Call for Hosting the 6th World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES) 2025

The First World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) in 2002 was initiated by MESA. Since then, WOCMES has become the most important international event on studies in social sciences and humanities related to the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim states of Central Asia and the relations of this region with other parts of the world.

More than 3000 scholars, researchers, students and professionals drawn from a broad range of academic, educational and other institutions, organizations and associations from around the world participated in the last WOCMES in Seville.

If your institute or university is interested in hosting the next World Congress in 2025, please send me your application with the following information:
- Name and address of the institution; persons responsible for the organisation of the World Congress;
- Previous experience in hosting major conferences;
- Proposed location of WOCMES-6 (visa restrictions, accessibility and distance to nearest international airport, availability of lecture halls for up to 30 parallel sessions and up to 2500 participants);
- Accommodation (number of hotel rooms close to the WOCMES location, range of hotel prices, availability of low-cost accommodation for students);
- Financial matters (expected registration fee; prospects of financial support from public sources or private institutions; chance to get reduced airfares; availability of travel grants for low-income paper presenters);
- Proposed date of WOCMES-6 (taking into consideration regular major conferences on the Middle East, holiday seasons, start and end of university terms, major religious festivities, weather conditions);
- Possibility to arrange an attractive program of cultural events and sightseeing tours;

In order to avoid a competition with the Annual MESA Meeting, it is not possible to host WOCMES in North America.

Please send your application for Hosting WOCMES 2025 before 31 January 2023 as email attachment to the Chairman of the "International Advisory Council of WOCMES" at the following address:

Prof. Dr. Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
University of Mainz
55099 Mainz - Germany
Email: wocmes@geo.uni-mainz.de

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