Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Not Always Stand Divided: Islamists and Secular Rivals in Tunisia

February 21, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Why were Islamists less polarizing in Tunisia than their counterparts in Egypt after the downfall of the autocratic...

The Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia’s War Against Dissent

October 23, 2018

This event will be livestreamed.

Labor Activism under Egypt’s New Authoritarianism

October 4, 2017

ABSTRACTDespite security surveillance, forced dismissals of labor activists, and referrals of labor activists and protesters to military trials, labor activism remains at the forefront of societal...

Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?

October 4, 2017

Cosponsored by The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies Abstract:Half a decade after Arabs across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy have disappeared in a...

Competing Narratives on Syria amid International Escalation

October 4, 2016

ABSTRACTBy now, those following the news on Syria have been saturated with analysis, data, information, and misinformation on developments there since 2011.

Tunisia’s Pathway to Democracy

March 2, 2016

AbstractAfter having witnessed the beginning of the Arab Spring in December 2010, and the ouster of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, Tunisia went through a period of...

Talk by ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine

May 29, 2015

Abstract:Ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine will discuss his 'Dancing Classrooms' method which he applied in his award winning documentary 'Dancing in Jaffa' to bring Arab and Jewish children...

The Tunisian Transition and the Challenge of Youth Alienation

April 21, 2015

AbstractSocial and economic grievances of Tunisian youth played a major role in igniting the uprising in Tunisia, and more generally, the so-called Arab Spring.

Egypt’s Bread Intifada: On the Subject of the People

February 17, 2015

Abstract:Over the last four years of upheaval in the Arab world, the notion of “the people,” Egyptian and otherwise, has proven profoundly resilient.  It is these “people”—as individuals and a...

Arabic Conversation Session with Zahera Harb

May 19, 2014

*Open only to Stanford students.*  Speaker Bio:  Zahera Harb is one of the six 2013-2014 FSI-Humanities Center International Visitors and will be in residence at Stanford in May 2014.

“Protest Soundscapes in the Middle East”

December 3, 2013

Abstract: The Tahrir and Gezi Park protests were, amongst many other things, moments of energetic artistic creativity, in the sound world as well as other domains.

Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East

November 7, 2013

Abstract:   Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East is a new, ground-breaking textbook on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia

October 23, 2013

Abstract: The seminar session will present findings from a new study on the entrepreneurship ecosystem in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia.

Summer of 2013: A Focus on Egypt and Turkey

October 22, 2013

The Mediterranean Studies Forum presents a panel discussion about the popular protests and recent developments in the Middle East.

Egypt's Stalled Transition: A Roundtable Discussion

October 3, 2013

Lina Khatib is the co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

The Political Determinants of Health in the Arab World

May 30, 2013

Lina Khatib is the co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

Minority Rights in the Transitioning Arab World

April 30, 2013

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for minorities.

Challenges of Egypt's Transition: Politics, Economics, and Protest

April 11, 2013

This special panel will address the challenges facing Egypt's transition today. Dr.

ARD Annual Conference: Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

March 28, 2013

Fourth annual conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) organized in collaboration with the University of Tunis, El Manar and the Centre d'études maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT)....

Islamism vs. Secularism: The Arab Spring, Phase 2

March 6, 2013

This event is co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Table Abstract: Ahmed Benchemsi, a Stanford visiting scholar and award-winning Moroccan journalist, will introduce "FreeArabs.com".

Challenges of Private Sector Development in the Middle East and North Africa

February 21, 2013

Abstract: The roots of the revolts known as the Arab Spring lie in many sources but one of the leading causes was the high rates of unemployment, low skill levels, and the growth of the youth...

The Egyptian Revolution, Two Years Later: A Civil Society Perspective

February 11, 2013

This event is presented by CDDRL and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy Esraa Abdel Fattah is Vice-Chairman at the Egyptian Democratic Academy.

Visualizing Political Struggle in the Middle East

January 24, 2013

Abstract: Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's latest book Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle, this seminar focuses on the evolution of political...

Visualizing Political Struggle in the Middle East

November 29, 2012

Abstract: Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's latest book Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle, this seminar focuses on the evolution of political...

People

Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Olivier Roy ARD Affiliated Scholar