Islamic Studies Program
University of Nebraska at Omaha
April 29th – May 1st, 2016
The Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (MAMEIS) and the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha are pleased to issue this call for papers for the MAMEIS 2016 Annual Conference to be held in Omaha, NE, April 29th – May 1st, 2016. We welcome individual papers and pre-arranged panels from scholars based in the greater Midwest, particularly those related to this year’s theme "Geography and the Environment in MENA." Geographical and environmental approaches allow us to look at familiar issues and sources in creative new ways by drawing out the underlying structural forces behind human social, economic, and political organization. Responses to, and depictions of, the natural world have also been a significant, but often overlooked, element of social, cultural and intellectual movements. This is a multi-disciplinary field of study which is strengthened by collaboration and exchange. We welcome papers and panels from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to: Geography, History, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, and Cultural Studies. As the central goal of this conference is to promote Middle East and Islamic Studies in the greater Midwest, pre-arranged panels on other topics will also be given full consideration.
MAMEIS - the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies - is a nonprofit organization which promotes and fosters community among the many scholars of Middle East and Islamic Studies based at institutions throughout the Midwest. MAMEIS is concerned with promoting the study of the Middle East and Islamic world and does not subscribe to any particular religious or political viewpoints or agenda. Our aim is to develop an open forum for discussion of scholarly issues, share news and information about regional events, and support collegial ties among our members.
Please submit a 250 word abstract along with your name, title, and affiliation by February 1st, 2016 to: