The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is seeking proposals to present papers at the 2009 conference. Abstracts should pertain to theme of the conference--"The Middle East and Africa: Historic Connections and Strategic Bridges"--and consist of a one page outline of the subject. All contact data must be attached to the proposal (name, email, phone number, affiliation). The due date for proposals is June 1, 2009. Proposals should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASMEA members from any discipline who are tenured or untenured faculty, or affiliated with a recognized research institution may submit proposals to participate in the conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) also will be considered. Participants on the panels may attend the conference free of charge. All decisions to invite presenters to participate on panels will be made by the Association’s officers and members of the Academic Council. The due date for completed papers is Sept. 1, 2009.
Planned panels are still under consideration, but the following are among the areas of scholarship that ASMEA is interested in exploring at the conference:
The shared histories and spread of Christianity and Islam from the Middle East to Africa as well as the modern threats to these and indigenous religions in the regions.
- How current and future strategic and economic concerns are reshaping old rivalries in the regions.
- The prognosis for civil society and economic development in resource-based economies in the regions.
- The role of women and ethnic/religious minorities in Middle Eastern and African cultures and how that has deveolped and changed over the regions' history.
- The issues relating to conflict and crime in Africa and the Middle East and their mitigation including genocide, terrorism, organized crime, corruption piracy, truth & reconciliation commissions, and democratization.
- Indigenous emerging leaders/powers and their influence on the regions they inhabit.
This list is meant to suggest possible subject areas, although all topics relevant to the theme of the historic connections and strategic challenges in the Middle East and Africa also are welcome. Both broad theoretical studies and specific case studies are welcome.
Abstracts that show new research on these and other issues that pertain to the over-arching theme of the conference—the inter-relationships between the two regions over time—will receive consideration for presentation.
Referees and Discussants
Members of the Association who are interested in participating in the conference as referees of papers or discussants should contact ASMEA by email with a letter of interest and the panels/areas you are interested in covering. Please include all current contact data (name, email, phone number) and a brief recitation of your past experience in these roles. Referees and discussants may attend the conference free of charge. Interested parties should send an email to: email@example.com.
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