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03/11/2021

The Quiet Emergency: Experiences and Understandings of Climate Change in Kuwait

Organiser: LSE Middle East Centre

This webinar will launch 'The Quiet Emergency: Experiences and Understandings of Climate Change in Kuwait', a new report from the LSE Kuwait Programme project Sustaining Kuwait in Unsustainable Times that provides a grounded account of climate change in Kuwait. The researchers will discuss the key findings from the report, including the extent to which climate change is impacting daily life, how politicians are addressing the question, the generational divide, and the unequal impact of climate change within Kuwait.

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04/11/2021

The Mexican Mahjar: Transnational Maronites, Jews, and Arabs under the French Mandate

Organiser: The Middle East & North Africa Centre at Sussex

In this talk Camila Pastor will discuss her award-winning book, The Mexican Mahjar – the first global history of Middle Eastern migrations to Mexico. Through her use of French colonial archives and historical ethnography among Arab and Jewish communities in Mexico, Pastor’s work explores the intersection between French colonial control over mandate Syria and Lebanon, and the unfolding of migrants’ lives across transnational spaces. Tracing issues of class, race, and gender through the decades of increased immigration to Mexico, the talk will provide fresh perspective on the creation of global migratory networks in the early 20th century and beyond.

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12/11/2021

First Annual INMENAS Postgraduate Symposium

The first annual Postgraduate Symposium of the Irish Network for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (INMENAS) will take place online on the 12 and 13 of November 2021.

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12/11/2021

Air Pollution, Toxicity, and Environmental Politics in the History of Iranian Oil Nationalisation

Organiser: Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series

In this talk, Mattin Biglari, will turn attention to the toxicity of air pollution to illuminate its relationship to embodied subjectivity, (in)visibility, temporality and infrastructure, especially with reference to the politics of Iran’s oil nationalisation in 1951. By focusing on subaltern experiences in the oil refinery town of Abadan, it will offer an alternative account to challenge dominant nationalist narratives of this important episode in the country’s history. In doing so, it connects the modern history of Iran to a burgeoning body of work in the environmental and energy humanities that highlights the relationship between global pollution and imperialism in the Middle East and wider Global South.

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16/11/2021

Book Launch: Muslim Masculinities in Literature and Film

Organiser: The Middle East & North Africa Centre at Sussex

Join MENACS for the book launch of Dr Peter Cherry's (Bilkent and MENACS) new monograph Muslim Masculinities in Literature and Film (Bloomsbury/IB Tauris, 2021). Through close analysis of work by Monica Ali, Nadeem Aslam, Guy Gunaratne, Sally El Hosaini, Hanif Kureishi, Suhayl Saadi, Kamila Shamsie, Zadie Smith, Zia Haider Rahman and Salman Rushdie, Cherry examines how migrant and diaspora protagonists negotiate their masculinity in a climate of Islamophobic and anti-migrant rhetoric. Our event will include a brief introductory presentation from Dr Cherry followed by a response with discussant Professor Claire Chambers (York).

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29/11/2021

Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting

The Middle East Studies Association’s 55th annual meeting will be held virtually from November 29-December 3, 2021.

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29/11/2021

Gender in the Global Middle East and North Africa

Organiser: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute)

Part of the Middle East c.1960-1980 Global and Transnational Perspectives Webinar Series.

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26/10/2021

Visions of Beirut: The Urban Life of Media Infrastructure

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute

In Visions of Beirut, Hatim El-Hibri explores how the creation and circulation of images has shaped the urban spaces and cultural imaginaries of Beirut. Drawing on fieldwork and texts ranging from maps, urban plans, and aerial photographs to live television and drone-camera footage, El-Hibri traces the histories of how the technologies and media infrastructure that visualize the city are used to consolidate or destabilize regimes of power.

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26/10/2021

Desert Insurgency: Archaeology, T.E. Lawrence, and the Arab Revolt

Organiser: Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)

For 10 years, between 2005 and 2014, the ‘Great Arab Revolt Project’ (GARP) investigated the remains of the 1916-1918 Arab Revolt in southern Jordan, from Ma’an to Mudawwara. Expecting initially to survey and excavate the mainly ruinous Hejaz Railway stations for perhaps three years, events soon changed this to a 10-year project. GARP research fleshed out the Revolt in this region, uncovered unsuspected landscapes, and added a new dimension to Jordanian heritage. 

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29/10/2021

The blue-clad fennec: authoritarian environmentalism in Tunisia, and its afterlives

Organiser: St Antony's College, University of Oxford

From some examples such as analysis of the Arabic terms (bi’a vs. muhit), the discourse in public signage pertaining to waste, the creation in 2017 of Tunisia’s “environmental police” and participant observation Jamie Furniss has conducted on civil society “environmental” projects, he attempts to demonstrate that environment is a concept characterized by visuality and proximity. This makes garbage and in particular its visual accumulation in public space a kind of archetypal “environmental problem”. The rapid political telescoping of waste into issues of corruption (e.g. during the “Italian waste scandal”) as well as the use of cleanup as a political idiom (e.g. during the halit wa‘I movement following Kais Said’s election as president) are indices of ongoing political overtones of the issues of waste, cleanliness, and environment more broadly, in contemporary Tunisia.

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01/11/2021

Maoism in the Middle East and North Africa

Organiser: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute)

Part of the Middle East c.1960-1980 Global and Transnational Perspectives Webinar Series.

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03/11/2021

Representation of Iran by the western film industry

This lecture by Angeliki Coletsou (Ionian University, Greece) is part of the series "10 years so-called Arab Spring - a critical perspective" organised by the Critical Students of Arabic and Islamic Studies (KIARA). The lecture will be in English.

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08/11/2021

Late Pahlavi Iran

Organiser: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute)

Part of the Middle East c.1960-1980 Global and Transnational Perspectives Webinar Series.

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15/11/2021

Lebanon

Organiser: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute)

Part of the Middle East c.1960-1980 Global and Transnational Perspectives Webinar Series.

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16/11/2021

Creative Radicalism in the Middle East: Culture and the Arab Left After the Uprisings

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute

In her recent account of the Arab uprisings, Caroline Rooney outlines the importance of aesthetic strategies and creative expression in the left's critique of authoritarian and Islamic extremist discourse during the revolutions. The book offers an original conceptual framework for differentiating 'radicalization' from the creative radicalism of the Arab avant-garde.

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22/11/2021

The Developmental State

Organiser: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute)

Part of the Middle East c.1960-1980 Global and Transnational Perspectives Webinar Series.

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30/11/2021

Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute

Speaker: Amr Adly (American University in Cairo)

Egypt has undergone significant economic liberalization under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, USAID, and the European Commission. Yet after more than four decades of economic reform, the Egyptian economy still fails to meet popular expectations for inclusive growth, better standards of living, and high-quality employment. While many analysts point to cronyism and corruption, Amr Adly finds the root causes of this stagnation in the underlying social and political conditions of economic development.

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