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Success of Senior Cultural Studies Student Hayal Akarsu

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Senior Cultural Studies student, Hayal Akarsu has been invited to the conference “Europe and the Mediterranean: Inclusion and Diversity” which will be held in Vienna, at the Diplomatic Academy on June 28 2006 and is organized by the Austrian Institute for International Affairs on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union.

 

 

She is requested to present in Session I“The East and the West: The Role of Perceptions in Euro-Mediterranean Relations” in the context of the following topic: “Religion, culture and identity”. Her travel and accommodation expenses are provided by organizers. Papers from the conference will be published as a book. You can find the conference program below.      

 

We congratulate her for her achievement and wish her success in her further studies.

 

 

 

Europe and the MEDITERRANEAN:

 

Inclusion and Diversity

 

June 28, 2006

 

Diplomatic Academy Vienna  

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

                          Welcome - dinner for:

 

Speakers, the representatives of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and of the OIIP (Austrian Institute for International Affairs)

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 28

 

 

                          Coffee and registration

 

 

                          Welcome

 

 

                          Key note address: 

 

“Return of the Eastern Question?”

 

Clash of Civilizations or the Clash of Ignorance?

 

DAN DINER (HEBREW UNIVERSITY, DUBNOW INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEIPZIG)

 

 

                          Session I   

 

                                   The East and the West,

 

The role of perceptions in Euro-Mediterranean relations

 

-Mutual perceptions and images (Orientalism versus Occidentalism)

 

 GEORGE JOFFE ( KINGS COLLEGE / LONDON UNIVERSITY)

 

-The role of Media

 

  KARIM EL-GAWHARI (CORRESPONDENT OF THE AUSTRIAN

 

  BROADCASTING CORPORATION / CAIRO)

 

-Religion, culture and identity

 

  HAYAL AKARSU (SABANCI UNIVERSITY / ISTANBUL) 

 

                                    Discussion  

 

 

                          Coffee-Break 

 

 

 

 

                          Session II

 

                                   Muslim communities in Europe

 

                                   -Migrant communities and their role in Euro-Mediterranean relations

 

                                     AMEL BOUBEKEUR (RESEARCH FELLOW AT CEPS /

 

  BRUSSELS (CENTER EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES)               -The role of women in Muslim communities

 

 PATRICK HAENNI (INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP /   

 

  BEIRUT

 

                                   -Antisemitism and Islamophobia  

 

                                     MATTI BUNZL ( UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-

 

  CHAMPAIGN)

 

  Discussion

 

                                   

 

                          Lunch-Break

 

 

 

                          Session III                   

 

                                   The debate on political reforms and democracy in the Southern

 

Mediterranean          

 

                                   -Political Islam and Islamist terrorism against democracy?

 

 DIA RASHWAAN ( AL-AHRAM CENTER FOR POLITICAL AND

 

 STRATEGIC STUDIES / CAIRO)

 

-Democracy in the Middle East, European and American approaches

 

 YAHYA SADOWSKI ( AMERICAN UNIVERSITY / BEIRUT)  

 

                                   - Strange bed fellows? Arab Reform and the Role of the West

 

                                    ALEXANDER FLORES (HOCHSCHULE BREMEN)

 

 

 

                                    Discussion

 

                                   

 

                          Coffee-Break                           

 

 

                          Session IV

 

                                    Turkey and Europe               

 

                                   - Turkey’s role in Euro-Mediterranean relations

 

  UDO STEINBACH (DEUTSCHES ORIENTINSTITUT /

  HAMBURG)

- Turkey between modernity and tradition

 

  BINNAZ TOPRAK ( BOSPHORUS UNIVERSITY / ISTANBUL)

 

                                   -Islam and democracy

 

                                     WILLIAM HALE (SOAS / LONDON)                   

 

                                     Discussion

 

 

                          Invitation to:

 

Cultural evening program 

 

International Buffet, accompanied by the sounds of

 

                                   the music band: AORA (Austrian-Turkish-Egyptian-Indian)

 

 

                          End of Conference

 

 

 

 

Organised by the Austrian Institute for International Affairs - OIIP in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.