Cairo 2015

The 2015 Global Studies Consortium meeting was hosted by the School of Global Affairs at the American University in Cairo.


Thursday 4 June– Arrival

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

Highlights of Coptic and Islamic Cairo, the Pyramids at Giza

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

Sunday 7 June – GS Consortium Meeting – General Session

AUC New Campus, New Cairo

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 Student 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)

Monday 8 June – GS Consortium Meeting – Day 2

Tahrir Campus

8:00 AM Steering Committee meeting at the Novotel

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)