Global Studies Consortium

Cairo 2015

Eighth meeting of the Global Studies Consortium

At the American University of Cairo, 7 June 2015


hosted by the School of Global Affairs at the American University in Cairo; 4-8 June 2015.


Thursday 4 June- Arrival

note: if you provided advance information on your arrival times you will have received a confirmation of an airport transfer to the hotel. Alternatively, taxis are available in the arrivals hall.

19:30 Departure from Novotel and Flamenco

20:00 Dinner at Abulseed Resturant, Zamalek 

Friday 5 June – Group Excursion (Departure time 09:30 - 8 Hours)

Highlights of Coptic and Islamic Cairo, the Pyramids at Giza (please dress for sun protection, weather is projected to be 32-34c or 92f)  Lunch at Andrea

Coptic and Islamic tour

1-Coptic Cairo :Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sort refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. 

2- The Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus. Next is a visit to the Great Sphinx, the head of a pharaoh with a lion's body,which dates back to the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramids of Chephren. (Note: tour does not include entrance to the great pyramid but ticket can be purchased on site for 200 LE) 

8:30 AM Pick up from Kempinski

8:45 AM Pick up from Novotel

9:00 AM Pick up from Flamenco

17:30 PM Lunch at Andrea

19:00 PM Pick up from Andrea to return to hotels

Free Evening

Saturday 6 June - Academic Workshop

South Sudan: An Exploration of a Forgotten Conflict

co-coordinated and co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center

 08:30 Departure to American University in Cairo, Tahrir Campus, Oriental Hall

09:00-10:15: Welcome and Opening Plenary Oriental Hall

10:15- 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00 Session I  “The Dynamics of Conflict: Origins, Issues and Trajectories

  • Presenter: Dr. Khalid Medani, Department of Political Science, McGill Unviversity
  • Discussant: Dr. Hamid Ali; Department of Public Policy and Administration, American University in Cairo
  • Discussant: Dr. David Wank; Department of Sociology, Sophia University
  • Chair: Dr. Evelynn Davidheiser, Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

12:00-12:30 Break

12:30-14:00 Session 2 “Development in Reverse: the Human, Social and Economic Impact of the Conflict”

  • Presenter: Abraham Awolich, SUDD Institute
  • Discussant: Dr. Allison Hodgkins, School of Global Affairs, American Univeristy in Cairo
  • Discussant: Dr. William Adlis, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University
  • Chair: Dr. Nile Wardani, American University in Cairo

14:00-15:00 On-Site Luncheon

15:00 -16:30  Session 3 “The Road Forward: Governance, Accountability and Reconstruction

  • Presenter: Gabriel Abraham, consultant
  • Discussant: Dr. Amr Abdul Rahman, American University in Cairo
  • Discussant: Dr. Michael Goodhart, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chair: Dr. Mark Lillehart, Global Studies, University of Wisonsin-Madison

 16:30– 17:30 Closing Plennary: Dr. Allison Hodgkins Moderator


17:45 Pick up from Tahrir campus to The Diplomatic Club

18:30 Dinner for Workshop Participants at The Diplomatic Club

20:00 Pick up from The Diplomatic Club to the Hotels

Sunday 7 June – GS Consortium Meeting - General Session

AUC New Campus, New Cairo

8:15 AM Pick up from Flamenco

8:30 AM Pick up from Kempinski

9:00 AM Pick up from Novotel

10:00 – 12:00 Opening sessions AUC Visitors Center: Moataz ElAlfi Hall

10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks; Dr. Ted Purinton Associate Provost for Strategic Partnerships

10:30 – 10:45 Program Overview

10:45-12:00 Updates and Introduction of new programs

12:00-12:15 Coffee Break

12:30-14:00 Concurrent Sessions

AUC Visitors Center

  • Session 1: “Why Study Global Affairs? A Discussion with Students”
    • moderated by Dr. Allison Hodgkins
    • Session 2:  GSC Mobility Scheme Members Meeting
      • Dr. David Wank, Sophia University
      • Dalia al-Tayeb from AUC Office of Strategic Initiatives
      • Session 3: Publishing with global-e
        • Dr. Victor Fassel, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UCSB
        • Dr. Mark L Lilleleht, Global Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison
        • Ongoing: What is Global Studies (interviews with Dr. Jonathan Lewis, Hitotsubashi University)

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00  16:30 Concurrent Sessions 2

AUC Visitor’s Center

  • Session 4: New areas in Global Studies – The global public in public policy, public administration, and public health
    • Dr. Nitaya Vajanapoom, Thammasat University
    • Dr. Shahjahan Bhuyian, American University n Cairo
    • Session 5: Capstone projects and theses in Global Studies
      • Dr. Allison Hodgkins, American University in Cairo
      • Dr. Alexander Rozanov, Moscow State University
      • Session 6: Global Studies and Area Studies
        • Dr. Magda Shahin, Center for American Studies and Research, American University in Cairo
        • Dr. James I. McDougall, Shantou University
        • Ongoing: What is Global Studies (interviews with Dr. Jonathan Lewis, Hitotsubashi University)

17:00 Return to hotel

19.30 Dinner Maxim Restaurant On the Nile

Monday 8 June - GS Consortium Meeting - Day 2

Tahrir Campus

8:00 AM Steering Committee meeting at the Novotel

9:00 AM Departure to Tahrir Campus

09:30 -12:30 GSC General Meeting Hill House

Coffee and Continental Breakfast starting at 9:30

10:00-11:00 Plenary and report on sessions

11:00 – Closing Remarks

11:30-12:30 GS Consortium Business Meeting (closed)

Meeting Registration and Communication

The School of Global Affairs has established a special email address for the conference: Please continue to use that email for inquiries regarding annual meeting logistics.  For communication regarding hotel reservations and rates please contact the AUC travel office at 

Logistics and expected costs

The School of Global Affairs will defray the costs of ground transportation, most meals during the meeting (exclusive of beverages for meals off the AUC campus), and a pre-conference excursion. Participants will need to plan for visa fees, air travel, hotel accommodations and personal expenses; including beverages in restaurant and optional entry fees during the pre-conference excursion. Water will be provided during the excursion.


Safety and cultural considerations

We understand that the news from the region and from Egypt may be concerning. We are certainly living in interesting times. However, we would like to assure you that we would not be carrying through with plans to host this meeting if we believed it was unsafe to do so. It is important to remember that Cairo is a city of over 20 million persons. AUC has over 5,000 students and faculty from across the world; many of who are Americans and Europeans and live here with their families. We have taken security considerations into account when planning the meeting and will advise you on basic precautions pre-departure and upon arrival. AUC has an emergency line and health clinic as well.

Please note that Egypt is a pre-dominantly Moslem and socially conservative society. Although there are no formal restrictions on dress for men or women, modest attire is recommended (slacks, 3/4 sleeves, skirts below knees).  We also recommend that all participants enjoy Cairo’s endless nightlife in pairs or small groups. Finally, not that alcohol is not allowed on AUC campuses. 

If you have specific concerns or questions, please feel free to contact We are looking forward to seeing you soon!