The Gingko Library

The Gingko Library
70 Cadogan Place
Greater London




020 7838 9055

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The Gingko Library is a ten-year project of dialogues and publications to preserve and promote education and information on the Middle East and North Africa region.

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9.00 AM- 5.00 PM

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Registration for the conference will be live on our website from October 1st 2014 and registration will close by November 7th.

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The Inaugural Gingko Conference 2014

  • 6 — 7 December 2014 9am-5pm

Inaugural Conference
6-7 December 2014
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
and the New College for the Humanities, London

Convened by HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan
and Barbara Haus Schwepcke of the Gingko Library
‘The First World War and its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East’

The Gingko Conference series brings together scholars from the East and the West. The Gingko conferences are designed to complement the Gingko Library, a project to publish one hundred books over the next ten years, presenting the latest work in both Arabic and English across the full range of humanities, social sciences and sciences relating to the Middle East and North Africa. The first Gingko conference, to be held in London on 6–7 December 2014, focuses on the effects of the First World War on the Middle East. Our guest speakers include Eugene Rogan of the University of Oxford, Leila Fawaz of Tufts University and Alaa Al Aswany multiple award-winning Egyptian writer of The Yacoubian Building (2002) and Democracy is the Answer: Egypt’s Years of Revolution (forthcoming).

The inaugural Gingko conference looks at the immediate aftermath of the First World War with a particular focus on how the period began a long process of reshaping the identities of the peoples of the Middle East. How has our understanding of this history changed in both Western and Middle Eastern scholarship? What is the relevance of this history to the self-understanding of the people and politics of the region? What are the implications in terms of the concept of nation state and national boundaries? How did it influence the legitimacy and governance in the region? What lessons can be drawn from this period for both West and East when looking at the challenges and opportunities in the Middle East today?
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Suitable for

  • 18+


Brunei gallery - SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square

Additional info

Car parking spaces are extremely limited, so we strongly suggest you arrive by tube or foot.


Tickets from just £5!