SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Urban Violence in the Middle East: Histories of Place and Event

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Date: 14 February 2013Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 16 February 2013Time: 12:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G2

Type of Event: Conference

Building on a workshop held at the Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin in December 2011, this international conference explores the violent histories of some of these cities from the 18th to the late 20th centuries through a variety of actors, themes and historical processes. 

Covering the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia papers feature crowds and elites; urban space, discipline, discourse and ritual performance; empire, colonialism, war and revolution.  Speakers include established and young Middle Eastern historians, and a number of academics specialising in other disciplines and regions in order to foster comparative and interdisciplinary understandings of urban violence.

Admission is free, however, pre-registration is required.  To register please telephone +44 (0)20 7898 4330 or email

The Keynote Lecture Fighting for Space: Theatres of Violence and Emerging Publics will be given by Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS) on Wednesday 13th February 2013.  This will centre on struggles to control public space in the city and seek to understand their significance for the emergence of an unruly, plural public.  Taking examples largely from recent political events in the Middle East, it will look at the nature of the challenge to established authority represented by people’s efforts to define and to occupy public space.  

Organiser: Louise Hosking

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330