Panel 2 Monday 26 March, 15:30 – 17:00

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Panel 2a: Syrian Narratives during Revolutionary Change

Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges, Director, Middle East Centre, LSE
Discussant: Patrick Seale, Journalist and Author

Paper 1: Which Flag? The 2011 Uprising and Syrian National Identity
Dr Christopher Phillips, Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East, Queen Mary, University of London

Paper 2: Infiltrated (Sunni) Fundamentalists or Laic Demonstrators? Hidden Sectarian Discourses in the Syrian Regime’s Rhetoric and Implicit Use of Islam in the Activists’ Narratives
Dr Lorenzo Trombetta, Independent Scholar and Middle East correspondent for ANSA Italian News Agency

Paper 3: The Syrian Uprising: Trajectory, Narratives, and Implications
Professor William Harris, Professor and Head of Department of Politics, University of Otago

Paper 4: Mona Wassef and I: The Construction of Treason between Reality and Fiction
Helena Nassif, PhD candidate, University of Westminster

Panel 2b: The Persian Gulf and the Cold War

Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi, Lecturer in International History, LSE

Paper 1: The Twin Pillars and Unintended Consequences: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Post-war Petroleum Order
Christopher R. W. Dietrich, PhD candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Paper 2: The Cold War and US Relations with the Gulf, 1977-1981
Victor McFarland, PhD candidate, Yale University

Paper 3: Exiles in the Iran-Iraq War
Naysan Rafati, PhD candidate, University of Oxford

Paper 4: The Gulf States and South-South Cooperation, 1961-1990: Contradictions and Commonalities
Dr Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen, Deputy Director of the Kuwait Programme, LSE

Panel 2c Discourses of Women’s Resistance in the Middle East

Chair: Dr Maria Holt, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster

Paper 1Redefining Freedom: Arab Women, Islam and Resistance
Dr Maria Holt, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster

Paper 2: Woman, Reborn: Neo-feminist Discourses in the Arab Awakening
Dr Luisa Gandolfo, Altajir Lecturer in Post-war Recovery Studies, University of York

Paper 3: Gender Subjectivity under the Situation of Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip: Contradictory but Self-Respected
Dr Aitemad Muhanna Matar, Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSE

Paper 4: Associational Democracy and Women’s Empowerment in Saudi Arabia: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Elections
Dr Hendrik Kraetzschmar, Lecturer in Middle East Politics, University of Leeds

Panel 2d Reflecting on the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’: Can we understand new trends using old models? [part 2] The Cases of Tunisia, Jordan and Kuwait (Liberation, Domination and Expression and Resistance, Representation and Identity Research Networks Panel)

Chair: Dr Ewan Stein, Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Discussant: Dr Francesco Cavatorta, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Paper 1: Revolutionizing Political Understanding and Action: Meaning and Causality in the Tunisian Revolution
Dr Frédéric Volpi, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Institute of Middle East and Central Asia Studies, University of St Andrews

Paper 2: Is this 1989 and if so which? – Jordan and the resilience of an (upgraded) post-democratization approach at the time of the Arab Uprisings
Dr Morten Valbjørn, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University

Paper 3: Stateless People amidst Arab Uprisings: Disenfranchisement and Revolt
Dr Claire Beaugrand, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CNRS, Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut

Paper 4: The Uprisings in Egypt: Who protested and why
Dr John Chalcraft, Reader in the History and Politics of Empire/Imperialism, LSE

Panel 2e The Egyptian Revolution: Slogans, Symbolism and the Sisters

Chair: Dr Ahmed Ali, Assistant Professor of Translation, American University of Sharjah

Paper 1Humour,Translation and Revolutionary Slogans: The Egyptian Model
Dr Ahmed Ali, Assistant Professor of Translation, American University of Sharjah

Paper 2: 1001 Images from Tahrir Square: An analysis of Intertextuality and Dialogicality in Protest Messages
Mariam Aboelezz, PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University

Paper 3: Cairo’s Graffiti post-January 25th: A critical analysis
Elisabeth F. Jaquette, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

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