Agenda

Day 1: Sunday 3 May, 2015

9:00 – 10:30

Opening Plenary Session
Venue: Room 238

Welcome Speech 15 minutes

Ms. Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI
Dr Darwish Al-Emadi, Director of The Social & Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), Qatar University

Panel Discussion 1

Production of Knowledge on the Family in Arab Countries: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

Moderator: Dr Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf, Associate Professor at SFS-Qatar, Anthropology, Georgetown University.
Panelists:

  • Dr. Mokhtar El Harras- Professor, Sociology Department, Université Mohammed V-Agdal,
  • Dr. Islah Jad, Associate Professor, Qatar University
  • Dr Mohd Mohieddin, Director of Research, DIFI
  • Dr Paul Tabar, Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at Lebanese American University.

75 minutes presentation, discussion and Q&A

10:30 – 10.45

Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions,  3 papers per session.
15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 1
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Anis Ben Brik, Visiting Professor of Sociology ,UAE University
Session theme: Political, economic and cultural challenges facing the Arab Family

  1. Dr. Muhanned AlFarras- Impacts of Smart Devices on the Value System of Arab Families
  2. Dr. Amina Yassen- Family and Cultural Globalization: What are the Best methods of Socialization?
  3. Dr. Mohamed Elker- Social Networks and the Problem of Family Estrangement: A Case Study on Algerian Families

Session 2
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Zayed, Professor of Sociology ,Faculty of Arts, Cairo University
Session theme: Political, economic and cultural challenges facing the Arab Family

  1. Dr. Bakar Mourtajji - Morrocan Family in the Countryside: Challenges and Opportunities of Integration into Development
  2. Mr. Hassan Shamran Alsa’ady- Social and Psychological Impacts on Displaced Families: A Field Study in Tripoli  
  3. Dr Ahmed Ali - Children of Iraq’s Wars: Future Warlords

12.15 - 1.15

Lunch

1.15 – 2.45

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions, 3 papers per session. 15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 3
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service - Qatar

Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Dr. Abdallah Badahdah- Attitudes towards marriage among married and never married Qatari women
  2. Dr. Mohammad Khan- Why are so many Qatari women marrying late or not marrying at all?
  3. Dr. Kaouache Raouf- Algerian Single Women’ Trends in Misyar Marriage in the State of Jijel 

Session 4
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Hanan Abdul Rahim,  Associate Director of the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), Qatar University
Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Dr. Hamood Al Nofali- Marriage Requirements in Arab Gulf States: A Comparative Field Study Applied to Would-be Young Couples
  2. Dr. Ahmed Abdel Monem- Impacts of Societal Changes on Marriage Trends in Arab Countries
  3. Dr Sanaa Alharahsheh, Dr Mohamad Moheiddin, and Feras Almeer- Mixed marriages among Qataris: trends, patterns and implications

2.45 - 3.00

Coffee break

3.00 – 4.30

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions, 3 papers per session. 15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 5
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Batoul Muhieddin S. Khalifa, Associate Professor - Psychological Sciences, College of Education, Qatar University
Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Prof. Humoud Alqashan- Does Parental Divorce Affect the Attitudes Towards Marriage and Divorce: A Comparative Study of intact and Divorced Families
  2. Dr. Walaa Rabei Mostafa Ali- Psychological Impact of Emotional Divorce on Arab Families: A Comparison between Egypt and Saudi Arabia
  3. Dr Shehata.M. Taha, Ms Moza Al Hajry, and Ms.Dabya Bouainin - Divorce and its implications on the Qatari family

Session 6
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Asma Abdulla M. Al-Attiyah, Head of Department of Psychological Sciences, Qatar University
Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Dr. Wafaa Al-Mamari, Divorce in Omani Society: Causes and Effects
  2. Dr Omar A. Rahim Rababah, Divorce in the Arab World: Causes and Solutions –Jordan as an Example
  3. Dr Mohamad Moheiddin, Sanaa Alharahsheh, and Feras Almeer, A Diamond is not forever: A critical analysis of the divorce rates in Qatar
Day 2: Monday 4 May, 2015

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Plenary Session
Venue: Room 238

Invited Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Finkelhor- "Family Factors in Preventing Childhood Exposure to Family, Peer and Community Violence" 30 minutes presentation – 30 minutes discussion

10.00 - 11.30

Panel Discussion 2: The Family Strategy in Qatar

Moderator-Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Horr, CEO of Qatar Financial Business Academy

Dr. Jamal Alyafei, Expert - Social Policies and Development Planning, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, The family strategy in Qatar: The Vision and Challenges of implementation
Ms. Amal Bint Abdul-Latif Al-Mannai, Chief Executive Officer – Qatar Foundation for Social Work, Challenges facing the implementation of the Family Strategy in Qatar.
Ms. Lolwah Al-Khater, Researcher and PhD candidate, Family Policies in Qatar: Between the Comprehensive Initiative and the Partial Adaptation

90 minutes presentation, discussion and Q&A

11.30 – 11:45

Coffee break

11.45 – 1:15

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions, 3 papers per session. 15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 7
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Musa Shteiwi, Director, Centre For Strategic Studies (University of Jordan)
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr. Hafiz Khan- Changing family structure, living arrangements and care support to elderly in GCC Countries: Some policy implications
  2. Prof. Salehddine Ben Faraj- Reducing Childbearing: Problems and Risks – Tunisia as an Example
  3. Mrs. Susan Roylance- Policies Affecting Arab Family Formation

Session 8
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Zeinab Khadr, Research Scientist - The Social Science Research Center at The American University in Cairo
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr. Laura Ferraro - “Marriage with the absent” in time of Migration
  2. Dr. Assia Chekireb- Returning Expatriate Families: Problematic Reality and Integration Policy
  3. Dr. Paola Gandolfi- Multiple Families in Changing Societies in Maghreb: The case of Morocco

1:15 – 2:15

Lunch

2.15 – 3:45

2 Parallel Presentation Sessions, 2 & 3 papers per session, 15 minute presentation per paper and 15 discussion per speaker

Session 9
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Abdul-Aziz Mohamed Farah, Advisor for Strategic Planning, Qatar Foundation for Social Work
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell- Majalis Al Hareem in Qatar: Participation, Engagement and Empowerment.
  2. Dr. Shefaqat Shehzad- Socio-economic, Demographic, Housing and Health Conditions of Qatari Women By their status of Marriage and Implications for Family Policies.
  3. Dr. Walid Rashad Zaky, Egypt- Families Formed through Cyberspace: A Case Study of Some Online Married Couples

Session 10
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Maher Khalifa, Head, Department of Social Sciences, Qatar University
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr Azza Abdelmoneium - Internally displaced families in Khartoum, Sudan: Challenges and Coping Strategies
  2. Ms. Kristen Hope- Situating the Best Interests of the Child in Community-Based Arbitration of Marriage Dispute: Reflections from a pilot intervention of Terre des hommes Foundation in Assuit, Egypt.
  3. Dr. Jamel Mezni- Best Interests of the Child and Assigning Guardianship in Mixed Marriages