Panel 4: Thursday 25 June, 11.30am – 1.30pm

4a. The Politics of Liberation: Theory and Practice of Violence in the Arab World

Chair: Lucy Abbott

Hannah Arendt on Violence, Revolution and the Middle East
Lucy Abbott, University of Oxford

The Jihad Discourse of the Muslim Brotherhood during the Presidency of Muhammad Morsi
Ewan Stein, University of Edinburgh

State Violence Devolved: Online Vigilante Violence in Bahrain
Marc Owen Jones, Durham University

Violence: An Inherent Heritage?
István T. Kristó-Nagy, Exeter University


4b. Political Economy in the GCC – Sponsored by the Kuwait Programme, LSE

Chair: Steffen Hertog, LSE

Business sector and economic liberalisation policies in Kuwait
Anastasia Nosova, LSE

Drivers of Price Reaction to Rights Issue Announcements in the Kuwait Stock Exchange
Hessah Al-Ojayan and Bader Alhashel, Kuwait University. Presented by Hessah Al Ojayan.

The relationship between economic and political liberalization: The case of the UAE
Lorraine Charles, University of Exeter

Migrant labour in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council – A “fix” for Gulf capitalism?
Serhat Yalcin, University of Kassel

The State of Subsidiary Corporate Governance Practices in the GCC
Maryam Ali Ficociello, Dar AlHekma University


4c. Pointing to Yourself on the Map: Gezi Resistance in Turkey

Chair: Clemens Hoffman

Researching Global Waves of Social Movements: Surprising Absence in Gezi Resistance
Zelal Ozdemir, Middle East Technical University

Repositioning vis-a -vis the state and the international: Turkish nationalist youth on the street
Kübra Oğuz, Middle East Technical University

The International, neither here nor there but cutting across everywhere: Mobilizations in Istanbul, Ankara and Hatay
Meliha Benli Altunışık, Middle East Technical University

Pretending not to talk about the International: Challenges of designing and conducting research about the international
Derya Göçer, Middle East Technical University


4d. Democratisation or Much Ado About Nothing? Investigating Forces for and against Reform in Jordan

Chair: Curtis Ryan

Maneuvering Through the Arab Spring: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy
Curtis Ryan, Appalachian State University

The domestic dimension of authoritarian resilience – the case of Jordan
Artur Malantowicz, University of Warsaw

State, Society, and Leader Succession in Jordan
Andrew Spath, American University

A liberated parliament, a liberated monarchy? The meeting of the Twain in Jordan
Paul Esber, The University of Sydney

Jordan’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Production of Feeble Political Parties and Perceived Perils of Democracy
José Ciro Martínez, University of Cambridge


4e. Kurdish Liberation II

Chair: Dr Zeynep Kaya, LSE

Mapping Political Identity of the Counterhegemonic Kurdish Society: Social Constructivist Approach
Omer Tekdemir & Mehmet Asutay, Durham University

Declaring Independence: A Would-be Liberation for Iraqi Kurdistan?
Dimitri Deschamps, EHESS-CETOBaC / Ifpo-Erbil

Revising Kurdish liberation: from independence to constitutional recognition
Elsa Tulin SEN, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, School of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s College London

Turkey, the West and the Kurds
Kubilay Yado Arin, Duke University


4f. Interrogating the State: The State, the non-State, and contested spatialities in the Arab world

Chair: Fouad G. Marei, Freie Universitat Berlin

Discussant: Dr. Mona Atia, George Washington University

Imperial sectarianism: an anthropology of the state in (pre-war) Syria
Maria Kastrinou, Brunel University London

Governing in the meanwhile: producing the weak state in Akkar, North Lebanon
Jamil Mouawad, SOAS, University of London

Resistance, Piety and Development: Hezbollah’s Capital of Resistance as Global City
Fouad G. Marei, Freie Universitat Berlin

Drawing borders of meaning in the Arab-South-American space
Silvia Ferabolli, UniRitter Laureate International Universities

State-Building and Entrenched Social Insecurity: Why Power Sharing Failed in Lebanon and Iraq
Andrew Delatolla, London School of Economics and Political Science


4g. Theories, Visions and Spaces of Liberation

Chair: Daniele Cantini, University of Halle (Germany)

The university as space of liberation? Ethnographic insights from Egypt and Jordan
Daniele Cantini, University of Halle (Germany)

Liberation through thought: was critical speech a liberation or a constraint on North African intellectuals?
Idriss Jebari, St Antony’s college, University of Oxford

Contested Visions of Liberation: Kuwait as a Microcosm for Competing Islamisms
Courtney Freer, Department of Politics, University of Oxford

A Crack in the Gates of Ijtihad: The Islamic Counter Reformation and the Liberation of al-Azhar in Post Revolutionary Egypt
John Turner, Eastern Mediterranean University

Dealing with loss and injustice: Post-Morsi narratives in Muslim Brotherhood media between post-Islamism and radicalization
Robbert Woltering, University of Amsterdam (ACMES)


4h. The Role of the Media in Transitional and Authoritarian Politics

Chair: Fatima el Issawi, LSE

The media’s role in democratic transitions: Lessons from Egypt
Fatima el Issawi, LSE

The Role of Liberation Technology in the 2009 Post-election Uprising in Iran: The Twitter Revolution that Wasn’t.
Bahar Karimi, King’s College London

Al sha’b yourid isqat al fassad—Strategies, tactics and digital memories of resistance in Morocco.
Miriyam Aouragh, University of Westminster

Religious ideologies and news ethics: the case of Saudi Arabia
Noha Mellor, University of Bedfordshire, UK

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