Edition 2015

Faculty & Timetable

Mon
Jun
29
9:30
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12:30
Inaugural Speech
Regional (dis)order: the disruption of borders in the Middle East
Regional (dis)order: the disruption of borders in the Middle East

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, researched and taught in Beirut, Paris and Berlin, and has been since 2007 Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. His many books include: The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, published in 15 languages; Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky; The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives; The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising; and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising.

15:00
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17:00
The internal and external borders of Islamism
The internal and external borders of Islamism

Francesco Cavatorta is professor of political science at Laval University in Quebec City Canada. His research focuses on dynamics of democratization and authoritarian resilience in the Arab world. He is currently working on a project examining the relationship between neoliberal economics and Salafi political parties.

Tue
Jun
30
9:30
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12:30
Joint Session TOIndia
Two worlds of Civil Society: India and the Middle East
Two worlds of Civil Society: India and the Middle East
15:00
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17:00
From frontiers to walls: the border/boundary system in the Middle East
From frontiers to walls: the border/boundary system in the Middle East

Daniel Meier is currently associated researcher at CNRS-PACTE in Grenoble and teaches at Sciences Po Grenoble and Ca’Foscari University (Venice). During the Spring 2020, he will be Visiting Professor at the University of Turin. He conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East (Lebanon and Iraq) and was a former senior associate member of the St Antony’s College (Oxford). His researches focus on the relationship between space and identity in the Middle East with numerous papers on the Palestinian refugees’ issue in Lebanon. Since 2011, he dedicated most of his work to border issues in the MENA region. He authored Shaping Lebanon’s Borderlands: Armed Resistance and International Intervention in South Lebanon (IB Tauris, 2016) and recently edited the Special Issue “Bordering the Middle East” in Geopolitics (Vol. 23, No 3, 2018).

Wed
Jul
1
15:00
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17:00
Homosexuality as a cultural battleground in the Middle East: culture and post-colonial international theory
Homosexuality as a cultural battleground in the Middle East: culture and post-colonial international theory

Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Her main areas of expertise are in: human rights , democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East; political Islam; and culture and religion in International Relations. She is author of Islam, Liberalism and Human Rights: Implications for International Relations (London: I. B. Tauris, 2003) and Engagement or Coercion: Weighing Western Human Rights Policies towards Turkey, Iran and Egypt (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2003). She has published in the Review of International Studies, Millennium, International Affairs, Democratization, International Studies Notes and International Relations and has authored a number of chapters in edited books. Her book, Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Thu
Jul
2
9:30
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12:30
Challenged borders and boundaries: migration, a changing Middle East and Europe
Challenged borders and boundaries: migration, a changing Middle East and Europe

Dr. Peter Seeberg is Associate Professor and Director of Studies at Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He is also Director of the DJUCO-project, an academic cooperation project in Amman, Jordan, since 2009 funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see www.djuco.org). He teaches Middle East Studies at University of Southern Denmark. Peter Seeberg has published widely on the EU and the Middle East, migration and security, Arab nationalism, political conflicts related to the Mediterranean region etc. His most recent books are Seeberg, Peter & Zaid Eyadat (eds. 2013): Migration, Security, and Citizenship in the Middle East. New Perspectives. New York, Palgrave Macmillan; Seeberg, Peter, Anne Magnussen, Kirstine Sinclair and Nils Arne Sørensen (eds., 2013): Contested Places, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark; Seeberg, Peter & Michelle Pace (eds. 2010, ppb 2013). The European Union's Democratization Agenda in the Mediterranean. London: Routledge; Seeberg, Peter & Morten Valbjørn (eds., 2008): Et andet nyt Mellemøsten, Syddansk Universitetsforlag; Seeberg, Peter (ed., 2007): EU and the Mediterranean. Foreign Policy and Security, University Press of Southern Denmark. His articles appeared, among others, in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Democracy and Security, Democratization, European Foreign Affairs Review, Mediterranean Politics, Middle East Critique, Middle East Policy.

15:00
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17:00
How to study Middle East politics: theories and methods
How to study Middle East politics: theories and methods

Francesco Cavatorta is professor of political science at Laval University in Quebec City Canada. His research focuses on dynamics of democratization and authoritarian resilience in the Arab world. He is currently working on a project examining the relationship between neoliberal economics and Salafi political parties.

Fri
Jul
3
9:30
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12:30
Economies across borders: finance, internationalization and the Middle East
Economies across borders: finance, internationalization and the Middle East

Adam Hanieh is Professor and Joint Chair in Area Studies at the University of Exeter, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, and Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Scientific Committee

Gilbert
Achcar
Scientific committee member
SOAS University of London, UK

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, researched and taught in Beirut, Paris and Berlin, and has been since 2007 Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. His many books include: The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, published in 15 languages; Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky; The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives; The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising; and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising.

Francesco
Cavatorta
Scientific committee member
Laval University, Canada

Francesco Cavatorta is professor of political science at Laval University in Quebec City Canada. His research focuses on dynamics of democratization and authoritarian resilience in the Arab world. He is currently working on a project examining the relationship between neoliberal economics and Salafi political parties.

Rosita
Di Peri
Scientific coordinator and committee member
University of Turin, Italy

Rosita Di Peri is associate professor at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, Italy where she teaches ‘Politics, Institutions and Cultures of Middle East’ and 'Mashrek Politics and Institutions'. Her research interests are on democracy and authoritarianism in Middle East with a focus on Lebanon. She is the scientific coordinator of the Summer School ‘Understanding the Middle East’ and member of the board of SeSaMO (Italian Association for Middle Eastern Studies). She published several articles in Italian and international Journals, such as ‘Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche’, ‘Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica’, ‘British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies’, ‘Politics Religion and Ideology’, 'Mediterranean Politics', ‘Oriente Moderno’ and ‘Meridiana’. She authored a book on the politics of contemporary Lebanon (Il Libano contemporaneo, Carocci, Roma 2017, in Italian) and co-edited several books and Special Issues.

Raymond
Hinnebusch
Scientific committee member
University of St. Andrews, UK

Raymond Hinnebusch is professor of International relations and Middle East politics at the University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. He is founder and director of the Centre for Syrian Studies. His major works include Egyptian Politics Under Sadat (Cambridge University Press 1985); The International Politics of the Middle East (Manchester University Press, 2003, 2nd ed. 2015) and Syria: Revolution from above (Routledge: 2001);. He co- edited The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, with A. Ehteshami, Lynne Rienner Publishers,2nd edition, 2014; Turkey-Syria Relation: between Enmity and Amity, with Ozlem Tur, Ashgate Publishers, 2013; Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia, with Sally Cummings, Edinburgh University Press, 2011; The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, with Rick Fawn; and Syria: From Reform to Revolt: Politics and International relations, with Tina Zintl, Syracuse University Press, 2014.

Fadia
Kiwan
Scientific committee member
Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Political Science at Saint Joseph University – Beirut; holder of a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne, and a CAPES in Philosophy and Psychology from the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Lebanese University; author of many publications and research articles. Representative of the President of the Republic at the Permanent Council of the Francophonie.

Professor Kiwan was advisor to the Minister of National Education and Fine Arts 1991-1992 and to the Minister of Culture and Higher Education 1992-1996. She was appointed as expert in many programs of the World Bank and UNESCO. In 2007, she was nominated member of the United Nations University Council until 2013.

Professor Kiwan is nominated by UNESCO member of the senior experts group in charge of revisiting the Report of Jacques Delors on "Education in the 21 century”. She is also member of the Senior advisory experts Committee of the program MOST at UNESCO.
Sensitive to human rights and women rights, she has a lot of articles on these issues and is representative of Lebanon in the Executive Board of the Arab Women Organization. Her priorities in action and research are the following topics: civil society, political parties, pressure groups, political culture and gender issues.