5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference:
May 17 and 18, 2019
Institute of Global Studies http://igs.shu.edu.cn/
People’s Republic of China
Place: Lehu Hotel, Baoshan Campus, Shanghai University, CHINA.
Date: May 17 and 18, 2019
Friday May 17, 2019
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction and Welcome Speech Guo Changgang, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies - Shanghai University, China.
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction Professor Yang Guang, President of Middle East Studies Association of China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai University.
9:30 – 10:00 Keynote Speech Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan
10:00 - 10:30
PANEL – 2:
10:30 – 12:00
Chair: Sayed Mojtaba Mahdavi Ardekani, ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada.
- Perceptions of China’s Soft Power in the United Arab Emirates: Preliminary Findings from a Cross-Sectional Study - Yuting Wang Associate Professor of Sociology Department of International Studies American University of Sharjah, UAE.
- Syrian Men’s Disability and their Masculine Trajectories in the Context of Displacement in Jordan and Turkey - Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
- China’s Projections in North Africa: Can the Belt Road Serve as Way to Supplant Western Powers? - Yahia H. ZOUBIR Professor, Kedge School of Business, France.
- Does the Belt and Road Initiative Challenge the Current Global Order? Competing Perspectives from IR/IPE Theories - Xiao (Alvin) Yang University of Kassel, Germany.
PANEL – 3:
10:30 – 12:00
Chair: Tianqin Yan School of Foreign Languages & Centre for European Studies, Sichuan University, China.
- Turkey and the Gulf: Addressing the Political-Economic Challenges of an Unstable Region - Lenore G. Martin, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Emmanuel College Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA.
- Gendered Activism: Female Religious Authority - Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of California Santa Barbara, USA.
- Modern Middle East and China: The Case of Saudi Arabia - Rüdiger Lohlker, Professor Oriental Institute, University of Vienna, Austria.
- Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Expanding Ties With West Asia and North Africa and Their Ramifications - Manochehr Dorraj, Professor, Texas Christian University, USA.
12:00 – 13:30
PANEL – 4:
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Yang Chen, Shanghai University, China.
- The Civilization Interaction in Umayyad Caliphate from the Perspective of the Hisham Palace - Zheng Min Middle East Research Institute, Northwest University, China.
- The ‘Quandary of Made in China’: Palestinian Globalisation From Below Under Occupation - Oliver John Hayakawa, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. The University of Exeter. UK.
- The Triple Pillar of Sino-Middle East Relations in the Age of Neoliberalism - Sayed Mojtaba Mahdavi Ardekani ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada.
- Conflicting Approaches on Humanitarian Intervention: In Light of the Darfur Crisis - Samuel Aron, PhD Student, Shanghai University, China.
PANEL - 5:
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Antonio Zapata, Shanghai University, China.
- Trend of Turkish economic policy and the Sino- Turkish Economic Cooperation under the Presidential system - Wei Min Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAS) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China.
- China’s ’Enmeshment’ and the Middle East – A Theoretical Approach - András BARTÓK, Assistant Lecturer, National University of Public Service, Hungary Faculty of International and European Studies Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Hungary.
- The Shia Clerical Establishment in Iran: Evolution or Demise? - Najm al-Din Yousefi, Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies, California State University-Chico. USA.
- Whither Chinese-Iranian relations after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA? - Erzsébet NAGYNÉ RÓZSA, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary.
15:00 – 15-30
PANEL - 6:
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Wei Min Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAS) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China.
- Women in the Turkish Politics from Past to Present - Ömer Turan, Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
- An Analysis of China’s Middle East Smart Power Strategy - Hasan ALTIN PhD Student, Shanghai University, China.
- Deepening Collaboration Between Saudi Arabia and China - Dongmei Chen and Wenke Han, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center1, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, Saudi Arabia.
- The Role of Infrastructure in the Middle East Economic Development and the Prospects of “One Belt One Road - Jiang Yingmei Associate Professor, Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China.
PANEL - 7:
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Najm al-Din Yousefi, Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies, California State University-Chico. USA.
- Documenting the Masses; Inlcusion and Ommission in The Ottoman Archive - Reem Meshal Associate Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
- The Imperial Archives and Repressive Histories in Bahrain: Challenging the Arcane - Marc Owen Jones, Assistant Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
- A Living Archive? Reflections on an Oral History Project with Palestinian Bedouin Women in the Naqab - Sophie Richter-Devroe, Associate Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
- China’s Relations With Lebanon and Syria: A Comparative Analysis - David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate in Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.
18:00 – 20:00
Saturday May 18, 2019
PANEL – 8:
9:00 – 10:30
Chair: Nikos Christofis, Associate Professor, Center for Turkish Studies and School of History and Civilization Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China.
- Challenges and potential solutions: Should Saudi Arabia move towards energy cooperation with Israel and Egypt? - Samuel Willner, Fellow, The Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies PhD Student, Dept of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, The University of Haifa, Israel.
- Turkish Foreign Policy and the Middle East; Opportunities and Challenges of Turkey in the Spiral of Power, Interests and Values - Cengiz Mert Bulut, PhD Student, Shanghai University, China.
- Israel’s Challenge of Stability in the Context of BRI's East Mediterranean Policies - Selim Han Yeniacun, PhD Candidate, Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.
- Iron Horses on Kemet and Heitudi—A Comparative Study of Two Railways in China and Egypt - Xiaoyue Li Ph.D Candidate, University of Michigan, USA.
- China as Peaceful Meditator in MENA Countries: More than just a Responsible Player? - Jayshree Borah, PhD Candidate, Shanghai International Studies University, China.
PANEL - 9:
9:00 – 10:30
Chair: Rajiv Ranjan, Shanghai University, China.
- Turkey’s Role in Eurasia under the Context of Belt and Road Initiative from the Perspective of Geopolitics - Tianqin Yan, School of Foreign Languages & Centre for European Studies, Sichuan University, China.
- Evolving Energy Geopolitics and East Asian LNG Trade with Qatar as a Driver of Integration - Steven M. Wright, Associate Professor and Associate Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences Hamad bin Khalifa University Doha – Qatar.
- China’s Involvement in the Syrian Crisis - Abdurrahim Sagir, Graduate Student, Shanghai University, China.
- Chinese Provinces as Foreign Policy Actors in the Middle East - Jialong Yang, PhD candidate, University of Macao, Macao SAR, China.
- Sino-Persian Connections, 1905-1959: A View from the Chinese Press - William A Figueroa, PhD Candidate in History and Graduate Student Researcher Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania USA. (Skype Presentation)
10:30 - 10:45
PANEL - 10:
10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Manochehr Dorraj, Professor, Texas Christian University, USA.
- Displacement of global power balance: The China – USA – Iran triangle as a test case - Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark.
- Failed Strategy and its Consequences. The Legacy of Barack Obama’s Presidency in the Middle East - Magdalena Lewicka and Michal Dahl, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.
- Three waves of Turkish Jewish Imigrated to Israel in the 20th Century - Liu Yaping Postgraduate student of Institute of Middle Eastern Studies of Northwest University, China.
- Retesting Philip Kuhn: A Comparative Analysis on Chinese and Islamic Modern Political Thought Pioneers with the case study of Liang Qichao and Sayyid Qutb - Jiade Xiao, University of Denver, USA.
PANEL - 11:
10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Ömer Turan, Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
- The Cyprus Question and the AKP Government, 2002-2018 - Nikos Christofis, Associate Professor, Center for Turkish Studies and School of History and Civilization Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China.
- Environmental Justice in Turkey: Conflicts and Responses - Dobroslawa Wiktor-Mach Center for Advanced Studies of Population and Religion (CASPAR) at the University of Economics in Cracow, Poland.
- The Question of Identity Construction: an Attempt to Comprehend the Concept of Kurdishness - Seevan Saeed, Associate Professor in Middle East Politics School of History and Civilisation Shaanxi Normal University- Xian, China.
- Nationalism and Nation-State, The Effects of Micro-Nationalism on Nation-States in the 21st Century – Serdar Yurtcicek, Zhejiang University, China.
12:15 – 13:30
PANEL – 12:
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark.
- The Dubai Silk Road Strategy: China’s Evolving Role in the UAE’s Development Trajectory - Robert Clyde Mogielnicki DPhil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, USA.
- China and the reconstruction of Syria - Guy Burton, Vesalius College, Brussels; Nicholas Lyall, Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, Amman; Logan Pauley, Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Washington DC, USA.
- Beijing—MENA Relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Question: When Is Enough, Insufficient? - Ian Nelson Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Transnational History and Politics, School of International Studies, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.
- China’s Energy Security Policy: From Malacca Dilemma to BRI - Sajjad Talebi PhD Candidate at Fudan University, China.
PANEL - 13:
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Yahia H. ZOUBIR Professor, Kedge School of Business, France.
- Defining the Enemy: China in the Arabic Literature and Videos of Sunni Jihadists - Nico Prucha, University of Vienna, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Austria.
- The Belt and Road Initiative and West Asia: Significance of Turkey-Iran Alliance - Beste Gul Oneren, Tsinghua University, China.
- The Changing of Conflict Nature in The Middle East: The New Security Empires - Hend Elmahly PhD candidate, Shanghai International Studies University, China.
- A Geopolitical-Economic Perspective into the BRICS’ Rise in Africa - Efe Can Gürcan, International Studies and Sociology Simon Fraser University, Canada.
COFFEE BREAK – 15:00 – 15-30
PANEL - 14:
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Rüdiger Lohlker, Professor Oriental Institute, University of Vienna, Austria.
- The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Implications and Opportunities for the Middle East, Highlighting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Case - CABA MARIA Flavius Ieronim, The National University of Political Science and Public Administration (NUPSPA), Bucharest, Romania.
- A Question of Class? Algeria, India, and Beijing’s Visions of the Third World, 1953-1963 - Anton Harder Teaching Associate in Modern Chinese History at the University of Nottingham, UK.
- The Changing Relationship Between China and Russia in the Middle East - Andrea Ghiselli, Fudan University, China.
- Socio-Political Dispositions of Syrian Arab and Kurd Refugees Towards the Resettlement Places in Turkey: A Comparative Ethnographic Research - Baris Oktem, PhD Candidate, Exeter University, UK. (Skype Presentation)
PANEL - 15:
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Marc Owen Jones, Assistant Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict among the UNSC and the Uniting for Peace of the UNGA - BASSEM KHALED ABDELSALAM ELMAGHRABY Political Science Lecturer Assistant, Suez Canal University, Egypt; and Ph.D. candidate at Jilin University, China.
- Discursive Institutional Analysis of Hamas: Evolutionary Path from 1996 to 2017 - Shiyu Liu PhD Candidate, University of Warwick (UK).
- Importance of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the Road and Belt Initiative - Dogukan Tapu, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, China.
- Dominator or Organizer: The Management and Manipulation of the Islamic Marketplace - Chuchu Zhang, Associate Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China.