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The Dynamics of Ethnic Simplification in Eastern Europe and the Middle East: From 1923 to 1948 to the 21st Century (December 2008)

Flyer for a talk sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) & the Department of Sociology at the University of California in San Diego. The subject is part of a long-term project.
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   IICAS European Studies Presents   Prof. Jeff Weintraub University of Pennsylvania "The Dynamics of EthnicSimplification in Eastern Europe andthe Middle East: From 1923 to 1948to the 21st Century" Tuesday, December 2, 2008 ERC 115, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PMLunch provided, RSVP  In 1900, most of the area running from the Baltic through Eastern and East-Central Europe, the Balkans,Anatolia, the Middle East, and North Africa was or had recently been part of one of three multi-ethnicempires with more or less despotic regimes, the Russian, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian. Over the courseof the twentieth century and up through the present, a grand pattern that has reshaped almost all thesesocieties, despite many differences and special features, has been a pervasive process of ethnicsimplification--using a deliberately abstracted and ironically euphemistic formulation to cover a variety of specific mechanisms including massacre and extermination; ethnic cleansing and formal or informal population exchanges; nationalist and religious projects of cultural homogenization; and/or boundary re-drawings.Weintraub's talk will identify the main outlines of this overall pattern (along with some local exceptions andcountervailing factors), consider the socio-historical dynamics driving it, and explore some of itsimplications for both historical analysis and contemporary political issues.Jeff Weintraub is a social and political theorist and political sociologist who teaches Political Science andSociology at the University of Pennsylvania. A current book project on Freedom and Community seeks tointegrate a reinterpretation of the historical and social-philosophical roots of modern social theory and areassessment of the nature and conditions of democratic citizenship. Publications include "Democracy andthe Market: A Marriage of Inconvenience," "The Theory and Politics of the Public/Private Distinction" (in aco-edited volume on “Public and Private in Thought and Practice”), and "Individual and CollectiveRepresentations in Social Context: A Modest Contribution to Resuming the Interrupted Project of aSociocultural Developmental Psychology" (co-authored with Ageliki Nicolopoulou). Event information and directions: For questions regarding the event, please contactiicas-events@ucsd.eduor (858) 822-5297. Anyoneneeding special arrangements to accommodate a disability is encouraged to contact IICAS two weeksin advance of the event. This event is sponsored by the European Studies Program at the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), and the department of Sociology.   
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