SOAS University of London

State, Society and Economy in the Modern Middle East


Date: 7 May 2011Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 8 May 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

The London Middle East Institute at SOAS is pleased to invite all PhD students with a research focus on the Middle East to submit proposals for its first Middle East PhD Students International Conference to be held at SOAS on 7-8 May 2011. The conference will provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their research and work in progress. This is an international conference open to all PhD students focusing on the Middle East.

Poster Session: A number of presenters will be exhibiting their research in the form of a poster as part of a Poster Session that will be organised alongside the main conference. 

Admission: £30 both days & £20 one day; Conc. (including Students): £15 both days & £10 one day.

Pre-registration required.

Organiser: London Middle East Institute

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4490

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LMEI PhD Conference: State, Society and Economy in the Modern Middle East Programme

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Panel 1: Iran - The Struggle for Democracy

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The Many Shades of Green: social welfare in Iran and the struggle for hegemony

Sarah Marusek, Maxwell School of Syracuse University, New York

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The Collective Action of Mujahedeen-e Khalq Organization (MKO): evolution, interests and current situation

Moisés Garduño, UAM (Madrid)

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Iranian entrepreneurs: agents of democratization?

Peyman Jafari, University of Amsterdam and International Institute of Social History

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Panel 2: Women

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‘She’ and the War: a feminine-Spanish-journalistic approach to the invasion of Iraq

Carmen Vidal Valiña, Universidad Complutense De Madrid and Spanish National Research Council

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Institutionalising Gender: women’s political participation in Jordan

Marta Pietrobelli, SOAS

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Neoliberal Policies and Women Slum Dwellers in Turkey

Burcu Şentürk, University of York

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Panel 3: Palestine-Israel

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Imagining the ‘Other’?: a Palestinian perspective on Israeli identity

Isabelle Hesse, University of York

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The Middle East Conflict and its Displaced Persons – Arab and Jewish Refugees Issue Analysis and Future Prospects

Lena Gorska, University Opole

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The Palestinian Minority in Israel and the Middle East Peace Process

Mazen Masri, York University, Toronto

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Panel 4: Iraqi Migration to Syria - Political and Anthropological Perspectives

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Decision Making in Conditions of Civil War

Ali Ali, University of East London

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Religion as a Cultural Resource in the Lives of Palestinian Iraqis in Damascus

Tahir Zaman, University of East London

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Syrian State Sovereignty in the Context of Iraqi Migration

Sophia Hoffmann, SOAS

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Panel 5: Saudi Arabia

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Exploring Foreign Language Anxiety in Saudi Arabia: a study of female EFL college students

Taghreed M. Al-Saraj, Institute of Education, University of London

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Developing State-Society Discourse in Saudi Arabia: the Saudi ‘National Dialogue’ and the role of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND)

Mark Thompson, University of Exeter

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Panel 6: Kurds - Nationalism and Identity

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Women and Nationalism: how women activists are changing the Kurdish conflict

Massoud Sharifi Dryaz, École des hautes études en sciences sociales

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The Future of Rising Kurdish Nationalism in the Modern Middle East: comparative perspectives of Turkey, Israel and Iran

İzzettin Sümer, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale

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Kurdish Identity-Making: instruments and possibilities during the last 100 years in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

Zoltán Egeresi, Corvinus University of Budapest

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Panel 7: Community Development and NGOs

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Tourism and Sustainable Community Development

Maryam Hamedi, London Metropolitan University

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‘Helping Nature, Helping People’? Negotiating Local Development (through ecotourism) and Government in Dana Village, Jordan

Katharina Lenner, Freie Universität Berlin

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Panel 8: Voice, Memory and Agency in Egypt (1882-1956)

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The Voice of ‘Antara - A Revolutionary Hero in 1882, Cairo

Adam Mestyan, Central European University, Budapest

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Unsung Heroes: reading the ‘Suez Crisis’ through the lyrics of ‘resistance’

Alia Mossallam, LSE

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“Amateur Modernity” and Literary Translation in Early 20th Century Egypt

Nariman Youssef, University of Manchester

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Panel 9: Economics

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The Political Economy of Investment Liberalisation in Syria

Linda Matar, SOAS

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Future Chances of Economic Integration in the MENA Region

Dániel Gugán, Corvinus University of Budapest

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The Patterns of Economic Diversification in the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council: natural resources, democracy and Islam

Annika Kropf, University of Vienna

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Panel 10: Turkey - Religion, Secularism and the State

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From Islamic Radicalism to Islamic Capitalism: the rise of neo-Islamist bourgeoisie in Turkey

Ozlem Madi-Sisman, Bilkent University

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Islamic Business and the State: the cases of Turkey and Egypt

Evrim Gormus, University of Washington

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Compulsory Religion Education and Religious Minorities in Turkey

Ayşe Seda Müftügil, University of Amsterdam

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Panel 11: Turkey - Power, Democracy and Religion

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A Closer Look at the Abolotion of the Caliphate: how complex can religion and politics get?

Gulay Turkmen, Yale University, New Haven

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Can the Pious Theorize?: Liberal Democracy, Power and Muslim Intellectuals in Contemporary Turkey

Dunya Deniz Cakir, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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The Turkish Party Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP, Justice and Development Party) and Local Politics in Anatolia

Charlotte Joppien, University of Hamburg

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Panel 12: Refugees and Human Rights

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Iraqi Refugees, UNHCR, and the State: forced displacement and the reconfiguration of sovereignty in the Middle East

Perveen Ali, LSE

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Debating Family Law in Contemporary Iran: conceptions of Sharia and women’s rights

Marianne Bøe, University of Bergen

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Freedom of Thought and Expression in Iran: a comparative study of the ICCPR, Islamic Law and Iranian laws

Nargess Tavassolian, SOAS

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Panel 13: Lebanon - the State, Civil War and Hezbollah

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The neoliberal restructuring of the state in post-civil war Lebanon

Hannes Baumann, SOAS

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Hezbollah’s Autonomy and the Lebanese State

Jamil Mouawad, SOAS 

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Panel 14: Islam, the State and Ideology

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Islamic Nationalism VS Islamic Ummatism/al-Ummatya: conceptualizing Political Islam
Amjad Dajani, King’s College London

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Why a “Rapprochement” or Some Sort of Collaboration Between Islamist and Leftist Groups in Lebanon and Palestine?

Joseph Daher, SOAS

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Headscarf or Turban?

Ibrahim Efe, Lancaster University

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Panel 15: Security and Foreign Policy

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State Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East: the Saudi-Iranian case

Adel Al-Toraifi, LSE

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Ambivalent Episodes in Iran’s Post-‘9/11’ Foreign Policy

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, SOAS

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Panel 16: Iran - Culture and Politics

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Alienation or Belonging: the representation of cultural memory in contemporary literary texts by exiled Iranian Jewish women writers

Jennifer Langer, SOAS

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Reflections on the Iranian Presidential Institution, 1979-2009

Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, Royal Holloway

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Panel 17: Kurds - Insurgency and Foreign Policy

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Primacy of Foreign Policy in Turkey’s Kurdish Reforms

Mehmet Uğur Ekinci, SOAS

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Kurdish Conflict and Building Peace in Turkey. The Limits of Neo-Liberal Pro-Islamist Politics

Cuma Cicek, Sciences Po

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From Denial to Insurgency: the PKK and the reconstruction of Kurdish identity
Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya, Ghent University

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Panel 18: Colonialism & Aftermath

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Assyrian Colonial Encounters: the collective re-settlement of a community

Fadi Dawood, SOAS

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Imamic Yemen’s Sacred National Charter (1948): failed interpretations of an established social compact

Fernando Carvajal, University of Exeter

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