MESA - Middle East Studies Association









May 2016

1-2 May 2016
Challenges of the Present, and Prospects of the Future
Doha, Qatar
Abstract Deadline: 300 words by January 1, 2016

3-6 May 2016
"Challenges and Ambitions" The 2nd Saudi Economy Conference
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

4-9 May 2016
Magic in Contemporary Settings of Knowledge, Practices, and the Senses: Interrelations with Science and Religion, The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Submission Deadline: February 29, 2016

6-7 May 2016
31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Abstract Deadline: February 12, 2016

13 May 2016
Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, A Symposium
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Call for Papers Deadline: December 4, 2015
Proposals to:

17 May 2016
2016 IMES Annual Conference: Re-engaging Gaza: Looking Beyond Politics Toward the Future
Institute for Middle East Studies, The George Washington University
Washington, DC

20-22 May 2016
Left Forum 2016 Conference
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Submission Deadline: March 28, 2016

23-25 May 2016
IBRU Professional Training Workshop: "Negotiating International Boundaries"
Radison Blu Hotel, Durham, United Kingdom

26-27 May 2016
American Foreign Policy and the Middle East
Maltepe University, Istanbul
Call for Papers Deadline: February 19, 2016
Send 200-word abstract and short bio to:

31 May-1 June, 2016
Time for Peace: Europe's Challenge in Africa and the Middle East
Brussels, Belgium
Sponsored by Friends of Europe

July 2016

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 ( and Mohammed Saeed Zokaei (
Submit abstracts to:

13-15 July 2016
BRISMES Annual Conference 2016: Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyberspace
The University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus
Proposal Deadline: February 19, 2016, 5pm

20-23 July 2016
14th EASA Biennial Conference: Anthropological Legacies and Human Futures
University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Call for Panels Deadline: November 25, 2016

August 2016

2-5 August 2016
Eleventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference Sponsored by the International Society for Iranian Studies
University of Vienna

8-9 August 2016
The 16th Conference of the International Qajar Studies Association, "Doctors and the Medicinal Arts in Qajar, Iran"
Vienna, Austria
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016
Send paper proposals to: Dr. Nahid Mozaffari

8-13 August 2016
Islamic Thought and Secular Modernity. 9th Annual Summer Institute for Scholars
Herndon, Virginia
Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2016
Information: SummerInstituteforScholars2016/tabid/424/Default.aspx

16-19 August 2016
7th Annual Gulf Research Meeting
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

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

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: June 1, 2016
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

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

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

11-13 November 2016
Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Diversity in Islamic Thought and Praxis
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2016
Information: Dr. Amina Wadud at

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

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

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

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

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

July 2017

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



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