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2013

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

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

Venue:

University of Southern Denmark

Conference Center

Campusvej 55

5230 Odense M

Denmark

(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:

Sequence:

DAY 1

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”

DAY 2

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

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