SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East

Tuesdays, 5.45pm (unless stated otherwise), Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

All lectures in this series are free and open to all

Previous Events in this series

Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Nelida Fuccaro, SOAS

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

15 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Civil Resistance in North Africa since 2010

Alia Brahimi (Oxford), George Joffé (Cambridge), Rory McCarthy (Oxford), Adam Roberts (Oxford), Michael Willis (Oxford)

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

1 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Why Did Economists Miss out on the Arab Uprisings?

Hassan Hakimian, LMEI

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

19 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

7 Sides of A Cylinder - 7 Short Films by 7 Iranian Filmmakers

Haleh Anvari, Producer

Screening of 7 shorts by 7 young Iranian film makers in response to the British Museum tour of the Cyrus Cylinder in 2013 to five major museums across the USA. Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East. 

8 December 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Revolutionary Egypt: Four Years On

Reem Abou-El-Fadl (SOAS), Charles Tripp (SOAS), Miriyam Aouragh (Westminster), Adam Hanieh (SOAS), Nicola Pratt (Warwick) and Kerem Oktem (Graz)

Panel discussion to mark the launch of the 2015 edited volume Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles. Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

17 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Creative Enterprise and Alternative Spaces of Imagination in Iran

Pamela Karimi, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and former IHF Visiting Fellow, Centre for Iranian Studies

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

10 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

Abdel Bari Atwan, Rai al-Youm

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

27 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Ghada Karmi, University of Exeter

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

20 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Qatar – Small State, Big Politics

Mehran Kamrava, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

13 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Hidden Light: A View from Cosmopolitan Kuwait

Mai Al-Nakib, Kuwait University

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

6 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The Caliphate: back to the future?

S Sayyid, University of Leeds; Madawi Al-Rasheed, Middle East Centre at LSE and the Open Society Foundation; Reza Pankhurst, academic and author
Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.3 March 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism

Toby Matthiesen, University of Cambridge

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

27 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Palestine: The Invisible Damage of Life under Occupation

Samah Jabr

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

9 December 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Why Yemen matters: Development, Security and the rhetoric of Unity

Helen Lackner, British-Yemeni Society
Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.2 December 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Panel on the Iranian Economy

Hassan Hakimian, LMEI; Parvin Alizadeh, Boston University Study Abroad; Kamiar Mohaddes, University of Cambridge; Sima Motamen-Samadian, Centre for the Study of Advanced and Emerging Markets

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

25 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Persian-Portuguese Encounter in Hormuz

Ghoncheh Tazmini, former Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow, Centre for Iranian Studies

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

18 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Atef Alshaer, University of Westminster; Lina Khatib, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut; and Dina Matar, Centre for Media Studies, SOAS

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

11 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The Arab Uprisings - Driven by Youth or Adults?

Zafiris Tzannatos, Senior Consultant for Strategy and Policy

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

14 October 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Simin Behbahani: A Career in Poetry

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland and SOAS

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

7 October 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran

Tara Povey, SOAS, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Centre for Iranian Studies

Resheduled from 4 February 2014. Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

29 April 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

An Historical Overview of the Iranian Presidency: 1979-2013

Siavush Ranjbar-Daemi, University of Manchester

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

11 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions

Parvin Alizadeh, Boston University, Study Abroad London and Hassan Hakimian, LMEI & SOAS

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

4 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Falafel King: culinary customs and national narratives in Palestine

Zeina Ghandour, Birkbeck

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

25 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran

Tara Povey, SOAS, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Centre for Iranian Studies

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

4 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Researching dress in Saudi Arabia: Lessons and Opportunities

Aisa Martinez, LMEI

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

28 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Qatar and the Arab Spring: Policy Responses and Consequences

Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen, Baker III Institute of Public Policy at Rice University in Houston

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

21 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

An Historical Overview of the Iranian Presidency: 1979-2013

Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, University of Manchester

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

3 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East

Abdel Moneim Said Aly, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Cairo, Shai Feldman, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, US, and Khalil Shikaki, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Ramallah

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

26 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Possibility of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought

Moshe Behar, University of Manchester, Yair Wallach, SOAS and Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

19 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Power and the People: paths of resistance in the Middle East

Charles Tripp, SOAS and Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

29 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't

Toby Matthiesen, University of Cambridge

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

22 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution

Adel Iskander, Georgetown University

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

15 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey

Anthony Lerman, author; Ghada Karmi, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

19 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising

Stephen Starr, freelance journalist

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

12 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Iran’s Expanding Relations with Latin America

Manouchehr Dorraj, Texas Christian University and a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for International and Regional Studies, Doha, Qatar

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

5 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Rags, Tommy-Guns, and the King: Palestinians and the Pedagogical Regime, c. 1956.

Mezna Qato, St Antony's College, Oxford
Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) and London Middle East Institute Joint Lecture. Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.26 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Iran's Nuclear Programme: A Surge into Modernity

David Patrikarakos, Author and Journalist

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

19 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Women's perceptions of access to justice in Iran

Sahar Maranlou, University of Warwick

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

29 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Unfree in Palestine: Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction

Nadia Abu-Zahra, University of Ottawa; Adah Kay, Cass Business School, City University, London

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

22 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Occupying Syria under the French Mandate: Insurgency, Space and State Formation

Dan Neep, University of Exeter and Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

11 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The Sudanese breadbasket: Land and water grabs by Middle Eastern economies

Tony Allan, KCL and SOAS; Eckart Woertz, Princeton and Barcelona Centre for International Affairs; Harry Verhoeven, Oxford University; Martin Keulertz, KCL

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

4 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Women and the Arab Spring: feminine voices in a time of transition

Nimah Nawab, writer, lecturer, and activist

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

13 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Islam, Gender and Reform in Oman

Khalid Al-Azri, Oxford University

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

30 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Palestine Now: Writers Respond

With Bidisha, Rachel Shabi, Selma Dabbagh, Miranda Pennell and Naomi Foyle

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

9 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Middle East in Transition: Syria and the 'Arab Spring'

Samir Aita, Le Monde diplomatique and Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

13 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Between Art and Alienation, the Painted T-Walls in Segmented 2012 Baghdad

Caecilia Pieri, Institut français du Proche-Orient

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

28 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The 'Arab Awakening' in North Africa - one year after

George Joffé, University of Cambridge

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

7 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Libyan Revolution: Experiences and Future Challenges

Aref Ali Nayed, Ambassador of Libya to the United Arab Emirates

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

31 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Can Asad Survive?

Patrick Seale

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

17 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Algeria in the Shadow of Revolution

James McDougall, University of Oxford

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

29 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Afghanistan/Iran a contemporary cultural and media perspective

Baqer Moin

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

22 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Tunisia: revolutionary realities?

George Joffé, University of Cambridge

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

1 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Effects of Political Changes on Economic Policy and Business

David Butter, Economist Intelligence Unit

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

25 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Egypt: how far is it a revolution?

Maha Azzam, Chatham House

Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East,The Middle East in Transition: a new social economic and political landscape?

11 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

In search of the ‘French-Arab Thing’

Henry Laurens, Collège de France

Please note that this lecture will start at the earlier time of 5.30pm and not the usual 6.00pm.

8 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Torture of Representation

Faisal Devji, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Lecture by Dr Faisal Devji on torture and the war on terror.

18 January 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Facing Disaster In the Middle East: Do We Have Only Bad Options?

Stephen Kinzer, author, journalist and lecturer at Boston University

Talk on the subject of Professor Kinzer's controversial new book Reset Middle East (I.B.Tauris, 2010) in which he argues that the US has allied itself with the wrong Middle Eastern states.

11 January 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Arab Unity: Reality or Illusion?

Ghayth Armanazi, British Syrian Society
26 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Arabs and Israelis Facing the Holocaust and the Nakba

Gilbert Achcar, SOAS; Nur Masalha, Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project, St. Mary's University College, University of Surrey; Idith Zertal, Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Basel

Panel Debate on the subject of Gilbert Achcar's book The Arabs and the Holocaust.

19 October 2010, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Islamism and its Discontents

Roger Hardy, BBC World Service
2 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM