Conferences

  • Permalink A selection of coins at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Source: Ehab Almassrey, FlickrGallery

    The State and Museums in the Arabian Peninsula: Defining the Nation in the 21st Century

The State and Museums in the Arabian Peninsula: Defining the Nation in the 21st Century

by Karen Exell
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

Any discussion of national identity in the Arabian Peninsula in 2018 arguably must reference the Gulf crisis which began on 5 June 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, together […]

  • Permalink A group of young Emiratis performing a traditional dance at the Qasr Al Hosn festival. Source: Leonid Laitskyi, FlickrGallery

    When Art and Heritage Collide: Artistic Responses to National Narratives in the UAE

When Art and Heritage Collide: Artistic Responses to National Narratives in the UAE

by Melanie Janet Sindelar
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

What does art have to do with heritage? In the UAE, quite a lot. The country has recently seen a so-called heritage boom, in which the country’s history and identity have […]

Assessing Historical Narratives of the UAE

by Victoria Hightower
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

Heritage narratives incorporate a struggle over the inclusivity of the past. In the UAE, this struggle is heightened by the country’s relative youth and individual emirates’ historic rivalries. The emirates’ historical autonomy […]

National Identity and the Emirati State

by Courtney Freer
This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state. 

Existing literature on state-sponsored or manufactured identity formation tends to focus on historical examples[1] since most states have already undergone this process. The case of the United Arab […]

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    Tribal Revival in the Gulf: A Trojan Horse or a Threat to National Identities?

Tribal Revival in the Gulf: A Trojan Horse or a Threat to National Identities?

by Maryam Al-Kuwari
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

The metaphor of the Trojan horse, which originated in Greek mythology, is often referenced in political science. It relates to situations where an enemy is permitted into one’s territory through disguising themselves as something […]

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