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Upcoming Events

October 31 - November 2

Mapping the Landscapes of Islamic Studies at IU Conference


When: October 31 - November 2


Where: Tocqueville Room, Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (513 N. Park Ave.); Bridgwaters Lounge, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (275 N. Jordan Ave.)


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Tuesday, November 11 | 4:00 pm

Post-Trip Vice-Presidential Forum and Reception


On Saudi Arabia and Turkey


When: Tuesday, November 11 | 4:00 pm


Where: Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall)


What: The next post-trip Vice-Presidential Forum and Reception will be on Saudi Arabia and Turkey, following the Sept. 21-29 presidential trip to Turkey and the Oct. 25-Nov. 2 presidential trip to Saudi Arabia and India. It will be cosponsored by the School of Global and International Studies and will be held in Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall) on Tue., Nov. 11at 4pm. It will also be live-streamed and archived for later viewing on


Wednesday, November 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture


"Is Displacement Rational? Explaining the Relationship between Information Flows and Displacement"
Justin Schon, PhD Candidate of Political Science, IUB


When: Wednesday, November 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided


Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401


What: How do information flows affect civilian responses to conflict? Conflict scholars tend to assume that civilians will know about all important conflict events. This allows them to make rational decisions about whether to leave their homes and where to go if they do leave. However, civilians often make decisions that make them unsafe or cost excessive amounts of money. These seemingly irrational decisions are systematic, not rare aberrations. To explain them, this paper challenges the assumption of complete information. Interviews conducted with Syrian refugees in Jordan illustrate how Syrian civilians have consumed and reacted to information about the Syrian conflict. The most important finding is that the ways in which civilians consume information change during conflict. Civilians consume less precise and less accurate information. These findings add nuance to current explanations of displacement.


Justin is a 3rd Year Political Science PhD student at Indiana University Bloomington. He uses a variety of time series analyses, spatial analyses, event count modelling, and qualitative fieldwork to pursue his interests in conflict, displacement, and insurgency.


Wednesday, November 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture


"Beyond ISIS: Gender-Based Violence in Iraq"

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies at University of London's SOAS


When: Wednesday, November 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided


Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401


What: The talk will address the issue of gender-based violence and violence against religious and ethnic minorities in the context of ISIS in Iraq. It will also reflect on the difficulty to talk about women and minorities in a context where sexual violence is being instrumentalised by both sectarian and imperialist agendas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 4:30 - 7 pm

"We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War"


A lecture and discussion with author and gender studies professor Nadje Al-Ali about her prize-winning book We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East).


When: Wednesday, November 19 | 4:30 - 7pm


Where: Indiana Memorial Union, Oak Room


What: While the occupation of Iraq and its aftermath has received media and political attention, we know very little about the everyday lives of Iraqis. Iraqi men, women, and children are not merely passive victims of violence, vulnerable recipients of repressive regimes, or bystanders of their country’s destruction. Professor Nadjer Al-Ali will introduce this co-edited anthology )with Deborah Al-Najjar) consisting of contributions by Iraqi artists, writers, poets, photographers, film-makers and activists etc, who are all trying to creatively engage with issues of war, violence and identity. The book recently one the Evelyn Shakir non-fiction award.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | TBA

Indiana University Welcomes Palestinian Ambassador to the UN


H.E. Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations


When: Tuesday, January 20 | TBA


Where: TBA


What: Dr. Riyad H. Mansour was born to a refugee family that lived in the city of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. In 1967, Ambassador Mansour started his college education in the United States.  Since his youth, he has always been involved in Palestinian politics and began his career in the Palestinian diplomatic service in 1983 at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United Nations (UN).  He was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN in 2005 and since 29 November 2012 he has been Ambassador and Permanent Observer to the State of Palestine to the UN.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch and a Lecture


"Turkish Media"

Basak Bingol Yuce, IUB


When: Wednesday, January 21 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

*Lunch Provided


Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401


What: TBA


Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture


"Tensions in Iran's Ethnic Minorities"

Professor Jamsheed Choksy, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, IUB


When: Wednesday, February 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided


Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401


What: Prof. Choksy speaks on ethnic minorities-related tensions in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Dr. Choksy is a professor at Indiana University and Chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.