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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

Friday, May 25, 2012
9:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Sequoia Room, Faculty Center

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies / Alison How

Structures of Personalized Power in the Modern Middle East: Presidents, Prime Ministers and Party Bosses


Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel I
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chair: Nile Green, UCLA
• John Chalcraft, London School of Economics
The Revolutionary Process in Egypt: a horizontalist challenge to personalized power?
• Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University
Personalism in Decline? Collective Rule and the Prospects for Military Abdication in Egypt
• Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond
Historical and contemporary patterns of regime change in Arab republics: revolutions, coups, transitions, interventions, dynastic succession - and back?

Lunch Break
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Panel II
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chair: Najwa al-Qattan, Loyola Marymount University
• Jens Hanssen, University of Toronto
Between Minorities and the Masses: The Paradoxes of Kamal Junblat (1917-1977)
• Jillian Schwedler, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jordan’s King Abdullah and the “Tribal” Problem: The Challenges of Patronage, Protests, and Reform
• David Lesch, Trinity University
Reformer to Tyrant: The Corruption of Bashar al-Asad and the Syrian System

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Panel III
3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Chair: Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA
• Mohammed Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh
The Arab Dark Age, 1974-2011: Sociological Features of the Road to Revolution
• Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University/Oxford University
The Cult of Personality in the Arab World
• Sami Zubaida, Birbeck College, University of London
 Women, Democracy and Dictatorship

Closing Remarks
5:15 - 6:00 PM
Roger Owen, Harvard University


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