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Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
9:00 – 9:30
Auditorium
Opening & Welcoming Remarks
Tarek Mitri, Director, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut
Amaney Jamal,Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Princeton University
Leila Kabalan,Program Coordinator, Social Justice and Development Policy in the Arab World, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut
9:30 – 10:15
Auditorium
Universal Human Rights and Social Justice vs. Diversity and Self-Determination: Can they be Reconciled?
Stephen Macedo, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics, Princeton University
10:15 – 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30
Auditorium
Trends, Constraints, and Grievances in the Arab Region
Moderator: Nasser Yassin, Director of Research, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut

Popular Grievances in the Arab Region: Evaluating Explanations for Discontent in the Lead-up to the Uprisings
Nisreen Salti, Associate Professor of Economics, American University of Beirut
Melanie Cammett, Professor of Government, Harvard University

Economic Growth, Youth Unemployment, and Political and Social Instability: A Study of Policies and Outcomes in Post-Arab Spring Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, 1990-2013
Heath Prince, Research Scientist, University of Texas at Austin
Amna Khan, Deputy Project Director for the Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, Islamabad, Pakistan
Yara Halasa, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Youth-Focused Active Labor Market Programs in a Constraining Welfare Regime: A Qualitative Reading of Programs in Egypt
Ghada Barsoum, Assistant Professor, American University in Cairo

The Rule of Law in the Arab Gulf: Vectors of Social Change and Consolidation
David Mednicoff,Director of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:30
Auditorium
Polls, Data, and Changing Attitudes from the Arab Region
Moderator: Charles Harb, Professor of Social Psychology, American University of Beirut

Why do Jordanians Prefer Shia over Sunni Refugees? A Conjoint Experiment on Sectarian Bias among Ordinary Citizens
Michael Robbins, Project Director, Arab Barometer

Religion, Trust, and Other Determinants of Muslim Attitudes toward Gender Equality: Evidence and Insights from 54 Surveys in the Middle East and North Africa
Mark Tessler, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan
Hafsa Tout, Research Assistant, University of Michigan

Religious Identities, Measurement, and Attitudes toward Regime Type in the Arab World
Sabri Ciftci, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
F. Michael Wuthrich, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
Ammar Shamaileh, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Citizens and Security Threats in the Middle East: Perceptions and Consequences
Ishac Diwan, Chaire Socio-économie du Monde Arabe, Paris Sciences et Lettres, France
Irina Vartanova, Saint Petersburg Higher School of Economics, Russia
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30

Parallel Sessions

Session A - Conference room (4th floor)

Tunisia Today: Politics, Protests, and Partisans
Moderator: Rania Masri, Associate Director, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut

The Political Behavior of Economic "Outsiders": Informal Labor, Unemployed Graduates, and the Roots of Social Discontent
Helen Milner, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Princeton University
Amaney Jamal, Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Chantal Berman, PhD Candidate, Princeton University

University Graduates and Inhabitants of Marginalized Regions: Explaining the Weakness of Unemployed Activism in Tunisia
Samiha Hamdi, PhD Candidate, University of Languages and Human Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia
Irene Weipert-Fenner, Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany
Session B - Auditorium

Expectations and Disappointments in Post-Uprisings Arab World
Moderator: Rim Saab, Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University of Beirut

A Case for Chaos; Thresholds of Violence and Meaning in Egypt after 2011
Habiba Al Awady, University Fellow and Researcher, Anthropology Department, American University in Cairo

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Social Justice and the Rise of Dystopian Art and Literature Post-Arab Spring
Sarah Marusek, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

The Politics of Hope and Disappointment in Post-Uprising Egypt
Nermin Allam, Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University
17:30 – 19:00
Auditorium
Trump's Presidency: Islamophobia and the Middle East
Amaney Jamal, Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University




Friday, February 3rd, 2017
9:00 – 9:45
Auditorium
The University as a Model for a Fair and Just Society 
Fadlo R. Khuri, President, American University of Beirut
9:45 – 10:00
Coffee Break
10:00 – 12:00
Auditorium
Gender Activism: Case Studies from the Region
Moderator: Leila Kabalan, Program Coordinator, Social Justice and Development Policy in the Arab World, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut

Queer Politics and Social Justice in Palestine
Sa'ed Atshan, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Princeton University

Resilience, LGBT, and Space: Tunisian and Lebanese Youth Activists' Rights and Struggles
Arnaud Kurze, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University

Participation in Political Protests and Young People's Views on Gender Equality in Egypt
Rania Roushdy, Senior Program Manager, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council
Maia Sieverding, Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice, American University of Beirut

Public Spaces and Women in Egypt: Contemplating between Constitutions
Magda Shahin, Director of Prince Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research, American University in Cairo
Yasmeen Ghazaly, Research Assistant, American University in Cairo
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 – 15:00
Auditorium
Institutional, Political, and Social Changes in Post-Revolution Egypt
Moderator: Dina El-Khawaga, Director, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut

Does Egypt Want Change? Implicit Attitudes Towards an Authoritarian Regime
Daniel Tavana, PhD Candidate, Princeton University
Rory Truex, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Institutional Reform in Post-Revolutionary Egypt
Mustapha El Sayyid, Affiliate Professor, American University in Cairo

Policy Change and Popular Mobilization for Equitable Basic Education in Egypt
Hania Sobhy, Academic Coordinator, Berlin Brandenbourg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Germany

Peasants' Mobilizations in Egypt. From Direct Action to Unionization: The Role of NGOs, Solidarity Activists and Intellectuals in Rural Struggles, 2010-2015
Francesco Des Lellis, PhD Candidate, Universita L'Orientale, Naples, Italy
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:30

Parallel Sessions

Session A ​- Conference room (4th floor)

Social and Political Mobilizations in Yemen and Algeria
Moderator: Sarah El Jamal, Research Assistant, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut

The Role of Social Movements in Achieving Social Justice in Yemen
Faisal Mahboub, PhD Candidate in Political Sciences, Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia

The Political Engagement of the Algerian Youth
Mustapha Omrane, Researcher, Centre de recherche en économie appliquée pour le développement, Algeria

"Mahgourin Fi Bled El Bitrol": Mobilizing for Social Justice in South Algeria
Naoual Belakhdar, Research Associate, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Session B ​ - Auditorium

Grassroots Mobilizations and Political Ideologies in Lebanon and Iraq

Moderator: Rayan El-Amine, Assistant Director, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut

The Lebanese Power Structure and its Impact on the Effectiveness of Grassroots Mobilizations: Lessons from the Labor Movement
Rossana Tufaro, PhD Candidate, Università Cà Foscari, Venice, Italy

Access to Justice in a Displaced Community: The Case of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Southern Lebanon
Jaber Sleiman, Policy Adviser

Lebanese Ideology as a Driver of Sectarianism
Barea Sinno, PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

The Sadrist Trend and the Development of Iraqi Civil Society
Damian Doyle, PhD Candidate, Australian National University, Australia
17:30 – 18:30
Closing Roundtable

 
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