Events in UCIS

Thursday, January 25

12:30 pm Lecture
Muslim Internationalism and Pan-Islamic Ideas During the Cold War
Sociology Colloquium Room, Posvar Hall 2431
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh
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The Colloquium discusses the origins of contemporary Islamist narratives of world order in the global Cold War context of the 1970s and 1980s. Prof. Aydin argues that the political movement of Islamism emerged as a transnational ideological movement only in the last two decades of the cold war. Both anti-Western Islamism and Islamophobic discourses in the West carry the characteristics of the Cold War ideological battles. Islamism carries the formative influence of universalist claims and double standards of cold war ideological rivalries. Modern Pan-Islamic narratives, he argues, are modern constructs that emerged in the intertwined crisis of the cold war and decolonization processes. This attention to Cold War can also help us better understand how an imagined Muslim world began to be depicted as the new enemy of the West in Islamophobic ideologies after the Cold war.

Lunch provided
*Attendees are encouraged to read the colloquium materials ahead of the event. They may be requested by writing to Prof. Mohammed Bamyeh at

The Islamicate Studies Working Group consists of faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh who are exploring the prospects of building an academic program for the study of the Muslim World. Its members come from the Dietrich School’s departments of English; History; Linguistics; Religious Studies; and Sociology; as well as from the Law School; the School of Education; and staff members from the Library and Global Studies, and it incorporates visiting postdoctoral fellows faculty members.

3:00 pm Information Session
Uganda Field Seminar & Internship- summer 2018
rm. 3800 posvar hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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In Summer 2018, you can join this field-based seminar and internship opportunity counting towards your African Studies Program certificate and graduation! Applications are being accepted. Come to the info session on 1/25 at 3PM (grads and undergrads from any school/department). If you are interested in attending, email Kelsey at

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
EUSA Roundtable: “Will the EU Fall Apart?”
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
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Speakers will include: Abe Newman, Frederic Merand, Matthias Matthijs, and Rachel Epstein

Free and open to the Public
-Advanced registration is requested via

Co-sponsored by the European Union Studies Association, European Horizons – Pitt Chapter, and the German American Chamber of Commerce

4:00 pm Information Session
Topic: Temporary Protected Status: Origins, Policy, and Implications of Termination 
CLAS Reception Area!
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas at CLAS/UCIS
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Pizza will be provided.
Sponsored by Panoramas and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) 

4:30 pm Lecture
Biopolitics, Mobility, and the Politics of Migrant Dispersal
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center
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Dr. Tazzioli is a Lecturer in the Geography Department at Swansea University and Visiting Lecturer in Forced Migration at City University of London. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2014), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultian. Her talk will focus on the Political aspects of Migrant Dispersal and the way biopolotics and mobility factor into migration today.

6:00 pm Lecture
Institution Building as Curatorial Practice
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center along with History of Art and Architecture Department as part of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art.
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For many countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, cultural production was historically co-opted by the state in anti-colonial struggles and post-colonial nation building, paving the way for decades of tension between private initiatives and government mechanisms. The situation has changed but hardly for the better, with many states neglecting the financial and infrastructural needs of their country’s cultural landscapes. Yet within this void, the last twenty years have born witness to the flourishing of independent, non-commercial art centers across these zones. In developing an expanded curatorial practice that embraces the institution as form, in contexts where aesthetics and knowledge production often escape Western paradigms, such spaces allow for new understandings of the potential of arts organizations as well as the relationship between art and life.