Columbia Univ. MESAAS Department 2011 Grad Conference: "Imaginary Geographies" Feb. 17-18

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MESAAS Grad Conference: Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University

Call For Papers

Department of Middle East, South Asia, and African Studies at Columbia University Graduate Student Conference

"Imaginary Geographies"

February 17th & 18th, 2011

How is it that the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa have emerged as separate geographical regions (separate from each other, and from other regions) in "our" imagination? How does this mapping serve the ends and guide the workings of academic and political institutions? How is it contested? What is its history, and what is the history of its alternatives?

How do imaginary or a priori geographies inflect the production of knowledge across disciplines such as political science, history, literature, and anthropology? To what extent and to what effect have emergent disciplines such as post-colonial and subaltern studies organized around these imaginary boundaries?

This conference comes on the heels of the change of the MEALAC department to MESAAS-- Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies. This change reflects the addition of African studies into the department as well as the broader interdisciplinary range of the department.

Students who are interested in participating in the conference should submit a one-page (300 word) proposal and one page CV to by December 5, 2010