The Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development at Georgia State University and the Georgia Middle East Studies Consortium (GMESC) is planning to host a two-day conference on our campus in Atlanta. The conference will be held on April 1-2, 2005. The conference will explore, on the one hand, how Muslim majority societies have been transformed by the processes of globalization, and how, on the other hand, Muslims have conditioned and informed these processes by their participation in or contestation of its institutions. In this conference, we would like to present a view which conceives globalization as a world historical event without a unidirectional flow and with paradoxical consequences. We plan to publish the proceedings of the conference in an edited volume under the same title.
The conference will be organized around three themes:
I. The Transformation of Muslim Societies: Issues related to (a) economic and structural changes, (b) state-building and democracy, and (c) cultural formations in the last thirty years.
II. Intellectual Productions: How Muslim intellectuals conceptualize the experiences of globalization in regard to issues of (a) science and technology, (b) gender relations (Islamic feminism), and (c) theories of state, democracy, and human rights.
III. Transnational and Diaspora Muslim Communities: (a) How new Muslim immigrant communities are transforming Western societies as well as their own homelands, (b) How Muslim “cybercommunities” shape, inform, and negotiate the boundaries of public sphere.
Please send a curriculum vitae and a two-page abstract of your paper to the e-mail address below.
Deadline for submissions is September 30 with notification of acceptance by October 15, 2004. Limited funding for travel and other expenses is available. The authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit their completed papers by February 1, 2005.
Prof. Behrooz Ghamari
Department of Sociology
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-463-9358 Email: email@example.com
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