MESA - Middle East Studies Association









September 2016

1-2 September 2016
Surveying Iran: The Future of Social Research after the Nuclear Thaw
Central European University, Budapest
Call for Papers Deadline: June 1, 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

15 September 2016
The 3rd Global Conference on World's Religions after September 11
Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

22-23 September 2016
Partition and Empire: Ireland, India, Palestine and Beyond
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

24 September 2016
The Future of Minorities in the Middle East
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016
For inquiries:
Information:: FutureofMinoritesintheMiddleEast

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

30 September 2016
Middle East Institute 7th Annual Turkey Conference
Four Seasons Hotel, Washignton, DC

October 2016

4-6 October 2016
Jerusalem in the Eyes of Contemporary World Literature
University of Jordan, Amman

6-8 October 2016
23rd International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association
University Tuebingen
Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2016

13-14 October 2016
Contemporary Arab and Muslim World in the International Relations
University of Gdansk, Poland
Abstract Deadline: September 25, 2016

21 October 2016
The Middle East in Latin America Symposium
Duke University, Durham, NC
Information: Contact Ellen McLarney at

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

23-24 October 2016
Workshop on Islamophobia in the East of the European Union
Praque, Czech Academy of Sciences
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016

23-26 October 2016
Third International Conference on Uyghur Studies
Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Moscow, Russia
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016
Information: render?m=1110347635144&ca=fd3ed7f2-9498-4c8d-8905-15c6ba8d1310

24-26 October 2016
Uncovering the Past Towards the Future, Uniting Experiences and Values: Kurdistan in Western and Eastern Research Tradition
Institute of Oriental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

November 2016

2-4 November 2016
International Symposium on Syria: The Political Process and the Humanitarian Crises (1914-2016)
Ankara, Turkey
Submission Deadline: May 4, 2016

3-4 November 2016
Media in Muslim Contexts: Inventing and Re-Inventing Identities
Aga Khan University, London
Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2016

11-13 November 2016
Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Diversity in Islamic Thought and Praxis
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Submission Deadline: June 10, 2016
Information: Dr. Amina Wadud at

15-16 November 2016
70th Middle East Institute Banquet & Conference
Capital Hilton, Washington DC

16-17 November 2016
The Heritage of Al-Andalus II, Iberia-Persia
Seville, Spain
Submission Deadline: September 9, 2016

26-28 November 2016
International Conference: Migration in a Turbulent World
ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Migration RC31
Doha, Qatar
Submission Deadline: July 18, 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

4-11 December 2016
The 10th Iran International Documentary Film Festival
Tehran, Iran
Academic participation sought; open to registered students who are carrying out research on any aspect of Iranian documentary film

6-7 December 2016
Political Quietism in Sunni, Shia and Sufi Jurisprudence: The Classics and the Contemporary, 2nd Annual Conference on Islamic Political Thought
King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abstracts/Information: Faisal Abulhassan ( or Sumayah Fatani (

7-10 December 2016
International World War I, Turkish-English Perspective
Turkish Historical Society, Ankara, Turkey
Submission Deadline: April 18, 2016

15-16 December 2016
Third Annual Muhammad Alagil Conference in Arabia-Asia Studies
National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute, Singapore
Submission Deadline: August 19, 2016


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

February 2017

10-11 February 2017
Transnational Relations between Eastern Europe/Russia-USSR and the Middle East, Late 19th Century 10 1991
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
A joint partnership between Université de Genève/Princeton University
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2016
Information/Submissions: Cyrus Schayegh

March 2017

10 March 2017
Middle East Dialogue 2017: A New Collective Vision
Policy Studies Organization and The Digest of Middle East Studies
Washington, DC
Deadline for submissions: October 28, 2016

24-25 March 2017
Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2016
Information:; Dr. Samy Ayoub at

30 March - 1 April 2017
American and Muslim Worlds circa 1500-1900
University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Abstract Deadline: May 16, 2016

May 2017

5-6 May 2017
Deprovincializing the U.S. Presidency: John F. Kennedy Seen From the Colonizing World
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Abstract Deadline: October 3, 2016
Information: Cyrus Schayegh (

June 2017

5-7 June 2017
Rethinking Islam at the Turn of the 21st Century: Liberal Trends, Agents of Change and Reassessments of Islamic Traditions
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
Information/proposals: Dr. Muhammad Al-Atawneh:

July 2017

7-9 July 2017
"Psyche, Suasion, Style: Comparative Rhetoric and the Mind" to be held at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting
Abstract Information: Submit 250 words by September 23, 2016 to
Questions: Henry Bowles:

10-12 July 2017
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Forty Fourth International Conference on the Greek Culture and Interaction in the Levant, 4th C. BC - 7th C. AD
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK

17-19 July 2017
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Forty-Sixth International Conference on Arabs before Islam
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK


November 2017

1-3 November 2017
Between Realpolitik and Utopia: A Century with the Balfour-Declaration
University of Basel, Switzerland
Call for Papers Deadline: June 30, 2016
Information: orientsem/user_upload/redaktion/Dokumente_Ott-Cat/balfour-conference_2017_11_1-3_basel.pdf



 Start of Page