Postgraduate Symposium


New Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in MENA Studies

First Annual INMENAS Postgraduate Symposium

Friday 12 November 2021

9-10:45, Literature and Cultural Studies. Chair: Dónal Hassett, University College Cork

Andrew Clarke (Maynooth University), “Museum of Wounds”: Teju Cole’s Lebanese Image-Texts

Chelsea Wilkinson (Trinity College Dublin), Poiesis and Graffiti in the Palestinian Context

Abolfazl Ahangari (Hong Kong University), The End of History and the Predicaments of the Post-Enlightenment Subject: Jalal Al-e Ahmad and the Condition of Coloniality

Leila McGurk (Goldsmiths College, University London), In conversation with Femmes Algériennes: An Account of Historical Reciprocity through the Archival Product

10:55-12:40, Identity and Gender. Chair: David Landy, Trinity College Dublin

Atefeh Ramsari (Bielefeld University), Politics of Belonging and Ethnic Marginalization in Times of State-making

Mayram Lashkari (York University), Feminist Geopolitics in the Middle East: Islamic State and Activist Discourses in Iran

Zahra Moravvej (Oslo University), Dodging Bullets, Iranian Women Journalists Circumvent Censorship

Tarek Alsaid (Lund University), Rape and Sexual Violence Against Men: The Invisible Victims in Syria During the Armed Conflict

Lunch break

14-15:45, State-Society Relations. Chair: Stephanie Dornschneider, University College Dublin

Esther Schoorel (University of Amsterdam), Remembering Contentious Politics: Online Memory Activism in the Wake of Lebanon’s 2019 ‘October Revolution’

Blanca Camps-Febrer (Auton. University of Barcelona), Private Security and the Authoritarian State in Morocco: When the Neoliberal Agenda gets to The Core

Meriam Mabrouk (Birkbeck University of London), Beyond the Nation-State: Gender, Agency and Resistance in Morocco

Mai Alshareef (Leicester University), The Social and Digital Transformation of the Saudi Education System

Saturday 13 November 2021

9-10:45, Citizenship, the Law, and the State. Chair: Prathmesh Waghmare, Dublin City University

Behzad Zerehdaran (University of Melbourne), Rights, Foundations, and Justifications in the 19thCentury Iran

Mahmoud Abdou (University of Warwick), Territoriality and the Territorial Controls of Non-State Armed Groups: Normative and Theoretical Shortcomings

Cailin Kwoh (Lund University), Palestinian Identity as Expressed Through Materiality in Sweden

Areej Jamal (University College London), Current Socio-Economic Changes in Saudi Arabia and Their Impact on the Future Aspirations of South Asian Migrants Living in the Country

10:55-12:40, International Relations and Conflict. Chair: Claudia Saba, Blanquerna University

Sean McCafferty (Dublin City University/Glasgow University/Prague University), Effective Use of the IED by Non-State Actors Has Facilitated a Shift Towards Airstrikes and Drone Campaigns by Dominant Militaries.

Asma Abdi (University of Warwick), Engendering Economic Sanctions. Discussing Iranian Women’s Experiences of Insecurity and Violence under the Sanction Regime

Gaia Poccetti (L'Orientle, Naples), The Doğuş Akdeniz in the Last Two Decades: How and Why Turkey Interacts in the Region

Tareq Sydiq (University of Marburg), Authoritarian Participation in Iran: Influencing the Centre and Beyond

Lunch break

14-15:45, Gender and Authoritarian Politics. Chair: Vincent Durac, University College Dublin

Mairead Smith (Brown University), Spaces of Intimacy and Betrayal: An Exploration of Gender -Based Violence in Şingal

Matthew Heinrichs (Lund University), Subverting Sextarian Citizenship – A Study of Subversive Tactics in Lebanon

Mohaddeseh Ziyachi (Queen's University Belfast), The Iranian Motherhood Problem: The Clash of Contradictory Discourses

Serena Nilsson (Lund University), Women and the Algerian Hirak: Participation, Bargain, and Internalization of Patriarchal and Authoritarian Structures

16-17, Special Session, The Secrets of Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Grant Applications, run by Dr Rita Sakr, Maynooth University

Call for paper (closed)
The Irish Network for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (INMENAS) invites submissions from postgraduate students currently engaged in scholarly work in and on the MENA region to present their work at its first annual Postgraduate Symposium, which will take place online on the 12 and 13 of November 2021. 

INMENAS is a collective of academics from several Irish universities, North and South, whose objective is to establish an inclusive, multidisciplinary network for scholars in Middle Eastern and North African studies. We want to strengthen our community and facilitate younger colleagues in their pursuit of a research-oriented career. By Middle East and North Africa, we understand the lands, peoples and countries that include the Maghreb, the Sahel, the Mashreq; the Levant, the Near East and south-east Mediterranean; Iran, the Gulf and its multiple trade roads, reaching to Central Asia and south-east Asia. 

The aim of our first postgraduate symposium is to provide a space and platform for postgraduate students engaged in ground-breaking and new scholarship on the MENA region to showcase their research and ideas. INMENAS includes scholars at various stages of their career, and applicants will have the opportunity to engage with stimulating comments, questions and feedback by fellow scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds and diverse experiences.

INMENAS seeks proposals on multidisciplinary work that engages with, challenges, and pushes the boundaries of traditional and established scholarship of the MENA region. All disciplines, and intersections between disciplines, are welcome, as well as all methods and epistemological approaches. Proposals can be related to topics such as, but not limited to:

-        Historical and contemporary matters in geography
-        Politics and International Relations
-        Scientific/Infrastructural developments
-        Culture
-        Race
-        Gender
-        Technology
-        Law
-        Peace and Conflict
-        Literature and the Arts
-        Environmental Issues

We invite submissions from MA, MPhil and PhD students/candidates. All formats are welcome, including: papers, posters, multimedia, and multi-format presentations. 

Abstracts of 250 words (max.) should be submitted to by midnight 2nd August 2021. Please also include a short biography of no more than 100 words along with your title and affiliation. All proposals will be evaluated by the INMENAS Postgraduate Symposium organising committee. INMENAS will also not be seeking fees from successful applicants.

Organising committee: Reema Hassan, Sahar Ahmed, Chelsea Wilkinson, Amin Sharifi Isanloo, Claudia Saba, Paola Rivetti


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