After the Uprisings: Political, Economic, and Social Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa

On 31 May 2016, there will be a conference on “After the Uprisings: Political, Economic, and Social Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa”. It is organized by ArabTrans among others. Topics are, from the Call for Papers:

  • “Key political, social, and economic transformations in the MENA region: major changes, their significance, and their implications for theoretical frameworks, analytical methods, as well as policy implications for stakeholders (governments. NGOs, IOs, etc.).
  • National and regional trends: homogeneities and heterogeneities among MENA countries (pathways of socio-economic and political transformation, possible future trajectories).
  • Roots of the Uprisings: long-term, structural factors and short-term triggers behind the upheaval in the Arab world.
  • The generational gap: the role of youth and ICTs before, during, and after the Uprisings.
  • Religion and political culture:  the way the Uprisings and subsequent events affected Islamist movements and the relationship between politics and religion generally
  • Europe and the Arab Uprisings: impact of the recent turmoil upon the role of EU relations.”

Regional and Transregional Elites – Connecting the Early Islamic Empire

The ERC-Projekt “The Early Islamic Empire at Work” is holding a conference from 7-8 October 2016 on “Regional and Transregional Elites – Connecting the Early Islamic Empire”.

Key Themes are:

  • Conceptualization of regional and transregional elites from a comparative perspective
  • Transregional and imperial elites
  • Regional elites
  • Regional: North Africa and Egypt; the Arab Peninsula, Syria, the Jazīra, and Iraq; Iran and Greater Khurāsān