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Middle East Centre

The Middle East Centre, founded in 1957 at St Antony’s College is the centre for the interdisciplinary study of the modern Middle East in the University of Oxford. Centre Fellows teach and conduct research in the humanities and social sciences with direct reference to the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, during our regular Friday seminar series, attracting a wide audience, our distinguished speakers bring topics to light that touch on contemporary issues.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies/Middle East Studies in the United States Zachary Lockman has taught modern Middle Eastern history at New York University since 1995. His most recent book is Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States (2016). Zachary Lockman 11 Jul 2017
2 George Antonius Memorial Lecture: The Iraq Invasion and Aftermath: Lessons for Arab World Reform Jeremy Greenstock is the Chairman of the strategic advisory company, Gatehouse Advisory Partners, established in September 2010, and Chairman of Lambert Energy Advisory, the oil and gas specialists, since January 2012. Sir Jeremy Greenstock 11 Jul 2017
3 Book Launch: Islam: The Essentials Professor Tariq Ramadan (St Antony's College) launches his new book; Islam: The Essentials on May 9th 2017. Tariq Ramadan 12 Jun 2017
4 The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation Dr Reza Zia-Ebrahimi (King's College London) gives a lecture on Iranian nationalis, this is a joint event with the Oxford University Iranian Society. Reza Zia-Ebrahimi 30 May 2017
5 Panel Discussion: Prospects of Iraqi Kurdistan's Independence Amid Regional Turbulences Hemin Hawrami (Senior Adviser to President Masoud Barzani) and Ceng Sagnic (Moshe Dayan Centre, Israel), discuss the prospect of Kurdistan independence. Chaired by Eugene Rogan (St Antony’s College). Hemin Hawrami, Ceng Sagnic, Eugene Rogan, Ari Aziz Mamshae 16 May 2017
6 Writing an Arab Officer into the 1948 War for Palestine Professor Laila Parsons (McGill University), gives a talk for the Middle East seminar series. Chaired by Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College, Oxford). Laila Parsons, Eugene Rogan 09 May 2017
7 Tunisia Rory McCarthy (Magdalen College, Oxford) and Fabio Merone (Ghent University) give a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series. Chaired by Michael Willis (St Antony's College). Rory McCarthy, Fabio Merone, Michael Willis 27 Mar 2017
8 Free Expression in the Gulf Maryam al-Khawaja and Nicholas McGeehan (Middle East Researcher, Human Rights Watch) give a seminar for the MIddle East Centre. The discussant is Toby Matthiesen (St Antony's College). Chaired bt Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College). Maryam al-Khawaja, Nicholas McGeehan, Toby Matthiesen, Timothy Garton Ash 27 Mar 2017
9 Jews, Muslims, and Law in Nineteenth-Century Morocco Jessica Maya Marglin (University of Southern California) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre on 2nd March 2017. Jessica Maya Marglin 10 Mar 2017
10 Creative Commons Islam in Europe Part of the Middle East Centre Seminar Series, with Nilüfer Göle, Tariq Modood and Tariq Ramadan (chair). Held on 17th February 2017. Nilüfer Göle, Tariq Modood, Tariq Ramadan 28 Feb 2017
11 The Conflict in Libya Lydia Sizer (Libya Analyst MENAS), Mary Fitzgerald (Journalist and Author) and John Hamilton (Cross Border Information) discuss the conflict in Libya on 27th January 2017. Lydia Sizer, Mary Fitzgerald, John Hamilton 01 Feb 2017
12 The Syrian Conflict Raphael Lefevre (New College, Oxford) and Kevin Mazur (Nuffield College, Oxford) discuss the ongoing Syrian conflict on 20th January 2017. Raphael Lefevre, Kevin Mazur 01 Feb 2017
13 Book launch: Public Culture and Islam in Modern Egypt Roundtable Discussion and Launch of Public Culture and Islam in Modern Egypt by Hatsuki Aishima (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka) with Morgan Clarke (University of Oxford). The event will be chaired by Laurent Mignon (University of Oxford). Hatsuki Aishima 09 Jan 2017
14 Creative Commons Contemporary Challenges for Political Islam Lecture delivered by Professor Tariq Ramadan (Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Middle East Centre) on 4th March 2016 at the Middle East Centre. Tariq Ramadan 07 Mar 2016
15 How Syria was destroyed: The dynamics of a civil war Seminar on the civil war in Syria, with Dr Gilles Dorronsoro (Panthéon-Sorbonne University), Arthur Quesnay (Panthéon-Sorbonne University), Adam Baczko (Panthéon-Sorbonne University) on Monday 22nd February 2016 at the Middle East Centre. Gilles Dorronsoro, Arthur Quesnay, Adam Baczko 04 Mar 2016
16 Women and the 19th Century Emergence of the Arabic Novel Seminar presented by Professor Marilyn Booth at the Middle East Centre on 26th February 2016. Marilyn Booth 04 Mar 2016
17 Britain and Palestine: Balfour to Blair Lecture presented by Professor Avi Shlaim (Middle East Centre) and Richard Makepeace (Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies) at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College on 19th February 2016. Avi Shlaim, Richard Makepeace 22 Feb 2016
18 Creative Commons The Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East: What Questions Should the Social Scientist Ask? Seminar by Dr Adeel Malik (Globe Fellow, Islamic Centre Lecturer in the Economies of Muslim Societies) at the Middle East Centre, 12th February 2016. Adeel Malik 19 Feb 2016
19 Creative Commons Activism and Accountability in Contemporary Lebanon: A Quiet Revolt? Seminar by Habib Battah (Research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism) at The Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, 10th February 2016. Habib Battah 15 Feb 2016
20 Creative Commons The Limits of Refusal: Israel, Lebanon, and the Shadow of 1982 Lecture given by Dr Seth Anziska (Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL) at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, 9th February 2016. This event was co-sponsored by the MEC and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Seth Anziska 10 Feb 2016
21 Creative Commons Accounts of madrassahs post-9/11: Bearings of Recent History Lecture given by Dr Mohammad Talib (Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies) on "Accounts of madrassahs post-9/11: Bearings of Recent History" at St Antony's College Middle East Centre on 29th January 2016. Mohammad Talib 01 Feb 2016
22 Creative Commons Beyond Uprising: Inside Egypt's Unfinished Revolution Lecture given by Dr HA Hellyer on "Beyond Uprising: Inside Egypt's Unfinished Revolution" at Middle East Centre, St Antony's College on 25th January 2016. HA Hellyer 01 Feb 2016
23 Creative Commons The Automobile Club of Egypt A Conversation with Alaa Al Aswany with Eugene Rogan at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College on 19th January 2016. Alaa Al Aswany, Eugene Rogan 01 Feb 2016
24 Creative Commons The Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula in the Global Cold War Dr Toby Matthiesen, Senior Research Fellow in International Relations of the Middle East, Middle East Centre, gives lecture at Middle East Centre, St Antony's College on 22nd January 2016. Toby Matthiesen 26 Jan 2016
25 Creative Commons The Islamic State, the Kurdistan Region, and the Future of Iraq Professor Gareth Stansfield (University of Exeter) gives a talk on Iraq, ISIS, and the Kurdish region as part ofte Middle East Centre Seminar series. Gareth Stansfield 11 Dec 2015
26 Is Religion Really Violent? Lecture given by Karen Armstrong (author of 'Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence') at St Antony's Middle East Centre on 13th November 2015. Karen Armstrong 03 Dec 2015
27 The creation of governments-in-waiting: the Arab Uprisings and legitimacy in the international system Lecture given at St Antony's Middle East Centre on Friday 20th November 2015 by Dr Glen Rangwala (Trinity College, University of Cambridge). Glen Rangwala 24 Nov 2015
28 Speaking Truth to Power: The BBC and the Middle East Lecture given at St Antony's Middle East Centre on Tuesday 17th November 2015 by Roger Hardy (former Middle East and Islamic affairs analyst with the BBC World Service). Roger Hardy 24 Nov 2015
29 Turkey’s Kurdish Predicament Lecture given at St. Antony’s Middle East Centre on Wednesday 28th October 2015, with Cengiz Candar. Cengiz Candar 20 Nov 2015
30 ISIS: Between Fragmentation and Unity Lecture given at St Antony’s Middle East Centre on Friday 6th November 2015, with Dr Alia Brahimi. Alia Brahimi 20 Nov 2015
31 Creative Commons From periphery to IRCAM: how Morocco's Berbers have come in from the cold Dr. Michael Peyron (Grenoble University, Retired) gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre. Please note; the recoridng is cut short due to an equipment failure. Michael Peyron 11 Aug 2015
32 Creative Commons “Bled ma-fihash Yahud ma-fihash Ta'arikh" Researching and Narrating Morocco's Jewish Community Dr Orit Ouaknine-Yekutieli (Ben Gurion University and Academic Visitor at St Antony’s gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre. Orit Ouaknine-Yekutieli 11 Aug 2015
33 Creative Commons The Water Crisis in Yemen: Managing Extreme Water Scarcity in the Middle East. Book Launch Christopher Ward (University of Exeter) gives a talk for the Asian Studies Centre. Christopher Ward 11 Aug 2015
34 Creative Commons Which way forward? A talk as part of the Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series Afif Safieh 27 Mar 2015
35 Creative Commons Israel - Palestine: Can Europe Save the Two-State Idea A talk as part of the Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series Alon Liel 27 Mar 2015
36 Creative Commons How European Governments subcontract policy on Israel/Palestine to parliamentarians,civil society and businesses A talk as part of the Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series Phyllis Starkey 27 Mar 2015
37 Creative Commons Title: Why Egypt’s 2011 Uprising Has Failed to deliver on its Promise? A talk given as part of the Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series Tarek Osman 27 Mar 2015