Syria: between political catastrophe and cultural resilience – Karam Nachar

 

While the Syrian war seems to embody all that is complex, alien, and thus incomprehensible about the Middle East, the five-year-old brutal conflict can in fact be explained through a set of global historical factors that emanate from the world made by Europe in the wake of World War One. This talk will shed light on some of these global factors and their local manifestations, all while emphasising their inherently contradictory nature: destabilising Syrian politics to the point of disaster, while generating much cultural angst and productivity. More about the event.

Misreading Syria: Sectarian Secularism – Thomas Pierret

Persistent claims that the Syrian regime is “non-sectarian” result from a failure to distinguish between sectarianism as an explicit ideology, and sectarianism as an often unspoken technique of power. Whereas the Assad family has generally purported to act in the name of “national unity”, and accordingly minimised discursive expressions of sectarianism, its actual practices throughout the last five decades have consisted in the systematic manipulation of sectarian divides for the purpose of regime survival. More about the event.

The Question of Syria – Syria Are… | Media Roundup

In case you missed The Question of Syria – Syria are.., here is a snapshot of the event’s media coverage; the main articles and interviews with our guests (in Norwegian): – Ingen løsning med Assad – Mazen Darwish, Dagsavisen Den internasjonale debatten om Bashar al-Assads rolle i framtidens Syria har …