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Upcoming International Events on Campus

Event Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
William J Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall (2nd Floor, C231)

The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected president. But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case?

Event Another Orient: Conversion and Rediscovery of Islam in Interwar Europe

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00
Lane History Corner, Building 200, Room 305

In the aftermath of the First World War, the conversion of European intellectuals to Islam raised controversial new questions about Muslim and European pasts and possible futures. Mirza M. Abdurrahman was one such convert who, after leaving Catholicism for Islam in 1922, left his native Yugoslavia to study in Spain, correspond with Muslim missionaries in Berlin, and publish a French translation of a classic Ottoman-Persian mystic text.

Event CESTA Seminar | M. Maryl "Digital Literary Studies with Polish Accent"

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:20
Bldg. 160, Rm. 433A

Digital humanities suddenly erupted in Poland in the second decade of the 21st Century: scholars and institutions established first digital humanities centres, joined important European networks and consortia like CLARIN, NeDiMAH, DARIAH, OPERAS, and hosted large international conferences, including ADHO’s DH 2016 in Kraków. Yet this sudden eruption by no means marks the beginning of DH in Poland, as the first digital projects could be traced back to the early 2000s.

Event Bringing to Light an Invisible Listener: Western Radio Audience in the Soviet Baltic States

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:15
Encina Hall West 219

Western radio broadcasts were an effective policy tool during the Cold War. Radio broadcasting operations, aimed at reaching captive societies behind the Iron Curtain, were entrusted the mission of encouraging resistance to the firmly entrenched communist regimes by providing them with alternative information.

Event Language, Identity and Politics in Contemporary Ukraine

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:15
Encina Hall West 219

The widespread stereotype of Ukraine is that of a divided nation – of several "Ukraines" with diverging orientations, different languages and contested identities. This stereotype has been utilized heavily both inside and outside of Ukraine, most significantly by the Russian media. The usual narrative divides Ukraine into Eastern and Western, where the former is considered pro-Russian and Russian-speaking. These complex historical and regional identifications are often overreaching, excessively divisive, and oversimplified.

Event Oliver Freiberger: "Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism's Boundaries in Ancient India"

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00

This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.”