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Panel Session B

Thursday 15:15-16:45

Roundtable B1: Humanitarianism in the Middle East – Past and Present

Chair: Maria Småberg (Lund University)

Participants: Svante Lundgren (Lund University), Martin Nihlgård (IM Swedish Development Partner), Pablo Pastor Vidal (Lund University) and Altea Pericoli (Lund University)

Panel B2: Dust Storms in the Middle East – Vulnerability, Causes, Strategies and Technologies

Chair and discussant: Ronny Berndtsson (Lund University)

  • Hossein Hashemi (Lund University) Climate Change or Human Activity: Delving into the Causes of Dust Storms in the Middle East
  • Amir Naghibi (Lund University) Dust Storm Source Identification Using AI and Remote Sensing: Scrutinizing the Impact of Climate and Anthropogenic Factors
  • Sara Brogaard (Lund University) Those Perfect Storms – Conceptualizing Drivers and Responses of Dust Storms in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin
  • Pengxiang Zhao (Lund University) and Ali Mansourian (Lund University) AI-Powered Strategies for Dust Storm Control and Mitigation in the Middle East

Panel B3: Armed Conflict, Security and Defence

Chair and discussant: Karin Aggestam (Lund University)

  • Rouzbeh Parsi (Swedish Institute of International Affairs) Overlords or Fellow Soldiers? Swedish Officers and the Persian Gendarmerie 1911-1916
  • Marianne Laanatza ( Soft War Between Algeria and Morocco?
  • Elisabeth Özdalga (Professor Emerita) The USA-Swedish Defence Cooperation Agreement Watched from the History of the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey
  • Isak Svensson (Uppsala University) and Nanar Hawach (International Crisis Group) Geopolitics from Below: Insights from Syria
  • Assem Abu Hatab (Nordic Africa Institute and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and Lena Krautscheid (Lund University) MENA’s Food Systems Amidst Uncertainty & Food Security Outcomes: Evidence from a Multi-Wave Household Survey During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Panel B4: Conducting Fieldwork in Arab Societies – Reflections on Positionality and Extractivism

Chair and discussant: Yafa Shanneikh (Lund University)

  • Rola El-Husseini (Lund University) On the Challenges (and Perks) of Being an Insider
  • Joel Abdelmoez (Lund University) Navigating Position through Queer Identity and Friendship as Methodology
  • Giulia Gozzini (Lund University) Questioning the Third Gender: The Challenges of Conducting Fieldwork with Male Islamists in Northern Lebanon
  • Seréna Nilsson Rabia (University of Bergen) Intersections of Identity: Navigating ’Halfie’ Dynamics in Algerian Ethnography