Institute for Middle East Studies

Middle East Politics Workshop

The Institute for Middle East Studies at the Elliott School is launching a new Middle East Politics Workshop that will bring in leading scholars to present a work-in-progress.  The goals of the series, modeled on the successful IGIS, ICSC and Comparative Politics workshops, are to provide PhD students focused on Middle East politics with an opportunity to conduct a meaningful exchange with leading scholars in the field, and to build a robust intellectual community at GW. Papers will be circulated in advance, and one student will be chosen to deliver structured remarks on the manuscript followed by a free-flowing discussion.

Students and faculty who participate in the workshop will be expected to regularly attend scheduled sessions and read the papers in advance; students are also expected to volunteer to be the lead discussant where appropriate. GW faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and advanced graduate students may also present papers. To join the Middle East Politics Workshop, please send a note to Shana Marshall, Associate Director at the Institute for Middle East Studies ( Participants are also encouraged to suggest future speakers.

We aim to hold these events approximately once every two-to-three weeks. Unless otherwise noted, the workshops will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm in Room 5120, located in the Institute for Middle East Studies Suite on the 5th floor of the Elliott School.

The Fall 2012 schedule currently includes:

Monday - September 24, 2012
Dr. Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago)

Paper: "Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria"

Monday - October 15, 2012
Dr. David Patel (Cornell University)

Paper: TBA

Monday - October 22, 2012
Dr. Sarah Parkinson (George Washington University)

Paper: "Lessons from a Car Thief: Insubordination, Solidarity, and Morality in Wartime Lebanon"

Friday, November 2, 2012
Dr. Jason Brownlee (University of Texas at Austin)

Paper: "Soldiers Versus Plutocrats: Intra-Regime Conflict in the Late Mubarak Era"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dr. Wendy Pearlman (Northwestern University)

Paper: "Understanding Mobilization in Syria: Insight from Syrian Refugees in Jordan"





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