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November 2014

Conversations on Law, Revolution, and Islam: A Workshop Honoring Ellis Goldberg on the Occasion of His Retirement

Saturday November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
UW Tower, 22d Floor, Boardroom (Husky Card or sign-in required)

Mona El-Ghobashy, Independent Scholar; Iza Hussin, Cambridge University; Arang Keshavarzian, New York University; Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University; Leonard Wood, Vinson & Elkins LLP-Houston; Malika Zeghal, Harvard University

Department of Political Science, Middle East Center, and Jackson School of International Studies

This workshop will be divided into two sessions. The morning session will focus on the distinctly different concepts of democratic transition and revolutionary upheaval to understand the events of the last five years in Iran and the Arab countries. The afternoon session will focus on the claims diverse scholars have made about the ways in which sharia and modern law go in different directions and in which the idea of “Islamic law” is at best a modern calque and perhaps a wholly new creation.

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Conference: "Kurdistan and the Changing Middle East" w/ keynote by Middle East expert Henri Barkey

Thursday November 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
University of Washington, Allen Library, Peterson Room (5th floor)

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

The Jackson School invites you to attend all or part of the conference, "Kurdistan and the Changing Middle East," on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Conference Program

Coffee: 8:30-9:00

Intro Remarks
Speakers: Reşat Kasaba, Nicole Watts

9:15-10:30 Panel I
State-Society Relations in northern Iraq
Speakers: Arbella Bet-Shlimon, Melisande Genat, Nicole Watts
Moderator: Reşat Kasaba

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45-12:00 a.m. Panel II
Dynamics of the Kurdish movement and governance in Turkey
Speakers: Güneş Murat Tezcur, Jessie Clark, Fırat Bozcalı
Moderator: Nicole Watts

12:00-1:30 Break (Lunch)

1:30-3:00 p.m. Panel III
Regional Dynamics
Speakers: Serhun Al, Henri Barkey, Aliza Marcus
Moderator: Reşat Kasaba

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:30 Roundtable discussion on Current Events (All)
Moderator: Nicole Watts

5-6:30 p.m. Dinner (Requires RSVP in advance.)

7 p.m. Keynote address: Henri Barkey: Kurdistan, Changing Middle East, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Location: Kane 120)

List of confirmed participants in alphabetical order

Serhun Al, lecturer and PhD Candidate, Dept of Political Science, Univ. of Utah
Subject: Regional dynamics: hyphenated identities in Turkey and beyond

Henri Barkey, Prof., Dept of Int. Relations, Lehigh Univ.
Subject: Regional dynamics

Arbella Bet-Shlimon- Asst Prof, Dept of History, Univ of Wash.
Subject: State-Society Relations in northern Iraq: the case of Mosul

Fırat Bozcalı- PhD Candidate, Dept of Anthropology, Stanford Univ.
Dynamics of the Kurdish movement & governance in Turkey: Smugglers and lawyers in the Kurdish borderlands

Jessie Clark- Assistant Prof, Dept of Geography University of Nevada-Reno
Subject: Dynamics of the Kurdish movement and governance in Turkey: Gender and political geography in Diyarbakir

Melisande Genat- PhD student, Dept of History, Stanford Univ.
Subject: State-Society Relations in northern Iraq: political economy and prospects for independence

Aliza Marcus –Author and journalist, Bloomberg News
Subject: Regional dynamics: Dynamics of the Kurdish movement in Turkey and beyond

Güneş Murat Tezcur- Associate Prof, Dept of Political Science, Loyola University, Chicago
Subject: Dynamics of the Kurdish movement& governance in Turkey : the PKK, politicians and PKK militants

Nicole Watts- Professor, Dept of Political Science, San Francisco State University
Subject: State-Society Relations in Northern Iraq: governance and opposition under the KRG


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The Middle East Center
University of Washington
225 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4227 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

Ellis Goldberg, Director

Felicia Hecker, Associate Director