Cultures of Freedom and Contending Visions of Justice and Governance in the Muslim World:
Voices from the Arab and Muslim Worlds

Symposium Program, 9-10 April 2015, University of Sydney

Thursday 9 April 2015     New Law School, Seminar Room 342
Event Time Paper and Presenter
Symposium Welcome

Plenary Session

Islamists and Democratisation:

Tunisia and Beyond

9.15 – 9.30

9.30 – 10.30

Lily Z. Rahim and Lucia Sorbera, Uni. of Sydney

Chair: John Esposito, Georgetown University

Larbi Sadiki, University of Qatar

Nahda’s Democratic Learning Curve: Islamists and Democratisation  in Tunisia

Comparative Democratic Trajectories 10.30 –12.15 Chair: Naser Ghobadzadeh, Australian Catholic Uni.

Ricardo Armillei, Deakin University

Democratisation and Political Transformations in Tunisia: Is it Time for an Arab Winter?

Mostafa Shouman, University of Sydney

Political Transition in Egypt and Tunisia: A Muddled Comparison

Dominic Jarkey, Australian National University

Symbolism and Strategic Effects in the 2011 Arab Uprisings

Loretta Bolotin, University of Sydney

Assessing the Political Moderation of the PKS: Has the Mask Become the Face?

Lunch 12.15 – 1.15
Authoritarian Resilience 1.15 – 2.45 Chair: Lily Zubaidah Rahim, University of Sydney

Yasuyuki Matsunaga, Tokyo Uni of Foreign Studies

Khomeinism: The Non-Obvious Constraints on Political Reform in Iran

Naser Ghobadzadeh, Australian Catholic University

Elections in a Theocracy: Democratisation or Authoritarian Resilience?

James Barr, Deakin University

Reform or Reinvention: Rouhani’s Islamic Republic

Paul Esber, University of Sydney

Instituting Authoritarianism in the Wake of the Arab Spring

Security Perspectives and
Jihadi Worldviews
2.45 – 4.15 Chair: Sarah Phillips, University of Sydney

Gabriele Marranci, Macquarie University

The Fasci(st)nation with Zealot Islam: Dreaming Death With Daesh

Ansari Jainullaudeen, BasmalaAus and UNSW

‘Oppressed’ Muslims Rebelling against ‘Oppressor’ Non-Muslims?

Noor Huda Ismail, Monash University

Indonesians Fighting with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda Affiliates in Syria and Iraq:

The Threat this Poses to SE Asia

Mujib Abid, University of Sydney

The Quest for Legitimacy in Afghanistan: Mujahidin and Insurgency

Tea Break 4.15 – 4.30
Media Coverage 4.30 – 5.30 Chair: Lily Zubaidah Rahim, University of Sydney

Letecia Anderson, University of Sydney

Contending Visions of Turkey in the Western Media: Ally or Enemy?

Zeinab Jasim Abdulnabi, University of Sydney

The Peace Journalism Model: Al-Jazeera’s Coverage of Syria’s Chemical Attack

Thursday Keynote Address     Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Address

Q & A

Reception

6.15 – 6.30

6.30 – 7.15

7.15 – 7.45

7.45 – 8.45

Lily Zubaidah Rahim, University of Sydney

John Esposito, Georgetown University

The Future of Islam, Democracy and Political Islam After the Arab Uprisings

Chair: Lily Zubaidah Rahim, University of Sydney

Friday 10 April 2014     New Law School, Seminar Room 342
Event Time Paper and Presenter
State Building, Religious Secularity and Islamist Politics 9.15 – 10.45 Chair: Michael Humphrey, University of Sydney

Ali Basak, Hamid Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

A Different Reading of Secularism in a Muslim Majority State: The AKP in Turkey

Umut Azuk, Okan University, Turkey

Democracy and Secularism in Turkey: A Model for the Muslim World?

Martin Kear, University of Sydney

Spring in the Territories: Hamas and the Soft Authoritarianism of Gaza

Ali Mamouri, Australian Catholic University

Indigenous Secularism: Returning to Traditional Shiism

Citizenship Rights,
Constitutionalism and Islam
10.45 – 12.15 Chair: Lucia Sorbera, University of Sydney

Gianluca Paolo Parolin,  American University, Cairo

The Buzz and Fuzz of Citizenship in North African Constitutions

Fritz Siregar, University of New South Wales

Political Parties and the Institutional Legitimacy of the Indonesian Constitutional Court

Muhammad Khoirul Muqtafa, Deakin University

The Phenomenon of Banser Ansor in Contemporary Indonesia

Mahmood Pargoo, Australian Catholic University

Jurists Toolbox: Strategies from Literary Reading of the Text

Lunch 12.15 – 1.15
Whither the Egyptian Revolution? 1.15 – 2.45 Chair: May Telmissany, University of Ottowa

Walid El Khachab, York University

Popular Culture Reclaiming the Public Space: Resistance in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

Lucia Sorbera

Gender, Politics and Political Legitimacy in Egypt

Sara Verdi, America University, Cairo

On Memorialisation of the 18 Days in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

Amro Ali, University of Sydney

Despotism and the Unmaking of the Egyptian Citizen

Economic Governance and Sectarian Politics 2.45 – 4.15 Chair: Omid Tofighian, University of Sydney

Dara Conduit, Monash University

Economic Underpinnings of the Syrian Uprisings: Comparing Hama (1982) and Homs (2011)

William Bullock, Australian National University

Arab and Iranian Labour in a Changing Middle East

William Gourley, Monash University

The Kurdish Movement in Turkey, Syria and Iraq: The Kurds in a Post-Nationalist Middle East

Lily Zubaidah Rahim, University of Sydney

Be Careful What You Wish For: The Slide Towards Islamic Fundamentalism and

Sectarian Governance

Tea break 4.15 – 4.30
Plenary Session

Electoral Integrity:

Comparative Perspectives

4.30 – 5.30 Chair: John Esposito, Georgetown University

Pippa Norris, University of Sydney / Harvard Uni

Flawed and Failed Electoral Contests

Friday Keynote Address     Eastern Lecture Theatre
Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Address

Q & A

Reception

6.15 – 6.30

6.30 – 7.15

7.15 – 7.45

7.45 – 8.45

Duncan Ivison, Dean of Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

May Telmissany, University of Ottowa

Nomadic Citizenship: Reflections on Exilic Revolution

Chair: Lucia Sorbera, University of Sydney

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