Since 2009 when we received a Strategic Research Area grant for the Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW), our research activities, partnerships and collaborations focus on a variety of research issues relating to Middle Eastern states and societies but also to “the Middle East in the world” – the various ways in which the region impacts the rest of the world in terms of flows of people, finanscapes, ideologies and culture.
Recognizing the complexity of the Middle Eastern states, societies and cultures as well as of the region as a whole and its transnational dimensions and connections and realizing the need for innovative research that can do justice to it, CMES has been aspiring to foster multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives, approaches and methodologies. Our core and affiliated researcher team spans several social science, humanities and natural and applied sciences and our research seminars and other research-related activities have given rise to fruitful exchanges across different scientific fields and culminated in interdisciplinary research projects such as Hydrosolidarity, Syria: post-conflict futures, Conflict Diasporas and Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Fluid geographies and movement of people
Whereas we focus on the geographical space that makes up the Middle East, the societies and politics situated in it and the cultures developing there, we also recognize the more fluid geographies that are shaped by the movement of people and the flows of money, ideas and cultural products and the inextricable links of the region to Sweden, Europe and the rest of the world as our research on Syrians in the Øresund.
We aspire to produce research of the highest standard that informs our teaching and public engagement and we always welcome comments, suggestions and actively seek opportunities that can enable us to establish and make use of synergies and collaboration.