Edition 2020

Faculty & Timetable

Mon
Jun
22
10:00
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Rethinking Space, Scale, and Power in the Gulf
Rethinking Space, Scale, and Power in the Gulf

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.

15:00
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17:00
Reshaping state / local communities relations in Tunisia: The socio-cultural and institutional challenges of the decentralization project
Reshaping state / local communities relations in Tunisia: The socio-cultural and institutional challenges of the decentralization project

Hèla Yousfi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organization at the University Paris Dauphine, DRM (UMR CNRS 7088) (France). She received her Ph.D. from the University Paris West University Nanterre in 2006. She is specialized in the field of sociology of organizations. She has conducted research and published on the topic of political culture and management practices transfer in Arab countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Her other areas of interest include institutional change and economic development, postcolonial studies of management and social movements.

She is the author of She is the author of: Trade unions and Arab revolutions: The Tunisian case of UGTT (March, 2017), Routledge Research in Employment relations.

Tue
Jun
23
10:00
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12:00
Contentious politics and protest spaces: the spatial and political dynamics of Lebanon’s October uprising
Contentious politics and protest spaces: the spatial and political dynamics of Lebanon’s October uprising

Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury is an associate professor of political science and international affairs in the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University (LAU), and the director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR). Dr. Fakhoury has taught at the summer sessions at the University of California in Berkeley between 2012 and 2016. In fall 2018 and summer 2019, she will be a visiting fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research where she will carry out a project on the European Union’s role in the polycentric governance of displacement.

15:00
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17:00
Humanitarianism as a Modality of Governance and Social Space: Insights from the Arab Levant and Turkey
Humanitarianism as a Modality of Governance and Social Space: Insights from the Arab Levant and Turkey

Estella Carpi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, University College London (UCL), presently researching southern-led humanitarianism in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. She has also been a Research Associate in the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (UCL) and Humanitarian Affairs Advisor at Save the Children-UK. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (Australia), with a study on the social response to humanitarian assistance provision in Lebanon. She generally loves working on the places where she lived. After studying Arabic in Milan and Damascus (2002-2008), she was a researcher at the New York University (Abu Dhabi), Lebanon Support (Beirut), Trends Research & Advisory (Abu Dhabi), UN-Habitat (Beirut), the American University of Beirut, UNDP (Cairo), and the International Development Research Center (Cairo), mostly focusing on displacement, identity politics, and humanitarian aid provision in the Middle East. She has lectured extensively in the Social Sciences in Italy and Australia. Her work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Middle East Critique, Anthropologica, and the Journal of Refugee Studies. She is the author of Specchi Scomodi. Etnografia delle Migrazioni Forzate nel Libano Contemporaneo, published in Italian by Mimesis Editions.

Wed
Jun
24
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1:00
DAY OFF! Local Holiday
DAY OFF! Local Holiday
Thu
Jun
25
10:00
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12:00
Spatial Contests and Urban Governance in Cairo
Spatial Contests and Urban Governance in Cairo

Salwa Ismail is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on everyday forms of government, urban governance and the politics of space. She has published widely on Islamist politics and on state-society relations in the Middle East. She is the author of Rethinking Islamist Politics: Culture, the State and Islamism (I.B Tauris 2003 & 2006), and Political Life in Cairo’s New Quarters: Encountering the Everyday State (University of Minnesota Press 2006). Her recent publications have appeared in Third World Quarterly 2011, Social Research 2012, Contemporary Islam 2013.

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Beirut’s urban geopolitics from national independence to #Lebanonprotests
Beirut’s urban geopolitics from national independence to #Lebanonprotests

Sara Fregonese is Lecturer in Political Geography in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her expertise is in urban conflict and urban geopolitics, and her research interests include conflict and urban space in Lebanon, and the spatial and experiential implications of terrorism and urban security in European cities. She is the author of War and the city: Urban geopolitics in Lebanon (Bloomsbury/IB Tauris, 2019) and co-author of The radicals’ city. Urban environment, polarisation, cohesion (Routledge, 2013). She is currently co-leading two research projects: Humanities for Resilience (financed by Arts and Humanities Research Council) and Vivre en ville avec la terreur : quels effets du terrorisme diffus sur les ambiances urbaines? (financed by Initiative d’ Excellence Paris/Seine).

Fri
Jun
26
10:00
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The spatial issue of the disputed territories between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad
The spatial issue of the disputed territories between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad

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).

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Concluding Lecture
From One Arab Spring to Another: A Regional Revolutionary Process
From One Arab Spring to Another: A Regional Revolutionary Process

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.

Sat
Jun
27
10:00
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12:00
Final exam
Final exam

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.

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University of Turin, Italy