Understanding Prosperity in the Middle East: Concepts, Meanings, Debates
30th November 2018
American University of Beirut
Bechtel Building, room 537
Attendance to this workshop is by invitation only
On Friday 30th November researchers from RELIEF will hold the workshop, Understanding Prosperity in the Middle East: Concepts, Meanings, Debates. The purpose of the workshop is to engage academics, NGOs, and policymakers in an Arabic-language discussion about “prosperity” and its meaning and relevance in Lebanon and the wider Middle East region.
Over the past decade, the notion of prosperity has emerged in English-language literature as a powerful critique of theories of progress based on economic growth. Prosperity is a concept that goes beyond standard notions of quality of life and GDP to encompassing key universal domains related to health, healthy environments, power, identity and culture, opportunities and aspirations on an individual and collective basis.
This workshop invites discussion about Arabic-language academic and public debates that resonate, converge, or diverge with the conversation about rethinking prosperity that is taking place in English. It specifically focuses on questions about the cultural, social, political and linguistic dimensions of prosperity with reference to research, policymaking and governance for better quality of life.