The 9th edition of the summer school “Understanding the Middle East” critically unpacks gender studies to explore the role they have in re-defining regional trajectories. It also aspires to analyse new debates to better grasp the impact these studies have on the Middle East and North African region in historical perspective.
The core idea of the Summer School is to deconstruct the imaginaries and stereotypes that have formed the representation of the Middle East as a result of the oft-inaccurate media coverage. Relying on previous cooperation agreements and consolidated research relationships, the international scientific committee of the “Understanding the Middle East” summer school met the challenge to organise a coherent and articulated programme that, in each annual edition, addresses one of the key issues related to the region. The chosen perspective grounded in Political Science. In this sense, political science is, however, understood in a broad sense: political philosophy, political sociology, and the history of thought, are all considered among others. At the same time, major attention is paid to methodological issues and, in particular, those relating to fieldwork.
The Summer School is the only school in Italy, and among the very few in Europe, offering a programme focused on the Middle East but with a politological perspective.
Maya Mikdashi offers a new way to understand state power, theorizing how sex, sexuality, and sect shape and are shaped by law, secularism, and sovereignty. Drawing on court archives, public records, and ethnog- raphy of the Court of Cassation, the highest civil court in Lebanon, Mikdashi shows how political difference is entangled with religious, secular, and sexual difference.
Urbanization and ‘‘re-Islamization’’ in Postcolonial Egypt: Al-Jamʿiyyāt al-Islamiyya and the Muslim Brotherhood - Dr. Panos Kourgiotis, Hellenic Open University & Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies, Thessaloniki Greece.
The XV Conference of SeSaMO, Explaining Crisis, Beyond Chaos. The Middle East and North Africa in Global Change will take place in presence at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, Naples – Italy the 22-24 of June 2022. Individual paper submissions should be sent directly to the panelist/s’ contact address by the 13 of March.
Il 26 maggio si terrà sesto ed ultimo incontro dei webinar di SeSaMO 'Ricerca e Medio Oriente' 2021/2022: "Resistance and scholarship. The case of academic boycotts".
Building Cracks in a Regime of Oppression and Corruption