The European Empires and the Hajj

As the European powers expanded their territorial control over the Islamic world, their methods of imperial and colonial governance led them to engage with a variety of Islamic religious practices. One of the most important of these was the Hajj. From the mid-nineteenth century to the era of decolonization, hundreds of thousands of Muslim subjects in the European empires travelled to the Hijaz to perform this important religious ritual.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Youngmin Kim Lecture: "Mobilitiy of Humanities and the Ethics of Transnational Othering in Korea"

Professor Youngmin Kim is widely published on the topicis of poetry, poetics, and transnationalism, with special focus on British and Irish literature, and Irish and Scottish Romanticism. As President of the influential English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) in 2012, he organized the ELAK International Conference, "Border, Translation, and What Then?" He is the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of English Language and Literature sponsored by the Korean National Research Foundation.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Land and Land Use Rights in China

Calum Turvey, Agricultural Finance, reveals how Chinese farmers might respond if the Chinese government legalized the purchase and sale of land use rights to boost rural development and support urbanization. Based on his paper published in the Journal of Comparative Economics, Turvey examines how livelihood choices, labor substitution, market infrastructure, a lack of property right protections, entrepreneurship, bureaucracy and political will would influence a land use rights program.

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

CMS: “Religious Slaughter Politics in Europe: Working with both the Muslim and Jewish Communities”

Religious slaughter of animals, circumcision, and the wearing of clothing that signals one’s religious identity are all being challenged in western society. The first of these challenges to the Muslim and Jewish communities is often framed politically as a conflict between good animal welfare and religious freedoms. It is always a difficult balancing act to determine the appropriate borders of religious freedom, but this certainly becomes harder for minority communities in Europe and Australasia when the scientific community misuses science to further personal and political agendas.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

CMS: “Writing Popular Biography – The Case of the Infamous Ottoman Concubine Roxelana”

What is it like to write a biography of someone about whom there is not much concrete evidence, but an abundance of innuendo and blame? Roxelana, “the Russian woman”, was the slave concubine of the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman I (“the Magnificent”), who freed her and made her his wife. He broke multiple precedents to do so. Known as “Hurrem” among the Ottomans, she was blamed for Suleyman’s most controversial acts, while at the same time she was a great patron of charitable foundations built across the empire.

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 2:30pm