Global Think In Paris

NILÜFER GÖLE | Nilüfer Göle is a Turkish sociologist and an authority on the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, religious Muslim women. From 1986 to 2001 she taught at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and has been guest professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The New School for Social Research, and the Van Leer Institute in Jérusalem. Since 2001, she has been the Directrice d'études at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), at the Centre d’études sociologiques et politiques Raymond Aaron (CESPRA). Göle directed a research project on the visibility of Islam in Europe and the transformation of public space (2008-2013). Through personal interviews, Göle has developed detailed case studies of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamic gender codes. Her sociological approach has also produced a broader critique of Eurocentrism with regard to emerging Islamic identities at the close of the twentieth century. She has explored the specific topic of covering/veiling, as well as the complexities of living in a multicultural world. Her pioneering work on the contemporary meaning of the Islamic headscarf, The Forbidden Modern, Veiling and Civilization (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 1996) is published in Turkish, French, German and Spanish. In Islam in public, Turkey, Iran and Europe (with Ludwig Ammann eds, Bilgi University Press, 2006), she studied the emergence of Islam in different publics from a comparative perspective. In Interpénétrations, L’islam et l’Europe (Galaade, Paris, 2005), she argues that in the last two decades, Islam has become a decisive element of confrontation in the self-definition and self-presentation of Europeans. Musulmans au quotidian, Une enquête européenne sur les controverses autour de l’islam (La Découverte, Paris, 2015) is the fruit of four years of fieldwork in twenty-one European cities on such questions as halal, the veil, the construction of mosques, circumcision, and representations of the profane and the sacred. Her latest book, Islam and Secularism: The future of the public sphere in Europe (Duke University Press, 2015), demonstrates how the visibility of Islamic practice in the European public sphere has changed the narratives of Western secularism.
TIM GORE | As Chief Executive Officer, University of London, Institute in Paris, Tim Gore has over thirty years of leadership experience on a great variety of projects in a number of cultural and linguistic settings in Europe and Asia. His main area of expertise is university strategy in an international context, but he has also held diplomatic, business development, project management, marketing and lecturing roles. He has lived in Sudan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Jordan, India, the UK and France, where he worked for 20 years for the British Council before joining the University of Greenwich, and then the University of London. He was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008 for services to the British Council. Gore’s first degree was a BTech in Archaeological Sciences. He then received an MA in Applied Linguistics and an MBA, and is currently completing a Doctorate in Business Administration. His doctoral thesis draws on resource-based theory and dynamic capabilities theory to present an analysis of university international strategies. His main area of research is strategy applied in the context of universities and he is an active speaker on many aspects of university work and on trends in higher education.
PAUL LECLERC (MODERATOR) | Paul LeClerc began his tenure as director of the Columbia Global Centers | Paris on July 1, 2012. LeClerc’s academic interests are Voltaire and the French Enlightenment. He received his MA and PhD in French at Columbia and wrote a dissertation on Voltaire that was awarded distinction. He is the author, editor, and co-editor of six scholarly volumes, all published by the Voltaire Foundation of Oxford University. His foreign honors include the French Legion of Honor (Officier), the French Order of Palmes Academiques (Officier), and the Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic (Commander), as well as honorary doctorates from Oxford University and La Nouvelle Sorbonne. In 2004, LeClerc received the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Achievement and he holds honorary doctorates from nine American colleges and universities. In addition, President Bill Clinton named him to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He was named the Networking Chair of Columbia Global Centers in June of 2014. Prior to joining the Columbia staff, LeClerc was president and CEO of the New York Public Library (1993-2011); President and Professor of French of Hunter College, CUNY (1988-93); Provost, Academic Vice President and Professor of French, Baruch College, CUNY (1984-88); University Dean for Academic Programs, CUNY (1979-84); and Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor of French, Union College (1966-79). Throughout his career, LeClerc has been committed to international educational and cultural relations. He directed terms abroad for Union College students in France, was instrumental in creating the CUNY-Universities of Paris Exchange Program, the first large-scale exchange program between an urban US university system and a European counterpart. He created exchanges between the Hunter College Masters of Fine Arts program and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and between the Baruch College School of Business and the University of Paris-Dauphine. He organized landmark exhibits at the New York Public Library with European partner libraries. LeClerc is presently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Columbia Maison Francaise and a Trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the J.Paul Getty Trust, The Voltaire Foundation (Oxford University) and the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. He is an Honorary Trustee of the New York Public Library and past Trustee of Union College, the National Book Foundation, and a variety of other non-profit educational and cultural organizations.
ERICH MAAS | Born in Trier, Germany, Eric Maas, is a citizen of both France and Germany. He is married and has two adult children. He has more than 30 years’ professional experience in national and international banks and has been the COO and Deputy GM of Commerzbank, Paris Branch since 2010.
MANAN AHMED | Manan Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. He specializes in the intellectual history of Islam in South and Southeast Asia, frontier-spaces and the city in medieval South Asia, and post-colonial North India and Pakistan. His most recent monograph, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia (Harvard University Press, 2016), is an intellectual history of a text, the Chachnama, and a place, the medieval city of Uch Sharif in Pakistan.
ROGER COHEN | Roger Cohen is an author and journalist, currently working as a columnist for The New York Times and International New York Times. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen countries. In 2012, Cohen won the Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th annual International Media Awards in London. His most recent book is The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family (Knopf, 2015).
VISHAKHA N. DESAI (MODERATOR) | Vishakha Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as senior advisor for global programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Desai served as president and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the U.S. Prior to becoming president, Desai served in several senior executive positions at the Asia Society for more than a decade. Under her leadership, the Asia Society became a much more global 6/8 organization with new offices in India, and Korea, and with two new architecturally acclaimed buildings in Hong Kong and Houston. She also developed groundbreaking new initiatives such as the U.S-China Center, a transnational young leaders program, and a national program of internationally themed public high schools. A recipient of numerous awards and five honorary degrees, Desai holds a BA in political science from Bombay University and an MA and PhD in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.
SOULEYMANE BACHIR DIAGNE | Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a Professor of French, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008, he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. Professor Diagne’s field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. His book Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal (Paris, Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011. Professor Diagne is co-director of Éthiopiques, a Senegalese journal of literature and philosophy and a member of the editorial committees of numerous scholarly journals, including the Revue d’histoire des mathématiques, Présence africaine, and Public Culture. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.
ADAM TOOZE | Adam Tooze is the Kathyrn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia University and CGT member. Professor Tooze has formerly contributed to the academic advisory panel of the National Intelligence Council. He is the author of three prize-winning books: Statistics and the German State 1900-1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 2001), The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (Penguin Allen Lane, 2006), and most recently, The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 (Viking, 2014).
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