The Middle East in 1958: Reimagining a Revolutionary Year
The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and CAMES cordially invite you to the international conference:
‘The Middle East in 1958: Reimagining A Revolutionary Year’
On March 22 -23, 2019
at IFI building – AUB, Beirut, Lebanon.
The international conference, “ The Middle East in 1958: Reimagining A Revolutionary Year”, is based on a forthcoming and interdisciplinary volume, that recovers the debates and reveals the ideas central to the revolutionary and postcolonial moment in the Middle East at the outset of the Cold War in the 1950s. It does so through a political, social, economic, anthropological, and historical study of the revolutionary year of 1958, arguing for the historiographically overlooked centrality of that year in the history of the modern Middle East.
To that end, the international conference convenes scholars from institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and North America to discuss how events in 1958 brought about transformative and decisive changes in several states, primarily but not exclusively in Algeria, Britain, Egypt, France, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Soviet Union, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. The different papers and discussions draw on multilingual and geographically diverse archival sources and records to examine and revisit the interplay between domestic, regional, and global junctures and their impact on the domestic politics of Arab states and non-Arab states in the Middle East and beyond.
The conference is primarily in English. Simultaneous interpretation in English and Arabic will be available for some sessions during the conference.