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Tribes and Tribalism

(Re-)Assessing Society in the Middle East and How We Talk About It

Tribal life has been a reality for people in the Middle East as elsewhere in the world for millennia. The essential importance of tribal structures, juxtaposed with the manipulation of tribes by colonial and indigenous governments ("tribalism"), has made tribes the object of deep study by social scientists and historians. The goal of this conference is to re-focus on tribes and the actuality of their functions, and on the experiences of the people who adhere to them, while at the same time weighing these actualities against a critique of the tribalism paradigm.

 

About The Conference

This conference will address a range of subjects from disciplines including history, anthropology, literature and cultural studies, as well as political science that investigate the diversity of social, cultural, economic and political locations of tribal life, as well as evocations, and interpretations of tribalism in the Middle East in past and present. The geographical focus of the conference will be limited to Iraq, Yemen, and Jordan/Syria in order to facilitate debate and enhance comparability on the one hand, and because of the particular currency of these geographical boundaries in the contemporary Middle East. Chronologically, papers will focus on the modern period from the 19th century to the present day, while some participants might be invited to address long-term perspectives in their papers.

 
Paper Presentations
Playing with fire: The impact of manipulating tribal identities by the authoritarian regimes on the Civil War in Syria.
Fri, May 03
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 03, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Haian Dukhan
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​The Emergence of Tribal Literature in Jordan: History, Nationalism and Social Upheaval
Fri, May 03
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 03, 2019, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Yoav Alon
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Tribalism in Northern Highland Yemen: Tribes, Rulers and Revolutions
Thu, May 02
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 02, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Marieke Brandt
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A Geography of Tribes in Yemen
Thu, May 02
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 02, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Charles Schmitz
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Social and Political Consequences of Surname Confusion in Saudi Arabia and Iraq
Thu, May 02
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 02, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Nadav Samin
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Tribes, Patrilineages, Individual Ontology, and States in the Middle East
Thu, May 02
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 02, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Diane King
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"No remedies but these": banishment, refuge, and regard among the Balga tribes of Jordan
Thu, May 02
Taliaferro Hall 2110
May 02, 2019, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Taliaferro Hall 2110, 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
A Presentation by Dr. Andrew Shryock
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