2012 Levi Della Vida Award for Excellence in Islamic Studies
Structures of Personalized Power in the Modern Middle East: Presidents, Prime Ministers and Party Bosses, A two-day conference honoring the scholarship of Professor Roger Owen
Thursday, May 24, 20123:30 PM
Sequoia Room, Faculty Center
Photograph courtesy of Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies / Alison How
Roger Owen is currently the A.J.Meyer Professor of Middle East History at Harvard University and a former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the same university. He previously taught Middle East political and economic history at Oxford University where he was also many times the Director of the St Antony's College Middle East Centre.
His books include Cotton and the Egyptian Economy, The Middle East in the World Economy: 1800-1914, and State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (3rd revised edition 2004). He is also the co-author (with Sevket Pamuk) of A History of the Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century.
His most recent publication is a biography of Evelyn Baring, the first Lord Cromer, Lord Cromer: Victorian Imperialist, Edwardian Proconsul, published by Oxford University Press in January 2004.
He has just completed the manuscript – due to be published by Harvard UP in April 2011 - of a political history of the era of Arab republic presidents for life which came to an end, effectively, with the revolutions of the ‘Arab spring’.
He has written a regular column for the Arabic newspaper, Al-Hayat, since the late 1980s.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Susan Slyomovics, UCLA
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Roger Owen, Harvard University
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM