[Imc-beirut] OBSTACLES TO WORLDWIDE DEMOCRATISATION IN THE COMING DECADE

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Thu Oct 27 06:07:22 PDT 2005


There is also the conference on Saturday,   Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous www.libanlink.org

PS: We're taking a bus from NDU, does anyone need a ride?

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Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Tarik Mitri, Minister of Culture,

ICHS announces


THE FIRST PUBLIC BYBLOS LECTURE


BREYTEN BREYTENBACH: THE CHANCES FOR DEMOCRCY IN AFRICA

and a Round Table: OBSTACLES TO WORLDWIDE DEMOCRATISATION IN THE COMING DECADE

Saturday, October 29, 2005

at the premises of ICHS, Old City, Byblos

11:00 am Opening by H.E. Dr. Tarik Mitri

11:30 am Lecture

14:00 pm Round Table

17:45 pm Iftar

Simultaneous translation English - Arabic

Bus transport to Byblos will leave at 9:15 from Medical Gate, AUB and return after the Iftar

(Parking facilities at AUH nearby)


A native of South Africa, Breyten Breytenbach is a distinguished painter,
activist and writer of more than 30 books of poetry. He has authored numerous
novels, short story compilations, essays and dramatic works.

A committed opponent of apartheid, Professor Breytenbach established the
resistance group "Okhela" for which he wrote the platform. >From 1975- 1982, he
was a political prisoner serving two terms of solitary confinement in South
African prisons. His most renowned work is the four-volume memoir of this
odyssey. A Season in Paradise (1973), The True Confessions of an Albino
Terrorist (1983), Return to Paradise (1991), and Dog Heart: A Memoir (1999)
have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Known as the finest living poet of the Afrikaans language, Professor
Breytenbach's verse volumes include The Iron Cow Must Sweat (1964) and
Footscript (1976) and they feature rich visuals, a powerful use of metaphor,
and a complex blending of references from Buddhism, Afrikaans idiomatic speech,
and recollections of the South African landscape. Professor Breytenbach's most
recent poetry collection is Lady One , a selection of love poems. His paintings
portray surreal human and animal figures, many of whom are shown in captivity.
He has had solo exhibitions of his artwork in numerous cities around the world
including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Paris,
Paris, Brussels, Edinburgh, Potsdam, Montreuil, and New York.

He has been honored with numerous literary and art awards, including the APB
Prize, CAN Award (five times) Allan Paton Award for Literature, Rapport Prize,
Hertzog Prize, Reina Prinsen-Geerling Prize, Van der Hoogt Prize, Jan Campert
Award and Jacobus van Looy Prize for Literature and Art. He is a Chevalier de
la Légion d^ÒHonneur (France).

After his release from prison, he has worked for a peaceful transition towards a
democratic South Africa. In 1987, he organised with F. Van Zyl Slabbert and A.
Boraine the historic Dakar Conference, a first encounter of influential South
Africans inside the country and the African National Congress (ANC) in exile, a
first major effort at reconciliation.

In 1992, he was one of the founders of the Gorée Institute, a centre for
democracy, development, and culture, on the ancient slave island in the Bay of
Dakar. It is a Pan-African institution for strengthening democratic processes,
the autonomy of civil societies, and cultural research and expression in
Africa. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the director of the Gorée Institute.
reyten Breytenbach has taught at the University of Natal, Princeton University
and the University of Cape Town. At present, he is the Global Distinguished
Professor of Creative Writing at New York University.

THE ROUND TABLE


Introduction: Philippe Schmitter



A graduate of the Institute for International Studies, University of Geneva, he
holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at
Chicago, the European University Institute at Florence, and at Stanford. A
comparatist of political systems, he has worked on Western and Southern
Europe, Latin America and, more recently, on the Middle East. Author of
numerous books and articles, he stands out among the scholars of
democratisation, and is considered the founding father of ^Ótransitology^Ô and
^Óconsolidology^Ô. At present, he is a Professorial Fellow at the European
University Institute, Florence,



Moderator: Theodor Hanf



A PhD from Freiburg University. His research foci are conflict and conflict
regulation in deeply divided societies and democratisation processes, with an
emphasis on survey research. He wrote books on the Congo, Georgia, Kosovo,
Lebanon, Palestine, Rwanda, and South Africa. He is Honorary Professor of
Political Science and director of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in
Freiburg and, presently, director of the International Centre for Human
Sciences in Byblos and a Visiting Professor of Political Studies at AUB.



Julia Eckert, a PhD of the Free University Berlin, is a senior researcher at the
Max Planck Institute for Anthropology in Halle. She is a specialist of
ethno-religious radical movements with field research experience in Usbekistan
and India.



Iliya Harik, an alumnus of AUB, obtained his PhD from Chicago University. He has
served as a director of the American Research Center in Cairo. He is Professor
emeritus of political science at Indiana University Bloomington, and presently
a Fulbright Professor at LAU. He authored several important books on Egypt and
Lebanon and numerous articles. His present research interest focuses chances
for democracy in the Arab world. He has gracefully advised the research
programme of the International Centre for Human Sciences at Byblos.



Maria Koinova obtained her PhD from the European University Institute in
Florence and is an Assistant Professor of political studies at AUB. He main
interests are ethno-national conflicts, linguistic and religious minorities,
and democracy and democracy promotion. She is particularly knowledgeable in
Eastern and South Eastern European affairs.



Dmytro Roman Kulschitzky obtained his PhD from Georges Mason University. He is
the Chairperson of AUB^Òs Department of Political Studies and Public
Administration (PSPA). His interest focuses agenda setting and policy processes
in the Middle East, E-government, organisational communication and knowledge
society. He closely monitored the recent democratisation process in Ukrainia.



Robert von Lucius is a senior journalist of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the
leading German daily newspaper. For 10 years, he has covered from his base in
Cape Town political events in Africa and, since five years, in Scandinavia and
the Baltic states. Besides his reporting, he has many scholarly articles on his
record.



Alexei Malachenko is an Orientalist with a long exposure to Egypt, and a
political scientist. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Science, and
works now with the Carnegie Foundation in Moscow. He is an eminent specialist
of the Caucasus and Central Asia ^Ö now his principal interest.



Salim Nasr is a Paris-trained Lebanese sociologist, author of a seminal book on
social classes in Lebanon and of numerous studies on Lebanese and Middle
Eastern policy issues. He was a researcher at CERMOC, the director of the
Lebanese Studies Center in Washington, the director of the Ford Foundation^Òs
Office in Cairo, and, more recently, the Director General of the Lebanese
Center for Policy Studies. At present, he is Senior Adviser of UNDP for the
Middle East and North Africa.



Established in 1999 under a convention between UNESCO and the Lebanese
Government, ICHS is the centre of an international social science research
network.



Its research programme focuses the impact of different cultures on patterns of
conflict or conviviality and their relative affinity to democratic conflict
regulation. Empirical surveys on Chad, the Congo, Georgia, Kosovo, Jordan,
Lebanon and South Africa have been conducted, and studies on Indonesia,
Malaysia, and Namibia are in the field.



First publications include a book (Theodor Hanf & Nawaf Salam, Eds., Lebanon in
Limbo. Postwar Society and State in an Uncertain Regional Environment^Ô,
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2003) as well as eight issues of ^ÓLetters from Byblos^Ô, a
series of occasional papers. Books on the Congo and Jordan are in the press.



In co-operation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Lebanese Center for Policy
Studies and Orient Institut Beirut as well as with research centres abroad, ten
research seminars have been conducted.



ICHS organises Autumn Schools focussing issues of regional and international
relevance. The theme of the 2002 Autumn School was conflict and peace research;
participants were researchers from the Mashriq, Turkey, and Afghanistan. The
2003 session dealt with ethno-religious conflict and modes of its regulation,
with contributions by Arab, Chinese, Congolese, Indonesian, Namibian,
Philippine and South African scholars. The 2005 session, organised by Arnold
Bergstraesser Institute, AUB, Heinrich Böll Foundation, and LCPS, discussed
international relations in an era of uncertain hegemony, with particular
attention to US, European, and Arab policies.



The Director of CISH is Professor Theodor Hanf (University of Freiburg & AUB),
and Professor Iliya Harik (Indiana University) acts as a senior research
adviser. The current research projects are conducted by reputed academics from
universities in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Windhoek..



The choice of Byblos has been programmatic: the place which gave birth to the
first alphabet rivals with Jericho and Damascus as the world^Òs oldest,
continuously inhabited city. During the recent wars in Lebanon, Byblos was one
of the few places where peaceful coexistence between its Maronite, Orthodox,
Sunni and Shia inhabitants was successfully maintained.



The seat of the Centre is a historical building in the Old City of Byblos (36km
north of Beirut) close to the famous Phoenician and Roman ruins, the Crusader
castle and the harbour.


B.P. 225 Byblos (Jbeil), Liban

Phone: xx961-9-545 401

Fax: xx961-9-546 400

e-mail: cish at unesco-byblos.org <mailto:cish at unesco-byblos.org>

theodor.hanf at gmail.com <mailto:theodor.hanf at gmail.com>




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