Media


Amyn B. Sajoo | Lecturer in history and global politics at Simon Fraser University

Public Talk: Who Are We? Populism, Citizenship, Religion


Asma Afsaruddin | Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

Public Talk: Islam, Gender and Feminist Hermeneutics



Mojtaba Mahdavi | ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta

Public Talk: Muslims and the Middle East in a Post-Trump Era



Tariq Ramadan | Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oxford University

Public Talk: Creating Thriving Societies in Troubling Times



Khaled Abou El Fadl | The Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Public Talk: The Promises and Perils of Shari’ah in the Modern Age


Hamid Dabashi | The Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York, USA

Public Talk: Can Non-Europeans Think?


John Esposito | University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, USA

Public Talk: The Future of Muslims in the West: Protecting Pluralism and Ending Islamophobia


Fawaz Gerges | Professor of International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

Public Talk: In Defence of the Arab Spring Uprisings: How Al Qaeda and ISIS Proponents and Detractors Misappropriate the Narrative?


Abdulkarim Soroush | Leading Muslim reformist public intellectual, a Rumi scholar, and a former professor of philosophy at the University of Tehran, Iran.

Public Talk: Language of Rights and Language of Obligations: An Islamic Perspective


 

International Conference

The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring:Why “Middle East Exceptionalism” is Still Wrong

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada – September 25-27, 2015

‣ Opening Remarks

‣ Keynote Address: Recolonizing the Arab World – Tariq Ali

‣ Special Panel: Middle East Today: What is Missing in the Media?

‣ Panel 1 – Beyond ‘Middle East Exceptionalism’: “What the Middle East Offers to World History”

‣ Panel 2 – Critique From Within: Intellectual Discourses and the MENA Uprisings

‣ Panel 3 – “The Quiet Encroachment” of the Counter-revolutionaries: How the Autocrats Survived the MENA Uprisings

‣ Keynote Address: The Struggle against Fundamentalism after the Revolutions of 2011: Your Fatwa Still Does Not Apply Here – Karima Bennoune

‣ Panel 4 – Geopolitics of the Arab Uprisings: Oil, Foreign Intervention and Military Coup

‣ Panel 5 – What Happened to “Songs of the New Arab Revolutions”?

‣ Panel 6 – Gendering the MENA Uprisings: Women and Politics of the Body

‣ Keynote Address: Reformist Islam, Gender and the Questions of Authority – Amina Wadud

‣ Panel 7 – Finished or Unfinished Social Movements? Is the Return of the Repressed Possible?

‣ Panel 8 – Online Activism in the MENA Uprisings: Media and Politics of Representation

‣ Panel 9 – Five Years After the Uprisings: “A Tale of High Hopes and Dashed Expectations”?

‣ Panel 10 – “Why They Joined” Extremist Groups: ISIS, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab

‣ Panel 11 – Arts and Literature: Diaries and Performance of the MENA Uprisings

‣ Panel 12 – Gendering the Uprisings: Women’s Movements

‣ Closing Remarks