Oecumene Dialogue January 2012

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues, 

We are very pleased to send you the January edition of Oecumene Dialogues, our monthly newsletter.

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. Event 'Professor Ranabir Samaddar lecture', 7 March 2012, London
  2. Blog 'Chronicle of a non-violent protest: Christmas in Jobat'
  3. Call for papers 'Global Citizenship Studies Handbook' (Deadline 20 March 2012)

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1. Event 'Professor Ranabir Samaddar lecture', 7 March 2012, London

Professor Ranabir Samaddar will visit the Oecumene project at the Open University and will hold a public lecture on 7 March at the Open University Camden Office, London.

Professor Samaddar, Oecumene Advisory Board member and a founder of the CRG and its journal, Refugee Watch, was earlier a professor of South Asia Studies, and subsequently the founder-Director of the Peace Studies Programme at the South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu. To read more about his work, have a look at the profile of Prof. Ranabir Samaddar.

If you would like to attend, please email Oecumene-project@open.ac.uk. Places are limited.

http://www.oecumene.eu/events/professor-ranabir-samaddar-lecture

2. Blog 'Chronicle of a non-violent protest: Christmas in Jobat'

By Alessandra Marino

The decorations are up and the tree is full of colours. More than thirty children have adorned it with painted dried flowers and scraps of paper carrying their wishes for the future. The star does not appear on top, but hangs from one of the tallest branches of the small palm tree that was chosen as a Christmas insignia in the protest camp of Jobat. Here Christmas day marks the 31st day of occupation of government land by adivasis (indigenous people) associated with the NBA that were dispossessed by the Sardar Sarovar and Jobat dams in Madhya Pradesh. A massive project of damming the Narmada River, started in the 1980s, led to the displacement of people from the surrounding valley comprising the district of Alirajpur from 1994 onwards. For many villagers in Madhya Pradesh resettlement still has not taken place.

http://www.oecumene.eu/blog/chronicle-of-a-non-violent-protest-christmas-in-jobat

3. Call for papers 'Global Citizenship Studies Handbook' (Deadline 20 March 2012)

Citizenship Studies is at a crucial moment of globalizing as a field. As part of the Oecumene Research Project (hosted by CCIG), Professors Engin Isin and Peter Nyers are editing a Handbook that will take account of this moment and set a new agenda for the field.

The Handbook will provide state-of-the art analyses of the practices and enactments of citizenship across broad continental regions (Africas, Americas, Asias, Europes) as well as deterritorialized forms of citizenship (Diasporicity, Indigeneity).

Deadline: Tuesday, 20 March 2012

For more detailed instructions for submissions see the Global Citizenship Studies Handbook page.

Please direct all inquiries to Jack Harrington, j.harrington@open.ac.uk

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