Oecumene Dialogue March 2011

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

We are very pleased to send you the first edition of Oecumene Dialogues, our monthly newsletter. You will find below a summary of all items covered in this issue.

  1. Recent blogs by team members
  2. Discussion forum 'Were the Arabs awakened?'
  3. Oecumene on Facebook and Twitter
  4. Activist Consultants joining Oecumene
  5. Advisory Board Members appointed

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1) Recent blogs by team members

Paris, Barcelona, Thessaloniki: what do sans-papiers want?

By Iker Barbero

The world has just celebrated the International Women's Day on the 8th of March. It has been a long struggle and without an international movement of women and their struggles and claims for rights we would not have been here.


Safe multiculturalism and David Cameron's culturally transmitted diseases

By Zaki Nahaboo

Official multiculturalism has meant that we tolerate diversity so long as we can safely consume and/or inhabit it; so long as pleasure in difference continues without consequence to either the 'majority' values or marketable cultures.


What's in a name? That which we call Tahrir

By Deena Dajani

Media frames are representations of reality. Their resemblance to reality is always partial. They emerge through institutionalised journalism practices that favour certain stories over others and influence the language and images used to describe events.


2) Discussion forum 'Were the Arabs awakened?'

Throughout the 'revolts' and 'rebellions' across the so-called Arab world, a persistent theme was that the Arabs were 'awakened'. Engin Isin asks whether the triumph of the term 'awakening' to describe these revolts and rebellions indicates orientalism, linking these revolutions to their original incarnations in European and American revolutions? What do you think?

Contribute your thoughts at www.oecumene.eu/forum

3) Oecumene on Facebook and Twitter

You can now also follow our activities, events and publications on Twitter and Facebook.

You can follow us on Twitter via www.twitter.com/oecumeneproject.

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Oecumene-Citizenship-After-Orientalism/186522118052200.

4) Activist Consultants joining Oecumene

A team of international activists working on the interface of citizenship and human rights has joined the Oecumene project. They will contribute to blogs and discussions on the website. For more information please visit www.oecumene.eu/people

  • Thomas Ashraf, Asylum Lawyer, Egypt
  • Zahra Albarazi, Consultant, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Olivia Bueno, International Refugee Rights Initiative, Africa
  • Laura van Wass, Human Rights Consultant

5) Advisory Board Members appointed

We recently appointed members of Oecumene's Advisory Board. You can find more about the Advisory Board members by visiting their individual profiles at http://www.oecumene.eu/people.

  • John Clarke, Professor of Social Policy, The Open University
  • Roberto Dainotto, Professor of Romance Studies and Literature, Duke University
  • Rada Ivekovic, Retired Professor
  • Fuat Keyman, Professor, Sabanci University
  • Sumi Madhok, Lecturer in Transnational Gender Studies, LSE
  • Sandro Mezzadra, Professor, University of Bologna
  • Nalini Persram, Associate Professor, York University
  • Parvati Nair, Professor, Queen Mary University
  • Raia Prokhovnik, Reader in Politics, The Open University
  • Ranabir Samaddar, Professor, Director Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group
  • Michael Saward, Professor of Politics, The Open University
  • Yasemin Soysal, Senior Lecturer, University of Essex
  • Kath Woodward, Professor of Sociology, The Open University
  • Meyda Yegenoglu, Professor, Middle East Technical University

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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