CFP Re-imagining Cultural Histories of the Middle East & North Africa (UK)

ConferencesCFP: Re-Imagining Cultural Histories of The Middle East and North Africa. A conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster; The Centre for Global Media and Communications, SOAS; Goldsmiths College, University of London; Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. 28 June 2018. Deadlines for abstracts: 29 January 2018.

To celebrate 10 years of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.

Venue: SOAS, University of London

The Arab uprisings of 2011 have awakened interest in studies of cultural creativity and transformations across different historical epochs in the Middle East and North Africa region. However, despite the expanding scholarship, there is a significant gap in knowledge about the diverse cultural histories of the region. The little work there is remains trapped within the narrow Western-centric premise of liberal and modernisation theories that presuppose linear models of cultural, creative and political innovation.

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Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts (London)

Call for Papers
Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
20th May 2016

Call Deadline: 25-Mar-2016

This one day workshop brings together scholars and graduate students working on the role of language in on-going and post-conflict contexts. Examples could include (but are not limited to) the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and Western Europe, including diaspora and migration contexts.

The workshop aims at exploring the intersection of language and conflict on several levels, stressing the role of language and identity:
– Firstly, a micro level with a particular focus on the interactional construction or discourse of conflict (and resolution)
– Secondly, we focus on the macro structures of conflict, drawing on processes of language policies and revitalization in such contexts
– Thirdly, we focus on the potential role of languages in inter-community, intra-community or social cohesion.

We welcome papers from fields such as:
– Sociolinguistics
– Linguistic Anthropology
– Critical/ Discourse Analysis
– Political Science
– Conflict, Peace, Violence and Development Studies
Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome.

This event is a one-day workshop with an opening keynote presentation by Prof. Hilary Footitt, University of Reading, followed by presentations by selected speakers (max. 20), in parallel sessions. Each of the presenters would have 20 minutes for the talk, plus 10 minutes for questions.

We invite 20-mintute-long papers contributing to the debate on the relationship between language and conflict contested on interactional and policy-based dimensions.

Submissions of 300-word abstracts should be sent to the Organising Committee: Birgul Yilmaz and Dr. Julia Sallabank.

The deadline for submissions is: 25th March 2016.
Accepted speakers will be notified on: 10th April 2016.
*Attendance to this workshop is free.