CALL FOR PAPERS

2023 SWEMENA SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE  
24-25 August – Stockholm University

The second Swedish Middle East and North Africa Network (SWEMENA) Annual Conference will be hosted by Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies. We look forward to this opportunity to solidify the network and meet in person, and to host excellent papers and panels across all fields and disciplines related to Middle Eastern Studies. We therefore invite contributions from all doctoral students and researchers based in Sweden working on topics related to the MENA region (including Turkey and Afghanistan). Master students are welcome to attend. The working language of the conference will be English.   

We invite submissions of abstract of no more than 250 words, on any topic related to Middle Eastern Studies. While submissions are open to all fields and disciplines, we invite you to please attach 3 of the keywords below to your abstract. Accepted proposals entails giving a 15-minute presentation at the conference in a panel organised by either SWEMENA or a group of participants themselves. 

Please note that the call is also open for panel proposals.   

The deadline for abstract – panels or individual presentations – submission is Tuesday, 2 May 2023. We expect to return a decision of acceptance in the middle of May 2023.   

To submit your abstracts and for any questions, please contact Isabella Aslan (isabella.aslan@ui.se

Keywords

Authoritarianism  Literature & art 
Conflict Media 
Culture Migration 
Decolonization Minorities 
Democracy Nationalism 
Environment/Climate Change Political economy 
Gender Popular culture 
Governance  Protest 
Health Religion 
Human Rights Sectarianism 
Islam  Social Movements 
Language State-Society Relations 
 Youth 

SWEMENA Conference 2022 – Building Networks across Sweden, the Middle East and North Africa

By bringing together researchers and practitioners from institutions across Sweden, this conference will discuss contributions handed in and presented by Sweden based researchers working on topics related to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. To do so, there will be several panels and roundtables held, and plenty of opportunities to network and discuss future collaborations.

The SWEMENA Conference mirrors the organization’s main cause: to bring together different communities of researchers, practitioners and policymakers across Sweden with an interest in the Middle East and North Africa region.

When: 13 June & 14 June 2022
Location: The School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Follow this link for more information on how to register.

CALL FOR PAPERS

2022 SWEMENA FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE  
13-15 June 2022 – Gothenburg University

The first Swedish Middle East and North Africa Network (SWEMENA) Annual Conference will be hosted by The School of Global Studies (SGS) at the University of Gothenburg. We look forward to this opportunity to solidify the network and meet in person, and to hosting excellent papers and panels across all fields and disciplines related to Middle Eastern Studies. We therefore invite contributions from all of those based in Sweden working on topics related to the MENA region. The working language of the conference will be English.  

We invite submissions of abstract of no more than 250 words, on any topic related to Middle Eastern Studies. While submissions are open to all fields and disciplines, we invite you to please attach 3 of the keywords below to your abstract.

Please note that the call is also open for panel proposals.  

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 31 January 2022. We expect to return a decision of acceptance in February, 2022.  

To submit your abstracts and for any questions, please contact Dr. Lucia Ardovini (lucia.ardovini@ui.se) and Mattias Svahn (mattias.svahn@ui.se)  

Keywords:
Social Movements
Governance
Violent Extremism
The local
Protest
Conflict
Governance
Minorities
Islam
Gender
Sectarianism
Media
Youth
State-society Relations
Environment/Climate Change
Human Rights
Social Justice
Authoritarianism
Decolonisation
Migration 

UI Seminar: Socioeconomic Drivers of Protests in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs invites you to a webinar analysing socio-economic drivers of protests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region focusing on the contexts of Tunisia, Algeria and Lebanon.

Ten years after the Arab uprisings, that toppled dictators and briefly reshuffled the established status quo in several Arab countries, the region is still experiencing protests and popular demonstrations.

Long standing issues related to entrenched social inequalities, deep-seated corruption, recurring economic crises and the disintegration of the social contract are further weakening the already fragile state-society relationship in states across the region. With citizens’ growing mistrust in political institutions, protests is viewed by many as the main avenue to express discontent and demand structural changes.

With these dynamics in mind, this seminar focuses on a comparative analysis of socioeconomic drivers of protests in Tunisia, Lebanon, and Algeria, examining different repertoires of contention and state responses to popular demonstrations.

What socioeconomic grievances drive contemporary protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa region? How are they different from what brought people to the streets to protest during the Arab Spring? Are there any similarities between the movements in different countries in the region?

Panel:
Lina Khatib, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Youssef Cherif, Director, Columbia Global Centers, Tunis
Linda El-Naggar, Analyst, Middle East and North Africa Programme, UI

Moderator:
Lucia Ardovini, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, UI

Use this link to register

Guest Seminar at University of Gothenburg: Benjamin Schuetze

The Centre for European Research  and The Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg will co-host a guest seminar with Dr. Benjamin Schuetze.

Benjamin will present his book – Promoting Democracy, Reinforcing Authoritarianism – discussing how US and EU democracy promotion reinforces authoritarianism rather than promotes democracy in Jordan (see full description below).

Benjamin’s research interest lies in authoritarian practices and the politics of intervention. Exploring the often-contradictory effects of external interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, his work is at the intersection of international relations, Middle Eastern politics, critical security studies, and transregional studies.

Date: 14/9, 9.15-10.45 CEST
Place: Zoom
Registration: University of Gothenburg website