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Centre for Middle East Studies

We support the values of justice, peace, human rights, security for all, tolerance, academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Centre lead

Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Email R.Cohen-Almagor@hull.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1482 465024

F: +44 (0)1482 466208

The Challenge

Current affairs in the Middle East are most troubling, and the prospects for relaxation, despite American presidents’ good will and initiatives, are still grim. The media are not doing a very good job in educating the public of all the aspects and facts of the present multifaceted conflicts. The coverage is insufficient and often biased. Since 2008, a study-group is convened in the university to discuss Middle Eastern affairs in general, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.

The Approach

The Centre for Middle East Studies is a think-tank that brings together people from different disciplines, academic and non-academic, to discuss Middle Easters affairs. Believing that university should be an integral part of the community, the MESC is open to all people who are interested in and engaged with ME politics. The group has been meeting since 2008, usually once a month on the third or fourth week of the month, to discuss pertinent topics. Meetings are usually designed for the discussion of work-in-progress papers, so presenters can benefit from the deliberation prior to publication.

The Study Group conducts research in ME affairs, delivers high quality, relevant academic insights through public presentations, provides forums to consolidate and promote understanding of current affairs, serves as a meeting point for people of different nationalities to converse and debate, and supports justice, human rights, women rights, minority rights, health rights, peace, security, tolerance, the two state solution — Israel and Palestine — as well as freedom of expression and academic freedom.

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Aims

To promote understanding of current affairs, serves as a meeting point for people of different nationalities to converse and debate, and supports justice, human rights, women rights, minority rights, health rights, peace, security, tolerance, the two state solution — Israel and Palestine — as well as freedom of expression and academic freedom.

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  • Members

    Raphael Cohen-Almagor

    Professor and Chair of Politics, Founding Director of the Middle East Study Group

    Professor Jo Carby-Hall

    Director of International Legal Research in the Centre for Legislative Studies

    John Friend

    Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology and Head of Department from 1969 at the University of Hull

    Professor Gary Edles

    Fellow in Administrative Law and Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C

    Richard Collin

    Professor Emeritus at Coastal Carolina University

    Lester L. Grabbe

    Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull

  • Affiliated Members

    Dr Marianne Afanassieva

    Professor Trevor Burnard

    Dr Phil Bielby

    Professor Glenn Burgess

    Dr Bhumitra Chakma

    Professor James Connelly

    Professor David Drewry

    Professor Tom Lundmark

    Professor Gerald Midgley

    Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh

    Professor Valery Sanders

    Rosalyn Schofield

    Professor Niaz A. Shah

    Professor Simon Smith

    Mr Ahmed Zaky

    Ahmed Zaky

     

    International Affiliated Members

    Professor Karin Aggestam

    Jon Allen

    Dr Yossi Belin

    Professor Ariel L. Bendor

    Dr AIan Brener

    Rt Hon. Alistair Burt

    Dr Emile Chabal

    Professor Naomi Chazan

    Sir Richard Dalton

    Professor Peter Decherney

    Dr Sophia Dingli

    Professor Alan Dowty

    Professor Donna Robinson Divine

    Dr Jacob Eriksson

    Sir Vincent Fean

    Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman

    Professor Saul Friedländer

    Professor Mervyn Frost

    Professor Boaz Ganor

    Jack A. Goldstone

    Dr Martin Horton-Eddison

    Professor Rusi Jaspal

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Inspired?

The Middle East Study Group (MESG) is inviting scholars and practitioners to propose a paper for the next academic year.

The format is one of a think-tank. The ME Study Group meets once a month, usually on the third or fourth week on a Wednesday afternoon/early evening, to discuss pertinent topics. The presenter may send  her/his paper two-three weeks in advance, which the group will  read prior the meeting.

Please send an expression of interest to R.Cohen-Almagor@hull.ac.uk, by 10 June 2023 at the latest.

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