Spring Programme 2016

Feb. 3 Snapshot of Lesvos: January 2016 - A CMES Student Presentation
A team of our MA in Middle Eastern Studies students who worked in Lesvos with organisations supporting the scores of refugees that transit through there on their way to Northern Europe share their experiences and impressions.
CMES seminar room, Lund. 18:00
Feb. 9 FOKUS MELLANÖSTERN: Den arabiska vintern (SWE)
Vilka faktorer bidrog till att arabisk vår blev till vinter? Ett samtal om orsak och verkan, om nödvändig förståelse för att se hur en ny förändring kan bli möjlig. Medverkar gör Inga Brandell, Samhällsvetenskapliga institutionen vid Södertörns högskola och Rouzbeh Parsi, Centrum för Mellanösternstudier vid Lunds universitet. Moderator: Ivar Ekman. I samarbete med Medelhavsmuseet och Re:Orient.
Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm 18:00
Feb. 19 The War in Syria and the Impact on Lebanon
Visit by Dr. Ali Ajami, the Lebanese Ambassador to Sweden. Dr. Ali Ajami will give a talk focusing on the situation in the Middle East, Syria and the impact on Lebanon and the region. This is a public event organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce.
Pufendorf institutet, Lund 09:15
Feb. 23 FOKUS MELLANÖSTERN: Värvning av jihadisteR (SWE)
En ny, aktiv form av värvning av jihadister har lett till att stora skaror rest till Syrien och Irak. Hur skiljer sig IS/Daesh från Al-Qaida och andra grupper? Och hur kan vi motarbeta den polariserade världsbild de använder sig av? Medverkar gör: Markus Holdo, Centrum för Mellanösternstudier vid Lunds universitet och Emin Poljarevic, Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusvetenskap vid Stockholms universitet. Moderator: Kajsa Boglind. I samarbete med Medelhavsmuseet och Re:Orient.
Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm 18:00
Feb.25 Hindu Reception of Perso-Arabic Traditions of Knowledge and the Role of Jainism in Cultural Transmission
Public lecture with Olle Qvarnström and Martin Gansten. This is the first lecture in the CMES and SASNET joint seminar series. In total three seminars will be held during spring 2016. For more detailed information please visit
CMES seminar room, Lund. 15:00
Mar. 8 FOKUS MELLANÖSTERN: Antisemitism i Mellanöstern (SWE)
Antisemitismen i Arabvärlden är välkänd och i mycket av politisk art, skild från den som funnits i Europa i århundranden. Mer okänt är att flera arabstater efter andra världskriget blev hem för nazister från Tyskland som kom att verka aktivt och sprida sin antisemitiska propaganda. Medverkar gör: Eli Göndör, Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusvetenskap vid Stockholms universitet och Dan-Erik Andersson, Centrum för Mellanösternstudier vid Lunds universitet. Moderator: Nathalie Besèr. I samarbete med Medelhavsmuseet och Re:Orient.
Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm 18:00
Mar. 15 Indian Migration to the the Middle East
A public lecture with Rakkee Timothy from the V V Giri National Labour Institute in India. This is the second lecture in the CMES and SASNET joint seminar series. In total three seminars will be held during spring 2016.
CMES seminar room, Lund. 15:00
Mar. 22 FOKUS MELLANÖSTERN: Feministisk utrikespolitik
Den feministiska utrikespolitiken har gett avtryck och redan skapat stora rubriker. Hur ser handlingsplanen ut för en feministisk utrikespolitik i Mellanöstern?
Medverkar gör: Leif Stenberg, Centrum för Mellanösternstudier vid Lunds Universitet och Ann Dismorr, chef för UD:s Mellanöstern- och Nordafrikaenhet. Moderator: Ivar Ekman. I samarbete med Medelhavsmuseet och Re:Orient.
Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm 18:00
Mar. 31 Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of the Muslim Foreign Fighter Phenomenon
Abdallah Azzam (1941-1989) is a pivotal figure in the history of militant Islamism. He played a crucial role in the Arab mobilisation to the 1980s war in Afghanistan and left a vast ideological production which continues to inspire militants today. But how did Azzam, a Palestinian, end up in Afghanistan and what made his writings so influential? This lecture will retrace Azzam’s biography and ideological evolution and argue that his influence stems from his articulation of a new foreign fighter doctrine at a time when pan-Islamism was on the rise in the Muslim world. The findings are based on extensive primary source research and fieldwork in Palestine, Jordan, and Pakistan. About the speaker: Thomas Hegghammer is senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and adjunct professor of political science at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia (2010) and many other books and articles on jihadism. He is currently completing a biography of Abdallah Azzam for Cambridge University Press.
Edens hörsal, Lund 17:00
Reflections by Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford etc and Göran Rosenberg, writer and journalist.
Avi Shlaim is the author of The Iron Wall etc
Göran Rosenberg is the author of The Lost Land (Det förlorade landet). This is a cooperation between the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies and Utrikespolitiska föreningen.
Café Athen, AF-borgen 19:00
Apr. 20 The Syrian Humanitarian Disaster: Sustainability of Containment in the Region of Conflict?
Dawn Chatty, Professor of Anthropology & Forced Migration University of Oxford
Dawn Chatty is a social anthropologist whose ethnographic interests lie in the Middle East, particularly with nomadic pastoral tribes and refugee young people. Her research interests include a number of forced migration and development issues such as conservation-induced displacement, tribal resettlement, modern technology and social change, gender and development and the impact of prolonged conflict on refugee young people.
CMES seminar room, Lund 17:00
Apr. 21 Crisis, Change and Continuity in a New Global Context: Re-conceptualising the Middle East and Beyond
Welcome to the CMES master’s student conference! Over the course of the last decade, significant political, social and cultural changes have re-shaped regions, countries and communities around the world. Longstanding power structures have been challenged, and new opportunities for progressive change have emerged. Innovative thinking and transformative actions have been the driving force propelling global change forward. However, volatile social and political circumstances have also provoked old and new tensions that cross boundaries, borders, religions, and cultures. This conference wishes to explore issues relating to social change, social justice, ethnic and gender relations, religious identities, economic and political development, and trans-boundary relations.

Free entrance. For detailed schedule
AF-borgen 08:30-17:00
Apr. 25 The Iran Nuclear Deal: Implications and Future ChallengesThe workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges posed by the nuclear deal between Iran, the P5+1 and the European Union both inside and outside Iran. Particular attention will be given to the political struggle between pro-government factions and hardliners in Iran as well as the implications for the region and for Iran's relations with the West. Participants: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi: "The JCPOA and Power Struggle within Iran" Kamran Matin: "Democracy after the Nuclear Deal: A Reformist Tragedy?" Rouzbeh Parsi: "Long Term Benefits, Short Term Instability. The Middle East and the Nuclear Deal" Vittorio Felci: "U.S.-Iranian Relations in the Aftermath of the Nuclear Deal: A Fresh Start?" Edens hörsal, Lund 19:00
Apr. 27 Education between war and peace
Education in pre-war Syria was a national project, ensured by central government and preparing young people to take employment within an existing system. For the refugees in countries such as Lebanon today, the issue of education has instead become an international concern, and is to a great extent managed by different NGOs and humanitarian organisations.
Our invited guest Suha Sawaya who works for Jusoor will talk about the different ways refugee teacher training is organised in Lebanon , as well as pointing to the long term consequences connected to choice of curriculum. She will also discuss some of the challenges of inter-agency coordination in education, in a setting where a large number of humanitarian organisations from different countries are working, under sometimes precarious conditions.

Rafah Brhoum will share reflections on her experience with CMES participation in teacher training in Lebanon, while Helen Avery will talk on the issue of recognition of qualifications and diplomas
CMES seminar room, Lund 16:00
Apr. 27 Jenny Norberg - Annual Ingmar Karlsson Lecture. CMES produdly presents this year’s speaker Jenny Nordberg. Nordberg is a freelance journalist based in New York. She writes for Svenska Dagbladet and the NY Times and is the author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan. The inaugural Ingmar Karlsson Lecture was held in May 2012 at Lund University. The lecture is held annually in honor of Ambassador Ingmar Karlsson and his contributions to diplomacy and specifically to Turkish Swedish relations. Previous guests James Piscatore (2012) Nawal El Saadawi (2013), Charlotta Sparre (2014), Rami Khouri (2015). Palaestra Nedre 19:00
May 2 Sufi Conncetion between South Asia and the Middle East
Public lecture with Dennis B. McGilvray, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. This is the last lecture of the CMES and SASNET joint seminar series. In total three seminars will be held during spring 2016. For more detailed information please visit
CMES seminar room 15:00
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