MESA Call for Submissions for 48th Annual Meeting

To be held November 22-25, 2014, in Washington, DC.  

All submissions for panels, roundtables and individual papers must be made through myMESA, MESA's membership and electronic submissions system. The system closes at midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on February 15, 2014.  MESA has a new address:

CfP:  Panel Title: Re-Imagining the Nation in the Arab Gulf
Organizers: Jocelyn Sage Mitchell (Northwestern University in Qatar) and Natalie Koch (Syracuse University)

Description: Our general question is: "How can we conceptualize the use of nationalism in the Arab Gulf states?" We would like the papers to touch upon the idea of nationalism in the Gulf as shifting (possibly contradictory) and political in its use of civic myth, ethnic heritage, reinvented symbols, and state-led narratives; however, within this broad idea, we welcome papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, methodologies, and subjects. Already submitted topics include the rewriting of archaeological heritage, and nationalist urban building narratives in the Gulf. Please email your name, email address, academic affiliation, and a 400-500 word abstract by the deadline, and be prepared to register with and submit to MESA no later than the submission deadline on February 15th.
Deadline to Jocelyn: February 9, 2014.     Email contact:

CfP:  Saudi Arabian Urbanities: Urban Politics and Every Day Life in Changing State Settings
Ulrike Freitag and Claudia Schröder of Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, are planning to submit at short notice an application for a MESA panel on  Saudi Arabian Urbanities: Urban Politics and Every Day Life in Changing State Settings in which we would like to shed light on various aspects of urbanism throughout the 20th century. We hope to bring together presentations that take a fresh look at urban politics, civic engagement and mobilization, as well as at rituals, culture, sports and other forms of urban activities. We are particularly interested in papers that address the role of urban groups that are still underrepresented in research, such as the subaltern, youth, migrants, women, and civic associations, in the history of Saudi Arabian cities.  Since this is a short notice initiative, we would appreciate to receive your answer and in the confirmatory case the tentative topic of your paper by Monday, February 10.   Write directly to:

MESA announced the Wada Kadi Travel Fellowships for doctoral students presenting their research at MESA.

Eligibility and application requirements are here:

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