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September 2016

Syria: between political catastrophe and cultural resilience

September 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29
Oslo, Oslo 0167 Norway
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  While the Syrian war seems to embody all that is complex, alien, and thus incomprehensible about the Middle East, the five-year-old brutal conflict can in fact be explained through a set of global historical factors that emanate from the world made by Europe in the wake of World War One. This talk will shed light on some of these global factors and their local manifestations, all while emphasising their inherently contradictory nature: destabilising Syrian politics to the point of…

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Misreading Syria: Sectarian Secularism

September 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29
Oslo, Oslo 0167 Norway
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Persistent claims that the Syrian regime is “non-sectarian” result from a failure to distinguish between sectarianism as an explicit ideology, and sectarianism as an often unspoken technique of power. Whereas the Assad family has generally purported to act in the name of “national unity”, and accordingly minimised discursive expressions of sectarianism, its actual practices throughout the last five decades have consisted in the systematic manipulation of sectarian divides for the purpose of regime survival. This panel will discuss sectarianism and…

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Roundtable: Politics of Humanitarian Aid in Syria

September 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
By invitation only

On September 30, the Syrian Peace Action Centre (SPACE), the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) will host a roundtable discussion on the Politics of Humanitarian Aid in Syria. This event is for invited guests. Background Delivering humanitarian aid in conflict situations has always been difficult. Syria is proving to be no exception. This panel aims to examine the contesting reality of politics and humanitarian principles with regards to aid distribution in Syria. Despite their remarkable resilience and…

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Keynote Speech by Mazen Darwish

September 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29
Oslo, Oslo 0167 Norway
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Mazen Darwish, one of Syria's most prominent human rights activists, will give a speech about his experience in Syria before and after the revolution as a human rights advocate. Afterwards, Darwish will be interviewed by the Norwegian journalist and author Åsne Seierstad.   Mazen Darwish is a Syrian lawyer and free speech advocate, and the president of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, founded in 2004. In 2011. News organizations, including Reuters and the Associated Press, have…

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The Syrian International

September 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29
Oslo, Oslo 0167 Norway
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The idea of a Syria International intends to refocus attention on the agency of Syrians in their struggle and consequently to demand international solidarity and acknowledgement of their rightful and just cause. This panel assesses the isolation of Syrian civilians by identifying those who neglect them, as well as those rare people who are determined to support them. The intent is on identifying the possibilities for building on existing Syria International solidarity movements around the world, as well as on…

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