Colloquium – Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning (February 8 2013, CUNY Graduate Center)

Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning

http://alandaluscuny.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

February 8 2013 – 5-8 pm – Room C 197, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, NY, NY

Al-Andalus was a rare example where Muslims, Christians and Jews largely, if uneasily, co-existed and where, as a result of this intermingling, exceptional art, architecture and literature developed over the course of nearly 800 years. Visited by tourists and scholars, the Alhambra is a lasting testament to an era whose art and literature drew upon the artistic traditions of Islam and Christianity. In some historical narratives, this remarkable structure has come to symbolize an idealized environment that allowed peoples of multiple faiths to flourish. This two-part colloquium will delve into the multiple tensions that characterized the field in which not only the Alhambra, but also other remarkable objets d’art, architecture and literature were created. We aim to better understand the multi-religious and multi-cultural world of Al-Andalus as well as its operation within Spain’s contemporary exercises in cultural memory.

This colloquium explores these issues in two panels of papers by leading academics in the fields of history, literature and material culture.

The first panel, Cultural Practices, Religion and Politics in Al-Andalus, focuses on history and material culture in order to assess the co-existence of Muslims, Christians and Jews through their artistic, architectural and literary practices and productions.  This theme is approached from a multi-confessional perspective, considering not only the experience of ruling Muslims, but also that of minorities, such as Jews and mozarabes, who were subjected to Muslim rule.

The second panel, Memories of Al-Andalus: A Reflexive Take on Current Historiography, focuses on the place that contemporary Spain has assigned to its Islamic heritage.  It will examine the dialectic relation between current debates about ethnicity, religion, and language in Europe, and Spain’s strategies of institutional recognition and discursive processing of its Islamic history and material culture.

Speakers

Jane Gerber, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Cynthia Robinson, Cornell University

Alexander Elinson, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Eric Calderwood, The University of Michigan

Closing Remarks: Anna Akasoy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Hunter College, CUNY

Organized by Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis and José del Valle, the Graduate Center, CUNY

2013 MAMEIS Annual Conference "Frontiers and Peripheries in the Islamic World"

The Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (MAMEIS), in conjunction with the Department of History at Indiana State University, is pleased to announce the date for the 2013 MAMEIS Annual Conference, which is to be held Saturday April 6, 2013 in Terre Haute, Ind.  The conference will highlight outstanding current research by Middle East and Islamic Studies scholars throughout the Midwest, with a special emphasis on the theme of “Frontiers and Peripheries in the Islamic World.”   Individual presentations will be allotted 50 minutes including question and answer periods.

MAMEIS – the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies – is a nonprofit organization chartered through Indiana State University which promotes and fosters community among the many scholars of Middle East and Islamic Studies based at institutions throughout the Midwest. As a regional organization of scholars and professionals, MAMEIS is concerned with promoting the study of the Middle East and Islamic world, broadly conceived, and does not subscribe to any particular religious or political viewpoints or agenda. Our aim is to develop an open forum for discussion of scholarly issues, share news and information about regional events, and support collegial ties among our members.

The conference sessions include:

Session One: Theorizing Frontiers  in the Medieval Islamic World

Session Two:  Managing Diversity on the Periphery of States/Empires

Session Three:  Ethnographic Studies of Multiculturalism in the Contemporary World

To view a Conference Schedule click here. For more information, contact: 
James Gustafson
 or visit www.mameis.org.

Call for Papers- Parliaments and the Colonial / Imperial Experience

International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions 64th Annual Conference – Ireland
Call for Papers – Parliaments and the Colonial / Imperial Experience in Ireland and the Wider World
Dates:
4 – 7 September 2013

Location:
Dublin City Centre, with a day-trip to Belfast.

Conference theme:
Parliaments and the colonial / imperial experience in the medieval and modern periods.

Secondary themes:
· Parliaments, lawyers and the law – making and judging law in parliament.
· Parliaments and political culture.
· Sources and methodology for the study of parliamentary history.
· Parliaments and nation-building.

The deadline for submission of proposals is the end of April 2013. Proposals should be sent as a Word attachment containing the speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, title of the paper, along with a description of the paper (not exceeding 250 words).

All correspondence should be addressed to Dr Coleman Dennehy.

Attendance and the reading of papers at the conference is open to members and to non-members alike.

The International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions was founded in 1936. The aim of the Commission is to promote research into the origin, growth and development of representative and parliamentary institutions throughout the world in all periods. In particular, it encourages the study of the development of representative institutions in a wide and comparative way. It facilitates the international exchange of bibliographical information. It is concerned with the political theory and institutional practice of representation as well as with the internal organization and the social and political background to parliaments and assemblies of estates.

The Commission now has two hundred members from at least thirty countries including the United States of America, Russia and almost all European countries. It meets every year at the invitation of the national sections or university organizations and once every five years in association with the International Congress of Historical Sciences, of which it is an affiliated organization. Over 90 volumes have appeared in its series of Studies, and any scholars who are intending to publish monographs that fall within the range of the Commission’s interests and who might like them to be included in this series should write to the Director of Publications.

Historians and political scientists interested in any aspect of the history of representative institutions are warmly invited to join the Commission. Details are given in the Newsletter section of the journal. Paid-up members receive free copies of our peer-reviewed journal Parliaments, Estates and Representation, which is published twice a year.

All information can be found on the ICHRPI website.

Globalization: An Agenda

It is now widely recognized that ours is a global age. One of the first to perceive and then describe this “happening” was the sociologist Martin Albrow, in his book with the title The Global Age.Since its appearance, in 1996 numerous studies have been published. Indeed, a critical bibliography would be a valuable tool, pointing to further research. This might be the opening project in carrying out an agenda that I am about to describe.[1]

In undertaking such a task, it would be well to establish what I will call regional globalization studies. Do these regional arrangements facilitate globalization? Work against it and in what ways? Examples immediately spring to mind. A major one, of course, is Globalization and China, perhaps the greatest challenge of our epoch. No less important is Globalization and Islam.[2] Of equal importance is the European situation, in which pulls toward a European and a Global identity may be in conflict. Other regional studies—the USA, Latin America, etc.–would also be subjects for further study.

I will now divide my proposed agenda into two parts. The first will focus on research projects, including those mentioned in the first two paragraphs, that appear promising. The second will concentrate on what I consider a most important offshoot from the globalization process itself—the concept of Humanity.

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Après Moi, le Déluge

I’m not saying, ‘After me, chaos,'” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the newspaper Le Figaro with a wink in an interview published Friday, April 20, on the eve of the first-round election that saw him lose to Socialist Party leader François Hollande. But if Sarkozy was trying to make the indelicate point that, without him, the country is doomed if his looming electoral defeat in the May 6 runoff comes to pass, it’s not just France facing an uncertain future. It’s all of Europe. Critics like to paint the incumbent as “L’Omniprésident” and a “barbaric child,” but the repercussions from his all-but-certain electoral rebuke might be vastly larger than “Tsarkozy’s” critics take his ego to be.

Read Full Post at http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/24/apres_moi_le_deluge.

Ray Grew Speaks at College of Wooster

Ray Grew gave a talk on global history at the College of Wooster in February and offered advice on how they can incorporate global history into their interesting curriculum. This was part of a general review of their program that another outside historian and Grew undertook for them. Hopefully elements of global history will stick in the final product.

Jason Ralph Receives Economic and Social Research Council Funding

Jason Ralph has been awarded some funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) to pursue his research project: “Law, War and the State of American Exception.”

The central question driving the proposed research is whether the post-9/11 exception has now become the norm in US security policy and what this means for English School (ES) understandings of war as an institution of international society. Two articles and a book on the subject are forthcoming from Global Society, Review of International Studies, and Edinburgh University Press, respectively.

"1989 in a Global Perspective" Conference

There is an upcoming conference entitled “1989 in a Global Perspective” which will be held at the University of Leipzig, Germany from October 14 to 16, 2009. “This conference is meant as a contribution not only to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, but also to the 600th anniversary of Leipzig University. Since Leipzig has a long established tradition in the discussion about problems of universal and global history we decided to focus on the global dimension and to gather scholars who have excelled in the study of dynamics and entanglements of world regions.”

The conference is being held in conjunction with the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI), the Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO), the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) and the Graduate Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig. It is sponsored by the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur and the University of Leipzig.

"Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century" Conference

From May 21 to 22 of 2009 there will be a conference hosted at the British Academy entitled “Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century.” The conference will feature a great lineup of thinkers.

According to the conference description: “Debates over ‘globalization’ and paradigms such as the ‘great divergence’ stimulated historians in many specialisms to think about the historical formation of these phenomena. Just how unique, how distinctive, is our current condition of an intense interlinking of economies and polities. We are now re-thinking our histories in relation to those of others in wider parts of the world.”