New Winter School program on Communitarianism, Sectarianism, and the State

The Arab Center for Research and Policy studies announces the first Winter School program on the theme of Communitarianism, Sectarianism, and the State. The winter school program will be held January 4th to 14th, 2020, and is open to advanced graduate students (ABD) and early career researchers in the social sciences and humanities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Prospective applicants have until September 30th 2019 to apply. Funding is available for travel and expenses, and accommodation is provided for all participants.

The theme for this year was chosen to reflect emerging research trends in a variety of social science disciplines, and will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, which will enrich the winter school and participant perspectives. Possible topics of inclusion include, but are not limited to: sectarian or regional conflict using contemporary examples from the Arab world (such as Iraq, Yemen, etc); political violence; the history of sectarianism and sectarian thought; post-conflict studies on communitarianism, particularly from a comparative perspective (i.e. outside the Arab world); divided societies and prospects for democracy; and more.

Each workshop day will include lectures from an expert on the themes listed above, or an expert on a specific case which applies. The second half of each day will then be allocated to discussing participant papers on a similar topic.

Confirmed discussants include:

Azmi Bishara, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

Morten Valbjørn, Aurhus University

Marc Caball, University College Dublin

Simon Mabon, Lancaster University

Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Nader Hashemi, University of Denver

Toby Matthiesen, Oxford University

Majed Al-Ansari, Qatar University

Adham Saouli, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Luai Ali, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Haider Saeed, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

Eligible scholars interested in applying should follow instructions at this link:

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Dana El Kurd,


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