Middle East and North Africa Research Cluster Second Annual Conference (MENA)
Regional Integration vs National Disintegration in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East and North Africa
The conference will explore the process of change currently shaping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This conference aims to draw together research from different fields in order to explore how far the changes are shaping the MENA.
- From: Thursday 9 April 2015, 9 am
- To: Thursday 9 April 2015, 5.30 pm
- Location: City site, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
The national and transnational challenges that have emerged since the uprisings in 2011 that are commonly referred to as 'the Arab Spring' – in particular the increase in extremism, and the emergence and intensification of civil wars – have garnered significant attention in both media coverage and academic research. However, simultaneous (and far older) processes of regional integration – in varying forms from free trade agreements like the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, to economic and political union like the Gulf Cooperation Council – have also been influenced by the changes of the past four years.
This one day interdisciplinary conference is aimed at a broad audience of academics, practitioners and students interested in the contemporary MENA. The conference will explore the processes of change currently shaping the MENA. This conference aims to draw together research from different fields (including International Relations, International Political Economy, Middle Eastern Studies, History, Business and Law) in order to explore how far the changes shaping the MENA are leading to the region's polarisation between states that are integrating politically and economically with each other on the one hand, and states that are disintegrating internally on the other.
The event will run over one day and will consist of six panels running over three panel slots (two in the morning and one in the afternoon) followed by a keynote speaker session in the afternoon.
Call for papers
A provisional outline of the programme times is as follows:
9 am - 9.30 am: Registration and Welcome
9.30 am - 11 am: Panel one and Panel two
11 am - 11.30 am: Break
11.30 am - 1 pm: Panel three and Panel four
1 pm - 2 pm: Lunch
2 pm - 3.30 pm: Panel five and Panel six
3.30 pm - 4 pm: Break
4 pm - 5.30 pm: Keynote Speaker
This one day conference is free to attend and open to members of the the public. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the conference organiser.