Geographies of Power: Justice, Revolution, and the Cultural Imagination

Conference Info

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Nittany Lion Inn

Using historical analysis and cross-cultural awareness, this conference will emphasize shifting geographies of power in the period between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 2011 Arab Spring. The project is premised on the idea that "the frontiers of cultural understanding" are undergoing a transformation that can only be appreciated through a cross-cultural perspective and a multi-disciplinary methodology that is alert to the historical precedents behind current geopolitical and cultural conflicts.

This conference is being led by researchers; Dr. Sophia McClennen (Penn State), Dr. Ziad Elmarsafy (University of York), Dr. Shamil Jeppie (University of Cape Town), and Dr. George Pavlich (University of Alberta), and conducted with support from the Worldwide University Network (WUN), a consortium of 18 research universities from five continents. Additional support is provided by University of Alberta, University of Cape Town, The University of York, the Center for Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts, School of International Affairs , The Confucius Institute, Rock Ethics Institute, International Center for the Study of Terrorism, Center for Democratic Deliberation, Department of History, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Political Science, and University Office of Global Programs.

About the Center

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) has been designated a Title VI National Resource Center by the Department of Education. Working in collaboration with Penn State's many excellent international initiatives, faculty and students from multiple disciplines, and K-12 schools in the region, the CGS is dedicated to the growth and support of global studies.

The AAA Four Diamond Nittany Lion Inn is a Penn State landmark, rich in history and tradition and a proud member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. The Colonial-style inn houses two award-winning restaurants and offers over 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Centrally located on Penn State's University Park campus, the Nittany Lion Inn offers a convenient access to central PA's cultural and recreational activities. More information can be found here.

Venue

Directions and Map

200 West Park Avenue

State College, PA 16803

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From New York City and Points East:

Take I-80 W in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte). Follow PA 26 S to US 220 S, and take Exit 74 for Innovation Park/Penn State University. 

Stay in the left lane of the exit and follow the sign for Penn State University. This street will become Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left, followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. 

From Philadelphia:

Take the PA Turnpike/I-76 W to Exit 247 (Harrisburg East), and follow signs for the next 15 miles to Route 322 W. Take 322 W past Lewistown toward State College (stay on 322 W towards Philipsburg), and take the Penn State University/Innovation Park exit.

Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left, followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. 

From Harrisburg: 

Take 322 W past Lewistown toward State College (stay on 322 W towards Philipsburg), and take the Penn State University/Innovation Park exit. 

Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left, followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. 

From Pittsburgh: 

Take Route 22 E to Duncansville. Merge onto Route 220/I-99 N toward Altoona and go north for 24 miles. Turn right onto US 220 toward State College for 11 miles; merge onto Route 322 E to State College. 

Exit onto Business Route 322/N (Atherton Street), past a variety of businesses. At the light at Park Avenue, turn left. The Nittany Lion Inn will be on your right. 

From Points West: 

Take I-80 E in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte). Follow PA 26 S to US 220 S, and take Exit 74 for Innovation Park/Penn State University. 

Stay in the left lane of the exit and follow the sign for Penn State University. This will become Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left, followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. 

From Washington, DC:

Take Route 270 N toward Frederick and then I-70 west and north to the PA Turnpike W. At Bedford take US 220/I-99 N toward Altoona and go north for 24 miles. Turn right onto US 220 toward State College for 11 miles; merge onto Route 322 E to State College. 

Exit onto Business Route 322/N (Atherton Street), past a variety of businesses. At the light at Park Avenue, turn left. The Nittany Lion Inn will be on your right.

Schedule

Friday, April 26, 2013

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote: "Changing Geographies of Power: New Roadmaps Needed"
Dr. John Esposito, Georgetown University

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Panel 1: "Beyond Democracy: People, Power, and the State in Muslim Cultures"
Panel Chair: Dr. Jonathan Brockopp, Pennsylvania State University
Moderator: Dr. Gabeba Baderoon, Pennsylvania State University

"The 160 Million Muslim Minority: The Double Bind of Indian Secularism"
Dr. Anna Bigelow, North Carolina State University

"Religious and Social Change in Indonesia: The Case of Muslim Environmentalism"
Dr. Anna M. Gade, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Sufis and the State in Postcolonial Pakistan"
Dr. Rob Rozehnal, Lehigh University

"Grappling with Democracy in Muslim West Africa"
Dr. Leonardo A. Villalón, University of Florida

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Panel 2: "Revolution and Rule: Rethinking Constitutional Law and Democracy"
Panel Chair: Dr. George Pavlich, University of Alberta
Discussant: Dr. Catherine Kellogg, University of Alberta

"Territory, Extraction and the Politics of the Dispossessed"
Dr. Robert Nichols, University of Alberta

"The Chief's Two Bodies: Theresa Spence and the Gender of Settler Sovereignty"
Dr. Audra Simpson, Columbia University

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Keynote: "Austerity Politics and the Inversion of Neoliberal Freedom"
Dr. Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Reception

Saturday, April 27, 2013

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Panel 3: "Empire and Revolution in the Post 9/11 Era: 1"
Panel Chair: Dr. Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town

"The Arab Revolutions and the Logic of Decentralized Learning"
Dr. Mohammed Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh

"The Lost Maps: the Geography of Power in Haiti from the French Expedition in 1802 to the Earthquake in 2010"
Dr. Daniel Desormeaux, University of Chicago

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Panel 4: "Cultural Representation in Times of Terror and Transition"
Panel Chair: Dr. Sophia McClennen, Pennsylvania State University

"Chaos and Procedure: the Late Aesthetics and Politics of the Long 'War on Terror'"
Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi, The City University of New York

"Visualizing Race and Space in the Age of Permanent War"
Dr. Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley

"Immolation"
Dr. Peter Hitchcock, The City University of New York

"The Globalization of Settlers"
Dr. Nikhil Singh, New York University

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Panel 5: "Empire and Revolution in the Post 9/11 Era: II"
"On Natality and the Egyptian Revolution"
Panel Chair: Dr. Ziad Elmarsafy, University of York

"The Rise of the Rich and the Arab Spring"
Dr. Peter Gran, Temple University

"Ikhwan Spring and Arab Fall – Reading Arab Spring Days in Light of the Arabian Nights"
Dr. Sayed Elsisi, University of Maryland

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Panel 6: "What's Next? From Polemics to Policy"
A roundtable discussion on ways to connect research on global cultural understanding with policymakers and stake holders
Dr. Ziad Elmarsafy, University of York
Dr. Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town
Eli Jelly-Schapiro, Yale University
Dr. Sophia McClennen, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. George Pavlich, University of Alberta
Dr. Hoda El Shakry, Pennsylvania State University

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Wendy Brown University of California, Berkeley Faculty Profile
Dr. John Esposito Georgetown University Faculty Profile

Conference Speakers

Dr. Gabeba Baderoon Penn State Website
Dr. Mohammed Bamyeh University of Pittsburgh Faculty Profile
Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi The City University of New York Website
Dr. Anna Bigelow North Carolina State University Faculty Profile
Dr. Jonathan Brockopp Penn State Faculty Profile
Dr. Daniel Desormeaux University of Chicago Faculty Profile
Dr. Hoda El Shakry Penn State Faculty Profile
Dr. Ziad Elmarsafy University of York Faculty Profile
Dr. Sayed Elsisi University of Maryland Faculty Profile
Dr. Keith Feldman University of California, Berkeley Faculty Profile
Dr. Anna Gade University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Profile
Dr. Peter Gran Temple University Faculty Profile
Dr. Peter Hitchcock The City University of New York Faculty Profile
Eli Jelly-Schapiro Yale University Profile
Dr. Shamil Jeppie University of Cape Town Faculty Profile
Dr. Catherine Kellogg University of Alberta Faculty Profile
Dr. Sophia McClennen Penn State Website
Dr. Robert Nichols University of Alberta Faculty Profile
Dr. George Pavlich University of Alberta Website
Dr. Rob Rozehnal Lehigh University Faculty Profile
Dr. Audra Simpson Columbia University Faculty Profile
Dr. Nikhil Singh New York University Faculty Profile
Dr. Leonardo A. Villalón University of Florida Faculty Profile

Registration

The Panels and Keynote speeches for the conference, Geographies of Power: Justice, Revolution, and Cultural Imagination are free and open to the public. Registration is preferred but not required for attendence. 

Due to limited seating, Registration is required for meals. Registration is now closed.

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