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Monday 26 March 2012

8.00 – 9.15 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.15 – 9.30 Opening & Welcome Addresses
Alastair Newton, President, BRISMES
Professor Fawaz Gerges, Director, Middle East Centre, LSE
9.30 – 10.30 I.B. Tauris Plenary Session I: ‘Revolution and Revolt: Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change in the
Arab World’

Professor Ghassan Salamé, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)
10.30 – 11.00 Tea & Coffee
11.00 – 13.00 Panel 1
Reflecting on the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’: Can we understand new trends using old models? [part 1] The Syrian and
Egyptian Cases (Network Panels: ‘Liberation, Domination and Expression’ and ‘Resistance, Representation and Identity’)
Challenges to the GCC Social Contract in the Wake of the Arab Revolutions
Tunisia: Political Islam, Socio-demography and New Media in the Jasmine Revolution
Palestinian Strategies of Resistance and Development
Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa
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                                                
Syrian Narratives during Revolutionary Change
The Persian Gulf and the Cold War
Discourses of Women’s Resistance in the Middle East
Reflecting on the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’: Can we understand new trends using old models? [part 2] The cases of Tunisia,
Jordan and Kuwait (Network Panels: ‘Liberation, Domination and Expression’ and ‘Resistance, Representation
and Identity’)
The Egyptian Revolution: Slogans, Symbolism and the Sisters
18.30 Conference Dinner, Old Hall & Crypt, Lincoln’s Inn

Tuesday 27 March 2012

8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.00 – 11.00 Panel 3
The Media and the Arab Uprisings
Narratives of the Uprising and the (Re)production of Structural Flaws in Western Democracy Assistance
Gulf Economies in Transition
‘Neo-Ottomanism’?: National and International Dimensions of Shifts in Turkish Foreign Policy
11.00 – 11.30 Tea & Coffee
11.30 – 13.30 Panel 4                                                
Explaining Violence in Iraq
Asia, Russia and the Arab Uprisings: Asian Governmental and Popular Reactions to the Uprisings
Resistance through Music and Culture
Rethinking Islamist Movements in the Middle East; Mediating Cultures; Resistance and Power
Thinking about the Revolution: Social Movements, Structure, Space, Religion and the Military in the ‘January 25
Revolution’
(Critical Middle East Studies Network Panel)
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Panel 5                                    
The Arab Spring: New Directions in Teaching and Researching the Middle East (Islamic Studies Network Panel)
Syria: The Effect of the Intifada on Theoretical Understandings
Political Islam and the Arab Uprisings
Revisiting the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Missed Opportunities, Declassified Documents and Alternative Narratives
The Algerian Exception?
16.30 – 17.00 Tea & Coffee
17.00 – 17.45 Plenary Session II: International Policy Responses to Changes in the Arab World
Senior UK Government official
17.45 Drinks Reception

Wednesday 28 March 2012

8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.00 – 11.00 Panel 6
Iraq, its Regions and the International
Arab Spring in the Maghreb: Hidden Stories and Alternative Voices
The Role of Political Islam during and after the Arab Spring
The Crisis of Legitimacy: Transformations in Governance and Civil Society in the Contemporary Islamic Republic
of Iran
The Everyday Construction of Authoritarianism in the Middle East
11.00 – 11.30 Tea & Coffee
11.30 – 13.30 Panel 7                                    
The Economics of the Arab Spring
The Struggle for Identity and Power in Lebanon
Literature, Resistance and Revolt
Routledge Workshop: How to get published in Academic Journals and Books
The Yemeni Revolt
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Panel 8                        
Political Economy after the Arab Revolution: New Perspectives
Between Palestine and the Umma: Transnational Jihad Ideologues of Palestinian Origin
Shi’ism: Clerical Authority, Identity and Diaspora
The Arab Uprisings: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Revolutionary Cities, Revolutionary Youth: The Arab Spring Society
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