9/22/16: Reshaping Haunted Nuremberg

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Storrs Campus, Dodd, Konover Auditorium

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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.

Aaron Rosman, 860-486-2271

3/3/16: Modern Islamophobia: Muslims in Europe and the U.S.

Mehnaz Afridi
Mehnaz Afridi, Assistant Professor of Religion, Manhattan College

UConn and the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut invite you to a community conversation featuring:

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 3 – 5 pm
Where: UConn School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room
1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but RSVP is required:

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).

For more on Dr. Alfridi’s journey, hear her tell her story in this video.

Sponsored by UConn Global AffairsJFactUConn School of Social Work.

Generous funding provided by the UConn Zachs Fund for Holocaust Education. 

1/26/16: Resettling Syrian Refugees in the United States

Join us for a dialogue with Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Haven.

Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

The dialogue will be followed by a reception.

Open to the public.

Resettling Syrian Refugees in the US

Co-sponsored by UConn Global Affairs, Human Rights Institute, Middle East Studies, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

1/28/16: Muslim Women, Veiling, and Human Rights

What is Veiling, Sahar Amer
What is Veiling, by Sahar Amer Image: UNC 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.

Questions? Contact UConn Literatures, Cultures and Languages

3/12 – 3/14/16: International Conference on Cross Cultural Encounters (ICCCE 2016)

12-14 March, 2016, in Cairo, Egypt

Under the patronage of: English Language & Literature Department, Faculty of Arts, Alexnadria University, Egypt

Important Dates
Submission: 15 January, 2016 (possible extension)
Notification: Within 4 weeks
Camera Ready: 01 March, 2016
Registration: 01 Feb, 2016

Venue: Intercontinental CityStars Hotel

Call for Papers: 

We seek novel paper submissions to be presented or posted (as a poster paper) in ICCCE’2016 with topics broadly including, but not limited to (themes sorted alphabetically):

(for detailed list,

  •  Coercion and exploitation
  •  Comparative analyses of humanitarian responses
  •  Comparative imagology and representations of the Other in literature, film, song and other media
  •  Cultural identity
  •  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 identity
  •  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.

Submission link :

Reviewing Process: Each submitted paper will be blindly reviewed by at least two members of an international program committee with appropriate expertise.

11/16/15: “Speak Out” on the Syria Refugee Emergency

Speak Out Syria Refugee

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