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Middle East History and Theory

Middle East History and Theory

This working group will examine the historical, cultural, and legal dimensions of the recent democratic uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the struggles to overthrow authoritarian regimes in Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and elswhere in the region.  The events of 2010-2011 constitute a revolutionary moment, and present a unique opportunity to reflect critically on old paradigms for Middle East politics, and to chart new perspectives onto the larger questions of liberalism in a postcolonial world.

Our working group will meet monthly to explore such issues as cross-fertilization between the Arab uprisings and the Green Revolution in Iran; the roles of art, literature, music, and digital communications in shaping the political imagination of a new generation; constitutional, human rights, and international law; and the shaping and popular discourse around the slogan, "The people want the downfall of the regime".  We will also invite a small number of guests with first-hand experience of the uprisings to provide their on-the-ground insights via video-link. 



Aziza Chaouni, Architecture
Dina Georgis, Diaspora & Transnational Studies and Women & Gender Studies
Kanishka Goonewardena, Geography and South Asian Studies
Milena Methodieva, UTM Historical Studies
Amira Mittermaier, Religion and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Shahrzad Mojab, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Women & Gender Studies
Alejandro Paz, UTSC Humanities
James Reilly, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Natalie Rothman, UTSC Humanities
Mohammad Tavakoli, UTM Historical Studies and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Amila Buturovic, Humanities, York University
Sakis Gekas, History, York University
Zilfikar Hirji, Anthropology, York University
Sedef Arat Koc, Sociology, Trent University
Anne Meneley, Anthropology, Trent University
Selma Zecevic, Humanities, York University
Thabit Abdullah, History, York University
Cynthia Wright, Geography, York University


Nadia Lewis, History
Vivian Solana Moreno, Anthropology
Nermeen Mouftah, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Susan Benson Sokmen, History
Hicham Safieddine, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Noa Shaindlinger, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Mohammed Mohsen, Ontario College of Art & Design


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