Call For Papers: MEHAT Conference 2010

25th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference

University of Chicago, May 14-15, 2010*

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference is celebrating its twenty-fifth year as a leading forum for emerging scholars in Middle East Studies. We invite graduate students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers for the 25th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, to be held May 14th and 15th, 2010, at the University of Chicago. We welcome a broad range of submissions, from across the disciplines (including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology and religion) and dealing with any topic that has affected the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.

The 2010 conference also invites papers that focus on the theme “Urban Encounters” for a special panel. The special panel will center around the significance and identity of the city as a nexus of physical and imagined influence in the life of the whole region.  Topics, of course, are not limited to cities and urbanism; MEHAT encourages a wide range of research projects that consider particular aspects of Middle Eastern cultures and histories as viewed through the lens of the urban environment. Urban spaces are often the central locations or intersections for the production of social and cultural identities.  And it is within the city that these identities are exchanged and manipulated fostering historical shifts that are inscribed both in the city itself and beyond.  We intend to spark reflection upon the city as a location for exchange, full of gray areas between high and low culture, official and popular positions; the city as a stage upon which identity is performed – gender, social and group identity.

However, the conference will not be limited to this theme and we encourage the submission of papers from a wide range of disciplines and a wide array of topics.

* Those wishing to participate should send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at mehat2010@gmail.com <mehat2008@gmail.com> by February 15, 2010.

Pre-arranged themed panels are encouraged.