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WOCMES 2010 - World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

July 19th – 24th 2010, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain

After the highly successful experiences of the two previous WOCMES meetings held in Mainz (Germany) in 2002 Link and in Amman (Jordan) in 2006 Link, WOCMES Barcelona 2010 Link will bring this unique event within the Mediterranean region.
The conference is organised by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Government of Catalonia.


ZMO at WOCMES 2010

Panel Microcosms and the Practices of the Local

organized by Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO) and chaired by Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

with papers by a. o.:
- Marc David Baer (ZMO): Dönme architecture in Ottoman Salonika: Microcosm of urban transformation in the Ottoman Empire and expression of local Islam
- Britta Frede: Practices of the Local and Tribal Microcosms: The Tijani Revival Movement of Ibrahim Niasse and the Idaw Ali tribe in Mauritania
- Katharina Lange (ZMO): A Place in Time - Genealogy and the Production of Locality in Rural Northern Syria


Panel The politics of amnesia and cultural production in the Middle East (P I)

organized by Dr. Sonja Hegasy (ZMO) and chaired by Prof. Bettina Dennerlein (University of Zurich)

with papers by a. o.:
- Alia Mossallam (London School of Economics and Political Science): Remembering Otherwise: The Aswan high-dam through Nubian lyrics
- Andrea Fischer-Tahir (ZMO): Remembrance, Amnesia, and the Journalistic Field: Narrations of 9 April 2003 in Iraqi Newspapers
- Karin Mlodoch (ZMO): Anfal surviving women in Kurdistan-Iraq: The struggle for agency and new life perspectives against traditional gender roles and Kurdish national victimhood discourses
- Sophie Wagenhofer (ZMO): The Jewish Museum in Casablanca - memory and forgetting


Panel The politics of amnesia and cultural production in the Middle East (P II)

organized and chaired by Dr. Sonja Hegazy (ZMO)

with papers, a. o.:
- Bettina Dennerlein: Memory and Identity. National Reconciliation and Gendered Subjectivities in Algeria and Morocco
- Norman Nikro: I Confess. Memory, History, Trans-Subjectivity in Lebanese/Arab Cultural Production
- Makram Rabah: Civil War and Amnesia in Post-war Lebanon. Difficulties and challenges doing research in Dahiyeh


Panel Muslim worlds - World of Islam? Dynamics of reform: historical and biographical dimensions

organized and chaired by Dr. Kai Kresse (ZMO)

with papers, a. o.:
- Dietrich Reetz (ZMO): The global scholar: the Alim degree course in Deoband and its transfer around the world
- Dyala Hamzah (ZMO): Professionalization as nexus of reform and self-reform. A Pan-Islamist and a Pan-Arabist in light of their life trajectories
- Patrick Desplat: Reform and Resistance in Everyday Life: Perspectives from Ethiopia


Panel Muslim worlds - World of Islam? Dynamics of reform: historical and biographical dimensions (PII)

organized by Dr. Kai Kresse (ZMO) and chaired by Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

with papers, a. o.:
- Chanfi Ahmed (ZMO): For the Saudi's Kingdom or for the Umma? Encounters between ulama from sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Middle East in the Dar al-Hadith in Medina (early 20th century)
- Hassan Mwakimako (University of Nairobi): Muslim and Reform in the Lamu archipelago (Kenya): the Madrasa Haniffiya and the legacy of Ustadh Harith Swaleh
- Scott Reese (Northern Arizona University): “Who could not but Love the Saints?” The evolution of an Adeni Salafism 1930-1935


Panel (Hyper) Realities on Stage in the Arab Gulf

organized by PD Dr. Katrin Bromber (ZMO), Prof. Birgit Krawietz (Berlin), Dr. Christian Steiner (Mainz), Dr. Steffen Wippel (ZMO)
and chaired by: Dr. Benjamin Zachariah (ZMO)

The panel focuses on postmodern urban development in the Arab Gulf. Large-scale waterfront and infrastructure projects, theme parks, gated communities, the commodification of heritage, innovations in architecture and style and new practices of
urban experience characterise the Gulf cities of the 21st century. According to postmodern theories, many of these projects can be interpreted as a kind of hyperrealities that often lack historical and cultural embeddedness. Whereas the return on investment of many of these development projects will be contested, their global impact on collective imagery and location branding for the dawning post-oil era is not.
Against this background, the question arises of the role the mentioned projects are going to play for the future social, cultural and economic development of the region. The panel invited papers that contribute to a theoretically informed interpretation of the materiality, meaning or aesthetics of postmodern phenomena that address these issues.

with papers by:
- Denis Bocquet (Dresden/Berlin): Transport Infrastructures and the Risk of Splintering Urbanism: The Dubai Metro Project and the Stakes of Modernity in a Gulf City
- Katrin Bromber (ZMO): Simulated Difference – Serial Reproduction of Architecture
through Sports
- Luca Ciabarri (Halle/Pavia): Dubai style: The Resonances of Gulf’s Grandeur along
the Trading Link Dubai-Somaliland
- Delfina Serrano (Madrid/Abu Dhabi): The Raha Beach Waterfront Project in Abu Dhabi
- Christian Steiner (Mainz): Simulated Urbanity: The Hyperrealisation of Urban Development in Dubai
- Steffen Wippel (Berlin/Leipzig): Between Reality and Hyperreality: Port and Tourism
Development in Oman (with Special Reference to Salalah)


Panel Being a good Muslim. Comparative perspectives on the contested fields of religious and moral propriety

organized and chaired by Dr. Samuli Schielke (ZMO)

with papers, a. o.:
- Tea Virtanen (Uppsala University): “Islam and good practice: Constructing indigenous Muslim identity in Cameroon”
- Pekka Tuominen (University of Helsinki) “Constructions of Muslim spaces in the Beyo’lu district of Istanbul”
- Henri Onodera (University of Helsinki): “Many routes from transference: On youthful despairs and cognitive acts of ‘doing good’ in Egypt”


Panel 9113- Regards Croisés sur la Migration

with papers:
- Dalila Nadi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany): “La Migration Chinoise en Algérie et Vice Versa : Les Nouveaux Flux de la Globalisation par le bas”
- Hiroshi Kojima (Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University, Japan): “Determinants of Islamic Religiosity among Muslim Immigrants in Japan and Europe”
- Sophie Servais (Chercheuse indépendante, Coordinatrice de projet): “Migrations de confort et confort dans la migration : immigrés en Turquie et immigrés de Turquie. Anthropologie comparative”
- Stéphane Valter (Université du Havre, France): “Théorie et pratique du mariage mixte en islam: réflexion sur l'identité et la citoyenneté à partir des cas syrien et français”