Society and State: Between Confessionalism and Citizenship

WHEN: June 30 from 9:00PM-11:30PM
WHERE: Nestle Toll House Cafe, Budaiya

“Society and State: Between Confessionalism and Citizenship” aims to analyse concepts of citizenship, society and state in an effort to gain a better understanding of current systems in Bahrain and to reach new conclusions about how to build a better state and society.

The event features paper presentations about the concepts of equal citizenship and sectarian confessionalism, in addition to an open discussion about the systems of parliament, government and the job market, with a special focus on gender, youth and citizenship.

The event is moderated by Mr. Bader Al Maskati, Master’s Graduate from the University of London, School of African and Oriental Studies in International and Diplomacy Studies.

The speaker panel includes:

  • Dabya Al Rafaei, Politics and Economics graduate from Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Ali Salah Al Zayani, Law student at the University of Bahrain and an avid follower of politics.
  • Khalid Al Khayat
  • Isa Al Sheroogi

Stories From Yemen

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WHEN: Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Eat Cafe, Hamala (near Room 2 Rock)

A storytelling session bringing together Yemeni voices, storytellers, writers, poets, filmmakers and journalists, via video conference to provide Bahraini audiences with their perspective on the current ongoing conflict in Yemen, the state of civil society, the country’s history and the everyday challenges Yemenis face.

Following this, the audience will reconvene to discuss these narratives, and reflect on what this means to them as Bahrainis in an effort to understand Bahrain’s own conflicts, society and challenges, through comparison with Yemen.

The event also features the “Nqoosh Ala Al Jedran” traveling art installation featuring artwork about conflict, sectarianism, dehumanization and graffiti.

  • Ahmed Saeed, an independent activist and a public policy analyst from the city of A’den. He is a ICANN 53 fellow selected to represent civil society in the Yemen and MENA region and was selected as a civil society representative to the Arab Internet Governance Forum.
  • #SupportYemen, an independent media collective engaged in using video to tell under-told and under-heard struggles in Yemen. Made up of a group of Yemeni organizers, activists, journalists, videographers, bloggers and photographers who are passionate about using creative communication strategies as a tool for social change.

Towards Deeper Understandings of Sectarianism

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WHEN: Headquarters of Society of Sociologists in Adliya
WHERE: Saturday, May 16, from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Towards Deeper Understandings of Sectarianism is a discussion workshop session that aims to raise critical questions about sectarianism and social and political divisions by defining and analysing the phenomenon of sectarianism in an effort to understand ourselves, our own communal identities and the forms sectarianism may take in society.

The moving art installation “Nqoosh Ala Al-Jedran” featuring art and photography by Questioning Conflict contributors will be exhibited at the event.

Segment 1:

  • What is sectarianism?
  • Is sectarianism a religious or political term?
  • What are the roots and causes of sectarianism?

Segment 2:

  • How does sectarianism take shape in society?
  • Who is “us” and who is “them”?
  • Does diversity create sectarian societies and sectarian states?

“Nqoosh Ala Al-Jedran” Art Installation

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WHEN: May 16+26, June 30 / TBA
WHERE: Present at all Questioning Conflict events / The Walls of Bahrain

Nqoosh Ala Al-Jedran is a traveling art installation presenting artworks about issues of conflict, sectarianism and dehumanization.

Participating artists:

  • Hajer Ghareeb
  • Khalid Al Qahtani
  • Marwa Khalil
  • Ahmed Al Noaimi
  • Sayed Ali Hasan


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