Call for Papers

Lewis & Clark College
March 6-8, 2019

You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at Lewis & Clark’s 5th annual Middle Eastern Studies Symposium, March 6-8, 2019.

The Middle Eastern Studies Symposium is a project of the Middle Eastern Studies Initiative at Lewis & Clark. This student-led event is designed to showcase student research and local resources in the field to supplement academic opportunities on campus. The symposium and the initiative have been successful in implementing the MENA minor and we hope through the symposium to continue gathering interest in the area.

We are accepting proposals for individual research papers (15-20 minute presentations), hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions, readings and/or exhibitions preferably related to the theme of transition in the Middle East, but we also welcome all submissions. We welcome submission of any and all presentations pertaining to the MENA region, geographically inclusive of North Africa, Turkey and the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. We also will accept research in Southwest Asia (Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan). Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Gender, sexuality, or queerness
  • Ethnic and religious minorities
  • Art , Media & Literature
  • Migration, Citizenship & Borders
  • Language
  • Inequality & human rights
  • Pre- or early modern historical analysis
  • Personal travel experience
  • Politics of migration
  • Arab & Middle Eastern diaspora
  • International relations with Middle Eastern countries
  • Environmental Studies
  • Religion
  • International Relations
  • Peace & Conflict

Proposals must be received no later than December 20th, 2018


Proposals should consist of a single PDF or Word document containing the following:

1. Name, email address, and institutional affiliation (if relevant)

2. Title of presentation

3. Type of presentation (paper, panel, workshop, etc)

4. Abstract (300 words)

5. Brief bibliography of intended sources

Send proposals to:

Middle East Studies Symposium Committee at with the subject heading “Symposium Submission.”

The symposium committee will confirm receipt of all proposals. If you do not hear from the Committee within a week of submission, you should assume we have not received your proposal.