News vom 27.12.2009
International Workshop: "Agents of Change in the Euro-Mediterranean Space:
Politics and Social Transformation from a Local Perspective",
Berlin, 27 - 29 January 2010, Freie Universitaet Berlin
The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics is holding this workshop. Speakers include Paul Amar, Asef Bayat (tbc), Malika Bouziane, Myriam Catûsse, Pascal Debruyne, Sharif Elmusa, Sari Hanafi, Cilja Harders, Abdelhakim Al-Husban, Jalal Al-Husseini, Katharina Lenner, Ghada Al-Madbouh, Christopher Parker, Aude Signole, Bassim Twissi
Conference language: English.
Registration required. Please include a statement of interest and send your request to email@example.com
Seminaris Science & Conference Center
U-bahn station Dahlem Dorf, U3
The workshop, convened under the aegis of RAMSES 2, a Network of Excellence on Mediterranean Studies, and supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) as well as CIC (Center for International Cooperation, FU Berlin) looks into the local dynamics of change in the Mediterranean space.
The majority of past and present studies on the Middle Eastern state focuses on the national level of regime elites aiming to identify and analyze the origins and effects of the persistent stability of authoritarian regimes in the MENA region. However, a closer look at the local level reveals moment of stability as well as transformation. The increasing number of strikes, social turmoil and riots in the Mediterranean region like those in the Egyptian provincial town of Mahalla in April 2008 or in the Tunisian phosphate mining area Gafsa in January 2008 are examples for dynamic local movements and reflect the rising dissatisfaction of people at the grassroots.
In addition, development cooperation projects such as decentralization programmes, which are funded by international donors like the European Union and implemented by the agencies of the central state, often intervene quite massively into local structures, leading to the creation of new governance institutions and the re-spatialisation of governance.
This in turn changes patterns of inclusion and exclusion of agents on the local level. In spite of such dynamic developments, less attention has been given to the intricate field of local politics and its impact on social and political transformations from 'below'. Against this background, the workshop intends to take a closer look at local politics in the Mediterranean region, aiming to detect current conflicts, (relevant) agents of change as well as local political and social transformations.