04 February 2015 at 12:00
February 4, 2015 12:oo pm - 1:15pm, Building 260, Room 216 Zrinka Stahuljak (University of California, Los Angeles) "The Aesthetics of Translation: Approaching the Mediterranean from the Burgundian-Flemish Perspective”
11 February 2015 at 16:00
Ana Bravo Gomez (University of Washington) "Jewish/Converso Food and Racial Profiling in Fifteenth Century Spain"
17 February 2015 at 15:15
This lecture aims to take the participants on a journey along the intricate web of Turkish-American relations. It critically examines the process, during which the relations evolved from those of strangers into an occasionally troubled, yet resilient alliance. Through the extensive use of Turkish, American and British archival documents and numerous private paper and manuscript collections, Turkish-American relations from 1800 to 1952, starting with the earliest contacts and ending with the institutionalization of the alliance after Turkey’s entry into NATO, will be analyzed. The purpose of the lecture is to provide a better understanding of the significant issues pertaining to Turkish-American relations such as the impact of international developments on foreign policy decisions, the role of key figures and organizations in shaping the relations, the interaction of political, economic, cultural and military factors in policy formation and the importance of mutual perceptions in shaping actual relations. The analysis also situates Turkish-American relations in the larger context of diplomatic history, through an evaluation of how the United States’ relations with Turkey fit into the general framework of American foreign policy and also through an examination of the conduct and changing priorities of Turkish foreign policy in this era.
19 February 2015 at 15:15
The Crimean crisis and developments in Ukraine has once again brought the shores of the Black Sea and debates about a resurgent Russia's flexing its muscle into the limelight. In this extremely volatile political context, this public lecture aims to focus on the changing dynamics of Turkish-Russian relations, as well as the energy politics of Eurasia. The current global political economy is characterized by the growing economic interaction of BRICS and near BRICS economies, with emerging powers increasingly exercising greater influence in their neighbouring regions. The growing ties between Turkey and Russia over the past two decades will be critically analyzed in terms of opportunities for cooperation and challenges to the deepening of the strategic partnership. Moreover, the lecture also aims to examine the intricate dynamics of Eurasian energy politics with its broader implications concerning energy security.
19 February 2015 at 19:00
February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm, Bechtel Conference Center (616 Serra Street) Join the Spanish Conductor and multi-instrumentalist for a free lecture and demonstration of Turkish and Iberian musical traditions with musicians Hakan Gungor and Yurdal Tokcan
20 February 2015 at 14:00
February 20, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Encina Central CISAC Central Conference Room Thomas de Waal (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) "Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide" Thomas de Waal is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. He is a writer and analyst on the Caucasus, Russia and the Black Sea region and the author, most recently, of Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (2015). He is also the author of The Caucasus: An Introduction (2010) and of Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (2003, 2013), the authoritative book on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, which has been translated into Armenian, Azeri, Russian and Turkish. In the 1990s de Waal worked as a newspaper journalist in Moscow, specializing in Russian politics and events in Chechnya. With Carlotta Gall, he wrote Chechnya, A Small Victorious War, (1997). De Waal has also worked as a radio journalist for the BBC and for the NGOs, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Conciliation Resources. He studied Russia and Modern Greek at Oxford University.
26 February 2015 at 12:00
February 26, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm, Encina Hall Ground Floor Conference Room E008 Paul Amar (University of California, Santa Barbara) "Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism Paul Amar will discuss his book The Security Archipelago, winner of the 2014 Charles Taylor Book Award of the American Political Science Association. The book provides an alternative historical and theoretical framing of the refashioning of free-market states and the rise of humanitarian security regimes in the Global South by examining the pivotal, trendsetting cases of Brazil and Egypt. Addressing gaps in the study of neoliberalism and biopolitics, Amar describes how coercive security operations and cultural rescue campaigns confronting waves of resistance have appropriated progressive, antimarket discourses around morality, sexuality, and labor. Homing in on Cairo and Rio de Janeiro, Amar reveals the innovative resistances and unexpected alliances that have coalesced in new polities emerging from the Arab Spring and South America's Pink Tide. These have generated a shared modern governance model that he terms the "human-security state."