Egypt in the Arab Spring: Multidisciplinary Research Perspectives

In collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University, Egypt

1. Aims of the Project
  • To promote high calibre academic exchange between the LSE and the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) at Cairo University, the oldest and biggest faculty of its kind in an Arab public university
  • To encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas between academics and PhD students from the two institutions on key problems and opportunities raised by the Arab Spring, and their implications both for existing academic debates and for policy-making
  • To encourage and support academic excellence especially among PhD students at the Department of Political Science and EuroMed PhD programme at FEPS
  • To provide LSE and FEPS academics with opportunities for exploring the potential for further collaboration
  • To introduce LSE PhD students to the academic environment of a key Arab university, and FEPS students to European and British academia
2. Activities

Pre-departure event in Cairo
This event will provide the opportunity to officially present the project, to deliver one or two practical workshops directed at FEPS PhD students (for instance in the standards for submitting articles to peer-reviewed journals, presentation techniques, etc.) and to hold informal interviews with FEPS applicants for the graduate conference should the number of applications exceed the eight available scholarships.

Graduate conference held at LSE|
The first graduate conference is aimed at discussing the causes and immediate implication of the Egyptian revolution from a political science and economic / political economy perspective.

Graduate conference held at FEPS|
The second graduate conference will focus on the broader historical and political context and future prospects of the Arab Spring and of the Egyptian revolution.

Project webpage
In addition to providing practical information about the project and the conferences, the webpage will make available the four papers written by the steering committee and the papers of the graduate conferences, which will be published in an open-access working paper series.

3. Outcomes and Impact
  • Develop close working relations between LSE and FEPS, creating the conditions for extending this collaboration to other projects
  • Strengthen the academic profile of both LSE and FEPS PhD students with publications, conference papers and skill development
  • Contribute to the broader debate on the Arab Spring and the Egyptian transition, especially through the conferences and the project website
4. Timeline: April 2012 – June 2013
  • May 2012: Webpage launched
  • June 2012: Pre-departure event in Cairo
  • September 2012: Graduate conference at LSE
  • June 2013: Graduate conference at FEPS
5. Personnel

Group

from left: Dr Jasmine Gani, Dr Marco Pinfari, Dr Mohammad Soffar, Dr Ola El Khawaja

Project Directors

Dr Jasmine Gani |is a Fellow in International Relations of the Middle East in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Dr Ola  El Khawaga| is a professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University (FEPS), She is also the academic supervisor of the Euro Mediterranean Program for Master & PhD at the faculty.

Steering Committee

Dr Marco Pinfari| is Fellow in Global Politics at the Departments of Government and International Relations (split appointment) at LSE.

Dr Mohammad Soffar| is Director of the Center of Civilization Studies and Dialogue of Cultures at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University.

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