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Refugee Crisis Response Event: Roots of the Syria Crisis

Event Name Refugee Crisis Response Event: Roots of the Syria Crisis
Start Date 6th Oct 2015 5:15pm
End Date 6th Oct 2015 7:00pm
Duration 1 hour and 45 minutes
Description Where: Lecture Theatre 3, Appleton Tower

When: 5.15pm-7pm, 6 October 2015

What: The Roots of the Syria Crisis

This is the first of three Refugee Crisis Response Events organised in collaboration between the Global Justice Academy, the School of Law, the School of Social and Political Sciences, IASH, the Global Development Academy, the Centre of African Studies, and EUSA.

The Global Justice Academy Response Roundtables are set up to encourage discussion and debate of current affairs.

About the Confirmed Panelists:

Dr. Thomas Pierret is a lecturer in contemporary Islam in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Thomas is an expert on Middle Eastern politics, with a focus on Syria. His current research focuses on the Syrian insurgency, in particular on the leadership of insurgent movements as well as on the role of the various brands of Salafism in the insurgency.

Dr. Manhal Alnasser was born in Syria and studied Chemical Engineering in Albaath University in Syria. He came to the UK in 2006, and received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Heriot Watt University, and is currently working there as a lecturer. Manhal is the representative in Scotland for Hand in Hand for Syria www.handinhandforsyria.org.

Arek Dakessian is a doctoral researcher looking into networks of film and cultural production in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also co-founder and co-project director of LIVED, an organisation aimed at shedding light, creating awareness and mobilising support for the lived experiences of displaced youth http://www.livedprojects.org/

Dr Sarah Jane Cooper Knock from the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, will chair the panel.

Further Events:

Two further roundtable events are planned for later this semester. Both will take place from 5.15pm with further details to follow. 

  • 24 November: ‘Is the Global Refugee Regime Fit for Purpose?’
  • 1 December: ‘What Can Scotland Do?

These events are free to attend and open to all – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE.

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VWI logoStudies of modern antisemitism have focused primarily on Germany, as both the country where the phenomenon is seen to have originated and where it reached its genocidal culmination in the Holocaust. This has led to an all too frequent identification of antisemitism with racial theories developed in Western Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century that came at the expense of the multiplicity of forms antisemitism took in spaces considered ‘peripheral’ to the European ‘centre’. Inextricably linked with the spatially and temporally uneven processes of modernisation, a plurality of modern antisemitisms became prominent during the same period in Europe’s ‘peripheries’ – East, North and South, as well as in the colonies – reflecting both transfers and imports of concepts developed in the European ‘centre’, on the one hand, and specificities related to distinct developmental paths, including different religious traditions in spaces less affected by industrial development. Similarly, the majority of studies dealing with antisemitism have focused primarily on antisemitic ideas and ideologies, displaying an interest in intellectuals and elites that has often ignored ‘popular’ antisemitisms visible among other social groups, such as peasants or workers, or indeed the reception and impact of antisemitic intellectuals among the general public.

As such, the present conference seeks to nuance such narratives by bringing into discussion views from the peripheries. In this context, the concept of modern antisemitism is seen not as an exclusive product of a centre that was consequently transferred to the peripheries, but rather in the framework of the entanglements between such transfers and local patterns of exclusion, producing a plurality of narratives and forms of prejudice that in turn affected the racist concepts developed at the centre.

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NEW: Nazioni e Regioni 5 (2015)

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Disponibile on-line in versione PDF il quinto numero di Nazioni e Regioni, la rivista di studi e ricerche sulla comunità immaginata editata da Caratteri Mobili e patrocinata dai Dipartimenti di Scienze Politiche e FLESS dell’Università degli Studi di Bari.

Due anni di vita e cinque numeri sono certamente poco tempo per fare un bilancio del lavoro svolto, ciononostante la maturazione del progetto è andata più avanti di quanto pensassimo, frutto certamente di una risposta positiva in un settore di studi che in Italia non va per la maggiore. Alcuni elementi di novità che hanno avuto una prima forma sperimentale nel precedente numero cominciano a prendere forma in quello che state leggendo. Su questi vogliamo soffermarci brevemente. In primo luogo, da questo numero in poi la nostra rivista ha avviato e normalizzato il sistema di valutazione esterna (peer review) dei saggi ricevuti per la sezione “Studi”. Infatti i saggi, necessariamente inediti e non superiori al numero di cinque, sono regolarmente sottoposti a doppia valutazione anonima. La sezione “Studi” si prefigge di diffondere le ricerche inedite di coloro che, nelle loro rispettive discipline, si dedicano o si interessano allo studio delle questioni nazionali e regionali in tutti i loro aspetti e forme. La scelta di tali saggi non dipende da alcuna decisione redazionale previa, ma risponde prevalentemente ai Call for Papers e la loro eventuale pubblicazione è improntata esclusivamente a criteri di qualità e scientificità. Da questo punto di vista la redazione non esprime preferenze né linee editoriali, impegnandosi unicamente nel favorire la circolazione dei prodotti della ricerca degli studiosi del settore. A questa sezione, che rappresenta il cuore del nostro progetto, e alle “Recensioni” si affiancano due nuove sezioni: i “Testi” offriranno in ogni numero un saggio tradotto già edito, ma di particolare profondità interpretativa o che risulti particolarmente innovativo nell’ambito del panorama scientifico italiano; le “Rassegne e Dibattiti” raccoglieranno cronache di congressi e seminari, rassegne bibliografiche critico-tematiche, dibattiti su temi di attualità o su articoli pubblicati dalla rivista. Dal prossimo numero 6, sempre con l’obiettivo di socializzare e diffondere meglio e con maggior profondità gli studi nazionali in Italia, prenderà forma l’ultima sezione della rivista, quella dedicata ai “Dialoghi”. In ogni numero presenteremo delle interviste con riconosciuti studiosi del settore per interrogarli sulle loro traiettorie di ricerca e sugli obiettivi futuri della stessa, o colloqui tra ricercatori di differenti discipline attorno a temi concreti.

In questo numero:

Studi

Philipp Casula, Le Olimpiadi di Soči, specchio del nazionalismo e del multiculturalismo russi
Gaizka Fernández Soldevilla, Dall’altra parte dell’Atlantico. Il nazionalismo basco radicale in America Latina e le sue relazioni con l’ETA (1957-1974)
Ion Pagoaga Ibiricu, Al di là della contraddizione: la posizione sull’Europa di Herri Batasuna (1985-1998)
Ramón Villares, Inni e bandiere nella Spagna contemporanea. I simboli delle nazioni “galeuzcanas”
Patrick W. Zimmerman, L’adozione del regionalismo: il Partito Comunista Spagnolo nelle Asturie, 1988-2014

Testi

Serhy Yekelchyk, Corpo e mitologia nazionale: alcuni motivi della rinascita nazionale ucraina del XIX secolo

Rassegne e Dibattiti

Gennaro Ferraiuolo, Federalismo, autonomia, secessione: riflessioni sul dibattito territoriale in Spagna (a proposito di un recente volume a cura di Jorge Cagiao e Vianney Marin)
Andrea Geniola, “La persistenza della nazione”. Una raccolta critica di studi sul nazionalismo

Approfittiamo anche per ringraziare pubblicamente i valutatori dei saggi di questo numero (Óscar Alvarez-Gila, Leyre Arrieta Alberdi, Gevorg Avetikyan, Jorge Cagiao Conde, Adriano Cirulli, Nicola Gabriele, Silvina Jensen, Javier Moreno Luzón, Tommaso Nencioni, Carlo Pala, Bo Petersson, Alejandro Quiroga) e gli autori delle recensioni (Silvia Moresi, Gianluca Scroccu e Anne-Marie Thiesse)

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The Independence Referendum campaign of 2014 and the British General Election of 2015 have transformed Scottish politics: the former giving rise to a social movement comparable to those of Spain and Greece, the latter consolidating the rise of the SNP signalling the collapse of the once-mighty Scottish Labour Party into electoral irrelevance. Yet the underlying sociological changes beneath these events have received relatively little attention. In particular,while fantastical claims about Scotland being dominated by increasingly affluent middle-class professionals have not survived the recession, nothing has replaced them, and discussions of the Yes vote and SNP’s current hegemony simply assume that this is the result of a turn to ‘nationalism’ when in fact it reflects, at least in part, a search for a social democratic alternative to Labour. This conference seeks to address these issues of class structure and national identity, and related issues of racism, sectarianism and mass movements. Open to both academics and activists, we intend that our programme of lectures, panels and debates – all followed by open discussion – will contribute to deepening public understanding of the ‘New Scotland’.

Ticket Type
Waged £10.00
Unwaged/Student £5.00

Registration link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/class-and-nation-in-contemporary-scotland-tickets-16912659219?aff=eac2

The proceeds will go towards providing lunch, teas and coffees during the conference.

PROGRAMME

THE RENFIELD CENTRE, 260 BATH STREET, GLASGOW, G2 4HZ

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THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

6.00-6.30pm
Registration

6.30-8.30
Opening remarks and welcome
Speaker: Maureen McBride

Setting the Scene: the Continuing Relevance of Class
Speaker: Bridget Fowler

Lecture: Britishness in Scotland: Past, Present – and Future?
Speaker: Richard Finlay
Chair: Neil Davidson

8.30-9.30pm
Wine Reception

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FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

9.30-10.00am
Registration and Tea/Coffee

10.00-11.30am
Session 1: Contemporary Racisms
Speakers: Colin Clark, Nasar Meer, Gina Netto and Suki Sangha
Chair: Ashli Mullen

11.30-11.45am
Break

11.45-1.15am
Session 2: Sectarianism – or anti-Irish Catholic Racism?
Speakers: Maureen McBride, Michael Rosie, Satnam Virdee
Chair: Minna Liinpää

1.15-2.15pm
Lunch (provided)

2.15-3.45pm
Session 3: Class, Inequality and Gentrification
Speakers: Ewan Gibbs, Gerry Mooney and Kirsteen Paton
Chair: Maureen McBride

3.45-4.00pm
Break

4.00-5.30pm
Session 4: Movements and Neoliberalism
Speakers: Jeanne Freeman, Robin McAlpine, Jonathan Shafi
Chair: Neil Davidson

5.30-5.45pm
Break and Tea/Coffee

5.45-7.15pm
Session 5: Did the Yes Campaign Represent the Triumph of Nation over Class?
Speakers: Neil Davidson and John Foster
Chair: Satnam Virdee

7.15-7.30pm
Concluding remarks and close of conference
Speaker: Bridget Fowler
Do you have questions about Class and Nation in Contemporary Scotland?

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