Elsewhere at Harvard

2015 Dec 14

China Humanities (Mahindra/Fairbank): Becoming a Poet in Early Medieval China: The Possibilities of Intertextuality

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Wendy Swartz, Rutgers University

Intertextuality lies at the heart of reading and writing practices in early medieval China. Reading and writing well meant demonstrating a command of the textual tradition and cultural codes, and the ability to appropriate them in a range of situations. Intertextuality thus constituted a condition of writing as well as a mode of reading. In particular, from the third to the fifth century, the Chinese literati drew extensively from a set of philosophical classics, namely the Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Yijing (later...

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2015 Dec 07

Fairbank Center: Chinese Religions Workshop: Digging up the Chinese Dead: Finding and Theorizing Displacement in Death

10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

CGIS-S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Digging up the Chinese Dead: Finding and Theorizing Displacement in Death
Chinese Religions Workshop, December 7, 2015

If care of the dead is firmly tied...

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2015 Dec 03

CMES: Film Screening: The Lemon Tree (2008) - Discussion with Roger Owen

3:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

The Lemon Tree (2008)
A film by Eran Riklis and Ira Riklis.
Set in the West Bank, where Palestinian widow Salma Zidane (Hiam Abbass) tends her lemon grove. However, when the Israeli Defense Minister moves in across the way, his security guards demand she removes the trees, which could shelter terrorists. Refusing to bow down, she engages lawyer Ziad Daud (Ali Suliman) to take her case to the Supreme Court, which brings international attention. (106 minutes)

Following the film, there will be a discussion led...

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2015 Dec 03

CMES: Teachers into Ministers: A History of Public Education and Regime Stability in the Middle East

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Fainsod Room, Littauer Bldg, Room 324

The Middle East Initiative presents

Hilary Kalisman
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Visiting Scholar of Middle East Studies, Brown University

Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kenned School Read...

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2016 Mar 24

CES: The European Neighborhood Policy is Dead - Long Live the European Neighborhood Policy! The EU and the Southern Mediterranean after the Arab Spring

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Adolphus Busch Hall, Cabot Room

For more than a decade, the European Union (EU) has been pursuing its European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in response to the many political and socio-economic challenges, crises and conflicts that afflict the Maghreb and Mashreq and thus what the EU considers to be its 'southern neighborhood'. The recent review of the ENP, the second within four years, raises fundamental questions with regard to the applicability, appropriateness and sustainability of EU foreign policy initiatives, but also with respect to the EUs ability to adjust to ever evolving developments within as well as beyond its...

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2016 Mar 04

CES: Electoral Coordination, Legislative Cohesion, and the Rise of the Modern Mass Party: The Limits of Majoritarian Representation in Germany, 1890‐1918

2:15pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Adolphus Busch Hall, Cabot Room
Explanations for the introduction of proportional representation (PR) in the first quarter of the 20th century focus primarily on parties’ expected losses of seats. We challenge the underlying presumption that parties can be treated as unitary actors. Instead, we argue that absolute majority rule (MR) in place in most Western European countries before the switch to PR did not threaten established parties’ electoral success, but their legislative cohesion. *Please note: There will be no presentation at this seminar. Attendees are expected to read a...
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2016 Mar 01

CES: The Rights of Migrants: Europe’s Migrant Crisis from a Normative Point of View

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Adolphus Busch Hall, Lower Level Conference Room
The current European migration crisis brings back memories of earlier population movements on the continent, particularly the massive migrations following the end of the Second World War. These events raise fundamental normative questions for Europe. Has Europe learned from its past own past to express solidarity with those fleeing war? Will it live up to its international commitments? Can it maintain its policy of open internal borders in the face of this crisis? Can it integrate muslim refugees into its population without producing a massive...
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