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CMES Seminar Series

Research Seminars (Thursdays 13.15-14.30)

The CMES Research Seminar is the main collective seminar at the Centre. LU researchers and invited national and international leading scholars present ongoing research and analyses of a broad range of exciting topics of relevance for the Middle East.

Autumn Programme 2024 

The seminars are held at CMES (Finngatan 16). Please click on the seminar dates to learn more.

12 September

MECW Project Launch: Frictional Homebuilding: Swedish Civil Society Actors in the Occupied Palestinian Territories 1967-

Maria Småberg (CMES & History, Lund University), Nina Gren (CMES & Social Anthropology, Lund University), Lisa Strömbom (CMES & Political Science, Lund University) and Elsa Hedling (CMES & Political Science, Lund University)

26 September

On Decolonization: Islam, Economics, and Environment

Sami Al-Daghistani (CMES & Islamic Studies, Lund University)

10 October

Conflict Mediation in the Arab World

Isak Svensson (Department of Peace and Conflict, Uppsala University)

24 October

Rethinking the Mosul Dam: A Reassessment of its Impact Beyond the Traditional Narratives

Filippo Verre (CMES, Lund University)

7 November

Aid from Gulf Donors in Conflict Zones

Altea Pericoli (CMES, Lund University)

21 November

Gendered Refugee Bodies: A Feminist Analysis of Syrian Refugee Mobility in Turkey and Lebanon

Sinem Kavak (LUCSUS, Lund University)

5 December

UN’s Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) Agenda in the Middle East: Can Youth Participation in Peacebuilding Withstand Authoritarian Co-optation?

Adam Almqvist (CMES, Lund University)

19 December

A Tale of Three Brothers: Ezra, Meir and Hayyawi Sawda’I and the History of an Iraqi Jewish Cinema Business

Pelle Valentin Olsen (History, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen)

Seminar Archive

3 February, Public Seminar with Cecilia Uddén (Radio Sweden)

Recent diplomatic recognition of Israel by Middle Eastern states

11 February, Research Seminar with Spyros Sofos (CMES)

The Meanings of the People in Turkish Politics: A Genealogy

25 February, Research Seminar with Orwa Ajjoub (CMES)

The Development of the Theological and Political Aspects of Jihadi-Salafism

11 March, Research Seminar with Isabel Bramsen (Lund University) and Anine Hagemann (University of Copenhagen)

The Missing Sense of Peace [in Syria and Yemen]: Diplomatic Approachment and Virtualization during the COVID-19 Lockdown

25 March, Research Seminar with Kaveh Madani (Yale University)

Rethinking Environmental Security: The Lessons Learned from the Middle East

31 March, Public Seminar with Mohammed Almahfali (CMES), Mark LeVine (CMES), Kholoud Mansour (CMES), Maria F Malmström (CMES), Charlotta Sparre (Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa), Karin Aggestam (CMES)

Panel Discussion on the Arab Spring Ten Years On

8 April, Research Seminar with Darcy Thompson (CMES)

A Question of Legality or Legitimacy? Examining the Norm of Democracy Promotion in International Relations

22 April, Research Seminar with Isabell Schierenbeck (University of Gothenburg)

A New Israeli Political Landscape? Recent Trends and Future Implications

6 May, Research Seminar with Fanny Christou (CMES)

New Perspectives on Migration Patterns in Sudan in the Context of Climate Change

20 May, Research Seminar with Morten Valbjørn (Aarhus University)

What is so Sectarian about Sectarian Politics? Identity Politics and Authoritarianism in a New Middle East

3 June, Research Seminar with Amir Naghibi (CMES)

Application of Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development in the Middle East

2 September, Research Seminar with Mo Hamza (Lund University)

Refugee Decision-Making in First Countries of Asylum

14 September, Research Seminar with Sarah Anne Rennick (Arab Reform Initiative)

Exile, Identity, and Mobilization- New Dynamics in Post-2011 Arab Diasporas

30 September, Research Seminar with Pinar Dinc (CMES)

The Dersim Genocide in Turkey

14 October, Research Seminar with Rola El-Husseini Dean (CMES)

Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows - Exigency and Sectarian Politics in Lebanon

20 October, Public Seminar with Lina Eklund (CMES), Rola El-Husseini Dean (CMES), Mo Hamza (Lund University), Rouzbeh Parsi (Swedish Institute for International Affairs), Anders Persson (Linneus University), Karin Aggestam (CMES)

Trendspotting: "Breakthroughs" in the Middle East

28 October, Research Seminar with Svante Lundgren (CMES)

When the Assyrian Tragedy Became Seyfo

11 November, Research Seminar with Lisa Strömbom (Lund University)

Digital Communication and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

25 November, Research Seminar with Hossein Hashemi (CMES), Amir Naghibi (CMES), Sara Brogaard (CMES), Ali Mansourian (CMES) and Pengziang Zhao (CMES)

AI in the Service of Socio-Politically Adapted Sustainable Dust-Storm Control in the Middle East

1 December, Public Seminar co-organized by UPF, with Isak Svensson (Uppsala University)

"Jihadist Peace": Is Peacemaking Possible in Islamist Armed Conflicts?

9 December, Research Seminar with Torsten Janson (CMES)

Learning, Belonging, Resisting - Palestinian Youth in Lebanese Higher Education

3 February, Research Seminar with Michelle Pace (Roskilde University), Paola Rivetti (Dublin City University), Francesco Cavatorta (Université Laval), Ziad Abu Mustafa and Muhammad Shehada

Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa

17 February, Research Seminar with Barzoo Eliassi (Linnaeus University)

Seeing like the Stateless in an Uneven World of Nation-States - Kurdish and Palestinian Experiences

3 March, Research Seminar with Joel W. Abelmoez (CMES)

Techno-Islam, Gender, and Saudi Politics in Global Media Discourse

17 March, Research Seminar with Liora Sion (University of Copenhagen)

UN Agencies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

31 March, Research Seminar with Anders Ackfeldt (CMES)

The Aesthetics, Ethics & Creativity of Swedish Muslim Art Creators

2 May, Book Launch with Pınar Dinç (CMES), İmren Borsuk (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Sinem Kavak (Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law)

Authoritarian Neoliberalism and Resistance in Turkey

12 May, Research Seminar with Oliver Scharbrodt (Lund University)

Creating an Alternative Umma - Clerical Authority and Religio-Political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam

18 May, Public Event with CMES scholars

Open House at CMES

19 May, Roundtable with Oula Kadhum (Lund University), Fouad Marei (Lund University), Stefan Williamson Fa (Lund University), Nada Al-Hudaid (Lund University), Yafa Shanneik (Lund University)

Resistance, Diaspora and Sensory Material Culture - New Insights from Current Research on Transnational Twelver Shiism

6 July, Public Seminar at Almedalen with Cecilia Uddén (Radio Sweden), Isabell Schierenbeck (University of Gothenburg), Robert Rydberg (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Rouzbeh Parsi (Swedish Institute of International Affairs), Karin Aggestam (CMES)

Demokratispaning i Mellanöstern

6 July, Public Seminar at Almedalen with Charlotta Sparre (Swedish Dialogue Institute for Middle East and North Africa), Emma Sundkvist (Lund University), Joel W. Abdelmoez (CMES), Marie Wikström (Kvinna till kvinna), Karin Aggestam (CMES)

Jämställd fred i Mellanöstern – är det möjligt?

8 September, Research Seminar with Torsten Janson (CMES), Jayne Svenungsson (CMES), Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (CMES) and Mattias Kärrholm (CMES)

Politics of Memory, Space and Religion in Middle Eastern Nationalisms

22 September, Research Seminar with Rami Zalfou (CMES)

Female Labor, Ethnic Inequality, and Sectoral Composition in the Middle East - Evidence from Syrian Census Data

7 October, Book Launch with Dalia Abdelhady (CMES), Ramy Aly (American University in Cairo), Öncel Naldemirci (Umeå University), Ángela Suárez Collado (University of Salamanca), and Pinar Dinc (CMES)

Routledge Handbook on Middle Eastern Diasporas

17 October, Public Panel with Erik Renström (Lund University), Karin Aggestam (CMES), Rola El-Husseini Dean (CMES), Barzoo Eliassi (Linnaeus University), Narges Mosavat (Lund University), Rouzbeh Parsi (Swedish Institute of International Affairs), and Sarah Anne Rennick (CMES)

The Protests in Iran

20 October, Research Seminar with Maria Småberg (CMES)

Transnational Lives and Narratives - Three Scandinavian Women Missionaries and the 1915 Armenian Genocide

3 November, Research Seminar with Kasper Ly Netterstrøm (University of Copenhagen)

The Rise and Fall of Tunisian Democracy

17 November, Research Seminar with Yafa Shanneik (Lund University)

Challenging Global Gender Mainstreaming - Syrian Refugees in Jordan as a Case Study

1 December, Research Seminar with Leysan Storie (Lund University)

The Role of Social Media in Cultural Citizenship - Young Women in the United Arab Emirates

26 January, Research Seminar with Lejla Sunagic (Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University)

On Power of Desire in Risk-Taking - A Case Study of Syrians’ Migration to Europe

9 February, Seminar with Svante Lundgren (CTR, Lund University), Hege Markussen (CTR, Lund University), Fanar Haddad (University of Copenhagen) and Karin Aggestam (CMES, Lund University)

Fluid Boundaries and Intertwined Identities – Religious Belonging and Ethnic Identification in the Middle East

[Co-organised with the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University]

23 February, Research Seminar with Nada Al-Hudaid (Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University)

In the “Khidma” Service of Ahl Al-Bayt – Practicing Piety Through Art Among Shia in Kuwait and the UK

13 April, Research Seminar with Annika Björkdahl (Department of Political Science, Lund University)

Heritagization & Conflict Transformation – From Toxic to Curative Heritage of Conflict

20 April, Research Seminar with Ann-Kristin Jonasson (Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg)

Preventing Extremism and Terrorism in Jordan

4 May, Research Seminar with Joachim Östlundh (Department of History, Lund University)

Scripture and Scholarship – The Swedish Search for Ancient Egypt, 1677–1739

11 May, Research Seminar with Arvin Khoshnood (Department of Human Geography, Lund University)

Prospects for Democracy in Iran – Challenges and Opportunities

25 May, Research Seminar with Stefan Döring (Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University)

Drought and Altruism – Insights from Surveys of Refugees from Iraq and Syria

8 June, Research Seminar with Nina Gren (Department of Social Anthropology, Lund University)

Borderization of Palestine

29 June, Public Seminar at Almedalen with Göran Rosenberg (author and journalist), Lisa Strömbom (CMES and Department of Political Science, Lund University), Anders Persson (Linnaeus University) and Karin Aggestam (CMES and Department of Political Science, Lund University)

The End of Liberal Democracy in Israel?

29 June, Public Seminar at Almedalen with Lina Eklund (CMES and Dept. of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University), Pinar Dinc (CMES and Dept. of Political Science, Lund University), Sara Brogaard (CMES and LU Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University), Stefan Döring (Uppsala University) and Karin Aggestam (CMES and Department of Political Science, Lund University)

What Are the Climate Challenges in the Middle East?

31 August, Research Seminar with Pinar Dinc (CMES & Political Science), Mo Hamza (CMES & Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety), Maria Andrea Nardi (CMES & Human Geography), Lina Eklund (CMES & Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science), and Hakim Abdi (CMES & Centre for Environmental and Climate Science) 

ECO-Syria - Exploring Conflict-Environment Interactions for Sustainable Development and Conservation

13 September, Research Seminar with Rainer Liedtke (University of Regenburg)

Greek-Turkish Relations From the ‘Megali Idea’ to the Population Exchange of 1923

14 September, Research Seminar with Heba Taha (CMES and Political Science, Lund University)

Atoms for Peace in the Middle East – Technology, Labor, and Peace in US Policy

12 October, Research Seminar with Martin Hvidt (University of Southern Denmark)

Economic Diversification and Green Transition in the Gulf States

2 November, Research Seminar with Paul Levin (Stockholm University)

Turkey and Sweden’s NATO Application

9 November, Research Seminar with Dalia Dassa Kaye (Visiting Fulbright Schuman Scholar)

De-escalation and Realignments – A New Middle East?

23 November, Research Seminar with Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge)

Can Algeria’s History Teach Us About Israel-Palestine Today?

30 November, Book Launch with Oliver Scharbrodt (CMES & Centre for Theology and Religious Studies)

Book Launch: Muhammad Abduh – Modern Islam and the Culture of Ambiguity

7 December, Research Seminar with Mine Islar (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Green Growth Hegemony and Counter-Alternatives in Turkey

17 January Public Seminar with Cecilia Uddén (Radio Sweden)

Behind the Headlines: Reporting on the Israel-Hamas War

1 February Research Seminar with Hebatallah Taha (CMES & Political Science, Lund University)

Everyday Nuclear Histories and Futures in the Middle East, 1945–1948

22 February Roundtable with Joost Jongerden (Wageningen University), Eleonora Gea Piccardi (University of Coimbra), Necmettin Türk (Hamburg University) and Pinar Dinc (CMES & Political Science, Lund University)

Conflict and Environment in Kurdistan

29 February Research Seminar with Torsten Janson (CMES & CTR, Lund University)

Occupying Urban Memory - The Construction of Jerusalem at the Tower of David Museum

14 March Research Seminar with Ilkin Mehrabov (CMES & Strategic Communication, Lund University)

(Un)lonely Impulse of Delight - Rhizomated Subactivism and the Lessons from the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey

28 March Research Seminar with Lina Eklund (CMES and Physical Geography & Ecosystem Science, Lund University) and Pinar Dinc (CMES and Political Science, Lund University)

Societal Impacts of Climate Stress - An Integrated Assessment of Drought, Vulnerability and Conflict in Syria

11 April Roundtable with Rola El-Husseini Dean (CMES and Political Science, Lund University) and Sarah Anne Rennick (CMES, Lund University and Arab Reform Initiative)

On the Edge - Post-Conflict Political Generations of Women and Youth Activists in the ‘Second Wave’ of the Arab Spring

13 May Roundtable with Robert Vosloo (Stellenbosch University), Henry Mbaya (Stellenbosch University), Lisa Strömbom (CMES and Political Science, Lund University) and Torsten Janson (CMES and CTR, Lund University)

Conditioning Spaces of Memory

16 May Research Seminar with Lisa Strömbom (CMES and Political Science, Lund University)

Agonistic Memory-Work in the Aftermath of the Oslo-Agreement

30 May Public Seminar with Samir Abu Eid (Swedish Public Service Television)

Inside the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

3 June Research Seminar with Elad Lapidot (University of Lille)

Haifa – Memories of Jewish-Palestinian Futures

13 June Research Seminar with Hossein Hashemi (CMES and Division of Water Resources Engineering, Lund University), Amir Naghibi (CMES and Division of Water Resources Engineering, Lund University), Sara Brogaard (CMES and LUCSUS, Lund University), Ali Mansourian (CMES and Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University), and Pengziang Zhao (CMES and Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University)

AI in the Service of Socio-Politically Adapted Sustainable Dust-Storm Control in the Middle East

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Karin Aggestam
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