2-3 December 2013 - "Impact of Changing Population Dynamics on the Arab Family" (Doha, Qatar). The structure of the Arab family, which is the basis of Arab societies and the most influential educator and inculcator of values, is in the midst of transition. Modernization and globalization processes, including internet usage and social media which have shrunk the world in time and space, and humanitarian crises, as well as rapidly changing population and demographic dynamics, are fundamentally altering the traditional Arab family.The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is organizing an international seminar to take stock of the various changes on the Arab Family brought about by population and demographic dynamics, and to assess the policy implications of these changes. The seminar will address five main topics related to Arab families: (i) Marriage and Family Formation; (ii) Trends and Patterns in Fertility and Family Size; (iii) Population Migration and the Family; (iv) Adolescents and the Family and, (v) Intergenerational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion. Marriage and Family Formation - this first topic will address changing patterns and levels of marriage and family formation, including socio-economic, cultural and sub-national differentials, their implications for the Arab family and for policy-makers. It may also consider emerging trends towards remaining single, remarriage and rising divorce levels, as well as polygamy, and their implications. Fertility and Family Size -this second topic will address changing levels and patterns of childbearing including socio-economic, cultural and sub-national differentials, as well remarriage, and their implications for the Arab family. It may also consider the determinants of trends and their policy implications. Population Migration and the Family - this third topic will address the key issues related to rising trends in people mobility resulting from temporary labour migration and displacements caused by crises situations on the Arab family. It may also consider the impact of migration of family members on traditional values and culture and their policy implications. Adolescent and the Family -this fourth topic will address the key issues related to the promotion and adoption of responsible adolescent reproductive health behavior, including the provision of information and appropriate services, and the implications for the Arab family. It may also consider initiatives that involve Arab youth in the design of programmes and the policy implications. Intergenerational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion - this fifth topic will address the key issues related to factors that affect intergenerational solidarity in the Arab family and their policy implications. It may also consider gender issues, such as women's empowerment, discrimination against women, and related policy, institutional and legislative implications. For any of these five topics, authors may focus on a single country or multiple countries within the Arab world, using quantitative or qualitative data or a triangular approach. Papers that explore, analyze and assess sub-national and cultural diversity are particularly encouraged. Population scientists and researchers interested in presenting their work at the seminar are invited to submit an online proposal on the DIFI website by 15 August 2013. Submissions must include a short 250-words abstract and an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables/charts). Papers submitted and presented should be unpublished and no longer than 6,000 words. DIFI will publish a set of the papers presented in at the seminar in an edited book around the first half of 2014. Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. If the paper is co-authored, please indicate the name(s) and affiliation(s) of co-author(s) at the end of the abstract. Language at the seminar will be Arabic and English. Abstracts and final papers may be submitted and presented in either language Authors will be notified by mid- September 2013 on the acceptance of their paper. In the case of acceptance on the basis of an abstract, the completed paper must be uploaded on the DIFI website by 15 November 2013. Authors of selected papers will be invited to Doha to present their papers. They will be provided air travel, hotel expenses and an honorarium.
5-7 December 2013 "'Tower of Babel' or Global Networks in Permanent Restructuring Migration between Myth and Reality," Tunisian-Mediterranean Association for Historical, Social and Economic Studies 5th International Symposium (Beja, Tunisia). See the conference announcement at http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202270.
6-7 December 2013 - "Humanitarian Diplomacy: Theory and Perspectives from the Field" (Istanbul, Turkey). The issue of Humanitarian Diplomacy has acquired a particular relevance and urgency in the last decades, with the eruption of inner conflicts, civil wars and consequent humanitarian crises in a wide geography extending from Palestine, Somalia and Mali to Afghanistan, Myanmar and Syria. The mechanisms of the UN have proved inadequate in addressing these problems, with an evident lack of concern about and failure to react to humanitarian issues. A development that brought these issues to the prior rank in the diplomatic efforts of Turkey and other countries was the fact that traditional diplomacy based on interstate realpolitik, established after the Treaty of Westphalia, had to give ground before a more liberal approach that questioned the hegemony of nation-states in the making of diplomacy and focused instead on relieving the problems suffered by common people. The result was Humanitarian Diplomacy, which, together with Public Diplomacy, was brought forth as an alternative, liberal approach to diplomacy that aimed to solve problems through mutual cultural understanding and the use of soft power. Humanitarian Diplomacy aims to mobilize public and governmental support and resources for humanitarian operations, and it is a field with many players, including governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector. In association with SAM (Center for Strategic Research), ASEM (The Ankara Center for Political and Economic Research) invites abstracts for scholarly papers to be presented at the conference "Humanitarian Diplomacy: Theory and Perspectives from the Field" to be held at Istanbul Sehir University in Turkey between 6 and 7 December 2013. The conference will cover issues of Humanitarian Diplomacy in various crisis regions of the world, with a special emphasis on the Middle East. All the papers will be screened by a scientific committee. Authors are encouraged to use the Chicago Manual of Style Citation System. The accepted papers will be published jointly by ASEM and SAM. The travel and accommodation expenses of all the participants who submit their papers in full will be covered by ASEM and SAM. The submissions should be sent to the e-mail address: email@example.com The NGOs involved in Humanitarian Diplomacy are also kindly invited to the conference to present relevant case studies. Possible topics may include but are not limited to: The theory and practice of humanitarian diplomacy. The history of the development of humanitarian diplomacy. Humanitarian diplomacy at the regional, national and international levels. The current situation in various crisis regions: Syria, Palestine, Somalia, Mali, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Humanitarian diplomacy and international law. The role of aid organizations in ongoing efforts of humanitarian diplomacy. Deadline for abstracts: Monday, 21 October 2013; Notification about the acceptance of abstracts: Friday, 25 October 2013; Deadline for full papers: Friday, 29 November 2013.
21-22 December 2013 - "2nd International Isar Symposium" (Istanbul). At the mention of the word "State," we do not only understand the concept nation-state, but a varied range of ideas; and, what is more, there exists a theoretical accord, whereupon the needed metaphysical distinction between the ideas of abstract universal "State" and concrete particular nation-state is preserved. Do these two facts mean that, in practice, we succeed in protecting ourselves from the reduction that occurs within a definite fetishistic illusion, and by which means the notion of an abstract universal state is reduced to a particular nation-state form? Taking this question as our point of departure, we aim to analyze "the State" both as a completely theoretical and abstract entity, and an historical and actual concrete form and practice. In this way, we aspire to discuss in detail all aspects of the "State" at this symposium. In this manner, at the point of defining "the State's" own form and content, we will bring the relationship that exists between the two fundamental references, secularism and religion, to the center of the symposium. We hope to demonstrate academic proofs that will give us the (conceptual) horizon we need both about the past and future of "the State" when we scrutinize it from this type of perspective. 2nd International ISAR Symposium on the subject of "the State," focuses on inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives and it is not limited to this subject alone; it is also open to presentations on other topics by graduate students and professional academics as well (on condition of sufficient sophistication), to whom we would like to announce our invitation. The basic subjects that we want to address at our symposium on "the State": 1) The definition of the state 2) The contents of the state as an empty self and abstract universal 3. The debate over whether or not there exists a content and form that makes the establishment of the state necessary 4. A secular state's conditions of possibility 5. The State's forms of traditional and contemporary, secular and religious constitution [constitutive force] 6.The future forms that today's hegemonic nation-state formation may take 7. The nation-state, which has now taken the form of a single megalopolis in our world, and the debate over whether or not there remains another basic function to its fundamental apparatus that serves capitalism and its globalization 8. The possibility and impossibility of defining the existing global order as a new state (empire) which does not have a territorial center of power 9. Constitutional state 10. The probable effects of the Arab Spring's course on the form of the nation-state. The symposium will take place in Istanbul. The languages for the presentations are English, Turkish and Arabic. The abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Important Dates: July 20, 2013: Abstract Submission; August 1, 2013: Notification of Acceptance; November 1, 2013: Submission of Full Paper; December 21-22, 2013: Symposium. Please submit the abstract of your paper with your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2014 - "Contentious Politics in Egypt and Tunisia: Protest, Power, and Political Transformation," (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada). Please
accept this invitation to submit paper presentations for the workshop “Contentious Politics in Egypt and Tunisia: Protest, Power, and Political Transformation” at The University of Toronto scheduled for January, 2014. The purpose of the workshop is
To critically assess and compare the Egyptian and Tunisian revolts from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and theoretical approaches; and
Tunisian political transformations hitherto and looking forward. We are currently accepting paper proposals that address one of the two themes of the aforementioned panels. Please send paper proposals of no more than 500 words to Matt Gordner at
email@example.com no later than September 15, 2013. Many thanks to the Trudeau Foundation and the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics and
Departments of Political Science and Sociology for their support.
9-12 January 2014-"Recovering Theological Traditions" the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (Seattle, Washington). The fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME) will be held January 9-12, 2014, in Seattle, Washington. We invite paper proposals dealing with any aspect of Muslim ethics. Topics may be theoretical or applied; historical or contemporary; textual or philosophical. We especially encourage proposals on the theme of “Recovering Theological Traditions,” which explores the importance of “traditions” and the necessity and standards for selective retrieval of traditional sources. Sessions are 90 minutes long and consist of a single presenter or panels of up to three speakers, including a respondent. The goal of SSME sessions is to maximize the opportunity for discussion. The Annual Meeting of the SSME is held concurrently with the Annual Meetings of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society of Jewish Ethics, and presents unparalleled opportunities for scholarship in comparative ethics and religion.
Proposals for single presenters and panels should include the following:
- Contact information of presenter(s), including optional convener and/or respondent: name, institutional affiliation, phone numbers, and e-mail address
- Tentative title(s) of paper(s)
- Abstract(s) and select bibliography (250-500 words per presenter)
Proposals and queries should be sent by e-mail to:
Irene Oh, PhD
Chair, SSME Program Committee
Department of Religion
The George Washington University
The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, August 1, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified via email by August 15, 2012. For more information about the SSME visit: www.SSMEthics.org .
23-26 January 2014-"Preparing and Supporting K-16 Language Teachers to Teach for Intercultural Competence in and beyond the Classroom," Fourth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence (Tucson, Arizona). Organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), University of Arizona, the fourth international conference on the development and assessment of intercultural competence aims to bring researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices; to foster meaningful professional dialogue; and to enhance teacher effectiveness in teaching for intercultural competence in and beyond the classroom in order to support all students' development of intercultural competence. CERCLL is accepting proposals for papers, workshops, symposia, and posters. A Call for Proposals for the conference can be found at http://cercll.arizona.edu/development/conferences/2014_icc. Preference is given to proposals on the main conference theme. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2013.
13-16 February 2014 "Genres of the Imaginaire: How Creativity Mediates Islam through Local Vernaculars" (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 7 October 2013. Additional information: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/religiousstudies/IslamProject.php/.
25-26 February 2014 "Sociology in Iraq: The Centennial Celebration of Ali Al-Wardi" (American University of Beirut, Lebanon). A centennial celebration of the most distinguished Iraqi sociologist, considered to be the founder of the modern study of Iraqi sociology, Ali Al-Wardi will be held at the American University in Beirut on 25 – 26 February 2014 under the title “Sociology in Iraq: The centennial celebration of Ali Al-Wardi”. The languages of the conference are Arabic and English, with the possibility for simultaneous translation. For this conference we are calling all those interested in participating by delivering a paper to contact the organizers. An abstract not exceeding 200 words is required, focused on the basic or related theme of the conference and specifying the methodology and objectives of the original research as well as the core argument to be made. Authors should also list their affiliations with their submission and provide a short biography. The deadline for abstracts is 1 November, 2013 and selections will be made by 1 December, 2013.Final papers should not exceed 10,000 words and are expected to be ready for distribution prior to the conference. Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
Suggested themes for papers:
- Critical assessment of the works Al-Wardi
- Current situation of the Iraqi social science
- Paradigms used by sociology and anthropology
- Difficulty of conducting research and teaching in authoritarian regimes
- Difficulty of conducting research in the present day
- Relationship between Iraqi sociology and Arab sociology
Submissions should be directed to the conference organizers care of Dr. Lahay Abdul Hussain لاهاي عبد الحسين (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sponsoring academic bodies:
- American University of Beirut
- The International Association of Middle Eastern Studies
- The International Center of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies
- The International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies
Participants may be able to take advantage of special rates at hotel. Space is limited.
27-28 February 2014 - MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2014 (Columbia University, New York, NY). The organizing committee of the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University is pleased to invite paper and panel submissions addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following:
- Literatures and aesthetics (Classical, early modern, and contemporary genres of imaginative literature; the visual and performing arts; cinema studies)
- Knowledge systems, classical and contemporary (in law, ethics, science, language, and other fields; the history of Oriental Studies; the university)
- Genealogies of the political (discursive and institutional histories of contemporary political practices)
- Histories, disciplinary and subaltern (comparative studies of academic or professional modes of history writing and the vernacular or popular forms of retelling the past)
MESAAS is heir and host to a number of intellectual traditions that resist division between the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in examining both classical and emergent questions in area studies, not as objects of research but as sources of generative knowledge, and as such, aim to formulate new and post-disciplinary modes of inquiry beyond the prevalent conditions of both scientism and historicism. As such, we are equally interested in the limits of disciplinary knowledge production, hegemonic epistemes and paradigms of thought, the work that goes into the construction of ‘areas’ of study, as well as the past and future of area studies.
To that end, we especially encourage work that rethinks the boundaries and conditions of the disciplines with reference to regionally specific work, particularly as that relates to critical geographical imaginaries from and within the regions represented in the department.
Students interested in presenting a 20-minute paper should submit a 500 word abstract and one-page resume here by January 1st, 2014. Notifications will be sent by mid January. Panel submissions are encouraged. For other inquiries, please contact us via: email@example.com
14-16 March 2014 - "International Conference on Visual Activism," Third Biennial Conference of the International Association of Visual Culture (IAVC) (San Francisco, CA). The International Association of Visual Culture (IAVC) invites proposals for its third biennial conference in San Francisco, March 14-16, 2014. The conference is centered on the concept of Visual Activism. How can we better understand the relationships between visual culture and activist practices? There are ways in which art can take the form of political/social activism and there are also ways in which activism takes specific, and sometimes surprising, visual forms that are not always aligned with or recognizable by art-world frameworks. How can we engage in conversations about abstract or oblique visual activism, for instance as is demanded in conditions of extreme censorship? How can we approach the complexity of governmental or commercial "visual activism" to better address hegemonies of visual culture (for example, in advertising and the mass media)? What becomes of the temporal lag that attends such images, when the politics of visual production are only made legible in retrospect, with historical distance? How does the past become a form of "visual activism" in the present? To what degree do forms of visual activism travel, and in what ways are they necessarily grounded in locally specific knowledge and geographically specific spaces? Presentations should respond to these questions or related topics and may take the form of scholarly papers (20 minutes), artist talks (20 minutes), short performances (5 to 30 minutes), or lighting-round interventions (5 minutes). Proposals should include a 400-word abstract, links to websites with additional publications or relevant images and information, and a CV. Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org (with "visual activism" as the subject line) no later than October 1, 2013. The conference is convened by Julia Bryan-Wilson (Associate Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, UC Berkeley), Jennifer A. Gonzalez (Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, Contemporary Art, Race and Representation, UC Santa Cruz) and Dominic Willsdon (Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA) and will take place at the Brava Theater Center and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Please email email@example.com to be added to the mailing list to receive updates about the conference such as registration, the calendar of events and participants.
20-22 March 2014 "Identity and Conflict in the Middle East and Its Diasporic Cultures" (University of Balamand, Al-Kurah, North Lebanon, Lebanon). Throughout the long twentieth century and more than a decade into the twenty-first, localized and large-scale conflicts have contributed to the redrawing of the Middle East's geopolitical, ethnic, and religio-sectarian boundaries. The abstraction of West Asia and its reinvention as the Middle East in the wake of the Ottoman Empire's dissolution and recurring foreign interventions are striking cases of such reconfiguration. More recently, the Arab uprisings have shifted the political paradigm, and have opened a space for yet another reconfiguration. Representations of Middle Eastern conflict — in fiction and nonfiction, oral stories and historical accounts, political and religious discourse, music, film, and old and new forms of media — have sought to engage and reshape its contours within the national and regional as well as the global imaginary. Although widely divergent accounts of these conflicts exist, textual, auditory , and visual "war stories" have sometimes helped to consolidate hegemonic representations of the Middle East as both a single geographic and cultural reality, and, perhaps paradoxically, a group of disparate regions riven by violent political, religious, and tribal differences. These models seem to require that deep historical ties and shared cultures within and across Middle Eastern regions be occulted or suppressed. This conference will consider the ways that representations of conflict through word, sound, and image have reconceptualized histories, geographies, religions, cultures, and political and economic systems, and affected peoples' identities and lived experiences, across the Middle East and Middle Eastern diasporas. We encourage work that pressures received understandings of identity and conflict as categories, that accounts for forms of structural violence, that considers nonviolence and acts of resistance to war, and/or traces confluences and lines of connection among seemingly independent events and the means of depicting and narrativizing them. In so doing, we hope to further dynamic, interdisciplinary and transnational scholarship that is committed equally to the historiography and sociology of conflict, the analysis of its representations, and the remapping of regional interrelations. We invite scholars of literature, film, media, and music, as well as historians, anthropologists, sociologists, psychoanalysts, linguists, translators and political scientists to contribute work that examines conflict and identity across any region in the Middle East and /or Middle Eastern diasporas. The conference will be conducted in English. Consequently, all abstracts, papers, and presentations should be in English. Deadline for abstracts (300 words): October 1, 2013. Please upload abstracts to our website under "Abstract Submission Form." Presentations and Panels: Each paper presentation will be 15 minutes in length. Presentations will be grouped into panels by the organizers. For more information and full CFP please visit our website: http://www.balamand.edu.lb/english/Arts.asp?id=15162 For questions and inquiries, please contact Dr. Mazen Naous, Chair of the Scientific Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aline Jabbour, Administrative Assistant, at +961-6-930250 Ext. 1456 or +961-3-093880.
Late March or Early April 2014 - 11th Annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures (SECCLL), sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University. SECCLL is a scholarly conference gathering either the last week in March or the first week in April attracting scholars from the region and beyond. SECCLL is oriented toward the participation of scholars from both public and private institutions of higher education. It is a collegiate, informal and respectful environment marked by a rigorous and productive exchange among academics. Some of the topics include scholarship in Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Hispanic Linguistics, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian, and Special Topics in language, literature, culture, pedagogy and film. SECCLL encourages the participation of Graduate Students. Information about the conference, including the to-be-announced dates, may be obtained at https://sites.google.com/a/georgiasouthern.edu/seccll-conference/.
4-5 April "Nationalism, Religion and Tradition in the Muslim World," the 31st Annual Conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (Augusta, GA at Georgia Regents University). Suggestions for proposals include all of the following:
- The role of religion in the foundation of states (Israel, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia).
- The role of religion in legitimating governance in Muslim majority countries.
- The relationship between religious and national identities in specific Muslim communities majority and minority).
- Notions of citizenship in Islam.
- Political, economic and social relations within and between the Muslim world and other communities.
- Political, economic, social and philosophical movements within the Muslim world.
- The impact of globalization on the Muslim world.
- The interplay of the religion of Islam with commerce, finance, technology and education.
- Religious minorities in the Muslim world and Muslims as minority groups.
- The press, social networks and communication within the Muslim world.
- Other topics not specifically mentioned.
Please note that Muslim world includes any place where Muslims reside. Scholars from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to submit proposals. Please include full name, title, and institutional affiliation with your proposal. Please email your proposal (max. 250 words) to Robert Hazan at email@example.com (Professor of Political Science and Chair, Metro State University of Denver). Deadline for submission of proposal: January 15, 2014. Notification of acceptance of papers: February 10, 2014. Participants must submit e-copies of their paper to Michael B. Bishku (Professor of History, Georgia Regents University) firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2014. Participants must register for the conference at www.acsis.us by March 15, 2014.
14-16 April 2014 "Mapping Arabic Hertiage: Language, Literature and Culture, Past and Present" A joint AUS-BRISMES conference (American University of Sharjah, UAE). The Department of Arabic and Translation Studies (ATS) at the American University of Sharjah, with the support of the Center of Gulf Studies (CGS), and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) invite submissions for paper presentations for this event which covers all areas related to Arabic heritage, including Arabic language and linguistics, literature, culture, translation and Islamic studies. Abstracts of original research in the following fields are welcomed:
- Theoretical and applied issues in Arabic language and linguistics, including linguistic analysis, Arabic language teaching, Arabic dialectology, and the history of Arabic and its contact with other languages.
- Arabic literature studies covering any period from pre-Islamic era to the present.
- Islamic studies and studies on the history and culture of Arab society in any time period.
- Theoretical and applied issues in Arabic translation and interpretation.
These topics should only be considered as general guidelines and are not exhaustive. Any paper dealing with Arabic in its linguistic, cultural, literary or translation context will be considered. Anonymous abstracts, not exceeding 300 words, should be sent by email before 31st December 2013 to email@example.com, with the name and affiliation written in the body of the email. Notification of paper acceptance will be sent via email by end of January 2014. Each presentation will be allowed 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
Beyond the Colloquium
Participants will be asked to develop their papers further for inclusion in a peer-reviewed conference proceeding. It is intended that selected high-quality papers are to be published by BRISMES in a special issue under the title of the conference. The papers accepted can be presented in English or Arabic.
This conference will be hosted by the American University of Sharjah. Participants must register in order to take part in the conference. Early bird registration fee is $100, starting on 15th February 2014. Registration on the first day of the conference is $125. This includes refreshments and lunch throughout the conference days and cultural trips in Sharjah, in addition to the conference dinner on April 14th.
22-24 April 2014 - "Challenges and Ambitions" The 2nd Saudi Economy Conference (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). The national economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has achieved unprecedented accomplishments not only in the Middle East Region, but also on a global level, especially in recent years, after the Kingdom earned the twentieth richest countries in the world membership, and for the growth, strength and high flexibility achieved by the Saudi economy. This has enabled the Kingdom to overcome the global financial crisis that hit the global economy since 2008, and still the consequences of subsequent economic aftershocks are affecting most of the global economies. This proves the strength of the Saudi economy and its ability to grow and is confirmed by the figures of the State Budget and the surplus achieved over the past years.
Proceeding from the mission of the Faculty of Economics and Administration in promoting scientific academic research, and serving the community, especially after the great success achieved by the Conference at its first edition held during the period of 7- 9 May 2012, the College launches the second edition of this Conference (National Economy: Challenges and ambitions) during the period of 22- 24 April, 2014. This Conference will discuss several key issues related to the reality and the future of the national economy and its impact on citizens and values, especially with regard to the economic sectors related to service or the direct impact on the citizen. All this will take place within the framework of discussing the challenges and how to achieve the ambitions in this area. For additional information, please visit: http://fsnec.kcorp.net/?q=node/586.
24-25 April 2014 - James A Baker Institute's Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program international conference. The Middle East is undergoing a process of major transformation, not only on the political level, but also-and most importantly-on the societal and ideological levels. Despite the surge in research on different agents of change in the region since the onset of the Arab Spring, scholarship focusing on women's issues has been few and far between. In order to bridge this gap, the Women and Human Rights Program at the Baker Institute will be organizing an international conference on April 24-25, 2014, to produce and promote cutting edge research in the field of women and human rights in the Middle East. This important conference also seeks to produce substantive, fact-based policy recommendations that inform wider policy debates about the advancement of women's rights, both on the political and socioâ?economic levels. To achieve these goals, this cross-disciplinary conference will employ a comprehensive framework to the study of gender and human rights in the Middle East. The conference will feature three main topics: 1) Women's socio-economic development in the region, 2) Political representation and the advancement of women's rights in the Middle East, and 3) Islamic law and women's rights in the Arab world. Advanced graduate students are invited to present their research pertaining to gender and human rights in the region during the second day of the conference. The conference welcomes papers employing multiple methods and approaches for the study of gender in the region. Select graduate students will be invited to present their current project/dissertation, and to discuss their work with the participating scholars and benefit from their expertise. Priority will be given to students in the ABD phase of their graduate career. The Baker Institute will invite up to three graduate students to present their work and will provide a stipend for each student. There is no fee to participate in the event and meals will be provided for participants. Graduate students interested in participating in the conference are asked to email a one-page summary of the research to be presented, and an updated C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 15th, 2013. Successful candidates will be notified by February 1st.
9-11 May 2014-"Persianate Studies: A Conceptual Inquiry (New Haven, CT, Yale University). The Iranian Studies Initiative at Yale is organizing a workshop in May 2014 to explore the dimensions of Persianate Studies as an academic field. The workshop asks whether the term "Persianate" works as a conceptual framework beyond language and literature to such areas as habitat, economy and trade routes, and political and material cultures. Are there tangible historical ties in the pre-modern and early modern eras among such diverse regions as Anatolia, the Iranian plateau and the greater Khorasan region, the Caucasus, the southern rim of Central Asia, Western Xingjian, and the Indian subcontinent? Can these ties create a viable field of study beyond Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and East Asian studies to underscore subtle interregional connections and longue duree commonalities? What circumstances, on the other hand, reoriented these regions and helped break up the Persianate oecumene in modern times? Papers may explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader historical implications. Please send proposals (synopsis and a resume) by October 15th via email to Ms. Lora LeMosy (email@example.com), Council on Middle East Studies, MacMillan Center, Yale University.
22-25 May 2014-Berkshire Conference on Women's History Histories on the Edge/Histoires sur la brèche (Toronto, Canada) 16th Berkshire Conference on Women’s History. University of Toronto will host the first Canadian “Big Berks” in collaboration with co-sponsoring units and universities in Toronto and across Canada.
Our major theme of Histories on the Edge/Histoires sur la brèche reflects the growing internationalization of the Berkshire conference. It recognizes the precariousness of a world in which the edged-out millions demand transformation, as well as the intellectual edges scholars have crossed and worked to bridge in the academy and outside of it. The conference in Canada prompts engagement with critical edges sharpening, de-centering, decolonizing histories. Edges are spatial: impenetrable borders, stifling or protective boundaries, and spaces of smooth entry. Edges are temporal; they also evoke the creative and the avant-garde. Entangled in the idea of edges are rough encounters, jagged conflicts as well as intimate exchanges. It speaks to the alternative spaces the ³edged-out² have carved for themselves and to efforts made to create a common ground, or commons, on which to make oppositional histories.
As a nation-state shaped by imperialist histories and its own colonial dynamics, Canada itself sits on the edge of a powerful if, perhaps, waning American empire. Like other white settler societies, it is a colonial state that has operated through dispossessing First Nations peoples, guarding the edges of white citizenship, and endorsing patriarchal models of assimilation; yet, this history unfolds and is resisted in myriad ways. Its historical trajectory, on the edges of empire, includes colonization first by the French with the resulting ongoing Francophone presence, and later the British. Its distinctive features include socialized medicine, same-sex marriage, and official but contested multiculturalism. On Anishinabe land, Toronto, a creative, cosmopolitan, and contested city, is both ³home² and ³elsewhere² for many of its diasporic residents. What better place to consider edges as sites of hope, excitement, and possibility but also of danger, displacement, struggle, and exile?
Because change so often emerges from edges, however slowly, painfully or partially, we invite ³on the edge² histories of all locales and time periods. We invite in particular histories of the Caribbean and Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, and Indigenous, francophone and diasporic cultures around the world. We welcome papers that focus on bodies and objects on edges of all kinds. The theme also invites work that queers gender and sexual binaries. How can we historicize emergent, residual, and ongoing gender constructs such as 'masculine' and 'feminine' as well as gender performances, sexual practices, and social identifications that challenge binary modes of gender and sexuality?
Our theme encourages critical reflection on how gender works. Gender has its many ragged edges: where private and public spheres, and masculinity and femininity, have been defined and redefined; where class, gender, race, ethnicity, nation, kinship, sexuality, and ability/disability have interacted. So, too, is gender on the edge of debate: a term in need of scrutiny to expose its uses, contradictions, strengths, and weaknesses.
The theme respects feminist theory and praxis as a critical stance in need of constant interrogation. We invite work on western and non-western feminisms and scrutiny of feminisms within the context of historically shifting power relations and international alignments. The conference provocatively asks if mainstream feminism can reinvigorate its critical edge. Should we, as scholars, however we are positioned, seek to destabilize the centre and authorize the margin? Or sharpen our critique in a world that, now, as so often in the past, stands seemingly on the brink?
We encourage comparative or transnational panels organized along thematic lines, even in the case of the more regionally-based subthemes. We especially invite conversations across centuries, cultures, locales, and generations. Proposals will be vetted by transnational subcommittees of scholars with expertise in particular thematic fields. All proposals must be directed to ONE of the subthemes and be submitted electronically. In formulating your proposal for one of the subcommittees, you are NOT required to address every topic in the thematic thread. Please list a second choice of subtheme, but do not submit to more than one subcommittee. Instructions for submission will be posted on the Berkshire Conference website http://berksconference.org. Preference will be given to discussions of any topic across national boundaries, including for the regional subthemes, with special consideration for pre-modern (ancient, medieval, early modern) periods. However, single papers and proposals that fall within any single nation/region will also be given full consideration. As a forum dedicated to encouraging innovative, cross-disciplinary scholarship, and transnational conversation, we invite submissions from graduate students, international scholars, independent scholars, filmmakers, educators, curators, artists, activists, and welcome a variety of perspectives.
Paper abstracts should be no longer than 250 words; panel (2-3 papers and a comment), roundtable (3-5 short papers), and workshop (6-9 pre-circulated papers) proposals should also include a summary abstract of no more than 500 words. Each submission must include the cover form and a short cv for each presenter. If you have questions about the most appropriate subcommittee for your proposal or problems with electronic submission, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals due January 15, 2013.
29-31 May 2014 "Ethno-photography of/in Iran: Past, Present, and Future" The Royal Anthropological Institute Conference, British Museum, London. Call for panel presentations for sub panel: Iran-Iraq War Photography and Visual Anthropological Approaches. Sub-panel organiser: Dr. P.Khosronejad, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Questions about authenticity, the use of photography as evidence, the transference of events into memory, and the passage of history into postmemory constitute some of the most salient problems that underline the representation of history.
When we think of war photography, it is usually reportage which comes to mind. We are surrounded by imagery of war, in the press, on television and in films which constantly reinterpret and represent past conflicts. Through these media, the war photojournalist has become a recognised and sometimes legendary figure. Indeed, so much has been written about war reporters and their photographs, that at times the work begins to parody itself.
From photoreportage, war itself becomes a construct, a compilation of visual information which must answer the expectations of a waiting public. When we see a photo-story about war, we subliminally anticipate a number of visual elements - a dead body, an anguished family, a destroyed building, a distraught child. Without these indicators of what a photograph is, and what it means, we might be disappointed, unable to feel guilt or compassion, and deprived of catharsis.
The study of the photography of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) is an unknown topic in the West. In this panel for the first time we try to present and study the basic and important elements of this school of photography of post-revolutionary Iran.
Topics of interest will include but not be limited to:
- War photography and ethical issues
- War photography and public engagement during and after war
- War photography as reconstruction of memory and trauma
- Mockery, joking and fun in war photography
All submissions should be made online on the official website of the conference:
For further information and enquiries, please contact Dr.P. Khosronejad (email@example.com)
14-16 June 2014 "The Middle East in Global Perspective: Interactions Across Time and Space" BRISMES 2014 Conference (Sussex University, UK). The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies calls for submissions for its 2014 annual conference,
which will be held at the University of Sussex on 14-16 June 2014. The deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals is 5 December 2013. Proposals must be no
longer than 250 words and submitted electronically via the conference website,
www.brismes2014.co.uk. Proposals for complete panel sessions are particularly welcome. There will be a number of dedicated professional development and policy-relevant sessions. Please feel free to communicate ideas for these sessions via the conference website.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
18-22 August 2014 - Call for Papers for panels being organized on "Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011) at the Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES). 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
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: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/religiousstudies/IslamProject.php/.
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: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/religiousstudies/IslamProject.php/.
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. http://www.hofstra.edu/Community/culctr/gwb/gwb_callforpapers.html