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State-Society Relations in the Arab Gulf Region: Religion, Intellectuals and New Media

Added by admin on 2011-12-26

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2012-07-11
Last Date Last Day: 2012-07-14

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Dr. Birol Baskan
Email Email: NA
Address Address: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Conference Description:

The conventional analyses of society-state relations in the Arabian Gulf region easily lend themselves to the erroneous thesis that countries in this region are devoid of the modern political currents and counter currents that have shaped most contemporary societies in the world. For some analysts, the Arabian Gulf states are nothing but an extension of the “oriental despotic” cultural logic according to which the state is always perceived as strong, authoritarian and coercive, ruling through petro-economic means over a passive and weak society. For others, the state-society relation has been collapsed into a form of tribal nationalism in which government and society are aggregated into informal socio-political communities with no public institutions, citizenship, or rule of law. In contrast to these traditional approaches, this workshop seeks to broaden the discussion of society-state relations in the Arabian Gulf region to illustrate the dynamic and diverse features that characterize state-society formations in the region. Far from being monolithic, homogeneous and pre-modern, state-society relations in the Arabian Gulf region are, in fact, complex and multi-sided social/political formations which represent chiefly their domestic socio-political environment. Relying on interdisciplinary modes of analysis, this workshop will focus on three areas of research: religion and the state; intellectuals and social change; and “new media” and the state.
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