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Calls for Submissions

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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
12/05/17 Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies: Call for Papers  
12/05/17 Hawliyat, the academic journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon: Call for Papers  
12/05/17 Roshangar Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal: Call for Papers for Spring 2018 February 2, 2018
12/04/17 Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada, Working Paper Series Ongoing
11/14/17 Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University: Call for Papers for Edited Volume December 10, 2017
10/26/17 Community Change Journal, Call for Submissions for issue on Pursuing Democratic Community in the Time of Trump December 18, 2017
09/21/17 Lexington Books: Seeks Proposals for Books  
08/23/17 Iranian Political Studies Call for Submissions  


Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies

Call for Papers

Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies (AWEJ-tls) welcomes the submission of papers for February issue, 2018. The deadline for manuscript submission is December 20, 2017. The issue publication date February issue, 2018. For more information visit

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) welcomes the submission of papers for the March issue, 2018. The deadline for manuscript submission is January 20 2018.  The issue publication date is March 2018. For more information visit Arab World English Journal on Before sending your paper, please read the Submission

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) publishes selected dissertations/theses in the fields of English language teaching and learning, Translation and Literary Studies.  Please read the procedure of selecting thesis  and send your full thesis if your thesis selected and accepted.

Community Change Journal

Call for Submissions for issue on Pursuing Democratic Community in the Time of Trump

About the Journal:
Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student-run journal at Virginia Tech that explores multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce change at all levels of society. Community Change adopts a broad definition of community development that includes issues relating to public policy, democratization, collective action, physical and social infrastructure developments, agency, and efficacy.

Issue Topic:
The 2016 presidential election has brought changes and challenges to the United States. During his campaign, then-candidate Donald J. Trump declared that Mexican migrants were criminals, called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and told supporters to engage in violence against opponents. In these ways, Trump brought xenophobia, nativism and political violence directly into the nation’s political discourse. Hate crimes have spiked since Trump’s narrow electoral victory and neo-Nazis and white supremacists have been emboldened to mount a number of very public displays and rallies. This heightened level of activity has pressed fringe groups into broader public consciousness. Executive actions and legislative attempts by the Republican-controlled Congress have tried to roll back health insurance for millions, civil rights protections, environmental safeguards and regulatory oversight of the banking and securities industry. Against this backdrop, we conceive of democratic community change as progressive, emancipatory, and liberatory in character.

Community Change’s second issue invites articles that explore new ways of thinking to maintain existing protections as well as analyze popular, community, and legal responses to Trump’s claims and activities. We solicit scholarly articles (4,000-6,000 words), book reviews (1,000-1,500 words), multimedia, and artwork that analyze responses to the evolving political and social landscape since the 2016 election. These might include, but are not limited to: 1) explorations of new initiatives, on-going activism, and community organizing and how they have changed since the 2016 campaign and election; 2) analyses of historical movements that have informed or might inform current responses; and 3) pieces on tactics and strategies employed to resist, counter and educate citizens concerning the dangers for democracy and self-governance of nativism, xenophobia, white supremacy and other reactionary ideologies or political doctrines.

Key Dates:

Call for submissions open - October 11, 2017
Submission deadline - December 18, 2017
Author notification of selection - January 8, 2018
Online publication - May 2018

Please submit preliminary articles of the chosen format to
For submission information, please visit:

Hawliyat, academic journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon

Call for Papers

Hawliyat, the academic journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon, invites you to participate in its special edition for the fall of 2018. The Hawliyat special edition deals with a specific field within the field of Humanities in the Arab world based on a main theme in need of a debate. The field of History was the choice of the year and in particular: the historiography of the Arabs in late antiquity and early Islam. The book, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His people, by Prof. Aziz al-Azmeh was chosen as the main thesis to be discussed. Aziz al-Azmeh’s voluminous monograph reached many thoughtful and original conclusions based on a plethora of historical, archaeological, inscriptional and numanistic data. These conclusions initiated many reactions, positive and negative, and led to serious revisions to many pre-set ideas on the history of the Arabs in Late Antiquity. Notions such as the emergence of Allah as the sole deity and how the Hijaz developed politically, the notion of Paleo-Islam in late Antiquity or the idea of Arab ethno-genesis, the crystallization of the Arabic tongue and many other ideas pointed out by the author need to be, we believe, further debates among scholars.
Hawliyat journal hopes to offer a forum where specialists in this field would debate with the author by providing an article about any of the ideas discussed in the book which they feel need to be criticized perhaps or debated at length or even supported. Aziz al-Azmeh kindly accepted our invitation to participate in this venture where he would provide his own response about the essays presented in an attempt to reach a practical synthesis together. The formula suggested in this edition may not be traditional but might bring, we believe, some concrete answers.

Information: Mohamad Rihan

Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada

Working Paper Series

The purpose of the IMESC Working Paper series is to circulate the results of ongoing research in international instiutions thay focus on the Middle East within the research community and thus to encourage discussion and stimulate critical comments within the field as well as to enhance networking and potential cooperation among researchers.

Submitted paper should be confined to topics within the field of Middle Eastern Studies and employ scientific methods in the analysis an/or be of relevance to Middele East policy questions. Empirical, theoretical as well as policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Submitted papers are subject to a screening process to ensure that they fall into the above specified topic as well as to ensure the general quality of the paper. However, there is no proper refereeing process in view of the intention of the series to stimulate discussion among the research community and to allow for suggestions for revision before submission to a scientific journal.

Especially young researches, who are interested in feedback previous to a possible publication in a scientific journal, are invited to submit their research papers.

If you are interested in publishing your working paper on IMESC website, please send a copy of your working paper to:

Note: there is no deadline. The call for papers in ongoing all the year.

Iranian Political Studies

Call for Submissions

Submissions are invited for the newly launched Iranian Political Studies journal, a biannual peer-reviewed international journal published by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, and the Iranian Association of Political Science. The purpose of the journal is to provide a platform for scholars working on topics related to Iranian politics to publish their research, and to foster a better understanding of political issues related to Iran worldwide. The journal invites quality articles originating from in-depth and innovative research. All articles should comply with the requirements specified by the "Instructions for Authors." Please submit manuscripts through the journal's website at: Inquiries may be directed to

Lebanese American University, Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World

Call for Papers for Edited Volume

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University is issuing a call for papers focused on feminist movements for gender equality and women’s rights across the region. The call is targeting young Arab women as the main contributors, in an attempt to highlight the voices and stories of those actively participating in these movements.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflections: Women and resistance in the wake of the Arab Spring;
  • Revolution in retreat: Gendered spaces;
  • Gendered oppositions: Sexual violence and the dynamics of resistance;
  • Sustainable change: Framing gender rights through legal reform; and
  • Gender and youth

Papers will be included in an edited volume, to be printed in late 2018.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 10 December 2017 (responses by 20 December 2017)
Deadline for first draft submission: 15 February 2018
Deadline for final draft submission: 15 May 2018

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words detailing your proposed chapter in addition to a 200-word bio to with Young Arab Women Submission in the title. Volume to be published by McFarland.

Lexington Books

Call for Publications: Lexington Books seeks proposals for books based on the following series description:

How are urban processes entangled with human experiences? In this series, scholarly monographs and edited volumes explore this question and illuminate diverse forms of such entanglement through empirically-based research. This series emphasizes anthropological approaches to the study of human life in relation to the urban. It seeks to illuminate experiences and effects of urban cultures and situate specific cases in a comparative set. By exploring the intricacies of human-urban relations, this series contributes to better understanding of the ways that humans particularly conceive of and experience nature, personhood, ethics, culture, and social life.

Please send all inquiries to series editors: Jessica Bodoh-Creed ( and Melissa King (

Roshangar Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal

Call for Papers for Spring 2018

Now accepting submissions for spring issue of Roshangar, to be published in Spring 2018! Seeking rigorous undergraduate research papers (1,500-2,500 words) related to Persian Studies. Especially interested in work with an interdisciplinary approach. Deadline for submissions: February 2, 2018.


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