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2023 Fall Colloquium Series

CMENAS is pleased to announce its 2023 Fall Colloquium, hosted in person and on Zoom. Our Colloquium will feature an array of speakers with the theme:

Mondays | 12 PM | 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. (unless noted)

To register, visit Colloquium Questions:

September 11 (Zoom)

Niki Akhavan, Catholic University of America

Scoring Points: Sports and Politics in Iran

Watch the recording here.

September 18 – (In-person, 1:00-2:30 PM)

Stefan Szymanski, University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

Football Culture, Politics, and Economics in the Middle East and North Africa

Watch the recording here.

October 2 – (In-person)

Zakia Salime, Rutgers University

Beyond the World Cup: Indigeneity and Protest in Morocco

October 9 – (Zoom)

Salma Thani, American University of Sharjah

Kicking Goals and Reshaping Realities: Sport and Politics in the Arab Gulf States

October 23 – (Zoom)

Philippe Auclair, Journalist, Josimar/The Guardian

No Such Thing as 'Soft Power' – How Gulf States are Using Sport to Gain Supremacy on the World Stage

November 6 – (In-person)

Charlotte Lysa, University of Oslo

Women and the Contested Field of Saudi Football

Watch the recording here.

November 13 – (In-person)

Karim Zidan, Investigative Journalist

Crafting Narratives and Influence: Tracing the Evolution of Saudi Arabia's Sportswashing Strategy (2016-2023)

Watch the recording here.

November 20 – (Zoom)

Neha Vora, American University of Sharjah

The Post-spectacle City: The Politics of Space, Nation, and Multispecies Belonging After Dubai Expo 2020 and the 2022 Qatar World Cup

Watch the recording here.

December 4 (Zoom)

Mahfoud Amara, Qatar University

The Geopolitics of Sport in the MENA Region

Watch the recording here.