E Pluribus Unum: Seminar in Collective Action
Sep
1
to Oct 6

E Pluribus Unum: Seminar in Collective Action

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"We are the makers of our own state and ... individuals who realize the fact need not, ought not, to wait for collective action." - Mahatma Gandhi

This course is an introduction to the different theoretical and substantive approaches to the study of collective action. Throughout the course, our goal is to explore different types of institutions and non-institutional phenomena that represent instances of collective action: states, social movements, civil society organizations, and so on. Our goal is also to relate these institutions and phenomena with what social scientists identify as “collective action problems.” We will first read theoretical treatments of this problem in social science literature. Then, we will turn to theoretical and empirical studies that examine specific historical and contemporary examples of collective action. Finally, we will end with an exploration of the limits of collective action as an area of research and explanatory mechanism. This course thus lies at the intersection of comparative politics, political sociology and international relations.

Dates: September 1st - October 6th
Time: Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMCost: 200 JOD (Includes all course materials)

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Arabic Calligraphy and Typography with Hussein Alaazat
Jun
14
1:00 PM13:00

Arabic Calligraphy and Typography with Hussein Alaazat

Renowned calligrapher, Hussein Alaazat, joined Sijal students for a calligraphy workshop. Hussein spoke about both classical Arabic calligraphy and modern Arabic typography, introduced students to his work and gave them the opportunity to try out some calligraphy styles themselves. Participants left the workshop with their own Alaazat works, and a greater appreciation for the art of calligraphy.

Learn more about Hussein Alaazat and his works by visiting his gallery here: http://alazaat.com/

شاركنا الخطاط القدير حسين الأزعط في حصة خاصة لطلابنا ليعلّمهم أساسيات فن الخط العربي. حسين قام بإيضاح الفروقات بين الخط العربي الكلاسيكي القديم والخطوط الحديثة ثم قام طلابنا بتجربة الخط بأنفسهم كما خرجوا بهدايا خاصة من عمل الأزعط

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Postcolonial Theory and International Relations Seminar with Dr. Massimo Ramaioli
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Postcolonial Theory and International Relations Seminar with Dr. Massimo Ramaioli

“Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate” - Edward Said, 2003

In this seminar, we are going to address Postcolonial Theory from the perspective of international relations. As a diverse and rich tradition of scholarship and activism, Postcolonial Theory has in fact impacted and influenced a variety of different fields of inquiry, including comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy and cultural studies. Within the discipline of International Relations, issues of post- and neo-colonialism struggled to surface at first, while becoming gradually an essential contribution to a more critical and reasoned understanding of our world.

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