CFP: [General] First International Conference on Middle East Studies

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Call for Proposals
First International Conference on Middle East Studies
California State University, Fresno

“Teaching about the Middle East in the 21st Century”
October 16-18, 2008
Fresno, California, USA

The Middle East Studies Program at California State University, Fresno,
calls for proposals for pre-organized panels and individual papers for
the Program’s inaugural conference, October 16-18, 2008, in Fresno,

In academic and popular discourse today, the Middle East has become a
primary dimension of our geopolitical-intellectual culture. The global
reach of current events has brought the Middle East into direct contact
with the West. Much scholarly and professional attention is afforded
today to the complex (yet habitually abstracted and simplified) human
reality of the peoples of the Middle East, and their contributions to the
world, be they in science, religion, literature or art.

One of the primary objects of this conference will be to explore the
constructions and contextualizations of the modern Middle East through
artistic, scholarly, economic, political, sociological, historical, and
philological works and texts. The conference will subsequently examine
the politics that underlie their production and dissemination in

Cutting across disciplinary lines, and recognizing the plurality of the
Middle East, the inherent multidisciplinary nature of studying and
teaching it, as well as the diversity of its identities, the richness of
its languages, histories, religions, political, economic and social
circumstances, the conference invites panels and contributions from a
range of disciplines, including, but not limited to:

• Pedagogical Approaches to Middle East Studies
• Art, Architecture, Visual & Performing Arts
• History & Historiography
• Literature, Literary Studies & Linguistics
• Culture, Gender & Ethnography
• Diaspora & Migration Culture
• Middle East Politics & Representations
• U.S. Foreign Policy
• Civil Society, NGOs & International Development
• Media Studies (including Film, Broadcast, Print, News, etc.)
• Economic development/Sustainability/Democratic transitions
• Business and Finance
• Religion: Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the context of the
Middle East

Deadline for abstracts 27 June, 2008
Notification of acceptance 1 August, 2008
Papers: Exploring original research on the Middle East by one or more
authors. Presentations will be 20 minutes long.

Plenary Session/ Panel Discussion: Panel proposals should be submitted by
a moderator, inviting three to five presenters to discuss a topic
relevant to the conference theme. The topic should be one that would
benefit from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations
will be limited to 90 minutes.

Submission Items:
• Cover Sheet: Required for all submissions. On a separate cover
sheet, list the title of the presentation, author name(s), school
affiliation(s), contact person address, and audio-visual requirements.
Make a separate cover sheet for each submission.

• Abstracts: Abstract submissions should be approximately 500 words
and must be in English. Abstract and full paper submissions should be
sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Include title but do not include
author name(s) or school affiliation(s).

• Notes & References: Must conform to the Chicago/Turabian style.

Submission Method:
Contributors have two choices for submitting:

• Option 1. (preferred) Submit as an email attachment to the
Program Committee Chair at Submission should
include cover sheet and abstract along with other documents or images
required for submission attached to an email. Please put CSU-Fresno Mid-
East Conference Submission in email subject line.

• Option 2. Submit in hard copy. Submitters may mail a hard copy of
cover sheet, and three copies of other required submission items. The
mailing address is:

Dr. Sasan Fayazmanesh,
Program Committee Chair
Department of Economics
California State University, Fresno
5245 N. Backer MS/PB20
Fresno CA 93740-8001

Authors are invited to complete the registration process before September
1, 2008. Failing to send the registration fees on or before this date
might result in excluding the paper from the proceedings. Registration
fee is $50 for conference participants and $25 for students. An
additional $25 will be charged for late registration. Accommodation is
available at Piccadilly Inn University Hotel, 4961 North Cedar Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93726, (559) 224-4200 (the conference rate is $88 per night
and reservation must be made no later than September 16).

Select papers presented at the conference will be published in a
conference proceedings, which will become available after the
conference. Details will be announced in October 2008.

A. Sameh El Kharbawy, Liaison, Manuchehr Shahrokhi, Vincent Biondo, Vida
Samiian, Sasan Fayazmanesh

Sasan Fayazmanesh (Chair), Steve Adisasmito-Smith, Vincent Biondo, José
A. Díaz, A. Sameh El Kharbawry, Ellen Gruenbaum, Mary Husain, Ellen Lipp,
Samina Najmi, Jay O’Brien, Vida Samiian, Manuchehr Shahrokhi

Sebouh Aslanian (Whitman College), Houri Berberian (CSU Long Beach),
Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine)
Manzar Foroohar (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Jonathan Friedlander (UCLA),
Amir Hussain (Loyola Marymount University), Simin Karimi (University of
Arizona), Nikki Keddie (UCLA), Afshin Matin (CSU Los Angeles), Rudi
Matthee (University of Delaware), Mahmood Monshipouri (CSU San
Francisco), Jamal R. Nassar (CSU San Bernardino), Katherine Platt (Babson
College), Jasmin Rostam (CSU Fullerton)

Dr. Vida Samiian, Dean
College of Arts and Humanities
California State University, Fresno

Please direct any questions to:
Dr. A. Sameh El Kharbawy
College of Arts and Humanities
California State University, Fresno

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