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July 2014

9-11 July 2014 "Ethnographies of Gender and the Body," The Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology (LOVA) International Conference 2014 (Amsterdam). Lova is proud to announce its third international conference. This year’s theme will be on the body and embodiment theory. Corporeal theory deals with affects, emotions, experiences, embodied discourses, physical contact, communication, movements, the control over bodies, bodies as never ending projects, embodied representations, subjectivity and agency, etc., etc. This conference will put the body at the centre stage of feminist anthropology.  We invite scholars to present their ethnographic research and case studies and contribute to the empirical, methodological and theoretical development of this exciting field of study. Ever since Gayle Rubin introduced the sex gender system in 1975, the body has been heavily debated in feminist studies. The sex/gender system suggests a distinction between biology and culture.  As it enabled scholars to perceive femininity and masculinity as cultural and social constructs, separated from biology, it meant an important leap in the development of gender studies. But is the body indeed as pre-cultural, pre-social and un-gendered as the distinction suggests? Is the body an unproblematic factual base on which gender is being inscribed? And if we answer the latter question with yes, can the female body then be the argument to somehow reclaim the universality of the category of women? Or are bodies themselves gendered and is the distinction between biology and culture a false one? Rosi Braidotti, Elisabeth Grosz, Judith Butler, Henrietta Moore, Kathy Davis, Anna Aalten and Anne Fausto-Sterling are all feminist scholars who deal with these questions from different disciplinary angels. Within mainstream humanities, social sciences and anthropology, one can also notice an increasing attention for the body and embodiment theory. The linguistic approaches of discourse and representation that have been so very influential in social theory from the 1970s onwards show a tendency to reduce the body and experience to language, discourse and representation. Sayings such as  the “the body as text” and “the inscription of culture on the body” are exemplary. In response to the representation paradigm, critical scholars show a renewed interest in bodily theory. This conference intends to bring together an international group of feminist scholars and gender experts who share an ethnographic approach and who are inspired by what can be called the corporeal turn in feminist and other social theory.  Questions will be discussed such as: What are the newest insights within feminist anthropology on the body? What can feminist ethnography offer to embodied theory? What is the  social significance of the female and the male body? What are their implications for human action and society? How are bodies controlled, ordered and  lived? In what way do men and women socially and culturally experience their bodies? How is subjectivity embodied. Can we speak from our bodies? And if so, do women speak differently than men? How are bodies’ fleshy materiality and the realm of the symbolic interconnected? Is the sex/gender distinction indeed troubling? Can we sever the body from the biological? And, last but not least, can and should we embody gender? Participation and registration: Lova invites scholars to participate in this international conference by presenting their research in a panel or as an individual paper. We encourage participants to submit audio-visuals and other alternative ways of presenting their research too. We also encourage students (under-graduate and graduate) to present their research. Participants may register by sending panel proposals and individual paper abstracts to before February 15st, 2014. Participants will be informed in due time after having submitted their abstracts whether or not their panels and/or papers have been accepted. Panel proposals include a short panel abstract (about 200 words), several paper abstracts, and names of organizers/chairs, presenters and a possible discussant. Please also mention the affiliation, address, email-address and discipline of each participant.Preferred panel format:  Panels last 1 hour and 45 minutes. Panel organizers have a certain freedom in the number of papers they wish to present and the length of the presentations. Nevertheless, we encourage 15 to 20 minute paper presentations with 3 - 4 speakers in one session, so that there is time for discussion after the presentations. Individual paper proposals should not exceed 200 words. Please also mention affiliation, address, email-address and discipline. Registration fee: to complete their registration, all participants should pay the registration fee before April 15st, 2014. In general the registration fee is € 110. Members of Lova, researchers from developing countries and students (graduate and under-graduate) pay € 50. Language: the conference will be held in English. Programme: will be made available in May 2014. Location: Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. The address of the conference rooms will be announced in the programme. Please visit our website regularly to keep up-to-date. Accommodation: hotel accommodation can be arranged through internet. We kindly refer you to: Lova is the Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology and provides a professional network for its members since 1979.

13-15 July 2014-ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, 41st annual conference on the River Jordan (Oriental Institute, 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 Fax. 01865-516824. Email:

14-16 July 2014 "Hatra, Palmyra, Edessa: Contacts and Cultural Exchange between Cities in the Fertile Crescent before Islam" Forty-First International Conference of ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies (University of Oxford, UK). ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty-First International Conference on the theme of "Hatra, Palmyra, Edessa: Contacts and Cultural Exchange between Cities in the Fertile Crescent before Islam", to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 14-16 July, 2014. The conference will start on Monday 14th July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 16th 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 before next October 2013: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel.  01865-514041 Fax. 01865-516824. Email: Yours faithfully, Shafiq Abouzayd (Dr.)

21-23 July 2014 "Forty-Second Annual International Conference on Muslim and Jewish Contributions to the Arab Renaissance during the First and Second Millenniums" (Oxford, England, UK).The ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Second International Conference on Muslim and Jewish Contribution to the Arab Renaissance during the Abbasid and the Ottoman periods, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 21-23 July 2014.
The conference will start on Monday 21st July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 23rd July at 6pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 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 the Aram Society, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel.  01865-514041 Fax. 01865-516824. Email:

31July-3 August 2014 - EASA 2014, the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (Tallinn, Estonia). The 2014 EASA conference is organized by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University in conjunction with the EASA.
The theme of the conference is Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution: innovation and continuity in an interconnected world (please read more about the theme here: ). In order to propose a paper, please visit the website to read the instructions and to view the list of accepted panels .

All proposals must be made to specific panels via the 'Propose a paper' link found beneath the panel abstract on that panel's webpage.
Proposals should consist of:
•             a paper title
•             authors/co-authors
•             a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
•             a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.
The deadline for the CFP is February 27th, 2014.

31 July-3 August 2014, "The First Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (Tallinn University, Estonia). We are pleased to announce the first Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, which will be held annually in conjunction with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). The goal of our program is to promote original ethnographic films and visual media not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related topics. Our program encompasses all areas of the contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China), including topics on minority groups and religious themes. Our first program will be held during the 13th EASA Biennial Conference, at Tallinn University, Estonia, between 31 July and 3 August 2014. We invite and encourage all students, anthropologists, documentary filmmakers and media artists to participate in our program by submitting ethnographic videos, films (including online and cell phone styles, short and feature-length films) as well as interactive media (websites, hyperlinked documents, etc.). Deadline: Films and other materials submitted for the program should be sent online or as DVD preview copies, accompanied by a synopsis, a 10-line description and technical data no later than 30 April 2014. Delivery and return policies: All entries submitted must have received their first public screening on or after 1 January 2013; All participants must cover all costs related to the delivery of preview and screening copies; We will not return the preview and screening copies; All entries should be sent to: Dr. P. Khosronejad, Visiting Overseas Associated Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, 10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan. Email:

August 2014

Calls for Papers for panels at WOCMES Conference, 18-22 August 2014:

1. "Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980), Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeyni (1902-1989), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001), Yasser Arafat (1929-2004), Saddam Hussein (1937-2006), Muammar al-Gaddafi (1942-2011) and Osama Bin Ladan (1957-2011) were all political, religious or pious leaders of important countries and movements of the contemporary Middle East during the last two decades of the 20th and the first decade of the 21st centuries. Their deaths and funeral ceremonies, their burial places, and their tombs and mausoleums are the main topics of our panel(s). We are interested in receiving proposals which present new and unpublished researches on topics such as (but not limited to):

- Death and funeral ceremonies as national and state formation;
- Funeral architecture and national identity;
- Memorials and mausoleums as a mechanism of symbolic legitimation;
- Significance of memorials and mausoleums in urban topography and the creation of sacred public space;
- The role of memorials and mausoleums in collective memory and constructing the narrative of the past;
- The role of memorials and mausoleums in innovation and the creation of new rituals and performances;
- The death of political and religious leaders and the creation of new saints and sanctity;
- Creation of new sites of worship and political-religious pilgrimage;
- Formation of religious-political tourism.

We are primarily interested in receiving proposals which focus on case or comparative studies related to the above mentioned leaders. All branches of disciplines are welcome. Please send the title of your proposal, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 30th Nov. 2013 to:

Dr. P. Khosronejad
Department of Social Anthropology
University of St. Andrews

2. Popular Religious Rituals and Folkloric Beliefs among Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia
This is a call for papers for a panel on “Popular Religious Rituals and Folkloric Beliefs among Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia” which will be held during the Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), 18th-22nd August 2014 in Ankara (Turkey).

Among the anthropological studies of Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, popular religious rituals and folkloric beliefs are the most neglected topics (Peters 2008). As Tapper (2008) states: “In the ethnography of Middle Eastern societies, settled or nomadic, tribal or peasant, perhaps the most neglected area of life is the whole realm of religion, ritual, symbolism and ideology, particularly at the level of local community. Many ethnographers of nomads, for example Cunnison (1966); Asad (1970); Bates (1973); Ahmad (1973); Irons (1975); Glatzer (1977), pursuing their main interest in economics, kinship, social structure and politics are content to record that their subjects are Muslims and to note ways in which their customs differ from Islamic prescriptions.”

In this regard we are interested in receiving proposals which present new and unpublished researches on any topics related to the anthropological studies of popular religious rituals and folkloric beliefs among Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia.

Please send the title of your proposal, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 15th Jan. 2014 to:

Dr.P. Khosronejad
Department of Social Anthropology
University of St. Andrews

This panel is organised on behalf of the Network “Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China)” which is part of “European Association of Social Anthropologists, EASA.”

25-28 August 2014 - 5th Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) (University of Cambridge, UK). The Gulf Research Center will hold its 5th Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) at the University of Cambridge, from August 25th to 28th 2014.The objective of the Gulf Research Meeting is to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to encourage scholarly and academic exchange among those working on or interested in the developments taking place that are defining the Gulf region and their constituent societies. All interested persons are invited to apply online on GRM website ( where they also will find more information about the event. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014. Accepted paper presenters will be eligible for a travel allowance.

For its 5th edition, the Gulf Research Meeting will be hosting 14 workshops on the following topics:
-  Social Media and the Changing Context of Politics in the Gulf
-  The United States and the Gulf: Towards a Reassessment of Gulf Commitments and Alignments?
-  Representing the Nation – the use of heritage and museums to create national narratives and identity in the GCC
- The Future of Yemen
- Employed, yet underemployed and underestimated: Leadership, ownership and work motivation in the Gulf
- Green Economy in the Gulf Region
- Enhancing the Learning Ecosystem in the GCC: Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)
- The GCC State’s Foreign and Security Policies after the Arab Spring
- Science and Technology Education, Research and Innovation in GCC Countries
- Determinants of Future Migration in the Gulf - Gulf Labor Market and Migration program
- The Changing Energy Landscape in the Gulf: Strategic Implications
- Iran and the GCC: Prospects for Change?
- Doctoral Symposium: Addressing the Sustainability Agenda in the Gulf Region
- Gulf-Africa Relations: Past and Present Trends (sponsored by SFS-Q).

31 August-2 September 2014 - The Tenth Islamic Manuscript Conference: Manuscripts and Conflict Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Islamic Manuscript Association (Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK). (With a Special Additional Programme on 3 September 2014, including a Workshop on Disaster Planning for Islamic Manuscript Collections.) The conference programme has now been published online. Poster Presentations Students and other interested persons are encouraged to submit posters about their work with Islamic manuscript collections for presentation at the conference. More information about this can be found at: The Tenth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be an occasion to reflect on progress in conservation, preservation, cataloguing, digitisation and research relating to Islamic manuscripts and manuscript collections during the decade since the founding of the Association, and to look ahead to anticipated developments in these fields over the next ten years. The conference's special theme "Manuscripts and Conflict" will also constitute a timely opportunity to consider the above subject areas within the intensifying contexts of acute social and political instability or military conflict. Invited keynote speakers, round table sessions, poster presentations and workshops will promote active participation in a cutting-edge discussion of these subjects. The programme in Arabic and further information about registration will be available soon.

September 2014

25-27 September 2014-21st International DAVO Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East (Cologne, Germany). The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) is calling for papers and panels on all fields of contemporary Middle East studies and the impact of this region on other parts of the world. Middle East studies are understood to include disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all members of the League of Arab States, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel and the Muslim states of the former USSR. If you are interested in organizing a panel for this Congress and look for paper presenters, you are kindly requested to send the title and summary (up to 100 words) to the General Secretary of the Congress, Amke Dietert (email: before 7 April 2014. The call for contributions to the pre-organized panels will then be forwarded to more than 5000 recipients of the EURAMES Info Service who should send their paper proposals directly to the organizer of the specific panel before 2 June 2014. Deadline for the registration of papers including abstract of 300 words and panels (abstract of up to 100 words) before 16 June 2014. Information:

Call for Papers for Pre-organized Panels at the 21st International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) on "Contemporary Research on the MENA Region" in Cologne, 25-27 September 2014

1) "Between Neoliberalism and Revolution: Mapping Current Gentrification in the MENA City" - Coordinator: Yannick Sudermann (

2) "Middle East Conflicts: Backgrounds and Chances for Solutions" - Coordinator: Fawzy Naji, Hannover (

3) "Issues of Sustainable Economic Development in Iraq" - Coordinator: Sefik Alp Bahadir, Erlangen (

4) "Arab Perspectives on Israel" - Coordinator: Johannes Becke, Oxford (

5) "Arab Talk Shows in the Wake of the Arab Spring" - Coordinator: David Arn, Muenchen (

6) "Mobilities and Competences in the Middle East Region" - Coordinators: Amin Moghadam ( and Azita Bathaie (, Paris.

7) "Collaps of Public and Social Structures in Syria" - Coordinator: Huda Zein, Cologne (

8) "Psychologies, Politics and Narratives of Trauma: Comparative Perspectives" - Coordinator: Stephan Milich, University of Cologne (

9) "Transformation of Religious Discourses in the Contemporary Muslim World" - Coordinators: Tim Epkenhans( and Johanna Pink (, Freiburg.

10) "Migration, Labor and Religion in the Gulf States" - Coordinators: Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf ( and Michaela Pelican (, Cologne.

11) "Turkey and the Arab Spring" - Coordinator: Ibrahim Natil (

12) "The International Politics of the Arab Spring" - Coordinator: Robert Mason (

13) "Processes of Transformation in Yemen: Singularity or Model?" - Coordinator: Henner Kirchner, Sana'a (

14) "Towards Post-colonial Palestine Studies: Cross-disciplinary Approaches" - Coordinators: Detlev Quintern (History), Ludwig Watzal (Political Science), Viktoria Waltz (Planning) (

15) "Outbound-tourism from GCC-countries: Opportunities and Perspectives for the Tourism Industry outside the Middle East" - Coordinator: Nadine Scharfenort, Mainz (

Contact the coordinator to request the summary of the panel. Please send an abstract (up to 300 words) of your proposed paper to the coordinator of the panel and to Amke Dietert, the general secretary of the Congress ( before 2 June 2014. Information on the DAVO Congress

25-28 September 2014 "Muslims Negotiating Modernities" (Nashville, TN). Part of the "Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism" series of workshops being convened by the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. Proposals due 07 April 2014. Additional information:

October 2014

3-5 October 2014 - 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference (Indianapolis, IN). Call for papers for panel on "American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa." Topics can include--but are certainly not limited to--any historical or contemporary representation of the Middle East in American popular culture, including sermons, songs, plays, paintings, travel accounts, memoirs, novels, movies, and the media. Please upload a 250 word abstract on any aspect of culture treating American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa to the Middle Eastern Culture area,
Any questions? Please email Stacy E. Holden at
More information about the conference can be found at Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.

9-10 October 2014 - "Iran in the World: Old Challenges and New Opportunities in the Changing Middle East (Melbourne, Australia). The Middle East has undergone significant change in the past two decades, with a number of new challenges emerging. Iran, as a key player in the Middle East, has not been shielded from these changes. Indeed, the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan brought US troops onto Iran's doorstep, the Arab revolutions have undermined Iran's ally in Syria, and the growing sectarian tension between Sunni and Shia communities has presented difficult questions for Iranian policy makers. All of this has taken place against a new international setting, where Iran is now seeking relief from sanctions and a resolution to the disagreement over its nuclear program. Given the complexity of these challenges, it is important to explore the road ahead. What options are open to the government of President Hassan Rouhani? How is Iran planning to address these challenges? Invited speakers include Professor Amin Saikal (ANU), Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand (former-Iranian Ambassador to Bahrain, Institute for Political and International Studies), Dr. Mostafa Zahrani (Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran)  Ms. Ziba Farzinnia (Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran), Dr. Naser Ghobazadeh (ACU) and Mr. Brenton Clark (ANU). The organising committee welcomes the submission of abstracts that look at external pressures on Iran and how the Iranian leadership is responding to these pressures. Papers on Iranian foreign policy formulation, the range of options open to policy makers, and the trajectory of change in foreign policy direction are most encouraged. Please submit a 200 word abstract and short bio to Dara Conduit ( by the 13th of July, 2014. For more information, please go to:

23-24 October 2014 - "New Points Points on the Map: Bureaucratization of Islam in Muslim States and Societies" (Bielefeld University, Germany). The Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University invites papers for its 23-24 workshop to be held in Germany. Abstracts are due by 10 August 2014. Information about the conference can be found at:

23-26 October - Fifteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Conference (New York City). The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals for the Fifteenth Annual CESS Conference, October 23-26, 2014, in New York City. The event will be held at Columbia University, hosted by the Harriman Institute. Registration starts Thursday evening, October 23.  Panels begin Friday morning, October 24, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, October 26. Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Centra! l and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.
The program will feature approximately 70 panels. There will also be supplementary events and a keynote speaker. To submit a pre-organized panel or individual paper proposal, please login to the CESS Website at

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: 31 March 2014. Notification of Acceptance: 1-10 May 2014. Preliminary Program Available: July 2014. Deadline for Pre-Registration: 18 August 2014. Conference Dates: 23-26 October 2014 OTHER DATES: Deadline for notification of audio-visual requests: 18 August 2014. Travel Arrangements & Visa in place by: 18 August 2014. Deadline for Last Cancellations: 18 August 2014 (No Fee Refund). Deadline for Paper Submission to Chairs & Discussants: 11 October 2014.

Travel & Accommodations
Information about Columbia University and the New York City, transportation options, maps, and lodging information will be available at the conference website. Please be sure to visit for detailed information.

All conference participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodations. CESS does not subsidize travel and accommodations for conference participants. Conference participants are urged to make local hotel reservations well in advance of the August 18th pre-registration deadline.

Further Information
The Chair of the Conference Committee is Dr. Ali İğmen (California State University, Long Beach Communications regarding local arrangements, including invitation letters, should be addressed to:

CESS 2014 Annual Conference
Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10027
Phone: +1/212-854-4623
Fax: +1/212-666-3481 (attention: CESS conference)

Communications about proposal submission, program matters, registration matters, the mailing list, and data updates should be sent to the CESS Secretariat.

Central Eurasian Studies Society
1011 E. 3rd St.
Goodbody Hall 101
Bloomington, In 47405 U.S.A.
Tel: +1/812-855-0959
Fax: +1/812-855-8667 (attention: CESS)

November 2014

6-7 November 2014 - "Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City (King's College, London). Organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day’ Keynote speakers: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), Professor Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths). Perhaps the world’s most iconic city, Jerusalem exists both as a physical space and as a site of memory, ideas, and re-memberings. In art, literature, film, and history writing; in acts of public and private worship; and in communities across the globe, memories of Jerusalem have, for centuries, been created, invoked, and relived. This cross-period, interdisciplinary conference invites paper and panel submissions on the theme of Jerusalem and Memory, c. 1099 to the Present Day. Topics may include, but need not be limited to:
- techniques of memorialisation / techniques of memory
- place, space, and memory
- souvenirs, mementoes, and memory aids
- the materiality (or immateriality) of memory
- memory and sensation
- memory, land and environment
- memory and warfare
- memory and governance
- forgetting, false memory, and fictional remembering
- narrative and memory
- memory and the archive
- national, local, and transnational memories
- memory and community
- ethnography as remembering
- ritual, repetition, and performance
- sacred and secular memory
The organisers are particularly keen to receive panel submissions which address a shared theme across more than one discipline and/or historical period.
Abstracts of c. 300 words for single papers and c. 1000 words for panels consisting of three papers should be sent to by 1st July 2014. For more details or inquiries, please contact the same address or visit the Network website: This conference is organised by the lead members of the Network: Dr Anna Bernard (KCL), Dr Michele Campopiano (York), Dr Helen Smith (York), Dr Jim Watt (York), and the Network Coordinator, Hannah Boast (York).

12-14 November 2014 - "The Impact of Arab Uprisings on Citizenship in the Arab World" (University of Balamand, Lebanon). The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand is currently accepting abstract submissions for this conference that will be held at the University of Balamand, located in the Koura Region of North Lebanon, on 12-14 November 2014. Deadline for submitting abstracts 7 June 2014. This conference aims at bringing together scholars from various regions and disciplines to address the impact of Arab Uprisings on the advancement of citizenship's ideas and practices throughout the Arab World. We hope you will find interest in contributing to this conference. Papers in Arabic, English, and French will be accepted. For more information on the conference, including the abstract submission process and the suggested themes please check

For further inquires please contact Dr. Sami Ofeish at

20-21 November 2014 - "Border, Mobility and Diversity: Old Questions, New Challenges," MiReKoc 10th Year Symposium (Istanbul). The international migration symposium titled “Border, Mobility and Diversity: Old Questions, New Challenges” will take an inter-disciplinary approach to draw on the past and current state of migration studies and to determine a vision and direction for its future. It is aimed to bring together a wide range of scholars, researchers, policy makers and organizations to discuss various aspects of migration studies. Three main themes of the symposium are determined as:

Borders and Border Regimes

Borders are being defined and redefined in this global age, reflecting on the patterns and dynamics of migration. Many states today are adopting policies to facilitate the mobility of certain populations in their territories, while implementing strict border and visa regimes to regulate or restrict the movement of others. Under the current conditions, the issues of borders and irregular migration emerge as new challenges to the growing “management” rhetoric in the debate over immigration and asylum policies.

Migration and Mobility: Conceptualizing the Movement of Persons - Technological innovations in transportation and communications facilitate the potential for international migration around the world. As the movement of persons across borders increased, accelerated and diversified based on structural factors and/or individual motives, scholars began questioning the convenience of the concept of migration as a way of capturing different patterns and categories. In the current age new concepts, such as mobility have risen to prominence to better illustrate the fluidity of movements across geographies.

Diversity and Integration - Over the past decades, the concepts of diversity and integration have served as prominent research lenses through which to elaborate the consequences of migration for the local, national and international settings. These two concepts are essential for analysis, development and evaluation of migration and refugee policies. Within this context the following questions are crucial: How will policy makers maintain diversity while developing policies to integrate incoming migrants? Is it possible to move beyond the zero-sum approach on diversity and integration?

The discussions will be based on these three main themes, touching upon a wide range of topics in the field of migration studies. The conference will be hosted by Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) in Istanbul, on the occasion of its 10th year anniversary in the field of migration research. Established in August 2004, MiReKoc provides an institutionalized hub for migration research in Turkey, encompassing domestic, regional and global facets of migration. The two-day conference will include five roundtable sessions on migration theory, migration research, migration policy, the Turkish migration regime and migration research centers with prominent guest speakers. Moreover, a call for papers (CfP) is open to all scholars, researchers and graduate students, from various disciplines including political science, international relations, economics, sociology, anthropology, history and demography who are interested in presenting their cutting-edge research on: borders and border regimes; migration and mobility; diversity and integration.

Abstract Submission - People interested in presenting a paper are invited to send their applications to before the due date of abstract submission. The applications should include: presentation title, abstract (of no more than 300 words), 3-4 keywords, home institution and affiliated department(s) and co-authors (if applicable). Decisions will be communicated by July 15, 2014 and submission of full papers is expected by October 31, 2014. Guidelines for full papers will be announced with the acceptance notifications. A selection of papers from the conference will be published by a reputable international publisher and will be considered for a special issue in a scholarly journal.

Abstracts Due: June 16, 2014
Acceptance Notifications: July 15, 2014
Final Paper Submission Due: October 31, 2014

For further information please visit the web page and/or send email to

20-21 November 2014 - "Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and Opportunities," Second Annual Conference of the Middle East and North Africa Social Policy (MENA) Network (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Bath). The aim of this conference is to contribute to the emerging academic and policy debates around issues of social welfare and social justice in the MENA region. In addition, we will be launching the findings of an ESRC funded project on the social welfare systems of this region.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
 Dr. Zafiris Tzannatos - Independent Consultant, SILATECH, Qatar
 Ms Ghada Waly - Minister of Social Affairs, Egypt

Abstract Submission
Individual and panel abstracts (up to 3 papers per panel) are welcome. For individual papers, please send a title and 250 word abstract to with your full contact details and indicating the stream from the list above. For panel submissions, please submit a 500 word abstract describing the panel theme along with contributor details and titles for the 3 papers to (the individual paper abstracts will be requested if the submission is accepted). Independent papers are also accepted provided they are of social policy interest. Please include the word “Independent” at the top of the abstract.

Deadline for Abstracts
12 May 2014 (successful presenters will be notified by 30 May 2014). PhD-level applicants are welcome. There will be a small number of bursaries for PhD-level presenters and non-presenters. Please contact Rana Jawad for further advice.
Expressions of interest for non-presenters Interested participants who do not want to present papers may register their interest in attending by emailing Priority will be given to delegates who are involved in the social policy field. Conference registration will be open at the end of May 2014. Queries regarding the conference may be sent directly to Dr. Rana Jawad at

22 November 2014 - "Graduate Student Pre-Conference" sponsored by the Institute of Turkish Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages and held in conjunction with the MESA annual meeting (Washington, DC). The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the tenth annual "Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies". This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The Pre-Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies and AATT. The tenth annual Pre-Conference will take place on November 22, 2014, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), taking place in Washington D.C. November 22-25, 2014. Pre-Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the MESA conference. The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in Turkish and Turkic Studies enrolled at institutions in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and  allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the Pre-Conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines. AATT will award a limited number of travel awards to help subvent the cost of student participation.
Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.

Students should submit 250-word proposal for a paper together with the following information:

1. Name
2. Current institutional affiliation (department/university)
3. Adviser's name
4. Educational background (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
5. Current status (taking courses, preparing for exams, researching dissertation, writing dissertation, defended/deposited dissertation)
6. Title of dissertation (if applicable)
7. Contact information (email, telephone number, preferred mailing address)

The deadline for submission of proposals is October 1, 2014.

Graduate students already presenting a paper at the larger meeting (MESA or CESS) are not eligible to participate concurrently in the Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies.
Unfortunately AATT cannot consider requests for travel support for graduate students enrolled at institutions outside North America.

Proposals should be submitted by email to:

Professor Uli Schamiloglu
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Erika H. Gilson
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee's decision by October 10, 2014.

December 2014

6-7 December 2014 - "The First World War and Its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East," Inaugural Conference convened by HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan and Dr. Barbara Schwepcke of the Ginko Library (SOAS, University of London). The Gingko conference series brings together scholars from the East and the West. The Gingko conferences are designed to complement the Gingko Library, a project to publish one hundred books over the next ten years, presenting the latest work in both Arabic and English across the full range of humanities, social sciences and sciences relating to the Middle East and North Africa. The first Gingko conference, to be held in London on 6–7 December 2014, focuses on the effects of the First World War on the Middle East. Our guest speakers include
Professor Khaled Fahmy of the American University in Cairo and Dr Eugene Rogan of the University of Oxford. Other confirmed attendees include Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS), Professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (University of Maryland), Professor Yousef Meri (LMU Munich) and Professor Mustafa Aksakal (Georgetown University). The course of the First World War, as it played out in the Middle East and the political and cultural changes around it, shaped the modern Middle East: The Ottoman and the Russian Empires fought each other for supremacy in the
region – neither succeeded nor survived the fight. Both sides tried to use notions of Islamic unity and Pan-Arabism to their own advantage: Sultan Mehmed V called for a global Muslim jihad against the Entente Powers, while Britain stirred Pan-Arabism with little intention of honouring promises made in the process. At the end of the First World War four multi-ethnic empires lay in ruins. In the Middle East lines were drawn in the sand, dividing communities which had lived together for centuries. Wilson’s ideals were as powerful an inspiration as Lenin’s communist utopia on nationalist leaders such as ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Tha‘alibi and Saad Zaghloul, but what constituted a nation in the Middle East and North Africa in the aftermath of the First World War? In the end, neither the Tunisian Destour nor the Egyptian Wafd party were allowed to present their case for national self-determination at the Paris Peace Conference. And the only Middle Eastern delegation to attend was the Hejaz, lead by Emir Feisal, who had been promised a united Arabia – a promise betrayed at the end of the First World War. Abstracts for papers should be submitted by Monday 2 June 2014 to Aran Byrne; proposals for sessions must be submitted by Monday 7 July 2014. Proposals should be no more than 300 words long. For further details please contact:
Aran Byrne
The Gingko Library
70 Cadogan Place
London SW1X 9AH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7838 9055 Fax: +44 (0)20 7584 9501

6-8 December 2014 - "The GCC Countries: Politics and Economics in Light of the Regional and International Shifts and Changes" ((Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Doha, Qatar). The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) will hold the Annual Conference of Arab Research Centers from December 6-8, 2014. The title of this year's conference is "The GCC Countries: Politics and Economics in Light of the Regional and International Shifts and Changes". The choice of theme stems from the political and security challenges the GCC countries face at a time of great uncertainties, in addition to the changes that are taking place in the world's economic structure in the fields of energy, commerce, and technology. The ACRPS calls upon Arab scholars and researchers engaged in work on relevant issues to submit in-depth original research papers devoted to the conference themes. Those who wish to submit a paper are requested to send a research proposal and a brief CV, no later than May 8, 2014. Please send research proposals and papers to: For further information on the conference and to access the background paper, please visit:

8-9 December 2014 - "Conflict and Dialogue in the Middle East" (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland). The Middle East faces several challenges, which have escalated in the XXI century. The challenges are structural in nature, deeply rooted in Middle Eastern societies and can only be understood after further, careful, historical and interdisciplinary analysis. Weaknesses of state institutions; a rapid but superficial modernization; poverty; inequality and slow economic development; demographical issues, as well as globalization (with its positive and negative cultural and economic outcomes) have helped to create the conflicting landscapes of the contemporary Middle East. Conflicts are inevitable and endemic but finding a solution to them is inevitable as well and this cannot be done without the help of dialogical and cooperative attempts to solving current problems, albeit it seems difficult--at least today--to overcome these issues by peaceful and conciliatory means. The conference aims at presenting interdisciplinary research from the social sciences and humanities, as well as discussing approaches that concern problems of conflict and dialogue in contemporary Middle Eastern societies. We also would like to discuss the question as to how the recent social unrest called the Arab Spring has changed the old patterns in finding solutions to political, economic, cultural, religious, as well as international conflicts in the Middle East. We invite the submission of abstracts from any disciplinary field which covers one of the main themes. It is anticipated that the discussion will include a variety of perspectives from which this topic can be understood, dealing with all MENA sub-regions. The following sub-themes of the conflict-dialogue problem are proposed: 1. Political conflicts and negotiations; 2. Military confrontation and reconciliation; 3. Sectarian and ethnic relations; 4. Economic rivalry and cooperation; 5. Cultural tensions and change. To send an abstract of a conference paper of around 500 words, and a short bio, including a list of publications, please go to the website: Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for abstracts that are submitted by other means. Any other queries should be sent to the following key persons: Mahnaz Zahirinejad ( Michal Lipa ( or Rachela Tonta ( All submitted abstracts, which should be sent before 20th October 2014, will be peer reviewed. Any information on accepted abstracts will be returned by 30th October 2014. Accepted papers will be published in the quarterly "Hemispheres, Studies on Cultures and Societies."

February 2015

12-15 February 2015 "Transnational and Local Networks of Pilgrimage" (Nashville, TN). Part of the "Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism" series of workshops being convened by the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. Proposals due 06 October 2014. Additional information:

18-21 February 2015 - "Global IR and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies," International Studies Association 56th Annual Convention (New Orleans, LA). For further details, see

Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) is planning to submit two proposals, one or more traditional panels (number of panels depend on the papers received by the Co-IRIS team) and one workshop (aiming for financial support by ISA). Our panel title is International Relations and Islamic Studies: A New Agenda and our workshop title is Co-IRIS: Islamic Perspectives on Theory and Praxis in International Relations.”

Co-IRIS was established by a group of researchers interested in developing and sustaining a body of knowledge that addresses the theories and practices of the Muslim civilization and of Muslim societies with regards to international affairs and to the discipline of International Relations. For more details about Co-IRIS, please visit our website at We are taking ISA’s theme as an opportunity to make the case of presenting Islamic ontology, episteme, methods, paradigms, and history for the study of International Relations and global affairs and for discussing the experiences and praxis of Muslim-dominated actors (nations and organizations) and their interactions and behaviors among themselves and with non-Muslim dominated actors in the fora of international affairs regardless of time period.

A list of welcome themes/topics includes:
- Islam as a theory of IR?
- Islamic norms and values in IR
- Islamic agencies and actors of IR
- Islamic sources in International Law
- Plurality and Solidarity in Muslim Societies
- Deciphering theories of IR with Islamic episteme
- Social Movements, Democratization, and the Arab Spring
- Is there an Islamic Nation-State? Or Islam is a civilizational state?
- Islamic thinkers, e.g. al-Qaradawi, Khaldun or Qutb, and their thoughts on IR
- Comparing the Islamic ‘ummah’ with the ‘international society’ of the English School of IR

If you want to add more, you are welcome to suggest themes or topics relevant to Co-IRIS. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have ideas, comments, or opinions about Co-IRIS. Please email us your (200-300 word) abstract and (100 word) biographical information by May 26, 2014 for traditional panels, and by July 11, 2014 for the workshop at We are looking forward to receiving your proposals.

19-21 February 2015 - "Global Halal: Muslims and the Cultural Politics of the Permissible" International Conference (East Lansing, MI). Global Halal is an international conference organized by the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University in partnership with the UK-based Muslim, Trust and Cultural Dialogue Program. The conference topic addresses a range of cultural, economic and political concerns associated with the principle of halal, especially in relation to contemporary food, banking, and lifestyle. Often associated with Muslim dietary practices, the concept of halal applies to that which is permissible to Muslims and serves as one of the key ethical concepts in Islamic theological doctrines. Yet as with any religious principle, concepts like halal and its antithesis haram, are subject to interpretation and variation, especially in the contemporary global era. Muslim practices today are conditioned by a wide-range of technological and contextual influences that raise many questions about what constitutes halal. While the term halal refers to all that is permitted, its specific associations with Islamic restrictions underscore the cultural politics of religious practices at a time of growing awareness among Muslims of the ethics of consumption, the diversity of cultural values, the changing nature of interpersonal relations, and the globalization of financial interactions. In the majority Muslim regions of the world, halal is embedded in daily life, but it nevertheless raises other issues, for example in regard to the rights of non-Muslim minorities. In contexts where Islam is the minority religion, adaptations of daily practices have been historically necessary to the establishment of Muslim communities. With the growing number of Muslims in Europe and North America, there has been increased demand for halal options, especially with regard to the availability and marketing of halal meats, which has caused some controversy in the United States, Britain, France, among other countries. These controversies illustrate the centrality of the halal concept in contemporary discussions of Muslimness, national belonging and ethics. This conference will provide a forum for exploring the principle of halal within a global context, emphasizing the complexities of the permissible and the impermissible (haram). Please send abstracts in MS Word or PDF format to the organizers at the following addresses: and Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, and should include a title, correspondence address, and institutional affiliation. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 November 2014.

March 2015

8-10 March 2015 - "Photography's Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories & New Practices." (New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE). Our understanding of the histories and practices of photography is changing as more and more critical attention is being paid to photographic cultures from outside of Europe and North America, and to new forms and functions emergent in a variety of contemporary social and political contexts and digital formats. This conference will bring together up to forty scholars, photographers, curators and archivists from around the world in order to undertake new explorations of photography's past and its present. Models for global, regional and local histories of photography are being rethought as a growing number of case studies develop our knowledge of previously unexamined or little known traditions as well as individual photographers. New visual vocabularies and practices are being constructed in vernacular, documentary and fine art forms; the same vocabularies and practices can also challenge these very categories and are often characterized by a turn to local histories and mythologies and personal experiences and needs. Emergent nations and cultural groups are using photography to construct their own histories and a sense of shared cultural heritage. At the same time, both photographers and photographs increasingly move between cultures, and the space between the local and the global has become a space of situatedness in its own right. Documentary photography has been the object of critique but photography committed to human rights or "peace photography" is thriving - not just in new forms but also through new strategies of intervention. The concern with aesthetics has similarly been out of favor in some quarters but there is also a renewed interest in the relationship of aesthetics and ethics. In such contexts, the work of archives, galleries, photo agencies, festivals and other cultural organizations committed to the photographic image is more important than ever, as is the role of visual education. Where there is little state support for photography, such institutions often carry the responsibility for creating, preserving and disseminating photographic culture. These are some of the areas and issues the conference aims to examine. The conference will focus in particular on the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. However, work about and from other regions is also welcomed, as are suggestions for other topics. We invite both scholarly papers as well as presentations by those working with photography outside the academy. The organizers plan to publish a volume of selected papers and presentations. In addition, we would like to gather together important and previously un-translated writings on photography from the non-English-speaking world with a view of publishing an anthology in English. We would very much welcome suggestions and contributions in this area. ***** Funding & Organization: All travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses will be covered for all participants presenting at the conference. The conference is funded and hosted by the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. It is organized in collaboration with the Arab Image Foundation. Principal organizers: Shamoon Zamir Associate Professor of Literature & Visual Studies, NYUAD, and Director of Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYUAD. Issam Nassar Professor of Middle East History and Member, Arab Image Foundation ***** Suggested topics: Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to: 1. New visual vocabularies in photography 2. Archives & archival practices 3. Alternative histories of photography 4. Photography & human rights/"Peace Photography" 5. Photography and history 6. Photography and aesthetics 7. Cross-cultural encounters & movements 8. Photographic genres, modes and audiences 9. Image & text / the photobook ***** Proposal guidelines, submission process & schedule: Proposals for papers or presentations, or for panels should provide as much detail as possible but should not exceed 500 words. Proposals will be reviewed by the principal organizers and an advisory committee. All papers and presentations will be 20 minutes. Submit a 500 word abstract and a 150 word biographical note to: Ozge Calafato Proposals should be submitted in the following format: Name of the author(s); Telephone and e-mail address; Affiliation; Title of proposal; Body of proposal. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 3, 2014 You will be notified by November 7, 2014 regarding the status of your proposal. ***** Contact & Link: For further information on the conference, please contact: Shamoon Zamir Arts and Humanities, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE Details of the conference and the call for papers & presentations are also available at:

21-22 March 2015 - "Copernicus in Islam" (Berkeley, CA). This conference will investigate the reception of heliocentricism in Islamic rationalist disciplines (maʿqūlāt) as a means of uncovering the internal workings of the Islamic scholarly tradition during the pre-modern and early modern periods.  It is a well-known fact that Muslim intellectuals overwhelmingly rejected heliocentricism, but the principles and arguments underlying this attitude remain almost entirely unexplored.  For what reasons did developments in early modern European astronomy—especially in a context of the colonial encounter—fail to shape the Islamic astronomical and cosmological traditions?  Or did such developments somehow inflect Muslim texts and scholarly worldviews in ways that have gone unnoticed?  Recent investigations of the Islamic rationalist (maʿqūlī) legacy of the post-classical period (ca. 1200-1900 CE) have made it abundantly clear that, at this stage of scholarship, the first task before us is a deep dive into the arguments of the technical texts of diverse disciplines.  It is only by means of a fuller understanding of the arguments of these texts that a clearer picture of the development of the tradition will emerge.  The technical details will then be used to formulate the more general theoretical frameworks for global narratives and they will also make apparent what kinds of social and political histories of ideas are relevant for rewriting the history of rationalism in Islam.  Therefore, priority will be given to those papers that show how the Islamic rationalist tradition (i.e., the various disciplines of ʿilm al-hayʾa, ṭabīʿiyyāt, manṭiq, kalām, etc.) handled post-Copernican heliocentricism.  However, papers dealing with relevant aspects of the cultural, social, and political history of ideas and those pertaining to the transmitted sciences (manqūlāt) that hinge upon the rationalist legacy are also welcome.  Please send a title and 500-word abstract to by September 1, 2014.  The conference will be hosted by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  The date is tentatively set for March 21-22, 2015.  Participants will be partially or fully funded, depending on total costs.

24-25 March 2015 - "Intertwined Elements in Arabic Literature: Classical, Modern and Popular" (Tel Aviv University). The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Tel Aviv University invites paper proposals for its international conference on Arabic literature, to be held on March 24-25, 2015 at Tel Aviv University, Israel: Intertwined Elements in Arabic Literature: Classical, Modern and Popular 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. The official conference languages are English and Arabic. Abstracts in English or Arabic (not exceeding 300 words) are to be submitted by Monday, December 1st, 2014 to Dr. Jeries Khoury - Dr. Amir Lerner - 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 index.php/conference.

24-26 March 2015 - Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency (Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY). Hofstra University is pleased to announce that its Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency will take place March 24-26, 2015. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. During each conference, Hofstra brings together scholars, policy makers, and journalists for a series of panels and roundtables to discuss a president's campaign, political leadership, policy agenda, and legacy. The University has published volumes of selected articles and commentary from every conference, which have become standard scholarly volumes and early oral histories of each presidency. For more conference details and the Call for Papers, see the link below. Paper proposals are due January 8, 2014, and the program committee will make selections in Spring 2014. We welcome your submissions.

April 2015

24-25 April 2015 - "Unsettling Colonial Modernity: Islamicate Contexts in Focus" (University of Alberta, Canada). The late-19th century acceleration of European colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa gave rise to a range of cultural, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic projects seeking to restructure Islamicate societies after modern Europe. Such Eurocentric projects were predominantly advanced through subordinating Islamicate traditions, cultures, and identities. This traumatic historical experience evokes the image of a Muslim other laid on the Procrustean bed of European modernity; Islamicate traditions, cultures, and identities were either stretched out of shape or sawed off so that they would fit the hegemonic conception of modernity. This homogenizing conception of modernity, however, has faced serious challenges from within and without its European bedrock. Critics have problematized the unilinear view of historical progress in the discourse of Enlightenment modernity and its homogenizing universalism; they have also highlighted the (in)formal colonial trajectory of European modernity in non-European contexts. Out of these critical engagements, have emerged counterdiscourses such as “indigenous modernities”, “multiple modernities”, and “alternative modernities”, as well as a rich body of literature provincializing Europe, historicizing lived experiences of European modernity, and unveiling its darker side. These critiques have opened up new possibilities for transcending false binary oppositions of West/East, modernity/tradition, secular/sacred, and culture/nature. The organizing committee of this interdisciplinary conference invites contributions to the current rethinking of post-19th century identity formations and sociopolitical transmutations in Islamicate contexts (both national and diasporic) vis-à-vis the colonial project of modernity. We are particularly interested in examining practical implications as well as challenges and prospects of such dialogical investigations. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

*  Modern nation-building and its discontents
*   Postcolonialism, indigeneity, and decoloniality
*   Narrative resistance
*   Feminist theories of experience and first-person knowledge
*   Identity politics and intersectionality
*   Subjectivity, theories of the self, and narrative identities
*   Racialization and epistemologies of ignorance
*   Trauma, affect, memory, and their link to identity
*   The return of the repressed in myth, phantasy, and neurosis  
*   Islamophobia in the post-War-on-Terror era
*   Orientalization of diasporic identities in popular culture  
*   Radical pedagogies in interrogating Islamophobia/orientalism
*   Religion, secularism, and democracy
*   Orientalism and occidentalism
*   Critical race and whiteness studies
*   Marxist literary criticism
*   Critical (ir)realism
*   Technophobia, eco-criticism, and post-apocalyptic literature
*   Post-modernism as the return of Romanticism
*   Globalization and socio-economic development

Contributions can take the form of papers or posters. Please send abstracts (150-200 words for posters; 300-500 words for papers), along with a short bio of author(s), to by November 30, 2014. Decisions on selected proposals will be sent out early January 2014. Presenters whose abstracts are accepted must submit their papers (3000-5000 words) or posters (2-4 slides) by March 27, 2015, one month prior to the conference date. A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed, edited volume. A final draft of selected papers is to be submitted within two months after the conference.

Should you have any questions or require more information, please contact us via email at, or visit

May 2015

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:

June 2015

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 â?onewâ? 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 and Ben Zarhi Deadline for abstracts is 1 September 2014.

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: More details on the conference are available on the site:

July 2015

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:

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:

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 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 with "subscribe" in the subject field.


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