2016 Exeter Gulf Conference programme

The Gulf and the Wider Middle East:
Transnational Dynamics in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter, 22-23 August 2016


Monday 22 August

9.00-9.30am (IAIS, Reception): Registration

            (IAIS, Common Room): Tea and coffee


9.30-11.00am: Keynote Lecture

Madawi AL-RASHEED (National University of Singapore)

The Gulf: Reshaping Regional and International Norms without “Political Dynamism”


11.00-11.30am (IAIS, Common Room): Coffee Break


11.30am-1.00pm: Transnational Ideologies and Circulation of Ideas


Abdulrahman ALEBRAHIM (University of Exeter)

Kuwaiti Intellectuals and their Cultural Relations with Iraq in the early 20th Century; 'Abd al-‘Aziz al-Reshayd as an Example


James M. DORSEY (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Wahhabism


Marc O. JONES (University of Tübingen/University of Exeter)

Challenging the Role of the IFLB and the Islamic Revolution in Framing

Bahrain’s ‘Shia’ Threat


Matthew MacLEAN (New York University)

The Middle Eastern-ization of the Gulf: Pan-Arabism and Local Politics in the Trucial States/UAE, 1955-1980


1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch Break


2.00pm-3.30pm: Gulf Economic Policies and Political Leverage


Claire BEAUGRAND (IFPO, Jerusalem) & Dilek YANKAYA (IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence)

The State-Led Making of a Global City: Urban and Political Effects of the Gulf Real Estate Investments in Istanbul


Manal R. SHEHABI (University of Western Australia)

Maintaining the Order:  Contemporary Kuwaitization Dynamics and their Historical Perspectives


Gerasimos TSOURAPAS (University of Birmingham)

Labor Migrants as Political Leverage?  Population Mobility and Coercion in the Arab World


3.30-4.00pm (IAIS, Common Room): Coffee Break


4.00-5.30pm: Iran and the Wider Middle East


Deniz ÇIFÇI (Independent Researcher)

Syrian Crisis, Nationalism and Pragmatism: Kurdish Policy of Iran in Syria and Iraq


Nikolay KOZHANOV (Carnegie Moscow Center/St-Petersburg St. University)

Middle Eastern Transport Corridors as a Means of Iranian Influence in Central Asia and the Gulf


Luciano ZACCARA (Qatar University)

Official Mistrust and Public Opinion in Iran and the GCC


7.00pm: Conference Dinner


Tuesday 23 August


9.00-9.30am (IAIS, Common Room): Tea and coffee


9.30am- 11.00am: National Identities and Migrant Communities


Irtefa BINTE-FARID (University of Virginia)

"Son of Mandazi" - Marriage Patterns, Genealogical Purity and Transnational Connections in the Making of a Modern ‘Arab’ Nation in Oman


Gennaro ERRICHIELLO (Loughborough University)

Transnational Lives: The Pakistani Community in Dubai


Lindsey STEPHENSON (Princeton University)

Nationalizing Foreigners: The Politics of Property and Nationality in Bahrain and Southern Iran


11.00-11.30am: Coffee Break


11.30am-1.00pm: Cultural Dynamics and Transnational Belongings


Katherine HENNESSEY (University of Warwick)

Stages of Belonging: Theatre in the GCC and the Creation of Transnational Micro-Communities


Victoria HIGHTOWER (University of North Georgia)

Gulf Heritage Industries and the Quest for Regional Cultural Legitimacy


Anjali JIOTHISH (Qatar University)

Socio-Cultural Impact of Migration – A Study on Highly Skilled Expatriates from Kerala to Qatar


Anna LUKJANOWICZ (Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar)

Western Converts to Islam in Qatar. Race and Limit of Belonging


1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch Break


2.00pm-3.30pm: Regional Involvement in Yemen


Abdulnabi ALEKRY (Bahrain Transparency Society)

The Gulf and Regional Conflicts; the Case of Yemen during the 1960s and the 1970s


Joshua S. ROGERS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)

Importing the Revolution? Institutional Change and the Egyptian Presence in Yemen, 1962-1967


Helen LACKNER (Durham University)

The Role of the Gulf Cooperation Council States in the Current Yemen Crisis


3.30pm- 4.00pm: Coffee Break


4.00pm- 5.30pm: Book Presentation

James M. DORSEY (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Gulf Autocrats and Sports Corruption: A Marriage Made in Heaven