Panel 5 Tuesday 27 March, 14.30 – 16.30

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Panel 5a The Arab Spring: New Directions in Teaching and Researching the Middle East (Islamic Studies Network Panel)

Chair: Dr John Canning, Senior Academic Coordinator, University of Southampton

Discussant: Dr Lisa Bernasek, Academic Coordinator, University of Southampton

Paper 1: The Return of Politics: A Critical Reading of Contemporary Middle East Studies in the Light of the Arab Spring
Dr Rasmus Alenius Boserup, Research Fellow, Danish Institute for International Studies

Paper 2: Research in a Time of Unbounded Flux
Tamara Al-Om, MPhil/PhD candidate, University of Exeter

Paper 3: Integrating Current Events into Language Learning and Teaching: Examples from Elementary Arabic
Dr Jeremy Palmer, Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah

Panel 5b Syria: The Effect of the Intifada on Theoretical Understandings

Chair: Professor Raymond Hinnebusch, Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies and Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Paper 1: Neoclassical Realism and the Foreign Policy of Syria. A Case of Theory vs Reality?
Francesco Belcastro, PhD candidate, University of St Andrews

Paper 2: Between Authoritarian Upgrading and the Uprising: Two Fieldstays in Syria and how to Refine Results by Reflecting on Methodological Challenges
Tina Zintl, Research Fellow, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Paper 3:  Failure of a Security Paradigm: Syria in Revolt
Dr Ari Kerkkänen, Director, The Finnish Institute in the Middle East

Paper 4: A Comparative Analysis of Hezbollah and Hamas Responses to the Syrian Uprising
Nasrin Akhter, PhD candidate, University of St. Andrews

Panel 5c Political Islam and the Arab Uprisings

Chair: Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Paper 1The Place of Islam and the Arab Revolutions
Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Paper 2: How God’s Power Becomes the People’s Power: Faith as the Root of Pragmatism in the Muslim Brotherhood
Professor Ulrika Mårtensson, Professor, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Paper 3: Understanding the Arab Uprisings through the Analysis of the terms Intifada and Istishad
Marco Di Donato, PhD candidate, University of Genova – Italian Centre for the Study of Political Islam

Panel 5d Revisiting the Israel-Palestine conflict: Missed opportunities, declassified documents and alternative narratives

Chair: Professor Elie Podeh, Professor, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Paper 1: Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Professor Elie Podeh, Professor, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Paper 2: Israel’s Gesture of Goodwill: No Return to the West Bank for the June 1967 War Refugees
Dr Avi Raz, Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Paper 3: Political Theology in Israel-Palestine: Liberation through Contextualisation in the Holy Land
Dr Samuel J. Kuruvilla, Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University

Paper 4: The Single State Alternative in Palestine/Israel
Cherine Hussein, PhD candidate in International Relations, University of Sussex

Panel 5e The Algerian Exception?

Chair: Sir Alan Munro, President Emeritus, Society for Algerian Studies

Paper 1: Algeria’s Path to Political Reforms: Dodging the Arab Spring
Dr Yahia Zoubir, Professor of International Studies and International Management and Director of Research in Geopolitics, Euromed Management, Marseille (co-authored with Dr Ahmed Aghrout)

Paper 2: Stable Instability: How sustainable is the status quo in Algeria?
Dr Hakim Darbouche, Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Paper 3Algeria and its Neighbours: A Comparative Perspective
Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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