4 October 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00

Colloquium: The Global Middle East

The global Middle East is at the heart of some of the defining societal, political and ideological developments of our era – and it has been for centuries. What do current political developments in Tunisia tell us about broader questions of post-conflict reconciliation and justice? What are the main challenges faced by Arab female artists and curators in their work? How is the history of colonial and imperialist expansion still crucial for understanding the politics of the region and its global entanglements?

Bringing together researchers and students across different backgrounds ranging from law to history, religious studies, sociology and cultural anthropology, this one-day colloquium will provide a platform to discuss the global Middle East from a multidisciplinary perspective. Speakers and participants will challenge the audience to think about the region in new and original ways, aiming to foster research and education across a variety of fields. Join us for a unique opportunity to reflect on the complex interconnections across law, history, politics, and religion that define the global Middle East.


Keynote: Martin van Bruinessen, Professor of the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies (Emeritus).

Kees van den Bos, Professor of Social Psychology Including the Social Psychology of Organizations and Professor of Empirical Legal Science. His main research interests focus on experienced fair and unfair treatment, morality, cultural worldviews, trust, prosocial behavior, and radicalization, extremism, and terrorism.

Rebecca Bryant, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University, focuses on ethnic conflict and displacement, border practices, post-conflict reconciliation and contested sovereignty on both sides of the Cyprus Green Line, as well as in Greece and Turkey.

Lorena De Vita, Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University and Co-coordinator of the MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective. Her research focuses on Cold War history and on the international politics of the Arab/Israeli conflict. 

Christian Lange holds the Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Utrecht University. His research focuses on Islamic intellectual and cultural history, particularly in the areas of Islamic eschatology, Islamic law and legal theory, and Islamic mysticism.

Brianne McGonigle Leyh is an attorney specializing in human rights and global justice issues as well as an Associate Professor in Law, Economics and Governance at the Utrecht University School of Law. Her contribution to the colloquium will address transitional justice in Tunisia.

Ozan Ozavci, Assistant Professor of Modern History and Research Fellow at Utrecht University, has worked on a variety of subjects including the history of modern oil industry in the Middle East, public moralism, translocal biographies and the history of Zionism. Among other projects, he is currently working on a monograph on imperialism, security and civil wars in nineteenth century Ottoman Middle East.  

Joas Wagemakers, Assistant Professor of Islam and Arabic at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. His research focuses on Salafism and Salafi ideology, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, the politics of citizenship, women’s rights and Shiites’ rights in Saudi Arabia. Geographically, his interests lie in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories​.

Start date and time
4 October 2019 10:00
End date and time
4 October 2019 15:00