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Gulf Research Meeting 2021 – Call for Papers

The Gulf Research Center (GRC) is happy to announce they are currently accepting abstract applications for this year’s Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), which will take place virtually from July 23-24, 2021. This year’s GRM workshops cover a wide range of topics in the fields of politics, energy, security, and the wider social sciences as they relate to the wider Gulf region (GCC countries in addition to Iraq and Yemen).

GRM 2021 Workshops:
- Art, Museums and Cultural Initiatives in the Arabian Gulf: An examination of future directions in a shifting political world
- Energy Transition and Climate Change, Challenges and Opportunities for the Gulf Region
- Europe and the Multipolarization of the Gulf
- Foreign Aid and the Gulf States
- Maritime Security and the Gulf States: Changing Strategies, New Political Rationales
- Nationalization of GCC Labour Markets: The Changing Role of Higher Education in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution
- Saudi Youth ‘Policy Relevance’: Dilemmas, Challenges, Opportunities
- The COVID-19 Health and Socio-economic Crises: Consequences on Population and Migration in the Gulf
- The Gulf, Russia and the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- The United States and the Gulf: Hard Power, Soft Power, Shifting Power, New Power?
- Psychosocial Impacts and Social Policy Responses to the COVID 19 Pandemic in the Gulf RegionApplications should be submitted on the GRM website at

The deadline for abstract application is February 25, 2021. Further details on the GRM and full descriptions on workshops can be found on the Gulf Research Meeting website.

Middle East Studies Association 2021 Annual Meeting

October 28-31, 2021
Montreal, Quebec

Since 1967, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has held an annual meeting in the fall where members gather to share research. MESA has been the hub for scholarly exchange from its first meeting at The University of Chicago in 1967 where a small group gathered for eight sessions to MESA’s 50th anniversary meeting in Boston in 2016 where 312 sessions delighted more than 2,000 attendees. The meeting features panels and special sessions on a variety of topics related to Middle East studies. It is complemented by meetings of MESA’s affiliated groups, an exciting 4-day film festival, a comprehensive book exhibit featuring the latest books and software in the field, and other informal events. The meeting provides an opportunity for friends and colleagues from a variety of disciplines to gather to share their common bond: the study of this important region of the world. Learn more at:

Call for Papers Deadline February 18, 2021

The Middle East Studies Association calls for submissions from members for its 55th annual meeting to be held in the fall of 2021. All submissions must be made through myMESA, MESA’s membership and electronic submissions system. The system opens on January 8, 2021 and closes at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on February 18, 2021. Questions about the submission process are always welcome. Please email Kat Teghizadeh at

MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab world (and their diasporas) from the seventh century to modern times. Other regions, including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which their territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization. Comparative work is encouraged. The 2021 meeting does not have a theme.

Learn more at


NUS MEI’s Annual Conference – Meeting the Future Together: Opportunities and Challenges for the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East

February 23 – 25, 2021

Join the National University of Singapore for its annual Middle East Institute Conference on February 23, 2021. This year’s conference is centered around the theme ‘Meeting the Future Together: Opportunities and Challenges for the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East’.

The NUS Middle East Institute’s Annual Conference 2021, spanning across three days, will present panel discussions with experts and policymakers on trade, technology and education. This enables us to identify potential growth areas, future opportunities, understand how robust these sectors are and their pivotal role in paving the way for both regions to achieve their strategic priorities.

Guest of Honour: Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore

Learn more and register at

Israel Academic Travel Awards 2015

Israel-CollageMiddle East Studies, Global Affairs, and Judaic Studies are pleased to announce a competition for four awards for academic study in Israel in the summer of 2015.

Deadline for application is Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5 pm.

Eligibility: UConn undergraduate and graduate students.

Each award of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration costs. Awardees will submit a written summary of their travel experience by September 15, 2015.

The following application materials should be emailed to

  • Name, contact information, and status at UConn, including major(s) or field of study
  • A resume or summary of activities
  • The name, dates, and cost of the academic program the student will attend in Israel. Please indicate whether you have applied and been accepted to the program. If not, indicate when you expect to hear from the program about your application.
  • A statement of up to 300 words as to why you want to attend the program and how it would help advance your academic interests.

This program is not open to current seniors graduating in May 2015, or to incoming students.  Summer is defined according to the UConn calendar (end of May through end of August).

Download poster with details.

8th Annual ASMEA Conference: Call for Papers & Panels

October 29 – 31, 2015

Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Eighth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or untenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 30, 2015.

REGISTER for the Eighth Annual Conference.

ASMEA offers the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES to its Members in conjunction with the Eighth Annual Conference.

ASMEA Research Grants
The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants of up to $2500 to qualified professors and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015. Find out more information, HERE.

Moroccan Studies Research Grant
ASMEA and the Moroccan-American Cultural Center (MACC) are pleased to offer research grants for scholars and students whose research is focused on the Kingdom of Morocco. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded to qualified applicants. Application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015. Find out more information, HERE.

Conference Travel Grant
ASMEA is pleased to offer travel grants of up to $500 to attend the Eighth Annual Conference for qualified members whose paper proposal is accepted for presentation and have not been awarded any other grant from ASMEA. Applications will be available in the Spring.


Any questions or for more information, contact ASMEA at 202.429.8860 or<>.

Call for Proposals: Grants for Postdoctoral Fellows for research in the fields of

Post Doctoral Fellowship for research in the fields:

  • The Persian Gulf Today
  • Iran since the Islamic Revolution
  • Contemporary North Africa

See the Truman Institute website for application instructions:  (Hebrew)  (English)

Closing date for applications: February 15th, 2015

Call for Papers: CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan invites abstract submissions of no more than 300 words for its inaugural Graduate Student Symposium to be held April 9, 2015. 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. Such themes may include, but are not limited to (1) country-specific considerations, (2) gender and society, (3) visual or material culture, (4) post-colonial studies, and (5) literature.

Abstracts, along with a short CV, should be sent to the organizing committee at

Abstract Due: January 15, 2015
Final decisions will be announced via email before February 1, 2015.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies

The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies. Fellows may come from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities, as long as their primary substantive specialization is in the Middle East/North Africa (to include Iran and Turkey). Candidates should receive their Ph.D. on or before September 1 of the fellowship year, and must be in
residence at IMES for the duration of the fellowship period (September 1 – May 31). Fellows are expected to take an active part in the intellectual life of the institute, including giving a research presentation and attending other institute events. This position offers a salary of $45,000, medical benefits, access to the GW library system, a computer, and office space. The fellow may also be invited to teach an M.A. level course at the Elliott School in an area related to his/her research.

To Apply: The candidate is required to submit the following materials in PDF format to

– CV (not to exceed 2 pages)
– Statement of Research (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Writing Sample (an article or a chapter of the dissertation)
– Three letters of recommendation

Deadline: For full consideration, please submit the complete application by January 31, 2015. The successful candidate will be notified via email by 1 March, 2015.

Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2016

The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2016:
Lent term: 12 January–11 March 2016
Easter term: 19 April–10 June 2016

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research, public education or of the arts in an area relevant to the Institute’s work.

The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and round-trip travel from their country to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work, or an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc.) and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to: Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

Deadline for the submission of applications is 20 February 2015.

Lefebvre on H-Diplo and Israel-Palestine

Prof. Jeffrey Lefebvre’s invited contribution to the H-Diplo roundtable discussion of Louise Woodroofe’s book, Buried in the Sands of the Ogaden: The United States, the Horn of Africa, and the Demise of Détente, was published online in H-Diplo Roundtable Review, volume XV, No. 29, April 7, 2014.

Also, on April 15, 2014, Prof. Lefebvre gave a presentation for the Stamford faculty colloquium series, “The Israel-Palestinian Conflict: The End of the Two-State Solution?”