MESA - Middle East Studies Association









June 2017

5-7 June 2017
Rethinking Islam at the Turn of the 21st Century: Liberal Trends, Agents of Change and Reassessments of Islamic Traditions
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
Information/proposals: Dr. Muhammad Al-Atawneh:

7-8 June 2017
3rd China and the Middle East Conference: Asia to the Middle East: Asianization of the Middle East with Economic Characteristics?
Shanghai University, China
Abstract Deadline: April 3, 2017
Information/Abstract to: Tugrul Keskin

29-30 June 2017
Personalised Media and Participatory Culture
London School of Economics
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2017

July 2017

5-7 July 2017
BRISMES Annual Conference 2017: Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux
University of Edinburgh
Abstract Deadline: January 27, 2017

6-7 July 2017
Tajikistan's 1997 Peace Accord at Twenty: Assessing the History and Politics of War and Peace
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Abstract Deadline: May 23, 2017

7-9 July 2017
"Psyche, Suasion, Style: Comparative Rhetoric and the Mind" to be held at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting
Abstract Information: Submit 250 words by September 23, 2016 to
Questions: Henry Bowles:

10-11 July 2017
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Forty Fourth International Conference on the Greek Culture and Interaction in the Levant, 4th C. BC - 7th C. AD
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK

12-13 July 2017
Colonial Morocco Revisited (International Workshop)
Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2017
Information: Etty Terem

12-14 July 2017
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Forty-Fifth International Conference on Melkite Christianity, 1st-19th Centuries
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK

17-19 July 2017
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Forty-Sixth International Conference on Arabs before Islam
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK

25-27 July 2017
APSA MENA Workshop
Tunis, Tunisia
Submission Deadline: March 19, 2017

26-29 July 2017
Theologies and Ethics of Justice: New Directions in 21st Century Islamic Thought
Summer Institute for Scholars

International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA
Submission Deadline: March 6, 2017

31 July - 4 August 2017
37th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking
Sonoma State University in Northern California
Submission Deadline: March 17, 2017

August 2017

1-4 August 2017
"Gender and Identity in the Gulf: Cultural Constructions and Representations." Part of the 2017 Gulf Research Meeting
University of Cambridge, UK
Call for Papers:
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2017

31 August - 1 September 2017
One Thousand and One Nights: Comparative Perspectives on Adaptation and Appropriation
University of St. Andrews
Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2016
Information/Submissions: Dr. Orhan Elmaz


September 2017

12 September 2017
Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel
Trinity College Dublin

22-24 September 2017
"Seeking Harmony and Prosperity for the Middle East in the Era of Uncertainty"
Korean Association of the Middle East Studies (KAMES)
Seoul, South Korea

October 2017

18-20 October 2017
7th Istanbul Human Security Conference: Human Security in Difficult Times
Abstract Deadline: June 20, 2017
Information and CFP:

21-22 October 2017
Islam in America: Civic and Religious Youth Identities
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Respect Graduate School, Bethlehem, PA
Abstract Deadline: May 8, 2017

23-24 October 2017
Renewal of Islamic Thought: Contemporary Issues
International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA
Abstract Deadline: May 31, 2017

November 2017

1-3 November 2017
Between Realpolitik and Utopia: A Century with the Balfour-Declaration
University of Basel, Switzerland
Call for Papers Deadline: June 30, 2016
Information: orientsem/user_upload/redaktion/Dokumente_Ott-Cat/balfour-conference_2017_11_1-3_basel.pdf

16-19 November 2017
(Re)Presenting Muslim Bodies of Performance, A Research Group at the American Society for Theatre Research
Atlanta, GA
Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2017

23-25 November 2017
The Question of Borders Among the Residents, the Passer-by and the Intermediary
University of Balamand (Al-Kurah, Lebanon)
Deadline for Abstracts: End of January 2017

December 2017

1-2 December 2017
Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism
Houston, Texas
Abstract Deadline: August 1, 2017
Information/submissions to: and

6-7 December 2017
"Pluralism in Emergenc(i)es: Movement, Space, and Religious Difference"
Sponsored by Columbia University
Amman, Jordan
Abstract Deadline: July 16, 2017


January 2018

25-26 January 2018
Appropriations, Representations, Productions: Engagements with "Nature" in the MENA Region from the 19th Century Till Today
Zentrum Moderner Orient
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2017
Information: Katharina Lange

February 2018

21-24 February 2018
Symposia Persica: First International Biennial Conference and Graduate Workshop on The Persianate World and Central Eurasia
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2017

March 2018

23-24 March 2018
"Islam in the Post-Obama Era" 35th Annual Conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS)
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2017
Information: or contact Natan J. DeLong-Bas

April 2018

3-7 April 2018
Society for Applied Anthropology 78th Annual Meeting: "Sustainable Futures"
Philadelphia, PA
Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2017
Information: meeting/

6-8 April 2018
The Caspian Sea in the History of Early Modern and Modern Eurasia
Yale University Program in Iranian Studies, New Haven, CT
Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2017
Information: Lora LeMosy

June 2018

June or July 2018
2018 AIMS Annual Conference
Oran, Algeria
Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2017
Questions: Contact Jonathan Wyrtzen at

6-9 June 2018
The International Society of Islamic Legal Studies, IX Islamic Law and Society Conference
Tampere, Finland
Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2017



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