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Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies

This annual exploratory and informal workshop offers the opportunity to reflect on history writing in Arabic. This year, three days of the workshop will be held online and only Day 2 will be in person at the Aga Khan Centre, London. We hope to welcome newcomers to the workshop and to encourage a lively discussion. The programme is exciting as ever, with 25 papers treating history writing from the eighth century up to the present.

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Conflict, Climate, and Civil Society: Tracing (In)Stability, Challenges and Change from Iran to the Gulf

This conference, organised by the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at King’s College London, aims to identify cross-cutting themes and provide insights into the current conflicts, challenges and changes permeating the Persian Gulf region. In doing so, the discussions will trace the pathways of existing national and regional tensions and will look towards emerging opportunities that may set the tone for future geo-political, environmental, and socio-economic transformations. Free to attend (registration required).

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Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting

The Middle East Studies Association’s 55th annual meeting will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada at the Palais des congrès from October 28-31, 2021. The deadline to register is 15 September.

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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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The influence of the Arab Spring on Palestine

This lecture by Bader M Abdalrahman Alaraj (Bir Zeit University, Palestine) 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 Arabic with German translation. The lecture will be in Arabic with German translation

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Iraq on the Eve of Elections: A New Era or Return to the Status Quo?

This two-day online conference brings together researchers from the Conflict Research Programme Iraq (CRP-I) with other leading experts in the field to assess the situation in Iraq four years on from the programme’s launch. It provides an opportunity to discuss and disseminate the 30 CRP-I reports published by the LSE Middle East Centre since March 2017, assessing the drivers and dynamics of the violent conflict that has come to dominate the country since 2003, as well as prospects for reform.

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Navigating Collapse: Where Next for Lebanon?

Over a year ago, one of the world’s most powerful non-nuclear explosions devastated Beirut, killing 218 people. In this webinar, nearly two years on from the 17 October Revolution, we hear from Lebanese experts navigating their county’s current state with an eye to the future. Registration opens 20 September.

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Revolt, Repression, War and a Pandemic: Conducting Safe and Ethical Research in WANA Today

This lecture by Jannis Julien Grimm (The SAFEResearch Project, Free University of Berlin) 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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The Middle East Crisis Factory: Tyranny, Resilience and Resistance (Book Launch)

Has autocracy won out in the Middle East or is another future still possible? This book charts the entrenchment of tyranny, terrorism and foreign intervention in the region, and presents ambitious and thoughtful ideas for the future that reject both aggressive military intervention and cynical deals with dictators. Registration opens 28 September. 

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Religious Cultural Heritage: Concepts and Issues in the Modern Middle East

This is a two-day introductory course from the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations on the theme of religious cultural heritage (RCH) in the Middle East. It aims to contextualise RCH as the living cultural heritage of its community of users. In addition, the course attempts to present RCH as a contemporary construct of its socio-political and religious context through its connections to ethnicity, gender, nationalism, as much as religion.

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IAS Book Launch: The Palestinian Prisoners Movement: Resistance and Disobedience by Julie M. Norman

Join the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) to celebrate the publication of 'The Palestinian Prisoners Movement: Resistance and Disobedience' by Julie M. Norman. Providing a contemporary history of the Palestinian prisoners movement, this book illustrates the centrality of the movement in the broader Palestinian national struggle. Based on direct interviews with former prisoners and former security sector personnel, it offers new insights into the strategies that prisoners employed to gain rights over time, as well as the tactics used by prison authorities to maintain control. 

All welcome. This is an in-person event and numbers are currently capped according to social distancing limits set on rooms; registration is required and is on a first come first served basis

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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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