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Middle East Studies Book Talk: “Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf” by Dr. Noora Lori

October 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status and Racial Hierarchies in the United Arab Emirates

A talk by Dr. Noora Lori (Boston University)

October 3, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm in Lloyd Hall 222

Organized by the Program for Middle East Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of Gender & Race Studies and the Department of Political Science.

Abstract: When it comes to extending citizenship to some groups, why might ruling political elites say neither “yes” nor “no,” but “wait”? The dominant theories of citizenship tend to recognize clear distinctions between citizens and aliens; either one has citizenship or one does not. In this presentation, Dr. Lori will discuss her recent book that explains how and why some minorities are neither fully included nor simply expelled by a state. Instead, they can be suspended in limbo – residing in a territory for extended periods without ever accruing any citizenship rights. 

Bio: Noora Lori is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her research on the political economy of international migration control in the Arab Gulf states explores temporary migration schemes and racial hierarchies in comparative perspective. She the author of Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf (Cambridge, 2019). This work draws from her dissertation on citizenship policies in the United Arab Emirates, which was awarded the 2014 Best Dissertation Award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (ASPA). Dr. Lori is the Founding Director of the Pardee School Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking. With her students and support from Microsoft, she helped found an NGO that built, Urban Refuge, a mobile phone based app to assist Syrian refugees in the Middle East find various forms of aid.



October 3, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Lloyd Hall 222
United States


Waleed Hazbun