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Inaugural Conference - Media

The Program in Middle East and North African Studies, in partnership with the Moulay Hicham Foundation, held its inaugural conference, “Theorizing Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa,” from October 21-24, 2015. During conference proceedings, national and international scholars discussed scholarship of the modern Middle East, critiquing and expanding upon existing models in addition to proposing new approaches for understanding the rich and complex region through a wide variety of lenses and methodologies.

For full details of the conference's proceedings, please visit this page.

In the conference's final panel, Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah delivered a closing plenary entitled "Gone with the Wind? Four Years after the Arab Spring." The lecture's text is available as a .pdf below, as is a video of the lecture and a video of the session's opening remarks, by MENA Director Brian Edwards, Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer, and Northwestern President Emeritus Henry Bienen.

Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah: “'Gone with the Wind’: Four Years After the Arab Spring” (text)

Inaugural Conference - Opening Remarks - 10/21/2015

MENA Director Brian Edwards and NU Professor Jessica Winegar

Inaugural Conference - Reimagining Political Space: Empire, Jihads, and the Interwar Making of the Modern Middle East and North Africa - 10/21/2015

Professor Jonathan Wyrtzen, Yale

Inaugural Conference - Neoliberal Piety: From Islamic Economics to Economized Islam - 10/22/2015

Professor Sarah Tobin, Brown


Inaugural Conference - The Uprisings and Their Margins: Legible, Illegible Bodies - 10/22/2015

Professor Zakia Salime, Rutgers

Inaugural Conference - A State without Citizens: The Tragedy of Syrian History - 10/22/2015

Professor Kevin Martin, Indiana University

Inaugural Conference - Rethinking Sovereignty through a Levantine Lens - 10/23/2015

Professor Andrea Stanton, University of Denver

Inaugural Conference - Pirates and Power: Transformations on the Middle East Margins - 10/23/2015

Professor Judith Tucker, Georgetown

Inaugural Conference - Closing Remarks - 10/23/2015

MENA Director Brian Edwards, NU Provost Daniel Linzer, and Former NU President Henry Bienen

Inaugural Conference - Gone with the Wind? Four Years After the Arab Spring  - 10/23/2015

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdullah 

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