The MEC at 10

Celebrating a decade of research on the region

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Middle East Centre. Over the next few months, we will be celebrating the achievements of the Centre during its first decade and looking forward to the next one.

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Due to the new Coronavirus crisis, we are postponing the MEC10 Conference until the autumn. We will announce when a new date has been set. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

In 2020, we will hold a major conference bringing together panels to reflect on the development of the economics, politics, culture, food, and humour (yes humour) of the region over the past 10 years. Confirmed speakers include food writer Claudia Roden, political economy professor Melani Cammett and our very own Madawi Al Rasheed. We even managed to pull together the two heavyweights of Middle East satire, Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) and Bassem Youssef.

The full programme will be released soon, but make sure to mark your calendars!

Leading up to the conference, we will release new blog posts reflecting on how the region has changed over the past 10 years, record interviews with our staff and alumni, and publish a major report looking back over our research highlights and setting the way forward for the years to come.

Looking back at our first decade, we are proud of the Centre’s diverse contributions to the study and understanding of the region. We hope to continue to play our part and would like to thank everyone – students, partners, colleagues, funders and event attendees – for their continued support. We would not be here without all of you.

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