Kosovo 2.0 Talks Religion
About this Talk
The third edition of Kosovo 2.0’s print magazine, Religion, discusses all that is holy in Kosovo and abroad. Join us on Monday, May 21 at Prishtina’s Sheshi 21 to attend a live talk show on the topic of religion.
A reception will be held at 19:00, and the talk show will begin promptly at 20:00.
The evening will be an exploration of different belief systems in Kosovo and the world. Join us as we discuss the role of the state, national and religious institutions, and the dynamic between religion, gender and politics.
The talk will be moderated by the Editor-in-Chief of national television station Koha Vision, Adriatik Kelmendi. Kelmendi has over 15 years of experience in investigative journalism and is the host of one of Kosovo’s most influential current affairs talk show, “Rubikon.”
You are invited to join our discussion with our panelists, who come from a rich variety of backgrounds and interests, spanning journalism, religious studies, human rights and gender equity advocacy.
Xhabir Hamiti, Professor at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Islamic Studies.
Hamiti’s research has explored the development and practice of Islam amongst Albanians in the nineteenth century. Hamiti holds a Masters degree from Jinan University in Libya and a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Sarajevo. He has taught Quran studies and Arabic language since 2003 at the University of Prishtina’s faculty of Islamic studies. He is the author of several books and numerous scientific articles in local and international scholarly journals.
Andrew Testa, Photographer
London-born photographer Testa covered the Balkans from 1999-2005 while based in Kosovo. Testa explores the dynamics of religion, ethnicity and conflict in his photo essay for the Religion edition of Kosovo 2.0’s magazine. Testa is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and has been featured in magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Stern, Geo, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent Magazine, Mother Jones and Mare.
Nita Luci, Lecturer at the University of Prishtina, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, and ABD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Luci’s research has focused on topics of gender and manhood, body, memory, and violence. She serves on the board of the recently established Institute for Social Studies and the Humanities at the University of Prishtina. Luci is the co-founder of Alter Habitus, an independent feminist institute for studies in society and culture.
Matthew Brunwasser, Journalist
Brunwasser is an independent journalist based in Istanbul, specializing in international affairs, human rights and investigative journalism. Brunwasser reported an article for Kosovo 2.0’s Religion edition about Turkey’s slow motion Islamic revolution, and efforts to transform male-dominated mosques into women-friendly places and increase religion’s role in daily life generally. His work appears regularly in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times and PRI’s the World.
Isak Vorgucic, Journalist
Vorgucic is a veteran journalist from Kosovo and the general manager of Kosovo-based KiM radio. Vorgucic wrote an investigative piece on the role of the media and the Serbian Orthodox Church for this edition of Kosovo 2.0’s magazine.
This is a unique opportunity to join Kosovo 2.0 in our ongoing and fearless mission to promote debate, critical thought and conversation on matters vital to Kosovars and citizens across the globe.
The Agona Shporta Quartet will be performing during the reception and on breaks throughout the evening.
Space is limited! Confirm your attendance no later than Friday, May 18, 2012 with Hana Ahmeti at email@example.com or by telephone at 044 309 038.K
This event is supported by the Royal Dutch Embassy and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).
Chronicle and photographs from the event
Our first panelist is Xhabir Hamiti, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Prishtina. When asked about the influence of Islamic missions in Kosovo, Hamiti comments: “We don’t need a culture that violates our culture. We know how to cultivate our own religion, because people here understand religion as well.”
Our second panelist Isak Vorgucic, discusses the inner politics of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the intersection between ethnicity, religion and nationalism in Kosovo. “People in not Kosovo are not religious, whether they are Serb or Albanian. We refer to religion when we want to differ from others, or on religious holidays.”
Photos: Kushtrim Ternava.
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