POMEPS Guide to MESA 2018

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Events in focus

Issues in the Profession: How Can We Continue To Do Research in the Arab World?

Saturday, November 17, 11:00-1:00PM

Organized by Rabab El-Mahdi

Organized under the auspices of American University in Cairo (AUC)

Chair: Nathan J. Brown, George Washington U

  • Laryssa Chomiak, American Institute of Maghreb Studies
  • Rabab El-Mahdi, American U in Cairo
  • Miriam R. Lowi, Col of New Jersey
  • Ellen Lust, U of Gothenburg
  • Sarah Parksinson, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jillian Schwedler, Hunter Col CUNY

In recent years, conducting field research has become increasingly difficult, particularly in states or regions characterized by violent conflict, repressive political regimes, or state failure. Working under such conditions, or with communities facing similar circumstances, is challenging. Researchers need to protect themselves and others. This session discusses the challenges facing those conducting research in the Arab world today and ways to work around them. It draws on panelists’ experiences, lessons learned, and discussions with others to explore issues from how to conduct research in the field, given our different methodologies, to issues of personal safety and security. The session aims to contribute to the ongoing endeavors to keep the region accessible and intelligible in these changing times. What are the challenges facing researchers in the different countries of the region? What are the ways of overcoming some of these challenges or at least minimizing the risks? How can we be cautious but not alarmist, pushing away potential students of the region? These are some of the questions that the session will address.


POMEPS Reception

Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:30PM

Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at:

Rio Rio Cantina
421 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

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Thursday, November 15


(5076) Constitutions in the Contemporary Middle East: (How) Do They Still Matter?

Aslı Bâli, David Mednicoff, Nathan J. Brown (chair), Omar M. Dajani, Andrew F. March, Amin Tarzi

(5080) Political Psychology in the Middle East

Kimberly Guiler, Lisel Hintz (chair), Elizabeth Nugent, Scott Williamson, Sharan Grewal, Matthew Cebul, Christiana Parreira, Daniel Tavana, Peter Russell

(5085) Reclaiming “Minorities” in the Middle East

Paul S. Rowe, Tsolin Nalbantian (chair), Janine A. Clark (discussant), Noah Haiduc-Dale, Sargon Donabed

(5116) Emerging Challenges in International Relations and Transnational Politics of the Gulf

Jessie Moritz, Emma Soubrier, Courtney Freer, Toby Matthiesen (discussant), Becca Wasser (discussant), Raihan Ismail

(5148) Integration and Marginalization of the Other: New Research on the Middle East Migrant Crisis

Matt Buehler, Jocelyn Sage Mitchell (chair/discussant), Sarah Parkinson, Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Mara Revkin, Ian M. Hartshorn, Jessie Clark

Friday, November 16

8:30-10:30 AM

(5145) Contending Visions of Belonging in the Arabian Peninsula

Keye Tersmette, Crystal A. Ennis, Nelida Fuccaro (chair), Neha Vora (discussant), Ali Alkandari, Ahmed Y. AlMaazmi

(5287) Military and Diplomatic Strategies

Annie Tracy Samuel, Maryam Alemzadeh, Amr Yossef, Tamás Dudlák, Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

(5347) Comparative Politics of the Contemporary Arab World

Julia Choucair-Vizoso (chair), M. Tahir Kilavuz, Lindsay Benstead, David Siddhartha Patel, Jean Lachapelle

11:00-1:00 PM

(5149) The Online Public Sphere in the Gulf: Disagreement, Dialogue, Creativity, and Change

Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, Sean Foley, Eid Mohamed (chair), Sahar M. Khamis, Jessie Moritz, Sean Foley, Andrew Leber, Geoffrey Martin, Jocelyn Sage Mitchell

(5156) Ways of Knowing: Situated and Relational Geographies of the Middle East and North Africa, Part II

Omar Jabary Salamanca, Kareem Rabie (chair), Nida Alahmad, Angela Joya, Andy Clarno, Deen Sharp, Mona Atia

(5224) Anthropology in War-Torn Yemen: Challenges, Dilemmas, and Alternative Methodologies

Susanne Dahlgren, Marina de Regt, Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Marina de Regt, Susanne Dahlgren, Nathalie Peutz

(5091) Food Studies and the Middle East: Past, Present, Future

Anny Gaul, Graham Cornwell, Jennifer Dueck, Sally Howell, Anne T. Meneley

1:30-3:30 PM

(5374) Struggling to Assert Rights to Academic Freedom: A Report from MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom

Laurie Brand (chair), Mehmet Sinan Birdal, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Katherine Franke, Homa Hoodfar

(5338) Contemporary Jordanian Politics

Marc Lynch (chair), Benjamin Schuetze, Muath Abudalu, Tina Zintl

(5180) Work It, Girl!: Marginal Women’s Labor from Morocco to Iran

Sara Rahnama, Jonathan Wyrtzen (chair), Hanan Hammad, Beeta Baghoolizadeh, Sara Rahnama, Graham Cornwell, Terrence Peterson, E. M. Perego

4:00-6:00 PM

(5275) Understanding Citizenship and State-Society Relations in MENA

Lillian Frost, Nathan J. Brown, Kelsey P. Norman, Rawan Arar, Lillian Frost, Annelle Sheline

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

POMEPS ReceptionRSVP Here

Rio Rio
421 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Saturday, November 17

8:30-10:30 AM

(5140) Polarization, Participation, and Democratic Outcomes in Egypt and Tunisia

Vickie Langohr (chair), Alexandra Blackman, Hind M Ahmed Zaki, Elizabeth Nugent, Karen Pfeifer

(5146) A Global Middle East and the Search for a Core

Deen Sharp, Mona Atia, Ziad M. Abu-Rish, Timur Hammond, Jillian Schwedler, Owain Lawson

11:00-1:00 PM

Special Session (5374) Mosul as a Microcosm of the Issues Facing Iraq

F. Gregory Gause III (chair), Omar Mohammed, Shamiran Mako, Sara Farhan

Issues in the Profession: How Can We Continue To Do Research in the Arab World?

Rabab El-Mahdi, Nathan J. Brown (chair), Laryssa Chomiak, Rabab El-Mahdi, Miriam R. Lowi, Ellen Lust, Sarah Parksinson, Jillian Schwedler

Sunday, November 18


(5092) The Colonial Legacies of Institutions of Control in MENA

Elizabeth Nugent, Joseph Sassoon (chair/discussant), Allison Hartnett, Nicholas Lotito, Alexandra Blackman, James Casey, Erin Snyder