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

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Shooting a Revolution Visual Media and Warfare in Syria

Dr Donatella Della Ratta (John Cabot University, Rome)

From ISIS propaganda videos to popular regime-backed TV series and digital activism, the Syrian conflict has been dramatically affected by the production of media, at the same time generating in its turn an impressive visual culture.

15 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The story of Palestine’s stonemasons and the building of Israel

Dr Andrew Ross (New York University)

Looking at the Palestinian–Israeli conflict in a new light, this book, largely based on field interviews in the region, asks how this record of labor and achievement can and should be recognized.

29 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Banking on the state: the Financial Foundations of Lebanon

Dr Hicham Safieddine (Kings College London)

In 1943, Lebanon gained its formal political independence from France; only after two more decades did the country finally establish a national central bank. Inaugurated on April 1, 1964, the Banque du Liban (BDL) was billed by Lebanese authorities as the nation's primary symbol of economic sovereignty and as the last step towards full independence.

26 November 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM