Schedule Fall 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Seminar: 12:50 pm
Location: 1D63

Eric Schluessel, Assistant Professor of Chinese History and Politics, University of Montana
A Colonial Muslim History of Chinese Central Asia: Revisiting Sayrāmī's Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī
Moderator: Max Oidtmann, Georgetown University Qatar

Abstract:
The Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī of Mullah Mūsa Sayrāmī (1836-1917) is celebrated as a monument of Uyghur literature and the preeminent Muslim history of nineteenth-century Xinjiang (East Turkestan). Sayrāmī's work is also a layered, polyvocal text, and one that bears rereading through different analytical approaches. Its central contention is that Sayrāmī's work presents a colonial text, one that is both concerned with a situation of dominance by external forces and a product of the peculiar cultural context that emerges in such situations. However, it is a colonial text not from a Euro-American context, but from a Chinese one. This talk will explore the Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī both in terms of its interaction with other Muslim and Chinese sources and as a colonial, transcultural text that advances insightful observations of Chinese power and new theories about its workings.

Bio:
PhD Harvard, 2016; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2019-2020; Author of a forthcoming book on the history of Uyghur’s in nineteenth-century Qing China. An expert on Turkic Muslim legal and religious culture in Central Asia.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Seminar: 12:50
Location: 0A13

John Lyndon, Global Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace and Research Fellow at King’s College LondonRe-Learning how Societies Transform and Conflicts End: Investing in Long-Term Social and Political Change in Israel/Palestine
Moderator: Rory Miller

Abstract:
For almost thirty years, peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine has been pursued as a top-down, elite-driven strategy. At its outset, it capitalized on various social, economic and political trends—both locally and internationally—that were advantageous to conflict resolution. Over that time, however, many of these trends have slowed or reversed, as more disruptive and extreme actors have done the gradual, bottom-up work that historically shape societies over the long term. Though the goals of such actors are often far-fetched, messianic or irrational, they have largely operated with a cold pragmatic realism, and tactical discipline. Simultaneously, groups whose goals are sensible, rational and practical, have pursued those aims without a clear strategy to incrementally achieve success, with a naivety about social change and human nature that belies their self-perception as the “rational actors” in this paradigm. What can be learnt from the work of groups who have successfully disrupted their vision? How have successful conflict resolution exercises in other regions harnessed the bottom-up theory of change to shape attitudes and events over the long term, and how can Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers as well as the international community change course, so as to provide the next generation with the variables required for an end-of-conflict agreement?

Bio:
John Lyndon’s expertise lies in conflict resolution and not-for-profit leadership. He became the founding European Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace in April 2018, opening its office in Paris, before taking the role of Global Executive Director in August 2019. Prior to this, John served as Executive Director of OneVoice Europe (OVE) from 2009-2018, establishing it as one of the leading voices on Israel/Palestine in the UK, mounting events in the Houses of Parliament, the European Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly. In this time, John also co-designed several highly effective and visible campaigns in both Israel and Palestine, training hundreds of young volunteers and chairing joint meetings between Israeli and Palestinian civil society activists. Prior to his time at the helm of OneVoice, John ran Ethiopiaid Ireland, and has written and worked extensively on international affairs and conflict resolution for over a decade, appearing in media outlets such as the BBC, CNN, France 24 and Sky News. He has written for The Independent, Newsweek, and TIME Magazine. He holds a BA in English Literature and History from University College Dublin, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sheffield, where he won the 2007 Bethan Reeves Prize for his research on the Middle East. A former member of the Under 35s Steering Committee at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, John is also a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London.

Sunday, October 27, 2019
ECON Talk
: 1 - 2:15 pm
Location: 0A13

Dimitrios Xefteris, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Cyprus
Electoral Institutions and Intraparty Cohesion
Moderator: Alexis Antoniadis

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Seminar: 5:00 pm
Location: 0A13

Dr. Eleanore Hargreaves, Reader in Learning and Pedagogy, Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment, Institute of Education (IOE), University College of London (UCL)
Employers’ perceptions of the Arabic Language Competencies and Skills of GUQ Graduates
Moderator: Hany Fazza, Georgetown University Qatar

Abstract:
In this talk, Dr. Hargreaves –as a PI in this project –will share and discuss with the audience the key findings and recommendations of this research study.

Background:
This research project aims to identify employers’ perceptions of the Arabic language competencies and skills they would like Georgetown University in Qatar (GUQ) graduates to have and their needs as regards the Arabic language competencies and skills they would like these graduates to have. In addition, it will make these perceptions and needs of the employers available to the GUQ Arabic language department leadership and instructors so that they would benefit from them for the program future improvement. It will aim to contribute to fill the gap in the literature and to recommend further research in this specific area. This research project has adopted a mixed-method approach. It has collected both qualitative and quantitative data using interviews and a questionnaire. It has adopted a thematic analysis for analyzing qualitative data and statistical analysis to analyze the quantitative data. Its findings and recommendations will be disseminated in Qatar and internationally in both professional and academic conferences. The research team are also planning to write and publish journal articles and book chapters using the findings and recommendations. Bio: Eleanore Hargreaves is Reader in Learning and Pedagogy at University College London (UCL), Institute of Education. She leads the MA Effective Learning and Teaching. Her research focuses on the experiences of pupils inside classrooms and how these influence learning and well-being. Her most recent publication is the SAGE book entitled Children’s experiences of classrooms and she was also co-author of The SAGE handbook of learning in 2015. She has worked in Egypt, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Pakistan and Qatar.

Bio:
Eleanore Hargreaves is Reader in Learning and Pedagogy at University College London (UCL), Institute of Education. She leads the MA Effective Learning and Teaching. Her research focuses on the experiences of pupils inside classrooms and how these influence learning and well-being. Her most recent publication is the SAGE book entitled Children’s experiences of classrooms and she was also co-author of The SAGE handbook of learning in 2015. She has worked in Egypt, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Pakistan and Qatar.