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Wednesday 24 June

8.00 – 9.15 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.15 – 9.30 Opening & Welcome Addresses
9.30 – 10.30 The I.B.Tauris Publishers Plenary: Title TBC
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. The Expanding Foreign Policy Assertiveness of GCC States
 1D. Islamic Finance: Financial and Social Performance
 1E. Contesting Militarization: the changing maps of existence and resistance in Cairo
 1F. The fallout of the Syrian war on Lebanon
 1G. The Struggle between Liberation and Authoritarianism in the Maghreb is real.
 1H. Affective politics in the Middle East: Feminist Reflections on Liberating Praxi
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 The Pearson Memorial Lecture: ‘Books as History in Medieval Iran’
Professor Charles Melville, University of Cambridge
Organised by the Middle East Libraries Committee (MELCOM)
14.00 – 15.00 BRISMES AGM
15.00 – 15.30 Tea & Coffee
15.30 – 17.30 Panel 2
 2A. The ‘Rojava Revolution’: What Future for Western Kurdistan?
 2B. Palestine: Solidarity and Resistance
 2C. Pushing the Status Quo: Liberation in art and cultural practices in the modern Middle East
 2D. Changing discourses of political Islam in post-revolutionary Egypt
 2E. Representation of liberation in Arabic, Kurdish and Nubian Literature
 2F. God’s Chosen Peoples: Historical Perspectives on Islam and Liberation
 2G. The International Political Economy of Trade Policy in the Middle East: promoting integration and cooperation?
 17.30 – 18.30 Student Section Reception
18.30 Conference Dinner: Maroush Lebanese Restaurant, off Oxford St.

Thursday 25 June

8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.00 – 11.00 Panel 3
1A. 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 in Turkey and Iraq
  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. Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Reform and Liberation
5C. Elites and the Marginalised in Yemen and Saudi Arabia
5D. Politics, gender and nostalgia in contemporary Iraq
5E. Perspectives on International Policy in the Middle East
5F. Islam and Modernity
5G. Patriarchy and the Arab Spring: liberation or backlash? I
5H. Historical social movements and community evolution
16.30 – 17.00 Tea & Coffee
17.00 – 18.00 Plenary Session II: TBC
18.00 Drinks Reception

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. Liberation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
6C. Perspectives on Music and Liberation in the Middle East and North Africa
6D. Middle Eastern Christian Migrant Experiences of ˜Liberation” and its Challenges in Europe
6E. New Approaches to Identity in the IR of the Middle East
6F. The Politics of Displacement: Aid, Asylum and Resistance in the Context of Refugee Camps
6G. Islamic Finance: In Search of Authenticity between Islamic Norms and Modernity
6H. 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
7H. BDS and Political Mobilization
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00  Plenary Session III: TBC               
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