SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

The Past in the Present of the Middle East

CBRL Conference

Date: 15 April 2016Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 16 April 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

A two-day conference organised by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) and the London Middle East Institute to showcase the work of CBRL and its partners in the region. The conference will present sessions on a number of themes linking the past to the present day in the Middle East.

Road Signs

  • Cultural heritage in conflict
  • Cultural heritage, society and economics
  • Britain and the Levant: Culture and (Mis)Communication
  • The past in the political present: the legacy of colonialism and intervention
  • The Politics of Dissent: challenges to Orientalism and Zionism
  • The impact of research – working with humanitarian agencies/practitioners
  • Closing session: The future of the past in the Middle East

The conference is intended as an opportunity to speak to a wide audience, not only the academic community but also policy makers, practitioners and members of the public. We believe that this event will make an important contribution to the profile of research in the region.

Provisional Programme

The conference fee is £50 for two days and £30 for one day.  Students who register before 7 April may attend for free and should e-mail to register (proof of student status required). The fee will cover attendance at the conference, including lunches during the conference and the conference reception. To register please visit the SOAS Online Store.

The CBRL is the British Academy-sponsored organisation that promotes, sponsors and carries out high-quality research in the humanities and social sciences throughout the countries of the Levant. For more information please visit the Council for British Research in the Levant.

Organiser: Council for British Research in the Levant in association with the London Middle East Institute

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