Oecumene Dialogue August 2013

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,
We are very pleased to send you the August edition of Oecumene Dialogues our monthly newsletter.
Summary of items covered in this issue:
  1. Event: Enacting European citizenship – Citizens' dialogue with MEPs
  2. Event: Citizenship, Orientalism and the Commons - Teatro Valle, Rome
  3. Blog:Will Entrepreneurship Save the Arab World? by Raghda Butros
  4. Related projects: Event: Religion, Self-Government & Private Law - Seminar 3 in 'The Public Life of Private Law'
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1. Event: Enacting European citizenship - Citizens' dialogue with MEPs

NCVO along with CSV and The Open University in partnership with the European Parliament are running a project 'Europe: what does it mean for you?'.

As part of this initiative, we are pleased to invite you to a dialogue with MEPs and a book launch with professors and civil society organisations to discuss citizenship rights within the EU. The event is organised as part of the European Year of Citizens 2013.

 Do you have strong views on what it means to be a citizen in Europe today? Do you want to know how people across Europe engage with their European citizenship rights? Would you like to hear about local challenges and access to transparent information? Come and share your experience. This is a great opportunity to meet MEPs face to face and ask your question at live interviews.

Among the speakers are:

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for SE England
Professor Engin Isin (Open University)
Professor Michael Saward (The University of Warwick)

For further information and to register see: http://www.oecumene.eu/events/enacting-european-citizenship-citizens-dialogue-with-meps

2. Event:  Citizenship, Orientalism and the Commons - Teatro Valle, Rome

The event will look at theatre as a laboratory for the performances of radical political imaginaries and symbolic sequences. Its conceptual core is a dialogue and translation between art and political economy and a critical reflection on notions and practices of common property, gift, debt, co-work and public engagement. Bringing together scholars, artists and activists the event will explore participatory forms of knowledge production, livelihood and civic action and resistance in and outside Europe through collective rehearsals, discussions and staged film performances. The Teatro Valle will be a stage in which such political and ethical experiments will be played out.

For further information see http://www.oecumene.eu/events/citizenship-orientalism-and-the-commons

3. Blog:Will Entrepreneurship Save the Arab World? by Raghda Butros

Entrepreneurship is suddenly huge in the Arab world. The hype around the concept grew from nothingness to infamy practically overnight. Does this mean the Arab world was devoid of entrepreneurship before the hype? Is the guy who started out selling sunglasses on a cart, and who now has three shops and a large extended family living very well as a result of his efforts an entrepreneur?  How about the guy who still lives in poverty, but who has invented a cost-effective heat-reflective resin from recycled materials for which he cannot afford a patent? Who is an entrepreneur and can the notion grow, as is claimed, to meet some of the needs of all those millions of young Arabs? 

http://www.oecumene.eu/blog/will-entrepreneurship-save-the-arab-world

4.  Related projects: Event: Religion, Self-Government & Private Law - Seminar 3 in 'The Public Life of Private Law'

University of Kent (Keynes College Room KS14) on Thursday September 19 2013.

"Private law is associated with the possibility of individual and group self regulation. It allows citizens to depart from and supplement public norms. Our focus in this seminar will be on the developing religious use of private law to depart from the norms of state family law. Should we be troubled by ‘privatized diversity’  and the spectre of ‘law without a state’?  Does the emancipatory adage ‘from status to contract’ entirely capture the use of private law by minority groups to defend and sustain territory apart from the state? Does the channelling of religious disputes through private law depoliticize and marginalise them?"

Confirmed speakers include: .Emmanuel Melissaris, Emmanuel Voyakis, Samia Bano, Aileen McColgan, Daniel Monk, Aina Khan and Christine Schwoebel.

To register your interest in attending this seminar please email m.enright@kent.ac.uk, indicating any dietary or access requirements.

Further details of the series, including recordings of the first two seminars are available at publicprivatelaw.wordpress.com.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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