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John Lyndon: The Age of Netanyahu: Leadership, Power and Paradox in Modern Israel & Palestine

A recording of a public lecture given by John Lyndon at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 24 November 2017. John Lyndon was speaking at this event in his personal capacity and not as a representative of OneVoice Europe. Abstract: An entire political epoch has passed since Benjamin Netanyahu took control of Israel’s Likud Party in 1993, before first becoming Prime Minister in 1996. If Prime Minister Netanyahu completes his current term in office, he will...

Duration: 01:26:41

Prof. Sami Zemni (Ghent): Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath

"Neoliberal Development, Protests and Mobilizations Between the Urban and Rural: Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath" A public lecture delivered by Prof. Sami Zemni (Ghent University) at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 7 November 2017. This presentation engages in the debate on urban contentious politics by returning to the Tunisian revolution. I reflect on how movements, provoked by neoliberal restructurings, emerged, and show how...

Duration: 01:39:41

Dr Rory McCarthy (Oxford) - When Islamists Lose: The Politicization of Tunisia's al-Nahda

In this talk delivered at King's on 10 October 2017, Dr Rory McCarthy asks how competitive electoral contests have transformed an Islamist movement by looking at the internal debates and struggles that have shaped Tunisia’s al-Nahda since 2011. Drawing on a year’s fieldwork in a Nahdawi community in the provincial city of Sousse, he argues that Islamist politicization during a transition dislocates the relationship between political ambitions and the religious social movement. He...

Duration: 01:20:31

Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment in the MENA

Activists discuss how the pervasive issue of gender inequality manifests itself in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This podcast was recorded in connection with a joint event organised by the British Council and the King's College London Department of Middle Eastern Studies on 7 March 2017, and is chaired by Gillian Cowell, Head of Gender and Inclusion at the British Council. It features Hajer Sharief (Co-founder, Together We Build It), Sussan Tahmasebi (Director of the MENA/Asia...

Duration: 00:32:09

Dr Adeel Malik (Oxford) - Understanding the Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East

This lecture seeks to develop a broader political economy narrative on violence in the Middle East. Using the recent ISIS-related violence in the Levant as a hook, I probe the deep political and economic factors underpinning violence in the region. Recent violence does not easily lend itself to empirical evidence. Beyond popular representations in the media, the social scientist has little knowledge of real actors on the ground, their control over means of violence and access to the supply...

Duration: 01:09:03

Christopher Barrie (Oxford) - Labour Mobilization in Egypt after the 25th January Revolution

Prevailing understandings of labour protest and strikes take as their focus stable democratic settings where autonomous trade union structures are an established component of the organizational resources available to workers. We extend the analysis of labour mobilization to a radically different context: Egypt in the year of the 25th January Revolution, when workers mobilized en masse in the absence of union leadership. For this, we use a catalogue of 4,912 protest events reported in...

Duration: 01:01:11

Dr John Chalcraft (LSE) - Understanding Protest Environments beyond Opportunity and Threat

A public lecture by Dr John Chalcraft (LSE), hosted by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London in February 2017. This lecture aims to develop conceptual understandings of the relationship between mobilization and the political environment. It presents an alternative to conventional social movement theorizing on political opportunity. A political extension of Gramsci’s writings on hegemony provides the conceptual framework. Research on movements in the Middle East...

Duration: 00:39:16