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Call for Presentation Proposals for Graduate Student Workshop for MENA Studies

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September 27, 2021

Deadline – October 15th! 

The Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) invites Cornell graduate students to submit abstracts for an upcoming graduate student workshop to be held in November 2021. The workshop invites students from across the disciplines of arts, social sciences, and humanities with a geographic focus on the MENA region. Abstracts are expected to be between 150-250 words for papers or other works-in-progress related to the region. We encourage interdisciplinary research related -but not limited- to the following topics:

  • Women and Gender 

  • Legacies of Settler Colonialism, Transnationalism and Apartheid
  • Social movements, Democratization and Urban Politics 
  • Militarization, Securitization, and the Deep state
  • Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies
  • Secularism and Religious Violence 
  • 11 Years after the Arab Spring: Lessons and Reflections
  • The Crisis of Neoliberalism: Alternative Ideologies?

Final submissions are not expected to be complete papers; we welcome rough drafts in the forms of presentations, conferences papers, drafts publications, or reports.

This event organized in coordination with the Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies Initiative at Cornell, directed by Mostafa Minawi.

Students whose submissions are accepted will be paired with a faculty member who will provide feedback on the student’s work and serves as a mentor.  The organizing committee will attempt to pair students with faculty members whose work and expertise overlap.The workshop is expected to be held on a weekend day in mid-November in-person at Cornell if University health guidelines and regulations permit. If not, there is a possibility it will be held virtually. 

Submit proposals by October 15th: 
Please fill out the Doodle form and email your abstracts to by October 15th! 

Workshop Organizing Committee:

Youssef Aziz
BA Candidate, Sociology & Psychology
Research Fellow, Clarke Initiative
Radwa Saad
PhD Candidate, Africana Studies
Research Fellow, Clarke Initiative

Mostafa Minawi
Associate Professor of History
Director, Critical Ottoman & Post-Ottoman Studies

Chantal Thomas
Radice Family Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Director, Clarke Initiative 

Additional Information


  • Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies