Call for Papers: 2010 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) calls for proposals for preorganized panels, round tables, thematic conversations, and individual papers for the association’s 44th annual meeting, November 18-21, 2010 in San Diego, California.

Gender Roles, Sexual Identity and Family Dynamics in Social and Legal Contexts in the Middle East and the Diaspora is the theme for the 2010 meeting.  MESA encourages members to organize sessions that consider the political, social, and cultural dimensions of the theme from historical and contemporary perspectives and from the standpoint of different regions of the broadly defined Middle East.  MESA encourages members to please range widely and creatively in contemplating the conference theme.  Paper and panel proposals on other topics are of course welcome as usual.

MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the 7th century to modern times.  Other regions including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China, and the former Soviet Union are also included for the periods in which these territories were parts of the Middle Eastern Empires or under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization.  Comparative work is also encouraged.

Detailed Call for Paper instructions, including all the important criteria used by the program committee to review proposals, will be posted on MESA’s website.  All prospective participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with what is expected of submissions.  Proposals must conform to the guidelines listed in the Call for Papers instructions.

Proposals must be complete by midnight on Monday, February 15th, 2010 (Mountain Standard Time) at which time the electronic submission system will be deactivated.  Late submissions will not be considered.