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2022 Colloquium Series

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

Higher Education & Reformation across the MENA: A Geopolitical Exploration

Colloquium Questions: Kristin Waterbury,

October 24: Higher Ed between Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism

Muez Ali & Laura Mann, University College London (UK) & London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
The Long-term Consequences of the Commercialization and Politicization of Higher Education on Employment and Politics in Sudan

Saeid Golkar, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (USA)
Higher Education in Authoritarian Context: Iran as a case study

October 31: Higher Ed between the Global Economy and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Shana Cohen, University of Cambridge  (UK)
Why doesn't higher education lead to jobs in North Africa?

Magdalena Karolak, Zayed University (UAE)
The complexity of tertiary education reforms in the Gulf Cooperation Council: A case study of Bahrain

November 7: Higher Ed between Debate and Innovation

Rahmi Oruç & Önder Kucukural, Ibn Haldun University (Turkey)
Adab in Dialogue: Developing Argumentative Virtues in a Divided World via the Munazara Engagement Model (MEM)

Mohd Nishat Faisal, Fauzia Jabeen, Marios Katsioloudes, Abu Dhabi University (UAE), American University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Qatar University (Qatar)
Entrepreneurial mindset and the role of universities as strategic drivers of entrepreneurship: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates

November 14: Higher Ed between Nationalism and Globalization

Natalie Koch, Heidelberg University (Germany)
Nationalism and the geopolitics of higher education in the Arabian Peninsula

Alex Shams, University of Chicago (USA)
If Not for the Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Social Change in Iranian Higher Education since 1979

November 21: Higher Ed between Epistemic Networks and International Institutions

Eric Burton, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
The ‘Nile Route’ and Other ‘Pipelines’: Decolonization, the Cold War, and Africans’ Routes to Higher Education Overseas, 1957–65

Florian Kohstall, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
Do we need another university reform in the Middle East? Exploring the unintended consequences of international support

November 28: Higher Ed between Tradition and Inclusion

Tova Hartman, Ono Academic College (Israel)
Can a Liberal Democracy tolerate gender segregated higher education: Haredim in Israeli Higher Education

December 5: Higher Ed between Soft Power and Social Forces

Neema Noori & Pia-Kristina Anderson, American University of Sharjah (UAE) & University of West Georgia (USA)
Exporting the American Model of Education to the Gulf

Neha Vora, Lafayette College (USA)
Teach for Arabia: American universities, liberalism, and the transnational Gulf