CBRL at the British Academy Summer Showcase: Was the 2011 Syrian uprising an agrarian revolt?

22 June 2018 00:00 to 23 June 2018 00:00

British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5AH

CBRL is delighted to be taking part of the British Academy's Summer Showcase with an exhibit that looks at the current conflict in Syria through an interdisciplinary lens. The Summer Showcase is a free festival of ideas for curious minds taking place on 22 - 23 June 2018. 

Agriculture, Pastoralism and Settlement in Contemporary Syria: The Deep Past to the Modern Conflict in the Fertile Crescent 
Until the mid-2000s, the livelihoods of around 50% of Syria’s population depended on farming. Yet by 2011, drought and failed agricultural policies resulted in just 10% being able to make a living from the land. With many seeing rural underemployment as a trigger for the 2011 Syrian uprising, it is clear that agriculture is essential to sustainable livelihoods in the Middle East. However, agriculture also represents one of the most significant threats to the archaeology and natural heritage of the Middle East. Using photos and interactive displays, this exhibit emphasises the importance of developing farming practices that both protect livelihoods, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Middle East.

About the presenters: 

Dr Jennie Bradbury
Currently a Senior Research Associate with the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) Project at the University of Oxford, Jennie has been a member of the CBRL for over 10 years. She has held both junior (2008-2009) and visiting research (2011-2012) fellowships at the British Institute in Amman and is currently a CBRL committee member. Her CBRL funded research explores long-term settlement dynamics and landscape change across Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Combining remote sensing and ground survey her work also assesses the impact of modern agriculture, development and urbanization on the preservation of archaeological sites and features across this region. 

Dr Philip Proudfoot
Philip is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Global Challenges at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Council for British Research in the Levant’s British Institute in Amman. At present, Philip is preparing his doctoral thesis — The Living Dead: Revolutionary Subjectivity and Syrian Rebel-Workers in Beirut — for publication as book-length monograph. This work was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork that he carried out amongst a network of Syrian labourers in Beirut (2011 - 2016). From a bottom-up perspective, Philip describes the personal and political transformations of men whose voices are frequently silenced in the face of today’s brutal proxy war. 

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