Venue: Auditorium Afonso de Barros, Building Ala Autónoma, Iscte (with online stream)

DAY 1 (Thursday, 16 September)

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-10:00 Inaugural Session 

Luís Nuno Rodrigues (Director of CEI – Iscte) – Welcoming Remarks
Manuel João Ramos (Lead Organizer, CEI-Iscte) – Getting Started & Organizational Issues

10:00-11:30 | Panel 1 – Migration & Cultural Connections

Chair: Giulia Daniele (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon)

Silvia Bruzzi (University of Padua & African Worlds Institute IMAF/CNRS) – Mobility and legal pluralism across the Mediterranean and the Red Sea: drafting end enacting the Personal Status Law in colonial Eritrea and Libya (in person)

Solenn Al Majali (Aix-Marseille University & French Institute of the Near East) – Sub-Saharan Forced Migrants in Amman: Between Sociabilities and Identity Reconfigurations in Exile (online)

Manami Goto (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies & University of Exeter) – Cultural Connectivity between the Persian Gulf and East Africa: The Case of the Female Face Mask (online)

Manya Kagan (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) – Schooling of refugee children in Kampala, Uganda (online)

Francesca Declich (University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”) – Living memories of domestic slavery and forced labour: case studies from Cabo Delgado (in person)

11:30-11:45 | Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 | Panel 2 – Politics & International Relations

Chair: Miguel Ajú (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon)

Harry Verhoeven (Columbia University) – A Region in Theory: Africa, the Middle East and the Politics of Policy Discourses and Academic Concepts (online)

Alexandra M. Dias (NOVA University of Lisbon) – The Horn of Africa and The Arabian Peninsula: regional and national interests in a changing security complex (in person)

Victoria Silva Sánchez (Autonomous University of Madrid) – The Red Sea Council and the limits of Hegemonic regionalism for explaining regional security (in person)

Aleksi Ylönen (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon) – African Agency in the Current Horn of Africa – Arab Relations: Asymmetricism Reconsidered (in person)

13:15-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Panel 3 – Security & Geo(hydro)politics

Chair: Aleksi Ylönen (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon)

Abu Bakarr Bah (Northern Illinois University) – Glocalized Security: The Wars in Yemen and the Horn of Africa (online)

Brendon Cannon (Khalifa University of Science & Technology) & Federico Donelli (University of Genova) – Ports in the Horn, War in Yemen: Questioning Distributions of Power and New Security Orders in the Middle East (online)

Muzaffer Senel (Ankara Medipol University & Marmara University Research Center for International Relations) – Military Base Policy of Turkey and the ramifications to its Foreign Policy (online)

Ana Elisa Cascao – The Nile flows toward the Red Sea, not to the Mediterranean (in person)

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-18:00 Panel 4 – Diplomacy & Foreign Policy

Chair: Alexandra M. Dias (NOVA University of Lisbon)

Beatrice Nicolini (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) – The 1896 “Shortest War” in History: Oman, Zanzibar and Great Britain (online)

Paola Pizzo (University of Chieti) – Ethiopian Affairs in Palestine and the Italian Diplomatic activity in Jerusalem at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (online)

Eric Lob (Florida International University) – Iran’s Foreign Policy and Developmental Activities in Africa: Between Expansionist Ambitions and Hegemonic Constraints (1985-2021) (online)

Olga Piro (University of Pisa) – Gulf countries diplomacy and Sudan, from 2016 to Sudanese Revolution (tbc)

DAY 2 (Friday, 17 September)

09:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-11:30 Panel 5 – Religion & Development

Chair: Manuel João Ramos (Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon)

Miguel Ajú (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon) – East Africa, Horn of Africa and the Middle East: A Complex Political, Economic and Religious Dynamic (in person)

Sara Zavaree (University of Cologne) – Travelling spirits – The spirit possession practice of Zar between Zanzibar and Iran (in person)

Yonatan Gez (Arnold Bergstraesser Institute) – Religious ‘Nones’ and Atheists in Eastern Africa: Identity and Social Perception (online)

Caity Bolton (City University of New York) – “Development is People”: Kuwait’s Direct Aid, Islamic Development, and Spiritual Reward in Zanzibar (online)

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-12:45 Keynote Address

Iain Walker (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

12:45-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Roundtable – “Present Crises from the Horn of Africa to Cabo Delgado”

Convener: Preben Kaarsholm (Roskilde University)

15:30-16:30 Concluding Remarks and Future Plans

19:00- Conference Dinner