Fall Term 2018
Digital Media, Islam, and Politics in the Middle East
BASEL, 28-29 September, 2018
Call for Applications for the 6th Annual MUBIT Doctoral Workshop in Late- and Post-Ottoman Studies in Basel, a workshop with Assistant Professor Dr. H. Akın Ünver (Kadir Has University/Oxford University/Alan Turing Institute)
This two-day workshop immerses students in comparative studies of Islamist politics in the Middle East and North Africa through the lens of how violent and non-violent Islamist state and non-actors, as well as their opponents, use and manipulate digital and social media to further their goals. The workshop is specifically interested in exploring themes in how the region’s religious, political and social forces interact and mobilize in digital space, including their competing organizational networks and narrative claims.
As an increasingly more popular and politically-relevant topic in the region and beyond, we seek applicants whose work lie at the intersection of ICTs (information and communication technologies – such as Whatsapp, Signal, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other web channels) and social media platforms on the one hand, and religion, politics, culture, and mobilization on the other. Those that are interested in, and work on how online and offline mobilization, behaviour and organization interact in the Middle East are particularly encouraged to apply.
Related questions that this workshop will explore include:
1. The definition of "Islamism," Islamic vs. Islamist vs. jihadist hierarchies, communication strategies, and organizational networks of influence in the digital world
2. Digital Surveillance, Censorship, Protest, Voice, and Opposition in the Middle East
3. Organized Diversion: Fake News, Trolls Bots
4. Online Radicalization and ICT Use of Extremist Groups
From Unionism to Kemalism: Social and Political Transformation of Turkey
BASEL, 27-28 October, 2017
Call for Applications for the 5th Annual MUBIT Doctoral Workshop in Late- and Post-Ottoman Studies in Basel: "From Unionism to Kemalism: Social and Political Transformation of Turkey" with Prof. Dr. Asim Karaömerlioglu (Bogazici University) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kuyas (Galatasaray University).
An international workshop organized by MUBIT Inter-University Doctoral Cooperation in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Basel/Zurich & Middle Eastern Studies, The Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S), University of Basel, Switzerland.
This workshop intends to shed light on specific historiographical questions emerging from the interactions of political developments, demographic realities and social mobilization in Turkey from the Unionist through the Kemalist era (1908-1945). By examining such interactions, we aim to reassess and rethink some of the dominant viewpoints and paradigms relating to the general contours of Turkish history.
The Main Intellectual Currents in the Late Ottoman Empire
BASEL, 20 - 21 May 2016
Call for applications for the 4th Annual MUBIT Doctoral Workshop in Late- and Post-Ottoman Studies in Basel: “The Main Intellectual Currents in the Late Ottoman Empire” with Prof. Dr. Sukru Hanioglu (Princeton University) .
This two-day workshop will concentrate on the major intellectual currents of late Ottoman history. The main thread of the workshop will follow intellectual history in a broad sense, but other topics including social, religious, and political history will receive some coverage as well.
A Modern World in Flux. Studying Migration, Refugees, and Settlement Regimes from the Middle East and Beyond
BASEL, 29.-30. Mai 2015
Die SUK-Doktoratskooperation Basel / Zürich lädt zu einem Workshop mit Prof. Dr. Isa Blumi (Georgia State Universitym Atlanta) ein.
Der zweitägige Workshop wird auf interdisziplinäre Weise die Folgen grosser Migrationsströme in der Moderne diskutieren, theoretisieren und historisieren. Dabei sind sowohl die Migrationsbewegungen von ImmigrantInnen und Geflüchteten wie auch die Reaktionen von Regierungen auf solche Migrationsbewegungen Gegenstand der Analyse. Diskutiert werden zudem die Folgen dieser Prozesse auf die globale Entwicklung.
Arab Nationalism: From Ottoman Empire to Colonial Mandates
BASEL, 11 - 12 September 2014
The 2nd Annual MUBIT Doctoral Workshop in Late- and Post-Ottoman Studies in Basel, "Arab Nationalism: From Ottoman Empire to Colonial Mandates", is a two-day intensive seminar (September 11-12, 2014) organized by Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski, Dr. Selen Etingü, and Alp Yenen, M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel.
Two leading scholars of Ottoman-Arab history will take over the instruction of the seminar: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasan Kayalı and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Provence, University of California, San Diego. The objective of the workshop is for participants to acquire advanced knowledge of the history and historiography of Ottoman-Arab nationalism.
Turkish Nationalism: Approaching Ottoman and Islamic Legacies beyond Ethnicity, Secularism, and Westernism
BASEL, 13-14 September 2013
The doctoral seminar Turkish Nationalism: Approaching Ottoman and Islamic Legacies beyond Ethnicity, Secularism, and Westernism will explore the complex relationship between Turkish nationalism and Islam, which is further complicated by the Ottoman imperial legacy. The seminar is a two-day intensive seminar (September 13-14, 2013) hosted and organized by Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski and Alp Yenen, M.A., from the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Basel.
Two leading scholars of Turkish nationalism will take over the instruction of the seminar. Prof. Dr. Erik J. Zürcher (University of Leiden), one of the leading scholars of the political and intellectual history of the late Ottoman and early Republican era, will introduce an advance study of the emergence and development of Turkish nationalism from empire to republic. Prof. Dr. M. Hakan Yavuz (University of Utah), a political scientist renowned for his study of political Islam and conservative nationalist movements in Turkey, will lecture on nationalism theories and the complex relationship between nationalism and Islam in the Turkish Republic. The objective of the seminar is for participants to acquire an advanced knowledge of the history, historiography, and theories of Turkish-Muslim nationalism. In addition, the seminar aims to enhance the skills of doctoral candidates in writing, presenting, and discussing conference papers.