The 8th edition of the summer school “Understanding the Middle East” critically unpacks power, politics and governance, exploring the role they have in re-defining the trajectories of Arab states.
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.
For the third session on LGBTQ Iran, Saman Arastoo, Iranian actor, director and activist, will share his life of being trans in Iran, and present excerpts of his theatre production and self-cognition workshops, before discussing his work as an artist and activist in the world of Iranian performance.
L’evento si pone come obiettivo non solo indagare l’arte di strada come uno strumento rivoluzionario e di protesta adottato dai manifestanti durante le cosiddette “Primavere arabe”, ma anche interrogarsi sulla sua eredità in termini di memoria storica nello scenario post-2011 e, nello specifico, sul modo in cui il nuovo (e vecchio) establishment si sia relazionato a tali arti visive, ovvero scritte e immagini capaci non solo di descrivere la natura della rivoluzione e della sua repressione, ma anche di narrarla.
This workshop takes stock of the practice of security assistance by exploring cross-cutting themes of relevance to the Middle East region. It will bring together scholars, policy analysts and practitioners of security assistance in the Middle East and aims to open up new lines of dialogue by rearticulating the terms of the debate so to bridge hitherto fragmented communities of research and practice
In this talk, Peter Schwartzstein will trade off years of environmental reporting across the Middle East to explore what a water crisis of this magnitude could mean for lives and livelihoods, while also delving into the potential implications for governance and regional stability.
Cosa si intende esattamente con Medio Oriente? E come si è configurata l’attuale situazione geopolitica dell’area? Per comprendere la complessità di una regione così centrale negli equilibri e nelle tensioni del mondo è necessario conoscerne la storia e addentrarsi tra gli snodi del pensiero politico contemporaneo.
This talk aims to interrogate, complicate, and extend the conceptualization of “the normalization of violence” in relation to the dynamic between Palestinian modes of life under Israeli modes of colonial domination, with reference to dimensions of the recent May 2021 Palestinian rebellion.
Today, Lebanon features one of the most severe economic crises in its history. Combined with the coronavirus pandemic and deepening political gridlock, the residents of the country are experiencing acute economic dislocation, political alienation, and daily hazards to their lives and wellbeing. The October 17 Revolution and August 4 Beirut Port explosion simultaneously—albeit different—reflected and added to the underlying features producing such crises. This panel aims to explore how the Lebanese media are dealing with this turmoil, shedding light on the framing of events based on political agendas.