G19
The Middle East: is it facing its spring or fall? (IUAES Commission on Middle East Anthropology)

Convenors:
Soheila Shahshahani (Shahid Beheshti University)
Location:
Roscoe 1.001
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

We would like to study topics which discuss this period of evolving humanity in the Middle East, which remains in a state of flux, as globalisation and its impact on class, gender, ethnicity and different generations, lead to the emergence of new social and cultural patterns.

Long abstract:

The Middle East has become topical in the last decade, as the capitalist world is facing great challenges, and has become the focus of wars, conflicts, upheavals, new hopes, new financial and cultural capital, new medical studies, new artistic spaces and even new vocabularies. Anthropologists of the area and those living in the area are showing reticence in face of these challenges. In this panel we would like to study any topic within the domain of anthropology which discusses this period of evolving humanity in one region, which remains in a state of flux, as globalisation and its profound impact on class, gender, ethnicity and different generations, lead to the emergence of new social and cultural patterns. We are particularly interested in topics which address the changing patterns of behaviour among the younger generation: How is the youth facing these future challenges? Where and how do they locate themselves in the age of globalization?