In collaboration with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies invites proposals for its 2017 Annual Conference on the theme of ‘Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux’.
The Middle East and North Africa is a region historically shaped by the movement of people, goods, social groups, and ideas. At a time when mass migration within and from the region is dominating global debate, this conference will provide a forum for informed discussion, including insights into the historical background, current context, as well as the challenges posed by the present situation and possible future directions.
We particularly encourage proposals for papers and panels that take up the theme in innovative ways, exploring not only migration of people but movement and exchanges in relation to ideas, culture, language, borders, and social and political groups. We seek submissions that highlight the connections between the Middle East and other areas of the globe, as well as ties within the region, be they between individual countries or between sub-regions.
In addition, we warmly invite proposals on any topic related to Middle Eastern Studies, regardless of their fit with the conference’s main theme. Our aim is to foster dialogue between scholars studying the Middle East and North Africa from all disciplines.
Papers and panels addressing historical or contemporary aspects of the following subthemes are particularly welcome:
• Migration: Migration Routes, Communications, and Integration
• Diaspora Communities and Social Movements
• Religious Movements: Communities (Ancient and Modern), Interfaith Connections, Religious Authority, and Evolving Theological Interpretations
• Radicalisation and Counter-Radicalisation Movements
• Trade Movements: Ancient and Modern Economic Collaborations and Enterprises
• The Politics of Borders and Bodies: Trafficking, Labour, and Militarisation
• Geographical Boundaries in Urban, Regional, and International Contexts
• Political and Social Movements: Ruling Elites, Structures of Government, Minority and Majority Movements
• Cultural Movements: Connections Within Art, Architecture, Literature, Film and Music
• Linguistic and Etymological Movements and Language Development
• Virtual Movements: Social Media, Gaming, and Global Communications Networks
Proposals for complete panel sessions are particularly welcome.
To submit a paper or panel proposal, please download and complete the relevant form, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17.00 GMT, 27 January 2017. Please save the form as a word document as follows ‘Surname_First name.doc’.