MESA - Middle East Studies Association










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

24 February 2017
Palestine in the International Imaginary, 1987-2017
John Woolley Common Room, Level 4, John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney, Australia
Proposal Deadline: January 4, 2017

Organised by
Dr Isabelle Hesse, The Department of English, The University of Sydney
Dr Ben Etherington, The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University
Dr Jumana Bayeh, Department of Modern Politics, History and International Relations, Macquarie University

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dr Anna Bernard, King’s College, London

The first Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993) consolidated a change in global perceptions of the validity of the Palestinian liberation struggle that emerged as part of the wider anti-colonial movement in the 1960s and 1970s and an increased international solidarity with the Palestinians. This significant shift also had an impact on transnational representations of Palestine in different areas, for example as part of third-world internationalism.

Palestine is now an important part of the international imaginary, not only as a recurring news item in the media but also as a point of reference in diverse cultural works and political discourses. This conference explores how the idea of Palestine has evolved within and across different national contexts and interrogates the reasons for engaging with Palestine, both as a real and as an imagined space, since 1987.

Bringing together scholars from different disciplines, including literature, media, history, cultural studies, and politics, this conference addresses the global significance of Palestine and the Palestinian cause in the contemporary period.

Proposals for papers (250-300 words) and brief academic bios (50-100 words) should be sent to by 4th January 2017.

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 March 2017
The Israel Lobby and American Policy
Washington, DC

24-25 March 2017
Religion and the State
Tunis, Tunisia
The Arab Association of Constitutional Law and the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law, with the support of Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change
Abstract Deadline: November 18, 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

29-30 March 2017
4th Community College of Qatar Humanities Conference, "A Nation in Transition"
Abstract Deadline: January 30, 2017

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

30 March - 1 April 2017
The Place of Religion in Film
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2017

April 2017

6-7 April 2017
History and Society on TV in the Middle East
University of Maryland, College Park

11 April 2017
Regional (Dis)order in the Middle East: Historical Legacies and Current Shifts
Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe - Via Belmeloro, 11 Bologna, Italy
Information here

27-28 April 2017
Rethinking Regions: Asia, Africa, Middle East, & Central Asia
Fairfax, VA
Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2017

Political Science Conference
Rethinking Regions: Asia, Africa, Middle East & Central Asia

The Conference is set to explore the ongoing turbulence and transformation in the regions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The forum will focus on the latest security, political, identity, and developmental challenges and emerging trends in these regions and address their impact of the regional and the international systems.

Thematic Areas
• Power, International Security, & Terrorism
• The Rise of China & New Regional Politics
• Economic Politics & Development
• Issues of Identity: Ethnicity, Gender, & Race
• Politics of Religion & Society
• State Institutions & Organizations
• Authoritarianism, Regime Stability, &Change
• Activism & New Media
• Immigration & Refugee Flows

Abstracts for papers, poster presentations, and panel sessions for the conference should be submitted by February 15, 2017. Papers and presentations are invited from all areas of international politics, conflict and development, from both academics and practitioners. Proposals for workshops and poster presentations are also welcome.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words in length excluding references and title and should include a description of the research design and/or the data, key findings, and implications for the theoretical debate or practice of the discipline. In addition to the abstract, applicants are required to submit a short biography (no CVs, please). Submit proposals at the following website:

May 2017

2 May 2017
The Middle East and North Africa in the Emerging Global Cold War
Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Abstract Deadline: February 17, 2017
Information: Dr Imad El-Anis ( or

4-5 May 2017
Sicily, Al-Andalus and the Maghrib: Writings in Times of Turmoil
Sponsored by the Dept. of Medieval and Ancient Studies at the Autonomous University
Barcelona, Spain
Submit a paper working title by December 15, 2016
Abstract Deadline: February 3, 2017
Information: Nicola Carpentieri

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 (

11-17 May 2017
Workshop on Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Abstract Deadline: January 2, 2017

15-16 May 2017
2nd Annual Pre-Tenure Faculty Workshop sponsored by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Herdon, Virginia
Application Deadline: March 2, 2017

17-20 May
Displacement, Social Welfare and Human Security in Turkey: Challenges and Propsects
Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline: February 24, 2017

19-21 May 2017
Recovering Lost Voices: The Role and Depiction of Iranian/Persianate Subalterns from the 13th Century to the Modern Period
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Abstract Deadline: January 6, 2017

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:

7-8 June 2017
3rd China and the Middle East Conference: Asia to the Middle East: Asianization of the Middle East with Economic Characteristics?
Shanghai University, China
Abstract Deadline: April 3, 2017
Information/Abstract to: Tugrul Keskin

29-30 June 2017
Personalised Media and Participatory Culture
London School of Economics
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2017

July 2017

5-7 July 2017
BRISMES Annual Conference 2017: Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux
University of Edinburgh
Abstract Deadline: January 27, 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:

10-11 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

12-13 July 2017
Colonial Morocco Revisited (International Workshop)
Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2017
Information: Etty Terem

12-14 July 2017
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Forty-Fifth International Conference on Melkite Christianity, 1st-19th Centuries
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

25-27 July 2017
APSA MENA Workshop
Tunis, Tunisia
Submission Deadline: March 19, 2017

26-29 July 2017
Theologies and Ethics of Justice: New Directions in 21st Century Islamic Thought
Summer Institute for Scholars

International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA
Submission Deadline: March 6, 2017

31 July - 4 August 2017
37th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking
Sonoma State University in Northern California
Submission Deadline: March 17, 2017

August 2017

1-4 August 2017
"Gender and Identity in the Gulf: Cultural Constructions and Representations." Part of the 2017 Gulf Research Meeting
University of Cambridge, UK
Call for Papers:
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2017

31 August - 1 September 2017
One Thousand and One Nights: Comparative Perspectives on Adaptation and Appropriation
University of St. Andrews
Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2016
Information/Submissions: Dr. Orhan Elmaz

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

23-25 November 2017
The Question of Borders Among the Residents, the Passer-by and the Intermediary
University of Balamand (Al-Kurah, Lebanon)
Deadline for Abstracts: End of January 2017


January 2018

25-26 January 2018
Appropriations, Representations, Productions: Engagements with "Nature" in the MENA Region from the 19th Century Till Today
Zentrum Moderner Orient
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2017
Information: Katharina Lange



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