Oecumene Dialogue September 2012

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

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

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. Second Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship?', 12-13 November 2012
  2. First collective publication: Special Issue on Citizenship After Orientalism
  3. Book launch: 'Princely India Re-Imagined' and 'The Guru in South Asia'
  4. News: New team members Tara Atluri and Andrea Mura
  5. News: Iker Barbero received University of the Basque Country PhD Award 2012 

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1. Second Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship?', 12-13 November 2012

We have up-dated the programme for our Second Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship? Experiments in political subjectivity', 12-13 November 2012.

  • Walter Mignolo (Duke University) Citizenship, Knowledge and the Limits of Humanity (II).
  • Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley) Religious Difference and the Minority Problem in Contemporary Law.
  • Citizenship Roundtable discussing Oecumene's first collective publication, a double Special Issue 'Citizenship After Orientalism: An Unfinished Project' in Citizenship Studies Journal.
  • Panel 1: Citizenship, colonialism, orientalism. Speakers: Sukanya Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Alessandra Marino (The Open University), Jack Harrington (The Open University), Meyda Yeğenoğlu (Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi).
  • Panel 2: Democratizing politics, decolonizing citizenship. Speakers: Bela Bhatia (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Charles Hirschkind (UC Berkeley), Aamir Mufti (UCLA), Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck).
  • Panel 3: The universal after orientalism. Speakers: Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick), Sudeep Dasgupta (University of Amsterdam), Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory), Vivienne Jabri (King's College).

 For a detailed programme and to book a place, please visit:

http://www.oecumene.eu/events/2nd-symposium

2. First collective publication: Special Issue on Citizenship After Orientalism

The Oecumene Project are pleased to announce their first collective publication, a double Special Issue of Citizenship Studies entitled, ‘Citizenship After Orientalism: An Unfinished Project' (Volume 16, Issue 5-6, 2012). Published half way through our project, this is its first statement on how citizenship has been understood as a narrowly western concept and what techniques researchers can use to write about citizenship after orientalism. Nine of the eighteen articles are written by members of the Oecumene team.

http://www.oecumene.eu/news/first-collective-publication-special-issue-on-citizenship-after-orientalism 

3. Book launch: 'Princely India Re-Imagined' and 'The Guru in South Asia'

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of two books: 'Princely India Re-Imagined: A Historical Anthropology of Mysore from 1799 to the present' (Aya Ikegame) and 'The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives' (Aya Ikegame and Jacob Copeman eds).

  • The event will take place on 25 October 2012, 17:30 - 19:00, The Royal Asiatic Society, London.

For more information and to reserve a place please visit:

http://www.oecumene.eu/events/book-launch-princely-india-re-imagined-and-the-guru-in-south-asia

4. News: New team members Tara Atluri and Andrea Mura

The Oecumene Project is delighted to welcome two new team members. Tara Atluri joined Oecumene in September 2012 as part of a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. At the borders of sexual citizenship: Indian neoliberalism and the abjected Hijra will examine citizenship in contemporary India and will draw on the rich scholarly resources and collegial support available at the Open University and through Oecumene. Andrea Mura joined the Team in October 2012 as Research Associate at the Open University. His research interests lie in the intersection between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, with particular attention to the psychoanalytical factors accounting for the salience, depth and longevity of ideological identifications. Within this framework, my current research examines forms of representation, self-representation and mutual mirroring between Europe and the Middle East that centred on a discursive articulation of the concept of universalism. This interest has been accompanied by a cross-cultural examination of the way new forms of radical citizenship and community have been thought of in both continental and contemporary Islamic philosophy.
 

5. News: Iker Barbero received University of the Basque Country PhD Award 2012 

We are delighted to announce that Iker Barbero has received the 'University of the Basque Country PhD Award 2012' in the section of Social Sciences and Law. This award is based on merits and publications arising from the PhD. The dissertation was titled 'Towards new models of citizenship: a socio-legal analysis of the Sinpapeles movement' (2010) and looked at the struggles of undocumented immigrants in Barcelona in 2001, and its socio-legal implications.

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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