Graduate Student Symposium: The Decline of Democracy

Graduate Research Symposium

The Inaugural Joint Graduate Student Symposium of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (DAMES), Global Studies, and TransAtlantic Master’s Program

March 2-3, FedEx Global Education Center

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Thursday, March 2

  • 5:30-6:30pm  Symposium Opening and Keynote Address – Dr. Urban Strandberg from the University of Gothenburg and International Youth Think Tank presents “Youth for Democracy! Meeting Democratic Backsliding with Empowerment and Democracy Renewal” (Nelson Mandela Auditorium)
  • 6:30-7:30pm  Reception (Atrium)

Friday, March 3 

  • 8:00-8:30am  Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:00am  Panel I  (Room 2008-2010)
  • 10:00-10:30am  Coffee Break
  • 10:30-12:00pm  Panel II  (Room 2008-2010)


Graduate Student Panels I & II

PANEL I – Chair: Dr. Yaron Shemer & Discussant: Dr. Jonathan Weiler

  1. The Global Gazette – Introduction: co-editors Scarlett Hawkins and Eleni Econopouly (Global Studies), Abstract presentation:  Sophia Brown (Global Studies), Abstract presentation: Anshu Shah (Business Administration major)
  2. Samir Sefiane – DAMES: “The Roots of Leftist Movements in Morocco”
  3. Eleni Econopouly – Global Studies: Making Refuge: Radical Adaptation and Community Resilience in Anarchist Athens
  4. Alexander Weber – Global Studies: Nations of the South Caucasus as an active battlefield for Russian and European influence

PANEL II –  Chair: Banu Gökarıksel & Discussant: Dr. Jessie Barton Hronešová

  1. Jordyn Cooper – Global Studies: “The US visa immigration system as a tool that upholds Global Apartheid”
  2. Daniela Liberatore – TAM: “Conditionality and the safeguarding of the rule of law in the European Union”
  3. Cate Small – TAM: “Pandemic Backsliding and the European Union”
  4. Sophia Brown – Global Studies: “An Investigation into Mass Incarceration and Mass Deportation: How the Concerted Creation of “the Other” Corrodes Citizenship Rights”