Central and West Asia and Diasporas Research Network Conference Program, Berlin, 23-25 July 2018

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The Central and West Asia and Diasporas Research Network (CWADRN)’s second international conference (#cwadrn2) brings together leading scholars, writers, filmmakers, artists and community workers with expertise in and direct experience of contemporary and historical issues affecting Central and West Asia and the region’s diasporas.

CWADRN2 is hosted by the Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM) at Humboldt University, Berlin, and supported by Monash Asia Institute.

Conference Program:

23 July, 9:00am-1:40pm: Mohrenstraße 41, 10117 Berlin

23 July, 2:00pm – 25 July, 7:30pm: The Auditorium, Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin

Monday 23 July

9:00-9:50am Room 211: Registration, morning tea

9:50am Room 311: Welcome

10:00-11:15am Room 311: Keynote address: Adania Shibli, Birzeit University: ‘Movement of Words: Relationships between humans, words and books in Palestine, before and after 1948′ (Chair: Kifah Hanna)

11:30am-1:00pm Room 311: Panel 1: Affect, Cartography, Image Construction (Chair: Refqa Abu-Remaileh, Freie Universität Berlin/EUME Fellow)

Micaela Sahhar, University of Melbourne: ‘Re-calculating Reconciliation: the myth of inverse affective symmetries in Israeli-Palestinian relations’

Sary Zananiri, Monash University: ‘Indigeneity and Transgression’

Nima Esmailpour, Concordia University: ‘Petroleum. Simulacrum. Militarium: Trace through the Oil in Iranian Modern and Contemporary Art’

1:00-1:40pm Room 211: Lunch

1:40pm Walk to The Auditorium, Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1

2:00-3:30pm Panel 2: Mobilities, Hospitality, Moral Geographies (Chair: Omar Bortolazzi)

Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Humboldt University: ‘Being Muslim abroad: Mapping moral geographies of Tajiks’ migration to the Gulf’

Zoe Holman, University of Melbourne/SOAS: ‘In the middle of the earth—Mediterranean narratives of displacement, culture and hospitality from the so-called “refugee crisis” in Greece’

Anton Nikolotov, Humboldt University: ‘Time-Spaces of Alms: moral economies of Lyuli alms seekers in Moscow’

3:30-4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:00-5:30pm Panel 3: Blurred Boundaries: Language, Imagination, Embodiment

(Chair: Dorit Klebe)

Tasneem Suhrawardy, University of Delhi: ‘Significance and Impact of Migration of Central Asians to the Mughal Empire’

Kiran Sunar, University of British Columbia/Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt: ‘Spatial Inter-Dependencies and the Female Body: Re-Imagining the “Foreign” in the Early Modern’

Ruchika Ranwa, Jawaharlal Nehru University: ‘Contextualizing Dance as Heritage: An analysis of the roles of state and society in socio-political constructions of Kalbeliya dance’

5:45-6:45pm Slavs and Tatars: Lecture-performance: ‘The Transliterative Tease

(Chair: Mohammad Salemy)

7:00-8:20pm Dinner with Yektan TürkyılmazEUME Fellow 2017-21: ‘Armenians on Records: Music Production from Homeland to Diasporas’ (Chair: Alia Mossallam, EUME Fellow 2017/18)                                                                                        


Tuesday 24 July

9:15-10:00am Registration, morning tea

10:00-12:00 Round Table: Creativity, Solidarity, Refuge (Chair: Meltem Ince Yenilmez)

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University/EUME Fellow 2016-21, author of We crossed a bridge and it trembled: Voices from Syria

Yasmine Merei, founder of Women for Common Spaces

Çağlar Yiğitoğulları, actor, writer

Sulafa Hijazi, artist, writer, director

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:30pm Panel 4: Conflict, Belonging, Memory (Chair: Micaela Sahhar)

Kifah Hanna, Trinity College, Hartford: ‘Memory, Queerness, and the Cosmopolitan’

Arththi Sathananthar, University of Leeds: ‘Fabulation and Fabrication: Constructing Home in Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone

2:30-3:00pm Afternoon tea

3:00-5:00pm Panel 5: Sound, Silence, Love (Chair: Manja Stephan-Emmrich)

Dorit Klebe, Berlin University of the Arts: ‘Tracing the construction of musical cultures and identities among German-Turkish communities’

Masoud Hasanzada, musician, poet

Behrooz Moosavi, musician, producer

Sara Bigdeli Shamloo, composer/producer, vocalist/songwriter

Siavash Amini, instrumentalist and producer

5:30-7:00pm Screening: Reṣeba: The Dark Wind, directed by Hussein Hassan, produced by Mehmet Aktaş, screenplay by Aktaş and Hassan

7:10-9:00pm Dinner with guest speakers (Chair: Zeynep Türkyılmaz and Guevara Namer)

Mehmet Aktaş, filmmaker: ‘Filmmaking in a war zone’

Melav Bari, Gesellschaft Ezidischer AkademikerInnen: ‘Rape as a weapon of war and its consequences for the Yazidis’

Zeynep Türkyılmaz, EUME Fellow 2017/18: ‘Once again Refugees? Rethinking the History of Ezidis’ Forced Migration and Displacement’

Saeed Qasim Sulaiman, human rights activist and advocate for the protection of the Yazidi community and other persecuted minorities: ‘Yazidi responses to Reṣeba


Wednesday 25 July

9:15-10:00am Registration, morning tea

10:00-12:00 Panel 6: Crisis, Identification, Audibility (Chair: Niels Uhlendorf)

Amjed Al-Masaoodi, University of Western Australia: ‘Iraq’s decline: from regional power to disrupted state’

Meltem Ince Yenilmez, Yasar University: ‘Forced Migration in the Middle East: The Palestinian and Syrian Refugee Experience’

Charlotte Bank, Independent Scholar: ‘The Making of a Diaspora: Recently Displaced Syrian Artists’

Shahram Entekhabi and Asieh Salimian, artists/curators: ‘Tehran Contemporary’

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:30pm Panel 7: Social Mobilities, Communality, Cosmopolitanism (Chair: Zoe Holman)

Yuk-Chui Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University: ‘The path to become a “globalized affluent trader”: The Sephardi Jewish diaspora from Baghdad to Shanghai in the late 19th century’

Omar Bortolazzi, American University in Dubai: ‘The making of the Shiite middle- and upper/entrepreneurial class in Lebanon’

Niels Uhlendorf, Leuphana University Lüneburg: ‘Pressures of self-optimization in the context of migration: Iranian immigrants in Germany between familial expectations of social advancement and demands of neoliberal meritocracy’

2:30-3:00pm Afternoon tea

3:00-4:15pm Panel 8: Family, Fantasy, Reality (Chair: Sary Zananiri)

Maryam Palizban: ‘Family Life and the Cultural History of Horrors: The Case of Iranian Cinema 1979-1989’

Mazda Moradabbasi Fouladi, University of New South Wales: ‘Child-centred melodramas in Iranian cinema: an exploratory study of literary aspects’

4:20-5:00pm CWADRN members’ meeting

5:15-6:20pm ScreeningBreakfast with Dinosaurs + Q&A with director Shahram Entekhabi(Chair: Charlotte Bank)

6:30-7:15pm Screening: Nothing Has Ever Happened Here + Q&A with director Ayat Najafi(Chair: Charlotte Bank)

7:15pm Conference close