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5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference: May 17 and 18, 2019 Shanghai University, CHINA

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference:     

May 17 and 18, 2019  
Institute of Global Studies http://igs.shu.edu.cn/
Shanghai University 
People’s Republic of China   

Conference Program  
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

COFFEE BREAK
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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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. 
  1. 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.
  2. Gendered Activism: Female Religious Authority - Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of California Santa Barbara, USA.
  3. Modern Middle East and China: The Case of Saudi Arabia - Rüdiger Lohlker, Professor Oriental Institute, University of Vienna, Austria.
  4. 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.

LUNCH
12:00 – 13:30
PANEL – 4: 
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Yang Chen, Shanghai University, China. 
  1. The Civilization Interaction in Umayyad Caliphate from the Perspective of the Hisham Palace - Zheng Min Middle East Research Institute, Northwest University, China. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Whither Chinese-Iranian relations after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA? - Erzsébet NAGYNÉ RÓZSA, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary.

COFFEE BREAK
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.
  1. Women in the Turkish Politics from Past to Present - Ömer Turan, Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
  2. An Analysis of China’s Middle East Smart Power Strategy - Hasan ALTIN PhD Student, Shanghai University, China. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  1. Documenting the Masses; Inlcusion and Ommission in The Ottoman Archive - Reem Meshal Associate Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. China’s Relations With Lebanon and Syria:  A Comparative Analysis - David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate in Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.

DINNER
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.
  1. 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.  
  2. 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.
  3. Israel’s Challenge of Stability in the Context of BRI's East Mediterranean Policies - Selim Han Yeniacun, PhD Candidate, Global Studies, Shanghai University, China. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  1. 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.  
  2. 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.
  3. China’s Involvement in the Syrian Crisis - Abdurrahim Sagir, Graduate Student, Shanghai University, China. 
  4. Chinese Provinces as Foreign Policy Actors in the Middle East - Jialong Yang, PhD candidate, University of Macao, Macao SAR, China.
  5. 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)
COFFEE BREAK
10:30 - 10:45
PANEL - 10: 
10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Manochehr Dorraj, Professor, Texas Christian University, USA.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Nationalism and Nation-State, The Effects of Micro-Nationalism on Nation-States in the 21st Century – Serdar Yurtcicek, Zhejiang University, China.


LUNCH
12:15 – 13:30

PANEL – 12: 
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark.
  1. 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.  
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  
  1. Defining the Enemy: China in the Arabic Literature and Videos of Sunni Jihadists - Nico Prucha, University of Vienna, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Austria.  
  2. The Belt and Road Initiative and West Asia: Significance of Turkey-Iran Alliance - Beste Gul Oneren, Tsinghua University, China. 
  3. The Changing of Conflict Nature in The Middle East: The New Security Empires - Hend Elmahly PhD candidate, Shanghai International Studies University, China. 
  4. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Changing Relationship Between China and Russia in the Middle East - Andrea Ghiselli, Fudan University, China.
  4. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Discursive Institutional Analysis of Hamas: Evolutionary Path from 1996 to 2017 - Shiyu Liu PhD Candidate, University of Warwick (UK).
  3. Importance of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the Road and Belt Initiative - Dogukan Tapu, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, China.
  4. 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.

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