• 851.Democratic Republic of Congo (New York)

    Following on from the April workshop, a meeting that sought to identify priorities for the United Nations in the wake of the elections.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 852.Rethinking Secularism

    Co-sponsored by the SSRC and New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge, this series of public dialogues were hosted and moderated by SSRC President Craig Calhoun: Secularism, Liberalism, and Modern Governance, September 13, 2007, King Juan Carlos I Center, New York University, Rajeev Bhargava, Mark Juergensmeyer, Saba Mahmood | Secularism, Religion, and Human Rights, October 30, 2007, King Juan Carlos I Center, New York University, Saad Eddin Ibrahim | Exploring the Post-Secular, Febrary 12, 2008, Jurow Hall, Silver Center, New York University, Jorhn Torpey, Philip Gorski | Religion, Secularism, and Spirituality, March 26, 2008, The Bronfman Center, New York University, Ann Taves, Courtney Bender | A Secular Age, April 2, 2008, Jurow Hall, Silver Center, New York University, Charles Taylor, Michael Warner | Religion and U.S. Politics: Election 2008, April 29, 2008, D. Michael Lindsay | Who Speaks for Islam?, May 6, 2008, Kimmel Center, New York University, John Esposito | Sex and Secularity, October 8, 2008, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, Michael Warner, Stathis Gourgouris, Kathryn Lofton | The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere, October 22, 2009, The Great Hall, Cooper Union, Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Cornel West.

    Date
    September 13th 2007–
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 853.Regional Summer Institute, 2007

    …"Islamic Thoughts and Islamic Movements": The third in a series hosted by the SSRC's Eurasia Program, part of its Teaching Islam in Eurasia initiative. This institute emphasized the two broad topics of Islamic thought and Islamic movements, spending approximately a week on each theme. Each participant actively lectured and responded to questions on pre-selected topics as well as participating in a number of group discussions. A panel devoted to Crimean scholars and related excursions throughout Simferopol and Crimea continued the SSRC’s attempts to use the shifting locations of the summer institutes to highlight both similarities and differences in the roles that Islam has played and continues to play throughout the vast and varied regions of Eurasia, both historically and contemporaneously.

    Date
    Location
    Tavrida National University, Simferopol, Ukraine
    Program
    Teaching Islam in Eurasia - Regional Summer Institutes
    Meetings & Events
  • 854.Horn of Africa (New York)

    A meeting on the conflicts between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the conflict in Somalia, in the context of wider regional dynamics.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 855.Sudan (New York)

    A meeting on the future development of Sudan, including the elections and referendum foreseen for 2009 and 2011.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 856.First Project Workshop

    The SSRC's Producing Knowledge on World Regions Program invites representatives from various area studies centers on U.S. campuses to present their preliminary findings and solicit input from a select group of social scientists, area specialists, educators, research administrators, and donors. The meeting will focus on the institutional infrastructures of knowledge production; topical and theoretical trends in MES; and the political and public challenges facing MES after 9/11. We have commissioned papers for the event and are planning to turn them into an edited volume by 2010.

    Date
    Location
    CUNY Graduate Center
    Program
    Producing Knowledge on World Regions
    Meetings & Events
  • 857.Are We Living in a Post-Secular World?

    As religiously motivated political activity has captured more and more headlines in the post-Cold War world, it has increasingly become conventional wisdom that we live in a “post-secular society,” as Jürgen Habermas and others have put it. But to what extent is the burgeoning scholarly preoccupation with religion a matter of an empirically ascertainable resurgence of religious devotion and practice, and to what extent is it simply the product of a shift in scholarly interests, which now once again are increasingly focused on religion after at least a generation of relative neglect? While there is no doubt that religion has assumed a more dramatic role in public life, that is different from saying that there is “more of it” than there was before, and that we are leaving behind a period that was “more secular” than is the present. In order to understand religion’s place in the public sphere, we must certainly come to a more adequate understanding of shifting historical patterns of religious affiliation and activity. Co-sponsored by the SSRC and the CUNY Graduate Center, this workshop explored both shifting historical patterns of religious affiliation and activity and, especially, shifting patterns of scholarly research.

    Date
    Location
    Social Science Research Council
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 858.Can There Be a Social Science of Spirituality?

    Co-sponsored by the SSRC and the School for Advanced Research, this working meeting was broadly concerned with the current state of knowledge regarding spirituality and religious experience, both in the United States and in global comparative perspective. The two-day discussion was focused not only on “spirituality” and “religious experience” as objects of academic knowledge, but on the forms, practices, and assumptions of social scientific knowledge production itself, specifically as concerns the “problem” of knowing about religious belief and spiritual experience within the context of the contemporary secular university.

    Date
    Location
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 859.Varieties of Secularism: A Colloquium

    Discussion of secularism has been unfolding at a rapid rate over the past few years. In this international debate, it is no longer taken for granted that secularism is a neutral governance structure, or that it can be understood simply as the negation of “religion.” Yet disagreements are also emerging. How closely can secularism be identified with the Christian culture from which it arose? Within the umbrella of a globalizing secular imaginary, what distinctions are to be made among varieties of secularism? How does a critical analysis of the secular affect our understanding of modernity, sovereignty, the postcolonial, or the academic disciplines? Anticipating an engaging array of responses to these and related questions, the aim of this one-day event is to bring together a diverse group of scholars, in order to take stock of the unfolding conversation and to assess the current stakes of debate.

    Date
    , 9:00am –
    Location
    New York University
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 860.Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

    A workshop to assist the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to assess the risks and opportunities for decentralization.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 861.Media Policy Research Pre-Conference

    The Media Policy Research Pre-conference was a one-day event leading into the National Conference for Media Reform on January 12-14th, 2007. The Pre-Conference was intended to facilitate stronger academic research engagement with policy processes, advocacy needs, and other aspects of media reform. Scholars and researchers from a wide range of disciplines gathered on January 11th to discuss ways of coordinating research efforts on policy opportunities and reform agendas in 2007. SSRC and Free Press co-sponsored the event.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 862.Chad/Central African Republic (New York)

    A consultation to analyze options for UN engagement in Chad and the CAR, held one day prior to a Secretariat briefing of the Security Council.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 863.Democratic Republic of Congo (Ituri, DRC)

    A public opinion survey on attitudes towards justice and reconciliation in Ituri commissioned in consultation with the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC).

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 864.Sudan (Paper)

    A series of commissioned papers on the prospects for peace in Sudan.

    Date
    January 1st
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 865.Media Ownership Research Press Conference

    On October 23, 2006, the Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council released four independent academic studies on the impact of media consolidation in the United States. The new research focuses on how the concentration of media ownership affects media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming, and how minority groups have fared -- as both media outlet owners and as historically undeserved audiences -- in an increasingly deregulated media environment.

    Date
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 866.Regional Summer Institute, 2006

    …"Islamic Texts, Thought, History, and Identity": The second in a series hosted by the SSRC's Eurasia Program, part of its Teaching Islam in Eurasia initiative. The 2006 Regional Summer Institute focused on four topics: 1) Islamic texts, 2) Islamic though, 3) historical approaches to Islam, and 4) modern Islamic identity and politics. Individual resource faculty presented four-day, intensive practicums for participants, which included readings, presentations, and assignments on each of the four sub-themes. Smaller groups of participants attended the practicums based on their teaching and research interests, and many had the opportunity to present aspects of their own courses. Once again, the SSRC took advantage of the host location to emphasize both the unique historical and contemporary aspects of Islam in Central Asia.

    Date
    June 24th
    Location
    American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Program
    Teaching Islam in Eurasia - Regional Summer Institutes
    Meetings & Events
  • 867.International Symposium on Women and News

    The International Symposium on Women and News, held in conjunction with the 2006 conference of the International Communications Association, brought together a group of international scholars to discuss ways of expanding and strengthening research on the participation and representation of women in the news media. The SSRC co-sponsored the event.

    Date
    Location
    Dresden, Germany
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 868.Access to Knowledge (A2K) Conference

    …'Access to Knowledge' describes the challenge of building stronger and more equitable participation in the knowledge economy, ranging from securing access to essential medicines, to expanding access to communications infrastructures, to ensuring a richer public domain in science and culture on which creators can draw. The SSRC was a co-sponsor of the first ISP A2K conference, which explored the linkages, applications, opportunities, and research needs of this nascent movement.

    Date
    Location
    Information Society Project, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 869.Planning Meeting on Data Consortium on Media & Communications Policy

    The SSRC sponsored a second planning meeting of a small group of academics and advocates involved in media research and media policy to discuss the possible strategies and activities of the Data Consortium on Media & Communications Policy. The event was hosted by the Center for Public Integrity. The meeting concluded with an action plan to launch the Consortium and begin to engage a broader constituency.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 870.Information, Communication and New Media Studies: Networking a Multidisciplinary Field

    The SSRC and the Oxford Internet Institute co-hosted a two-day workshop on the changing nature of public life as information and communication technologies (ICTs) increasingly become subjects and tools of research -- both inside and outside the academy. The meeting took stock of 15 years of efforts at institutional reinvention in this area and identified promising approaches for international and multidisciplinary collaboration.

    Date
    Location
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, England
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 871.World Social Forum

    The SSRC sponsored two participants (Sheetal Matani, from the Center for International Media Action, and Jennifer Wager, Founder and Director/Producer of "Venezuela Rising") in the Communications Rights Delegation to the World Social Forum. The US group attended the WSF in order to explore and develop connections between US and international media policy and activism.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    Caracas, Venezuela
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 872.Media and Communications at a Crossroads: The Role of Scholarship for Media Reform and Justice

    The Ford Foundation hosted a one-day convening on the state of media and communications. Featuring various grantees, advocacy partners, and researchers that the Foundation has supported since 1999, this was a chance for participants to reflect on the work that has been done and to discuss new opportunities and challenges for the field in the future. A full report on the meeting and the issues addressed is available for download.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    New York, NY
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 873.Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit

    The SSRC co-sponsored, on September 12, 2005, a special meeting for media researchers on access to data issues, as part of the Future of Music Coalition's Policy Summit. This Summit brought together musicians, lawyers, academics, policymakers and music industry executives to discuss and debate issues surrounding digital technology, artists’ rights and the current state of the music industry.

    Date
    Location
    George Washington University, Washington, DC
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 874.Public Seminar: Impact of IP Laws on Indonesian Traditional Arts

    For two weeks in July 2005, a group of international and Indonesian researchers, lawyers, and activists versed in IP, arts, and cultural policy, met with other relevant actors to discuss the complexities and challenges associated with the protection of traditional arts. The trip was intended to 1) prompt greater discussion of these issues within Indonesia, especially among communities of artists whose work is most affected by the new law, and 2) help support and build connections among the small number of research and policy actors who bring critical perspectives to bear on the intersection of intellectual property, cultural policy, traditional arts, and trade. The trip concluded with a public seminar in Jakarta on July 29, 2005, and the release of a declaration on "The Impact of Intellectual Property Laws on Indonesian Traditional Arts" by the group.

    Date
    Location
    Hotel Atlet Century, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Program
    The 'Propertization' of Traditional Arts in Indonesia
    Meetings & Events
  • 875.Summer Seminar: Intellectual Property in Comparative Perspective

    This seminar was intended to build stronger cross-disciplinary and transnational expertise on intellectual property (IP) issues, especially in relation to cultural production and technological change. The goal was to foster better understanding of the relationships between law, the politics of IP governance, and the social processes underlying innovation and creativity. Discussions paid particular attention to the transnational and national aspects of the debate over "protection" and "misuse," in recognition of the central place of this tension in current policy debates; in the organization of cultural creativity, education, and scientific innovation; and in the fabric of everyday cultural life. The seminar was an inaugural effort of the Center for Media & Communications Studies at Central European University (CEU) and the product of collaboration among several institutions: the CEU, the Social Science Research Council, the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, the Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research in London, the Cardozo School of Law, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Funding was provided by the Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom Program of the Ford Foundation, by Ford regional offices in Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, and by the Open Society Institute.

    Date
    Location
    Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
    Program
    Intellectual Property, Markets, and Cultural Flows
    Meetings & Events