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Labour issues in Arab Spring core of GU-Q lecture tomorrow

Labour issues in Arab Spring core of GU-Q lecture tomorrow

Tribune News Network
Doha
GEORGETOWN University in Qatar is hosting the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University Dr Joel Beinin for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series titled ‘Workers Movements and the Arab Popular Uprisings of 2011’. The event, which is open to the public, will be held on the university’s Education City campus on the evening of Tuesday.
Dr Beinin’s research and writing focus has been on the culture, politics, economics, and society of the Middle East and on US policy in the region. His lecture will draw on his most recent publication by a similar title, ‘Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt’, where he argues that decades of labour and unemployment issues played significant roles in the 2011 uprisings and their outcomes.
Remarking on the upcoming lecture, the dean of GU-Q Dr Ahmad Dallal said: “Joel Beinin is a prominent historian on the Middle East. He brings critical historical context to inform our contemporary understanding of the turbulent forces at play across political and social landscapes in the Middle East.”
Associate professor of history at GU-Q Dr Abdullah al Arian will serve as moderator during the lecture. Reflecting on the importance of bringing leading experts to speak to a Doha audience, he said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity for our students and faculty, as well as the wider community, to engage with a leading thinker like Dr Beinin, and on a topic that has a real impact for the region.”
Beinin has written or edited 11 books, including among others Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (Stanford University Press, 2013) co-edited with Frédéric Vairel; and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010).
His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals in English and French as well as South Atlantic Quarterly, Socialist Register, Carnegie Papers, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Middle East Report, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
The Distinguished Faculty Lecture begins at 6pm, and is free and open to the public.

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