MESA - Middle East Studies Association










January 2016

13-16 January 2016 - "Fragments of Empire After the American Century" the 6th International Conference of the American University of Beirut Center for American Studies and Research (Beirut, Lebanon). This conference will provide a forum to focus on and debate the consequences and residues of imperial (and neo-imperial) presences across the Middle East, as well as the legacies of empire in the so-called metropoles or in comparative consideration to other regions and eras. The concept of "fragments" can be interpreted literally, as in pieces or cuts to elicit analysis on a specific context, relationship, cultural or historical manifestation, and/or it can be interpreted metaphorically to reflect on diffusions, refractions or realignments of power, culture, space and so on. In this unwieldy moment, American power unfolds in diffuse sites and often in scattered or incongruous ways. The phrase "after the American century" aims to be suggestive; it can be interpreted either as a reflection of the waning US power in support of contradictory strategic interests, or as a question about whether we are, indeed, entering an "after" phase of imperial hegemonies. We invite disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and un-disciplined papers that address any aspect of transnational American Studies (or America's transnational fragments). Although CASAR focuses primarily on the transnational relations between the United States and the Middle East, we also invite papers that address transnational American studies in other geographies, such as hemispheric borders in the Americas, provided these papers speak to broad methodological and theoretical questions relating to the theme. These may include - but are not limited to - the following: - Theories of American empire and statecraft - Digital futures across borders - Global diffusions and fragments of pop cultures - Fragmentation and subject-formation in imperial, neo-imperial, or post-colonial contexts - Political economy of transnational media - Political economy of consumer cultures - Theories of diaspora, diasporic networks, displacement, refugee communities - Decoloniality and fragmented modernities - War and political fragmentation In addition to hosting a wide range of scholarship in transnational American Studies relating to empire, we welcome panel and paper proposals focused on the history of AUB and/or American education in the Middle East for AUB's 150th anniversary. The deadline to submit abstracts is April 30, 2015. For abstract submission information, please see: For other questions:

21-24 January 2016
Intercultural Competence: Traditions and Transitions
Tucson, Arizona (U.S.A.)
Call for Papers Deadline: 25 May 2015

25-27 January 2016
Political Parties in the Middle East: Past, Present and Future Perspectives
University of Manchester (UK)
Call for Papers Deadline: October 5, 2015

February 2016

21-25 February 2016
Solutions for a Better Life: Future Leadership Conference
Sharjah, UAE
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2015

26 February 2016
Middle East Dialogue: New Hopes and Aspirations
Washington, DC
Policy Studies Organization
Call for Papers Deadline: 15 October 2015

March 2016

13-16 March 2016
25th International Childhood Education Symposium
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract Deadline: January 30, 2016

17-19 March 2016
"Migrants: Communities, Borders, Memories, Conflicts" XIII Annual conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO)
(University of Cataniak, Italy).

Call for proposals for panel, "Migration and Transnational Governance"
Deadline for Submissions: January 6, 2016
Information: Laurie Brand  and Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury

18 March 2016
Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America?
Sponsored by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy
National Press Club, Washington, DC
Register at:

23-25 March 2016
Middle East Economic Association 15th International Conference: "The Impact of Oil Price Changes on the Economic Growth and Development in the MENA Countries"
Doha, Qatar, Hosted by the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2015

31 March - 2 April 2016
From Christianisations and Islamisations to (Hetero)Europeanisations: Tranformations of Cultural-Historical Heritage on the European Margins
Sofia, Bulgaria
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015
Information: announcement

April 2016

5-7 April 2016
The Seventh Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, "Innovation and Transformation: Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC"
Arab Open University, Kuwait
Submission Deadline: December 14, 2015

7 April 2016
Security, Insecurity and Prospects for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa, 3rd Annual MENA Research Conference
Nottingham Trent University, UK
Submission Deadline: February 16, 2016
Submit to:
Information: overview/middle_east_and_north_africa or

10-15 April 2016
Journalism Academy
Istanbul, Gaziantep, and Ankara, Turkey
Sponsored by the Daily Sabah Centre for Policy Studies

12-14 April 2016
International Symposium on Civilization, Cities and Architecture
Istanbul, Turkey
Call for Papers Deadline: 1 September 2015
Sponsored by the Turkish Historical Society

May 2016

1-2 May 2016
Challenges of the Present, and Prospects of the Future
Doha, Qatar
Abstract Deadline: 300 words by January 1, 2016

6-7 May 2016
31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Abstract Deadline: February 12, 2016

13 May 2016
Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, A Symposium
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Call for Papers Deadline: December 4, 2015
Proposals to:

26-27 May 2016
American Foreign Policy and the Middle East
Maltepe University, Istanbul
Call for Papers Deadline: February 19, 2016
Send 200-word abstract and short bio to:

July 2016

10-14 July 2016
ISA Forum of Sociology
Call for Papers for session on "Muslim Youth, Contemporary Challenges and Future Prospects"

Abstract Deadline: 30 September 2015
Organizers: Ali Akbar Tajmazinani ( and Mohammed Saeed Zokaei (
Submit abstracts to:

13-15 July 2016
BRISMES Annual Conference 2016: Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyberspace
The University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus
Proposal Deadline: February 19, 2016, 5pm

20-23 July 2016
14th EASA Biennial Conference: Anthropological Legacies and Human Futures
University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Call for Panels Deadline: November 25, 2016

August 2016

8-9 August 2016
The 16th Conference of the International Qajar Studies Association, "Doctors and the Medicinal Arts in Qajar, Iran"
Vienna, Austria
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016
Send paper proposals to: Dr. Nahid Mozaffari

16-19 August 2016
7th Annual Gulf Research Meeting
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

September 2016

4-6 September 2016
EAIS 5th Annual Conference on Israel Studies 2016, "Rethinking Israel: Borders, Boundaries & Cultures
SOAS, University of London, UK
Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2016

7-9 September 2016
"Dialogue Among Civilisations" World Conference, Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University
Krakow, Poland
Abstract Deadline: December 31, 2015
Send 200-word abstracts to:

7-10 September 2016
10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
Izmir, Turkey

Call for participants on section on Islam in International Affairs: Politics and Paradigms
Submission Deadline: January 8, 2016
Submit instructions:

13-15 September 2016
The Islamic Manuscript Association's Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference, "Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture"
University of Cambridge, UK
Abstract Deadline: 23 November 2015
Information: 2016conference.aspx

22-23 September 2016 - "Partition and Empire: Ireland, India, Palestine and Beyond (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the post­colonial nation­state and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people. With these considerations in mind, this conference will explore the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames. Though we focus on the partitions of Ireland, India, and Palestine, we welcome papers addressing imperial partitions in other regions of the world. Topics include but are not limited to violence; sovereignty; sexuality and the body; displacement and dispossession; memory and cultural production; territoriality and borders; identity and state formation; pedagogies and/or epistemologies of partition. We invite a title and abstract of 250 words due Sept 25, 2015, emailed to Conference attendees will pre-circulate papers (of about 8,000 words including footnotes), due August 19, 2016. Travel and accommodation will be provided for all conference attendees.

24-25 September 2016
Investigating Arabic Second Language Learning: Empirical Findings and Trends
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Abstract Deadline: February 28, 2016
Submit abstracts to:
Inquiries: Mohammad Alhawary

October 2016

21-23 October 2016
20 Years of "Iran and the Caucasus": A Breakthrough
Aghveran, Armenia
Abstract Deadline: April 21, 2016

December 2016

3-10 December 2016 (Dates to be finalized by February 2016.)
Moroccan Cinema Uncut: Local Perspectives, Transnational Dialogues
Organized in association with École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (Marrakesh), the London Film School, The University of Exeter (UK), Goucher College (USA), the Marrakech International Film Festival (Morocco) and the Africa in Motion Film Festival (Edinburgh, UK)
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Call for Papers Deadline: March 15, 2016
Send to Conference Organizers, Will Higbee ( and Flo Martin (
Information: email the organizers



January 2017

10-12 January 2017
Outcast Voices: Reflections on the Marginalized, the Exiled and the Secondary in Classical Modern Arabic Culture
Department of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Haifa
Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2016
Information: Dr. Masud Hamdan at (; and Dr. Jalal abd Alghani at (

26 January 2017
The "Dangerous Classes" in the Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford
Abstract Deadline: June 30, 2016
Information: Stephanie Cronin


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