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Call for Papers - New Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in MENA Studies

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First Annual INMENAS Postgraduate Symposium

12-13 November 2021

The Irish Network for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (INMENAS) invites submissions from postgraduate students currently engaged in scholarly work in and on the MENA region to present their work at its first annual Postgraduate Symposium, which will take place online on the 12 and 13 of November 2021. 

INMENAS is a collective of academics from several Irish universities, North and South, whose objective is to establish an inclusive, multidisciplinary network for scholars in Middle Eastern and North African studies. We want to strengthen our community and facilitate younger colleagues in their pursuit of a research-oriented career. By Middle East and North Africa, we understand the lands, peoples and countries that include the Maghreb, the Sahel, the Mashreq; the Levant, the Near East and south-east Mediterranean; Iran, the Gulf and its multiple trade roads, reaching to Central Asia and south-east Asia. 

The aim of our first postgraduate symposium is to provide a space and platform for postgraduate students engaged in ground-breaking and new scholarship on the MENA region to showcase their research and ideas. INMENAS includes scholars at various stages of their career, and applicants will have the opportunity to engage with stimulating comments, questions and feedback by fellow scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds and diverse experiences.

INMENAS seeks proposals on multidisciplinary work that engages with, challenges, and pushes the boundaries of traditional and established scholarship of the MENA region. All disciplines, and intersections between disciplines, are welcome, as well as all methods and epistemological approaches. Proposals can be related to topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Historical and contemporary matters in geography
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Scientific/Infrastructural developments
  • Culture
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Technology
  • Law
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Environmental Issues

We invite submissions from MA, MPhil and PhD students/candidates. All formats are welcome, including: papers, posters, multimedia, and multi-format presentations. 

Abstracts of 250 words (max.) should be submitted to by midnight 2nd August 2021. Please also include a short biography of no more than 100 words along with your title and affiliation. All proposals will be evaluated by the INMENAS Postgraduate Symposium organising committee. INMENAS will also not be seeking fees from successful applicants.

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