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Renowned art historian, Dr. Pnina Rosenberg from The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), will present “Reshaping Haunted Nuremberg: From the City of Nazi Party Rallies to the Street of Human Rights” on September 22 at 5:00pm in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s Konover Auditorium. Dr. Rosenberg’s lecture will provide insights about the transformation of the city of Nuremberg, which held special significance in Nazi Germany as the site of monumental Nazi Party rallies. A set of laws, known as the “Nuremberg Laws” after the place where they were passed at a Nazi Party convention in 1935, became the legal foundation for the persecution of so-called “non-Aryans” and paved the way for the Holocaust. After Germany’s defeat in 1945, major German political and military functionaries and leaders of the Nazi Party were tried in Nuremberg in several international tribunals collectively known as the Nuremberg Trials.
In responding to this history, today’s Nuremberg has transformed many of these locations into educational and memorial sites with the intention of promoting human rights culture. Every other year, the city of Nuremberg bestows “The Nuremberg International Human Rights Award” upon a worthy organization working in the field of human rights. In 2000, Nuremberg was the first municipality world-wide to receive the UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education.
Sponsored by UConn Global Affairs, UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi is an assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College, she teaches courses about Islam and the Holocaust, and is director of the college’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. Dr. Afridi is a Pakistani-born Muslim who devotes her energies to documenting the Nazi decimation of European Jewry and how it relates to other faiths, especially her own. She is a member of the ethics and religion committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and her first book Shoah Through Muslim Eyes was published in December 2015 (Academic Studies Press).
Professor Sahar Amer, University of Sydney
Author of “What is Veiling”
Date: January 28, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm Location: Library Video Theater 2
This talk will focus on several lesser-known aspects of Muslim veiling practices that contribute to the construction of a more balanced and complex understanding of Islamic veiling: Muslim fashion, Muslim beauty pageants, veiled dolls, and progressive interpretations of Islam. Such elements challenge conventional views of Muslim women and remind us that the practice of veiling in Islam is not solely associated with religious convictions or political impositions. Rather, veiling today has become intertwined with global market forces and worldwide economies. By becoming attuned to the multiplicity and complexity of reasons Muslim women veil (or not), we may reconceptualize and expand the very definitions of “choice,” “individuality,” and “human rights.”
Professor Sahar Amer is a specialist in comparative, cross-cultural relations between Arab and Muslim societies and Western cultures from the Middle Ages until today. She has published extensively on gender and sexuality in Arabic and French literature, Franco-Arab and Arab-American postcolonial identities, and Muslim women veiling practices. The main conceptual paradigm underlying her research is the notion of “borders” (cultural, linguistic, historical, and geographic), not as elements of separation and division, but rather as fluid spaces of cultural exchange, adaptation, and collaboration. She is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney.
Comparative imagology and representations of the Other in literature, film, song and other media
Cultures and Sub-cultures
Empire, contact and mobility
English-language translations of literature
Family, children, and migrant mobility
Fiction, film, or nonfictional texts in the study of cross-cultures
Gender, migration, and cross-cultural encounters
History and present of mass mobility
Human rights rhetoric
Identity and Critical theory
Identity and Identifications: theory and methodology
Identity and Memory
Identity and Nationalism
Influences on music, literature or popular culture
Issues of immigration and emigration
Labour, migration and cross-cultural encounters
Literary presentations of culture, politics or literature
Literature and Empowerment
Literature: Space for the Marginalized
Media and Identity
Metaphors of crisis and disaster
Migration, borders, and border securitization
Migration, health, and disability
Minorities and Literature
National and regional governmental responses
Nationality, citizenship, statelessness, documentation, and identity
Public Responses to human mobility
Race, ethnicity and citizenship
Role of imagery, media, social media of mobility and crisis
Role of NGOs and other non-state agents in migration management
Teaching Literature to the Underprivileged
The arts, literature and Identity
The Margin and the Canon
The Margin vs. the Mainstream
The Margin: Negotiating Spaces
The Margin: Spaces within Spaces
The Marginalized in Translation
Ties between literary and political relations in cross-cultures
Voices of the Marginalized
War, migration and cross-cultural contact
Humanities, Cultural Studies, Study of the Language, Poetic Studies, and Literary representation studies are welcomed.
Submission could be in the form of:
1- Abstract (paper not exceeding 300-400 words)
2- Full papers: Prepare your manuscript (maximum 15 pages)
3- Film/Media (needs abstract submission)
Presentation Type: Paper, Abstract. The actual presentation should not exceed 20 minutes, but there is no word limit on the paper to be published.
Date: Monday, November 16, 2015 Time: 1:00-2:00pm Location: Outdoors at the University Seal on Fairfield Way (Between the Library and Rowe CUE)
Speakers will include Mohammed Kadalah (an LCL Ph.D. student from Syria) and Prof. Jeremy Pressman (Political Science & Middle East Studies). Students will speak about projects they are working on related to the emergency.Come listen and learn