p>We would like to invite scholars studying the various American aid programs to Iran during the Cold War period to join a panel for the 2008 MESA annual meeting (November 22-25, Washington, DC) that will investigate the influence of American development aid on Iranian-American relations between roughly the Second World War and the Islamic Revolution.
Our own research focuses on aid programs of Higher Education, and we would appreciate adding scholars to the panel who would like to present work on any other kind of aid programs in fields like: education, agriculture, engineering, technical aid etc.
Alternatively, we will consider a more comparative panel that will examine American aid programs in the Middle East in general during the Cold War period.
Papers might consider cultural negotiation, education development, how foreign aid was interpreted, how Americans understood (or misunderstood) local political and academic culture, or other related topics that illuminate the connection between development assistance and US-Iranian or US-Middle Eastern relations.
The deadline for panel submissions is February 15, 2008. Interested scholars should email abstracts to either Rami Regavim at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Richard Garlitz at email@example.com by February 10 to allow for final preparation of the panel submission.
Please note MESA requirements and selection criteria: “The paper abstract should be a maximum of 400 words, typewritten and single-spaced. It should fit on a single 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper; no attachments or additional pages will be considered. The program committee will be looking for abstracts that are scholarly, with a strong, focused statement of thesis or significance, clear goals and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources, and convincing, coherent conclusions.”
Rami Regavim, Doctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Garlitz, Doctoral Candidate, Ohio University
Department of History
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 590-3164 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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