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April 17, 2017

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  • Trump, Twitter, Circulation

  • Call for Papers: University of Toronto

  • Arabic-English Translation Summer Program

    Trump, Twitter, Circulation: American Politics as Global Entertainment

    Thursday, April 20

    4:00 - 5:00 pm

    GISB 3067

    Presented by Brian T Edwards from Northwestern University. The global circulation of Donald Trump’s political rhetoric ruptured the divide between American popular culture and US politics. This marks the postscript to the “American century,” during which the attractiveness of American culture had positive political benefits for the US. In the age of Trump, the US political system itself became a horrible form of global entertainment.

    Critical Area Studies in a Global Era

    Thursday, April 20

    12:30 - 2:00 pm

    GISB 1060

    As part of the Critical Area Studies in a Global Era initiative, the Center for the Study of Global Change is coordinating a discussion with Brian Edwards – Crown Professor in Middle East Studies, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and Director of the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern – and Jeremy Morris – Associate Professor in Eastern European Studies in the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. Professors Edwards and Morris will briefly talk about their views on the relationship(s) between area studies and our global world, which will be followed by open discussion with the group. In general, we will be considering a framework for area studies that is able to transcend regional boundaries, to emphasize transnational connections while exploring more localized phenomena, and simply looks beyond the traditional paradigms of territoriality. This event will take place on Thursday, April 20, in GA 1060 from 12:30-2 pm. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

    Other Announcements
    Call for Papers: University of Toronto

    DEADLINE: June 1, 2017

    Graduate students engaged in original research from disciplines including, but not limited to, religious studies, women’s and gender studies, philosophy, anthropology, history, linguistics, sociology, area or diasporic studies, political science, and geography are encouraged to apply. As an inherently interdisciplinary conference, we endeavour to stimulate critical and scholastically rigorous conversations across historical periods, methodologies, and subject matter. As such, we encourage submissions from graduate students working on Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. Participants will deliver a 20 minute paper before an audience of students and faculty from the University of Toronto.

    Submit the following materials here: Individual Papers-350-word paper abstract, 5 keywords describing the paper, CV; Panels-250-word panel abstract, 5 keywords describing each paper, 350-word paper abstracts, Member CVs.

    Arabic Translation Program

    The University of Ottawa still has some spots open in their Arabic-English Translation program over the summer. More information can be found here.

    The University of Ottawa is considering extending the application deadline, but interested candidates will need to contact them ASAP to express their interest. All questions should be directed to Julian Zapata.

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