Middle East Studies Association 2014, Washington D.C.: Syrian Studies Association Sponsored Panels


Each year, the Syrian Studies Association sponsors up to three panels at the annual MESA meeting. Panelists can seek sponsorship from the SSA Board by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer before the February 15 deadline; eligible panels are selected by the Board on the basis of their contribution to the larger field of Syrian Studies.


[P3791] Syrian Armenians in the Crossfire: The Syrian Uprising and the Future of a Shrinking Minority

Monday, 11/24/14 5:00pm

Organizer: Elyse Semerdjian, Whitman College

Chair: Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Discussant: Elyse Semerdjian, Whitman College

Harout Ekmanian: Challenges of the Armenian Community in Syria During the Syrian Uprising

Ohannes Geukjian, American University of Beirut: The Syrian Armenian Diaspora and Conflict: Analyzing Patterns of Influence

Simon Payaslian, Boston University: The Armenian Community in Syria: The End of an Ethno-Religious Community?

Keith D. Watenpaugh, UC Davis: Between Armenian Refugee and Syrian Citizen: The Colonial Origins of Syrias Contemporary Sectarianism


[P3773] The Mandate for Syria and Lebanon in Global Perspective

Sunday, 11/23/14 2:00pm

Organizer: Reem Bailony, UCLA

Chair/Discussant: Michael Provence, UC San Diego

Reem Bailony, UCLA: Lebanese Nationalism and the Syrian Revolt of 1925: South Lebanon and its Transnational Links to the Mahjar

Edward Falk, UC San Diego: Self-Orientalism and the Mahjar: Art and Politics in the Syro-Lebanese Diaspora

Idir Ouahes, University of Exeter: Internationalism & Welfarism at the Outset of the Syrian Mandate, 1920-1925

Benjamin Smuin, UC San Diego: Globalizing the Local: Speaking to the State and Acts of Citizenship in the Early Twentieth Century Middle East