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International Symposium: Comparative Studies of Islamic Areas: New Actors, Fresh Angles (9/29-30)【Registration Required】

International Symposium: Comparative Studies of Islamic Areas: New Actors, Fresh Angles (9/29-30) 【Registration Required】


【Date】 29-30 September, 2018
【Venue】 Waseda University, Waseda Campus, Bldg.26, Room No.1102(Campus Map
【Language】 English
【Fee】 NOT Required
【Attendee Registration】 REQUIRED. To register to attend the Symposium, please email the symposium administration office.
【Contact】 woias.sympo2018 [at]



★ 29 September (Sat.) Open 9:30

<Opening Remarks> (10:10-10:15)
・Keiko Sakurai (Waseda University, Japan)

<Keynote Speech> (10:15-10:55)
・Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University, Turkey and Collège de France)
Rethinking Ottoman History in the Light of the Very Recent Past

<Session 1> The Middle East and the Economy of the British Empire (11:00-12:00)
・Jack Seddon (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
Fragmentation by Design: British Discrimination and the Middle East in the Sterling Area

・Discussant: Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Japan)
・Discussant: Gerold Krozewski (Osaka University, Japan)
・Chair: Shohei Sato (Waseda University, Japan)

*This session is co-hosted by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
“The 1970s as the Turning point of the Modern World System: The impact of the Oil Crises”.

<Session 2> Risks and Reactions in the Arab Monarchies (13:30-15:30)

・Adel Abdel Ghafar (Brookings Doha Center, Qatar)
Towards a New Social Contract? The Politics of Economic Reform in the GCC
・Takuya Murakami (Middle East Institute of Japan, Japan)
Alliance for Monarchies: Security Cooperation between GCC and Jordan
・Shigeto Kondo (The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan)
GCC’s Economic Relationships with Jordan and Morocco: Comparative Perspective
・Marc Valeri (University of Exeter, UK)
Authoritarianism and Strategies of Legitimation in the GCC Monarchies Post-2011: A Political Economy Perspective

・Discussant: Matthew Gray (Waseda University, Japan)
・Chair: Nozomi Shiratani (Aichi Prefectural University, Japan)

<Session 3> Mashhad, A Shiite Mausoleum City – Various Aspects of Its Development during the Safavid and Afsharid Period (16:00-17:30)

・Zahra Talaee (Museums and Document Center of Astan-e Qods-e Razavi, Iran)
Using Documentary Evidence to Chart the Urban Development of Mašhad in the Ṣafavīd Period
・May Farhat (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon)
The Mashhad Shrine in the Early 17th Century
・Ryuichi Sugiyama (Waseda University, Japan)
Nader Shah’s Urban Development Project in Mashhad during Afsharid Period

・Discussant: Nobuaki Kondo (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan)
・Chair: TBA


★ 30 September (Sun.)  Open 10:00

<Session 4> Internationalizing the Middle East’s National Universities: Opportunity or Challenge? (10:30-11:40)

・Afsaneh Tavassoli (Al-Zahra University, Iran)
Internationalization of the Universities in Iran and Its Challenges
・Keiko Sakurai (Waseda University, Japan)
Global University Rankings and Internationalization of National Universities in the Middle East

・Discussant: Yusuke Nakajima (Osaka Ohtani University, Japan)
・Chair: Kiyohiko Hasebe (Waseda University, Japan)

<Session 5> National Historiography Reconsidered: Challenges for the Modern History of Central Asia (13:30-15:00)

・Aminat Chokobaeva (Sydney University, Australia)
The Past in the Present: Commemoration, History and Representation in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
・Jipar Duishembieva (Independent Researcher, USA)
A Diary of a Priest: Violence, Trauma, and Memory in the Revolt of 1916 in Central Asia
・Chika Obiya (Kyoto University, Japan)
National Delimitation of Central Asia in the New National History of Uzbekistan

・Discussant: Hisao Komatsu (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan)
・Chair: Tetsu Akiyama (Waseda University, Japan)

<Session 6> Japan-Middle East Relations: Origins, Dynamics, and Pluralism (15:30-17:30)

・Bahadir Pehlivanturk (TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey)
Turkish-Japanese Relations
・Koji Muto (Japan Cooperation Centre for the Middle East, Japan)
Development of Saudi Arabia – Japan Reciprocal Relations, 1955-2015
・Steven Wright (Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar)
LNG Market and Supply: Middle East and Japan
・Jun Saito (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, Japan)
Gulf and Japan Non-Energy Sector Economic Relations

・Discussant: Shigeru Sudo (Teikyo Heisei University, Japan)
・Discussant: Takayuki Yokota (Meiji University, Japan)
・Chair: Satoru Nakamura (Kobe University, Japan)

<Closing Remarks> (17:30-17:45)
・Matthew Gray (Waseda University, Japan)


● Organizing Committee
Executive Secretary: Keiko Sakurai (Professor, Waseda University)
Chief Administrator: Tetsu Akiyama (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
Junior Administrator: Yoko Yamashita (Ph.d Student at GSICCS, Waseda University)

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