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Annual Graduate Student Symposium

3rd Annual CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium: Enriching Perspectives on the Middle East & North Africa

Call for Papers - Abstracts submission deadline: February 15, 2017

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan invites abstract submissions for its third annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held April 3-4, 2017.
Papers must address the modern Middle East or North Africa in some way and be the product of graduate research, either at the MA or PhD level. Panels will be organized into themes based on accepted papers.

Past panel topics have included Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, Arab and Persian Art, Women in the Middle East through Film and Pop Culture, and Education and Knowledge Production in the Middle East and North Africa. Papers may focus on issues including but not limited to: (1) country specific considerations, (2) gender and society, (3) visual or material culture, (4) postcolonial studies, and (5) literature.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a short CV, or questions related to the symposium, should be sent to the organizing committee by February 15, 2017 at

Final decisions will be announced via email by February 24, 2017.

Inaugurated in 2015, the symposium was the initiative of a core committee of CMENAS MA students who came together to conceive of a forum where graduate students across the university and beyond can present original research concerning modern Middle East and North Africa.