Dates: 1-3 July 2015
Title: "Moving Beyond the Stalemate" St. Andrews Third Biennial Conference on Syria
Location: St. Andrews, Scotland
Description: The international conference will bring together in one place the largest and most diverse concentration of scholars of Syria. It will feature papers by some 25 based on innovative and cutting edge research. The Roundtable discussions feature the biggest names in the field of Syrian studies, diplomacy and conflict resolution. Roundtable participants David Lesch, Steven Heydeman, Nir Rosen, Samir Aita, Michael Williams and Carsten Wieland have all been intimately involved in diplomacy, track II and conflict resolution projects regarding Syria. I William Zartman is the worldâ€™s most famous expert on conflict resolution in failed states. Special guests, Dr Nicholas Van Dam and Ibrahim Hamidi, will be featured participants in the workshops. The workshops will give all conference attendees a chance to interact with these scholars and practitioners in debating the way forward in the Syrian crisis The registration fee includes three nights accommodation, plus many meals, teas and coffee, etc.
1-3 July 2015 - "Iran and the West: Converging Prespectives" (University of Warwick, UK). To be held from 1-3 July 2015, and hosted by the University of Warwick. Introductory speaker – Dr James Hodkinson, the University of Warwick. Keynote speaker – Prof Ali Ansari, the University of St Andrews. We cordially invite scholars from diverse fields to contribute towards a wide-ranging interdisciplinary conference which aims to further our understanding of Iranian perceptions of the West and Westerners and Western perceptions of Iran and Iranians, from c. 500 BC until the present day. The aim of this conference is to improve our understanding of Iranian and Western cultural perceptions of the other’s culture, people, and politics, both from popular and elite viewpoints, and the points of convergence and divergence between them. For further details, and for any questions regarding the themes of the conference, please consult the conference web page. For any further clarifications, contact Dr Margaux Whiskin by email at M.Whiskin@warwick.ac.uk. •Please note that the call for papers deadline will be extended into April.
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: email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
26-28 July 2015 - International Conference on Cross Cultural Encounters, Identity and the Marginalized (Istanbul, Turkey). ICCCEIM 2015. Submission deadline: May 21, 2015. http://www.iccceim.org/.
1-2 August 2015
12th International Research Conference on Business, Economics and Social Sciences, IRC-2015
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2015
Registration Deadline: July 10, 2015
5 August 2015
Why Did They Not Print Their Books? Stories About the Reasons Why Printing Was Introduced So Late in the Muslim World
Islamic Manuscript Association Lecture Series
5-6 August 2015 - "Fourth Islam and Bioethics International Conference" (Coimbra, Portugal). The fourth Islam and Bioethics International Conference (following Haifa University, 2001, Penn State University, 2006, and Ankara, Turkey 2010) will take place at Coimbra, Portugal, during August 5-6, 2015. The conference will be part of the 21st Annual meeting of the World Congress on Medical Law (WCML) August 2- 6 , 2015. Participants and speakers from various disciplines are welcome (medicine, Islamic studies, natural sciences, law, history, sociology, philosophy, etc.). The conference language is English. Abstract submission deadline is April 2, 2015. To submit your abstract, please use the link below and follow the instructions: https://waml.conference-services.net/ authorlogin.asp?conferenceID= 4386&language=en-uk. Notification of acceptance: by April 30, 2015. Please consult the Congress website (http://wafml.memberlodge.org/event-703110) for guidelines about abstract submission, registration, hotels, etc.
5-7 August 2015 - A Critique of the Modern Discourse of Maqāsid (Alexandria, Egypt). Several modern Muslim scholars have found in al-Šātibī’s (d. 1388 CE) concept of maqāsid al-Šarīʿah a refuge to centralize human reason in the making of Islamic law. This concept helped them propose a form of Islam that complies with what they considered necessary conditions of modernity. Practically, however, the discourse of maqāsid has been used by extremists, for instance to promote suicide bombing, by liberals, for instance to drop off hudūd, and by several other groups, which lie between these two ends. We would like to examine if this modern discourse of maqāsid contradicts some traditional principles, values and structures of traditional Islam. For instance, does this discourse ignore the central notion of ghayb? Does it downplay the basic principle of tāʿah? Does it contradict the traditional downplaying of the notion of truth in the making of law in traditional Islam? Speaking of truth, al-haqq, can we find in some recent Western theories appropriate approaches to understanding Islamic law? Here, we point out to works such as Habermas’ integration of facts and norms in the making of the law, Baudrillard’s contrast of the rules of the game to rational laws, and Geertz’s reorientation of the notion of haqq in Moroccan Islam. In addition, we want to reexamine al-maqāsid in the entire oeuvre of al-Šātibī. Moreover, we will explore the usūlī definitions and distinctions of a number of concepts that have been (con)fused in the modern discourse of maqāsid, such as sabab, maqsid, ʿillah and hikmah. We will also examine modern texts that maintained a critical position toward the maqāsid discourse, for instance, al-Būtī’s Dawābit al-Maslahah. One more topic that intrigues us is the frequent conflation of the discourse of maqāsid with the other modern discourse of wasatiyyah. If you are interested in this workshop, you may please send us a 300-500 word abstract and a short bio. We plan to finally publish all papers in an edited volume. The workshop discussions will enrich our ideas before we submit the final chapters. The organizers at the Discourse Research Center in Alexandria are open to sponsor a second meeting, if needed, before sending the manuscript for publication. Please, email your abstract and any questions you may have to Mohamed A. Mohamed at Mohamed.Mohamed@nau.edu by May 31, 2015. Accepted applicants will be notified by June 5, 2015. Both air-tickets and accommodation will be covered. We are very happy that Professor Devin Stewart is joining us as a co-organizer of this workshop.
24-27 August 2015 - 6th Gulf Research Meeting (University of Cambridge, UK).Workshop: "Egypt and the GCC: Renewing an Alliance Amidst Shifting Policy Pressures", Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge, 24-27 August 2015 Papers are invited which contextualise recent shifts in the Egyptian - GCC alliance and present the latest findings on Egyptian and/or GCC economic, security and foreign policy. Some papers might also analyse the underpinnings of the relative positions of Egypt and the GCC states in the regional or international order. Deadline for abstracts is 18 March 2015. Deadline for draft papers is 31 May 2015. Further information available at: http://grm.grc.net/index.php?pgid=Njk=&wid=MTAw&yr=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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe" in the subject field.
Dates: 25 September 2015
Title: "Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order"
Location: Edge Hill University, UK
Call for Papers Deadline: June 30, 2015
Information: Dr. James Renton email@example.com
25-27 September 2015 - "The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring: Why the "Middle East Exceptionalism" is Still Wrong (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada). Four years after the recent revolutions/social movements (2011-12) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the region is caught between a number of rocks and many hard places. The rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the return of a military regime in Egypt, the breakout of proxy/civil war in Syria and Yemen, and the chaos and collapse of the Libyan polity have largely replaced hope with despair, and excitement with resentment. Is the Middle East exceptionally immune to democratic movements, values and institutions? This interdisciplinary international conference is an attempt to examine why and how the MENA region is not immune to democratic social movements. We propose that these revolutions were indicative of deep-rooted socio-cultural and structural transformations in contemporary MENA; they symbolized a popular quest for human dignity, social justice and freedom. The genie is out of the bottle and more progressive changes have yet to come. The contemporary social movements in MENA are open-ended and unfinished projects. The conference and the subsequent publications aim to study these movements and their aftermath with an eye to the socio-political opportunities and potentials for progressive change they left behind. We will examine the local, regional and global impediments to grassroots democracy in the region. We will problematizes the impact of global and regional politics, political economy, post-colonial condition, and socio-cultural factors – gender, ethnicity, class, and religion – on the rise and the current crisis of contemporary social movements in the region. The conference is an attempt for theorizing/problematizing these uprisings and imagining an alternative perspective for the future of popular and progressive social movements in MENA.
Paper proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:
1. “The Quiet Encroachment” of the counterrevolutionary forces: Why the ancient forces are coming back?
2. Social Movements in MENA: Is the “Return of the Repressed” Possible?
3. What liberal and the Left-wing forces could have done to prevent the crisis in the MENA social movements?
4. Problematizing the faults and failure of Islamist forces in MENA social movements
5. The myth and reality of Army as a “midwife” of MENA social movements
6. Is the “Post-Islamist turn” over?
7. Are contemporary social movements in MENA open-ended/unfinished projects?
8. “Muslim/Middle East Exceptionalism”, Islamophobia and the West: Past and present
9. Impact of global/regional politics on the rise and crisis of the MENA social movements
10. Political economy of the MENA social movements (The Arab Spring, Iran’s Green Movement, Turkey's Gezi Park Movement)
11. Political economy of Islamism
12. Gendering the MENA Social Movements: The question of women, LGTB, etc.
13. The MENA social movements and minorities (religious, ethnic, etc.)
14. Postcolonial critique of the implementation of R2P in Libya
15. Postcolonial critique of the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Please send abstracts (200-300 words) along with a short biography (100 words) to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please include the title of your paper, your name and affiliation. Submissions are due by June 01, 2015. Selected proposals will be notified by June 15, 2015.
A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed edited volume by a prestigious press. We do welcome original research and contributions on the themes of the conference from various academic disciplines. A final draft of selected papers is to be submitted within two months after the conference – December 01, 2015.
Should you have any questions or require more information, please contact us at: <email@example.com>. Or visit the conference website: <https://upasconference.wordpress.com>.
16-17 October 2015 - "Distant Reading and the Islamic Archive" 3rd Annual Islamic Digital Humanities Conference (Brown University, Providence, RI). Each year, the number of digitized books, inscriptions, images, documents, and other artifacts from the Islamic world continues to grow. As this archive expands, so too does the repertoire of digital tools for navigating and interpreting its diffuse and varied contents. Drawing upon such tools as topic modeling, context-based search, social network maps, and text reuse algorithms, the study of large-scale archives and textual corpora is undergoing significant and exciting developments. With this in mind, the Middle East Studies program at Brown University is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Islamic Digital Humanities Conference, to be held on October 16-17, 2015. We cordially invite proposals for papers related to distant reading and other computational approaches to the study of the pre-modern and early modern Islamic world. Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, archivists, librarians, curators, and other scholars are welcome to apply. Candidates are requested to submit a title and abstract of 300 words and a CV to the conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, and successful applicants will be notified by the end of May. Papers should be no longer than twenty minutes and read in English. A collection of abstracts from previous conferences and workshops may be found on our website (www.islamichumanities.org) along with recorded webcasts, a list of digital resources, and announcements for related events. There may be limited funding available to cover travel expenses and hotel accommodation for junior scholars. All other participants are asked to cover their own expenses. The conference will begin at noon on Friday, October 16 and conclude by the early afternoon of Saturday, October 17. Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island, one hour south of Boston and easily accessible by train and plane. For any questions, please contact Dr. Elias Muhanna at the email address above.
28-29 October 2015
International Conference on the Geo-Politics of the Middle East
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Abstract Deadline: 31 July 2015
Send abstract to: Dr. James Barry (email@example.com)
29-31 October 2015 - Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference (Washington, DC). https://asmea.nonprofitcms.org/c/Conferences/3/Pages/Overview.
4-5 November 2015
Fifth Annual Conference on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
University of Abu Dhabi, UAE
To submit an abstract: http://conf.aucegypt.edu/Conferences/ ConfHome.aspx?Conf=Takaful2015&Title=Call%20for%20papers
Information: http://conf.aucegypt.edu/Conferences/ ConfHome.aspx?Conf=Takaful2015&Title=Home or Salma Eissa firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/casar/Conferences/FragmentsofEmpire-2016/Pages/CallforPapers.aspx For other questions: email@example.com
21-24 January 2016
Intercultural Competence: Traditions and Transitions
Tucson, Arizona (U.S.A.)
Call for Papers Deadline: 25 May 2015
26 February 2016
Middle East Dialogue: New Hopes and Aspirations
Policy Studies Organization
Call for Papers Deadline: 15 October 2015
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). The 2016 SeSaMO conference on 17-19 March, 2016, puts the spotlight on migration meant as a general phenomenon that has affected Muslim-majority societies across history and can be approached from different disciplinary perspectives. Scholars are invited to present a panel. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome as well as proposals focusing on distinct areas of interest in the field of Middle Eastern studies. With the aim of encouraging scientific interaction with the international scholarly community, the conference will host keynote speakers who will lecture on topics of interest for the Society and who will have the opportunity to listen to paper presentations. Panels in Italian, English or French are welcome. Each panel proposal should include two workshop directors who ought to come from different institutions and must reach Dr. Paola Rivetti (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 30, 2015. The full call for panels is available athttp://www.sesamoitalia.it/.
12-14 April 2016
International Symposium on Civilization, Cities and Architecture
Call for Papers Deadline: 1 September 2015
Sponsored by the Turkish Historical Society
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 (email@example.com) and Mohammed Saeed Zokaei (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submit abstracts to: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2016/cfp.cgi
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 partitionsconferenceUIUC@gmail.com. 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.