The 2009 BRISMES Annual Conference will be hosted by the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th of July 2009. The theme of this year's conference is 'Frontiers: Space, Separation and Contact in the Middle East'.
Political and territorial frontiers in the Middle East have been a source of conflict and violence for millennia and continue to be so with acute topicality. However, while undoubtedly functioning as separators, borders have also always been zones of contact and exchange. Furthermore, the 2009 theme endeavours to embrace a notion of 'frontier' that goes far beyond mere geo-political implications by inviting thought and reflection on 'frontiers' at a whole host of levels, be they cultural, ideological or economic and as they relate to the study of subjects such as art, philosophy, literature, religion and science.
Dr Oliver Bast
Head of Middle Eastern Studies
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
University of Manchester
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