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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
06/16/17 Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, Call for abstracts for special issue on "Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture September 15, 2017
06/12/17 Fifth Wednesday Journal: Call for Submissions for Special Issue on Immigrants July 1, 2017
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:

Fifth Wednesday Journal

Call for Submissions for Special Issue on Immigrants

Fifth Wednesday Journal announces a call for submissions to a special issue in the fall of 2017. We intend to showcase writing by authors who are immigrants or children of immigrants from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.* We are, as always, looking for short fiction and poetry written in English and not published elsewhere prior to submission to us. We will be happy to read personal essays and creative nonfiction with literary merit. We seek writing by residents of the United States and Canada for this issue. We will consider translations only if the translator includes a letter from the author giving permission for the translation and publication in our magazine.

We welcome simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. We recommend that writers familiarize themselves with FWJ before submitting their work. Examples of the writing that we accept are found in our online publication, FWJ Plus, accessible from this website. E-mail us for information about discounted copies of back issues for writers and students.

Submissions for this issue will open on April 15, 2017 and close on July 1, 2017.

For information, please see:


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

Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts

Call for abstracts for special issue on "Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture

Guest editors: Simone Varriale (University of Warwick, UK), Noa Lavie (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, Israel)

Call for Papers
Globalization’s cultural effects have gained significant attention in the sociology of culture. Especially from the early 2000s, a growing literature on transnationally-connected cultural sectors has started exploring the asymmetries of economic and symbolic power between ‘centers’ and ‘peripheries’ of cultural production, the role of gatekeepers and organizations in mediating globalization processes, and the limits of cultural imperialism as an exhaustive framework for interpreting cultural globalization. Similarly, consumption studies have started focusing on preferences for globally spread cultural products, suggesting that theories of cultural hybridity need to pay more attention to how class and other inequalities influence practices of appropriation.

Despite these contributions, research on ‘global’ tastes and new, transnational forms of cultural capital remains limited to some cases of European high culture – like French literature – and to American and British popular culture. Consumption research has focused on the growing significance of Anglo-American pop music and television on a transnational scale, but it has paid little attention to other forms of global taste – e.g. Japanese anime and manga, South Korean cinema, Brazilian bossa nova, reggae music – and their role in different national and local contexts. Similarly, research on cultural production has considered mostly the American and European centers of well-established cultural sectors, like literature, television and popular music. It is evident, however, that other contexts, transnational connections and networks remain to be explored, and that the impact of globalization on other fields, sub-fields and genres – e.g. gaming, comics, hip hop, reality TV – is underresearched.

Since cultural sociology has dealt mostly with the consequences of Americanization, it remains difficult to construct a clear and precise definition of what ‘global taste’ is and what it contains, and to understand which actors and networks sustain these forms of distinction and, potentially, cultural capital. We provisionally define global taste as a taste for non-national cultural products and genres, one made possible by transnational networks of producers, mediators and consumers, as well as by cross-national connections between cultural fields, policy makers and/or political institutions. Likewise, we wish to adopt a broad, inclusive definition of global culture, one that moves cultural sociology beyond its focus on the US, the UK and West/North Europe, and which helps develop the concept of global taste beyond its Anglo- and Euro-centric premises.

This Call for Papers thus encourages original, empirically-based contributions that explore the production and global spread of African, Asian, Australasian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American cultural forms, and their consumption, mediation and evaluation in a variety of national, regional and local contexts. Our definition of global taste also includes the cultural practices of migrant populations and their descendants, and we also welcome research about the transnational circulation of culture produced in peripheral and semi-peripheral European contexts – i.e. East and South European countries – as these remain underresearched in cultural sociology.

Lines of inquiry
We seek contributions focusing on the ways in which non-Anglo-American culture is produced, circulated, consumed and evaluated around the globe. Papers engaging with issues of cultural production, consumption, mediation and diffusion are hence welcome, and papers updating or revising established theories of cultural research – e.g. art worlds, field theory, neo-institutionalism, production of culture – are particularly encouraged. We are also interested in work that draws innovative connections between these established approaches and new areas of social theorizing, such as post-colonialism, decolonial theory, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism.

We welcome papers focusing on all actors, organizations and/or networks involved with the aforementioned processes, and analyzing the meanings, aesthetic values and boundaries of globally-oriented tastes, including their relationship with cosmopolitan, nationalist and/or localist discourses, and with different social groups – in terms of class, gender and age, as well as nationality, ethnicity and race.  

Instructions for authors
The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2017. We ask for a 1500-word abstract including the following: research questions, theoretical framing, and description of the paper’s methodology – including a specification of whether the data is already collected.

Please email your abstracts to Simone Varriale ( and Noa Lavie ( Please also include your institutional affiliation and a brief biography (max 100 words). Complete manuscripts, if ready, can also be submitted at this stage.

Authors will be notified by mid-October. Proposals will be selected by the Special Issue’s editors – Dr Simone Varriale and Dr Noa Lavie – and by the editors of Poetics.

The deadline for submission of complete manuscripts is 15 April 2018. Papers will be subject to an internal and external round of peer-reviewing. The Special Issue is expected to be published in 2019. 

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