Oecumene Dialogue May 2012

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

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

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. Registration now open: 2nd Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship?'
  2. Blog on 'Reflections on the Arab Citizen'
  3. Blog on 'Activism and Academia: 'We Are Not Border Agents''
  4. Related events and calls

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1. Registration now open: 2nd Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship?'

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for our Second Symposium: Deorientalizing citizenship? which will take place on 12-13 November 2012 at the Goodenough College in London.

What images of citizenship are emerging in relation to the processes of decolonization and deorientalization? Keynote speakers *Saba Mahmood* and *Walter Mignolo* together with a selection of panellists will address this question from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

For booking and more information please visit http://www.oecumene.eu/events/2nd-symposium

2. Blog on 'Reflections on the Arab Citizen'

By Zahra Albarazi

In December 2011 the world witnessed a momentous ministerial meeting organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. This was deemed one of the most successful events aimed at raising the profile of the problem of statelessness.

http://www.oecumene.eu/blog/reflections-on-the-arab-citizen

3. Blog on 'Activism and Academia: 'We Are Not Border Agents''

By Brendan Donegan

UK government policy on overseas students has come back into the news recently. The coalition government has announced a range of measures that target overseas students, with Immigration Minister Damian Green stating that 'We are reforming the student visa system because it has been abused for too long, with providers selling immigration, not education.'

http://www.oecumene.eu/blog/activism-and-academia-we-are-not-border-agents

4. Related events and calls

Call for papers: IUAES Panel G11 'Urban Renewal over the Globe: the Spatial Dimensions of Citizenship'

Manchester, 5-10 August 2013. Deadline for paper proposals: 13 July 2012.

Paper proposals should be submitted through the IUAES website ) and by sending an email to the convenors.

Convenors: Monique Nuijten, Social Sciences Department, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, monique.nuijten@wur.nl and Martijn Koster, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, m.koster@uu.nl.

Short abstract: This panel addresses the effects of urban upgrading on the lives of the affected population and the implications for political agency and citizenship. How is the relation between people and larger structures of rule shaped and changed through spatial interventions in public and private space?

http://www.iuaes2013.org/

CRESC Social Life of Methods Seminar Series: How Methods Move

The next seminar in the series will be on Photography and the Postcolonial

Date and time: Thursday 21 June 2012, 14:00-17:00

Venue: Room 1, The Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP

Speakers: Chris Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture, UCL ‘Troubled by Photography’ & Patricia Spyer, Professor and Chair, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Contemporary Indonesia, Leiden University ‘Counter-archive, Found Archive, Photo-Op: Some Notes on Photography and the Postcolonial’

Seminar to be followed by a reception from 17:00-18:30.

All welcome! To secure a place, please send an email to Bussie Awosanya, Olubusola.Awosanya@manchester.ac.uk.

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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