The Seventh Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies, 10-11 June 2024

World map with FIME and Tampere University logos. Pairs of scissors and dotted lines outline the Middle East and North Africa on the map.

10-11 June, 2024

The theme for this multidisciplinary colloquium is ”Decolonizing Middle Eastern Studies – Critical Perspectives and Emerging Debates”. We encourage proposals for panel sessions 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 presentations and panels 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.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Queen Mary University of London

Assistant Professor Nikolas Kosmatopoulos, American University of Beirut


The colloquium is organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) and Tampere University. The event will be held in the Linna Building of ”City Centre Campus” in Tampere, Finland on June 10-11, 2024 with a hybrid option for online participation.

The preliminary program for the Colloquium has been published and can be viewed and downloaded here.

Audience registrations are open and the last day to register is June 6. The participation fee (30 €) covers the scheduled coffee breaks. Bachelor’s and master’s level students are exempted from the fee and are encouraged to attend. Online participation is free of charge. Register here.

The selected participants have been informed of the results in February. Further information on registration has been sent to speakers via email.

For more information, please contact the conference secretary Juuli Ahola (

See this page for coming updates on the event.

Practical information

Preliminary program

Call for papers