Posted on June 04, 2017

The Gulf Studies Center (GSC) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) recently organized the 2nd Student Symposium on Gulf Studies under the theme “Gulf Through Time: Issues and Perspectives”. 

The symposium brought together humanities and social sciences MA and PhD students from QU, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). It provided them with the opportunity to understand the ongoing economic, political and social changes in the Gulf region, and to explore how the Gulf countries are responding to these changes.

QU-CAS hosts 2nd Student 2 [].jpgAttendees included GSC Director Dr Abdullah Baabood, GSC Associate Professor of International Affairs Dr Steven Wright, GSC Associate Professor of Modern History Dr Mahjoob Zweiri, and GSC Master Program Coordinator Dr Khalid Al-Mezaini, as well as the center’s faculty and students. The program agenda included four sessions titled “Interdisciplinary Papers in the Gulf Studies”, “Society, Culture and Media in the Gulf”, “Political Economy in the Gulf”, and “Issues and Perspectives in the Foreign Policy”. They were respectively chaired by Dr Mahjoob Zweiri, GSC Associate Professor in Modern Gulf History Dr James Only, Dr Steven Wright, and Dr Khalid Al Mezaini.

It also featured numerous presentations delivered  by students from GSC, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, GU-Q, and HBKU. Discussions focused on a wide range of topics such as “The User-generated Content & the Digital Activism in the GCC Countries: the Case of Kuwait”, “The Prosperity of the Weekly Traditional Roaming Market in Bahrain: The Role of the Merchants, Shopping Motivations and Communal Solidarity”, “The Cultural Identity and the Globalization in the Gulf Society: Local and interna­tional threats”, “Qatari NGOs: Their role in the society and their relations with the State”, “Qatar’s Transition to Knowledge Based Economy: Policy Lessons from Singapore”, “Energy Efficiency and Conservation Policies in Qatar”, and “Securitization: Contextualization of Qatari Foreign Policy”, among many others.

In his remarks, Dr Abdullah Baabood said: “The 2nd Student Symposium on Gulf Studies, which is organized by postgraduate students in the Gulf Studies Program, showcases the students’ work during the academic year and highlights important topics related to the Gulf region. It shows the students’ deep understanding of the Gulf region and their ability to analyze topics of interest to the region. We hope to develop this forum to become the first student forum in the region, which attracts young students and researchers from the region and the world.”

Dr Steven wright said: “The 2nd Student Symposium on Gulf Studies is a significant opportunity for graduate students across Qatar to present their research and engage in a constructive and lively debate. In many respects, what was most notable is that the showcased research projects align with the national research priorities and address Qatar’s key social, cultural and scientific needs for the future development.”