Conference

The Middle Eastern and North African Graduate Student Association at the University of Arizona Presents:
16th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
 
Re-envisioning Boundaries:
 Navigating Society, Culture, and Sovereignties
 
Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Asef Bayat will give this year’s keynote address. Dr. Bayat is the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies at the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His current research focuses on the Arab Spring, particularly the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
 
Call for Abstracts
The Middle East and North African Graduate Student Organization (MENA), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 16th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies to be held from Thursday April 7, 2016 to Saturday April 9, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona.
 
Objectives
This conference aims to strengthen ties between academic disciplines by providing a platform for graduate students to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and create a network of emerging scholars spanning a variety of fields. This year’s conference is focused on the idea of mobility and sharing concepts related to the Middle East across fields with boundaries being redefined on various levels. We encourage abstract submissions not only from students within Middle Eastern and North African Studies programs, but also from Linguistics, Literature, Law and LGBT/Queer Studies, Journalism, Gender and Women Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Translation, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Music, and other studies related to the study of the Middle East and North Africa.
 
Submission Guidelines
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for individual papers and pre-organized panels. Submissions are due December 11 for International students and January 15 for domestic students. Individual paper abstracts must be 250 words and submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. In the body of email, please include author’s name, paper title, school and department affiliation, phone number, and email address. A panel organizer must submit an anonymous panel proposal that includes the description of the panel and an abstract for each paper. In the body of the email, please indicate a panel title and each paper title, each presenter’s name, school and department affiliation, phone number and email address. Abstracts and proposals must be emailed to uamena@gmail.com . Notification of acceptance will be sent out within three weeks of the submission deadline. For further information, please visit http://menas.arizona.edu/mena-conference or submit your inquiries to uamena@gmail.com. Selected papers will be published in the academic peer-reviewed online journal Zaytoon.
 
 
Names of keynote speakers from previous conferences:
Tariq Ramadan
Hamid Dabashi
James Gelvin
Rashid Khalidi

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