Spring Programme 2018



CMES welcomes new and old colleagues and students to our open house to discover who we are and what we do! In 10-minute presentations staff will introduce CMES research, education and outreach work. Program here.

Finngatan 16

12:00 - 17:00

FEB 21

"Can the inclusion of women enhance democracy in the MENA region?"

Public lecture with Professor Emerita Drude Dahlerup, Stockholm University.

Eden 129
Paradisgatan 5H


FEB 22

“The Egyptian Uprising and the Gender Politics of Regime Change.”

Public lecture with professor Mervat Hatem, Howard University.

Mervat Hatem made a visit to Lund in 2013 during which she was interviewed by CMES. Read the interview here.

Eden 129
Paradisgatan 5H


MAR 14

“Human Rights (Defenders) and Resilience: Reflections on Risk, Trauma, and Recovery”

Moderator: Spyros Sofos, CMES
Organized by Swedish research institute in Istanbul, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Human Rights dept, LU.

On 5 July, 2017, Ali Gharavi, his fellow trainer Peter Steudtner, and eight Turkish Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) were detained by Turkish secret police following a raid of the workshop they were facilitating on holistic security and wellbeing in Büyükada, Istanbul.
Subsequently, these ten HRDs became known on social media as the #Istanbul10; eight of whom spent the next four months in at least four different security facilities, including 2.5 months in Silivri Prison's high security campus #9 for dangerous terrorists.

Eden 129
Paradisgatan 5H

16:00 - 18:00

MAR 15

“Revisiting the Geopolitics of the Middle East”

Public lecture with Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University.
Event organized in cooperation with RWI.

Moderator: Morten Kjærum, RWI

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus, Princeton University and currently Distinguished Research Fellow, Orfalea Center of Global Studies, UCSB. He was UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, 2008-2014. In 2017 he co-authored a UN report entitled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and Question of Apartheid” that generated controversy and widespread discussion. He is Senior Vice President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He writes a blog on issues of world peace and global justice <> During 2017 he gave talks and lectures in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Lebanon, as well as the United States. In 2018 he will be Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute of State Crime, Queen Mary’s University London, UK.

Eden 129
Paradisgatan 5H

18:00 - 19:30

MAR 27

“The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel”

In this talk, Cherine Hussein discusses her recent book entitled The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel: Countering an Illusion, which analyzes the potential of the single democratic state idea as a movement of resistance since the Oslo Accords—and tells the story of the vision, strategies and activism of the intellectuals behind it. Did the Oslo Accords represent the beginning of a peace process towards a viable two-state solution? Is the idea of a single democratic state academic and utopian? Can intellectuals build grassroots movements for political change? What do these movements look like, and what are their strategies and dilemmas? Come and join Cherine Hussein in this book talk exploring the dynamics of an alternative vision towards justice in Palestine/Israel today.
Cherine Hussein is a research fellow in the Utrikespolitiska Institutet's Special Research Program on Middle East Politics. She completed her PhD at Sussex University’s International Relations Department in February 2012. Her research focuses on the politics of social transformation in the Middle East, with a particular interest in the writings of Antonio Gramsci and Edward Said, as well as the role of organic intellectuals in instigating social change. She is the author of The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel: Countering an Illusion (London, Routledge: March 2015), and of “The Single State Alternative in Palestine/Israel”, in a special issue of Conflict, Security and Development which she co-edited with Mandy Turner.

CMES seminar room

17:00 - 18:30


“The Rise and Fall of Social Mobilization and Political Organization in Post-Revolution Egypt”

Public lecture with Sarah Anne Rennick, Deputy Director for Management at the Arab Reform Initiative in Paris, France. Her research focuses on Arab social movements, and in particular youth movements, exploring how new forms of engagement and political participation reflect a re-thinking of the "political" as well as the endogenous reasons for the setbacks of these movements in the post-2011 period.

Eden 129
Paradisgatan 5H

16:00 - 17:30


“The Sad Story of the Rise and Fall of Citizen Journalism in Turkey”

Public talk with Engin Onder, Co-Founder at 140journos.
A Middle Eastern news agenda with a high smartphone penetration and internet access makes Turkey a laboratory for journalism. Despite having the biggest number of jailed journalists in the world and made a name for oppressing freedom of speech, the country has also been a stage for different journalistic endeavours in the last years. Thanks to the power of social media, the simple idea behind a few young people’s passion for information about what’s really going on around and anger towards self-censoring mainstream media turned into an effective alternative media outlet with hundreds of thousands of followers. Shown as the project that transformed journalism in Turkey by TIME Magazine in 2015, 140journos is studied as an organized practice of citizen journalism by the world's notorious journalism academies. Getting through many tough elections, protests, terror attacks that killed hundreds of innocent civilians, a brutal attempt of coup d’etat followed by the declaration of state of emergency, Turkey’s citizen journalism as we know has come to an end as political activity on the street level has been limited. As the closest observer of the sad story of the rise and fall of citizen journalism in Turkey, 140journos will share the methodological and analytical learnings from Turkey’s test with citizen journalism.

CMES seminar room

17:00 - 18:30

MAY 23

“Material Help and Self-help - Materiality and cosmopolitan care in the Swedish humanitarian work among Armenian refugees in Thessaloniki, 1923–1947”

Public seminar with Maria Småberg, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of History

In this article I discuss how material items can function as a key to a wider understanding of historical relations between Middle Eastern Christians and Europe. Taking as an example the Swedish missionary Alma Johansson, who worked among Armenian refugees in Thessaloniki, 1923–1947, I analyse the material culture in the humanitarian work and show how exchanges of needlework over the borders created cosmopolitan bonds of solidarity between Swedish and Armenian women which made for empowerment and change locally and globally. I discuss critically how this material help did not only meet material needs, but also existential, emotional and cultural needs of donors and recipients alike. The needlework also became a help to self-help for the refugee women.

CMES seminar room

12:00 - 13:00

MAY 28

“Bourdieu and Diaspora Studies"

Public seminar with Paul Tabar, director of the Institute for Migration Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the Lebanese American University.

‘Transnational’ nowadays refers to an overly broad set of activities, actors and processes, often rendering its application hollow. Given the apparent similarities to the transnational, diasporic activities, processes and actors are often the first victims of the conceptual curse of transnationalism, resulting in the glossing over of particularities in the diasporic field which would, if studied separately, have important consequences for analysis. Failure to introduce viable options for differentiation between two (very) different sets of activities that comprise transnational and diasporic, means we are unable to identify specificities that have important consequences for the analysis of the diasporic field. By introducing the Bourdieusian concept of the ‘field’, and arguing that the diasporic field should be separate from the transnational field, we demonstrate that the actions of diasporic groups towards their homeland are best studied independently (but mindful) of, transnationalism. The ‘field’ framework highlights the power relations that determine the impact of diasporic remittances. Without this diaspora-specific lens, we lose the centrality of the state in diasporic homeland relations, and also ignore the fact that remittances are the outcome of a process of power struggle between actors (specific to the diaspora) which is best encapsulated in the concept of a ‘field’.

CMES seminar room

12:00 - 13:00

MAY 29

“Youth perspectives on the Conflict in Yemen"

The conflict in Yemen drove the country into the most sever human-made humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations, more than two-thirds of the Yemeni population lives under the threat of hunger, and epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria continue to spread. Systematic violations of human rights are apparent in the actions of both internal and external warring parties exacerbating the human calamity in the country. This public panel brings together a group of Yemeni youth activists who will address the situation in Yemen from different perspectives and areas of expertise. The goal of the session is to depict the complexity of the situation in Yemen and the impact of the conflict on the humanitarian, political, economic, and cultural conditions.

Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5H

16:00 - 18:00