A Middle East PhD Students International Conference: 7-8 May 2011
“State, Society and Economy in the Modern Middle East”
The London Middle East Institute at SOAS is pleased to invite all PhD students with a research focus on the Middle East to submit proposals for its first Middle East PhD Students International Conference to be held at SOAS on 7-8 May 2011.
The conference will provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their research and work in progress, benefit from contacts with, and feedback from, academics and get to know other scholars working on the Middle East. This is an international conference open to all PhD students focusing on the Middle East.
The conference themes are wide ranging, and shall include, but are not limited to, the following indicative themes:
● Cooperation and conflict
● Gender and sexuality
● Globalisation, regionalism and international integration
● Identities within and beyond the nation
● Human rights, civil society and transition to democracy
● The role of women in socio-economic development
● The role of media, film and communications in social and political transformation
● Trafficking, smuggling and the arms races
● Religion in politics and society
● Economic diversification in oil-based economies
Novel and innovative approaches to research are encouraged and the organisers are especially keen to promote inter-disciplinary themes. Presenters are likely to find themselves among an audience from mixed academic backgrounds who are brought together by a desire to foster their understanding of the Middle East across different disciplines. This will give academics from subject areas as diverse as history, anthropology and economics, arts and culture, politics and diplomacy, gender studies, and other fields, an opportunity to learn from each other and to develop innovative approaches to their own work.
The forum will involve lectures and panel discussions, as well as networking opportunities. We hope to engage interested publishers too with a view to encouraging potential publication of PhD research on the Middle East.
The submission deadline for proposals is 15 January 2011. Applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words along with a short CV (2 pages only) to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Use ‘The Middle East PhD Students Conference’ as the subject in your email.
We also welcome submissions of pre-organised panels of no more than three presenters. A modest contribution for travel costs will be available for successful applicants studying in institutions outside London.
A number of presenters will be invited to exhibit their research in the form of a poster as part of a Poster Session that will be also organised alongside the main conference. Posters can be crafted in any number of creative ways to showcase PhD research on different aspects of the Middle East and North Africa region.
Selection of posters will be based on the draft proposals submitted (see above). If selected, successful presenters will be advised accordingly. Interested applicants can have a look at the following links to get useful ideas about poster sessions:
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