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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 Hirak: A roundtable on the Algerian protests Roundtable discussion looking at the Algerian protests. With Michael Willis (St Antony’s College), James McDougall (Trinity College), Hicham Yezza (Ceasefire Magazine) and Latefa Guemar (University of East London). Michael Willis, James McDougall, Hicham Yezza, Latefa Guemar 20 Jun 2019
2 George Antonius Memorial Lecture: Reflections on Three Decades in Pursuit of Palestinian Statehood Dr Saeb Erekat (Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization) gives the 2019 George Anronius Memorial Lecture. Chaired by Professor Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College). Saeb Erekat 20 Jun 2019
3 Lecture and Book Launch- The politics of family law reform in Jordan and Morocco: Two seemingly similar monarchies, two different approaches Dr Dorthe Engelcke (Max Planck Institute, Hamburg) gives a discussion Chair: Dr Michael Willis (St Antony's College). Dörthe Engelcke 14 Jun 2019
4 The Thirty Year Genocide - Turkey's destruction of its Christian minorities, 1894-1924 Professor Benny Morris and Professor Dror Ze'evi give a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre seminar series. Chaired by Dr Laurent Mignon (St Antony's College). Benny Morris, Dror Ze'evi 03 Jun 2019
5 Situating the Study of Islam in Global Intellectual History: Toshihiko Izutsu's Middle-Earth Armando Salvatore (McGill University) gives a talk as part of the following conference: Neither Near Nor Far: Encounters and Exchanges between Japan and the Middle East. Armando Salvatore 29 May 2019
6 Reflections on Recent Events in the Republic of Sudan Panel discussion on the Republic of Sudan. Joint event with The Sudanese Programme, held in St Antony's College on May 3rd 2019. Ahmed al-Shahi, Sara Abdelgalil, Richard Barltrop 10 May 2019
7 Desert in the Promised Land: The Politics and Semiotics of Space in Israeli Culture Yael Zerubavel (Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies and History, Rutgers University) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre, chaired by Professor Yaacov Yadgar (Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, St Anne's). Yael Zerubavel 10 May 2019
8 Revolution in Iran 1978-1979: Assessments and Reassessments upon the Fortieth Anniversary Middle East Centre seminar with Touraj Atabaki (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), Stephanie Cronin (Oxford University, Siavush Randjbar Daemi (University of St Andrews). Chaired by Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi (University of Oxford) Touraj Atabaki, Stephanie Cronin, Siavush Randjbar Daemi, Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi 01 May 2019
9 Inside Tunisia's al-Nahda: Between Politics and Preaching Rory McCarthy (Magdalen College, Oxford) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series, chaired by Michael Willis (St Antony's College). Rory McCarthy, Michael Willis 01 May 2019
10 Women's Rights Research Seminar - From Kurdistan to Europe: Kurdish Literary, Artistic and Cultural Activism by Kurdish Women Intellectuals Dr Ozlem Belcim Galip (Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series, chaired by Marilyn Booth (Magdalen College). Ozlem Belcim Galip, Marilyn Booth 01 May 2019
11 Twenty-first century: populism, neoliberalism, and their discontents Andrew Arsan (University of Cambridge) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre. Chaired by Walter Armbrust (St Antony's College). Andrew Arsan 01 May 2019
12 In Search of Institutional Order: Can the Shi'a Marja'iyya Depart from Traditional Limits and Unlock the Future Potential? Dr Abbas Kadhim (Atlantic Council) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series, charied by Toby Matthiesen (St Antony's College). Abbas Kadhim 30 Apr 2019
13 The Rise of the Egyptian Middle Class: Socio-Economic Mobility and Public Discontent from Nasser to Sadat Relli Shechter (St Antony’s College) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre, on 29th January 2019. Relli Shechter 08 Mar 2019
14 Iran and sanctions Zep Kalb (UCLA) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre. Chaired by Yassamine Mather. Zep Kalb 05 Mar 2019
15 Women and Social Change in North Africa: What Counts as Revolutionary? A Discussion Dr Imane Chaara (QEH Oxford), Dr Doris Gray (Al Akhawayn University), Dr Nadia Sonneveld (Radboud University) take part in a discussion at the Middle East Studies centre. Chair by Michael Willis (St Antony's College). Imane Chaara, Doris Gray, Nadia Sonneveld 25 Feb 2019
16 The Iraq War Inquiry - a study in contemporary political, diplomatic, military and reconstruction history The seminar will consider the Iraq Inquiry’s origins, terms of reference, mode of operation, and issues which arose in the course of its work, in framing its conclusions, and on its publication and reception. Sir John Chilcot 08 Feb 2019
17 Creative Commons European Policy on the Middle East: Making a Difference? Nick Westcott (Director Royal African Society and Associate at SOAS) gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre on 1st February 2019. Chaired by Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College). Nick Westcott 06 Feb 2019
18 The Middle East: Should We Give Up? Joost Hiltermann (International Crisis Group), gives a talk for the Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series on 25th January 2019. Professor Eugene Rogan chairs. Joost Hiltermannm, Eugene Rogan 01 Feb 2019
19 Creative Commons What future for Israel and Palestine? Dr Marwan Bishara (Academic Visitor, St Antony's College) gives a seminar for the Middle East Centre. Chaired by Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College). Marwan Bishara, Eugene Rogan 07 Dec 2018
20 Creative Commons And then God created the Middle East and said let there be breaking news Karl Sharro (architect, satirist and Middle East commentator), gives a seminar for the Middle East Studies Centre. Chaired by Walter Armbrust (St Antony's College). Karl Sharro, Walter Armbrust 07 Dec 2018
21 Creative Commons Iraq after the elections: A new beginning? Panel discussion with Harith Hasan (Central European University), Hayder al-Khoei (University of Exeter), Renad Mansour (Chatham House) and chaired by Toby Matthiesen (St Antony's College). Harith Hasan, Hayder al-Khoei, Renad Mansour, Toby Matthiesen 07 Dec 2018
22 Creative Commons Crafting a human rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS for women in the Middle East Dr Kamiar Alaei (Co-president, Institute for International Health and Education), gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre. Kamiar Alaei 26 Nov 2018
23 Creative Commons Reconsidering Marshall Hodgson Professor Edmund Burke III (UC Santa Cruz) gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre. Edmund Burke III 26 Nov 2018
24 Creative Commons Book Launch: Christian Martyrs under Islam Dr Christian C Sahner (Associate Professor of Islamic History, Faculty of Oriental Studies), talks about his new book, the discussants are Phil Booth (Faculty of Theology) and Professor Julia Bray (Oriental Institute). Christian C Sahner, Phil Booth, Julia Bray 26 Nov 2018
25 Creative Commons Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo Dr Seth Anziska (Mohamed S. Farsi-Polonsky Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations, University College London), gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre. Seth Anziska 26 Nov 2018
26 Creative Commons Between Love and Lineage: Elopement, Rights and Violence in an Afghan Valley Dr Naysan Adlparvar (Yale University), gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre. Naysan Adlparvar 26 Nov 2018
27 Book launch: Khalil Maleki -The Human Face of Iranian Socialism Dr Homa Katouzian (Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St Antony's) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre. Chaired by Stephanie Cronin (St Antony's College). Homa Katouzian 13 Nov 2018
28 A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World's Newest State (South Sudan) Zach Vertin (Princeton University) on a joint event with Sudanese Programme, African Studies Centre and the Centre for International Studies. Chaired by Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi (Sudanese Programme). Zach Vertin 13 Nov 2018
29 Lords of the Desert: Britain’s struggle with America to dominate the Middle East James Barr (King's College London) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre, chaired by Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College). James Barr 13 Nov 2018
30 Book Event: On the Arab Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck), Kfir Cohen (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute), Moshe Behar (The University of Manchester), Hakem Al-Rustom (Michigan), Ella Shohat (New York University) discuss at the book event. Chaired by Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College). Jacqueline Rose, Kfir Cohen, Moshe Behar, Hakem Al-Rustom 28 Aug 2018
31 Workshop: Memory, Memoirs, and History part 2 Ella Shohat (New York University) and Avi Shlaim (St Antony's College) give the second of two workshops for the middle east centre. Ella Shohat, Avi Shlaim 28 Aug 2018
32 Workshop: Memory, Memoirs, and History Part 1 Ella Shohat (New York University) and Avi Shlaim (St Antony's College) give the first of two workshops for the middle east centre. Ella Shohat, Avi Shlaim 28 Aug 2018
33 The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary Ella Shohat (New York University) gives a lecture for the middle east centre, chaired by Yaacov Yadgar (Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, St Anne's). Comments by Yuval Evri (SOAS). Ella Shohat, Yaacov Yadgar, Yuval Evri 28 Aug 2018
34 Annual George Antonius Memorial Lecture - The Tunisian Revolution: Achievements and disillusions Moncef Marzouki (Former President of the Republic of Tunisia, 2011-2014) gives the annual George Antonius Memorial Lecture. Moncef Marzouki 28 Aug 2018
35 Women's Rights Research Seminar: Tale of two Omani women Deena Al Asfoor (St Catherine's College) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre. Chaired by Nazila Ghanea (Kellogg College). Deena Al Asfoor, Nazila Ghanea 28 Aug 2018
36 Arab Media in the New Age George Hawatmeh (Jordan Radio and Television Corporation) gives a public lecture on Arab media in the new age. Chaired buy Philip Robins (St Antony's College). George Hawatmeh 01 Jun 2018
37 Israel and Palestine: Why Britain Should Recognize the Second State Sir Vincent Fean KCVO, gives a talk for the Middle East Studies seminar series. Sir Vincent Fean 03 Apr 2018
38 Religious Freedom in Turkey Alexandre Toumarkine (INALCO, Paris) talks about religious freedom in Turkey. Alexandre Toumarkine 03 Apr 2018
39 The challenges of healthcare in Gaza Richard Guy (Consultant Surgeon), Omar Abdel-Mannan (Paediatrician), and Debbie Harrington (Consultant Obstetrician) talk about the challenges of healthcare in Gaza. Richard Guy, Omar Abdel-Mannan, Debbie Harrington 03 Apr 2018
40 Gaza: Martyrdom and Betrayal Norman G Finkelstein gives a talk for the Middle East Studies seminar series. Norman Finkelstein 03 Apr 2018
41 Women's Rights Research Seminar: Women and the Struggle for Democracy in Iran Mariam Memarsadeghi (Tavaana) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series. Mariam Memarsadeghi 03 Apr 2018
42 De Gaulle in Beirut- The Chehab Experiment, 1958-1964 Anne Sa'adah (Dartmouth College) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre Seminar series. Anne Sa'adah 03 Apr 2018
43 Women's Rights Research Seminar- A Global History of the Struggle for Women’s Rights: The Women’s Movement in Istanbul in the Context of International Feminism in the Early 20th Century Dr Elife Bicer-Deveci, postdoctoral fellow of Swiss National Science Foundation and academic visitor at the Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College, gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series. Elife Bicer-Deveci 03 Apr 2018
44 Creative Commons The Gulf Crisis Madawi al-Rasheed (LSE) and Courtney Freer (LSE), give a talk for the Middle East Centre Seminar Series at St Anthony's College Oxford, chaired by Toby Matthiesen (St Anthony's College). Madawi al-Rasheed, Courtney Freer, Toby Matthiesen 29 Jan 2018
45 War crimes, crimes against humanity and territorial fragmentation: are peace and reconstruction possible in Syria? Ziad Majed discusses his research on the political situation in Syria, which is the focus of his latest publication. Dr Ziad Majed 22 Dec 2017
46 A View of Globalisation from its Margin: Searching for Karate’s Budo Roots in Contemporary Egypt Dr Hatsuki Aishima (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka) gives a talk for the Middle East Studies Centre seminar series. Hatsuki Aishima 11 Dec 2017
47 Are Algerian politics exhausted? Dr Hugh Roberts gives a talk for the middle east studies centre seminar series. Hugh Roberts 08 Dec 2017
48 What challenges does Israel face in the world today? Noa Landau (Editor-in-Chief at Haaretz English Edition) gives a talk for the middle east studies centre seminar series. Noa Landau 08 Dec 2017
49 Governing Divided Egypt Professor Robert Springborg (Italian Institute of International Affairs, Rome), gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series. Robert Springborg 17 Nov 2017
50 WRRS: Dancing with Words: Subverting the Master Narrative in Saudi Women’s Literature Dr Basma Al Mutlaq (School of Oriental and African Studies) gives a talk for the Middle East Centre seminar series called Women's Rights Research Seminars. Basma Al Mutlaq 13 Nov 2017
51 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
52 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
53 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
54 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
55 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
56 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
57 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
58 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
59 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
60 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
61 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
62 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
63 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
64 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
65 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
66 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
67 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
68 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
69 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
70 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
71 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
72 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
73 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
74 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
75 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
76 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
77 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
78 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
79 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
80 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
81 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
82 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
83 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
84 Creative Commons Which way forward? A talk as part of the Middle East Centre Friday Seminar Series Afif Safieh 27 Mar 2015
85 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
86 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
87 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