2014 Gingko Library Conference Agenda

Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

New College of the Humanities (NCH)
19 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HH

Saturday 6 December
09.00–09.30 Coffee and Registration (at SOAS)

09.30–10.00 Welcoming speeches (at SOAS)

El Hassan bin Talal
Anthony Grayling, New College of the Humanities
Barbara Haus Schwepcke, Gingko Library

10.00–10.45 Opening Keynote (at SOAS)

Leila Fawaz (Tufts): The Role of Memory in Shaping Identity: The First World War as Remembered in the Former Ottoman Syrian Lands

10.45–11.15 Coffee Break (at SOAS and NCH)

11.15–13.15 SECOND SESSION

At NCH: Shaping Political Identity: Governance and Legitimacy in the Aftermath of the First World War in the Middle East and North Africa

Part One: The Middle East
Chair: Robert McNamara (Ulster) and Host: Melanie Gibson (NCH)
Noga Efrati (Open University of Israel): The First World War and its Legacy for Women in Iraq
Mark Farha (Georgetown): From Anti-Imperial Dissent to National Consent: The Formation of a Trans-Sectarian National Consciousness in Lebanon
Seda Altug (Boğaziçi): Making of Refugee-ness in French-Syria (1921–1939)

At SOAS: Shaping State Identity: The First World War and the Artificiality of the Post-War State System, 1919–1939

Chair: Hassan Hakimian (SOAS-LMEI)
Jonathan Conlin (Southampton): Drawing the Line: Calouste Gulbenkian and the Making of the Red Line Agreement (1914–1928)
Kaveh Ehsani (De Paul): Oil, State and Society in Iran in the Aftermath of the First World War
John McHugo (author of Syria: From the Great War to Civil War): The Mandates: A Slow Burning Fuse for Today’s Toxic Sectarianism?

13.15–14.30 Lunch (at SOAS)

14.30–16.30 THIRD SESSION

At NCH: Shaping Political Identity: Governance and Legitimacy in the Aftermath of the First World War in the Middle East and North Africa

Part Two: North Africa
Chair: Eugene Rogan (Oxford) and Host: Melanie Gibson (NCH)
Harrison Guthorn (Maryland): A Point of Order: A Battle for Autonomy in the First Legislative Council of Transjordan
Dónal Hassett (European University): Citizen Soldiers or Subject Soldiers? The Indigenous Veterans’ Movement and the Quest for Citizenship in Interwar Algeria
Amany Soliman (Alexandria): The Rise of Egyptian Nationalism and the Perception of Foreigners in Egypt (1914–1923)

At SOAS: Shaping State Identity: The Disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the Artificiality of the Post-First World War State System, 1919–1939

Chair: Max Weiss (Princeton)
Aimee Genell (Yale): Ottoman Autonomy and the Origins of British Imperial Control in the Middle East
Najwa al-Qattan (Loyola Marymount): An Army of Beggars and Beasts: The Civilians’ War in Syria and Lebanon
Lorenzo Kamel (Harvard): The Feisal-Weizmann Pact Revisited

16.30–17.00 Coffee Break (at SOAS)

17.00–18.30 Special Session (at SOAS)

From the Arab Revolt to the Arab Spring
Alaa Al Aswany in conversation with Tarek Osman
Moderator: Barbara Haus Schwepcke

18.30–19.30 Drinks Reception (at SOAS)

Sunday 7 December
10.00–10.30 Morning Coffee (at SOAS and NCH)

10.30–12.30 Fourth Session

At NCH: Shaping National Identity

Part One: British Imperial Ambitions in the Middle East
Chair: Robert Irwin (author of For Lust of Knowing) and Host: Diana Bozhilova (NCH)
Jason Pack (Cambridge): The Anglo-Sanussi ‘War’ of 1915–1916 and Cyrenaican Dominance in Libya from 1917–1969
Steven Wagner (Oxford): British Intelligence and Arab Nationalism: The Origins of the Modern Middle East
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (SOAS): The First World War Occupation of Iran and the Shaping of the Persian Territorial Nationalism

At SOAS: Shaping National Identity

Part Two: Literature and Nationalism
Chair: Peter Clark (author of Damascus Diaries: Life Under the Assads)
Farangis Ghaderi (Exeter): Kurdish Nationalism in Modern Poetry in the Aftermath of the First World War
Bruno Ronfard (Montreal): The New Arab Intellectuals of the Post-First World War Period: The Case of Taha Hussein
Michael Erdman (SOAS): A Tale of Two Nationalists: Parallelisms in the Writings of Ziya Gökalp and Michel ‘Aflaq
Sevinç Elaman (Manchester): Women, War and the Foundation of the Turkish Republic

12.30–13.30 Lunch (at SOAS)

13.30–15.00 Fifth Session

At SOAS: Shaping Religious Identity: The Caliph’s Jihad and the Beginnings of Political Islam

Chair: Omar Ashour (Exeter)
Brett Wilson (Macalester): Caliph and Qur’an: Re-imagining Religious Identity Across the Mediterranean (1919–1939)
Louise Pyne-Jones (Leeds): A Thoroughly Modern Caliphate: To What Extent Could Legitimate Governance for the Middle East Have Been Found by Looking Within?
Aaron Zelin (Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Rena and Sami David Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence): From the Archduke to the Caliph: The Islamist Evolution that Led to the ‘Islamic State’

15.00–15.15 Coffee Break (at SOAS)

15.15–16.45 Closing plenary (at SOAS)

The Aftermath of the First World War: A Contemporary Perspective

Chair: David Owen (Advisor to the Gingko Library)
Speakers and delegates of the Inaugural Gingko Conference will debate with Advisors of the Gingko Library and invited special guests the current situation in the West Asian and North African region and the possibility to adopt a resolution passed by the Inaugural Conference.

Special guests include:
Asfa-Wossen Asserate (Advisor to the Gingko Library)
Jonathan Shaw (author of Britain in a Perilous World)
Tracy Chamoun (author of Au Nom du Pere)
Charlie Winter (Quilliam Foundation)

16.45–17.00 Closing REMARKS (at SOAS)

The Gingko Conference 2015
Barbara Haus Schwepcke, Gingko Library