The Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies and University of Louisville’s Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program are pleased to issue a call for papers for the MAMEIS Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 16-17, 2015. We welcome submissions from scholars based in the Midwest (broadly conceived) on this year’s theme "Islamic Modernities: Time and Space." Modernity serves as a dynamic lens for viewing a wide range of transformations in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies, even as no generally accepted definition of modernity has yet emerged. The scholarly discussion on modernity has broadened to view this as not only a global, structural transformation centered on Europe, but a process that has created "many modernities," each with its own local vernacular form. Moreover, modernity has been recognized as not only a temporal period, but also a process manifested in spatial relationships that shape, and are shaped by, historical agents. This conference will highlight current research related to theorizing and applying the concept of "modernity" to Middle East and Islamic studies in a broad, interdisciplinary manner.
MAMEIS - the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies - is a nonprofit organization which promotes and fosters community among the many scholars of Middle East and Islamic Studies based at institutions throughout the Midwest. MAMEIS is concerned with promoting the study of the Middle East and Islamic world and does not subscribe to any particular religious or political viewpoints or agenda. Our aim is to develop an open forum for discussion of scholarly issues, share news and information about regional events, and support collegial ties among our members.
Please submit a one page prospectus along with your name, title, and affiliation by January 15, 2015 to:
James M. Gustafson, President, MAMEIS
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