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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Envisioning the Arab Future: modernization in US-Arab relations, 1945 - 1967

23rd October 2014, 17:30 to 18:30, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College, Dr Nathan Citino (Colorado State University)

Dr Nathan Citino will reinterpret the history of U.S.-Arab debates about modernization. Rather than focus narrowly on the Arab-Israeli conflict or “what went wrong” with Arab development, Dr Citino compares American anti-communist agendas with a wide range of Arab perspectives –nationalist, Islamist, and communist – on the future of the Middle East. Drawing on extensive research in English and Arabic, Dr Citino argues that cold war-era modernizers conceived of historical change similarly despite political differences. Their references to aerospace and speed illustrate how cutting-edge technologies affect ideas about progress, an influence that has more recently shaped perceptions of the “Arab Spring.”

This lecture is free to attend and open to all. 

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Map - Trevelyan College is denoted as building No: 9

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