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Wednesday 24 June

8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.00 – 9.15 Opening & Welcome Addresses
9.15 – 10.30 The I.B.Tauris Publishers Plenary: ‘Liberation: tahrir and what we’re still waiting for’.
Professor Peter Sluglett, Director, Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore.
10.30 – 11.00 Tea & Coffee
11.00 – 13.00 Panel 1
1A. Armies, Militias, and Discontent in the Middle East: New Approaches
1B. Civil visions, civil selves: Madaniyya as an enduring revolutionary concept
1C. Islamic Finance: Financial and Social Performance
 1D. Contesting Militarization: the changing maps of existence and resistance in Cairo
 1E. The fallout of the Syrian war on Lebanon
 1F. The Struggle between Liberation and Authoritarianism in the Maghreb is real.
 1G. Affective politics in the Middle East: Feminist Reflections on Liberating Praxi
 1H. The Politics of Displacement: Aid, Asylum and Resistance in the Context of Refugee Camps
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 BRISMES AGM
15.00 – 15.30 Tea & Coffee
15.30 – 17.30 Panel 2
 2A. Kurdish Liberation I
 2B. Palestine: Solidarity and Resistance
 2C. Pushing the Status Quo: Liberation in art and cultural practices in the modern Middle East
 2D. Representation of liberation in Arabic, Kurdish and Nubian Literature
 2E. God’s Chosen Peoples: Historical Perspectives on Islam and Liberation
2F. The International Political Economy of Trade Policy in the Middle East: promoting integration and cooperation?
 17.30 – 18.30 Student Section Reception
19.30 Conference Dinner: Maroush Lebanese Restaurant, off Oxford St.

Thursday 25 June

8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.00 – 11.00 Panel 3
3A. The Arab Spring to Arab Winter: explaining the limits of post-Uprising Democratization
3B. Domestic Perspectives on the Syrian Uprising: Critics, Skeptics and Discontents
3C. The Politics of Identity in Israel
3D. The AKP and Authoritarianism in Turkey
3E. Demography and Politics in the Middle East
 3F. Activism, mobilisation and political engagement in the Middle East
3G. After the liberation: the process of state (trans)formation in Libya
3H. Comparative & International Political Economy and the Middle East
11.00 – 11.30 Tea & Coffee
11.30 – 13.30 Panel 4
4A. The Politics of Liberation: Theory and Practice of Violence in the Arab World
4B. Political Economy in the GCC – Sponsored by the Kuwait Programme, LSE
4C. Pointing to Yourself on the Map: Gezi Resistance in Turkey
  4D. Democratisation or Much Ado About Nothing? Investigating Forces for and against Reform in Jordan
  4E. Kurdish Liberation II
  4F. Interrogating the State: The State, the non-State, and contested spatialities in the Arab world
  4G. Theories, Visions and Spaces of Liberation
  4H. The Role of the Media in Transitional and Authoritarian Politics
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Panel 5                                    
5A. Transition without Liberation: Power, economy and security in Egypt four years after Tahrir
5B. Elites and the Marginalised in Yemen and Saudi Arabia
5C. Politics, gender and nostalgia in contemporary Iraq
5D. Perspectives on International Policy in the Middle East
5E. Patriarchy and the Arab Spring: liberation or backlash? I
5F. Historical social movements and community evolution
5G. Liberation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
16.30 – 17.00 Tea & Coffee
17.00 – 18.00 Plenary Session II: Liberation in the Bedroom? The Shifting Sexual Landscape of the Arab Region
Moderated Q + A with Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.
18.00 Drinks Reception, sponsored by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Friday 26 June

8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.00 – 11.00 Panel 6
6A. The Maghreb’s Linkage to Europe: History and Geography Ignored?
6B. Perspectives on Music and Liberation in the Middle East and North Africa
6C. Middle Eastern Christian Migrant Experiences of ˜Liberation” and its Challenges in Europe
6D. New Approaches to Identity in the IR of the Middle East
6E. BDS and Political Mobilization
6F. Islamic Finance: In Search of Authenticity between Islamic Norms and Modernity
6G. Liberation in Arab Cultural Productions: Literature, Cinema, Theatre
11.00 – 11.30 Tea & Coffee
11.30 – 13.30 Panel 7
7A. IB TAURIS: “How to get published”
7B. Liberation through the Lenses of Islamic Actors in Turkey
7C. Liberation and Reform in Iran
7D. Freedoms, Nationalism and Society in the Ottoman Empire
7E. Gender and Property Rights in the Middle East and North Africa
7F. Political language and public opinion in the context of liberation
7G. Patriarchy and the Arab Spring: liberation or backlash? II
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00  Plenary Session III: Joining Research and Impact:
How can Academics and Activists Work Better Together to Influence Policy?
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