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May 2015

5-8 May 2015 - "Media, Islam and the Religions of the Middle East" (University of Balamand, Balamand, Koura, Lebanon). CONFERENCE LANGUAGES: English and Arabic. The last two decades have seen a revolutionary transformation in the use and ownership of media.This transformation has offered the opportunity for small and large nations, poor and rich, to own and operate media conglomerates. Groupings or individuals now have direct access to the Internet and can broadcast their news, and opinions, and promote their causes and ideas to the world at large through a variety of ways. The purpose of this conference is to invite scholars and media professionals to examine how this development has impacted on the portrayal of the religions of the Middle East. Of particular interest is, of course, the impact on Islam, and the understanding and perception of Islam by Moslems and those of other faiths. Conference papers will examine how the Internet, social media, the establishment of powerful Middle East-based, or Middle East-funded television networks have affected the perception of religion, a particular religion, and religious communities in the Middle East, and in the diaspora. All abstracts, in either English or Arabic, relevant to the main subject of the conference will be considered. These are some of the suggested themes:

Media Theory and Religion in the Middle East
Media and the Rise or Fall of Religion
Media and the Promotion of Religious Tolerance/Prejudice
Media and the Rise/ Fall of Fundamentalism
Portrayal of Religious Minorities in the Middle East
Portrayal of Islam in Western Media
Portrayal of Middle Eastern Religious Minorities in the West
Portrayal of Middle Eastern Religious Minorities in the Middle East
Portrayal of Islam in Arab Countries
Third World Media Perceptions of Islam
Social Media and the Perception of Islam
Social Media and Religious Communities
Social Media and Religious Minorities
The Use of the Internet by Political Islam
Inter-religious Dialogue in the Media
Portrayal of Religion and Political Correctness
Anti-Islamic Promotion
Reality and Perception
Jihadist Media
Proselytizing Media

Deadlines December 15, 2014: Abstracts of about 400 words in Arabic or English January 10, 2015: Abstract decisions announced April 30, 2015: Full papers for those interested in submitting their papers for publication Registration Fee: $180 $80 graduate students Limited funds are available to assist with accommodation or registration. Abstracts in either English or Arabic of about 400 words, outlining the question or argument to be explored, should be sent to Dr. Ramez Maluf at media.religion@balamand.edu.lb. Full panels will also be considered.

6-7 May 2015 - International Congress on Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Representation in Art (Zahedan, Iran). Sub-topics of the Conference: -Muhammad's (PBUH) Representation in Art: Painting, Illustration, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Art decorative, Dramatic Art, Handicrafts; Representation of the names, titles and characters of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Artworks; Reflect of word and morality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Art, Literature and Mysticism. Last date for registration: 04/02/2015. Registation is FREE For further details: http://seminars.usb.ac.ir/icmra.

8 May 2015 - "Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender" (University of Ulster, York St campus, Belfast, Northern Ireland). The Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Ulster) invite proposals for a one-day postgraduate symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender to be held on Friday, 8 May 2015. This symposium seeks to explore the interface between occupation, transitional justice and gender. The starting point for exploration is based in feminist concerns that are broadly focused on issues of power, control and hierarchies. More specifically, feminist theorizing acknowledges that women’s needs during times of occupation, conflict, and/or transition are often ignored, sidelined or essentialised; recent research is also looking into masculinities during these periods. While much research has explored transitional justice and gender, there has been limited research on the relationship and complexities of occupation and gender. Furthermore, there is a dearth of research on how these three concepts intersect, inform and/or impact each other. Some questions to be explored during the symposium may include:

  • What might be the approach in exploring the interface between occupation and transitional justice while utilizing a gendered lens?
  • How does law capture modern instances of occupation that do not fit neatly into the existing legal coding? 
  • Can transitional justice mechanisms be employed while there is an occupation and can such mechanisms take the gendered needs of the population into account?
  • Can the exceptionality of occupation reveal gender differences unapparent in normal settings and, if so, what are their implications for transitional justice theory and praxis?

We invite papers from postgraduate students (PhD and Masters) who are exploring the above-mentioned questions in any context and any time period; case studies and theoretical papers are also welcomed. We also invite poster proposals to be featured during a special poster session. For paper or poster proposals, please send a title, a 200-word abstract, and a short one-paragraph biography by 31 December 2014 to Rimona Afana (afana-r@email.ulster.ac.uk) and Stephanie Chaban (chaban-s@email.ulster.ac.uk). Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 15 January 2015. All submissions will be eligible for Best Paper and Best Poster awards. Papers will get substantive and thorough feedback from faculty with expertise in gender/transition and/or law of armed conflict. The organizers are exploring the possibility of publication for the best papers. The symposium will feature Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as the keynote speaker. Gender experts from the Transitional Justice Institute and IRiSS will also participate. Furthermore, there will also be a praxis session involving domestic and international work related to women’s grassroots involvement in transitional justice mechanisms. The full schedule will be announced shortly. While there is no registration fee, we regret that we are unable to cover travel and accommodation costs for participants. The symposium is sponsored by the Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (FWSA): http://fwsablog.org.uk/. Further sponsorship is provided by the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, the Research Graduate School, University of Ulster, and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, University of Ulster. 

19-20 May 2015 - "Intertwined Elements in Arabic Literature: Classical, Modern and Popular" International Conference on Arabic Literature (Tel Aviv University, Israel). The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies invites paper proposals for its annual conference on Arabic literature, to be held on May 19-20, 2015 at Tel Aviv University, Israel. This year's conference will deal with the variety of narrative and linguistic elements of Arabic literature in its evolution from classical to contemporary forms. For instance, the intertextuality between different literary genres, the integration of ancient texts in modern, the usage of diverse linguistic levels in one text for artistic purposes, the emergence of hybrid genres baring characteristics of more than one literary type, and the combination of prose and poetry in either narrative or poetic literary pieces. The conference will also focus on the connection between literature and social structures, e.g., popular spirit as a generator of literature for refined taste and eloquent audiences, the attitude of criticism toward pieces originated outside the circles of literary taste formers, and more. The official conference languages are English and Arabic. Abstracts in English or Arabic (not exceeding 300 words) are to be submitted by SundayFebruary 1st, 2015 to
Dr. Jeries Khoury - khury@post.tau.ac.il
Dr. Amir Lerner - lerneram@post.tau.ac.il
The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 6997801
Israel 
For more details please visit the conference page at the Department website http://humanities.tau.ac.il/arabic_eng/index.php/conference.

21-24 May 2015 - International Conference on Religion and Film (Istanbul, Turkey). Proposals for paper presentations are invited for the 2015 International Conference on Religion and Film, organized by Ensar Foundation, Center for Values Education, Marmara University's Faculty of Theology and Nebraska Omaha University. The conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 21- 24 May 2015. Proposals are welcome on any topic in the field of religion and film. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 350 words. All submissions must be made electronically via online submission at the following URL: www.sinemavedin.com The submission deadline is February 6 and the languages of the conference are English and Turkish. The travel expenses and accommodation will be covered by the organization committee and selected papers will be published after the conference.

26-27 May 2015 - "Middle Eastern Christians in Diaspora: Past and Present, Continuity and Change." (University of St Andrews, Scotland). This two-day conference will provide a singular setting for scholars to meet and engage with a wide array of actors working with Middle Eastern Christian migrant communities in Europe and beyond. It is organized by the research team responsible for the project “Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe” (DIMECCE). Researchers in the humanities, social sciences and theology are invited to propose their contributions to the conference organizers by 30 January 2015. Information: https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/dimecce/?page_id=1007

27-28 May 2015 - International Research Conference on Business, Economic and Social Science - IRC 2015 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Submission deadline: 29 April 2015. Registration deadline: 10 May 2015. Submit abstract: Conferencesmalaysia@gmail.com. Additional information: http://www.ircconferences.com/upcommings/kuala-lumpur-conference.html.

June 2015

June 2015 - "Archaeology 2015: Ancient Cultures in the Land of the Bible (Jerusalem). The scientific committee of the conference invites participants to submit abstracts on the topics outlined in the accompanying list presented on this web site. Additional subjects related to the main topics of the conference are also welcome. Abstracts (in English) for individual paper presentations or symposiums should not exceed 200–300 words and must include the name of the presenter, his/her affiliation and the type of presentation (paper or symposium). Proposed posters can be submitted as text or PDF file. A short biography or C.V. can be added together with the abstract in a separate file. The deadline for abstract's submission is 15 September 2014.Questions concerning the conference or abstract submission can be addressed to our main office: desk@archaeologyisrael.com. Please submit your abstract directly to the scientific committee by emaildesk@archaeologyisrael.com. For conference information, please visit: https://www.archaeologyisrael.com/.

1-3 June 2015 - "Middle Class in the Middle East and Beyond: What Has Changed?" (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel). This workshop will discuss three broad historical "moments" in the making of regional middle classes. First, as nascent bourgeoisie first appeared (?) during the eighteenth century and gradually developed in correspondence with state reforms and economic integration into the world economy during the nineteenth century. Second, the increasing role of the state in patronizing local middle classes during the late imperial era and under nation state building; roughly since the turn of the nineteenth century and until the 1960s. Third, the coming into being of a "new" middle class since the 1970s oil boom and economic reforms. All such moments are open for debate as processes marked by clear starting and ending dates. We further expect fruitful engagements with "middle class" as an analytic tool in studying long-term change in the Middle East. Moreover, we assume that re-introducing class into regional social analysis will augment rather than replace past insights into ethnic, gender, subaltern, and cultural studies, and ask "in what ways?" The workshop is open to historians and social scientists alike, and to all ranks in academia (PhD candidates are welcome). We particularly encourage academics working on similar themes in other social environments beyond the Middle East. We look forward to comparisons with such case studies and discussion on global middle classes. Possible questions that papers might engage include: 1. Were middle classes uniquely modern social occurrences? Perhaps not? 2. Were middle classes local, regional, global, or perhaps "local" developments? 3. Class representation-what happened to middle classes as they expanded? 4. Middle class and nation states: which came first? 5. Was middle class the reason behind regional economic transitions, or their recipient? 6. Middle classes and competing/corresponding social categories-ethnic, tribal, minorities, gender, and youth - "how do they relate? 7. Middle class culture and middle class religion: do they exist? In what sense? We expect participants to send draft articles with an eye for future joint publication before the workshop, and to attend the workshop for its entire duration. Participants will receive reimbursement for airfare (up to $700 and $1,500 for flights from Europe and the USA respectively), ground transportation, and accommodation. Please send abstract and CV and refer any questions to Relli Shechter rellish@bgu.ac.il and Ben Zarhi benz@post.bgu.ac.il. Deadline for abstracts is 1 September 2014.

4-5 June 2015 - "Territories of Understanding" Second International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting Studies (Queen's University, Belfast). Translation and interpreting are understood--and indeed function--all too often as tools that universalize and level. Unsustainable claims are made for their capacity to tap into and re-generate channels of communication which operate at the level of the species, while at the same time the deficits of translation and interpreting, in terms of significant and far-reaching failures of understanding, still structure our geopolitics. This conference will seek to address these broad issues by posing the following questions: 1. What might we mean by culture-specific definitions of translation/interpreting? 2. How do translators/interpreters operate within and/or go beyond such definitions? 3. What sort of contribution can translation/interpreting make to the development of public and/or international policy? 4. What do we mean by cultural encounter? Can we legislate for it? 5. In what ways are translation/interpreting answerable to a politics of recognition? 6. In what ways can translators/interpreters address cultural and political conflict? We would be delighted to receive proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of the issues and questions set out above. Please send a 300 word abstract to conference2qub@gmail.com by 5th January 2015. All papers will be refereed and you will be notified of acceptance by 2nd February 2015. Abstracts should also include: 1. The presenter's name 2. The presenter's affiliation 3. The presenter's academic status and current year of study 4. Title of the paper to be presented 5. Three keywords that best describe the content of the paper to be presented Confirmed plenary speakers are: Professor Michael Cronin MRIA, Centre for Translation and Textual Studies, Dublin City University Professor Susan Bassnett, Professor of Comparative Literature and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick Dr Samia Bazzi, Head of Translation at the Lebanese University of Beirut Conference participants will be responsible for travel to and from Belfast, and for their own accommodation. The conference fee will be £30, which includes refreshments, lunches and wine receptions on both days, and dinner on the first night. More details are available at www.territoriesofunderstanding.wordpress.com Or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TranslationQUB and Twitter: @TranslateQUB

8-9 June 2015 - "Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues, and Ethics" (Exeter University, UK). Exeter University's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies will be holding a conference on 8-9 June 2015 examining the various dimensions of conducting research on, and in the Middle East, from fieldwork and archives to issues and ethics. A key aim of the conference is to produce an edited volume on the subject to facilitate the work of academics working in this complex field. We invite submissions from all researchers wishing to share their experiences of working on and in the region for the benefit of current and future researchers. We strongly encourage postgraduates and recent PhD graduates to apply. To apply, please email the accompanying application form to iaispgrconference@exeter.ac.uk. Please put IAIS Middle East Research conference 2015 in the subject line. Deadline for the submissions is 16 April 2015. Further information can be found on the IAIS website: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk /iais/events/conferences Lorraine Charles & Monica Ronchi Co-Chairs, Conference Committee.

12-13 June 2015 - "Minorities and Popular Culture in Modern Middle East," (SOAS, University of London). Venue: SOAS, University of London Brunei Gallery, room B102 The workshop, hosted by the Woolf Institute and the Centre for Cultural Literary and Postcolonial Studies, SOAS, explores how minorities are represented in the arts in the Middle East from the late nineteenth-century to the present day. The panels: Gender and the Nation, Diaspora and Transnationalism, Representation and Image, & Transformation and Agency. The Film "Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers" will be screened followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Karim Miske. For further information and to book your place, please see our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-minorities-and-popular-culture-in-the-modern-middle-east-tickets-16382452356. (Deadline for booking your place is 1 June 2015) For any queries, contact Dr Emma Harris at eth22@cam.ac.uk.

21-23 June 2015 - "Archeology 2015: In the Footsteps of Ancient Cultures in the Lands of the Bible." (Jerusalem). The scientific committee of the conference invites experts to submit abstracts on the conference topics. The list of topics is presented on the conference web-site:http://holy-land-archeology.com/index.php?page_id=16. More details on the conference are available on the site: http://holy-land-archeology.com/.

24-26 June 2015 - "Liberation?" BRISMES/EURAMES Annual Conference. Liberation has been a recurrent theme in the Middle East for millennia. People have sought it in a multitude of ways – through politics, mysticism, philosophy, and personal piety. In the modern Middle East, different political movements – nationalist, communist, economic liberalist, Islamist, and secularist – have all promised liberation of different kinds. It is also a key theme of feminist writing, and of modern Middle Eastern literature. Together with ‘bread and dignity’, it was one of the central principles of the Arab Spring. With the reassertion of military rule in Egypt, and the descent in Syria from popular uprisings to bloody civil war, ‘liberation’ is now even more in question in the Middle East than it was before 2011. The BRISMES Annual Conference 2015 will explore the multitude of meanings that the concept has for the region today. BRISMES 2015 invites papers on any aspect of liberation – and we will also welcome papers on any other theme. We will include panels on as wide as possible a range of disciplines, including: politics, religious studies (Islam, and also other religions), history, law, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, geography, translation studies, and language teaching. Please submit paper proposals here and panel proposals here.

Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 20 February 2015
Accepted papers and panels announced: 20 March
Deadline for participant registration: 10 April
Deadline for paper submission: 20 May

Non-presenting conference participants are warmly welcomed and registration will open shortly.

July 2015

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: conference@institute-mena.org. 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: conference@institute-mena.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 (conference@institute-mena.org).

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: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

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: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

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/.

August 2015

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

September 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 chags11@univie.ac.at with "subscribe" in the subject field.

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

Abstract Submission
Please send abstracts (200-300 words) along with a short biography (100 words) to: <upasconference@ualberta.ca>. 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.  

Edited Volume
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.
Contact
Should you have any questions or require more information, please contact us at: <upasconference@ualberta.ca>. Or visit the conference website: <https://upasconference.wordpress.com>.

October 2015

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 digitalhumanities@brown.edu. 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.

29-31 October 2015 - Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference (Washington, DC). https://asmea.nonprofitcms.org/c/Conferences/3/Pages/Overview.

2016

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: http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/casar/Conferences/FragmentsofEmpire-2016/Pages/CallforPapers.aspx For other questions: casar@aub.edu.lb

March 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). 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 (paola.rivetti@dcu.ie) by August 30, 2015. The full call for panels is available athttp://www.sesamoitalia.it/.

September 2016

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.

 



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