[P4824] Politics, Space, and Subjectivity in the Arabian Peninsula

Created by Waleed Hazbun
Monday, 11/20/17 1:00pm


Scholars of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula have made significant contributions to Middle Eastern studies research on “politics” beyond the territorial state. Sometimes dismissed as exceptional, explorations of the Gulf region nevertheless offer important insights into power relations, writ large and small, around the world. Due to prevailing economic and demographic configurations, the Gulf states put into dramatic relief the many hidden assumptions of conventional state-based frameworks to politics, space, and subjectivity. Each of the papers in this session advances this work by considering the multiply-scaled spaces of politics and the associated subject-making practices in the contemporary Gulf. The aim of the panel is thus twofold: (1) to highlight the political agency of actors that are often overlooked in state-based approaches to politics in the region, and (2) to illustrate and articulate an explicitly spatial approach to regional research that accounts for the relational and context-dependent nature of political space and place-making practices. Case studies thus encompass a range of places, including women’s consumerist practices in Saudi Arabia; charity politics in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia; transnational marriage and citizenship practices in the UAE; everyday geopolitical identity narratives and elite sport initiatives in Qatar; and the politics of tourism after crisis in Saudi Arabia. By reaching across the social sciences to include scholars from geography, anthropology, sociology, and political science, the panel is positioned to deepen interdisciplinary conversations about politics in the Arabian Peninsula and elaborate upon their implications well beyond the region.


Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)





Miriam R. Lowi

(The College of New Jersey)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Gwenn Okruhlik

(Association for Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Neha Vora

(Lafayette College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Waleed Hazbun

(American University of Beirut)
Waleed Hazbun is Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration (PSPA) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He served as Director of AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle East Studies...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer;

Namie Tsujigami

(The University of Tokyo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Natalie Koch

(Syracuse University)
I am a political geographer focusing on the territorial state system, nationalism, citizenship, and the geopolitics of authoritarianism. With regional concentrations in Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, I examine how people (re)produce state-based...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;

Shaundel Sanchez

(Syracuse University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;