12 NOV 2021 (FRI) 09:30-10:15 | 10:45-11:30 | 12:00-12:45 | 14:30-15:15

Departmental Research Seminars via Zoom on Political Geography

Via Zoom: link will be provided upon successful registration

Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=78919

Enquiry: geog.event@hku.hk


[ 09:30 - 10:15 ]



Fellow (non-Resident), Elliott School’s Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University and Visiting lecturer, Department of Geography at University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Ali Hamdan is a political geographer who studies the transnational dynamics of contemporary civil wars, with a regional focus in the Middle East. His research examines the role of refugees in shaping the exiled opposition movement to the Assad regime amidst Syria’s ongoing civil war. His work has been published in Geopolitics, Political Geography, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Jadaliyya, among others. Dr. Hamdan received his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his bachelors from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. He is currently a Fellow (Non-Resident) with the Elliott School’s Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, as well as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Geography at UCLA.


Refugee Geopolitics in Syria’s Borderlands

The conflict in Syria has been described as experiencing one of the most brutal civil wars in recent memory. At the same time, it bears the hallmarks of a deeply “internationalized” conflict, raising questions about the role of transnational forces in shaping its structural dynamics. This presentation examines how different actors draw on transnational networks to shape the outcomes of the war, specifically with respect to the geographies of “wartime governance.” Wartime governance has been acknowledged by many scholars to be an important process of civil wars, and yet it is frequently conceptualized as a “subnational” or “local” process. In the case of Syria, I argue that a particular network of transnational actors produced distinctly transnational spaces in Syria’s Northwest, who do the work of linking the local politics of wartime governance into the global geopolitics surrounding Syria’s conflict. Understanding these kind of actors and their capacity to affect the outcomes of conflicts represents an important dimension of the evolving geographies of war.


[ 10:45 - 11:30 ]


Dr. Dimitar ANGUELOV