This is a panel discussion on the popular protests and recent political developments in the Middle East with guest speakers:
Amr Adly (CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford), “Egypt after June 30th: Between Abortive and Potential Fascism”
Ayça Alemdaroğlu (Introductory Studies, Stanford), “Youth and Politics in Turkey”
Alexander Key (Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford), “Should It Matter What We Call It? Islamic, Democratic, and Spring Politics”
Kabir Tambar (Department of Anthropology, Stanford), “Popular Protest and the Politics of the Present in Turkey”
[Co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum, the CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, and the Stanford Humanities Center Workshop on Ethnic Minorities, Religious Communities, Rights and Democracy in the Modern Middle East and Central Asia]
Amr Adly is Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford’s Arab Reform and Democracy Program. He received his Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University. His research focuses on state reform and development in the context of the Middle East. He is currently working on a project about entrepreneurial reforms in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab Spring.
Ayca Alemdaroglu is Lecturer in Stanford’s Introductory Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Her research and teaching interests include social inequality and change, youth experiences, gender and sexuality, experiences of modernity, commercialization of education, nationalism and eugenics. In Winter 2014, she will teach ANTHRO 149A/URBANST144 Tahrir to Taksim: Cities and Citizens in the Middle East.
Alexander Key is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Stanford. He received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. His research focuses on literary and intellectual history of the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh century, together with Western political thought and philosophy. He is currently working on two book projects about the Arabic philosophy of language during the 11th century. Prof. Key is founding editor of New Middle Eastern Studies, where he has edited articles on women Iran’s nuclear program, Salafi conceptions of citizenship, and art in the Arab Spring.
Kabir Tambar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. As an anthropologist of the Middle East and Muslim world, he has published widely on secular political identities, contemporary appropriations of and challenges to Turkish nationalism, and the politics of devotional affect in Alevi Muslim contexts. His book, The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Voice and the Demands of History in Turkey, is coming out from Stanford University Press in 2013.
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