transnational social life and political engagement from the perspective of serial migrants, people who have lived in several countries. Paying attention to who can gain access to distinct social, ethical and aesthetic worlds leads to theorizing social distinction and cultural differences in ways that take into account how who we are is related to how we move. Susan draws on her ethnographic research to examine these emerging worlds in an upcoming book. Her previous publications include The Places We Share, Migration, Subjectivity and Global Mobility (Lexington Books 2007), Three Faces of Beauty, Casablanca, Paris, Cairo (Duke 2002), MiroirsMaghrébins, Itinéairesde soiet Paysagesde Rencontre (CNRS 1998), Mimesis: imiter, représenter, circuler, (Hermès, CNRS,1998) and Picturing Casablanca, Portraits of Power in a Modern City (California1994).

Susan is currently the Director of UCR's Global Studies program. She previously taught at Goldsmith's College, University of London, Georgetown University, Rice University, The American University of Paris and the CELSA‐Sorbonne. In 1992 she founded the Rabat center of the Institutde Recherchesurle Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC‐now Centre Jacques Berque) where she was research fellow and director until 1996.

Politics and Water Resources Utilization in the La Plata Basin, South America.

Victor Pochat
May 18th

This seminar will focus on the interaction of local, regional and global events with regional conflict and cooperation over time. After showing the main environmental, social, economic and institutional characteristics of the La Plata Basin, some selected periods of its history –from colonial to current times- are analyzed, showing the influence of local, international and global events on the utilization of its water resources for several purposes. The experience has highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary approaches, in order to have a broader global perspective and be able to deal properly with diplomatic issues, supported by a sound technical knowledge of the variety of problems that a complex basin as the La Plata shows.

Victor Pochat holds a M.Sc. in Engineering from the University of California, Davis, 1974; and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, San Juan, Argentina, 1970. He held many positions in the water sector in Argentina and internationally. At present he is the Regional Coordinator Responsible for UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean. He also holds a Professor position at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, teaching graduate courses on water resources management. Mr. Pochat authors several publications on water management, including water in South America and in the La Plata.

The CHOSEN PEOPLES: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election

Todd Gitlin

February 28th, 2011
INTS 1113, 2:00-3:30pm

America and Israel share the deep—some would say sacred—idea that their nations were chosen, in perpetuity, to do God’s work. The Jewish people take as their origin God’s promise to Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation.” Seventeenth-century British settlers thought they were founding “God’s new Israel” in the New World. But the belief in divine election is far more than a fanciful idea; it’s a living force, sometimes dangerous, always enticing. Even when disguised by secular language, even when the meaning of divine election is disputed, the idea of a providential destiny operates behind our backs.

Todd Gitlin, an American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, poet, and not very private intellectual,  is the author of fourteen books.  He is now a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph.D. program in Communications at Columbia University. Earlier, he was for sixteen years a professor of sociology and director of the mass communications program at the University of California, Berkeley, and then for seven years a professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University. During 1994-95, he held the chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has been a resident at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, California, a fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York, and a visiting professor at Yale University, the University of Oslo, the University of Toronto, East China Normal University in Shanghai, and the Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis in Tunisia. In April-May 2011 he will hold the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

The Rise of Small Media-Community Radio along the Pacific Rim

Drew O. McDaniel

February 16th , 2011
INTS 1113, 12-1:30pm

Dr. McDaniel is Professor of Media Arts and Studies and Director of the Southeast Asian Studies Program at Ohio University. Previously, he held the posts of Director of the School of Media Arts & Studies and Director of the Center for International Studies. He was twice named Ohio University’s most outstanding graduate faculty member and has received the L.J. Hortin Faculty Mentor Award. Prior to joining Ohio University, he worked as a journalist for broadcasting organizations in the states of Colorado and Washington.

Professor McDaniel has written extensively on media in Asia and on technology in media and communication.  Among his book publications are Electronic Tigers of Southeast Asia: The politics of media, technology, and national development, Broadcasting in the Malay World, Fundamentals of Audio Production, and Fundamentals of Communication Electronics.

He holds an additional appointment as Staff Consultant at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), a UN-chartered agency in Kuala Lumpur that provides research and training assistance across the region. Since 1981 his AIBD attachments have taken him to more than 25 nations in Asia. He has held a Fulbright Southeast Asia Regional Research Fellowship. He has also held an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008, and in 2011 he will accept a Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Endowed Visiting Professorship at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

What is "the Question“?
the Politics and Poetics of Inquiry Across Difference

Steve Foster

January 18th 2011
INTS 1113, 2-3:30pm

Stephen William Foster was an undergraduate at Reed College and completed a doctorate in anthropology at Princeton University.  He did ethnography on Hopi factionalism an on cultural politics in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  The latter research was published in his book, "The Past Is Another Country: Representation, Historical Consciousness and Resistance in the Blue Ridge" (University of California Press).  He also studied identity politics and cosmopolitanism in Morocco, published as "Cosmopolitan Desire: Trans-cultural Dialogue and Anti-terrorism in Morocco" (AltaMira Press).  He taught anthropology at Smith College and at the University of California, Berkeley.  He also attended the Yale University School of Nursing where he obtained a master's degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing before becoming house supervisor at San Francisco General Hospital.  He retired in 2010.  He is currently clinical instructor in the School of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco and is writing a book on ethics, acute care and the health care crisis.


Appropriating the Global: English in Identity Construction in the UAE

By Fatima Badry

INTS 1111

Based on students’ surveys and qualitative ethnographic data, this lecture examines the relation between language and identity and analyzes how the adoption of English as an agent of development and ‘modernization of education’ affects the perception of Arab university students’ sense of belonging to Arabness in the UAE.

Dr. Fatima Badry holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She is professor and head of the Department of English at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. She has also served as graduate programs director at the College of Arts and Sciences at AUS.

Global Studies Lecture Series
Gypsies/Roma in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

Elena Marushiakova & Vesselin Popov

Wednesday, February 24th  
INTS 1113

Elena Marushiakova  and Vesselin Popov  are the two most prominent scholars of Gypsy/Roma groups in the former Soviet bloc countries.  Their talk centers on the multidimensional identity structure of the Gypsies, Characteristics of Gypsy communities, and Mosaic of Gypsy groups in the region.  The talk includes visual illustrations of various Gypsy/Roma groups and examples of their musical traditions.

Elena Marushiakova obtained her doctorate at Bratislava University , Slovakia .  Vesselin Popov obtained his doctorate at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.  They both studied at Sofia University in Bulgaria.  Both are  currently researchers at the Ethnographic Institute and Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov are joint authors of the standard work on the Gypsies of Bulgaria and editors of the collection of books about Roma folklore, Studii Romani, as well as Gypsies in the Ottoman Empire (published by Centre de recherches tsiganes, University of Hertfordshire Press).  They have also published numerous articles in the Romani Studies Journal.


Postcolonial Capitals and Postcolonial Capital: Asmara and Other Ex-Colonial Cities

by Mia Fuller

January 12th, 2010, 12:30 - 2:30PM, HMNSS 1500

Mia Fuller is Associate Professor of Italian Studies, U.C. Berkeley. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined fieldwork and archival research in her studies of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies between 1869 and 1943. Her book on the subject, Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (Routledge, 2007) won the International Planning History Society Book Prize, 2008. She is also the co-editor (with Ruth Ben-Ghiat) of Italian Colonialism (Palgrave, 2005), and the organizer of a 2009 conference hosting Libyan scholars at Berkeley's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Currently, she is preparing an ethnographic, architectural, and oral-historical study of the 'New Towns' built in fascist Italy.

Book Presentation: Cosmopolitan Anxieties

by Ruth Mandel

April 27th, 2009, 2-4:00, HMNSS 1500

In Cosmopolitan Anxieties, Ruth Mandel explores Germany’s relation to the more than two million Turkish immigrants and their descendants living within its borders. Based on her two decades of ethnographic research in Berlin, she argues that Germany’s reactions to the postwar Turkish diaspora have been charged, inconsistent, and resonant of past problematic encounters with a Jewish "other." Mandel examines the tensions in Germany between race-based ideologies of blood and belonging on the one hand and ambitions of multicultural tolerance and cosmopolitanism on the other. She does so by
juxtaposing the experiences of Turkish immigrants, Jews, and "ethnic Germans" in relation to issues including Islam, Germany’s Nazi past, and its radically altered position as a unified country in the post–Cold War era.

Ruth Mandel teaches anthropology at University College, London.

Global Studies Lecture Series

The Minor and Errant Mobilities of Young Male Migrants from the Margins of Europe

Thursday, April 23, 2009
2-4 pm, INTS 1113

Nick Mai is Senior Research Fellow in Migrations and Immigrations at ISET, the Institute for the Study of European Transformations of London Metropolitan University. He is currently leading the research team for a 2 year-long ESRC funded project on 'Migrants in the UK sex industry. From 2005 to 2007 he participated in 'Rhythms and Realities of Everyday Life,' the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's flagship project on immigration and social integration in the UK. His main current research interest is the mobility of minor and young migrants from Albania, Morocco and Romania within the EU. He has focused on their strategies of survival and the associated risks and opportunities, including issues of exploitation and the engagement in illegal activities. He has published articles on the trafficking and exploitation of Albanian girls in Italy, Migration and Male Sex Work in the EU, and the relationship between media, transnational identities and migration. Out of Albania, co-authored with R. King, will be published by Oxford University Press in fall 2008.

This Lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, at London Metropolitan university. www.londonmet.ac.uk/iset

Global Studies Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
2-4 pm, location TBA

Human Rights in China
Discourse and implementation in a global context

Susan H. Perry
American University of Paris

Susan H. Perry, a sinologist and specialist in international human rights law, holds degrees from Brown, Yale and Oxford universities and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (University of Paris).  She is the current Chair of the Division of Politics and Government at The American University of Paris. Both a scholar and an activist, Professor Perry is the co-founder and organizer of the French Senate Conference series on "Women, Culture and Development Practices", and has been invited to present her research on women's rights at the JFK School of Government at Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, Indiana University, the OECD and UNESCO.  Publications include Eye to Eye: Women Practicing Development Across Cultures (ZED Books, 2001), as well as a special issue on "Women's New Development Paradigms" for Signs, the flagship journal on women's studies in the United States (University of Chicago Press, 2004).   Dr. Perry has worked extensively in China and in Africa as a women's rights consultant for the US State Department's Guest Speakers program.

Transidioma: Language and Power in the Age of Globalization

Marco Jacquemet

February 24th, 2009
2-4 pm, INTS Screening Room

Marco Jacquemet (B.A. UniversitàdiBologna; M.A. EHESS, Paris; Ph. D. U.C. Berkeley) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, University of San Francisco. His current research seeks to assess the communicative mutations resulting from the intersection in the Mediterranean area between mobile people and media idioms. He published three monographs (Credibility in Court: Communicative Practices in the Camorra's Trials, Cambridge U.P. 1996; Il Galateodel Cibernauta, Castelvecchi 1996; Ethereal Shadows: Communication and Power in Contemporary Italy, Autonomedia [forthcoming]) and multiple articles in edited volumes and refereed journals.

"The Geography of Theory and the Place of Knowledge:
Pivots, Peripheries and Waiting Rooms"

David Morley
Goldsmiths College, University of London

February  17, 2009, 2-4pm
Hmnss 1500

David Morley's research spans both micro-practices of media consumption and macro questions such as the role of media technologies in constituting the 'electronic landscapes' within which we live. His research has addressed questions of media consumption, especially in relation to broadcast television and, more recently, the uses of a variety of 'new' communications technologies such as the mobile phone. His interests are focused on the role of these technologies in articulating the public and private spheres, and he has done extensive ethnographic work in this field addressing both the functional and symbolic dimensions of communications technologies. He has also works on questions of cultural theory and globalisation - and has focussed on how to develop a non-Eurocentric media studies, within a cultural studies framework. Given his interdisciplinary approach, his work spans the fields of cultural geography and media anthropology and has been concerned with the role of media technologies in the construction of communities at different scales, in the context of processes of de/re-territorialisation, and in the re-constitution of boundaries and techno-regions. Having explored questions of 'newness' in relation to a variety of media in his last book, his most recent research attempts to re-articulate the study of virtual communications with that of material forms of transportation, so as to better theorise the varieties of mobility (and stasis) which characterise the contemporary world.

Before joining the faculty at  Goldsmiths he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham and then taught at Lanchester Polytechnic and at Brunel University. He has held positions as Visiting Professor/Scholar at the University of Stockholm, University of Madison –Wisconsin, University of Southern California, North Western University (Chicago), University of Western Sydney, University of Toulouse, and at Ramon Llull University (Barcelona). At Goldsmiths he co-founded both the Transnational Research Unit and the Pacific Asia Cultural Studies Forum. He is the editor of the Comedia book series for Routledge and is on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of a number of journals, including Cultural Studies, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Television and New Media and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

David Morley's work has been translated into 15 languages and his books include Everyday TV: Nationwide (with Charlotte Brunsdon, BFI 1978) The Nationwide Audience (BFI 1980); Family Television (Comedia 1986); Television, Audiences and Cultural Studies (Routledge 1992) Spaces of Identity (with Kevin Robins, Routledge 1996); Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (co-edited with Kuan Hsing Chen, Routledge1996); British Cultural Studies (with Kevin Robins 2000) Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity (Routledge 2001) Media and Cultural Theory(edited with James Curran, Routledge 2005) and Media, Modernity and Technology: The Geography of the New (Routledge, 2006).

Sponsored by the the Department of Media and Cultural Studies
 The  Global Studies Program

The Global Studies Program and the Faculty seminar
on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

On the contemporary Maghreb,
from the Local to the Global: Limits of the journey

Nabiha Jerad

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Interdiscipinary Seminar Room
3rd Floor INST

Nabiha Jerad is a socio-linguist and specialist in post-colonial studies. She earned her doctorate at the University of Paris before taking a position as associate professor at the University of Tunis. She is also an Associate Researcher with CNRS, France and co- Chair of the Research group: "Gender studies in the Mediterranean".

Professor Jerad has also worked on the semiotics and linguistics issues in multilingual contexts and on the question of language and identity in the postcolonial Maghreb. Her work on the construction of narratives of the self in the Maghreb and among people of Maghrebi background in Europe has led her to analyze a variety of genres, ranging from novels to rap and rai music, letters to the editor in the daily press to architecture.

After Orientalism, the Representation of the Self in the Postcolonial Maghreb is the title of Professor Jerad's current project for which she has received a Fulbright grant to spend ten months in the United States. This study aims to contribute to a better understanding of the complex relationship between the Orient and the Occident by positioning the Arabs as the "Master of the discourse" both on themselves and on the Occident, rather than as the object of the West's discourse. Through the examination of visual and linguistic productions, the project explores collective identity and representations of the self in the post-colonial Maghreb.


Yves Gonzalez-Quijano

Blogs in the Arab World

May 13, 2008
Watkins 1350
Yves Gonzales-Quijano

Yves Gonzalez-Quijano is the director of the Gremmo (Groupe de recherches et d'études sur la Méditerranée et le Moyen-Orient). He also teaches at the University Lyon II. He founded the « Arab Worlds » collection for the Actes Sud publisher, and he has translated many contemporary Arab authors, including Hanan el-Cheikh, Sonallah Ibrahim, Mahmoud Darwich and Rachid el-Daïf. He has carried out research in Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and the Arab Gulf region. He is the author of several books and many articles on topics ranging from publishing to the media, as well as contemporary literature and culture. He writes a weekly blog on contemporary cultural issues.  (http://culturepolitiquearabe.blogspot.com/ and http://arabpoliticsofculture.blogspot.com/).

Zacarias Moussaoui:
Moroccan Muslim? French Terrorist? Benighted Zealot?
War Criminal? Serial Migrant? All of the Above?

Susan Terrio, Georgetown University

March 4, 2008
11 am
INTS 1121

Susan Terrio is a cultural anthropologist and teaches at Georgetown University where she holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and French. She has written widely on minority youth, juvenile justice systems, children's rights, race and ethnicity, and global penality. Her latest book is entitled, Judging Muhammad. Juvenile delinquency, Immigration and Exclusion at the Paris Palace of Justice, due to appear in early 2008 from Stanford University Press.