Other Events

Lecture Series of the Research Cluster: International Security, Middle Eastern Conflicts, and U.S. Policy, Spring Term 2015.

Securitising Climate Change and Policy Consequences

 - A Comparison of the United States, Germany, Mexico

and Turkey

Monday 30 March, 2015, Time: Prof. Dr. Thomas Diez, University of Tübingen
14:00-16:00, Room: U140

As part of the widening of the concept of security, a variety of actors from environmental activists to military personnel have constructed climate change as a security issue. Their frames have however varied significantly. In this talk, I distinguish between two dimensions of the securitisation of climate change: the level of the referent object (individual, territorial, global) and the conceptualisation of the threat as risk and security. I then demonstrate that different climate change security discourses have been prevalent in the four case studies as well as over time, that these have led to different policy preferences, and how we can explain these differences. Last but not least, I discuss the normative implications of securitising climate change. The talk builds on a three-year research project funded by the German Research Council,


Thomas Diez is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Tübingen. He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim in 1999. From 1997 to 2000, he was Research Fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute and subsequently, from 2000 to 2009, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and then Professor of International Relations and Head of Department at the University of Birmingham. He joined Tübingen in April 2009. Diez has also taught in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Munich and Victoria (BC). Among his most recent publications are A Different Kind of Power? The EU’s Role in International Politics (editor, IDebate Press, 2014), Key Concepts in International Relations (co-author, Sage 2011), An Introduction to International Relations Theory: Perspectives and Themes (co-author, third edition Pearson 2010), European Integration Theory (co-editor, second edition Oxford UP 2009) and Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads (co-editor, Manchester UP 2009). In September 2009, he received the Anna Lindh Award for his contribution to the field of European Foreign and Security Policy Studies.




28th February 2014




State Policies, Social Conflict and Islamic Activism after the “Arab Spring”

Panel Discussion and Book Launch

Friday 28. February 2014, 15:00-17:00

University of Copenhagen

Department of Political Science, CSS

Frokoststuen, building 4 (4.2.26), Øster Farimagsgade 5


On the occasion of the publication of Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities, CRIC invited to a panel discussion about state policies, social conflict and Islamic activism after the “Arab Spring.” Based on case studies from Egypt and Jordan, Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Islam, Youth and Social Activism in the Middle East (New York: Palgrave MacMillan) gives insights in the social transformation out of which the Arab revolts emerged. The book shows the importance of Islamic activism as both a means in negotiating social order and in the construction of individual identities. In departing from this finding, Mervat Hatem and Morten Valbjørn explored the different ways in which the regimes in Egypt and Jordan have tried to contain social conflict and the Islamic movement after the “Arab Spring.” The event started with three short presentations and then moved on to a most lively discussion of the current situation with the audience.



Chair: Prof. Bjørn Møller, Aalborg University and CRIC


15:15- 15:30: “We think that this job pleases Allah:” Islam, social order and individual identity constructions - main findings of the book”

Prof. Dietrich Jung, University of Southern Denmark and CRIC


15:30- 15:45: “Counterrevolution and the securitization of gender in Egypt”

Prof. Mervat Hatem, Howard University, Washington DC


15:45-16:00: ”If Jordan was a Danish TV show:” Royal management of social conflict and Islamic activism”

Associate Prof. Morten Valbjørn, Aarhus University


See the flyer here






Anniversary conference (October 25th to 26th, 2013)


Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Centre for Contemporary Middle East studies, University of Southern Denmark


University of Southern Denmark

Conference Center

Campusvej 55

5230 Odense M



(Book the days in your calendar - registration will open right after the summer holidays)


The Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark takes the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of Danish contemporary Middle East studies. For that purpose several workshops headed by members of the center’s staff are held with leading scholars mainly from other universities in Denmark. Hereby the Arab Spring serves as an exciting point of reference both in terms of academia and politics. Thus, prior to the different workshops we will have a key-note speech by one of the most renowned scholars on Middle Eastern affairs—Professor Peter Sluglett—who will deal with the question whether lessons are to be learned from the fact that Middle Eastern scholars did not predict the Arab Spring. Moreover, a policy-oriented panel discussion on how the West should get engaged in the Middle East after the Arab Spring will be held.


Preliminary Program:



Oct. 25, 10.30-11.30: Registration with Coffee and Snacks 

Oct. 25, 11.30-12.00: Welcome Speeches 

Oct. 25, 12.00-13.00 Key Note Speech by Peter Sluglett (University of Utah, USA) on “Lessons to be Learned? On our Failure to Predict the Arab Spring” 

Oct. 25, 13.00-14.00: Lunch 

Oct. 25, 14.00-16.00: Panel discussion on “How should the West get engaged in the Middle East after the Arab Spring?” 

Oct. 25, 16.30-18.30: Three parallel workshops on “State of the Art: Where Do We Stand in Danish Middle East Studies”

  1. Dietrich Jung: Current research on Islam in the Middle East
  2. Mehmet Ümit Necef/Torsten Rugberg Rasmussen : Danes and New Danes
  3. Helle Lykke Nielsen: Language Policy in the Class Room 

Oct. 25, 18.30: Dinner at the University restaurant 

Oct. 25, 20.00: Performance by the multi-ethnic music group “Mozaik” 



Oct. 26, 10.00-12.00: Three parallel workshops on “State of the Art: Where Do We Stand in Danish Middle East Studies?”

  1. Peter Seeberg: The European Response to the Arab Uprisings – recent research and perspectives
  2. Martin Beck/Martin Hvidt: Regional conflicts, oil—and beyond?
  3. Helle Lykke Nielsen: CLILstore-et redskab til Content and Language Instructed Learning i arabisk (in Danish!) 

Oct. 26, 12.00-13.00: Lunch 

Oct. 26, 13.00-15.00: Two parallel workshops on “State of the Art: Where Do We Stand in Danish Middle East Studies?”

  1. Kirstine Sinclair: Muslims in Europe
  2. Line Mex-Jørgensen/Martin Ledstrup: How to Use Middle Eastern Studies beyond University 

Oct. 26, 15.00-17.00: Reception by the Center’s Alumni Organization



PhD Seminar: People and Things: Creating New Realities

On Wednesday October 9, 2013, the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies and the Doctoral Programme in History, Area Studies and Archaeology, University of Southern Denmark organize in cooperation with the Institute of Culture and Identity, Roskilde University, a one-day PhD seminar for PhD students and researchers in history and the social sciences:

Materiality, materializing, materialization – or simply things, are the focus of many recent studies within both history and sociology. Empirically as well as theoretically, historians and sociologists have increasingly begun investigating people’s associations with materiality and the agency of things. Questions are asked such as: What does the material do; how is the material done; how do hybrids between people and materials create new realities? (Damsholt and Simonsen 2009: 13). Consequently, a series of other essential questions need to be addressed: What does it do to our knowledge about the past when materiality starts appearing as actors? What are the methodological implications when we are faced with non-human informants? Can historical and sociological thinking meet in a new way via this perspective?

This seminar offers a platform to discuss these topics at the intersection of historical and sociological research. Ph.D. students will have the chance to present work-in-progress within these fields as well as participate in the current debates that surround the study of materiality. Researchers from sociology and history will present case studies and address some of the major methodological and theoretical implications for their respective fields.

Prior to the workshop, all participants (presenting as well as not-presenting) will receive and read the various papers in order to allow informed and hopefully engaged discussions.


Key speakers:

Ronen Shamir: Ph.D. Sociology, Northwestern University (1992); Professor of Sociology, Tel Aviv University (2009 -). A political and legal sociologist, he published on the question of corporate social responsibility. His most recent research project focuses on the electrification of the Jaffa-Tel Aviv region in the 1920s, focusing on the role of the market in the nation-building process.

Dorte Gert Simonsen:  Ph.D. History, Copenhagen University (2001). Associate Professor of History (2007 - ). Research areas: mobility, technology and culture, cultural history of speed, cultural history of time and space, Americanization and globalization, cultural history.

Jakob Egholm Feldt: Ph.D. Jewish Studies, Copenhagen University(2005); Associate Professor of History (2009 - ) Roskilde University. His research deals with the construction and development of humanistic ideas and concepts in science and intellectual culture. Particularly in the construction and development of ideas, concepts and methods within modern Jewish history, anti-Semitism, Zionism, European-Middle Eastern cultural relations, colonialism and anti-colonialism, and cultural and historical philosophy.

For more information and enrolment, see:

People and Things: Creating new realities

PhD courses




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