April 17, 2013 @ 6:00pm
Mason Hall D005
George Mason University
Presented by the Arab Studies Institute (ASI), George Mason University's Middle East Studies Program, Public and International Affairs Department, Graduate Political Science Society
The relationship between theories of the state and political/social science is paramount. As an analytical topic, "theories of the state" lies at the intersection of empirical and theoretical inquiry. State institutions, structures, and categories formed the background of most contemporary concerns with politics. Even when not directly linked to state mechanisms, our ways of thinking often retain concepts related to state power. Politics in the twenty-first century still requires thinking about and engaging with the state. These scholars illustrated many different ways to work in the shadow of the state.
Moderator Ahsan Butt
Char Miller | Dronology: Reigning From Above |
Bassam Haddad | Between Autonomy, Neutrality, and Instrumentality: The Development State |
Matthew Scherer | Reflections on the State Form: Ancient, Modern, and Post Modern |
Jo-Marie Burt | States of War: Latin America's 'Dirty Wars' and their Aftermaths |
David Wilsford | Black Box or Sectoral Colonies: Aggregating and Disaggregating the Modern State |
Mariely Lopez-Santana | Theories of the State: Welfare States |
Forum on Muslim and Arab Affairs
FAMA is the research arm of the Arab Studies Institute.
Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs (FAMA) is the research arm of the Arab Studies Institute. It produces and oversees ASI’s research projects on overarching issues related to the Arab and broader Muslim worlds, including the Middle East and North Africa. The forum is the home of ASI's Knowledge Production Project, the Political Economy Project, among others. All FAMA projects are operated by the Arab Studies Institute, a nonprofit organization that produces and scrutinizes knowledge on matters related to the Arab world and its relations.