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Workshop: « Prospects and Challenges for Canadian Research in Middle East and Islamic Studies post 9/11 ». Start Date: Friday afternoon, November 4, 2005 End Date: Sunday, November 6, 2005. Locations: University of Toronto.
This three-day workshop will, for the first time, bring in contact with
each other an entire generation of young international scholars of Middle
East and Islamic studies at Canadian Universities from Simon Fraser to
Dalhousie. The workshop is hosted by Jens Hanssen at the Departments of
Near and Middle East Civilizations and History at the University of
Toronto (UofT) and Historical Studies at UT Misssissauga, in collaboration
with the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies, the Center for
Diaspora and Transnational Studies and the Center for the Study of the
United States at UofT. Amal Ghazal (Dalhousie/UofT) and Thomas Kühn (Simon
Fraser) are his co-organizers. The workshop takes place at UofT from
Friday, November 4 to Sunday November 6, 2005. These dates situate the
workshop appropriately between the "Academic Freedom - Post 9/11"
conference organized by the Harry Crowe Foundation in Toronto on October
28-30, 2005, and the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association
of North America (MESA) held in Washington D.C. on November 19-22, 2005.
In the last four years there has been an unprecedented expansion at
Canadian Universities in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies.
Canadian Universities have attracted over twenty-five new academic hires
from Canada, the US, the Middle East and Europe. This expansion reflects
the growing significance and importance of this field in light of recent
immigration from the Middle East, issues regarding the place of religion
in Canadian society as well as public interest and anxiety about the
nature of Islam. After September 11, 2001 and again after the bombings in
London this summer, our field of expertise has found itself in the
limelight of media attention and in high demand to explain, mediate and
advocate. As international academics few of us are fully prepared to
individually meet these urgent challenges for Canada and no collective
stocktaking of Canadian Middle East research and expertise has ever taken
place. At the same time, the academic study of the Middle East and Islam
has come under unprecedented attacks from pressure groups outside the
university after September 11, 2001. This has raised the issue of the
threat of 'counter-terrorism', the autonomy of universities and academic
freedom, more particularly in the US. This worrying trend also challenges
Canadian academia to assume a leadership role in upholding academic
integrity in research and teaching the Middle East and Islam. A weekend of
brainstorming, critical reflection and policy- and research-agenda
formulations will yield an urgently needed inventory of the strengths and
weaknesses of our field as well as of long-term understanding and future
strategies of higher education in Canada.
Workshop details and all updates will be posted on the CANMES website:
canmes.concordia.ca (no www.)
History/Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.