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March 2017

  • Tuesday, March 28th Turmoil in Turkey: The Aftermath of the Failed Coup

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    Tuesday, March 28, 201712:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    On July 15, 2016, a group of Turkish soldiers, apparently initiating a coup attempt, flew attack helicopters; F16s fighter jets, bombed the parliament building, and drove tanks down the streets of Istanbul and the capital city of Ankara. The subsequent violence caused almost 300 people to lose their lives, and at least two thousand more to suffer physical harm. The upheaval, quickly crushed by governmental forces, granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan an opportunity to squelch his critics, effectively bolstering his authority. He promptly accused Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen (b. 1941) and his followers of masterminding the plot, and launched a series of oppressive measures against those affiliated with the Gülen Movement, also known as Hizmet (Turkish for “service”). Individuals from a wide range of political allegiances perceived to be in opposition of the government were arrested. Most of those arrested or fired, however, were involved, or affiliated in some way, with Hizmet. In the aftermath, participants found themselves under siege, vulnerable to human rights abuses, in light of Erdoǧan’s three-month suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights. Termed “the purge,” or temizlik(Turkish for cleansing), his AKP government detained 94,889 people, arrested over 47,120, and closed or took over 149 media outlets, and over 2,000 educational institutions were shut down.[1] Erdoǧan also labeled Gülen a traitor, and the movement a terrorist organization, creating the conditions for ordinary participants to experience acute ostracism from those around them, creating rifts between friends and family members. Refugees of the purge spoke of loss of family, friends, occupations, and property, and also of their very identity as Turks or citizens of Turkey. These series of events reflect seismic fault lines in Turkey between sectarian, ethnic, and ideological groups, and ultimately a brutal struggle over the soul of Turkey. The resulting geopolitical outcomes will transform Turkey and the larger region, already destabilized by the war in Syria, PKK militancy, and Russian aggression.
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    [1] Turkey Purge, as of March 16, 2017,http://turkeypurge.com/.

    Dr. Sophia Pandya specializes in women, religion, and globalization. She received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UCSB in Religious Studies, with a focus on women and Islam. An Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Long Beach, she co-edited the book entitled The Gulen Hizmet Movement and its Transnational Activities: Case Studies of Altruistic Activism in Contemporary Islam.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Sophia Pandya
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Long Beach



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  • Thursday, March 30th Godin (2013; dir. Simon Beaulieu)

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    Thursday, March 30, 20177:30PM - 10:30PMTheatre Spadina
    Alliance Française de Toronto
    24 Spadina Road
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    Description

    In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Toronto, CEFMF organizes each year a film series, in which important francophone films are screened in conjunction with a short talk on the film’s historical context and importance, given by a member of the University of Toronto faculty

    All film screenings / talks take place at
    Theatre Spadina
    Alliance Française de Toronto
    24 Spadina Road


    Speakers

    Sean Mills
    Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto



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  • Friday, March 31st The Place of the Baltic in the French Atlantic Empire

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    Friday, March 31, 20173:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Series

    Seminaire conjoint d'histoire de la France / Joint French History Seminar

    Description

    This talk explores ways in which the Baltic region enabled the rise and consolidation of the French colonial empire in the Americas. The Baltic, a supplier of masts, tar, hemp, iron, planks, and other naval stores, has long been viewed as central to early modern European expansion overseas. Nevertheless, its particular association with French empire building remains little studied. Drawing on data from the Danish Sound Toll Registers and French consular records, the talk delineates how French colonization began as an attempt to secure commercial independence from the Baltic, only to produce the opposite effect of binding the French colonial enterprise and the Baltic ever closer together.

    Pernille Røge is Assistant Professor of French and French Colonial History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarly interests focus on interconnections between eighteenth-century political economic theory and colonial policy and practice. Her publications on the French, British, and Danish colonial empires have appeared in edited volumes and peer reviewed journals, including Dix-huitième Siècle, Slavery and Abolition, Atlantic Studies, and History of European Ideas. She is co-editor of a collection of essays entitled The Political Economy of Empire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Her book manuscript Reinventing the Empire: Political Economy, France, and the African and Caribbean Colonies, c. 1750-1800 is currently under review with Cambridge University Press.


    Speakers

    Pernille Røge
    University of Pittsburgh



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April 2017

  • Tuesday, April 4th The Making of a President and the Unmaking of Political Parties: France 2017

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    Tuesday, April 4, 20174:30PM - 6:30PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Information is not yet available.


    Speakers

    Arthur Goldhammer
    Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF)

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Saturday, April 8th The 2017 Toronto Conference on Germany: Populism, Immigration, and Elections

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    Saturday, April 8, 20179:00AM - 4:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    An annual event, this conference examines the state of the union in Germany—Europe’s most consequential country—as well as the relationship between Germany and Canada.

    The conference features expert panels that this year will examine the 2017 German federal elections, immigration in Germany and Canada, and populism in Europe and North America.

    Chair: Randall Hansen, University of Toronto

    09:00 – 09:15
    Welcome – Stephen J. Toope, Munk School of Global Affairs; Eugen Wollfarth, Minister of the Embassy of Germany, Ottawa; Michael Meier, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

    09:15 – 10:00 Keynote Speech and Q&A
    Dagmar Freitag, Member of the German Bundestag

    10:00 – 11:30 Panel and Q&A: The 2017 German Federal Elections

    Dagmar Freitag, Member of the German Bundestag
    Prof. Eric Langenbacher, Georgetown University
    Dr. Michael Petrou, Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies
    Moderator: Veit Medick, Der Spiegel, Washington office

    11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

    11:45 – 13:15 Panel and Q&A: Immigration in Canada and Germany

    Nele Allenberg, Head of the Welcome Center for Immigrants Berlin
    Prof. Jeffrey Reitz, Munk School of Global Affairs
    Moderator: Marina Jimenez, Toronto Star

    13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:30 Panel and Q&A: Populism in Europe and North America

    Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and Interim Leader, Liberal Party
    Prof. Dr. Frank Decker, University of Bonn
    Moderator: Joanna Slater, The Globe and Mail

    15:30 – 15:45 Closing remarks – Randall Hansen, University of Toronto

    This event is co-sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung; the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; the Munk School for Global Affairs; the Embassy and Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada; and the German Academic Exchange Service

    Use #germanTO on Twitter to follow this event

    Friedrich Ebert Stiftung @FES_DC

    Munk School @CERESMunk @munkschool

    German Embassy @GermanyInCanada

    Co-Sponsors

    Joint Initiative for German and European Studies

    Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington Office

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Embassy and Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada

    German Academic Exchange Service

    Munk School of Global Affairs


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  • Wednesday, April 19th The Holodomor - Genocide Against the Ukrianian Nation in the Context of World Genocides

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    Wednesday, April 19, 20174:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Dr. Myroslava Antonovych is the Director of the Centre for International Human Rights and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2010-2014 she was a Judge ad Hoc at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, Lviv National University (1995) and from the English Department, Dnipropetrovsk National University in Ukraine (1981) with honors. She has LL.M. degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada (1999). Her Doctor of Law degree is from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich, Germany (2008) and Candidate of Philology degree is from Kyiv Linguistic University in Ukraine (1988). As a Fulbright scholar she conducted research on International Human Rights at the Urban and Morgan Institute for Human Rights, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (1996). She is the author of about 100 books and articles in Ukraine and abroad. Her research focuses on International Human Rights and Genocide Studies. In April-May 2017, Dr. Antonovych will be the visiting professor at the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Holodomor Education and Research Consortium

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Myroslava Antonovych
    The Director of the Centre for International Human Rights and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy"


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta


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  • Friday, April 28th Ukraine Today Between War and Reform

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    Friday, April 28, 20173:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Bios of the panelists:

    Mikheil Saakashvili
    As the 3rd president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili was applauded in the West for his reforms, which transformed the country from an almost failed state to a model in the fight against corruption. But he was defeated in parliamentary elections in 2012. Now he’s back – not in his native Georgia but as Ukrainian politician. In 2015 he was appointed by President Petro Poroshenko as his top foreign policy adviser and head of Ukraine’s Advisory International Council on Reforms. Then a Governor of Odessa Region. But when all of his attempts to transform the system in at least one region failed, Mikheil created an opposition party “Movement of New Forces” which has now officially been registered in Ukraine.

    Yuriy Butusov
    Ukrainian journalist, military expert and editor-in-chief of the Censor.net website, Yuriy Butusov has worked for the newspapers Kijevskije Vedomosti and Zerkalo nedeli (Weekly Mirror). In 2004 Butusov started the website Censor.net and is its editor. This online project is one of the most popular news portals in Ukraine. He wrote the screenplay for the film Orange Sky and produced the film Illusion of Fear. Yuriy Butusov is a journalist who reports on incisive social topics and conducts journalistic research. He has exposed many corruption cases and other crimes committed by the power elite. Censor.net, which was created by Butusov is among the most popular Ukrainian news portal. The main topic covered by Butusov currently is the situation in Ukraine – Russia’s aggression and the military activities in Donbas.

    Lyuba Shipovich
    In January 2016 Lyuba Shipovich, President and Co-Founder of Razom for Ukraine, was named one of top 50 developers of New York City.
    She has developed a software called “OKO”: a media monitoring project, which automatically gathers all mentions on Ukraine in foreign media, grades by social rating (likes, shares, comments), and manually (by team of editors) prepares daily and weekly reports for the UN representatives, diplomats, politicians, media etc. In her effort to help reform Ukraine, she led the implementation of electronic record keeping and e-service systems in Odesa region of Ukraine. Brought the region to the 1st place in the investment efficiency rating, implementation of the Google program “Digital transformation of Odesa”.


    Speakers

    Mikheil Saakashvili
    Speaker
    Former President of Georgia, current leader of the opposition party "Movement of New Forces" in Ukraine

    Yuriy Butusov
    Speaker
    Ukrainian journalist, military expert and editor-in-chief of the Censor.net website

    Lyuba Shipovich
    Speaker
    President and Co-Founder of Razom for Ukraine

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; Petro Jacyk Program's co-director

    Victor Ostapchuk
    Co-Chair
    Associate Professor, Department of Near and Middle Easthern Civilizations, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

    Canada-Ukraine International Assistance Fund


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