Guest lecture on Public Administration in the United Arab Emirates
On May 2nd 17.00 the Department of Public Administration will host a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Eugenie Samier from the British University in Dubai in room X-415 on the topic „Transitional Tensions in the United Arab Emirates Public Administration: From Islamic Roots and Arab Custom, through Colonisation, to Current Contradictions under Globalisation.“
This talk explores the nature of public administration in the Arab world, primarily focussing on the United Arab Emirates from a perspective that is beginning to gain more attention: a modern administration that is capable of managing state building in the UAE in the context of regional and international geopolitics, while synthesising appropriate administrative knowledge from the West with Islamic values and Arab custom. As part of the discussion, the UAE, as unique in the Arab world, particularly in the role that women play and the style of sheikhdom practiced, will be presented against a backdrop of current Western intellectual imperialism.
The guest lecture, which is open to the public, is offered in conjunction with Professor Dr. Wolfgang Drechsler’s current course on “The State and Public Administration in classical China and Islam”.
Professor Eugenie A. Samier teaches at the British University in Dubai, UAE; she is also a Visiting Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Amongst her many publications are five edited books with Routledge, on Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics, Emotional Dimensions, and Trust and Betrayal. Currently, she is working on covert administration; Islamic and Arabic sources of scholarship on administration for comparative analysis with Western theory; the fate of the university under globalisation; and toxic administration (predominantly the effect of personality disorders). She is one of the editors of DPA’s academic journal Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture.