Department of West Asian Studies and North African Studies
Seminar/Conference/Workshop of the Department
List of Seminar
1) The Arab Spring & Peace in West Asia -2-23 Nov., 2011 - Convener & Director : Prof. Mohammad Gulrez
2) Conflict in South & West Asia : Prospects of Peace - 20-21 Dec., 2010, Convener : Dr. Jawaid Iqbal
3) Ideological Trends in West Asia - 18-20 Jan, 2010 , Convener : Prof. S. Shamir Hasan
4) Area Studies in India : Challenges Ahead - 10-12 Nov., 2008 : Convener : Prof. Mohammad Gulrez
5) India and West Asia Relations: Continuity & Change - 19-20 Jan., 2006 , Convener; Dr. Fazal Mahmood
6) Diaspora & Multiculturalism in West Asia: Patterns, Issues and Policies, March 13-14, 2013 ,
Convener : Dr. Fazal Mahmood
Details about specific Seminar:
THE ARAB SPRING AND PEACE IN WEST ASIA
1. Venue: AMU, Aligarh
2. Date: Nov., 2011
The Conference provides the opportunity to ground uprising in contexts and expand the approaches of studying the region. This event will enable participants to collectively explore the repercussions of the events in West Asia and North Africa in the political and economic aspects, as well as on their implications for peace and stability in the region. The conference also seeks to explore the direct and indirect of the those events on India in the various aspects.
1. Arenas of political, economic and social reforms in the Arab countries in the Post-revolutionary phase.
2. Transition to democratization: Challenges and prospects in West Asia.
3. The Arab Uprisings and implications for West Asian Studies in India.
4. Inter-and intra Arab Conflicts: Prospects for Peace.
5. India vis-à-vis a region in transformation: political and economic implications.
6. The Arab spring and Gandhi;s philosophy of non-violence.
7. The predicament of dictatorship in the age of technological and information revolution: the role of globalization and the social and transnational media in the Arab revolution.
8. The Arab revolution: a new era of regional geopolitics.
9. Redefining traditional alliances in the region.
10. Traditional regimes and the counter-revolution
The conference will explore a set of sub-themes associated with the above general categories, such as governance, the rule of law, citizenship, terrorism, the role of the young generation in leading the protest and creating new avenues of mobility, etc.
Convener & Director : Prof. Mohammad Gulrez
IDEOLOGICAL TRENDS IN WEST ASIA
CENTRE OF WEST ASIAN STUDIES, A.M.U., ALIGARH.
West Asia, like other developing areas, is in ideological ferment. The Political and social ideas expressed in the various nations of West Asia display a particularly complex mix nationalism, modernity, militant orthodoxy, conservatism, socialism, etc. Ideology in the West Asian region thus embodies the values associated in the both modernization and its critics from all the different circumstances.
Seminar on the theme . Ideological Trends in West Asia has been convened under the auspices of the Centre of West Asian Studies at A.M.U., Aligarh between 16 to 18 February, 2010.
1. Nationalism in the West Asia: Pan Arabism
2. Turkish and Iranian Nationalism
3. Zionism & Diaspora Jews
4. Orientalism: Orientalist Structures & Restructures
5. Arab Socialism
6. Religions activism: Islamic Brotherhood, Hamas, Islamic Jihad
7. Religion & Governance
8. Religion, Conflict Prevention & Peace Building
9. Civil Society in West Asia
10. Religion and Globalization
11. Ethno National-minorities in West Asia: Berber, Kurds & Palestinians
12. State System in West Asia.
Convener : Prof. S. Shamir Hasan
"DIASPORA AND MULTICULTURALISM IN WEST ASIA: THE HISTORICAL HERITAGE"
The Indian Diapora in the Gulf which constitute, broadly of Labourses, bankers, traders, artisans, entrepreneurs, software engineers and professional ales in various field has currently developed as an important factor in the countries where they are settled in large number. The economic relation between the Indian migrant and the host countries can best be described as symbiotic. The Indians are always in need of those extra bucks and the Gulf regimes find in Indian immigrants a nature of hard working, disciplined and docile manpower. At the same time the Indian government is equally pleased to have in Gulf migrants a secure source of remittances and some economic investment.
To debate and discuss the problems and prospects of integration and multiculturalism in the context of Diaspora population in the region the Department of West Asian Studies, AMU, proposes to hold a two day National Seminar on "Diaspora and multiculturalism in West Asian: Patterns, Issues, and Policies".
Convener : Dr. Fazal Mahmood