SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

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2020

January

07/01/20
  • Culture, Time and Publics in the Arab World: Media, Public Space and Temporality
  • Tarik Sabry, Omar al-Ghazzi, Helga Tawil-Souri and Ramy Aly
  • In this revealing new study, the authors preside over an original new exploration of Arab culture. They employ subjects as varied as anthropology, media studies, philosophy, political economy and cultural studies to illuminate the relationship between culture, time and publics in an Arab context, whilst also laying the foundations for a much more nuanced picture of Arab society.

14/01/20
15/01/20
17/01/20
20/01/20
  • Course: Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script
  • Keramat Fathinia
  • This eight-week exercise-based course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced. It is based on a one-to-one teaching method, so everyone will be given the instructions based on their own level and previous experience.

21/01/20
  • Women, Religion and the state in Israel
  • Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (SOAS)
  • The lecture outlines the Zionist project and its relationship with the Jewish religion and then how this was institutionalized and transformed in different periods in the history of the state of Israel, focusing on the transformation of Israel into an (atypical) neo-liberal state.

27/01/20
28/01/20

February

04/02/20
  • Religious Claims and Nationalism in "Secular" Zionism: Obscuring Settler Colonialism
  • Professor Nadim Rouhana (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)
  • In this presentation Prof. Rouhana will examine how nationalism, religious claims, and settler colonialism enmesh within Zionism and demonstrate how their interaction played a major role for Israeli academia and politics in sidelining or obfuscating settler colonialism as an appropriate frame of analysis for Zionism’s encounter with the Palestinians.

06/02/20
  • Nefertiti’s Daughters: Women, Art and Revolution
  • Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art, and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings.

17/02/20
  • A Map of Absence: Palestinian Writings on the Nakba
  • Dr Atef Alshaer (University of Westminster) and Ghada Karmi (University of Exeter)
  • A Map of Absence presents the finest poetry and prose by Palestinian writers over the last seventy years. Featuring writers in the diaspora and those living under occupation, these striking entries pay testament to one of the most pivotal events in modern history – the 1948 Nakba.

18/02/20
  • The Iran-Iraq War and its Socio-Economic Effects
  • Professor Mohammad Farzanegan (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
  • This talk will be based on Professor Farzanegan's current research on the following two topics: 'The opportunity cost of the Islamic revolution and war for Iran' and 'Growing up in the Iran-Iraq war and preferences for strong defence'.

24/02/20
25/02/20
  • Do the Women of ISIS Deserve Rights?
  • Azadeh Moaveni (International Crisis Group)
  • In her latest book, Guest House for Young Widows: Women of ISIS, Azadeh Moaveni looks at a cast of young women who in many instances left their comfortable lives behind to join the Islamic state.

28/02/20
28/02/20
  • 1871 Survey of Western Palestine Revisited: The Visible and The Hidden
  • Salman Abu Sitta (Founder and President of Palestine Land Society)
  • The Survey of Western Palestine (SWP), conducted between 1871 and 1878 and first published in 1880, was considered the first scientifically based comprehensive survey of Palestine and it was unequalled for its time.

March

06/03/20
06/03/20
10/03/20

April

20/04/20
  • CANCELLED: Persian Miniatures Course
  • Anahita Alavi
  • The course starts with a short historical introduction to Persian miniatures and the stylistic features of different Persian miniatures’ schools.

May

15/05/20
19/05/20

June

08/06/20

September

23/09/20
  • An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defence Forces Made a Nation
  • Professor Haim Bresheeth (SOAS) in conversation with Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
  • Bresheeth-Zabner charts the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to wars in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and the continued assaults upon Gaza, and shows that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars.

October

05/10/20
13/10/20
  • Love and Resistance in the Films of Mai Masri
  • Victoria Brittain (former foreign correspondent and Associate Foreign Editor of The Guardian)
  • The first book-length study of Mai Masri, one of the world's most well-known Arab women filmmakers.

19/10/20
19/10/20
27/10/20

November

03/11/20
  • China Straddling the Persian Gulf
  • Jonathan Fulton (Zayed University - Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • China is a major economic actor in the Persian Gulf and its expansive Belt and Road Initiative ambitions add a strategic element.  In an intensely competitive regional security environment, China has maintained an unusual approach, deepening ties with all Gulf states, perhaps best exemplified by its comprehensive strategic partnerships with Iran and its rivals Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

17/11/20
24/11/20
  • China’s Engagement and Relations with Iran
  • Anoush Ehteshami (Durham University)
  • China has been leading the Middle East/West Asia’s ‘Asianization’ since the late 1990s and has emerged as the primary trading and investment partner of ME/WAsian countries. PRC-IRI relations in this process stand out for both geopolitical and ideo-political reasons.

28/11/20

December

01/12/20
  • Germany and Israel: Whitewashing and Statebuilding
  • Daniel Marwecki (Hong Kong University)
  • According to common perception, the Federal Republic of Germany supported the formation of the Israeli state for moral reasons—to atone for its Nazi past—but did not play a significant role in the Arab–Israeli conflict. However, the historical record does not sustain this narrative.

08/12/20
15/12/20