Oecumene Dialogue July 2011

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

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

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. PhD School, 8 February 2012
  2. Blog post on Copts' Civil Rights in Egypt
  3. Tidita Fshazi joins our activist network

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1) PhD School, 8 February 2012, The Open University, Milton Keynes

As part of the activities of the first symposium 'Citizenship after Orientalism', we invite applications for a one-day PhD School on 'Tracing Colonialism and Orientalism in Social and Political Thought'.

The course will be based on two seminars taught by Prof Ian Almond and Prof Roberto Dainotto. The first seminar will be based on The New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007) and will focus on traces of orientalism in social and political thinkers such as Nietzsche, Kristeva, Foucault, Derrida, and Žižek. The second seminar will be based on Europe (in Theory) (Duke University Press, 2007) and will focus on the persistence of Eurocentrism within European thought and how it divides itself.

There are a limited number of bursaries available which will cover travel and accommodation costs as far as possible given budgetary restraints. For more information on procedure and criteria for the PhD School bursary, please contact Oecumene-Project@open.ac.uk.

For guidelines regarding applications, please consult the PhD School flyer (PDF document) on our website.


2) Blog post on Copts' Civil Rights in Egypt

Copts' Civil Rights in Egypt: Quo Vadis?

By Ashraf Milad

Unlike Gypsies, Jews, Nubians, Bedouins, Shi'a or Baha'is in Egypt, Copts are not a small minority of citizens that live in a particular part of the country or use a different dialect. Copts represent, according to unofficial estimations, 10-15% of the total population in Egypt. The real number of Copts is known but treated as a military secret and is not disclosed.


3) Tidita Fshazi joins our activist network

We are very pleased to announce that Tidita Fshazi has joined the Oecumene project's activist network. Tidita works in Tirana for Transparency International Albania. She works on measuring the progress in anti-corruption efforts in the Judiciary, Public Administration and the Parliament. She is also lecturer of Legal issues of Informatics in the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economy and Informatics as well as assistant professor of EU Law, at the Faculty of Law.

To read more visit Tidita's profile on the Oecumene website.


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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