Arab Studies Institute
Washington DC - Beirut
Celebrating 6 Months of the Ten Years On Project
With a spotlight on pedagogy, In February's two-part panel “Teaching the Arab Uprisings," scholars reflected on the methods used and challenges faced when teaching about the Arab Uprisings. Panelists discussed a range of ideas and reflections related to pedagogy and teaching the Arab Uprisings. The event is an invaluable resource to primary, secondary, and university educators. This event featured Marwan Kraidy, Nadya Sbaiti, Thomas Serres, Rabab El-Mahdi, James Gelvin, Khalid Medani, Sarah Shields, Ali Ahmida, Hatim El-Hibri, Amaney Jamal, and Bassam Haddad.
March’s signature panel “Archives, Revolution, and Historical Thinking," was organized in an effort to mark, interrogate, and reflect on various protests, revolutions, and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa in the past ten years. Featuring a collection of scholars of the MENA region from a variety of disciplines, this event placed emphasis on the relationship between archives, historical thinking, and revolution—both in the past and present. This event, organized by Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and UC Santa Barbara's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, featured Reem Bailony, Rosie Bsheer, Muriam Haleh Davis, Pascale Ghazaleh, Sara Pursley, Nadya Sbaiti, and Sherene Seikaly.
In April, the project hosted “Disciplinary Woes and Possibilities: Political Science in the Context of the Uprisings.” This panel explored how the example of the Arab uprisings can be brought to bear on the production of general knowledge in political science. The event brought together Nathan J. Brown, Laryssa Chomiak, Amaney Jamal, Lama Mourad, Jillian Schwedler, and Lisa Wedeen.
In June GMU's Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and the Asfari Institute at AUB presented “Media Framing of Political Events in Lebanon.” The panel explored how the Lebanese media are dealing with recent turmoil, shedding light on the framing of events based on political agendas.The panel included insights from Hatem El-Hibri, Ayman Mhanna, Dima Issa, George Eid, Maria Bou Zeid, and Adel Iskandar.