MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Conferences

2014

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

December 2014

6-7 December 2014 - "The First World War and Its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East," Inaugural Conference convened by HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan and Dr. Barbara Schwepcke of the Ginko Library (SOAS, University of London). The Gingko conference series brings together scholars from the East and the West. The Gingko conferences are designed to complement the Gingko Library, a project to publish one hundred books over the next ten years, presenting the latest work in both Arabic and English across the full range of humanities, social sciences and sciences relating to the Middle East and North Africa. The first Gingko conference, to be held in London on 6–7 December 2014, focuses on the effects of the First World War on the Middle East. Our guest speakers include
Professor Khaled Fahmy of the American University in Cairo and Dr Eugene Rogan of the University of Oxford. Other confirmed attendees include Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS), Professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (University of Maryland), Professor Yousef Meri (LMU Munich) and Professor Mustafa Aksakal (Georgetown University). The course of the First World War, as it played out in the Middle East and the political and cultural changes around it, shaped the modern Middle East: The Ottoman and the Russian Empires fought each other for supremacy in the
region – neither succeeded nor survived the fight. Both sides tried to use notions of Islamic unity and Pan-Arabism to their own advantage: Sultan Mehmed V called for a global Muslim jihad against the Entente Powers, while Britain stirred Pan-Arabism with little intention of honouring promises made in the process. At the end of the First World War four multi-ethnic empires lay in ruins. In the Middle East lines were drawn in the sand, dividing communities which had lived together for centuries. Wilson’s ideals were as powerful an inspiration as Lenin’s communist utopia on nationalist leaders such as ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Tha‘alibi and Saad Zaghloul, but what constituted a nation in the Middle East and North Africa in the aftermath of the First World War? In the end, neither the Tunisian Destour nor the Egyptian Wafd party were allowed to present their case for national self-determination at the Paris Peace Conference. And the only Middle Eastern delegation to attend was the Hejaz, lead by Emir Feisal, who had been promised a united Arabia – a promise betrayed at the end of the First World War. Abstracts for papers should be submitted by Monday 2 June 2014 to Aran Byrne; proposals for sessions must be submitted by Monday 7 July 2014. Proposals should be no more than 300 words long. For further details please contact:
Aran Byrne
The Gingko Library
70 Cadogan Place
London SW1X 9AH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7838 9055 Fax: +44 (0)20 7584 9501
Email: aran@thegingkolibrary.com
www.thegingkolibrary.com/gingko-conference

6-8 December 2014 - "The GCC Countries: Politics and Economics in Light of the Regional and International Shifts and Changes" ((Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Doha, Qatar). The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) will hold the Annual Conference of Arab Research Centers from December 6-8, 2014. The title of this year's conference is "The GCC Countries: Politics and Economics in Light of the Regional and International Shifts and Changes". The choice of theme stems from the political and security challenges the GCC countries face at a time of great uncertainties, in addition to the changes that are taking place in the world's economic structure in the fields of energy, commerce, and technology. The ACRPS calls upon Arab scholars and researchers engaged in work on relevant issues to submit in-depth original research papers devoted to the conference themes. Those who wish to submit a paper are requested to send a research proposal and a brief CV, no later than May 8, 2014. Please send research proposals and papers to: nerouz.satik@dohainstitute.org For further information on the conference and to access the background paper, please visit: http://english.dohainstitute.org/event/f70ed349-0be6-4379-ab4e-09f61dd8f635.

8-9 December 2014 - "Conflict and Dialogue in the Middle East" (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland). The Middle East faces several challenges, which have escalated in the XXI century. The challenges are structural in nature, deeply rooted in Middle Eastern societies and can only be understood after further, careful, historical and interdisciplinary analysis. Weaknesses of state institutions; a rapid but superficial modernization; poverty; inequality and slow economic development; demographical issues, as well as globalization (with its positive and negative cultural and economic outcomes) have helped to create the conflicting landscapes of the contemporary Middle East. Conflicts are inevitable and endemic but finding a solution to them is inevitable as well and this cannot be done without the help of dialogical and cooperative attempts to solving current problems, albeit it seems difficult--at least today--to overcome these issues by peaceful and conciliatory means. The conference aims at presenting interdisciplinary research from the social sciences and humanities, as well as discussing approaches that concern problems of conflict and dialogue in contemporary Middle Eastern societies. We also would like to discuss the question as to how the recent social unrest called the Arab Spring has changed the old patterns in finding solutions to political, economic, cultural, religious, as well as international conflicts in the Middle East. We invite the submission of abstracts from any disciplinary field which covers one of the main themes. It is anticipated that the discussion will include a variety of perspectives from which this topic can be understood, dealing with all MENA sub-regions. The following sub-themes of the conflict-dialogue problem are proposed: 1. Political conflicts and negotiations; 2. Military confrontation and reconciliation; 3. Sectarian and ethnic relations; 4. Economic rivalry and cooperation; 5. Cultural tensions and change. To send an abstract of a conference paper of around 500 words, and a short bio, including a list of publications, please go to the website: www.imoc-merc.eu/. Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for abstracts that are submitted by other means. Any other queries should be sent to the following key persons: Mahnaz Zahirinejad (mzahirinejad@gmail.com) Michal Lipa (mlipa@iksio.pan.pl) or Rachela Tonta (rtonta@iksio.pan.pl). All submitted abstracts, which should be sent before 20th October 2014, will be peer reviewed. Any information on accepted abstracts will be returned by 30th October 2014. Accepted papers will be published in the quarterly "Hemispheres, Studies on Cultures and Societies."

15-17 December 2014 - "Andalusia in Alexandria." Sponsored by The Discourse Research Center, University of Alexandria, University of Murcia and The Spanish General Consulate in Alexandria. Keynote speaker: Vincent Cornell. Andalusia in Alexandria is an annual conference that will convene alternatively in Alexandria and an Andalusian city, for instance Seville, Cordoba, or Murcia. The Organizing Committee of this interdisciplinary conference invites contributions to the current scholarship of cultural, social, religious, political and economic relationships between Maghreb and Mashreq that were fostered in Alexandria. To apply, please send a 300-500-word abstract, and a short bio to Mohamed A. Mohamed at Mohamed.Mohamed@nau.edu, Ossama El-Kaffash at Kaffash99@yahoo.com or to Ahmed Sobhi at dr.ahmedsobhi@gmail.com by October 15th, 2014. You may also send a 750-1000-word proposal of a panel with a list of 3-5 panelists, and their bios to the same email address. Decisions on selected papers and panels will be sent out on October 31st. A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in an edited volume. A final draft of selected papers is to be submitted within two months after the conference. A variety of cultural activities will be conducted during the conference, including Andalusian concerts, movies, art galleries and public lectures. Should you have any question, or require any information, please contact Dr. Mohamed A. Mohamed via email at Mohamed.Mohamed@nau.edu. The program of the conference will be posted shortly with maps and hotel contacts for your accommodation.

January 2015

4-14 January 2015 - The Beirut Exchange (Beirut, Lebanon). The Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Academic - Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals in Lebanon. Topics will include: The Arab Uprisings; The Syrian conflict and its regional implications; The Islamic State; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam; Asymmetrical conflict: The July 2006 Lebanon War; Human Rights in Lebanon and the wider Middle East; Sectarianism and its deployment, as well as a range of other topics.

Dialogue with Leaders - Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Lebanon - with a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on exposure to Islamist and opposition currents.

NOTE: Due to the current security situation in Lebanon, the Twelfth Beirut Exchange will generally restrict its meetings in and around Beirut, although at least one trip to the North and one trip to the South is planned. View a previous full program for the Beirut Exchange here. Visit our Facebook page here and all of our programs in the region, including in Tunisia, the Gulf and Turkey, at www.thebeirutexchange.com.

Costs: Tuition - $1200; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need. Accommodation & Conference Location - Except for those students already residing in Lebanon, we recommend that all participants in the Exchange reside at the conference hotel during the duration of the ten day program. The hotel, located near Downtown Beirut, is priced at $60 per person/per night, including all taxes and breakfast, for a shared double room (we will arrange for sharing). Single rooms are available for $110 per night.
Airfare - $400, approximate from the European Union. At the discretion of the student, tuition is 50% refundable up to two weeks before the program commences. (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.). REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com 

February 2015

12-15 February 2015 "Transnational and Local Networks of Pilgrimage" (Nashville, TN). Part of the "Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism" series of workshops being convened by the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. Proposals due 06 October 2014. Additional information: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/religiousstudies/IslamProject.php/.

18-21 February 2015 - "Global IR and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies," International Studies Association 56th Annual Convention (New Orleans, LA). For further details, see http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/NewOrleans2015/Call.aspx.

Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) is planning to submit two proposals, one or more traditional panels (number of panels depend on the papers received by the Co-IRIS team) and one workshop (aiming for financial support by ISA). Our panel title is International Relations and Islamic Studies: A New Agenda and our workshop title is Co-IRIS: Islamic Perspectives on Theory and Praxis in International Relations.”

Co-IRIS was established by a group of researchers interested in developing and sustaining a body of knowledge that addresses the theories and practices of the Muslim civilization and of Muslim societies with regards to international affairs and to the discipline of International Relations. For more details about Co-IRIS, please visit our website at www.coiris.org. We are taking ISA’s theme as an opportunity to make the case of presenting Islamic ontology, episteme, methods, paradigms, and history for the study of International Relations and global affairs and for discussing the experiences and praxis of Muslim-dominated actors (nations and organizations) and their interactions and behaviors among themselves and with non-Muslim dominated actors in the fora of international affairs regardless of time period.

A list of welcome themes/topics includes:
- Islam as a theory of IR?
- Islamic norms and values in IR
- Islamic agencies and actors of IR
- Islamic sources in International Law
- Plurality and Solidarity in Muslim Societies
- Deciphering theories of IR with Islamic episteme
- Social Movements, Democratization, and the Arab Spring
- Is there an Islamic Nation-State? Or Islam is a civilizational state?
- Islamic thinkers, e.g. al-Qaradawi, Khaldun or Qutb, and their thoughts on IR
- Comparing the Islamic ‘ummah’ with the ‘international society’ of the English School of IR

If you want to add more, you are welcome to suggest themes or topics relevant to Co-IRIS. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have ideas, comments, or opinions about Co-IRIS. Please email us your (200-300 word) abstract and (100 word) biographical information by May 26, 2014 for traditional panels, and by July 11, 2014 for the workshop at info@coiris.org. We are looking forward to receiving your proposals.

19-21 February 2015 - "Global Halal: Muslims and the Cultural Politics of the Permissible" International Conference (East Lansing, MI). Global Halal is an international conference organized by the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University in partnership with the UK-based Muslim, Trust and Cultural Dialogue Program. The conference topic addresses a range of cultural, economic and political concerns associated with the principle of halal, especially in relation to contemporary food, banking, and lifestyle. Often associated with Muslim dietary practices, the concept of halal applies to that which is permissible to Muslims and serves as one of the key ethical concepts in Islamic theological doctrines. Yet as with any religious principle, concepts like halal and its antithesis haram, are subject to interpretation and variation, especially in the contemporary global era. Muslim practices today are conditioned by a wide-range of technological and contextual influences that raise many questions about what constitutes halal. While the term halal refers to all that is permitted, its specific associations with Islamic restrictions underscore the cultural politics of religious practices at a time of growing awareness among Muslims of the ethics of consumption, the diversity of cultural values, the changing nature of interpersonal relations, and the globalization of financial interactions. In the majority Muslim regions of the world, halal is embedded in daily life, but it nevertheless raises other issues, for example in regard to the rights of non-Muslim minorities. In contexts where Islam is the minority religion, adaptations of daily practices have been historically necessary to the establishment of Muslim communities. With the growing number of Muslims in Europe and North America, there has been increased demand for halal options, especially with regard to the availability and marketing of halal meats, which has caused some controversy in the United States, Britain, France, among other countries. These controversies illustrate the centrality of the halal concept in contemporary discussions of Muslimness, national belonging and ethics. This conference will provide a forum for exploring the principle of halal within a global context, emphasizing the complexities of the permissible and the impermissible (haram). Please send abstracts in MS Word or PDF format to the organizers at the following addresses: hassans3@msu.edu and khalilmo@msu.edu. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, and should include a title, correspondence address, and institutional affiliation. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 November 2014.

March 2015

8-10 March 2015 - "Photography's Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories & New Practices." (New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE). Our understanding of the histories and practices of photography is changing as more and more critical attention is being paid to photographic cultures from outside of Europe and North America, and to new forms and functions emergent in a variety of contemporary social and political contexts and digital formats. This conference will bring together up to forty scholars, photographers, curators and archivists from around the world in order to undertake new explorations of photography's past and its present. Models for global, regional and local histories of photography are being rethought as a growing number of case studies develop our knowledge of previously unexamined or little known traditions as well as individual photographers. New visual vocabularies and practices are being constructed in vernacular, documentary and fine art forms; the same vocabularies and practices can also challenge these very categories and are often characterized by a turn to local histories and mythologies and personal experiences and needs. Emergent nations and cultural groups are using photography to construct their own histories and a sense of shared cultural heritage. At the same time, both photographers and photographs increasingly move between cultures, and the space between the local and the global has become a space of situatedness in its own right. Documentary photography has been the object of critique but photography committed to human rights or "peace photography" is thriving - not just in new forms but also through new strategies of intervention. The concern with aesthetics has similarly been out of favor in some quarters but there is also a renewed interest in the relationship of aesthetics and ethics. In such contexts, the work of archives, galleries, photo agencies, festivals and other cultural organizations committed to the photographic image is more important than ever, as is the role of visual education. Where there is little state support for photography, such institutions often carry the responsibility for creating, preserving and disseminating photographic culture. These are some of the areas and issues the conference aims to examine. The conference will focus in particular on the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. However, work about and from other regions is also welcomed, as are suggestions for other topics. We invite both scholarly papers as well as presentations by those working with photography outside the academy. The organizers plan to publish a volume of selected papers and presentations. In addition, we would like to gather together important and previously un-translated writings on photography from the non-English-speaking world with a view of publishing an anthology in English. We would very much welcome suggestions and contributions in this area. ***** Funding & Organization: All travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses will be covered for all participants presenting at the conference. The conference is funded and hosted by the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. It is organized in collaboration with the Arab Image Foundation. Principal organizers: Shamoon Zamir Associate Professor of Literature & Visual Studies, NYUAD, and Director of Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYUAD. Issam Nassar Professor of Middle East History and Member, Arab Image Foundation ***** Suggested topics: Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to: 1. New visual vocabularies in photography 2. Archives & archival practices 3. Alternative histories of photography 4. Photography & human rights/"Peace Photography" 5. Photography and history 6. Photography and aesthetics 7. Cross-cultural encounters & movements 8. Photographic genres, modes and audiences 9. Image & text / the photobook ***** Proposal guidelines, submission process & schedule: Proposals for papers or presentations, or for panels should provide as much detail as possible but should not exceed 500 words. Proposals will be reviewed by the principal organizers and an advisory committee. All papers and presentations will be 20 minutes. Submit a 500 word abstract and a 150 word biographical note to: Ozge Calafato ozge.calafato@nyu.edu Proposals should be submitted in the following format: Name of the author(s); Telephone and e-mail address; Affiliation; Title of proposal; Body of proposal. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 3, 2014 You will be notified by November 7, 2014 regarding the status of your proposal. ***** Contact & Link: For further information on the conference, please contact: Shamoon Zamir Arts and Humanities, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE shamoon.zamir@nyu.edu Details of the conference and the call for papers & presentations are also available at: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/research/faculty-research/akkasah/call-for-papers-presentations.html.

13-15 March 2015 - "Islamism and Post-Islamism: Religious and Political Transformations in Muslim Societies" International Conference (Queen's University, School of Religion, Kingston, Canada). Keynote Speakers: Prof. Asef BAYAT and Abdolkarim SOROUSH. At the end of the Cold War period, Olivier Roy in his The Failure of Political Islam (1994, original French 1992) argued that Islamists’ strategy to advance their agenda through capturing state power had failed. Since then, Asef Bayat has tried to explain and conceptualize a new emerging political, religious and social trend in Muslim societies after Islamists’ failure to establish an Islamic state based on Shari’a law. In his Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam, Bayat discusses the emergence of this new trend, which he calls “post-Islamism” and shows how the “post-Islamist turn” can be observed within a considerable number of Muslim societies in which Islamism no longer seems appealing, even to its original supporters. 

Within this framework, the “Islamism and Post-Islamism” conference examines the evolution and the changing faces of what is commonly called political Islam. It will particularly examine the Islamist understanding of politics, Islamist political parties and movements, the debate on Islam and liberal democracy, Islamists and human rights, social movements and protests in Muslim societies, Islamists and political economy, the concept of post-Islamism and the emerging notion of neo-Islamism in the wake of Arab Spring and ISIS. Therefore, papers may address, but are not limited to, one or more of the following topics:

-Islamism and the Question of the Religious and the Political
-Nation-State Formation, Sovereignty and Islamists
-The Evolution of Islamism as a Political Strategy 
-Cold-War and Islamic Socialism & Marxism
-Radical & Militant Islamism and the Uses of Jihad
-Islamic States and Top-Down Islamization
-Political Economy of Islamism and Islamic Banks
-Arab Spring, Muslim Brotherhood and Democratization
-Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracies 
-Islamists and the Question of Women & Sexuality
-The Green Movement in Iran and the Hizmet Movement of Gulen in Turkey
-Alternative Islamist Socio-Political Projects: Anti-Capitalist Muslims
-Social Movements and Protests in Muslim Societies
-Civil Religion, Official Religion and Folk Religion
-Emergence of Post-Islamism
-Neo-Islamism in the Post-Arab Spring

PAPER PROPOSALS that clearly adhere to the conference topics should be e-mailed to Professor Mehmet Karabela (karabela@queensu.ca) no later than January 25, 2015. Please keep your proposal under 300 words and send it either as an attachment or in the e-mail body. Include the title of your paper, an abstract, your name and affiliation. Both English and French-language proposals are acceptable. Notification of selected proposals will be sent out by January 31, 2015. Please note: there is no registration fee and the conference is open to everyone. For further info: http://www.queensu.ca/religion/events/islamismconference.html

17-18 March 2015 - "International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities" (Colombo, Sri Lanka). On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to invite you to participate in the ICRPN 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which will bring together many distinguished researchers from all over the world. Participants will find opportunities for presenting new research, exchanging information, and discussing current issues. Research papers related to all areas of Anthropology, History & heritage, Arts & Music, Literature & Language, Interdisciplinary & Multidisciplinary Studies, Women's Sciences, Popular Culture, Religious studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology and Sociology (but are not limited to) are invited for the above international conference which is expected to be attended by the authors from all countries. In addition, all the submitted full papers will be included in the conference proceedings CD and proceeding book. The conference will bring together academics, leading researchers, professionals, engineers, practitioners, scholars, and scientists or anyone in the domain of interest from around the world. Registration and Abstract submission deadline January 20, 2015. Information: http://conference.serendivus.com/ index.php/main/loadSocialSciencesAndHumanities.

19-22 March 2015 - "Transnational and Local Networks of Pilgrimage," Fourth Workshop in the series entitled "Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism" (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN). We are now accepting proposals for the fourth workshop in our series titled "Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism." The theme of the fourth workshop is "Transnational and Local Networks of Pilgrimage" and will be held on 19-22 March 2015 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. We invite proposals to be submitted by 01 November 2014. Please include a CV and brief precis of the project, up to one page in length. Papers chosen may be up to 75 pages in length, circulated in advance. In case you missed it, the lineup of our third workshop can be found here: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/religiousstudies/ IslamProjectWorkshopIII.php If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us RLST.workshops@vanderbilt.edu.

20-22 March 2015 - "Bodies in Motion: Middle East Migrantions" (North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC). Call for Papers The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host an international conference--titled Bodies in Motion--at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) on March 20-22, 2015. This conference seeks to enrich scholarly narratives of migration by reflecting upon bodies in movement and the lived experiences of men and women who have migrated from, to, and in what came to be called the Middle East. The Khayrallah Center welcomes paper proposals that address the ways migration redraws notions of gender and bodily comportment that men and women act out in new settings, the attempts of states and other powers to discipline and control the bodies of moving people, and the impact of migration on bodies and mind. We welcome proposals addressing these and the following questions: 1. In what ways might diasporic bodies mark the lives of those who stay behind? 2. How do Middle East migrations relate to public health, ideas of disease, hygiene, and the body? 3. How can the study of Middle East migrants help us understand discourses, and practices, of gender, sociability, society and culture? 4. How do Middle East migrations influence the representation of the body in clothes, public performances, literary productions, etc.? 5. How might the vantage point of the Middle East animate theoretical and historiographical explorations of the body in transit and in check- of bodies held back and scrutinized at the border or secluded in camps, of thwarted migrants and illicit movers, or of refugees stripped of the trappings of statehood? Please send paper proposals in MS Word or PDF format via email to the organizers at the following address: akhater@ncsu.edu Proposals should have a title and abstract of no more than 300 words, and should include contact information and institutional affiliation. The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will provide financial support to help fund travel. In addition, the Center will provide housing, as well as meals for the participants. Some of the papers will be selected for subsequent publication in Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies. The deadline for receipt of paper proposals is November 30, 2014 Andrew Arsan (Cambridge University); John Karam (DePaul University); Akram Khater (NC State).

21-22 March 2015 - "Copernicus in Islam" (Berkeley, CA). This conference will investigate the reception of heliocentricism in Islamic rationalist disciplines (maʿqūlāt) as a means of uncovering the internal workings of the Islamic scholarly tradition during the pre-modern and early modern periods.  It is a well-known fact that Muslim intellectuals overwhelmingly rejected heliocentricism, but the principles and arguments underlying this attitude remain almost entirely unexplored.  For what reasons did developments in early modern European astronomy—especially in a context of the colonial encounter—fail to shape the Islamic astronomical and cosmological traditions?  Or did such developments somehow inflect Muslim texts and scholarly worldviews in ways that have gone unnoticed?  Recent investigations of the Islamic rationalist (maʿqūlī) legacy of the post-classical period (ca. 1200-1900 CE) have made it abundantly clear that, at this stage of scholarship, the first task before us is a deep dive into the arguments of the technical texts of diverse disciplines.  It is only by means of a fuller understanding of the arguments of these texts that a clearer picture of the development of the tradition will emerge.  The technical details will then be used to formulate the more general theoretical frameworks for global narratives and they will also make apparent what kinds of social and political histories of ideas are relevant for rewriting the history of rationalism in Islam.  Therefore, priority will be given to those papers that show how the Islamic rationalist tradition (i.e., the various disciplines of ʿilm al-hayʾa, ṭabīʿiyyāt, manṭiq, kalām, etc.) handled post-Copernican heliocentricism.  However, papers dealing with relevant aspects of the cultural, social, and political history of ideas and those pertaining to the transmitted sciences (manqūlāt) that hinge upon the rationalist legacy are also welcome.  Please send a title and 500-word abstract to asad.ahmed@berkeley.edu by September 1, 2014.  The conference will be hosted by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  The date is tentatively set for March 21-22, 2015.  Participants will be partially or fully funded, depending on total costs.

24-25 March 2015 - "Intertwined Elements in Arabic Literature: Classical, Modern and Popular" (Tel Aviv University). The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Tel Aviv University invites paper proposals for its international conference on Arabic literature, to be held on March 24-25, 2015 at Tel Aviv University, Israel: Intertwined Elements in Arabic Literature: Classical, Modern and Popular This year's conference will deal with the variety of narrative and linguistic elements of Arabic literature in its evolution from classical to contemporary forms. The official conference languages are English and Arabic. Abstracts in English or Arabic (not exceeding 300 words) are to be submitted by Monday, December 1st, 2014 to Dr. Jeries Khoury - khury@post.tau.ac.il Dr. Amir Lerner - lerneram@post.tau.ac.il The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel For more details please visit the conference page at the Department website http://humanities.tau.ac.il/arabic_eng/ index.php/conference.

24-26 March 2015 - Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency (Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY). Hofstra University is pleased to announce that its Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency will take place March 24-26, 2015. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. During each conference, Hofstra brings together scholars, policy makers, and journalists for a series of panels and roundtables to discuss a president's campaign, political leadership, policy agenda, and legacy. The University has published volumes of selected articles and commentary from every conference, which have become standard scholarly volumes and early oral histories of each presidency. For more conference details and the Call for Papers, see the link below. Paper proposals are due January 8, 2014, and the program committee will make selections in Spring 2014. We welcome your submissions. http://www.hofstra.edu/Community/culctr/gwb/gwb_callforpapers.html.

26-27 March 2015 - "Charity in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions" (Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO). One of the challenges to intercultural understanding is the lack of common categories that can be used in identifying and interpreting cultural commonalities and differences. The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University seeks to encourage reflection on such categories by focusing on the ideas and practices of charity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the modern era. For more information, see https://www.slu.edu/center-for-intercultural-studies-home/conferences
Proposals should include a one-page abstract of the paper, the author's brief CV, email address, and phone number. Proposals should be emailed as attachments in MS Word to Ms. Mary Bokern at bokernmp@slu.edu by December 10, 2014.

April 2015

8-9 April 2015 - "Symposia Iranica, Second Biennial Iranian Studies Conference" (University of Cambridge, UK). Established in 2012, Symposia Iranica inaugurated at the University of St Andrews with 99 speakers in 2013 as the first early career scholar-focused forum in the field. Our objectives are both to bring together students and early career scholars to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies, and to deliver a rounded, academically and professionally enriching experience that will have a real impact on the thinking, output and career progression of our participants.

For details on the conference, see our website: symposia-iranica.com  
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For a virtual tour of Downing College, see: symposia-iranica.com/cambridge/
Last year’s brochure can be found here: symposia-iranica.com/first-biennial/

9 April 2015 - "Regional Integration vs. National Disintegration in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East and North Africa" (Nottingham Trent University, UK). The national and transnational challenges that have emerged since the uprisings in 2011 that are commonly referred to as ‘the Arab Spring’ – in particular the increase in extremism, and the emergence and intensification of civil wars – have garnered significant attention in both media coverage and academic research. However, simultaneous (and far older) processes of regional integration – in varying forms from free trade agreements like the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, to economic and political union like the Gulf Cooperation Council – have also been influenced by the changes of the past four years. This one day interdisciplinary conference is aimed at a broad audience of academics, practitioners and students interested in the contemporary MENA. The conference will explore the processes of change currently shaping the MENA. This conference aims to draw together research from different fields (including International Relations, International Political Economy, Middle Eastern Studies, History, Business and Law) in order to explore how far the changes shaping the MENA are leading to the region’s polarisation between states that are integrating politically and economically with each other on the one hand, and states that are disintegrating internally on the other. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome and suggested topics are as follows: IR Theory and the MENA; Radicalisation, extremism and civil war in Syria, Iraq, Libya & the MENA; Revolutions and counter-revolutions; Sectarianism and the internationalisation of domestic disputes; Theoretical reflections on the Arab Spring; Civil conflicts, intervention and conflict resolution/crisis management in Iraq, Syria and Libya; Revisionism and conservatism in the MENA; Diplomacy and international law; Ideas, norms and institutions contemporary MENA politics;   The Arab League and regional conflicts/disputes; Economic, political and military integration in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Regional economic integration; The political and economic impacts of the Arab Spring; Trade liberalisation in the MENA; Economic development and political cooperation in the MENA; Energy security, hydrocarbons and nuclear energy in the MENA; Hegemony, power and sovereignty. If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 250 words to Dr Imad El-Anis (imad.el-anis@ntu.ac.uk) with the subject heading “MENA NTU Research Conference 2015 Abstract” by February 1st 2015. You will be notified of the decision on your abstract via email by 15th February 2015. For more details on the conference please visit the MENA Research Cluster website at: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/research/groups/22/home.aspx/group/ 156381/overview/middle_east_and_north_africa, All queries should be directed to Dr Imad El-Anis (imad.el-anis@ntu.ac.uk) or Dr Natasha Underhill (natasha.underhill@ntu.ac.uk).  

13-15 April 2015 - Second Annual Conference of British Association for Islamic Studies (London, England). For full details on how to submit papers or panels please visit our website: www.brais.ac.uk/annual-conference/2015-call-for-papers (if the link does not work please copy-paste it into your browser address bar). Completed forms must be submitted via e-mail attachment to brais@ed.ac.uk by 5pm (UK time) on Monday 1st December.

15-17 April 2015 - "The Thousand and One Nights: Sources, Transformations, and Relationship with Literature, the Arts and the Sciences" (Cambridge, Boston, MA). Call for Papers and Announcement: http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3719. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ Working Group on Middle Eastern Literatures, The Department of Comparative Literature, The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, in conjunction
with Centre de Recherche Moyen-Orient Méditérranée de l'INALCO (ANR
MSFIMA : Les Mille et une nuits : Sources et Fonctions dans l’Islam Médiéval
Arabe), welcomes proposals for papers that fall within one of the four panel
topics outlined at http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3719. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to Professor Aboubakr Chraïbi at: aboubakr.chraibi@inalco.fr by October 15, 2014. Papers maybe presented in Arabic, English or French. Email submissions should be sent in Word format only. Successful proposals should present a compelling case for the paper and its relation to the conference topic[s]. We ask that all participants stick to a strict twenty minute time period to allow time for discussion. Please do not send your entire paper and do not include your personal details on the abstract but rather in a separate cover letter. All papers will be peer-reviewed and evaluated anonymously. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, does not require any conference registration fees, and will provide participants with food and accommodation while in Cambridge (Boston) USA during the conference. However, it expects participants to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Boston. For any further information please contact Elizabeth Flanagan:
elizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu or visit: http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3719.

24-25 April 2015 - "Unsettling Colonial Modernity: Islamicate Contexts in Focus" (University of Alberta, Canada). The late-19th century acceleration of European colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa gave rise to a range of cultural, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic projects seeking to restructure Islamicate societies after modern Europe. Such Eurocentric projects were predominantly advanced through subordinating Islamicate traditions, cultures, and identities. This traumatic historical experience evokes the image of a Muslim other laid on the Procrustean bed of European modernity; Islamicate traditions, cultures, and identities were either stretched out of shape or sawed off so that they would fit the hegemonic conception of modernity. This homogenizing conception of modernity, however, has faced serious challenges from within and without its European bedrock. Critics have problematized the unilinear view of historical progress in the discourse of Enlightenment modernity and its homogenizing universalism; they have also highlighted the (in)formal colonial trajectory of European modernity in non-European contexts. Out of these critical engagements, have emerged counterdiscourses such as “indigenous modernities”, “multiple modernities”, and “alternative modernities”, as well as a rich body of literature provincializing Europe, historicizing lived experiences of European modernity, and unveiling its darker side. These critiques have opened up new possibilities for transcending false binary oppositions of West/East, modernity/tradition, secular/sacred, and culture/nature. The organizing committee of this interdisciplinary conference invites contributions to the current rethinking of post-19th century identity formations and sociopolitical transmutations in Islamicate contexts (both national and diasporic) vis-à-vis the colonial project of modernity. We are particularly interested in examining practical implications as well as challenges and prospects of such dialogical investigations. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

*  Modern nation-building and its discontents
*   Postcolonialism, indigeneity, and decoloniality
*   Narrative resistance
*   Feminist theories of experience and first-person knowledge
*   Identity politics and intersectionality
*   Subjectivity, theories of the self, and narrative identities
*   Racialization and epistemologies of ignorance
*   Trauma, affect, memory, and their link to identity
*   The return of the repressed in myth, phantasy, and neurosis  
*   Islamophobia in the post-War-on-Terror era
*   Orientalization of diasporic identities in popular culture  
*   Radical pedagogies in interrogating Islamophobia/orientalism
*   Religion, secularism, and democracy
*   Orientalism and occidentalism
*   Critical race and whiteness studies
*   Marxist literary criticism
*   Critical (ir)realism
*   Technophobia, eco-criticism, and post-apocalyptic literature
*   Post-modernism as the return of Romanticism
*   Globalization and socio-economic development

   
Contributions can take the form of papers or posters. Please send abstracts (150-200 words for posters; 300-500 words for papers), along with a short bio of author(s), to ucmconf@gmail.com by November 30, 2014. Decisions on selected proposals will be sent out early January 2014. Presenters whose abstracts are accepted must submit their papers (3000-5000 words) or posters (2-4 slides) by March 27, 2015, one month prior to the conference date. A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed, edited volume. A final draft of selected papers is to be submitted within two months after the conference.

Should you have any questions or require more information, please contact us via email at ucmconf@gmail.com, or visithttp://www.ucmconf.com/.

30 April-1 May, 2015 - "The Arab Spring in a Global Context" Provost's Global Forum 2015 (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA). The wave of uprisings known as the Arab Spring may have changed or at least challenged the relationship between the governed and governing actors not only in Arab countries but in other societies with Muslim people around the world. New legal regimes may now navigate sectarian, gender, and religious fault lines in differing ways. Emerging issues and changing circumstances are providing scholars from all academic disciplines with opportunities to apply and/or revise old theories and produce a body of new knowledge about issues of social change, social justice, racial/ethnic and gender relations, the law, public policy, economic development, and international politics in a global context. The conference is an opportunity for the exchange and sharing of ideas for scholars from all disciplines including: area studies (international studies, Middle Eastern studies, Asian studies, African studies, and Eurasian studies), business, health sciences, journalism and mass communication, social sciences (anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology), humanities (arts, cultural studies, history, gender and race, linguistics and literature, philosophy, religious studies, and rhetoric), education, and law.
The conference is also open to representatives of NGOs, governments, and think tanks. The aim is to facilitate the sharing of ideas and to contribute to building a body of knowledge on this topic representing the broadest range of perspectives possible. The conference will feature presentations of research papers and reports, roundtable conversations, and panel discussions. Although all abstracts will be initially reviewed by the conference organizing committees (consisting of faculty and graduate students), presenters who wish to publish their papers in the Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies must submit fully revised and edited manuscripts for a separate double-blind peer review before acceptance. The conference will also feature musical performances, book exhibits, film and documentary screenings, the taping of an interview-format television show, and art and document displays. Financial support is available to subsidize travel cost for qualified presenters who submit paper abstracts by October 31. Otherwise, the deadline for submitting paper abstracts is November 30. Competitive prizes will be awarded to exceptional undergraduate and graduate student papers. Submissions will be considered by a review committee.
A registration form for those wishing to attend the conference will be available at a later date. Contacts: Sarolta Petersen, Events and Project Specialist, International Programs 319-335-3862, sarolta-petersen@uiowa.edu. For more information and/or to submit abstract, visit: http://international.uiowa.edu/ faculty/arab-spring-global-context.

30 April-3 May, 2015 - "Building a Proficiency Oriented Arabic Curriculum." Call for papers for panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, Canada. This panel invites submissions for 15-20 minute presentations. With the dramatic increase in Arabic enrollments and expanding opportunities for Arabic speakers, the demand for written and spoken Arabic proficiency has never been greater. This panel will consider the challenges and opportunities in building an effective proficiency-oriented Arabic curriculum. The experiences, visions, and concerns of Arabic teachers on integration of social media, online learning, new forms of assessment, integration of Colloquial and Standard Arabic, and selection of course materials are particularly welcome. Please submit abstracts directly to www.nemla.org by September 30, 2014.

May 2015

5-8 May 2015 - "Media, Islam and the Religions of the Middle East" (University of Balamand, Balamand, Koura, Lebanon). CONFERENCE LANGUAGES: English and Arabic. The last two decades have seen a revolutionary transformation in the use and ownership of media.This transformation has offered the opportunity for small and large nations, poor and rich, to own and operate media conglomerates. Groupings or individuals now have direct access to the Internet and can broadcast their news, and opinions, and promote their causes and ideas to the world at large through a variety of ways. The purpose of this conference is to invite scholars and media professionals to examine how this development has impacted on the portrayal of the religions of the Middle East. Of particular interest is, of course, the impact on Islam, and the understanding and perception of Islam by Moslems and those of other faiths. Conference papers will examine how the Internet, social media, the establishment of powerful Middle East-based, or Middle East-funded television networks have affected the perception of religion, a particular religion, and religious communities in the Middle East, and in the diaspora. All abstracts, in either English or Arabic, relevant to the main subject of the conference will be considered. These are some of the suggested themes:

Media Theory and Religion in the Middle East
Media and the Rise or Fall of Religion
Media and the Promotion of Religious Tolerance/Prejudice
Media and the Rise/ Fall of Fundamentalism
Portrayal of Religious Minorities in the Middle East
Portrayal of Islam in Western Media
Portrayal of Middle Eastern Religious Minorities in the West
Portrayal of Middle Eastern Religious Minorities in the Middle East
Portrayal of Islam in Arab Countries
Third World Media Perceptions of Islam
Social Media and the Perception of Islam
Social Media and Religious Communities
Social Media and Religious Minorities
The Use of the Internet by Political Islam
Inter-religious Dialogue in the Media
Portrayal of Religion and Political Correctness
Anti-Islamic Promotion
Reality and Perception
Jihadist Media
Proselytizing Media

Deadlines December 15, 2014: Abstracts of about 400 words in Arabic or English January 10, 2015: Abstract decisions announced April 30, 2015: Full papers for those interested in submitting their papers for publication Registration Fee: $180 $80 graduate students Limited funds are available to assist with accommodation or registration. Abstracts in either English or Arabic of about 400 words, outlining the question or argument to be explored, should be sent to Dr. Ramez Maluf at media.religion@balamand.edu.lb. Full panels will also be considered.

6-7 May 2015 - International Congress on Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Representation in Art (Zahedan, Iran). Sub-topics of the Conference: -Muhammad's (PBUH) Representation in Art: Painting, Illustration, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Art decorative, Dramatic Art, Handicrafts; Representation of the names, titles and characters of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Artworks; Reflect of word and morality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Art, Literature and Mysticism. Last date for registration: 04/02/2015. Registation is FREE For further details: http://seminars.usb.ac.ir/icmra.

8 May 2015 - "Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender" (University of Ulster, York St campus, Belfast, Northern Ireland). The Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Ulster) invite proposals for a one-day postgraduate symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender to be held on Friday, 8 May 2015. This symposium seeks to explore the interface between occupation, transitional justice and gender. The starting point for exploration is based in feminist concerns that are broadly focused on issues of power, control and hierarchies. More specifically, feminist theorizing acknowledges that women’s needs during times of occupation, conflict, and/or transition are often ignored, sidelined or essentialised; recent research is also looking into masculinities during these periods. While much research has explored transitional justice and gender, there has been limited research on the relationship and complexities of occupation and gender. Furthermore, there is a dearth of research on how these three concepts intersect, inform and/or impact each other. Some questions to be explored during the symposium may include:

  • What might be the approach in exploring the interface between occupation and transitional justice while utilizing a gendered lens?
  • How does law capture modern instances of occupation that do not fit neatly into the existing legal coding? 
  • Can transitional justice mechanisms be employed while there is an occupation and can such mechanisms take the gendered needs of the population into account?
  • Can the exceptionality of occupation reveal gender differences unapparent in normal settings and, if so, what are their implications for transitional justice theory and praxis?

We invite papers from postgraduate students (PhD and Masters) who are exploring the above-mentioned questions in any context and any time period; case studies and theoretical papers are also welcomed. We also invite poster proposals to be featured during a special poster session. For paper or poster proposals, please send a title, a 200-word abstract, and a short one-paragraph biography by 31 December 2014 to Rimona Afana (afana-r@email.ulster.ac.uk) and Stephanie Chaban (chaban-s@email.ulster.ac.uk). Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 15 January 2015. All submissions will be eligible for Best Paper and Best Poster awards. Papers will get substantive and thorough feedback from faculty with expertise in gender/transition and/or law of armed conflict. The organizers are exploring the possibility of publication for the best papers. The symposium will feature Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as the keynote speaker. Gender experts from the Transitional Justice Institute and IRiSS will also participate. Furthermore, there will also be a praxis session involving domestic and international work related to women’s grassroots involvement in transitional justice mechanisms. The full schedule will be announced shortly. While there is no registration fee, we regret that we are unable to cover travel and accommodation costs for participants. The symposium is sponsored by the Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (FWSA): http://fwsablog.org.uk/. Further sponsorship is provided by the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, the Research Graduate School, University of Ulster, and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, University of Ulster. 

26-27 May 2015 - "Middle Eastern Christians in Diaspora: Past and Present, Continuity and Change." (University of St Andrews, Scotland). This two-day conference will provide a singular setting for scholars to meet and engage with a wide array of actors working with Middle Eastern Christian migrant communities in Europe and beyond. It is organized by the research team responsible for the project “Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe” (DIMECCE). Researchers in the humanities, social sciences and theology are invited to propose their contributions to the conference organizers by 30 January 2015. Information: https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/dimecce/?page_id=1007

June 2015

June 2015 - "Archaeology 2015: Ancient Cultures in the Land of the Bible (Jerusalem). The scientific committee of the conference invites participants to submit abstracts on the topics outlined in the accompanying list presented on this web site. Additional subjects related to the main topics of the conference are also welcome. Abstracts (in English) for individual paper presentations or symposiums should not exceed 200–300 words and must include the name of the presenter, his/her affiliation and the type of presentation (paper or symposium). Proposed posters can be submitted as text or PDF file. A short biography or C.V. can be added together with the abstract in a separate file. The deadline for abstract's submission is 15 September 2014.Questions concerning the conference or abstract submission can be addressed to our main office: desk@archaeologyisrael.com. Please submit your abstract directly to the scientific committee by emaildesk@archaeologyisrael.com. For conference information, please visit: https://www.archaeologyisrael.com/.

1-3 June 2015 - "Middle Class in the Middle East and Beyond: What Has Changed?" (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel). This workshop will discuss three broad historical "moments" in the making of regional middle classes. First, as nascent bourgeoisie first appeared (?) during the eighteenth century and gradually developed in correspondence with state reforms and economic integration into the world economy during the nineteenth century. Second, the increasing role of the state in patronizing local middle classes during the late imperial era and under nation state building; roughly since the turn of the nineteenth century and until the 1960s. Third, the coming into being of a â?onewâ? middle class since the 1970s oil boom and economic reforms. All such moments are open for debate as processes marked by clear starting and ending dates. We further expect fruitful engagements with "middle class" as an analytic tool in studying long-term change in the Middle East. Moreover, we assume that re-introducing class into regional social analysis will augment rather than replace past insights into ethnic, gender, subaltern, and cultural studies, and ask "in what ways?" The workshop is open to historians and social scientists alike, and to all ranks in academia (PhD candidates are welcome). We particularly encourage academics working on similar themes in other social environments beyond the Middle East. We look forward to comparisons with such case studies and discussion on global middle classes. Possible questions that papers might engage include: 1. Were middle classes uniquely modern social occurrences? Perhaps not? 2. Were middle classes local, regional, global, or perhaps "local" developments? 3. Class representation-what happened to middle classes as they expanded? 4. Middle class and nation states: which came first? 5. Was middle class the reason behind regional economic transitions, or their recipient? 6. Middle classes and competing/corresponding social categories-ethnic, tribal, minorities, gender, and youth - "how do they relate? 7. Middle class culture and middle class religion: do they exist? In what sense? We expect participants to send draft articles with an eye for future joint publication before the workshop, and to attend the workshop for its entire duration. Participants will receive reimbursement for airfare (up to $700 and $1,500 for flights from Europe and the USA respectively), ground transportation, and accommodation. Please send abstract and CV and refer any questions to Relli Shechter rellish@bgu.ac.il and Ben Zarhi benz@post.bgu.ac.il. Deadline for abstracts is 1 September 2014.

4-5 June 2015 - "Territories of Understanding" Second International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting Studies (Queen's University, Belfast). Translation and interpreting are understood--and indeed function--all too often as tools that universalize and level. Unsustainable claims are made for their capacity to tap into and re-generate channels of communication which operate at the level of the species, while at the same time the deficits of translation and interpreting, in terms of significant and far-reaching failures of understanding, still structure our geopolitics. This conference will seek to address these broad issues by posing the following questions: 1. What might we mean by culture-specific definitions of translation/interpreting? 2. How do translators/interpreters operate within and/or go beyond such definitions? 3. What sort of contribution can translation/interpreting make to the development of public and/or international policy? 4. What do we mean by cultural encounter? Can we legislate for it? 5. In what ways are translation/interpreting answerable to a politics of recognition? 6. In what ways can translators/interpreters address cultural and political conflict? We would be delighted to receive proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of the issues and questions set out above. Please send a 300 word abstract to conference2qub@gmail.com by 5th January 2015. All papers will be refereed and you will be notified of acceptance by 2nd February 2015. Abstracts should also include: 1. The presenter's name 2. The presenter's affiliation 3. The presenter's academic status and current year of study 4. Title of the paper to be presented 5. Three keywords that best describe the content of the paper to be presented Confirmed plenary speakers are: Professor Michael Cronin MRIA, Centre for Translation and Textual Studies, Dublin City University Professor Susan Bassnett, Professor of Comparative Literature and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick Dr Samia Bazzi, Head of Translation at the Lebanese University of Beirut Conference participants will be responsible for travel to and from Belfast, and for their own accommodation. The conference fee will be £30, which includes refreshments, lunches and wine receptions on both days, and dinner on the first night. More details are available at www.territoriesofunderstanding.wordpress.com Or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TranslationQUB and Twitter: @TranslateQUB

12 June 2015 - "Minorities and Popular Culture in Modern Middle East," (SOAS, University of London). Thanks to modern mass communication media and commercial entertainment, popular culture has increasingly become a large industry geared for massive consumption while engendering and contesting national and communal identities. Since late nineteenth century, Middle Eastern minorities have contributed to the making of popular culture industries as public performers, producers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, etc.  Meanwhile, popular culture has been a crucial tool in constructing public imagery of both majority and minority ethnic and religious communities. Thus, popular culture has been a site of contradictions and contestations. This workshop aims at exploring the contribution of all religious and ethnic minorities to the popular culture industries and how popular culture products have represented minorities and dealt with the minority question in modern Middle East during the twentieth century and at present. The workshop hopes to examine national, regional, and cross-regional case studies covering the area from Iran to Morocco, from Turkey to Sudan and beyond. Comparative and diasporic studies are particularly welcome.

Themes may include but are not limited to:

Histories of the contribution of ethnic and religious minorities to music, cinema, popular press/ publications, theatre, and TV productions Representation of ethnic and religious minorities in music, cinema, theatre, popular press and TV productions in past and present The treatment of minority question in entertainment industry Nostalgic trends in popular production to good old days of ethnic-diversity in Middle East Jews, Arabs, and Arab-Jews in Israeli popular culture The Arab-Israeli conflict in popular culture The dynamic of contemporary Christian media in the Arab world Popular culture and the LBGT communities Gendering minorities in popular culture Popular culture and racialising minorities State’s engagement of popular culture production to other or integrate minorities

Further information:

http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/news/detail.asp?ItemID=848

Submission deadline:

Please submit 200 word abstracts to: sc736@cam.ac.uk by December 12 2014. Those accepted for the workshop will be notified by early February.

21-23 June 2015 - "Archeology 2015: In the Footsteps of Ancient Cultures in the Lands of the Bible." (Jerusalem). The scientific committee of the conference invites experts to submit abstracts on the conference topics. The list of topics is presented on the conference web-site:http://holy-land-archeology.com/index.php?page_id=16. More details on the conference are available on the site: http://holy-land-archeology.com/.

24-26 June 2015 - "Liberation?" BRISMES/EURAMES Annual Conference. Liberation has been a recurrent theme in the Middle East for millennia. People have sought it in a multitude of ways – through politics, mysticism, philosophy, and personal piety. In the modern Middle East, different political movements – nationalist, communist, economic liberalist, Islamist, and secularist – have all promised liberation of different kinds. It is also a key theme of feminist writing, and of modern Middle Eastern literature. Together with ‘bread and dignity’, it was one of the central principles of the Arab Spring. With the reassertion of military rule in Egypt, and the descent in Syria from popular uprisings to bloody civil war, ‘liberation’ is now even more in question in the Middle East than it was before 2011. The BRISMES Annual Conference 2015 will explore the multitude of meanings that the concept has for the region today. BRISMES 2015 invites papers on any aspect of liberation – and we will also welcome papers on any other theme. We will include panels on as wide as possible a range of disciplines, including: politics, religious studies (Islam, and also other religions), history, law, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, geography, translation studies, and language teaching. Please submit paper proposals here and panel proposals here.

Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 20 February 2015
Accepted papers and panels announced: 20 March
Deadline for participant registration: 10 April
Deadline for paper submission: 20 May

Non-presenting conference participants are warmly welcomed and registration will open shortly.

July 2015

6-9 July 2015 - "2015 Conference on Middle Eastern and North African Studies" (Brussels, Belgium). The Institute of MENA is hosting two annual conferences: First session is in the winter, and the second is summer. For the summer session, You are invited to participate in the Institute for MENA conference on Middle Eastern Affairs from July 6th to July 9th, 2015. The conference will take place at Brussels, Belgium. There are two types of participations: 1. a presenter, or; 2, guest (guest does not have to present, but he/she is welcome to engage in the session discussions). Guests can secure their attendance by paying the conference fees by the dates specified below. The presented papers may be published in the conference proceedings and the institute publication; further information will be provided upon accepting your paper for presentation. Submission Process: Submit your abstract by November 25th to: conference@institute-mena.org. Late submission is permitted until February 28, 2015. Please write in the subject line: 2015 Conference for MENA- Brussels. If your abstract is selected, pay the conference fees. Submit your full paper. For Information: http://institute-mena.org/MENA/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2&Itemid=1 Special Fees Reductions: Full-time Students will be granted 25% off the published fees (Please submit student grant form). A school Email or letter of the admission and record to show your status. Presenters and Guests can apply for Grants that can apply to your conference fees. Grants may be granted on case-by-case (please see attached grant form). How to submit your proposals and Guests' requests: For your Abstracts: Please submit your abstract by November 25th to: conference@institute-mena.org. For your Guest Attending Requests: Please Download the application and fax email it after you complete it. NOTE: Any inquiry should be directed to the same email address (conference@institute-mena.org).

13-15 July 2015 - "The River Jordan," ARAM Society 41st International Conference (University of Oxford, UK). ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty First International Conference aims to study the River Jordan, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 13-15 July 2015.
The conference aims to focus its attention on the three northern sources of the river Jordan (the Dan, Baniyas, and Hasbani streams) and the area of the Sea of Galilee (the sea itself not a topic of the conference) and the Jordan river’s southern course up to where it enters the Dead Sea (the sea itself not a topic of the conference). Essentially, the conference would cover in its study both banks of the river Jordan (not the hinterland of the riparian countries). The conference will start on Monday 13th July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 15th July at 6pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.
Tel. 01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

20-22 July 2015 - "Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient Near East," ARAM 42nd International Conference (University of Oxford, UK). ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organising a series of conferences on Transmission and Innovation: Scientific, technological and religious thought in the Syro-Mesopotamian area (3000 BC – 700 AD), and its Forty Second International Conference will study the theme of Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient Near East, 20-22 July, 2015 at the Oriental Institute (University of Oxford). The conference will start on Monday 7 July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 9 July at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. If you wish to participate in the Conference, please fill the form below and return to our Oxford address. All papers given at the conference will be published in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you know of colleagues who might like to contribute to the conference, please send us their names and addresses:
ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

September 2015

7-11 September 2015 - Eleventh Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (University of Vienna). The Eleventh Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS 11) will be taking place at the University of Vienna from September 7-11, 2015. Please save the date and bookmark our homepage at https://chags.univie.ac.at/. We will provide more information and a first call for session proposals in the near future. Please subscribe to our CHAGS 11 newsletter by sending an e-mail to chags11@univie.ac.at with "subscribe" in the subject field.

 



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