Keynote speakers

Sari Hanafi is a professor in Sociology at the American University of Beirut. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1994). Hanafi has studied various subjects including the political sociology of the Palestinian diaspora, civil society and elite formation. Currently he studies teaching of Islam in the religious universities in the Arab world. Hanafi serves as the president of International Sociological Association, ISA.


Lara Deeb is a professor of Anthropology at the Scripps College in Claremont, California. Professor Deeb’s research interests include gender and sexuality; religion, especially Islam; and transnational feminism in the Middle East. She has done field work in Lebanese Shia community. Her current research project is intersectarian and interreligious relationships and marriages in Lebanon.

Gareth Stansfield is a Professor of Middle East Politics, Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies, and the Director for the Centre of Kurdish Studies in the University of Exeter. He is one of the leading scholars in the politics of Iraq’s Kurdistan. His other main interests are politics and international relations of Iraq.