The Political Studies in the Near and Middle East Seminar (2016-2018) is a research seminar resulting from a meeting between researchers and young researchers, doctoral students, writers, artists, etc. at the Paris 8 Saint-Denis University in partnership with the Medfil Institute, the LLCP-Paris 8 and Experice-Paris 8 laboratories, the Sorhawardi Research Center.
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Epistemology and Politics: Critical Thinking and New Stakes – Researches in the Near and Middle East

The starting point of this seminar is in the expressions of traveling theories which, where a conceptual chain was lacking (exiles, wars, and displacements, situations of subalternization in life, law, and the language, separations), is written in a cartography of narratives where statements and utterances can not be disjointed. These narratives are the concrete syntagms resulting from the encounter, the forms of life, their persistence, and the form of their historicity.
On the other hand, the conflicts that cross the Middle East today are not separable from the history of the Sykes-Picot agreements. It is also necessary to approach them from a broader analysis of the conditions of globalization, this other name of colonization, in its political, social, economic, etc. dimensions.
It is from a constant decentering, a decentering from which derives a difference in which the other names of history are inscribed, that the possible new forms of politics could be said.
From there, this seminar focuses on the new forms of political agency and the post-national theoretical productions, the genealogies of violence and the languages ​​of memory, the construction of multiple affiliations, the experience of borders, the politics of knowledge and translation.

Thursday October 20, 2016 – Thought as translation (Study Day)
12h00-18h00 / Amphi B106 (Building B, 2nd floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Morad Farhadpour (Porsesh Institute): Translation-Thinking
Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8) and Zahra Pourazizi (EHESS): The Babel Archipelago, A Collective Documentary (Screening and Reading)
Mansur Tayfuri (LLCP-Paris 8): The lost thread of exile or a few border crossings: Reading and commentary of essays & chronicles in several languages
Bahar Majdzadeh (Paris 1): The Iranian common memory of the 80s and the aesthetics of the confrontation with a violent past
Oreste Scalzone: Leviathan in the language

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Cartographies of the peoples without states (Seminar)
12h00-18h00 / Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun (Paris 7 / Medfil Humanities Institute): The State: From the colonial enterprise to the decolonial vision
Éléonore Merza and Eitan Bronstein Aparicio (Laboratory De-colonizer): Cartographies of Palestine
Naji El Khatib (Institute of Medfil Humanities): The stateless people and the legacy of Sykes-Picot

Thursday, December 8, 2016 – Between narrative and counter-narrative of violence (Doctoral Day LLCP-Paris 8 / Experice-Paris 8)
10h00-17h00 / Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Naji El Khatib (Medfil Humanities Institute): The legacy of Sykes-Picot agreements
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Occupation of the Senses, in Occupied East Jerusalem
Presentations and discussion by Marina Nebbiolo di Castri (Medfil Humanities Institute) and Nacira Guénif Souilamas (Experice-Paris 8)
Assia Zaino (Paris 8 University): Men and Women in the Walls: How Prison shapes the lives of Palestinians
Engin Sustam (University of Geneva): Between state violence and counter-violence in Turkey
Presentations and discussion by Nicole Blondeau (Experice-Paris 8) and Valentin Schaepelynk (Experice-Paris 8)

Thursday 16 February 2017 – Thoughts of the Arab worlds (Seminar)
12h00-16h30 / Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun (Paris 7 / Medfil Humanities Institute): Acting Women’s Policy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds
Hamit Bozarslan (Director of Studies at EHESS): Ibn Khaldûn and the issue of violence
Discussants: Engin Sustam (University of Geneva), Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Exiles, Displaced, Refugees, and Political Prisoners (Study Day)
12h00-18h00 / Room A444 (Building A, 4th Floor, Audiovisual Service) & Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Ziad Medoukh (Al-Aqsa University): Education in Palestine
Engin Sustam (University of Geneva): The University Movement for Peace in Turkey
Nicole Blondeau (Experice-Paris 8): The reception of refugee students: The university degree / FLE in Paris 8
Yasmina Kebbab (Paris 8 University): A look back at the experience of the Chapelle fight
Assia Zaino (University Paris 8): The University of the Prison: Israeli prisons as spaces of training and cultural production of the Palestinians
Naji El Khatib (Medfil Humanities Institute): The Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees
Sarah Caunes (Labtop-Paris 8): Mobilisations and struggles of political prisoners in Turkey

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – Partitions / Apartheid / Translations into language and history (Seminar)
12h00-16h30 / Room A028 (RDC Building A) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Rony Férat and Marina Nebbiolo (Institute of Medfil Humanities): Partitions / Apartheid / Translations in language and history – Reflections from Nurith Aviv’s films
Fabio Mengali (University of Trento): Zionist colonization in the mirror of the European class conflict / The external war and the internal war

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Between and narrative and counter-narrative of violence II (Doctoral day LLCP-Paris 8 / Experice-Paris 8)
10h00-18h00 / Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Ann Stoler (ISCI-New School for Social Research New York): Feelings politics
Discussant, Nacira Guénif Souilamas (Experice-Paris 8)
Ann Stoler (ISCI-New School for Social Research New York): Colonial Genealogies in Palestine
Tal Dor (Experice-Paris 8): Trans / formations of decolonial militances in Palestine-Israel
Discussants, Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8), Naji El Khatib (Medfil Humanities Institute)
Nacira Guénif Souilamas (Experice-Paris 8): Border Corps in hostile environment
Discussant, Beatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8)
Camille Fauroux (CRH-EHESS / Lille 3), Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8), Magdalena Brand (Cresppa-CSU): Reading in solidarity with the political prisoners imprisoned in the Turkish and Israeli prisons

Thursday 1st of June 2017 – Counter cartography (Seminar and Workshop)
11h00-17h00 / Salle de la Coupole – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Philippe Rekacewicz (Crosslocations-Helsinki University / Visionscarto): Counter-cartographies
Camille Fauroux (CRH-EHESS / Lille 3), Çıngı Kocadost (University of Lausanne / EHESS), Clotilde Fauroux (Paris X), Magdalena Brand (Cresppa-CSU), Türkan Yıldız (EHESS), Somayeh Rostampour (Labtop -Paris 8): Reading in solidarity with women political prisoners imprisoned in Turkish and Israeli prisons

Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Ideologies, cultures, religions (Seminar)
12h00-15h00 / Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
Meeting with the circle of writers of the Sorhawardi Center for the Study of Myths and Religions & Ghazalnoos Editions (Kurdistan of Iraq)
Aram Taha Ahmed, Hoshman Jalal Mohammed, Rewaz Hama Salih: Ideologies, Cultures, Religions
Sahar Yazdani (Paris 8 University): Who is the political subject?
Discussants: Mansur Tayfuri (LLCP-Paris 8), Beatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8), Ami Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8)

Critique of the State in the Near and Middle East: Epistemology and Politics at Stake (2017-2018)

Western political modernity had at the same time excluded any other notion of politics than that in which political activity was rationalized in the State, in a sharing of so-called statesless peoples, also called without history, and others, any other construction than that based on the model of identity and difference and included as its margins the other possible versions of human life. This exclusion within or subordinate inclusion as one of the foundations from which the colonial and then global order has been able to develop and expand is constantly being repeated in the smallest scales of subjectivity, and the most collective injunctions to identity, as well as the economic logics, the geography of conflicts, etc.
With the critique of the epistemologies of modernity, their decentering, and the return-on-history, could emerge the question of a concrete universalism, and other political meanings that feed a notion of new political agency, that is to say, a praxis that is not devoid of context or point of view. The old and modern models of identities and the political subject, especially from the point of view of ‘People-without-States’ living at the intersection of existing states and borders, show that the entanglement of identities contradicts their naturalization and their various hierarchies according to the logic of the Nation-Nation of the nation-state, on which connects the inexhaustible production of an “Other”, many others, the most numerous others, re-opening to a renewed criticism.

Tuesday 24 October 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Room A444 from 15h00 to 18h00
Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8): Non-synchronism as a mode of Asian subjectivation

Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Amphi B106 from 15h00 to 18h00
Engin Sustam (Experice-Paris 8): Art and Kurdish subalternity

Friday November 3, 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Amphi B106 from 14h00 to 17h00
Rabab Abdulhadi (San Francisco State University): Justice, Gender, and Sexuality in Palestine
Discussant: Azadeh Kian (CEDREF-Paris 7)

Monday 4th December 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Library Research Room from 14h00 to 17h00
Leopold Lambert (The Funambulist Magazine) / Marina Nebbiolo (Medfil Humanities Institute): Architecture and decoloniality in Palestine

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Room C103 from 14h00 to 17h00: Critique of the State: A state of the critique in the Near and Middle East
Naji El Khatib (Institute of Humanities Medfil): The State in the Near and Middle East: Epistemological and political issues
Nan Kar Azadi Collective: Reflections on the recent uprisings in Iran

Friday, February 2, 2018, Seminar from 13:00 to 15:30 and Workshop from 16:00 to 18:30 at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Room G-2: Critique of State II: Critique of the Nation-State with regard to the feminist and gender critic
Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun (Paris 7) / Éléni Varikas (Paris 8): Round Table
Collective: Interventions, readings and discussion in solidarity with political prisoners imprisoned in Turkish and Israeli prisons (continued), with Assia Zaino (Paris 8 University)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis from 6 pm to 9 pm, Room A217
Seevan Saeed (Kurdish Studies Center of the University of Exeter): The Kurdish Question in Turkey
Session organized in cooperation with the Seminar Consequences (ENS-Paris)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Room A028
Screening of the film “Behind the Fronts, Resistances and Resilience in Palestine” (Hybrid Pulse, 113 ‘, 2017) and meeting with director Alexandra Dols

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Strike Seminar from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Le Relais Café (34 rue de Belleville 75019 Paris): Political Violence, Epistemological Violence
Current researches and discussion: Camille Fauroux (CRH-EHESS / Lille 3), Leila Elyaakabi (FUIQP), Beatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8), Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8), Somayeh Rostampour (GTM-Paris 8)