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Social Theory: Achille Mbembe
Social Theory: Achille Mbembe 12th Jul 2022 Achille Mbembe and the Afterlives of Interspecies Necropolitics in the Postcolony By Madonna Kalousian In an essay titled ‘Écrire l’Afrique à partir d’une faille’, Mbembe contends that “c’est parce que la colonisation fut ce qu’elle... Read More
Turkey and Saudi Arabia: The view from Ankara
Turkey and Saudi Arabia: The view from Ankara 5th Jul 2022 By Bekir Varoglu, Lancaster University.After years of tensions, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are making efforts to repair and improve their relations. Two regional heavyweights have been mutually attempting to expand their regional influence and... Read More
New Funding Secured
New Funding Secured 28th Jun 2022 SEPAD is delighted to announce that it has secured a third round of funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Running until June 2025, this project builds on findings from previous grants in an effort to better understand the complex interplay between... Read More
Social Theory: Giorgio Agamben
Social Theory: Giorgio Agamben 27th Jun 2022 By Simon Mabon In the summer of 2013 I sat in the home of a man who in the years that followed would become a close friend. The man, a former Member of Parliament in Bahrain, welcomed me into his home during Ramadan to discuss the events of the Arab Uprisings.... Read More
Social Theory: Henri Lefebvre
Social Theory: Henri Lefebvre 22nd Jun 2022 Contribution by Deen Sharp (LSE) Henri Lefebvre has transformed how we understand the spatial transformations that capitalism entails, namely its production of urban space, and the everyday struggles to transform it. Lefebvre was prolific, publishing... Read More
Call for Papers (Annual Conference): What does it mean to belong?
Call for Papers (Annual Conference): What does it mean to belong? 17th Jun 2022 In the decade after the Arab Uprisings, the nature of political life has changed dramatically. Amidst shifting lines of inclusion and exclusion cutting across states, sects, tribes and ethnicities, critically reflecting on ideas of belonging is of paramount... Read More
Structural Violence in Bahrain: At the Intersection of Sectarianism and Sexism
Structural Violence in Bahrain: At the Intersection of Sectarianism and Sexism 7th Jun 2022 This is an essay produced by Lucia Fernandez Moreno. A version of this was submitted for her degree at Lancaster University. It features art by Mariam Mabrouk, another Lancaster University student.  Since the Arab Uprisings in 2011, much... Read More
Securing Sectarian Difference, or: The Failure of Desectarianization in Bahrain?
Securing Sectarian Difference, or: The Failure of Desectarianization in Bahrain? 26th Apr 2022 Chapter 1, Article 1 of the constitution of Bahrain declares that “The Kingdom of Bahrain is a fully sovereign, independent, Islamic Arab State whose population is part of the Arab nation and whose territory is part of great Arab homeland”. Ensuing... Read More
Sacred and Sectarian Games
Sacred and Sectarian Games 6th Apr 2022 "Poor fellow, he’s not a good enough Hindu" […] “where does that leave you and me?” Sartaj said. “I’m not a very good Hindu”[…] “sartaj”, he said, “you’re not even a good Sikh” (Chandra, 2006:77)  In the 2006 novel... Read More