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Discourse of Sociological Practice
(Department of Sociology, UMass Boston)

Volume 7 • Issues 1&2 • Spring/Fall 2005


Conference Theme: "Theories and Praxes of Difference: Revisiting Edward Said in the Age of New Globalizations"

Proceedings of the Second Annual Social Theory Forum
April 6-7, 2005, UMass Boston

(CFP, Program, Poster)

Proceedings and Guest Editor of this Issue:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


In this age of new globalizations, when technologies of mass communication and terrestrial and space transportation have made the image and the experience of our shared planet an artifact of our actual and virtual everyday lives, and seemingly brought us together in unprecedented ways, we seem to be drifting apart and fragmenting more and more. The gap between rich and poor people, regions, and nations has steadily grown world-wide; our claimed dialogues of civilizations, or discourses on class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, etc., have turned into clashes in disguise despite our politically-correct denials; and our United Nations has turned from an institution originally conceived to prevent imperial world-wars into an increasingly virtual opera that camouflages our imperial aspirations. The many faces of our newly discovered overt terrorisms, flagrantly vicious or subtle, often hide the deeper, long-term, and large-scale terrorisms of our old, neo-, and “post” colonialisms as embedded in our practices of economic exploitation, cultural conversion, and political repression -- to such an extent that even our scholarly dialogues and theoretical discourses in search of alternatives and solutions are doubted, ridiculed, or symbolically terrorized.

The Second Annual Meeting of the Social Theory Forum, held on April 6-7, 2005, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was devoted to the theme “Theories and Praxes of Difference: Revisiting Edward Said in the Age of New Globalizations.” The life and works of the late Edward Said, the prolific thinker, scholar, and cultural critic was revisited to serve as a guiding (though not necessarily exclusive) theme to explore our meanings and theories of difference in the applied settings of our self, global, and world-historical narratives. Said’s writings have exposed the underpinnings of the Orientalist looking glass self images of the East in the mind of the West, and ushered a lively, sophisticated, and long lasting critical dialogue in our academic and public forums -- leading among others to debates on Occidentalism as well, that is, the romanticizations of the West in the eyes of the East. The conference dialogue on difference paid special attention to the context of the allegedly new globalizations of the long-inherited clashes of our colonialisms and anti-colonialisms -- in the hopes of finding creative and peaceful ways out of the vicious cycles in favor of authentic selves and liberating world-histories.

Number of Pages: 370
Publisher: Department of Sociology, UMass Boston
(Spring/Fall 2005 pb)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 7x10 inches


Proceedings and Guest Editor of this Issue:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

Siamak Movahedi — From the Journal Editor: Theories and Praxes of Difference


WINSTON LANGLEY — The Great Dis-Orientator: Edward Said

Charles Lemert — Said & “Edward”: Dispossession and Overcoming Nostalgia

Bruce Mazlish — Edward Said: The Colonial Spirit in a Globalizing World


Khaldoun Samman — Occidentalizing and Orientalizing the Self in the Middle East

Leila Farsakh — What Future for Palestine: Independence or Bantustans

Uni Adiv— The Challenge of Globalisation for the Left: Marxism, Post-Colonialism or Republican Nationalism

Hormoz Shahdadi — Orientalism as Praxis


Michal Ginach — Blaming the Victims Revisited: Fantasy and Politics in the Context of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Frank Scherer — Oriental(ist) Scenes: Orientalism of Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalysis of Orientalism

Christopher Gauthier & Jennifer McFarlane-Harris—Verdi’s Disciplined Subjects: Radamès, Amneris, and the Power of the Panopticon


Agnes Czajak — The African Orient: Edward Said’s Orientalism and ‘Western’ Constructions of Africa

Jemadari Kamara & Tony Van Der Meer — Constructing Decolonizing Methodologies: Theories and Praxes of Difference

Jorge Capetillo-Ponce — The Theoretical Construction of a Latino Oppositional Culture in Samuel Huntington’s “The Hispanic Challenge”


Neil McLaughlin — The Global Public Intellectual, Academic Professions and the Intellectual Hero: Reflections on Edward Said

Panagiota Gounari — Intellectuals Rethinking Politics of Difference: A Pedagogical Project

Mohammad Tamdgidi — Orientalist and Liberating Discourses of East-West Difference: Revisiting Edward Said and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam


Pamela Irving Jackson, Peter Zervakis, & Roderick Parkes — A Contextual Analysis of the Integration of Muslims in Four Western Societies

Fouad Bouguetta & Sally Bould — Oil Revenues and Problematic Development: The Case of Algeria

Mehmet Kucukozer — Reevaluating State Formation and Transformation in Light of the Current Debate on ‘Failed States’

Samuel Zalanga— Hegel’s Philosophy of Freedom, God, and the State as World-Historical Discourse on Power and Domination: The West Versus the Rest of the World in Edward Said’s Critical Hermeneutic

Amil K. Jain — Differences in Difference: “Cognitive Mapping” of the Landscape of Otherness


Rajini Srikanth — Discussant Commentary: Orientalism and the Poverty of Imagination

Orkideh Behrouzan — Homeless Mind: The Fate of Persian Identity in Exile

Solen Sanli — Veiling as Identity Politics: The Case of Turkey

Atossa Movahedi — The Hyper-Real Enemy & Spectator-Sport Warfare in the West: The U.S.-Iraq War Paradox

Bart Bonikowski — Flying While Arab (Or Was It Muslim? Or Middle Eastern?): A Theoretical Analysis of Racial Profiling After September 11th

peter Van Do — GURLZ N GUNS: Popular and Firearm Culture in Contemporary America


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