Edition 2016

Faculty & Timetable

Mon
Jun
27
9:30
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12:30
Inaugural Speech
The Economic and the Political in the Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
The Economic and the Political in the Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

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.

Tue
Jun
28
9:30
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12:30
Radicalism, Islamism and economic policy
Radicalism, Islamism and economic policy

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.

15:00
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17:00
Oil, finance and the Middle East
Oil, finance 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.

Wed
Jun
29
9:30
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12:30
Symposium
Where does the money come from? The finances of Islamist movements
Where does the money come from? The finances of Islamist movements

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.

Merieme Yafout is a professor and researcher in social sciences. She has taught courses on "Islamism in the MENA area" and on "social sciences methodology". In 2012, she received her PhD in political science from the Faculty of Legal, Economic, and Social Sciences at Hassan II University in Casablanca, Morocco. Her thesis is on “The status of women within the Islamist movements in Morocco: between feminine exegesis and political participation”. In 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Political, International and Historical Studies (IEPHI) at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne. She is the author of several articles on “Islamic feminism in Morocco”, “female ijtihad”, "Islamist women and the Arab Spring“, "the status of women in Moroccan political parties”, “Islamist movements in Morocco,” “elections in Morocco,” and “field research in Morocco.”

15:00
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18:00
Joint session with TOIndia
Globalization and labor in the Middle East and in India : comparative perspectives
Globalization and labor in the Middle East and in India : comparative perspectives

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.

Thu
Jun
30
9:30
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12:30
The political economy of sectarianism in post-war Lebanon
The political economy of sectarianism in post-war Lebanon

Bassel F. Salloukh is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut. His recent publications include the co-authored The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon (Pluto Press, 2015), “The Arab Uprisings and the Geopolitics of the Middle East” in The International Spectator (June 2012), the co-authored Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012), and the co-authored article “Elite Strategies, Civil Society, and Sectarian Identities in Postwar Lebanon” in International Journal of Middle East Studies (November 2013). His current research looks at post-conflict power-sharing arrangements, the challenge of re-assembling the political orders and societies of post-uprisings Arab states, and the geopolitics of the Middle East after the popular uprisings.

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

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.

17:30
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19:00
Book presentation
Book presentation

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).

Fri
Jul
1
9:30
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12:30
Video projection: Water isn’t heaven sent/L’eau ne tombe pas du ciel
Video projection: Water isn’t heaven sent/L’eau ne tombe pas du ciel

Henry Tidy is of British origins, but is now based in Grenoble, France. Former climate change campaigner for Friends of the Earth in Italy and in the UK, he has specialised in the analysis of the potential social and political impacts of climate change, whilst trying to better link the physical science of climate change modelisation and the actual impacts that these changes could have on humanity. In particular he has focused on conflicts stemming from competition for natural resources - most notably water - based on the example of the Middle East, where he spent two years. Since 2005, he is also a Friends of the Earth representative on Mediterranean issues and has authored two reports on the involvement of young people in civil society for the "EuroMediterranean Platform". From 2008 to 2010, he completed a Master's degree in Audiovisual Communication, in part to reinforce his skills for the "Water isn't heaven sent" documentary project which is an educational tool to help understand the numerous interactions between water, climate change and conflict and to provide a basis for a deeper reflexion about the future of the Mediterranean and Middle East, regions which are especially vulnerable to climate change (https://vimeo.com/100333076; click on CC for subtitles).

He also holds a Certificate in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, a Bachelor of Geography from the University of Nottingham (UK), and a Diploma in Geography from the Institut de Géographie Alpine of Grenoble. Other professional experiences include a posting with the Mayor of Grenoble and team leader for the United Nations in Haiti.

Faculty & Timetable

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.