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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
02/08/17 New Media & Society: Call for Papers for Special Issue on Media, Identity, and Online Communities in a Changing Arab World March 25, 2017
01/03/17 Canadian Journal for Middle East Studies - Call for Articles March 30, 2017
05/10/16 Call for Submissions: Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean, Series Editor, Sargon Donabed  
03/08/16 Call for Proposals and Manuscripts for Critical Arab American Studies Book Series  
03/04/16 Call for Theses/Dissertations for Arab World English Journal  

Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean

Call for Submissions

Series Editor(s): Sargon Donabed

Explores the narratives of minority communities and individuals in the Middle East

This new series will provide a forum for exchange on a myriad of alternative histories of minorities in the Near and Middle East and the Mediterranean, and those of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean heritage. It will highlight thematic issues relating to various native peoples and their narratives and – with particular contemporary relevance – explore encounters with the notion of ‘other’ within various societies. Often moving beyond the conventional state-centred and dominant monolithic approach, or reinterpreting previously accepted stories, books in the series will examine and explain themes from inter-communal relations, environment, health and society, and will explore ethnic, communal, racial, linguistic and religious developments that go beyond geopolitical compositions.

Building on the foundations of scholarship within an interdisciplinary framework, this series will span the continuum of Near Eastern and Mediterranean traditions extending from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present – bridging previous fields which originally had little connection with each other. The aim is to enhance perspectives by applying various methodological approaches to dilemmas that have in the past been treated as the exclusive concern of a single given discipline.

Key Features

  • Creates a forum for minorities/indigenous communities to engage with the ‘accepted past and present’ and to challenge previously accepted truths
  • The first series to focus on indigenous and minority related narratives from the understudied, and often marginal perspective
  • Covers cultural, linguistic, ethnic, gendered, political, numerical, and economic communities in the Near and Middle East, the Mediterranean, and its extended environs
  • Engages with all periods of history from the ancient world to the present day, especially in terms of continuity of culture, cultural heritage, and heritage preservation
  • Communities studied may include Ahwazis, Alawites, Alevis, Armenians, Assyrians, Christians, Copts, Druze, Jews, Mandaens, Maronites, Pontian/ Anatolian Greeks, Samaritans, Shabbaks, Yezidis and Zoroastrians among others

If you have a proposal suitable for this series we’d love to hear from you. Find out how to submit your proposal.

Arab World English Journal

Call for Theses/Dissertations

A theses/dissertations section has been created in Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) to give an opportunity to authors, advisors, and universities to profile and share with an international (not just a local) readership thousands of theses in language studies. Selected theses published there have already received the attention of researchers, university libraries, and research centres databases around the world. Some have already received significant additional citations as well. =category&id=20&Itemid=117

AWEJ has already started sending complementary copies of these selected published theses to some e-libraries of international leading universities around the world as a way of sharing the work of colleagues with the international community.

Please send this link to your colleagues and students (especially postgraduates) to provide them with academic resources to assist their research.

If you are interested please read the procedure and send your thesis to the editor at for possible publication.

Canadian Journal for Middle East Studies

Call for Articles

The Canadian Journal for Middle East Studies, CJMES is a print and online academic journal published by Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada—announces a call for articles and reviews for our first No. of Volume 2. We are interested in articles that focus on the Middle East in a wide range of contexts, and encourage articles from humanities and social science perspectives. CJMES engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements. For more information:

All articles that fall into the general framework of the journal, but do not relate to the special topic “The Middle East after the Arab Spring,” will be taken into consideration for the “off topic” section of “CJMES”

The deadline for article submissions is March 30, 2017. Manuscripts should be sent via the following link:

Other editorial correspondence should be sent to:

Critical Arab American Studies Book Series

Call for Proposals and Manuscripts

Syracuse University Press invites proposals for book-length works for its newly launched series in Arab American Studies. Expanding the Press’s historical concentration in Arab American Writing and Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East, the new series will feature inno­vative scholarship that adopts various frameworks of inquiry, including interdisciplinary intersectional, feminist, transnational, and comparative frameworks to develop the study of Arab Americans beyond Orientalist and Islamophobic paradigms. The editors of this series are interested in book manuscripts that develop cutting-edge theoretical and thematic engagements in Arab American Studies as situated within and across various fields of research, including history, gender and sexuality stud­ies, critical race and ethnic studies, anthropology, literature, film and media studies, and sociology, among others. Works from both estab­lished and emerging scholars are welcome.

Please send a book proposal, CV, and proposal form to the series editor. For any queries, please contact Carol Fadda

For more detailed information about submitting a proposal, visit:

New Media & Society

Call for Papers for Special Issue on Media, Identity, and Online Communities in a Changing Arab World

Objective and Significance:

This special issue will examine the role of new media in the construction of online communities in the Arab world. It is important to understand how user-generated content empowers these new publics and the novel communities established by user comments on social media and news websites. Specifically, there is a need to research these online communities and their perceptions of the role of user-generated content to contribute to politics, and potentially engage other citizens in the public debate. For these reasons, this special issue seeks to answer the following questions: What characterizes these online users’ communities? What are their motivations? How do they perceive the role of news websites’ commenting functions in promoting political engagement? The editors welcome contributions that are theoretically informed and empirically rigorous, employing qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.

Proposed Topics:

Articles could develop a subject in connection to any of the following suggested themes:

- Theorization of the Online Arab Public Sphere
- User-generated Content and Participatory Cultures
- New Media and Social Movement Theory in the Context of the Arab Uprisings
- Arab Spring and the Mobilizing Potential of New Media
- Media Convergence and Citizen Journalism after the “Arab Spring”
- The Political-Cultural Division in the Public Sphere
- Network Cultural Production in the Digital age
- Digital Divide and Participation in the Public Sphere
- New Media and the Construction of New Arab Identities
- Regulation Policies and Standardization Processes, and Their Impact on Institutional and Individual Uses of Technology

Please note that these themes are suggestions only and the guest editors welcome inquiries on a wide variety of theoretical contributions in the fields of new media and the public sphere, presentation of ongoing research and empirical studies along with any of the abovementioned themes.


Proposals should include the author's name and affiliation, title, an abstract of 250-300 words, and 3 to 5 keywords, and should be sent to the e-mail address no later than March 25th 2017. Selected submissions will be due 30 September 2017 and will be submitted directly to the submission site for New Media and Society: where they will undergo peer review following the usual procedures of New Media & Society. Note therefore that invitation to submit a full article does not therefore guarantee acceptance into the special issue. The special issue will be published in early 2018.

Tentative Timeline:
- Abstract Submission Deadline: March 25, 2016
- Proposal Selection Notification: April 15, 2017
- Initial Article Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017

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