Call for Papers 2023 | 4th Graduate Colloquium in Middle Eastern and Ottoman Studies | Application Deadline May 20, 2023

The Institute of Middle East and Islamic Countries Studies at Marmara University, in collaboration with the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, invites proposals for the third meeting of the Annual Graduate Colloquium in Middle Eastern and Ottoman Studies to be held on August 11-12, 2023 in Istanbul. The Colloquium welcomes papers related to the Middle East Islamic Studies in historical and contemporary contexts, including Ottoman Studies. The Colloquium is open to all disciplines as well as multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary fields, including, but not limited to history, history of arts and architecture, literature, religious studies, cultural studies, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Ottoman studies have been rapidly expanding in recent decades, in theme, scope, specialty, and researcher demographics. Expansion and specialization at once make it increasingly more difficult to have broad-based conversations on common themes. The Colloquium will bring together advanced Ph.D. students who have already passed their doctoral examinations at the time of application and scholars whose expertise closely aligns with topics of accepted papers. The Colloquium will host graduate students to present their ongoing research to a peer audience with diverse specialties and disciplinary expertise, exchange views and perspectives, and engage in constructive discussion in a multidisciplinary intelectual setting.

Please submit proposals that include approx. 250-word abstract with a tentative title, short CV, and the name of the proposed discussant. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or pre-organized panels. All submissions will be evaluated by a blind peer review process. The organizing committee will make an effort to match presenters of accepted papers with the most suitable discussants. It is advised, therefore, that presenters contact their preferred discussants in advance. Papers on ongoing research are welcome. Papers in the form of thesis proposals alone will not be considered.

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  • Application Deadline: May 20, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: June 3, 2023
  • Full Paper Submission: August 3, 2023
  • Colloquium date: August 11-12, 2023