Past Events

Below is a list of all the past conferences, seminars and dinner talks organized by the Center for Lebanese Studies.

Conferences

  • Year 2010 – Ongoing

Year 2010-2012

Year 1986 – 1999

Seminars

The following list of events were either organised by the Centre or related to the Centre activities. Except where stated, the following series of lectures were organised by the Centre for Lebanese Studies and held at the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford University.

Seminars

  • In the Grip of UNRWA’s Educational Policies and State Discrimination: young Palestinian students in refugee camps in Lebanon

    May 2010

    Seminar, Maha Shuayb

  • Cyprus Conference

    March 2003

    RIIA/CLS project on The Palestinian Refugee Issue in the Middle East, a project aiming to raise awareness of the regional dimension of the issue and explore mechanisms for reflecting this in future negotiations.

  • The Challenges of Lebanon: the Future Middle East

    1997

    At the 1997 British Society for Middle East Studies (BRISMES) International Conference on Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre held a seminar on ‘The Challenges of Lebanon: the Future Middle East’. Chaired by Dr Barbara Roberson, the following presentations were given:
    – Dr. Paul Salem, Post-Taif Constitutional Developments
    – Dr. Tom Najem, Horizon 2000: Economic Viability and Political Realities
    – Dr. Jakob Skovgaard-Peterson, The Reorganisation of the Sunni Religious Establishment in Post-War Lebanon
    – Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, Hizb’allah: Confrontational Reality vs Symbolism
    – Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch, Syria’s Objectives and Impact on Lebanon and the Peace Process
    – Professor Augustus Richard Norton, Hizb’allah’s Regional Agenda: Peace Process Strategy
    – Dr. John Roberts, Lebanese Economic Challenges in the Regional Context
    – Dr. Janet Hancock, Lebanon’s External Relations: UK, EU and US

  • Palestinian-Lebanese Relations

    March 1991

    In March 1991 the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the Oxford Arab Committee jointly organised a one-day informal seminar at St Antony’s College, Oxford. The meeting grouped a small number of Palestinians and Lebanese to discuss the future of Palestinian-Lebanese relations.

  • Prospects for Lebanon Seminars

    1987-1988

    In 1987-88, the Centre for Lebanese Studies invited the following speakers to present their views on future scenarios for Lebanon:
    – Mr. Akef Haidar, Liban: Perspectives d’avenir
    – Mr. Cesar Nasr, The Lebanese Forces
    – Mr. Ghassan Tueni, Lebanon and the Crisis of Freedom in the Middle East
    – Mr. Walid Joumblatt, The Progressive Socialist Party

  • Contemporary Lebanon

    1988

    This series of seminars was held jointly with the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College during Hilary Term, 1988. The following presentations were given:

    – Mr. Qassem Jaafar, The Lebanese Left: Between Secularism and Religion
    – Dr. Heino Kopietz, An International Perspective on the Lebanese Crisis
    – Prof. Kamal Salibi, Lebanon and the Middle Eastern Question
    – Dr. William Harris, Syrian Strategy in Lebanon

  • Lebanon: Past, Present and Future

    1985

    This series of seminars was held jointly with the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College during Michaelmas Term, 1985. The following presentations were given:
    – Mr. Albert Hourani, Political Society in Lebanon: An Historical Introduction
    – Prof. Ghassan Salame, Present Position of the Conflicting Parties
    – Prof. Marwan Buheiry, Civil Wars and Foreign Intervention
    – Dr. Nasser Saidi, The Economic Consequences of the War in Lebanon
    – Mr. Ghassan Tueni, Future Prospects for Lebanon

Lectures

  • Centre for Lebanese Studies lecture on the Exploitation of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon – 23rd May 2016
  • Lebanon Rediscovered

    October 2002

    Introduced by Lord John Julius Norwich and entitled ‘Lebanon Rediscovered’ at the Royal Geographical Society. Serena Fass, the well known author, photographer and traveler, first visited Lebanon in 1967, and again in 1970 and returned for the first time in 2002. Her illustrated lecture was an account of her most recent visit up and down the country. Ticket sales benefited the Garden of Forgiveness project in Beirut, which is being created in the very heart of Beirut’s Solidere district. The Garden will contribute to the revitalisation and healing of this previously war-torn area.

  • Gender Planning and Rural Development in Lebanon: Theories of Integration, Policies of Alienation

    1996

    Samira Atallah

  • Lebanon and the Peace Process

    1994

    Ma’an Bashour

  • The Greek Ort book hodox Waqf and the Development of the City of Beirut

    1994

    Su’ad Slim

  • Rewriting the History of Lebanon?

    1994

    Youssef Choueiri

  • The Diplomacy of the UN Secretary-General: The Case of Lebanon

    1994

    Giandomenico Picco – This lecture was organised jointly with the Royal Institute of International Affairs and held at Chatham House.

  • The Study of Lebanon in Israel

    1993

    Dr. Martin Kramer

  • Lebanon: The Challenges of the Future

    1993

    HE Mr. Walid Joumblatt – This lecture was held at the Naval and Military Club.

  • Co-existence in War: The Resilience of Conviviality in Lebanese Political Culture

    1990

    Prof. Theodor Hanf

  • Lebanon and the Peace Process

    1991

    H.E. Mr. Salim el-Hoss

  • The Lebanese Community in the Ivory Coast: The Dynamics of Economic Power without Political Participation

    1991

    Mr. Rene Laremont – This lecture was organised jointly with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and held at the Centre for Islamic Studies.

  • Problems facing Lebanese and Palestinians in Denmark

    1991

    Dr. Brian McGuire – This lecture was organised jointly with the Refugee Studies Programme and held at Queen Elizabeth House.

  • Children in War

    1990

    Dr Mona Macksoud. This lecture was organised jointly with the Refugee Studies Programme and held at Queen Elizabeth House.

  • Women in War

    1989

    Dr Kari Karame, This lecture was organised in co-operation with the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women and held at Queen Elizabeth House.

  • Lebanon in Search of its Destiny

    1989

    Dr.Clovis Maksoud -This lecture was held in co-operation with the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies and held at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Workshops

  • Minster Lovell Workshop

    May 2003

    RIIA/CLS project on The Palestinian Refugee Issue in the Middle East, stocktaking and evaluation of the situation with the refugee issue in the light of recent developments.

  • The Dynamics of US Policy in Lebanon, 1940-50

    1990

    In 1990 the Centre organised a workshop on the 1958 crisis in Lebanon. The workshop, held at the Middle East Centre was chaired by Dr Roger Owen. Dr Irene Gendzier and Mr Michel van Leuuw gave presentations and Dr Carolyn Gates was the discussant.

Other activities

  • The Lebanese Forum

    1988-89

    In 1988-89 the Centre organised a series of meetings to discuss the Ta’if Agreement. The meetings, subsequently called the Lebanese Forum, were held on Saturdays and consisted of round-table discussions. This series of meetings over several months, culminated with a large meeting at University of London. Academicians, politicians, writers, researchers, students and many members of the CLS were in attendance.

Dinner Talks