Racial Formations in the Middle East and Africa
On February 25-26, 2021, the Project on Middle East Political Science and the Program on African Social Research hosted the online conference “Racial Formations in the Middle East and Africa.” A large, diverse group of almost thirty scholars from across disciplines and regional specializations presented short papers, which will be published in the POMEPS STUDIES series this spring.
This is the second conference in an ongoing project of rethinking the Middle East as a region and its relations with Africa and beyond. The first conference, held last February at Columbia University, focused on the relationship between Africa and the Middle East, challenging conventional intellectual divisions between Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Horn. (see POMEPS STUDIES 40 Africa and the Middle East: Beyond the Divides).
This year’s conference highlights the politics of difference and racial formation in a comparative, historical and transnational perspectives across Africa and the broader Middle East. It explicitly seeks to de-exceptionalize both regions, and to articulate transregional perspectives on issues of race, racism, ethnicity, caste and state power which transcends divisions of the world into arbitrary regions such as “Africa” and “the Middle East.”
Zeyad el Nabolsy
A. George Bajalia
Stephen J. King
Amélie Le Renard
Zekeria Ahmed Salem
Abdourahmane (Abdou) Seck