Current Projects

Narratives of Language Landscapes in Qatar

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University Qatar has launched a new research initiative titled Narratives of Language Landscapes in Qatar. Under the intellectual guidance of GUQ faculty member Professor Yehia A. Mohamed, this project employs a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the lived realities of language use, language identity formation, and intercultural communication in Qatar.

The Evolution of African Regional Organizations

Building on previous work done by CIRS, this project will not only provide a comprehensive study of African IOs but will also expand on present theoretical analyses in the field. The focus of the initiative will be to cover the economic communities across the continent, including North Africa, and falls under CIRS’s regional studies research cluster.

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Qatar’s World Cup Goals: Moving from the Periphery to the Center

This next iteration of the project aims to examine the role the FIFA World Cup 2022 plays in enabling the small yet affluent Arabian Peninsula state of Qatar to move from the periphery of global sports and politics to the center.

Building a Legacy: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 in November and December will be the first World Cup in the Middle East. This CIRS research initiative provides a platform for academic engagement with the tournament.

Under the guidance of GU-Q Visiting Associate Professor Danyel Reiche, the initiative examines the implications of staging “the world’s greatest sporting event” on the social, political, and economic development of Qatar as well as on regional and global affairs. This CIRS project builds on the center’s previous research initiatives related to sports and society in the region. “Sport, Society and the State in the Middle East” and “Football in the Middle East” both resulted in edited volumes containing original research: Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2019) and Football in the Middle East (Forthcoming).

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