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Summer School – Understanding the Middle East

“The Struggle for Regional Hegemony: Natural Resources and Human Flows”


25th – 29th June 2018 

Within the context of the TOMidEast initiatives, the Department of Culture, Politics and Society, University of Turin, is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Summer School “Understanding the Middle East” dedicated this year to the issue of the role of natural resources and human flows in the struggle for the hegemony.

Over the last twenty years, the sectarian reading of Middle Eastern conflicts and societies more broadly has become commonplace, pervasive and totalizing both within academia and the media. However, this analytical framework oversimplifies reality, depicting the MENA as a region enduring perpetual fighting between tribes, sects, and confessions.

This fifth edition of the summer school “Understanding the Middle East” critically unpacks this analytical framework trying to reflect on two strictly connected dimensions: the role of natural resources and human flows in shaping the politics of the Middle East. In this light, the struggle for regional hegemony deals with realpolitik imperatives – and interests – and not with the sectarian composition of the MENA states. Accordingly, the management of natural resources (hydrocarbons, gas, water, nuclear power) and human flows (war refugees, environmental refugees, displaced people, etc.) play a central role. Competition over resources, indeed, is something affecting borders, identities, nationhood and, of course, ecology.

In short, the objective of the summer school is to offer useful tools of analysis to better understand the complexity of the current transformations and, at the same time, to re-open discussions free from oversimplifications.



Scientific Committee: Rosita Di Peri, University of Turin (Summer School coordinator); Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, London; Francesco Cavatorta, Laval University, Quebec City; Raymond Hinnebusch, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews; Fadia Kiwan, St. Joseph University, Beirut; Ilter Turan, Bilgi University, Istanbul.

TOMidEast project manager, Mrs Chiara Bastreghi, can be reached via email at middleeast.to@gmail.com, or by writing at the following address:


c/o Department of Culture, Politics and Society

Lungo Dora Siena 100 

10153 Torino – ITALY

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