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Journal of Levantine Studies - Now Online and in Print

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We are happy to share with you the latest issue of Journal of Levantine Studies (JLS). The articles in the current issue engage questions of sovereignty, class, and identity in Israel/Palestine, with special emphasis on the period of the British Mandate. This isse dock-ument section elaborates a unique proposal for Mizrahi-Arab cooperation in fighting discrimination in Israel. In addition the issue presents a dossier of three translated essays by Turkish writers who explore questions of tradition ad authenticity in Turkish literature.

See more at this link:

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Journal of Levantine Studies - Call for Submissions

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Journal of Levantine Studies (JLS) is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the critical study of the social, political, and cultural settings that in various periods of history have been known as the Levant. As a platform for theoretical and empirical scholarship, JLS aims to reclaim the notion of the Levant as a historical and political concept and as a category of identity and classification.
 
JLS publishes articles that are focused on the modern and contemporary eras and that engage academic discussion on relevant topics, including but not limited to:
Migrations of knowledge and people
Diaspora communities and networks
Culture, identity, and consumerism
Religious, social, and political thought
Political parties and religious movements

The Journal has opened a Call for Submission. You can find the call attached below:

jls-Kol-Kore-dblsprd.pdf

 
For additional information, contact:
Nathalie Alyon, Assistant Editor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

www.levantine-journal.org

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Rethinking Turkey's Soft Power...

Dear All,


We are pleased to inform you that the new article of Dr. Carola Cerami (Director, ICCT),
"Rethinking Turkey's Soft Power in the Arab World: Islam, Secularism, and Democracy", has been published in the latest number of the Journal of Levantine Studies (JLS), Vol. 3, No 2, Winter 2013.

http://www.levantine-journal.org/

Best wishes,
ICCT


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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - PERUGIA

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Italian Political Science Association, SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica) XVIII SISP ANNUAL CONFERENCE University of Perugia, Department of Political Science and University for Foreigners of Perugia, Department of Human and Social Studies, 11 – 13 September 2014 :

http://www.sisp.it/convegno/2014/sezioni/116/

Focus on Turkey

During the last decade, there has been from scholars and experts an increasing interest in Turkey's role in world politics: the new course of its policy has allowed the country, from an endogenous and exogenous point of view, to repose itself strategically, economically and culturally, regaining international centrality through an active policy in different area of its neighborhood, inherited by the Ottoman Empire's geographic extension. Until when the democratic anchorage attempt with European Union, functional to the membership, has lost its attractiveness, Ankara seems to be now interested in the research of a new space of representation: it had tried in fact to open ancient and new commercial routes within the regions for which it acts as a "bridge", through the Silk Road and the Black Sea, even arriving in Africa as the ambassador of a moderate Islam. Meanwhile, Turkey has a strong position in the world economy, facing the 2008 crisis, thanks in particular to the reforms in domestic policy after 2001 collapse. From the other hand, Ankara is now at a turning point, both from an internal as a foreign point of view: it has to face with a continuous political evolution in Middle East, with the deep crisis inside the European Union, but also with the United Stated which has in part abandoned their position in front of a more dynamic Russia, particularly in Caucasus and in the Arab world. Moreover, Syrian revolution threats to become a "powder keg", drawing back Iran, while protests in Gezi Park has triggered doubts about the quality of Turkey's democracy, posing the interrogative for the Arab states facing with the so-called Arab Springs about the validity to emulate the Turkish model.
This conference aims to provide a broad framework for scholars, experts of Turkish politics and of the regions influenced by its foreign policy. The overarching objective of this section is not only to map the challenges to the Turkish order, but also to understand the origin potentiality of these challenges. The themes of the section will include, but are not limited to: the process of democratization; Turkish foreign and domestic policy; Turkey in the world economy; Turkish (de)Europeanization; regional and transnational actors involved; religious factors and secularism; Syrian revolution and the aftermath of the Arab Springs.

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Call for Papers

example-6CALL FOR PAPERS Italian Political Science Association, SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica)

XVIII SISP ANNUAL CONFERENCE
University of Perugia, Department of Political Science and University for Foreigners of Perugia, Department of Human and Social Studies, 11
13 September 2014

 

Section. 14: Focus on Turkey
Panel. 14.5:
Democracy, Public Spaces and “Open Society”: Gezi Park Protests and the birth of the

“Gezi movement” http://www.sisp.it/convegno/2014/sezioni/116/

On 28th May 2013, a small group of Turkish environmentalists organised a peaceful protest, in Taksim Square, Istanbul, against a redevelopment plan for Gezi Park. The brutality of the police force’s attempt to repress this protest launched a civic movement that spread throughout the main cities of Turkey and persists to this day. With the passage of time, the movement has defined its own vocabulary, symbols and characteristics. The square is now the “real” place in which to manifest the need for pluralism and freedom, and social networks are now the “virtual” places for protest and dissent. Thus, the battle for public space increasingly resembles a clash between control and freedom, between standardisation and diversity, and between authoritarianism and plurality.

What is the most authentic meaning of the Turkish protest movement? Should it be considered the expression of a modern, complex and dynamic civil society, one that was born specifically in the AKP decade and that has now grown beyond its rulers? The demand for pluralism, the collective ownership of public space, the free expression of citizenship, the freedom of the press and of public opinion, the desire for an “open society” – are these the deepest and most urgent challenges for Turkish civil society? Has the movement jeopardised the credibility of the AKP decade as exemplifying the co-existence of Islam, secularism and democracy, or does it rather constitute an opportunity to re- launch democratic and pluralistic growth? Finally, does the Europeanization of Turkey, controversial and fitful as it is, contribute to the formation of a new Turkish civil society?

These are the central questions proposed by the panel, whose intention is to encourage interdisciplinary contributions, that primarily develop a multidimensional understanding of the Turkish protest movement within the context of the complex balance between democracy, Islam and secularism.

Abstracts (in English or Italian) should be submitted to Dr. Carola Cerami (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Federico Donelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by May 8th 2014.
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be accompanied by a short biographical note. 

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