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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Modernization in US-Arab Relations, 1945-1967

24th November 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Nathan Citino (Colorado State University)

This seminar will consider how concepts such as “modernization” and “development” emerged out of particular historical contexts. Drawing on extensive research about US relations with the Arab Middle East, Dr Citino will discuss the ways in which Arabs and Americans contested the meaning of modernization in the 20th century. He will examine how modernizers attempted to reconcile what they portrayed as universal development formulas with their presumptions about cultural difference. He will also cite examples of how Arab and American elites debated the ends of modernization within a shared set of assumptions belonging to the postwar era about how societies advance. This presentation aims to foster discussion about the emergence of normative concepts across other disciplines and changes in their meanings over time.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.