03 December 2013 at 12:15 in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
The Tahrir and Gezi Park protests were, amongst many other things, moments of energetic artistic creativity, in the sound world as well as other domains. Though well documented, and clearly a vital component of the political energies and transformations of the moment, they have proved difficult to think about. This talk, a musicologist's perspective, will explore them in the light of some recent thinking about crowds and social movements.
01 November 2013 at 12:00 in Encina Hall, Philippines Room (616 Serra Street)
In this seminar, Şener Aktürk will explore Muslim minority representation in 25 Western and 20 post-communist legislatures, using descriptive and inferential statistics as well as qualitative and historical comparisons. On average, Muslims remain severely underrepresented in most Western legislatures, while they are almost proportionately represented in most post-communist ones. In explaining this variation, he will focus on forms of “consociational” power-sharing (including legacies of Communist-era affirmative action and multi-confessional power sharing), electoral systems based on proportional representation, processes of nation-building, and religious traditions. This event is open only to Stanford affiliates. RSVP is requested at https://creeesevents.wufoo.com/forms/zzeiftq1l1vuwb/
29 October 2013 at 17:30 in Tresidder Memorial Union, East Oak Lounge (459 Lagunita Drive)
Germany’s ethnic citizenship law, the Soviet Union’s inscription of ethnic origins in personal identification documents, and Turkey’s prohibition on the public use of minority languages underpinned the 20th century definition of nationhood in these countries. Despite many challenges from political and social actors, these policies did not change until the turn of the 21st century, when Russia removed ethnicity from the internal passport, Germany opened the citizenship route to many immigrants, and Turkish state television began to broadcast in minority languages such as Arabic, Bosnian, Circassian, Kurdish and Zaza. How did such tremendous changes occur? In addressing this question, this lecture will identify and define ideal-types of monoethnic, multiethnic, and antiethnic regimes. This new conceptualization will connect the study of nation-building to studies of ethnic diversity and citizenship, and also provide a coherent typology of state policies on ethnicity that accommodates the full range of variation across cases. Employing this new typology and a close study of primary documents and numerous interviews, I will argue that the coincidence of three key factors – counterelites, new discourses, and hegemonic majorities – explains successful change in state policies toward ethnicity.
23 October 2013 at 12:00 in Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room (616 Serra Mall)
Gregory Simpson (CIPE), Lina Khatib (Stanford University), and Amr Adly (Stanford University) will discuss the entrepreneurship eco-system in the contemporary Egypt and Tunisia.
21 October 2013 at 18:30 in Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center (616 Serra Street)
Amr Adly (Stanford University), Ayça Alemdaroğlu (Stanford University), Alexander Key (Stanford University), and Kabir Tambar (Stanford University) will discuss the contemporary political situation in the Middle East with special respect to Egypt and Turkey.
08 October 2013 at 12:00 in Lane History Corner, Room 307 (450 Serra Mall)
Karen Barkey, Professor of Sociology and History, and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University, will deliver a public lecture, titled “Religious Pluralism and Shared Sacred Sites: A Legacy of the Ottoman Empire?,” as part of the Eurasian Empires Workshop Series organized by the Stanford Humanities Center.
03 October 2013 at 12:00 in CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall (616 Serra Street)
Lina Khatib (Stanford University), Amr Adly (Stanford University), Adel Iskandar, and Hesham Sallam (Stanford University) will discuss the recent developments in Egypt. This session is open only to to Stanford affiliates.