MESA - Middle East Studies Association










February 2018

13-14 February 2018
Early Hafsid Tunis - Capital of the Caliphate, a symposium sponsored by Le Centre d'Etudes Maghrebines a Tunis (CEMAT) and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)
Tunis, Tunisia
Submission Deadline: January 2, 2018
Information: Allen Fromherz or

21-24 February 2018
Symposia Persica: First International Biennial Conference and Graduate Workshop on The Persianate World and Central Eurasia
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2017

March 2018

2 March 2018
Israel Lobby and American Policy 2018
National Press Club, Washington, DC

12-20 March 2018
Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice
To be convened in Palestine
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017
Information: Rabab Abdulhadi

14-16 March 2018
War and Peace: Representations and Symbols in the Arab World
Grenoble Alpes University/Saint Martin d'Heres
Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2017

15-16 March 2018
Eighteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations
University of Konstanz, Germany
Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2017

23 March 2018
Middle East Dialogue 2018: A New Collection Vision
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization
Submission Deadline: December 27, 2017

23-24 March 2018
"Islam in the Post-Obama Era" 35th Annual Conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS)
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2017
Information: or contact Natan J. DeLong-Bas

29 March-1 April 2018
"Humor and the Making of Middle Eastern and North African Modernities"
(Seminar is part of the American Comparative Literature Association Meeting)
Los Angeles, CA
Abstract deadline: Open Sept. 1-23, 2017
Information: Mostafa Abedinifard

29 March-1 April 2018
"The Rule of Verbal Art: Decorum in Pre-Modern Criticism"
(Seminar is part of the American Comparative Literature Association Meeting)
Los Angeles, CA
Abstract Deadline: September 21, 2017
Information: Rob Ames

April 2018

Sometime in April 2018
Workshop on the dimensions of the Caspian Sea as a geographical frame for historical study
New Haven, CT
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2017
Contact/Information: Lora LeMosy

3-7 April 2018
Society for Applied Anthropology 78th Annual Meeting: "Sustainable Futures"
Philadelphia, PA
Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2017
Information: meeting/

5-8 April 2018
International Symposium-Health, Reproduction and Sexuality: Neoliberal-Authoritarian Modes of Governing the Woman's Body in Turkey
Bremen University, Germany

6-7 April 2018
Interdisciplinary Conference on Kurdish Politics and Societies
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Abstract Deadline: October 1, 2017

6-8 April 2018
The Caspian Sea in the History of Early Modern and Modern Eurasia
Yale University Program in Iranian Studies, New Haven, CT
Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2017
Information: Lora LeMosy

12-13 April 2018
Locating Muslim Cinema(s): The Politics of Culture and Identity
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017
Information: and

14 April 2018
MAMEIS 2018 Annual Conference:“The Middle East and Islam in War and Peace”
Lewis University, Romeoville, IA (greater Chicago area)
Abstract Deadline: March 16, 2018
Information: James N. Tallon, President MAMEIS,

13-14 April 2018
Second Annual Coptic Canadian History Project Conference: "Egypt's Diasporas: Migration, Memory, and Political Activism in Canada and the United States
Abstract Deadline: January 25, 2018

16-17 April 2018
The Archive is a Pillar for National Sovereignty, International Scientific Conference of Record and Archives
Submission Deadline: November 19, 2017

18-19 April 2018
Empowering Women through Higher Education, Royal University for Women 2nd Conference on Women and Society (in collaboration with Gulf Education)
Kingdom of Bahrain
Submission Deadline: February 20, 2018

May 2018

4-5 May 2018
33rd Annual Middle East History & Theory Conference
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Abstract Deadline: February 2, 2018

17-18 May 2018
Modern Iranian Art and Architecture in the Shadow of the Classical Persian Past
University of Manchester, UK
Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018

June 2018

June or July 2018
2018 AIMS Annual Conference
Oran, Algeria
Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2017
Questions: Contact Jonathan Wyrtzen at

1-3 June 2018

6-9 June 2018
The International Society of Islamic Legal Studies, IX Islamic Law and Society Conference
Tampere, Finland
Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2017

8-9 June 2018
2018 International Conferece: Teacher Education and Education Research in the Mediterranean
University of Malta Valletta Campus
Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2018

25-28 June 2018
BRISMES 2018 Annual Conference, "New Approaches to Studying the Middle East"
King's College, London
Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2017

25-29 June 2018
2018 Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Political Economy
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

27-29 June 2018
Thirteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society
Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver Canada
Submission Deadline: November 27, 2017

July 2018

5-7 July 2018
Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2017

11-12 July 2018
"Pluralism(s) in Emergencies: Movement, Space and Religious Difference" Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life and the Columbia Global Centers
Tunis, Tunisia
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2018

11-13 July 2018
Approaches to Islamic Studies in North American University, International Institute of Islamic Thought Summer Institute for Scholars
Herndon, Virginia
Abstract Deadline: February 28, 2018

16-20 July 2018
38th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking
Rohnert Park, California
Submission Deadline: February 26, 2108

16-22 July 2018
2018 World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES)
Seville, Spain
Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2018
Calls for Open Panels:
Papers invited for panel on "Beyond Monarchy? Political Economy and Society in Morocco"--contact Erin Snider

31 July - August 3, 2018
9th Gulf Research Meeting
Gulf Research Center
University of Cambridge, UK
Submission Deadline: February 10, 2018
Workshop as part of above meeting:
Gulf Cooperation Council and Identities in the New Millennium: Resilience, Transformation, (Re)Creation and Diffusion

September 2018

6-8 September 2018
Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum
University of Granada, Spain
Abstract Deadline: October 6, 2017

14 September 2018
47th Annual Conference of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS): "Impact of Emerging Digital Technology and Social Media on Muslim Communities"
Graduate Center, CUNY
Submission Deadline: March 23, 2018
Call for Papers:
Information: or

14-15 September 2018
Cinema-Going in the Arab World: A Two-Day Workshop on Exhibition, Distribution and Audiences
Cairo, Egypt
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018

October 2018

17-20 October 2018
129th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, "No Illusions, No Exclusions"
Buffalo, NY
Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2017

25-26 October 2018
Eighth International Conference on Food Studies
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Abstract Deadline: March 20, 2018


January 2019

25-27 January 2019
Commentaries Read Horizontally: Towards a Sociological Approach to the Study of Commentaries in the Islamicate World
Call for Papers for international conference and collective volume.
Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018
Information: or Mohammad Gharaibeh

February 2019

22-23 February 2019
Postwar Voters: Violence, Loss, and Excile as Electoral Currencies
Maison Robert Schuman, University of Luxembourg
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018

March 2019

28-30 March 2019
San Francisco State University Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies Inaugural International Conference: Forty Years and More: Research in the Emerging Field of Iranian Diaspora Studies
Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco State University
Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2018
Information: Persis Karim


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