The Majlis at the ANU

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The Majlis at the ANU

A cross-disciplinary roundtable on historical and contemporary issues across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia

An Overview

In both Arabic and Persian, the term majlis can describe a regular gathering of like-minded individuals. It is regularly used in the Arabian Peninsula as a forum for friends and colleagues to meet and discuss political and social developments, to engage in debate, to share views and research, and to network. The Majlis at ANU provides a space for scholars and the public to meet and share their thoughts on contemporary events across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. It also provides an opportunity for individuals to present their original research and receive feedback from their peers.

The Majlis will be virtual on zoom until further notice. We have enjoyed the participation of graduate students across the Australian National University and other Canberra-based research institutions, but all are welcome. Each event will publicise its zoom login details

The Detail

Most weeks will focus on either a topic that is central to media coverage at that time or more enduring thematic issues. For example, we have previously discussed Russian involvement in Syria’s civil war and have considered the theoretical approaches to the study of Islam. Prior to each Friday meeting, we will share several short articles (of newspaper or journalistic depth) with participants to get the conversation started.

Any participant in the Majlis is welcome to recommend a topic that is of interest to them, and we will do our best to accommodate it. The preference is for subjects that can be linked to contemporary events, but the only requirement is that they be useful to members, and interesting! One of the purposes of the Majlis is to build connections and awareness of research across the ANU, so we look forward to hearing what you’ve been working on, and what you’d like to learn more about.

We also arrange expert speakers where possible, including those based in the region who will speak via Skype or video chat. If you have a recommendation for an expert speaker, please let us know and we will work them into the schedule.

How to join

The Majlis is free and open to the public, but we welcome any prior indication of attendance for logistical purposes. Please email us to receive information and updates about the Majlis meetings.

Past events

October Majlis - Of Non-native Cultivation: The Indigenization of the Arabic language in the Nigerian Arabic Novels

21 Oct 2022

Abstract: Language as a living phenomenon, reflects its local environment. Arabic language, a non-native tongue in Nigeria, is infiltrated with several...

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September Majlis - An Overview of Cryptocurrencies in the Middle East and North Africa

23 Sep 2022

Abstract  Since Bitcoin was introduced in 2009, different uses have been created for blockchain technology including the rise of thousands of blockchain...

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August Majlis - The Changing Security Dynamics of the Arab Gulf States

5 Aug 2022

Abstract: World politics is going through a significant transformation at present – the most significant since 1991, and perhaps even since 1945 – as Russia...

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May Majlis - Rejected Georgian? Citizens of Georgia with Armenian Names in Search of their National Selves

19 May 2022

For the “Ugly Duckling”, the mere fact of being born in the nest of a duck, growing up amongst duckling-siblings and possessing impressive swimming skills is...

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March Majlis - Xinjiang in 2022: After Five Years of Crackdown

18 Mar 2022

After five years of intense crackdown, the Xinjiang region in Western China has been entirely transformed. The region that previously hosted a unique and...

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February Majlis - The Growing Cyber Threat to Security of the GCC States

18 Feb 2022

The global threat of cyber attacks from hostile international and domestic actors against states, commercial enterprises and private persons is rising...

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January Majlis: Artistic Activism and the Politics of Erasure in the Western Balkans

20 Jan 2022

This paper examines how contemporary artists from the Western Balkans have sought to engage with the legacy of ethnonationalist violence. Specific focus is...

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November Majlis: Of Tacky Geopolitical Tropes: The Image of Remoteness Along Afghan Kyrgyz Migration Routes

11 Nov 2021

On the edge of Central and South Asia, the Afghan Pamirs conjure up the impression of an extraordinarily ‘remote’ borderland. Perhaps the lasting outcome of...

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October Majlis: Hostile Borders - Afghan Refugees and Uncertain Hospitality

15 Oct 2021

Devastating scenes emerging from Kabul's international airport in mid-August provide a sharp reminder of the four-decade long crisis of displacement that has...

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September Majlis: The Contribution of Australian Think Tanks to Public Understanding and National Policy on International Relations

30 Sep 2021

The Contribution of Australian Think Tanks to Public Understanding and National Policy on International Relations: A Middle East Perspective In his...

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