2015 Conference: The Middle East, North Africa and the World

FEBRUARY 27, 2015 - 4:30PM


Open only to Stanford faculty, students and researchers.

Convened by  Professor Joel Beinin and Professor Robert Crews, this one-day conference will explore the global history of the Middle East and North Africa.The conference is chronologically delimited by two New York-centered financial panics that had substantial consequences for the Middle East and North Africa. While the region has long been engaged in global circuits of commerce, culture, and migration, this choice of chronological frame highlights the renewed salience of political economy in several academic disciplines.






8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am -10:30 am Political Economy

Robert Crews (Chair)

Toby Jones

Energy and War in the Persian Gulf”

Rutgers University

PDF icon Toby Jones Abstract

Brandon Wolfe-Honnicutt

“Oil, Guns, and Dollars: U.S. Arms Transfers and the Breakdown of Bretton Woods”

CSU Stanislaus

PDF icon Brandon Wolfe Hunnicutt Abstract

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Ideas and Institutions

Aishwary Kumar (Chair)

Stanford University

Yoav Di Capua

“An Iconic Betrayal: Jean Paul Sartre and the Arab World”

University of Texas, Austin

PDF icon Yoav Di-Capua Abstract

Omnia El Shakry

“The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Psyche in postwar Egypt”

University of California, Davis

PDF icon Omnia El-Shakry Abstract

1:30 pm -3:00 pm Global Palestine

Hesham Sallam (Chair)

Stanford University

Laleh Khalili

“Palestine and Circuits of Coercion”

University of London, SOAS

PDF icon Laleh Khalili Abstract

Ilana Feldman

“Humanitarianism and Revolution: Samed, the Palestine Red Crescent Society, and the work of liberation”

George Washington University

PDF icon Ilana Feldman Abstract

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Circulation of Popular Culture

Alexander Key (Chair)

Stanford University

Hisham Aidi

“Frantz Fanon and Judeo-Arab Music”

Columbia University

PDF icon Hisham Aidi Abstract

Paul A. Silverstein

“A Global Maghreb: Crossroads, Borderlands, and Frontiers in the Rethinking of Area Studies”

Reed College

PDF icon Paul Silverstein Abstract

5:00 pm Concluding Remarks

Joel Beinin (Chair)

Stanford University


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