What we want: Mideast scholars' stories
La Formoisie is seeking scholars of Middle East origin to write on subjects such as domestic power relations (e.g., hegemony) and identity politics.
For instance, from an observational standpoint, what is it that keeps Jordanians "loyal" to the Jordanian regime (beyond merely state-society relations to include finance, mode of production, etc.)? What types of discourse signifiers (keywords) does the regime use to appeal to the Jordanian public?
How does the banking system operate to meet economic aspirations? If I'm a Jordanian, can I easily get a loan or credit card? What are the terms of interest? Does almost everyone have credit card debt, and is that a significant bubble?
In short, we want Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Israeli scholars to tell us how each Middle Eastern regime works----using their day-to-day lives and observations to make the case. Tell us about your student loans, and connect that to a larger politico-economic structure. Tell us about your rent prices, again connected to larger political structures.
Much can be gleaned about the American system by reading blog posts and online newspapers, but less so for those interested in learning about the day-to-day operations of power in the Middle East. Tell us your story!