Oecumene Dialogue January 2013

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

We are very pleased to send you the January edition of Oecumene Dialogues, our monthly newsletter.

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. Second Symposium video of keynotes and presentations available
  2. Publication: The Sinapeles movement as subject of legality by Iker Barbero
  3. Publication: Convergent (il)liberalism in the Mediterranean? Some notes on Egyptian (post-)authoritarianism and Italian (post-)democracy by Andrea Mura
  4. Blog: Nationality: from genuine connections to tenuous links by Laura van Waas 
  5. Event:  Edward Said Memorial Conference

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1. Second Symposium video of keynotes and presentations available

Videos of the keynote lectures by Walter Mignolo and Saba Mahmood and presentations from the Panels from our Second Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship? Experiments in political subjectivity', 12-13 November 2012, are now available online.

To watch these videos please visit our website.


2. Publication: The Sinapeles movement as subject of legality by Iker Barbero

From a traditional perspective of Law, the production of legal rules is limited to State powers (legislative, executive and judiciary) as well as to some social agents legitimated through mechanisms of social participation foreseen in the legal system. The regulatory capacity of agents not recognized as subjects of legality can only be investigated from a sociological perspective of the alternativity of Law. This paper draws attention on acts of migrants, especially those irregular immigrants or sinpapeles as subjects of legality. Starting with an analysis of the social, legal and political context of the sit-ins and other acts of mobilization that took place in 2001, we will investigate the capacity of the sinpapeles movement in Barcelona to influence legal production either by creating, modifying or altering the policy agenda on migration.


3. Publication: Convergent (il)liberalism in the Mediterranean? Some notes on Egyptian (post-)authoritarianism and Italian (post-)democracy by Andrea Mura

This paper explores the hypothesis of a convergence between 'backsliding' European liberal democracies and the ‘pseudo-liberalization’ of Middle Eastern authoritarian systems by considering the similarities, beyond the well-known differences, between Italy and Egypt. We suggest that standard indicators of regime type (e.g. Polity IV Authority Index) fail to capture important trends both in the evolution of both the forms of political power and the forms of resistance. Reflecting on such trends may help re-think the current limitations of Democratization theory.


4.Blog: Nationality: from genuine connections to tenuous links

By Laura van Waas

 Around the world today, many hundreds of thousands of people – if not more – encounter difficulties affecting the rights that they enjoy as citizens of their state. Their situation is commonly described as one of “ineffective nationality” and it can have dire consequences. Indeed, some of those affected have been stamped as “de facto stateless” by different commentators because they are seen to experience, in practice, many of the same problems faced by people who actually hold no nationality at all. Yet this perspective and its accompanying label are highly problematic in both a conceptual and legal sense, for a variety of reasons which I will not go into here. Instead, it was while making plans to draft an article on the conundrum of “de facto statelessness” that I stumbled across a news story that inspired me to write this blog about a related yet distinct phenomenon…


5.Event:  Edward Said Memorial Conference

Engin Isin chairs the session 'Contra-Punctual Encounters: Art as Resistance' on 17 April.

The day is related to Israel-Palestinian Artists and the issue of conflict resolution within their work. The cultural component of the day consists of screenings of documentaries of Edward Said and his work in local Utrecht movie theaters.




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