Panel 6: Friday 26 June, 9.00 – 11.00

6a. The Maghreb’s Linkage to Europe: History and Geography Ignored?

Chair: Jonathan Hill

A Fate Worse than France? Algeria, Democratisation and the Pressures of History
Jonathan Hill, King’s College London

Traditions of Governance in North Africa
George Joffé , University of Cambridge

Post-coloniality and terrorism. France and North Africa before and after Charlie Hebdo
Gabriele Proglio and Paola Rivetti, EUI/UC Berkeley and Dublin City University


6b. Perspectives on Music and Liberation in the Middle East and North Africa

Chair: Laudan Nooshin

‘Happiness is our People’s Right’: Happy in Tehran and Symbolic Spaces of Liberation
Laudan Nooshin, City University London

Echoing the Moroccan ‘(R)Evolution’: Rap and the 2011 MENA Popular Uprisings
Cristina Moreno Almeida, School of Oriental and African Studies

Libération? Music, Independence and Postcolonialism in Algeria
Stephen Wilford, City University London

Freedom and Exile: North African Musical Migration in Marseille
Sam Mackay, City University London

Musical Practices of Liberty in the Libyan Revolution
Leila Tayeb, Northwestern University


6c. Middle Eastern Christian Migrant Experiences of ˜Liberation” and its Challenges in Europe

Chair: Fiona McCallum

“Are we living in a Christian country?”: Middle Eastern Christian narratives on opportunities and challenges presented by state and societal attitudes towards Christianity in the UK
Fiona McCallum, University of St Andrews, UK

Linguistic discipline in a post-migration world: Syriac Christians negotiate their beleaguered history
Heidi Armbruster, University of Southampton, UK

“Now my life is finished in Syria”: Identity transition in narratives of Syrian Christian refugees
Andreas Schmoller, University of Salzburg, Austria

Free Assyria/Free Suryoye: Homeland Dreams Amongst Assyrians and Arameans in Sweden
Marta Wozniak, University of Lodz, Poland

“We’re not all the same”: Experiences of liberation and confinement among Iraqi Christians in Denmark
Sara Lei Sparre and Lise Paulsen Galal


6d. New Approaches to Identity in the IR of the Middle East

Chair: Prof Raymond Hinnebusch

The ‘Moderate Axis’ and the Link between Domestic and Foreign Policies in Middle Eastern Geopolitics
Ewan Stein / Yaniv Voller, University of Edinburgh

Religion and Politics in a post-Arab uprising setting: Conceptual articulations
Bashir Saade, University of Edinburgh

Democracy, Debt, and the Middle East: Rediscovering Foucault’s Politics of Confession
Andrea Teti, University of Aberdeen

Perceptions and Foreign Policy: Israel and the Arab Uprisings
Amnon Aran, City University, London

Beyond Borders: The Rise of Ethno-Religious Politics in Israel and the Middle East
Raffaella A. Del Sarto, European University Institute


6e. BDS and Political Mobilization

Chair: Paul Kelemen

The BDS Movement and the Question of Radical Democracy
John Chalcraft, LSE

BDS and the Politics of Academic Research
Lori Allen, SOAS, University of London

Comparing the Academic Boycott of Israel in Britain and the United States
Suzanne Morrison, LSE

The Meaning of BDS in the History of Palestinian Struggle
Gilbert Achcar, SOAS


6f. Islamic Finance: In Search of Authenticity between Islamic Norms and Modernity

Chair: Mehmet Asutay

Locating Islamic Finance in Multiple Modernities Framework: Searching for a Place in Secular Public Sphere through Banking and Finance
Mehmet Asutay, Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, Durham University

Islamic Banking and Finance: Negotiating through Postcolonial Perspectives
Harun Sencal, Durham University Business School, Durham University

Islamic Finance Between Intentionalism and Consequentialism: Critical Perspectives on the Normative Operational Construct of Islamic Finance
Tareq Moqbel, School of Law, University of Westminster

Causation of Shari’ah Governance: The Relationship between the Phenomena Detected in the Discourse on Institution of Hisbah and the Phenomena Identified in Discourse on Islamic Finance Industry.
Fawad Khaleel, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University


6g. Liberation in Arab Cultural Productions: Literature, Cinema, Theatre

Chair: Ala Al-Hamarne
Discussant: Gihan Abouzeid

Inter-textual nation: Novel resistance to dominant forms in Ibrahim Nasrallah’s Palestine Comedies
Nora Parr, SOAS – University of London

Libido, Aliaa El-Mahdy and Arab social media. Signs of Sexual Liberation?
Viola Shafik, Humboldt University

Visualizing the 2006 War on Lebanon: Limits and Possibilities
Syrine Hout, American University in Beirut

Spaces of Liberation? Geo-Hermeneutical Reading of the New Women’s Novel in Jordan
Ala Al-Hamarneh, Center for Research on the Arab World, University of Mainz

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