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September 2018

The Geopolitics of Conspiracy from Turkey to Trump

September 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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WATC Logo w/ Erdag Goknar

Join Professor Erdağ Göknar in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for our latest installment of Wednesdays at the Center. Professor Göknar will discuss the role of conspiracy as a literary, cultural and political force, with a comparative focus on contemporary Turkey and the Trump presidency. Though the inaccuracies of discourses of conspiracy can be exposed, they nevertheless have political and even electoral or legal outcomes. The talk will present a conceptual map of conspiratorial ideas in the…

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By Hook or by Crook: Understanding China’s Shifting Environmental Policy Landscape

September 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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WATC Logo with Jackson Ewing

In March 2018, China announced its most significant environmental governance reforms of this decade. Coming on the heels of President Xi Jinping securing the possibility of long-term presidential powers, the State Council presented draft plans to consolidate environmental policymaking in the newly formed Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The effectiveness of this new ministry will inform not only China’s environmental future, but also its stability, its socioeconomic ambitions, and global efforts to address environmental challenges. China’s environmental policy landscape has…

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Visualizing the Invisible “Jungle” of Calais

September 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Gallery, 2204 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Visualizing the Invisible “Jungle” of Calais: Migration, Security, and Infrastructure at the French-English Border Opening reception on Septemeber 20th, 2018 at 5pm - 7pm. Eric Leleu is an independent documentary photographer based in Northern France. He began his career as a documentary photographer in Shanghai in 2005, where he lived and worked until 2016. For the past thirteen years, Leleu has documented China’s changing urban landscapes and the way people use, transform, and play with their new and old environments. He…

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The Invisible “Jungle” of Calais: Migration & Photography at the Borders of Europe

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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In 2016, the British funded the construction of a thirteen-foot-high and half-mile-long anti-intrusion barrier in Calais, France. The “Great Wall of Calais”, that cost three million dollars and disfigures the dune landscape surrounding the port, is only one element in a large array of security infrastructures transforming this region over the past fifteen years.  Once more this city is a chokepoint for thousands of migrants; on the front-lines of the debate over those fleeing conflicts in the Middle-East, East and…

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Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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WATC Logo with Omid Safi

Dr. Omid Safi will highlight his new book, Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition (Yale University Press, 2018). The collection brings together sayings from the Qur’an, Hadith and Hadith Qudsi, the poetry of Rumi, Sa’di, Hafez, and stories from ‘Attar, Abu Sa‘id-e Abi ‘l-Khayr, Kharaqani, Sulami, and others. Dr. Safi hopes Radical Love anthologizes Sufi poetry in a way that is both faithful to the original and poetic in translation. Omid Safi is the Director of the Duke Islamic…

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