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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
04/11/17 Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture: CFP for 28th Issue "Contending with Crisis" June 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.

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:

Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture

CFP for 28th Issue "Contending with Crisis"

Defined by the global uncertainty of a world afflicted by varied and ambiguously interrelated states of emergency, the present can be seen as a critical historical conjuncture characterized by crisis. In the context of its worldwide occurrence, crisis refers irreducibly to a multitude of circumstances, events, and thematizations: military conflict, debt crises, issues of political representation, the mass migration and displacement of refugees, increasing ecological disruptions. Such ruptures in the social demand constant attention from individuals and communities, constituting a need for committed artististic and scholarly engagements with questions of what it means to be in crisis and how to deal with it.

Following Lauren Berlant’s understanding of crisis as “an emergency in the reproduction of life, a transition that has not found its genres for moving on,” we encourage authors to contemplate the fluidity/liminality of crisis, exploring both its emancipatory and repressive potentials. As an ongoing situation, a conceptual and rhetorical figure, an ideological representation and for many an urgent fact of life, the contemporary condition of crisis evokes a range of responses from those forced to contend with it.

For IVC 28, we invite contributors to explore visual representations and contestations of various states of crisis. How do crises emerge and perform in the visual field? How does the global situation of crisis reconfigure the possibilities of political representation? How do the material conditions of crisis constrain and transform everyday life and social organization? What kind of aesthetic responses and modes of cultural production proliferate in response? What forms of domination surface in times of crisis and how do they become realized in ensuing reorganizations of social orders? What productive potentials emerge or re-emerge in the face of specific and far-reaching crisis conditions?

Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

Visualizing/representing crisis, the visual politics of crisis
Political representation and subjectivity in/of crisis
Uneven distribution of vulnerabilities along lines of race, gender, and sexuality
Precarity, biopolitics and affective regimes of crisis and austerity
Activism, social movements, visual and performative protest repertoires
Creative responses to states of crisis, new modes of artistic production, aesthetics of resistance
Collaborative aesthetics and the commons
Material landscapes of crisis, crisis and urban space, austerity urbanism
Aesthetics of rupture, ruin, abandonment
Historiographies, afterlives of crises
Crisis genres: crises of dispossession, crises of political representation, postcolonial crises, military crises, refugee and humanitarian crisis, ecological crises

Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to by June 30th, 2017.

Creative/Artistic Works
In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting works in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. Please submit creative or artistic works along with an artist statement of no more than two pages to

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