Panel 2: Wednesday 24 June, 15.30 – 17.30

2a. Kurdish Liberation I

Chair: Robert Lowe

Into Dilemma: The Turkish State’s Policy towards Rojava (Western Kurdistan)
Bekir Halhalli, Comenius University in Bratislava & Sakarya University

Rojava’s Nature – From Hydro-Carbon Geopolitics to Post-Scarcity Anarchy
Clemens Hoffmann, Bilkent University

Liberation from Iraq? The Kurdistan region between ISIS and the US/Iranian promoted new Iraq
William Harris, University of Otago


2b. Palestine: Solidarity and Resistance

Chair: John Chalcraft, LSE

US Labor and Palestine: Historical Challenges, Future Possibilities
Jaime Veve, political activist

Greek Nationalism and the Palestinian Quest for Religious Liberation: the Institutional Aspect of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem Controversy
Konstantinos Papastathis, University of Luxembourg

Violence, War and Accountability: Gendered and Sexualized Dynamics of the 2014 Israeli Assault on Gaza
Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University

The Trope of the Hunger Strike: How Bobby Sands is/of the Palestinian Narrative
Rebecca Granato, al Quds Bard College


2c. Pushing the Status Quo: Liberation in art and cultural practices in the modern Middle East

Chair: Hanan Toukan

Transgressing Reality or the Dissolution of Borders in the Egyptian Surrealist Approach
Monique Bellan, Orient-Institut Beirut

Ministry of Culture or No Ministry of Culture? Lebanese cultural players and authority
Nadia von Maltzahn, Orient-Institut Beirut

Cultural Practices of the PLO
Dina Matar, SOAS

Critics or Caretakers? Renegotiating the role of Saudi artists between national and global expectations
Danijel Benjamin Cubelic, Heidelberg University


2d. Representation of liberation in Arabic, Kurdish and Nubian Literature

Chair: Christina Phillips, University of Exeter

Contemporary Saudi Women Writers: Lifting the Veil
Noura Algahtani, University of Leeds

Myths and Symbols of Kurdish Modern Poetry (Abdulla Goran as example)
Karwan Osman, University of Exeter

Liberal discourse and the autobiographical Arabic novel
Shaymaa Hussein-Samy, Durham University

Freedom and Selfhood in Yusuf Zaydan’s ‘Azazil
Christina Phillips, University of Exeter

From ‘Egyptian Nubian’ to ‘Nubian Egyptian’: The Evolution of Nubian Liberation Discourse in Idris ‘Ali’s Dongola: A Novel of Nubia
Christine Gilmore, University of Leeds


2e. God’s Chosen Peoples: Historical Perspectives on Islam and Liberation

Chair: Ulrika Mårtensson

Liberation from Foreign Tyranny: Islam and the Arab Nation
Ulrika Mårtensson, NTNU-The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Hanbalism as a project of liberation
Susanne Olsson, Stockholm University

Historical Developments of Kharidjite Communities: Contemporary Reflections
Marianne Laanatza, Lund University

Identity, Liberation and Multiplicity in the Legal Discourse of Abou El Fadl
Angus Slater, Lancaster University

“Is Sharia antithetical to democracy and justice?”
Ayesha Malik, The Review of Religions Magazine


2f. The International Political Economy of Trade Policy in the Middle East: promoting integration and cooperation?

Chair: Imad El-Anis

Discussant: Dr. Silvia Ferabolli

The Impact of GAFTA: Analysing Economic Integration and Political Cooperation in the Middle East
Imad El-Anis, Nottingham Trent University

US Trade Policy to the Middle East: a comparative analysis of US trade policy to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt
Saad Almanaie, King’s College London

An Assessment of the Economic and Political Impacts of the Agadir Agreement: promoting peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa?
Tarik Oumazzane, Nottingham Trent University

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