Spring 2014 After School Professional Development Seminar

Democratic Contestations and Political Violence:  Arab Spring(s), Elections in India, Iran's Green Movement, and Pakistan's Historic Transition of Power

Co-sponsored by the Middle East and South Asia Institutes at Columbia University
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A talk by S. Akbar Zaidi (Columbia University)
Democracy, Islam and Dictatorship: The Many Pasts and Futures of Pakistan
Professor S. Akbar Zaidi has a joint appointment at the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Department of Middle East, South Asia, and African Studies at Columbia University.  Zaidi holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He taught at Karachi University for thirteen years, and was a visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University in 2004-05.  Apart from his interest in political economy, he has research interests in development, the social sciences, and history.  His publications include Military, Civil Society and Democratization in Pakistan (2011);  Political Economy and Development in Pakistan (2010); Issues in Pakistan's Economy (2006).
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Talk by Kanchan Chandra (New York University)
Democracy and Dysfunction in India
Kanchan Chandra is Professor in the Politics Department at New York University.  She previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford.  She earned her PhD from Harvard University, and subsequently was awarded grants from the Carnegie and Guggenheim Foundations, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the National Science Foundation.  Her research interests include Comparative Ethnic Politics, Democratic Theory, Political Parties and Elections, Violence, and Comparative Research Methods.  Her publications include Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (2012) and Why Ethnic Parties Succeed : Patronage and Ethnic Head Counts in India (2004).
Monday, April 21, 2014
A talk by Jillian Schwedler (Hunter College, CUNY)
The Political Geography of Protests in the Arab World
Jillian Schwedler is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center.  She received her PhD from New York University, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Maryland at College Park.  Her current academic interests include Comparative politics, Protest and policing, Social movements and contentious politics, Political geography, the Middle East, Political Islam.  She has conducted field research in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen, and has received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  Schwedler’s publications include the monograph Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (2006) and the co-edited volume Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion (2010).
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A talk by Golbarg Bashi
Gender, Political and Social movements in Iran
Golbarg Bashi has taught Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University.  She earned Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from Columbia University.  Born in Iran, she grew up in Sweden, and was educated in Britain and the United States.  Her research interests include political art and music in Iran, theories and practices of human rights in Iran and the Muslim world, modern Iranian literary history, women and gender in fundamentalist religious communities and women's rights movements in a global comparative context.
Time and Location for all four events:
Time:  5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location:  Knox Hall, Room 207, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont


Readings and other materials for individual workshops will be distributed in-person and by email attachment.  The following recently published books will be distributed to all registrants, at no cost:

Dispatches from the Arab Spring: Understanding the New Middle East.  Edited by Paul Amar and Vijay Prashad.  University of Minnesota Press, September 2013. 

Sources of Indian Tradition, Volume Two.  Third edition.  Edited by Rachel Fell McDermott.  University of Columbia Press, April 2014.


Participants must be K-12 teachers, two-year college instructors or students enrolled in graduate education degree programs. Attendees may register for all four meetings or register for individual sessions. If you would like to register for the workshops, or have questions, please contact William Carrick at wac2112@columbia.edu or at (212) 854-4565. To register, please include your name, school affiliation, level of students taught, and subjects taught. Students should include their school and degree program, anticipated graduation date, and a very brief statement of career goals.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop.  All books and materials will be provided to participants at no cost.

For additional information, please contact William Carrick at wac2112@columbia.edu or by phone at (212) 854-4565.

After School Professional Development programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.