Call for Papers: BRISMES Annual Conference 2020

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Date(s) - 29/06/2020 - 01/07/2020
All Day

University of Kent, Canterbury



University of Kent, Canterbury, 29 June–1 July 2020


The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and the University of Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations invite proposals for the 2020 Annual BRISMES Conference on the theme of Knowledge, Power and Middle Eastern Studies.

In light of growing calls in many different parts of the world to decolonize academia and knowledge production more broadly, the organizers of BRISMES 2020 encourage the submission of papers that critically engage with the implications of this movement for the field of Middle East Studies. The colonial origins of the term Middle East and the historical imbrications of area studies with the exercise of colonial and imperialist power were highlighted many decades ago in the work of Edward Said, amongst others. More recently, the Arab uprisings provoked calls among some scholars and activists to fundamentally rethink prevalent approaches, derived from so-called universal paradigms, particularly in the social sciences. We invite participants to reflect on the concept of decoloniality and practice of decolonization of knowledge and pedagogy in relation to the study and teaching of the Middle East.

We encourage contributions by scholars of all levels of experience, but particularly doctoral students and early career researchers to submit papers and panel proposals on this theme. We encourage proposals that critically engage with the conference theme, in all its dimensions and from all perspectives. In addition, we warmly invite complete panels or individual paper proposals on any topic related to the Middle East and North Africa. Please submit proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and/or roundtable discussions.

The main working language of the conference is English. However, this year, for the first time, BRISMES would like to experiment with the inclusion of a limited number of panels/roundtables in non-English languages spoken in the Middle East region. If you would like your panel/roundtable to be considered for a non-English language slot in the programme, please indicate this in your submission.

Please note that paper abstracts must not exceed 250 words.

The deadline for submissions is 6.00am (GMT) on Monday 25 November 2019.

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