2017 Mary Choncoff Endowed Lecture - "Muslims in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism"

March 30, 2017
7 PM
ASU Tempe campus, Coor Hall, room 184 [street level]
Event Description: 

2017 Mary Choncoff Endowed Lecture

Thursday, March 30, at 7 PM in ASU's Coor Hall, room 184.

"Muslims in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism" by Dr. Ina Merdjanova

Ina Merdjanova, who received her Ph.D. from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Bulgaria, has scholarly training in philosophy of religion, theology, and sociology of religion.  She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and during the Spring 2017 semester is a visiting fellow in the Remarque Institute at New York University.  She has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and other institutions in the UK, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and in the U.S.  In the Scientific Research Department of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Merdjanova served as director of the Center for Interreligious Dialogue and Conflict Prevention from 2004-2010.  In 2005, with Dr. Patrice Brodeur of Montreal University, she received a three-year collaborative grant from the United States Institute of Peace to research interreligious peacebuilding in the Balkans after the fall of communism.  In 2010, she was awarded a two-year Senior Marie Curie Intra-European Career Development Fellowship, during which, among other projects, Merdjanova developed and taught three M.A. modules: “Muslims in the Balkans and the Building of a European Islam,” “Islam and Christianity in Southeast Europe: Contact, Conflict and Cooperation,” and “Religion and Peacebuilding in Southeast Europe."  Her major publications include:  Religion, Nationalism, and Civil Society in Eastern Europe - The Postcommunist Palimpsest (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002), Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans (Continuum, 2009) with Patrice Brodeur, and Rediscovering the Umma: Muslims in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism (Oxford University Press, 2013) that was recently released in paperback.

 RSVPs to melikiancenter@asu.edu are appreciated.

Coor Hall room 184 is located on the south side (exterior) of the Lattie F Coor Hall building on the ground/street level.  
The two entrance doors to Coor 184 are on the outdoor walkway running between Coor Hall and Payne Hall.