8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome

9.30 – 11.00 Sessions I

Syrian national, social and political identities and subjectivities

Great powers in the Middle East

The Politics of Islam in the Middle East and Europe

Tracing transnational tribal networks: the case of Bani Khalid in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon

Travellers, translations and biographies

Temporalities and materialities of mobility

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 13.00 Sessions II

Syrian experiences through interviews

Foreign policy analysis: energy, secret relations and words

“Greening the Middle East”: discourses on climate change and a green shift in the MENA region

Elaborating boundaries between groups: first millennium BCE

Mandate period: Western imperialism

Sanctuary in the City?: assisting urban refugees in 21st century

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00 Sessions III

The boundaries of state intervention: dealing with ‘property’ in modern Syria

Changing bilateral relations

Christianity in the Middle East

Gender boundaries, bodily experience and public space

Elaborating boundaries between groups: today’s Middle East

Spaces beyond: living and governing the spaces of occupation in Palestine

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee

16.30 – 17.30 Keynote lecture: Sari Hanafi

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.30 Sessions IV

Scholars at risk -roundtable

Dis-order in MENA: the power of narratives, narratives of power

Breaking and creating social boundaries

Imagery and inspiration in Arab fiction

Building boundaries in Palestine

The international context of political action in the MENA region

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Sessions V

Islam and societies

The past and the future within the present: narratives of people, state and glory in the contemporary Middle East

Assyrian identity in a changing world

Analyzing contemporary Arab authors

Transcending the boundaries of law, education, residence, and culture: Palestinians and Mizrahi Jews between state and non-state actions

Permeability and salience: symbolic and social boundaries in Turkey under authoritarian pressure

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Sessions VI

State-society relations

Breaking boundaries or entrenching old ones?: post-Arab spring experiences of women and political representation

Zionism without borders: narratives of the promised land in and beyond

Religious texts: creating and reflecting norms and boundaries

Boundaries and political representation in arts

Implementation of the communicative approach in UiO

New directions in the international relations of the Middle East: foreign policy and the changing regional order

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee

16.00 – 17.00 Keynote lecture:  Lara Deeb

17.00 – 18.00 General Assembly of the Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.00 Keynote lecture: Gareth Stansfield

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee

10.30 – 12.00 Sessions VII

Women, politics and multifaceted feminisms

Roundtable on the state of Middle Eastern Studies in the Nordic region

Clerical networks, discourses and the state in modern Twelver Shi’ism

Refugee experiences

Remaking boundaries in the Gulf

Mediatized diaspora contesting boundaries

Shifting boundaries in Iraqi Kurdistan

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Sessions VIII

Diaspora experiences

Anti-clericalism in the Middle East today

Re-drawing the political borders of the Gulf Cooperation Council: foreign and domestic politics

Hybrid media and struggles for political participation in the Arab world

Tensions between urban and rural: cities as beacons