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Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region
Second Biannual Postgraduate Conference 

1 & 2 May 2019 | SOAS, University of London

Call for papers

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at SOAS University of London invites proposals for paper presentations at a forthcoming postgraduate conference, to be held at SOAS on the 1st and 2nd of May, 2019. The conference is designed as a forum that brings together UK-based PhD students working on the MENA region from any perspective. MENA here is defined in the broadest possible terms and includes the countries of the Arab world, Israel, Turkey, Iran and the central Asian states. We particularly welcome proposals that

  • adopt interdisciplinary approaches

  • reflect critically on the process of conducting interdisciplinary research

  • engage with a combination of textual, visual, aural and digital sources

However, we welcome any proposal that is pertinent to the study of MENA. Presentations will be recorded on video and uploaded to the web.

The conference will be the second on this theme organised and funded through the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), the first having been hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS) of the University of Sussex in April 2017. Faculty members from across the CHASE group of universities will participate in the conference as panel chairs and commentators. This will ensure doctoral students receive critical feedback on their work from leading scholars who work on the MENA region from a variety of viewpoints.

Abstracts of 300 words with CHASE CONFERENCE in the subject bar should be sent to Marlé Hammond (mh93@soas.ac.uk) no later than 31 December 2018. Students from CHASE institutions (The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, Open University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Kent, University of Sussex, Birkbeck, and SOAS) may apply for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses through their institutions. See https://www.chase.ac.uk/hb-funding#apply

The conference organizers will be able to offer successful candidates from other UK institutions some funding for these costs. There is no registration fee.