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Cities and Belonging in the Gulf Arab States

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The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

1050 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Suite 1060

Washington, DC 20036

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In his latest book, Temporary Cities: Resisting Transience in Arabia, Yasser Elsheshtawy examines the nature of the Gulf Arab city and how its inhabitants, mostly transient guests, have found a way to sustain and create a home. Indeed, the spectacular growth of Gulf cities is central to the story of the rise of the Gulf countries themselves and the associated concept of nationhood. Yet, in the shadow of the latest megaprojects, both local and transient populations have struggled to make these cities their homes. What does the modern Gulf city illustrate about the rise of Gulf countries themselves? And what message are Gulf leaders communicating with each new megaproject? How have local populations adapted to the constant change and continuous growth associated with these cities? How has migration shaped these cities and how have large numbers of transient populations attempted to make these cities their homes?

AGSIW is pleased to host a discussion on these issues and more.

A light lunch will be served.

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Yasser Elsheshtawy
, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW
Sarah Moser
, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University
Farah Al-Nakib, Assistant Professor, History Department, California Polytechnic State University
Kristin Smith Diwan
, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW (Moderator)

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