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Public Talk & Book Review 27th November 16-18

PUBLIC TALK & BOOK REVIEW

Islam in Central Asia and The Caucasus since the Fall of the Soviet Union, Hurst & Company: London, 2018,

by Bayram Balci

 

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 pm (c.t.)

IAAW, Invalidenstraße 118, room 217

Host: Querschnittsbereich Islam in den Gesellschaften Asiens und Afrikas, IAAW

 

Blurb:

 

With the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, a major turning point in all former Soviet republics, Central Asian and Caucasian countries began to reflect on their history and identities. As a consequence of their opening up to the global exchange of ideas, various strains of Islam and trends in Islamic thought have nourished the Islamic revival that had already started in the context of glasnost and perestroika—from Turkey, Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, and from the Indian subcontinent; the four regions with strong ties to Central Asian and Caucasian Islam in the years before Soviet occupation.

 

Bio: Bayram Balci is the Director of the Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes in Istanbul and a permant researcher at CERI Schience Po in Paris. In his new book, he seeks to analyse how these new Islamic influences have reached local societies and how they have interacted with pre-existing religious belief and practice. Combining exceptional erudition with rare first-hand research, Balci's book provides a sophisticated account of both the internal dynamics and external influences in the evolution of Islam in the region.

Project Tutorial: Pictures of Fear? Visual Anthropology of islamophobic Objects in Berlin

3 credit points, without grade

BA Area Studies Asia/Africa, electives and visiting students

Time: Thursdays 14-16 (from 24.10.19)

Room: Invalidenstraße 118, Room 209

In the first phase the concept of ‘Islamophobia’ with be examined with regard to fear and
compared with other concepts in order to develop a usable definition. In the second phase
the participants will be tasked with visually capturing objects in Berlin which invoke a
suspected Islamophobia. In the third phase these objects will be analysed in terms of the
construction and spread of fear, with the use of various scientific methods. The image and
the results of the analysis will be placed online alongside contextualising information such
as location and associated discourses with the aim of contributing to the discussion on
‘Islamophobia’ in public.

The participant number is limited to 10 students. To register please email fiona.katherine.smith [at] hu-berlin.de, stating your name and study discipline. Please note the class will be taught in German.

 

Book Launch: Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas

The launch of the new collected volume 'Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyong Central Asia and the Caucasus', eds. Manja Stephan-Emmrich and Philipp Schröder (2018), will take place on:

Thursday, 6th December, 2018, from 19:00 onwards at Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien (ZOiS), Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin.

The event will be in English and German.

For more information, please consult the venue's website.

Prof. Dr. Stephan-Emmrich is on sabatical in WS 18/19

Prof. Dr. Stephan-Emmrich will be on sabatical throughout winter term 18/19. Therefore no regular consultation hours will take place. Prof. Dr. Stephan-Emmrich will nevertheless offer the colloquium for cross-section Islam during this time.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences | Department of Asian and African Studies | Transregional Departments | Islam in Asian and African Societies | About us | News | Hot off the Press: Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus

Hot off the Press: Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus

The anthology, Manja Stephan-Emmrich and Philipp Schröder, eds., Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2018., is now available for download here.

Description:

"This collection brings together a variety of anthropological, historical and sociological case studies from Central Asia and the Caucasus to examine the concept of translocality. The chapters scrutinize the capacity of translocality to describe, in new ways, the multiple mobilities, exchange practices and globalizing processes that link places, people and institutions in Central Asia and the Caucasus with others in Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates.

Illuminating translocality as a productive concept for studying cross‐regional connectivities and networks, this volume is an important contribution to a lively field of academic discourse. Following new directions in Area Studies, the chapters aim to overcome ‘territorial containers’ such as the nation‐state or local community, and instead emphasize the significance of processes of translation and negotiation for understanding how meaningful localities emerge beyond conventional boundaries.

Structured by the four themes ‘crossing boundaries’, ‘travelling ideas’, ‘social and economic movements’ and ‘pious endeavours’, this volume proposes three conceptual approaches to translocality: firstly, to trace how it is embodied, narrated, virtualized or institutionalized within or in reference to physical or imagined localities; secondly, to understand locality as a relational concept rather than a geographically bounded unit; and thirdly, to consider cross‐border traders, travelling students, business people and refugees as examples of non-elite mobilities that provide alternative ways to think about what ‘global’ means today.

Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas will be of interest to students and scholars of the anthropology, history and sociology of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as for those interested in new approaches to Area Studies.

The VolkswagenStiftung (Volkswagen Foundation) has generously contributed towards the publication of this volume."

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences | Department of Asian and African Studies | Transregional Departments | Islam in Asian and African Societies | About us | News | Call for Papers: 15th EASA Biennial Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling 14-17 August 2018, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Call for Papers: 15th EASA Biennial Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling 14-17 August 2018, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Paper proposals are invited for the panel "Migration, tourism, business: Reconfiguring Muslim pilgrimage through the lens of women's new mobilitie" (P 100), convened by Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen), and Viola Thimm (University of Hamburg).

The abstract and other details can be found here.

Deadline: 9th April, 2018

Lecture: "'Bourgeois Islam', Gulf Migration, and Post-national Sentiments"

Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich, junior professor Cross-Section Islam in Asian and African Societies, will hold a lecture on the above topic in assosciation with the Central Asia Program on Monday, 29th January 2018. The day of lectures and workshops '"Bourgeois' Islam, Prosperity Theology, and Ethics in Muslim Eurasia" takes place as George Washington University, Washington DC. For more information, click here.