Each year the university organizes faculty conferences that bring together leading academics and scholars from around the world representing a comprehensive cross section of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Faculty conferences provide a unique regional forum for scholarship on an impressive variety of critical issues spanning the ancient world to current events that are shaping the future. Conferences encourage an exchange of ideas among the world’s top scholars, provide thoughtful opportunities for engagement with new research for our students, and engage local, regional and international audiences.

Past Conferences

Oceanic Circularities: The Indian Ocean in the Modern World

Participants from over 30 leading universities and institutions from around the world were in Doha from February 16-18 to take part in the Annual Faculty Conference at GU-Q. The multidisciplinary gathering of experts spent three days exploring “Oceanic Circularities: The Indian Ocean in the Modern World,” on the diverse cultural, economic, and historical ties between the Gulf region, Asia, and Africa.

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Day 1

Morning Sessions

Video of Day 1: Morning Sessions
  • Keynote Address: Michael Lambek, “Moral Horizons and Diasporic Return: On the Performance of Weddings in Mayotte (1975-2015)”
  • Panel 1 -Thinking with the Indian Ocean
    • Chair: Uday Chandra
    • Panelists Fahad Bishara, Jeremy Prestholdt, and Shiza Abbasi and Uday Chandra
  • Panel 2 -Literary Aesthetics of Relation and Creolization in the Indian Ocean
    • Chair: Firat Oruc
    • Panelests: Michelle Decker, Emmanuel Bruno Jean-Francois, Mervat Hatem, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, and Neelofer Qadir

Afternoon Sessions

Video of Day 1: Afternoon Sessions
  • Panel 3 -The Persian Gulf in the Indian Ocean
    • Chair:Anto Mohsin
    • Panelists: James Onley, Lindsey Stephenson, Emilio Ocampo Eibenschutz, Al-Johara Al Thani
  • Panel 4 -Soundscapes
    • Chair: Maurice Jackson
    • Panelists: Irene Promodh, Bindu Menon, Alghaliya Al-Qubaisi

Day 2

Morning Sessions

Video of Day 2: Morning Sessions
  • Panel 5 -Oman and the Swahili Coast
    • Chair: Rogaia Abusharaf
    • Panelists: Nicholas Roberts, Nate Matthew, Courtney Freer
  • Panel 6 -East-West Connections
    • Chair: Hasan Mahmud
    • Hideaki Suzuki, Mahmood Kooria, Esha Sil
Video of Tour by James Onley of QNL Exhibit on Gulf-India Connection

Afternoon Session

Video of Day 2: Afternoon Session
  • Panel 7 -Slavery and Servitude
    • Chair: Sumayya Ahmed
    • Panelists: Edward Alpers, Ananya Chakravarti, Karine Walther, Matthew Hopper

Day 3

Morning Sessions

Video of Day 3: Morning Sessions
  • Panel 8 -Inter-Species Circularities
    • Chair:Amira Sonbol
    • Panelists: Mapule Mohulatsi, Tamara Fernando, Beatrice Nicolini, Nazry Bahrawi
  • Panel 9 -Moving Images
    • Chair: Negar Taymoorzadeh
    • Panelists: Kaveh Askari, Pamila Gupta, Samhita Sunya, Firat Oruc

Afternoon Sessions

Video of Day 3: Afternoon Session
  • Panel 10 -Imperial Cartographies and Meaning-Making
  • Chair: M. Reza Pirbhai
  • Panelists: Stéphane Pradines, Rishad Choudhury, Chhaya Goswami

Transformations and Continuities in Islamic Intellectual Thought

Conference Chair and Assistant Professor at GU-Q

Georgetown Research Conference Renews Focus on Islam’s History

Historians and researchers have focused a lot of attention on the Islamic Golden Age, a period of cultural, economic and scientific discovery which placed the Muslim world at the intellectual center of the world. But there has been far less exploration of the historical period that came next. To fill the gaps in this body of knowledge, Georgetown University in…

Liberal State and its Alternatives in the Indian Ocean World

The cultures, beliefs, politics, and citizens of countries bordering the Indian Ocean were on the agenda at a recent event at Georgetown University in Qatar. The University’s annual faculty conference brought together multidisciplinary scholars from around the world to discuss this year’s theme, The Liberal State and its Alternatives in the Indian Ocean.

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Writing Women's Lives

Writing Women’s Lives

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This two-day conference that brought together renowned scholars and emerging thinkers from universities and institutions around the globe involved in gender studies. The event placed a spotlight on the lived realities and experiences of women in the wake of tremendous global change in culture and technology in the 21st century, with a focus on the developing world. 

Scapes of Power: A Critical Appraisal

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This conference celebrating GU-Q’s 10th anniversary, presented a sweeping appraisal of historical and contemporary examples of power expressed through cultural, social, economic and political institutions, as well as identifying and analyzing nontraditional modes of power that are emerging from the dramatic political shifts currently underway worldwide. A range of topics presented new ways of understanding how power has been used to control society from above, and how it can be harnessed to enable change from below.