Bashar al-Asad’s First Decade – A Period of Transition for Syria?

October 2010 the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Lund University, Sweden, will be hosting 43 international scholars on Syria who will be giving papers for our three day conference focusing on Syria over the last decade.

The purpose of the conference is to encourage, initiate and facilitate academic research on contemporary Syria. The ultimate aim is to further critical discussion between scholars from various disciplines within primarily the social sciences and humanities, but also other disciplines, who focus on contemporary Syria, and to establish a multi disciplinary network of scholars. These efforts intend to not only bring together scholars from different academic backgrounds who do not traditionally have the opportunity to communicate and collaborate, but also to cultivate new and innovative research on Syria today. Hence, we will focus on the contemporary period, Bashar Al-Asad’s first decade in power (2000-2010) to highlight the most cutting edge research as well as to support up and coming scholars on the country.

To register your attendance at the conference please contact JALEH TAHERI. You can find more information about the conference by clicking on the SYRIA CONFERENCE PROGRAM.

Bashar’s first decade can be seen as a transitional phase both in terms of leadership as well as renegotiations of the relationships between religion, society and state. In an effort to promote greater understanding of a country that can be clouded by controversy and misconceptions, CMES intends to foster academic discussion on this critical period between different perspectives, approaches and paradigms by bringing together a wide range of scholars.

To register your attendance at the conference please contact JALEH TAHERI. You can find more information about the conference by clicking on the SYRIA CONFERENCE PROGRAM.