POMEPS Guide to MESA 2016


Please check the final program for room numbers and any changes.

Friday, November 18

8:00 am Session II

Doing Research in Iran: Strategies and Experiences (Roundtable)

Beatrice F. Manz (Chair); Linda Komaroff, Justine Landau, Eric Lob, Candace Mixon, Judith A. Lerner

Youth, education and democracy in the Middle East

Ayca Alemdaroglu,  Roozbeh Shirazi, Daniele Cantini, Mohamed Sallam & Amanda Tho Seeth

Being a Syrian Refugee: Representation and Agency in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Paulo G. Hilu Pinto (discussant); Thomas Vladimir Brond, Cecilia Baeza, Ching-An Chang, Maai Youssef, Susanne Dahlgren, Hae Won Jeong, Jessie Moritz & Patricia Ward; Marianne Laanatza (chair)

Women and the Economy

Madeline C. Zilfi (chair); Bozena Welborne & Nawra Al lawati; Crystal A. Ennis, Leyla Keough & Gail Buttorff

10:00 am Session III

Political Economy of the Arab Spring

Clement Moore Henry (chair); Hayat Alvi, Isabel Schäfer, Gerasimos Tsourapas

Experimental Methods in the Middle East

Kimberly Guiler, Elizabeth R. Nugent, Ekrem Karakoc & Dana El Kurd; Luai Allarakia (discussant)

Is Saudi foreign policy ‘Islamic’?

Robert Vitalis (discussant); Anna Viden, Brandon Friedman

1:45 pm Session IV

Ethics of Researching Middle East Politics

Laurie Brand; Jillian M. Schwedler (chair), Amaney A. Jamal, Marc Lynch, Lisa Wedeen, Jason Brownlee & Sarah Parkinson

Political and Legal Contestations over Gender-Based Violence in Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Helen M. Rizzo (discussant); Angie Abdelmonem, Hind Ahmed Zaki, Susana Galan, Mariz Tadros (chair); Marta Agosti

Ba’thism, Islamism, and ISIS

Aaron Faust; Joseph Sassoon (chair); Michael Brill, Ibrahim Al Marashi, Cole Bunzel, Craig Whiteside & Kevin Woods

Tunisia Five Years After: The Forgotten Structures of Revolutionary Practices?

Sami Zemni (discussant); Benoit Challand, Fabio Merone; Emel Akcali (chair); Ester Sigillò, Joachim Ben Yakoub

Probing the Process: Beyond Outcomes-Based Studies of Contentious Politics

Lisa Anderson (chair); Asef Bayat (discussant); Elliott Colla; Dina Bishara, Trevor Johnston, Lisel Hintz, Yasmina Abouzzohour

Shifting Patterns of Authoritarianism and Democratization

Azzedine Layachi (chair); Kristen Kao, Kourosh Rahimkhani, Sabina Henneberg & Nimah Mazaheri

ISIS and the regional dimensions of the Syrian Civil War

Curtis R. Ryan; Geoffrey D. Schad (chair); Elena Aoun, Didier Leroy

3:45 pm Session V

The Causes and Consequences of Political Participation and Social Movements in the Middle East

Amaney A. Jamal (chair, discussant); Nadya Hajj, Peter Krause, Richard Nielsen, Yael Zeira

5:45 pm Session VI

Political Parties in the Arab World: continuity and change

Manal A. Jamal, Francesco Cavatorta, Michael J. Willis (chair); Lise Storm & Anne Wolf

In the Neighborhood of War: Everyday specters of (dis-)order in Jordan

Jillian M. Schwedler (discussant); Andre Bank, Sara Ababneh, Yazan Doughan (chair); Zachary Sheldon, Mary Pancoast

Representation and Elite Behavior in Politically-Polarized Turkey

Abdulkadir Yildirim (discussant); F. Michael Wuthrich Panel, Sabri Ciftci, Marwa Shalaby, Ekrem Karakoc (chair, discussant); David Wiltse; Tevfik Murat Yildirim

Widening the Net: New Sources, Methods, and Insights in the Arabian Peninsula

Sean Foley; Jocelyn Sage Mitchell (chair); Elizabeth Derderian (discussant); Dylan Baun; Calvert Jones; Matthew MacLean; Raihan Ismail (discussant)

Conflicting Fieldwork in the Middle East: Feelings, obligations, trauma and theory

Sheila Carapico (chair); Marina de Regt, Vivienne Matthies-Boon, Anne De Jong & Erika Alejandra Cortes

Dynamics of Sectarianism: The Case of Lebanon

Melani C. Cammett (chair); Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl (discussant); Amanda Rizkallah, Sarah Parkinson (discussant), Nils Hagerdal & Barea Sinno

Citizenship, equality and sovereignty in post-revolution Tunisia

Habib Ayeb, Nadia Marzouki, Corinna Mullin, Hamza Meddeb, Max Ajl

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

POMEPS Reception

Clerys Boston
113 Dartmouth Street

Saturday, November 19

8:00 am Session VII

Did economic inequality drive the Arab spring? Quantitative approaches

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Melani C. Cammett (chair, discussant) Ishac Diwan, Ragui Assaad, Caroline Krafft,

Gulf Politics beyond Rentierism

Benjamin Smith, Sofia Fenner (chair); Courtney Freer, Andrew Leber & Tyler Schuenemann

10:00 am Session VIII

Fight and Exit in the Syrian Civil War

Steven Heydemann (discussant), Holger Albrecht (chair); Kevin Koehler, Amy Austin Holmes, Yasser Munif, Nazek Jawad; Gunes Murat Tezcur; Murat Yuksel; Hamid Rezai (chair); Susan Benson-Sokmen, Peyman Asadzadehmamaghani; Tezcur, Gunes Murat

Explaining Divergent Outcomes: The Arab Spring Five Years On

Lisa Anderson; Val Moghadam (chair); Joshua Landis, Amaney A. Jamal & Shamiran Mako

Funding Opportunities for MENA Region Research

James A. Miller, Zeinab Mohamed Ibrahim & R. Kirk Belnap; Maggie Nassif (chair); Maysa Abou-Youssef Hayward

Islamist Discourses in MENA

Sami Emile Baroudi, Menderes Cinar; Andrea L. Stanton (chair); Mohamed Daadaoui, Caroleen Sayej; Gunes Murat Tezcur; Murat Yuksel; Hamid Rezai (chair); Susan Benson-Sokmen, Kutbettin Kilic, Peyman Asadzadehmamaghani, Tezcur; Gunes Murat; Vish Sakthivel

12:00 pm Session IX

Challenges of Authoritarian Legitimation in the Middle East

Jason Brownlee, Noa Schonmann, Allison Hartnett & Ferdinand Eibl

Capitalism and Class in the Middle East: Reflections on the Arab Uprisings

Toby C. Jones (chair); Christopher H. Parker, Koenraad Bogaert, Paola Rivetti, Ahmed Kanna, Angela Joya, Panel, Sara Salem & Karim Malak

New Research on Legal Reform in North Africa and the broader Middle East

John P. Entelis (chair, discussant); Yüksel Sezgin, Dorthe Kirsten Engelcke, Katja Zvan Elliott, Matt Buehler

2:00 pm Session X

Political Dissent and Activism in Post-Arab Spring Egypt

Babak Rahimi (chair); Steven T. Brooke, Nadine Sika, Mirna Wasef, Dina Mansour, Kent Davis-Packard

Academic Freedom under Assault: A Roundtable on recent developments in Egypt and Turkey

Laurie Brand (chair); Vickie Langohr, Khaled Fahmy, Asli Bali & Asli Z. Igsiz

Evaluating and Incentivizing Digital Scholarship in Middle East Studies

Virginia Aksan, Amy Singer (chair); Bogac A. Ergene, Sarah Bowen Savant, Intisar Rabb & Sabine Schmidtke

4:00 pm Session XI

Politics & Legitimacy in Tunisia

Daniel Coslett (chair); Rory McCarthy, Tofigh Maboudi, Gabriel Rubin & Michael Marcusa

Technology and Transnational Networks in the Middle East

Arang Keshavarzian (chair, discussant); Laleh Khalili, Killian Clarke, Waleed Hazbun & Gozde Guran

Women and Politics in MENA: Representation, Participation, and Agency

Mona Tajali, Marwa Shalaby (discussant); Aili Mari Tripp, Rania Maktabi & Zoe Petkanas

Sunday, November 20

8:00 am Session XIII

Tunisia’s Democratic Transition: Progress and Challenges

Janine A. Clark; Ellen Lust; Daniel Zisenwine, Daniel Tavana; Lust, Ellen

New Forms of Authoritarianism and Social Mobilization in MENA

Eva Bellin (discussant); Samer S. Shehata, Vickie Langohr, Bruce Rutherford, Michele Penner Angrist (chair), Jeannie Sowers & David Siddhartha Patel

10:00 am Session XIV

Coercive Apparatuses after the Arab Spring

Marc Lynch (chair), Eva Bellin (discussant), Sharan Grewal, Sarah Weirich, Shana Marshall & Hicham Bou Nassif

12:00 pm Session XV

Authoritarianism: Persistence and Resistance

Konstantin Ash, Youssef Chouhoud, Nadine Kreitmeyr &  Maria Josua

2:00 pm Session XVI

Subordinating Religion to the State: How Institutions Shape Islam

Steven Heydemann (chair); Jocelyne Cesari (discussant); Murat Somer, Annelle Sheline & Anar Valiyev

What are the Underlying Causes of Violent Conflicts? Syria’s War Five Years On

Bassam Haddad (discussant); Nader Hashemi, Leila Marie Rebecca Vignal & Marwa Daoudy

Public Opinion, Policy Making, and Reform: Past and Present

Erin Snider, Katrin Jomaa (chair); Jeffrey G. Karam, Ghazal Poshtkouhian Nadi & Kiran Phull