10 – 11, June 2024 – Tampere, Finland (with a hybrid option for online participation)
Call for Papers & Panel and Roundtable Proposals – Deadline: Extended until January 31, 2024
Calls for decolonizing Middle Eastern Studies have proliferated in recent decades. These calls are not confined only to academic circles but resonate with the historical and on-going struggles for liberation against different forms of colonization in the region and globally. Accompanying the surge in the concept’s popularity is the rising confusion and debates around the term ‘decolonial’, including accusations of the concept turning into a mere academic exercise. In this colloquium, we convene to explore the multiple meanings, potential applications, and limitations of ‘decolonizing perspectives’ within the context of the Middle East and its rich tapestry of past and ongoing struggles.
Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Queen Mary University of London
Assistant Professor Nikolas Kosmatopoulos, American University of Beirut
This multidisciplinary colloquium is organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) and Tampere University. We encourage proposals for panel sessions, roundtables and individual papers that break boundaries between research traditions, challenge prevailing points of view, and experiment with new topics and ways of giving a conference presentation. We welcome proposals on both the historical and the contemporary Middle East – including presentations that challenge our whole conceptualization of the limits and boundaries of the ‘Middle East’ itself. Proposals for panels or roundtables conducted in other languages than English are welcome and can be arranged given the resources available. Possible themes include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Master and PhD students are also encouraged to apply with presentations based on their theses and dissertations.
The deadline for the submission of panel and roundtable proposals and individual abstracts is January 31, 2024. Further instructions and the web forms can be found on the web page of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East.
The selected participants will be informed of the results by February 9, 2024. The deadline for registration and the payment of the conference fee (70 €, students 30 €, online participants 30 €) is March 15, 2024. Further information on registration will be sent with the letter of acceptance. The final program of the colloquium will be published by mid-April at www.fime.fi. Registrations for participants without a paper will also be opened in mid-April.
Instructions for submitting your abstract
Abstracts are submitted with a web form. Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations and/or pre-organized panels or roundtable discussions. If you prefer to organize a panel or present in a language other than English, add the necessary information on the web form.
To propose an individual presentation, please fill in this form. The maximum length for abstracts is 2300 characters.
Pre-organized panels should consist of a chair and 3–4 presenters. Please use the designated form for panels here.