On 23 April 2020, the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University will host a one-day interdisciplinary graduate student workshop on religion, law, and politics in the Middle East. The workshop will serve as a venue for advanced graduate students (ABDs) to meet and share their work-in-progress and receive extensive feedback on their dissertation projects from a panel of interdisciplinary experts. The workshop welcomes research conducted on a broad range of topics that addresses the historical and contemporary interactions between religious, legal and political institutions in the Middle East and North Africa region. Students from related disciplines using all types of theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome to apply. Topics include but are not limited to state-religion relations, secularism, religious movements, religious law and courts, religious authority, social movements, political violence, democratization, political parties, gender, sectarianism, colonialism, political systems, migration, and refugees.
During the workshop, participants will also meet with editors from Syracuse University Press and attend a presentation about transforming doctoral dissertations into successful book manuscripts.
The Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University will cover airfare (up to $750), accommodation (for two nights), and most meals for participants.
Proposals should include 250-word abstract, a short bio, institutional affiliation, contact information, location from which you would be traveling if chosen to attend the workshop, and the estimated cost of travel support you will request.
Applicants should send their proposals by December 15, 2019, to SUMESPGradWorkshop@gmail.com. Acceptance decisions will be made by January 15, 2020. All participants must submit their full papers by March 15, 2020.