The University of Lancaster’s SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-Sectarianisation) invites papers on its workshop, ‘Sects and the City II’. The workshop reflects on the urban and spatial dimensions of the protesters in the re-imagining of identities across the contemporary Middle East.
The University of Lancaster’s SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-Sectarianisation) invites papers on ‘Oil in Saudi-Iranian Relations’ workshop. The workshop seeks to question how the presence of rich petroleum resources in Saudi Arabia and Iran has affected relations. Oil is not merely an energy commodity that is traded in particular price and amount but a space in which Saudi-Iran relations have been shaped. Taking the insights from the historical, sociological and international analyses, we can see how oil has become a space in Saudi-Iranian relations and whether the domestic or international factors are more influential/prevail over the process of oil’s being a space.
The University of Lancaster’s SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-Sectarianisation) invites papers on ‘Discoursing Sectarianism: Patterns, Trajectories and Identities From 1979 Onwards’. The workshop welcomes contributions that trace discourse/s of sectarianism by their own and explore the process of their production and articulation irrespective of their end-goals or final functionality. More specifically, we are interested in the ‘global meanings’ such as topics, themes and perspectives under which sectarianism is framed as an ‘interpretive schemata’ or ‘organizing principle’ where we can relate, compare and contrast meanings of the concept in different contexts.