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Saudi Arabia, Iran:   Resilient Rivalries and Pragmatic Possibilities
Saudi Arabia, Iran: Resilient Rivalries and Pragmatic Possibilities 23rd Jun 2020

Simon Mabon & Edward Wastnidge

 

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has occupied a central role in shaping the contemporary Middle East. After revolutionary activities brought about an end to the Pahlavi...

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SEPAD Receives Additional Funding From Carnegie Corporation
SEPAD Receives Additional Funding From Carnegie Corporation 22nd Apr 2020

SEPAD is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $400,000 from Carnegie Corporation for a further two years of work, building on the successful first phase of Corporation-funded research. The project, led by Simon Mabon (Lancaster Univ...

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Urban Spaces and Sectarian Contestation: Concluding Remarks
Urban Spaces and Sectarian Contestation: Concluding Remarks 8th Mar 2020

Cities are laboratories in which sectarian divisions are dialectically constructed and contested in constant tension. The premise that sectarian identities are the result of ancient hatreds - primordial expressions of group-based belonging ...

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Disclosing Reality: Daily Life of Palestinians in Contested East Jerusalem
Disclosing Reality: Daily Life of Palestinians in Contested East Jerusalem 8th Mar 2020

Adel Ruished, Lancaster University

On Tuesday 21/11/2019, Israeli occupation forces in East Jerusalem stuck closure orders for six months on doors of a school, mosque, medical clinic and Palestinian media outlet in th...

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More than a fight for a park: How urban spaces in Bosnia-Herzegovina become arenas for contestation of ethno-nationalist politics
More than a fight for a park: How urban spaces in Bosnia-Herzegovina become arenas for contestation of ethno-nationalist politics 6th Mar 2020

The loss of urban spaces has sparked several social movements in Eastern Europe and the Balkans over the past years, from the famous 2013 Gezi park protests in Istanbul to the less known 2005 Peti Park demonstrations in Belgrade, and the fight ove...

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Grassroots Activism in the Divided City: Re-Appropriating Space with Art Practice in Mostar (BiH)
Grassroots Activism in the Divided City: Re-Appropriating Space with Art Practice in Mostar (BiH) 5th Mar 2020

This is a paper about space-making practices in divided cities. I approach this topic from a Lefebvrian perspective, which means that I am interested in exploring how creative interventions in the urban environment - such as graffiti art and mural...

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Elements of contestation. Sectarianism as extractive violence and Lebanon’s revolution
Elements of contestation. Sectarianism as extractive violence and Lebanon’s revolution 5th Mar 2020

La ta7riqoo Lubnaan be l ta2ifiyya

[Don’t burn down Lebanon with sectarianism]

Sign at fire rangers protest, Baabda, March 2018.

 

Since October 17th 2019, cities across Lebanon hav...

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Bottling up Urban Space: Unpacking Contesting Sovereign Power and Environmental Insecurity in the Greater Beirut Area (GBA)
Bottling up Urban Space: Unpacking Contesting Sovereign Power and Environmental Insecurity in the Greater Beirut Area (GBA) 4th Mar 2020

Since the civil war, the inhabitants in the Greater Beirut Area (GBA) has routinely been exposed to waste management issues and efforts to regulate them. In the summer of 2015, protesters took to the street after rubbish started accumulatin...

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Caste and Caste Based Sectarianism in India
Caste and Caste Based Sectarianism in India 4th Mar 2020

Anderson Jeremiah, Lancaster University

The ancient Indian cultural practice of caste system forms the backbone of Hindu social order. It maps on to the geographical diversity of language, culture and religion, most i...

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