CARPO’s digitales Research Forum möchte sich Veränderungen in der WANA Region anschauen und diese mit unterschiedlichen Referenten und Teilnehmern aus Wissenschaft und Praxis diskutieren.

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Anstehende Veranstaltungen:

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Vergangene Veranstaltungen:

Road to World Cup 2022 – Deconstructing the Multidimensional Nature of Sport Politics in the Gulf Monarchies

Road to World Cup 2022 – Deconstructing the Multidimensional Nature of Sport Politics in the Gulf Monarchies

When: 30 November 2021, 14.00 – 16.30 (CET)

The Gulf region provides a whole bunch of examples of how leaderships strategically engage in global sports. For instance, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia organize sports mega events such as the Formula One races and boxing fights. Additionally, Gulf state organizations are heavily involved in sport business through large-scale investments in the French football club Paris St. Germain by Qatar or British football clubs such as Manchester City and Newcastle United by the UAE and Saudi Arabia respectively. The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is the most recent climax in a series of events and initiatives related to sport politics in which the Gulf Arab region has emerged as an international center of gravity.

Against this backdrop, CARPO’s second virtual Research Forum (CRF) looks at the multi-layered impact of sport politics in the Gulf region. Using a multidimensional perspective, we consider not only outward-oriented issues such as sportswashing or -branding but also its inward-oriented implications on state-society relations in times of socio-economic transformation.

Together with scholars from the Gulf region and Europe we will highlight some of these aspects: The political trend to use sport and sport events as a soft power measure and foreign policy instrument of development cooperation, for instance. On the societal level, guiding themes and questions include sport’s impact on national identity, culture, women empowerment, lifestyle, and activism among others.

Overall, the CRF wants to shed more light on the multidimensional role sport plays in the Gulf region by highlighting obstacles and grievances but also chances and opportunities of future social and political developments.

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Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa. CARPO Research Forum 2020 – Conference Report

Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa. CARPO Research Forum 2020 – Conference Report

von Mirjam Schmidt, Julia Gurol und Tobias Zumbrägel

Das erste CARPO Research Forum, welches im November 2020 stattfand, setzte sich mit den derzeitigen Rekonfigurationen und den daraus erwachsenden Herausforderungen der WANA Region auseinander. Dabei wurden drei zentrale Themen der globalen, regionalen und lokalen Ebene diskutiert: Die Rekonfiguration externer Mächte in der WANA Region, besonders das Aufstreben Chinas; die sich anbahnende Klimakrise und der mühsame Weg hin zu mehr nachhaltiger Entwicklung; sowie der Sozialvertrag und dessen Rolle in den aktuellen regionalen Protesten sowie den vor zehn Jahren stattgefundenen Protesten des „Arabischen Frühlings“. Während des Forums trafen Expert:innen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis aufeinander, um die Verflechtungen der globalen, regionalen und lokalen Ebene in der heterogenen Region zu diskutieren und Zukunftsperspektiven zu erarbeiten. In diesem Konferenzreport werden die Kernpunkte des Research Forums und mögliche zukünftige Entwicklungen erörtert.

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Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA)

Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA)

When: Nov 19th 2020; 14:45-18:30 CET

The region that spans West Asia and North Africa (WANA) is in a process of a profound transformation. Despite their heterogenous character, all WANA countries experience social, (geo)political, environmental and economic challenges they need to overcome; albeit in different degrees. The current COVID-19 pandemic acts as an accelerator to this development while at the same time exposing the high vulnerability of the region.

CARPO’s first virtual research forum aims to address these reconfigurations in the region. With our speakers and audience, we not only plan to discuss some of the most pressing threats, including geopolitical shifts, questions of a sustainable development and more widespread social contestation, but we will also elaborate on the interplay of the different contexts (national, regional and global) in which these developments take place.

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