Panel 1: Wednesday 24 June, 11.00 – 13.00

1a. Armies, Militias, and Discontent in the Middle East: New Approaches

Chair: Dr. Nefissa Naguib,  Cultures and Politics of Faith Christian Michelson Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway

Neo-Liberal Officers: Army, Business, and Revolution in Egypt
Zeinab Abul-Magd, Oberlin College, U.S

What is After Civilianization? The AKP’s new Neoliberal Security State in Turkey
İsmet Akça, Yıldız Technical University

Post Transitional Settings and the Difficult Rebuilding of Polities in the Arab World
Philippe Droz-Vincent, Sciences-Po Grenoble (France)

Businessmen in Arms: How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA Region
Elke Grawert, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Bonn, Germany; the University of Bonn

The Liberation of Kobane: Or How a Marxist Feminist Militia Came to Cooperate with the United States
Amy Austin Holmes, Sociology Department, American University in Cairo (AUC)


1b. Civil visions, civil selves: Madaniyya as an enduring revolutionary concept

Chair: Madawi Al-Rasheed, LSE

“The Good Islamist”, iconography and revolutionary conceptualization of the civil state
Thomas Vladimir Brønd, University of Roskilde

Revolutionary civility as a practice of freedom in Yemen’s Change Square
Ross Porter, University of Cambridge

“Madaniyya di tib’a bint khalit Silmiyya”: Non-violence in revolutionary movements and the promise of civil statehood
Hannah al-Hassan, Merton College, Oxford


1c. Islamic Finance: Financial and Social Performance

Chair: Mehmet Asutay, Durham

Nonperforming Loans Within the GCC Islamic Banking and Islamic Financing Contributing to the NPL in the GCC’s Banking System
Dr Maha Alandejani, Faculty of Economics and Administration King Abdulaziz University & Professor Mehmet Asutay, Durham University

An Analytical Exploration and Assessment of the Social Risks Faced by Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions: Credibility, Legitimacy, Shari’ah, Trust and Sustainability Risks
Alija Avdukic, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education & DUBS, Durham University

Integrated Early Warning Prediction Model for Islamic Banks: The Malaysian Case
Jaizah Othman, Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

An Exploratory Examination into the Relationship between Corporate Governance and Risk Management in Islamic Banks
Dr Hanimon Abdullah, Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance


1d. Contesting Militarization: the changing maps of existence and resistance in Cairo

Chair: Heba Raouf Ezzat, Cairo University / LSE

Stories from the city of the revolution: Narratives between architecture and literature
Nesma Gewily, The American University in Cairo

Public Spaces of Memory: Contested Visualizations of Absence
Aya Nassar, University of Warwick, T.A. of Political Science, Cairo University (on leave)

Military Appropriation of a City
Ahmad Borham, American University in Cairo and the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Cairo.

Demilitarizing Cairo: Military Sites as Urban Voids
Abdulrahman El-Taliawi

The appropriation of Space Definition for Political Use
Mohamad Abotera, Independent Researcher’


1e. The fallout of the Syrian war on Lebanon

Chair: Daniel Meier,  CNRS in Grenoble affiliated with the Euborderscapes program

Lebanese Muslim Rivalries since May 2008: National vs Regional Polarisation
Nasser Kalawoun, Independent consultant

Securing Lebanon in times of crisis: The role of the Lebanese Army since 2011
Nayla Moussa, Arab Reform Initiative and CERI, SciencesPo Paris

The Syrian war and the crisis of political Sunnism in Tripoli, Lebanon
Tine Gade, University of Oslo and SciencesPo Paris

Patronizing a Proxy-War: Soldiers, Citizens and Zu’ama in Syria Street, Tripoli
Are Knudsen, Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway

Possible politics after the Arab uprisings: The production of activist subjectivities in Lebanon
Fuad Musallam, London School of Economics

Multilayered Dependency – Understanding the Transnational Dimension of Lebanese Clientelism
Sina Birkholz, Free University Berlin


1f. The Struggle between Liberation and Authoritarianism in the Maghreb is real.

Chair: George Joffé, University of Cambridge

Elite Configuration and Regime Change in North Africa: The Tunisian and Egyptian Cases
Ian Kelly, Dublin City University

How the Mudawwana modernized patriarchy in Morocco
Dr. Katja Zvan Elliott, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

Liberation through Social Justice: Remembering the Future in Algeria
Edward McAllister, University of Oxford

Protests under Occupation: The Spring inside Western Sahara
Irene Fernández-Molina, College of Europe – Natolin Campus

Plus ça change? Observing the dynamics of Morocco’s˜Arab Spring” in the High Atlas
Sylvia I. Bergh and Daniele Rossi Doria – presented by Daniele Rossi Doria, freelance researcher


1g. Affective politics in the Middle East: Feminist Reflections on Liberating Praxi

Chair: Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, LSE

No Longer Caught Between Two Worlds: Towards A De-colonized Feminist Research in the Middle East
Sabiha Allouche, SOAS

Politics of Pleasure within the Politics of Violence: Affect and Agency of Zionist Settler Women
Akanksha Mehta, SOAS

What’s love got to do with it? Thinking ‘affectively’ about conflict and apathy in Israel-Palestine
Katherine Natanel, SOAS

Protesting Gender Discrimination from Within: Islamic Party Women’s Organizing in Iran and Turkey
Mona Tajali, University of Oxford


1h. The Politics of Displacement: Aid, Asylum and Resistance in the Context of Refugee Camps

Chair: Lucas Oesch, The University of Manchester

Turkish Asylum Policy Before and During the Syrian Crisis: The Impact of the European Union and Other Factors
Bengu Ezgi Aydin, Near Eastern Studies, New York University

The multiple ambiguities of Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan
Lucas Oesch, The University of Manchester

We the people: The re-emergence of the Palestinian refugee question
Jinan Bastaki, SOAS

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