Published on 9/10/2017

The aim of the conference is to put forward studies and various approaches to the study of the political crisis in Islam and the modern national state in the Arab region.

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, in cooperation with the universities of University of Guelph in Canada and Marburg University in Germany, are co-organizing an international academic conference titled "Arab Spring and the Quest for New Metaphors: Modernity, Identity and Change," from 11-12 November 2017 at the University of Guelph in Canada.  The conference is part of the research project "Transcultural Identities: Solidaristic Action and Contemporary Arab Social Movements," and will feature the participation of specialized research circles, from various fields, and distinguished academics whose research covers the Egyptian and Tunisian situations.



The aim of the conference is to put forward studies and various approaches to the study of the political crisis in Islam and the modern national state in the Arab region. The conference focuses on the new dimensions of the Arab Spring and its repercussions on the paths of social and political development.

This conference forges a space for Arab-based scholarly investigation of the Arab Spring and its aftermath.  Conference outcomes will be disseminated through partner institutions in Canada (University of Guelph), Germany (CNMS, Marburg University), and Qatar (Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies). Our anticipated research outcomes will not only translate the views of prominent academics and writers from three continents but also contextualize them for western academic audiences.

Subsequently, the European and North American academic community will be able to move beyond grand theories or idealistic notions about the Arab Spring. This work will expose these communities to the practical experiences of eyewitnesses, and thereby share a practical knowledge and understanding of the Arab Spring.

This transnational collaboration intends to provide researchers in Arab and Western universities with the needed resources to share their intellectual contributions and engage western academia in an enriching conversation about the Arab Spring The conference initiates inquiry that will culminate in a co-edited book project by Drs. Eid Mohamed and Dalia Fahmy. 

The conference is the beginning of a series of conferences, which were agreed to be held successively in Doha, Marburg, Germany and Tunisia in the next few years.

For more details about the conference and the participants, please visit the conference website at: http://newmetaphorsconference.weebly.com/