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Urvashi Butalia Keynote Speaker for Partitions and Empire Conference Sept. 22-23

Posted Fri, 02 Sep 2016

Urvashi Butalia, Publisher and Co-Founder of Kali for Women and Founder of Zubaan Books, will be the keynote speaker. She will give a MillerComm lecture at Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The title of her talk is Partition: Histories, Stories, Memories The conference resumes Friday, Sept 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Illini Union General Lounge (Room 210), 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana. The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the post­colonial nation­state and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people. With these considerations in mind, this conference will explore the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames. For more information, see the conference web site:

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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

Posted Mon, 16 May 2016

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of their first public correspondence, “‘Our Revolution Is Civil’: An Interview with Asef Bayat on Revolt and Change in the Arab World,” that was published in The Hedgehog Review five years ago. Dr. Bayat is professor of Sociology at the Universit of Illinois.

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Ganga River Symposium 2015 examined the river's past and future

Posted Fri, 09 Oct 2015

The Ganga (Ganges) River embodies the continuity of the Indic civilization, its religious ethos, and its rich cultural traditions. On October 9, 2015, CSAMES presented The Ganga (Ganges) River Symposium, which brought together presentations on the Ganga's multi-faceted heritage, threats to its sustenance, and planning initiatives to conserve it.
For full details on the symposium, click here

How Does Iran View The Nuclear Deal?

Posted Fri, 04 Sep 2015

Middle East Expert Behrooz Ghamari-Tabriz  discusses the view from Iran with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain: Click here for the story.  Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi is Interim  Director of CSAMES.

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Posted Wed, 13 Mar 2013

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Updated List of Language Programs

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2012

Click and to see the CSAMES updated list of language programs.