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H-Gender-MidEast From: Avi Rubin <email@example.com> Date: June 18, 2011 7:37:15 PM GMT+03:00 Call for Papers The 16th Annual International Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Socio-legal Perspectives on the Passage to Modernity in and beyond the Middle East Coordinators: Dr. Iris Agmon & Dr. Avi Rubin Historians perceive the “long 19t century” as a crucial phase in the transition of Middle East societies to modernity, along with societies in other parts of the globe. The law forms one major field of human activity in which social, political, cultural and economic meanings are constantly constituted, re-defined, and negotiated. As such, it provides a fascinating perspective for the purpose of investigating the onset of modernity in the Middle East. The proposed workshop is broadly defined so as to stress our understanding of the legal field as a myriad of practices and meanings that are interconnected with other spheres of life. We seek to bring together historians working on various aspects of legal change in and beyond the Middle East during the “long 19th century” and the first half of the 20th century. We hope to advance a discussion on the socio-legal contexts in which modernity was experienced, defined and contested. We invite papers addressing legal change viewed from the perspective of “law in action.” Papers of comparative nature, or which address these issues from the perspective of world history are welcome. We also encourage submission of papers addressing the historiography of law in the Middle East and elsewhere in the context of modernity. The workshop will demonstrate the great potential of socio-legal research for filling gaps in historians’ understanding of the passage of Middle East societies to modernity; it will further allow its participants to identify major scholarly trends and achievements of recent years, and hopefully to formulate the challenges ahead. The workshop will be held at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from June 4 through June 6, 2012. All participants will be expected to submit in advance a working paper to be distributed among the other participants. Those interested in participating in the workshop are welcome to send a one-page proposal in English, along with their C.V. by September 30, 2011. The proposal should briefly state the topic, and outline how the paper contributes to the aims of the workshop. Authors will be notified by October 31, 2011 whether their proposal was accepted for presentation in the workshop. Authors whose proposal is accepted will be expected to submit a full-length version of the paper by April 1, 2012. Participants from abroad will be offered round trip airfare and lodging. Proposals should be addressed by email to: Dr. Iris Agmon: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Avi Rubin: email@example.com ************************************ Avi Rubin, Ph.D Dept. of Middle East Studies Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev Be'er-Sheva 84105, Israel Tel.: 972-54-4713022 http://us.macmillan.com/ottomannizamiyecourts