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Conference: Change and Development in the Contemporary Middle East
The AUS International Studies Association is hosting the conference Change and Development in the Contemporary Middle East. It will feature undergraduate student-authored papers that examine the sweeping changes taking place in the Middle East.
The papers will employ methods from specific disciplines in the social sciences/humanities and may assess economic, political or social changes in the region. Potential focus questions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
* What are the effects of societal structures on the creation of states in the Middle East?
* What is the cause of economic growth or decline in Middle Eastern countries?
* What are the implications of state policies on economic and social structures?
* What is the role of religion in forming state policies?
* How has the state emancipated or secluded women? And what ramifications does this have
on the social status of women in the Middle East?
* Has economic growth in some Middle Eastern states resulted in the confinement of women
to the private/domestic sphere?
* Why are civil wars so prevalent in the Middle Eastern region?
* Will democracy promote political stability in the region?
* Does economic growth imply political stability?
Selected students will be asked to provide a 15-minute presentation on their paper, which will be followed by a discussion.
For more information, please contact: Salma Mohamed: [email protected]