Between marginality and participation: Rethinking minorities and majorities in the Middle East
BRISMES Graduate Conference,
8-9th May 2013
While the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has always been home to many minority groups, and Middle East studies has addressed the issue with regularity, the shifting balances across the region have made these issues even more pressing to address. There is today, a felt need to rethink the place, situation and means of participation for these groups in the region. To unpick, contextualise and probe the topic, 30 graduates and young researchers based in the United Kingdom and beyond will come together to share their on-going research and to debate these fundamental but often marginalised groups.
Between 8th and 9th May at Oxford's St Antony's College, participants will ask and seek answers the following: What does it mean to be a minority in the Middle East? How have minority groups reacted to impediments to their participation within society as a whole and to threats to their cultural identity? What can we learn about individual and group motivation within minorities? In which ways have minority groups taken part in overall reform? What are the alternative mechanisms for minority participation in the region and how have they shaped majority politics?
The Graduate Section of BRISMES and its co-hosts look forward to welcoming participants and non-paper presenting delegates to Oxford on 8th and 9th May 2013. To attend, please complete the registration form on the conference website: (https://sites.google.com/site/brismesgs2013/) Further information including the provisional programme is also on the website.
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