Transnational Histories of the Left in the Middle East

Conference, 29-30 April 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom

Transnational histories of the Left in the Middle East
International conference at the Middle East Centre,
St Antony’s College, Oxford
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2016

Friday 29th April 2016
10:00-10:30: Coffee, Investcorp Gallery
10:30: Introductory Remarks, Sune Haugbølle (Roskilde University) and Toby Matthiesen (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford), Investcorp Auditorium
11:00-12:00: Session 1: Writing Histories of the Left in the Middle East, Investcorp Auditorium
John Chalcraft (LSE), Presentation on his new book "Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East"
Roel Meijer (International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam, and the Radboud University), "The British Labour Party and Nasserism: The Case of Rashid al-Barrawi"
Discussant: Karma Nabulsi (St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford)
14:00: Session 2: Legacies of the Left in Iran and Iraq, Investcorp Auditorium
Johan Franzen (University of East Anglia), "Communism in the Arab World and Iran"
Rowena Abdul Razak (St Antony's College, University of Oxford), "a comparative study between the Tudeh and the Iraqi communist party"
15:15: Coffee Break, Investcorp Gallery
15:45-16:45 Session 3: Legacies of the Left in the Arabian Peninsula, Investcorp Auditorium
Kamel al-Khatti (independent researcher, Saudi Arabia), "Trajectories of the Saudi Left"
Helen Lackner (St Antony's College, University of Oxford): "The Yemeni Socialist Party, from the Movement of Arab Nationalism to Social democracy, 1960s- 2010s"
17:00 Keynote Lecture, Investcorp Auditorium
18:30 Reception, Investcorp Gallery

Saturday 30th April 2016
10:30-11:00: Coffee, Investcorp Gallery
11:00 – 12:30: Session 4: Legacies of the Left in the Gulf, Investcorp Auditorium
Abdulnabi al-Akri (independent researcher, Bahrain), "The Left in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula"
14:00: Session 5: North Africa, Investcorp Auditorium
Miriam Aouragh (Oxford Internet Institute): "Continuities and Discontinuities of the Left in Morocco"
Mark Levine (University of California, Irvine): "Histories of the Left in Tunisia"
15:15: Coffee Break, Investcorp Gallery
15:45: Session 6:
Karam Nachar (Işık University), discussion with Sune Haugbølle (via Skype): "The Left and the war in Syria"
16:15 Final Discussion, Investcorp Auditorium
16:45: Concluding Remarks, Sune Haugbølle and Toby Matthiesen

To attend, please register.
Conference programme subject to last minute changes.



Investcorp Building, Saint Antony's College - 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF, United Kingdom