Borders in the Middle East: Past and Present

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Hybrid, Maison de la Paix P1-847

This joint event by the CCDP and the University of Neuchâtel showcases the findings of the ERC consolidator grant "Towards a Decentred History of the Middle East: Transborder Spaces, Circulations, Frontier Effects and State Formation, 1920-1946".

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The CCDP and the University of Neuchâtel have the pleasure of inviting you to another event in this series showcasing the findings of the ERC consolidator grant:

"Towards a Decentred History of the Middle East: Transborder Spaces, Circulations, Frontier Effects and State Formation, 1920-1946"

The project, begun in 2017, is led by Prof. Jordi Tejel, Adjunct Professor with the Department of History at the University of Neuchâtel and CCDP Research Associate. 

This online panel discussion will feature a presentation by Dr. Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, CERI-SciencesPo on “Endless borders: Detaining Palestinians and managing their movements in the occupied territories,” as well as a presentation from PhD student César JaquierUniversité de Neuchâtel on "Motor Cars and Transdesert Traffic: Channelling Mobilities between Iraq and Syria, 1923–1930." 

Oliver Jütersonke, CCDP Head of Research, will be chairing the event, and the event discussants will be Alessandro Ambrosino, and Fernanda Conforto De Oliveira both from the International History & Politics Department of The Graduate Institute, Geneva. 

Picture: Copyrights University of Neuchâtel https://www.unine.ch/border/


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About the Speakers:

Dr. Stéphanie Latte Abdallah is an anthropologist, a historian and political scientist specialized on Middle East Studies. She is a CNRS researcher (CERI-SciencesPo). She worked on Palestinian refugee social and gender history, more broader issues of gender, civil society mobilizations and feminisms in the Middle East. She co-supervised the ANR and the European program Ramses 2 funded research projects MOFIP-Mobilities, Borders and Conflicts in the Palestinian-Israeli spaces and beyond (with Cédric Parizot) (2007-2011). Since then, her work is mostly dealing with issues of borders, circulations/confinements and prison in the Israeli-Palestinian spaces and the Middle East. She is teaching an Advanced Seminar at the EHESS, Paris on Borders and Confinements in the Arab and Muslim worlds: Experiences, Incorporations and Affects. She published numerous scientific articles related to these topics. She notably co-edited with Cédric Parizot the books Palestinians and Israelis in the Shadows of the Wall. Spaces of Separation and Occupation (Ashgate 2015) and Israël-Palestine. L’illusion de la séparation (PUP 2017).

She also worked on images and politics, participated in art/science projects and co-directed a documentary film (with Emad Ahmad) on borders and circulations in the Palestinian-Israeli spaces, Inner Mapping (Palestine, France 2017). Lately, she has also been focusing on citizen, economic and ecological alternatives in times of conflict, acute political and economic crisis in Palestine and Lebanon, and more broadly in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Indeed, she initiated and will supervise the ANR-funded program IMAGIN-E (2022-2025) Alter-Citizens the Middle East. Inventing Resistance in Times of Violence. Her last book La toile carcérale. Une histoire de l’enfermement en Palestine was released in March 2021.

César Jaquier is a PhD candidate at the University of Neuchâtel and the Université Lumière Lyon 2. Before starting his PhD, he studied at the University of Geneva and Saint Joseph’s University in Beirut. He has also worked in several research and archiving centres in Switzerland and Lebanon. His dissertation focuses on mobility, state formation and border-making in the interwar Middle East. It articulates a social, economic and political history of the so-called ‘trans-desert routes’ that opened up between the nascent states of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq in the 1920s and 1930s with the expansion of motorised transport.