Past Events Podcasts

Lectures, Interviews & Book Launches

LSE hosts a wide and varied range of Middle East events, including public lectures, seminars, book launches and conferences. Events are open to the public and are free of charge, unless otherwise stated. 

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Past Events

Protectors of the State

Protectors of the State? The Popular Mobilisation Forces During the 2022 Post-Election Crisis

Thursday 25 May | 17:30 - 18:30 BST | Simona Foltyn, Journalist and Filmmaker

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Ruptured Domesticity: mapping spaces of refuge in Iraq,
3 April - 12 May 2023

How do people who have experienced war, trauma and loss, create spaces of refuge in violated homes and cities? Twenty years after the invasion of Iraq, Dr Sana Murrani maps a visual archive exploring the ingenious everyday spatial practices of 15 Iraqis from the north to the south of the country between 2003 and 2020.

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The Age of Counter-Revolution: States and Revolutions in the Middle East

Wednesday 10 May | 17:30 - 18:30 BST | Jamie Allinson, University of Edinburgh; Ala'a Shehabi, UCL; Charles Tripp, SOAS

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Israel's Covert Diplomacy in the Middle East

Thursday 4 May | 17:30 - 18:30 BST | Elie Podeh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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The History and Development of Kurdish Studies with Professor Martin van Bruinessen (Lecture & Reception)

Monday 24 April | 16:00 - 18:30 BST | Martin van Bruinessen, Utrecht University; Zeynep Kaya, LSE Middle East Centre

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Kurdish Studies Conference, 24-25 April 2023

This conference marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Kurdish Studies Series at the Middle East Centre and welcomes paper submissions with social sciences disciplinary approaches to any aspect of Kurdish studies.

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Ruptured Domesticity Exhibition Opening & Reception: In Conversation with Sana Murrani

Monday 3 April | 18:00 - 20:00 BST | Sana Murrani, University of Plymouth; Ammar Azzouz, University of Oxford; Dena Qaddumi, LSE

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Collecting Traces for Future Struggles: Archiving in Times of Revolts

Monday 27 March | 17:30 - 18:30 BST | Leyla Dakhli, French Center for National Research; Sara Salem & Mai Taha, LSE

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Hope Denied: Iraq's Young People Reflect on 20 Years Since the Invasion

Monday 13 March | 18:00 - 19:30 GMT | Faris Nadhmi, Salahaddin University; Haider Kareem, IQ Peace Centre; Marwa Abdel Ridah, Civic Activist and Lawyer; Noor Al Huda Saad Abdullah, Researcher and Political Activist

Abu Dhabi Roads Exhibition

Abu Dhabi (Dis)connected: An Evening of Art and Research

Friday 10 March | 17:00 - 20:00 GMT | How did historical decisions lead to car-centric development? How does it impact the city and its residents? This seminar explores the research behind the exhibition, Abu Dhabi (Dis)connected.

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A Vocabulary in Upheaval: Keywords in Contemporary Syrian Political Culture

Thursday 9 March | 17:30 - 18:30 GMT | Emma Aubin-Boltanski, EHESS; Eylaf Bader Eddin, EUME; Razan Ghazzawi, EUME; Omar Al-Ghazzi, LSE

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Co-organised with Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The Politics of Representation: Feminist Media Studies in the Middle East (Webinar)

Wednesday 8 March | 16:00 - 17:30 GMT | Dalia Said Mostafa, Amal Al-Malki & Marc Owen Jones, Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Polly Withers, LSE Middle East Centre

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Turkish Politics and ‘The People’: Mass Mobilisation and Populism (Book Launch)

Monday 6 March | 17:30 - 18:30 GMT | Bahar Baser, Durham University; Dimitar Bechev, University of Oxford; Spyros A. Sofos, LSE Middle East Centre

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Co-organised with LSE IDEAS and LSE Human Rights

The Politics of the Turkey/Syria Earthquake: responses and aftermath

Thursday 2 March | 18:00 - 19:30 GMT | Karabekir Akkoyunlu, SOAS; Hişyar Özsoy, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP); Rim Turkmani, LSE IDEAS; Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor

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Co-organised with Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Tunisia's Economic Development: Why Better than Most of the Middle East but Not East Asia (Webinar)

Monday 6 February | 16:00 - 17:00 GMT | Mustapha K. Nabli, Economist; Jeffrey B. Nugent, University of Southern California; Leila Baghdadi, University of Tunis; Mohamed Ali Marouani, Université Paris1-Panthéon-Sorbonne; Hassan Hakimian, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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Co-organised with the Society for Algerian Studies

Sports and Society in the Maghreb (Webinar)

Tuesday 29 November | 17:00 - 18:00 GMT | Mahfoud Amara, Qatar University; Maher Mezahi, Independent Journalist; Aziza Nait Sibaha, France24

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The Untold Story of the Golan Heights: Occupation, Colonization and Jawlani Resistance (Book Launch)

Wednesday 23 November | 17:00 - 18:30 GMT | Muna Dajani & Michael Mason, LSE Middle East Centre; Munir Fakher Eldin & Omar Tesdell, Birzeit University

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Our River... Our Sky (Film Screening with Q&A)

Wednesday 16 November | 17:30 - 20:00 GMT | Maysoon Pachachi, Director & Irada Al-Jubori, Writer


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