We are excited for this co-authored article by two of our incredible PESI 2019 fellows, José Ciro Martínez and Omar Sirri. Read the related interview on Jadaliyya: https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/41008
According to Professor Fawaz Gerges from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Palestine and Rule of Power brings together “an impressive list of scholarly and intellectual talents”, and “offers a rich menu of food for thought.” Author Nathan Thrall describes the book as “a deep and unconventional analysis by cutting edge scholars”. Professor Virginia Tilley argues that through rigorous and bold new theorizing this book “has a place in any core library on theory of the Palestinian Israeli conflict”, and Professor Richard Falk asserts that Palestine and Rule of Power is “an extraordinary confirmation of the vitality and resilience of the Palestinian people”.
The book explores how the rule of power relates to the case of occupied Palestine, examining features of local dissent and international governance. The project considers expressions of the rule of power in two particular ways: settler colonialism and neoliberalism. As power is always accompanied by resistance, the authors engage with and explores forms of everyday resistance to the logics and regimes of neoliberal governance and settler colonialism. Read more here.
We are writing to solicit applications from doctoral students and other researchers for our fourth Political Economy Summer Institute to be held in 6-10 June 2019 at George Mason University on the political economy of the Middle East (6 June is arrival day). The aim of the Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) is both to provide graduate level engagement and instruction as well as to connect doctoral students and independent researchers with mid-career and senior scholars working in the field of critical political economy. The Summer Institute will consist of three main parts: (1) doctoral students presenting their research and receiving written and verbal feedback from the participants, (2) methodological and theoretical workshop sessions led by faculty scholars, and (3) small break-out group discussions that build on the faculty-led sessions.
Anyone interested in submitting an application to attend the workshop should provide the following: [If you are not a Ph.D. student, you may still apply.]
Please submit all applications by 15 November 2018 to the Pedagogy Working Group at the
Political Economy Project through the following online form:
The Pedagogy Working Group will review the applications and may request further information from potential participants. All applicants will receive notification about their applications by January 2019. Fellowships may be offered to support travel and lodging, subject to availability. Most meals will be covered for the duration of the Institute.
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Final group picture of the cohort
Thank you to all of the faculty and fellows who made our third annual Political Economy Summer Institute a tremendous success.
The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2018 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions will be read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts must have been published in 2017 and can be either Arabic or English language. The book must make an original contribution to critical political economy research. The author(s) of the winning book will receive a prize of US$1000 and will be invited to give a talk at a PEP affiliated University. The author(s) will also be interviewed by the Arab Studies Institute’s Audio Magazine, Status/الوضع.
The deadline for submission is 1 June 2018.
If you intend to participate, please notify us at:
To be considered, you must send an electronic copy of the book to email@example.com or two hard copies of the text to the address below. One copy will be returned once the committee has reached a decision.
Arab Studies Institute
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The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. With this prize, PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. For its inaugural award, the selection committee welcomed nominations for books on political economy published between 2014-2016 from a range of publishers and across academic disciplines. After reviewing a dozen submissions, the 2017 selection committee recognizes two co-winners for their original contributions to critical political economy research:
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Political Economy Summer Institute: Call for Letters of Interest
Over the course of four days in June 2017, and in conjunction with the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University, the Political Economy Project held its second Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) at GMU. The summer institute brought together, for the second consecutive year, a diverse collection of scholars and graduate student fellows from around the world for a series of workshops on the foundational concerns of critical political economy, with special attention devoted to conducting research in the contemporary Middle East.
The institute served not only as an overview of critical debates and fundamental concepts for student participants, but also as an opportunity for faculty participants to reflect on long-running debates and acquaint themselves with emerging research agendas.
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We are writing to solicit Letters of Interest (LOI) from doctoral students and other researchers for our third Political Economy Summer Institute workshop to be held in June 2018 at George Mason University on the political economy of the Middle Eas. The aim of the Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) is both to provide graduate level engagement and instruction as well as to connect doctoral students and independent researchers with mid-career and senior scholars working in the field of critical political economy. The Summer Institute will consist of three main parts: (1) doctoral students presenting their research and receiving written and verbal feedback from the participants, (2) methodological and theoretical workshop sessions led by faculty scholars, and (3) small break-out group discussions that build on the faculty-led sessions.
Anyone interested in submitting an LOI to attend the workshop should provide the following: [If you are not a Ph.D. student, you may still apply.]
1. Title of your current research project.
2. Institutional affiliation along with name and contact information for your thesis/dissertation advisor (and any additional committee members if possible).
3. Short research narrative (500 words maximum). Please lay out your primary research question, scope of your research, methodology, and where you are in the research process.
4. Expected completion date of Ph.D., if applicable
5. List of any relevant publications.
Please submit all LOI by the early deadline of 12 October 2017 to the Pedagogy Working Group at the Political Economy Project through the following online form:
Late submissions will be reviewed through the end of October, pending available workshop spaces. The committee will review the LOI and invite selected students to submit more detailed proposals of their research to be presented at the workshop. Fellowships may be offered to support travel and lodging, subject to availability. If you have funding from your home institution to attend please indicate that on the electronic form. Most meals will be covered for the duration of the Institute.
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Trade Unions and Arab Revolutions
by Hela Yousfi, (Routledge, 2017)
This book traces the role of the UGTT (the Tunisian General Labour Union) during Tunisia’s 2011 revolution and the transition period that ensued – Tunisia being the Arab country where trade unionism was the strongest and most influential in shaping the outcomes of the uprising. The UGTT; From its role as the cornerstone of the nationalist movement in the colonial era, has always had a key place in Tunisian politics: not so much a labour union but as an organisation that has always linked social struggles to political and national demands.
Examining the role played by the UGTT in Tunisia's revolution and more generally in the restructuring of the Tunisian political arena during the three years following the popular uprising. This book asks searching questions such as; how did UGTT interact with the popular uprising that led to the departure of Ben Ali? What was the role played
Jadaliyya comes full circle to embrace the page that was originally intended to be the project that Jadaliyya is today. That is, the original plan in 2009-2010 was to produce an electronic publication on political economy. After some discussion, we opted to start from a broader vantage point and build a political economy page independently (which now has also developed, in part, into the Political Economy Project), or within the pages of Jadaliyya. And here we are, delayed for a few years by the Arab uprisings that started only three months after the official launch of Jadaliyya.
We are aiming for this page to be a vibrant representation of the best research and commentary out there on the topic. E-mail your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concept of a war economy has varied considerably. Historically, the term referred to a marshalling of national resources to support a state’s prosecution of war. Walter Oakes argued that “a war economy exists whenever the government’s expenditures for war (or ‘national defense’) become a legitimate and significant end-purpose of economic activity” (Oakes 1944: 12). Oakes and other scholars saw war economies as logical developments of capitalism in the core countries.
In the decades of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, the term has come to embrace a complex array of material exchange and political violence. These range from the international level down to individuals and communities. In this sense, war economies can be viewed as types of political economies, but ones hardly detached from dynamics of identity, culture, or social relations.
Efforts to conceptualize war economies in the context of the modern Middle East have been almost singular (Steven Heydemann’s edited volume, War, Institutions and Social Change in the Middle East brought together contributions from social scientists and historians) and pre-date the last decades of metastasizing regional conflict. As such the Political Economy Project decided to invite several scholars of political economy to a virtual roundtable to explore these and many other issues.
The proposed roundtable seeks to examine current research on war economies. Some questions we wish to explore are: How should “war economies” be conceptualized or defined empirically? How do current processes of violence, accumulation and exchange in the Middle East today shed new light on the concept of “war economy?” In what ways are traditional approaches to understanding war economies useful or limiting to understanding the region today? What state, society, or transnational dynamics emerge? How are types of political violence and external intervention important?
This is the first of a five-part roundtable series. Read the articles of the roundtable here below:
- Israel’s Big Business of War
by Tariq Dana
- Invisibility and the Toxic Economy of War in Iraq
by Toby Jones
- Jordan’s Long War Economy
by Pete Moore
- Follow the Money, Uncover the Power Dynamics: Understanding the Political Economy of Violence
by Mandy Turner