Tribes and Tribalism Conference Thursday, May 2 - Friday May 3



Tribes and Tribalism


Thursday, May 2  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, May 3  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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(Re-)Assessing Society in the Middle East and How We Talk About It

Tribal life has been a reality for people in the Middle East as elsewhere in the world for millennia. The essential importance of tribal structures, juxtaposed with the manipulation of tribes by colonial and indigenous governments ("tribalism"), has made tribes the object of deep study by social scientists and historians. The goal of this conference is to re-focus on tribes and the actuality of their functions, and on the experiences of the people who adhere to them, while at the same time weighing these actualities against a critique of the tribalism paradigm.