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Call for Papers -- DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran (12-14 December 2013, Beirut)

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Call for Papers: DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran Date: 12-14 December 2013 Location: Beirut Organisers: Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and Goethe-Institut Beirut Deadline: 31 July 2013 This conference aims to look at urban governance, its agents, agendas and options, through contested space and conflicting urban concepts, identity claims and social environments. Rapid urbanisation and demographic change, antagonistic ...

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Graduate Paper Prize 2013 (Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies)

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The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites university faculty to nominate graduate student research papers on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula (inclusive of the transnational flow of people, goods, and ideas) for AGAPS’s 2013 Graduate Paper Prize.  Graduate students may also self-nominate, but include a verification letter from your faculty member of the quality of the paper and the class for which it was written. AGAPS welcome submissions from ...

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PhD Dissertation Award 2013 (Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies)

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The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites recent PhD graduates to submit their dissertations for consideration for its 2013 Dissertation Award. AGAPS wishes to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing. The deadline for submission is 1 July 2013. PhD dissertations (in English) accepted for the degree of PhD between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013 are eligible. AGAPS welcomes dissertations from across the disciplines and a variety of ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Ninth Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 26 May 2013. This is the ninth in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 15 April to 1 May 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the LIbyan General National Congress: Ninth Report Introduction Libya's General National Congress held four routine sessions during this period. The highlights of ...

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Support Fair Information About Palestine in France

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The Palestine Media Agency (Agence Média Palestine - ) aims at becoming a competent structure working on media and communication, in support of the solidarity movements with Palestine. It was created after the attack on the Gaza Strip in 2009. In France, pro-Israeli groups regularly try to censor all criticism of Israeli policy. As an exemple, for instance, they launched numerous attacks against Charles Enderlin, a journalist from ...

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Labor and Justice Coalition Declaration on Taksim Gezi Park Protests

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[This statement was released by Emek ve Adalet Platformu (the Labor and Justice Coalition) on 14 June. For the Turkish version of this statement, click here; for the Arabic version, click here.] The intention behind transforming Taksim Gezi Park, replacing it with malls and hotels, springs out of a particular way of thinking that regards city space as property for rent. In every location undergoing gentrification, attempts are being made to clear the path for a new and ...

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HRW Report on Tainted Trials and Statements Obtained by Torture in Morocco

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[The following report was released by Human Rights Watch on 21 June 2013.] Morocco’s courts are convicting defendants based on confessions they claim were obtained through torture or falsified by police, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The country’s judicial reform agenda needs to include stronger safeguards to ensure that courts discard as evidence any statement made to the police under torture or ill-treatment. The one hundred-page ...

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Defiant Turkish Demonstrators 'Finding New Ways to Protest': Turkey Page Co-Editor Nazan Ustundag on Democracy Now!

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This is an interview conducted with Turkey Page Co-Editor Nazan Üstündağ on the ongoing state repression of protests in Turkey. The interview addresses the Turkish government's violent crackdown and how Turkish protesters have developed new strategies to express their dissent.  The Turkish government is threatening to send armed troops into cities to quell the ongoing anti-government protests that have continued despite an increasingly violent state crackdown. On ...

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London Event: What Is Happening in Turkey? Reflections on an Uprising (26 June 2013)


What is Happening in Turkey? Reflections on an Uprising Date and Time: Wednesday 26 June 2013, 6-8 pm Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE While shaping the political history of Turkey and the world, the popular uprising in Turkey has also challenged the social sciences and humanities to give an account of itself. How should we understand what is happening in Turkey? Is this as an anti-capitalist or anti-authoritarian rebellion, a ...

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Turkey Page Co-Editor Asli Bali and Bogazici University's Edhem Eldem on Protests and Repression in Turkey

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In the aftermath of the brutal clearing of Gezi Park and the adjacent areas in the early hours of 16 June, along with the turnout of supporters for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rally in a different part of Istanbul on 17 June, it is important to understand the political, economic, and social roots of the protest movement in Turkey as well as the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) base of support. The following is an audio recording of a teach-in that ...

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Report from Istanbul: Koray Caliskan on Democracy Now

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This is an interview conducted with Koray Caliskan on 12 June, addressing the ongoing protests in Istanbul. The interview addresses the violent repression of protests, including the use of tear gas and water canons, as well as the context of the protests, relating to what led to the mobilization and greater demands. Turkish riot police have forcibly removed throngs of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square after nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Beginning Tuesday ...

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Police Officer Leaks Video Interrogating A Detained Bahraini Youth

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[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights published the following report on the forced confession of a young Bahraini on 12 June 2013 and urged the “international community” to put pressure on the government of Bahrain to investigate the rampant use of torture in prison and to free all political prisoners.]  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights is gravely concerned in regards to the authorities in Bahrain fostering the culture of impunity and continuing the practice of ...

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Call for Applications: Building Knowledge for Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition (Cairo, 1-10 September 2013)

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The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University of Cairo is currently inviting applications to the fourth round of our program "Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition." The training will be held from September 1 to 10, 2013, in Arabic at the AUC campus in new Cairo. The program aims at contributing to knowledge gaining and capacity building in the areas of media policy and media reform in the ...

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Call for Papers -- Transgressing the Gulf: Dissidence, Resistance, and Potentiality in the GCC States (9-10 September, Exeter)

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Transgressing the Gulf: Dissidence, Resistance, and Potentiality in the GCC States 9-10 September 2013 University of Exeter A two-day symposium sponsored by the Centre for Gulf Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 9-10 September 2013. What do we talk of, when we speak of "transgression" in the Gulf today? Are ideas of dissidence, dissonance and difference most easily cast in the light of the events of the Arab Spring and ...

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Our Call: Petition by Academics for Gezi

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[The following petition was issued by Academics for Gezi, and is open to any and all academics to sign. A link to where the petition can be signed is provided below.] Our Call As academics concerned with the recent developments in Turkey, we stand in solidarity with the people peacefully protesting to protect Gezi Park in Taksim, and we condemn the excessive police brutality that was inflicted on them. What started on Monday, May 27, as a movement to peacefully protest ...

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Taksim Solidarity Statement: To the Press and Citizens of Turkey

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[The following press release was issued by Taksim Dayanışması (Taksim  Solidarity) on 12 June 2013. Taksim Solidarity is an coalition constitued by approximately eighty organziations including civil society groups, professional associations, politicla parties, and platforms. The statement has been lightly edited for stylistic purposes.] To the Press and Citizens of Turkey As Taksim Solidarity, we want to announce that none of our representatives have been ...

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Artists in Resistance: In Solidarity with the Resistance at Gezi Park

[The following statement was released by the undersigned group of artists on 3 June 2013 at Gezi Park. Click here for more information. Support messages can be sent to] We, the artists of Turkey, express our serious concern over the ongoing incidents which have erupted in Istanbul with the Gezi Park resistance, and which have instigated spontaneous protests all around the country. We strongly condemn the reportedly excessive use of ...

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The Body as a Site of Contest: Sherene Seikaly on the Gendered Exercise of Power and Resistance

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How is the body produced as a site of repression and resistence? Sherene Seikaly, Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, as well as Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University of Cairo, tackles this question by exploring the ways in which the Egyptian state's production of the body as a terrorized and passive political subject inspired people to take their lives into their own hands and revolt.  The state's theatrics of ...

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Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing

[The following is the executive summary of the new publication Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. For the Arabic version, click here.] Executive Summary This work focuses on developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) over the past two years. It has been written in its entirety by more than twenty experts from the GCC, and its intended audience is the people of the GCC. How does the strategic water ...

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Report on the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference on New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World

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[This post has been updated to include videos from the inaugural conference. They are embedded below the introduction.] Introduction Founded in November 2012, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) held its inaugural conference, “New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World” this month. The conference took place in partnership with the Arab Studies Consortium (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at ...

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