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CfParticipants for MESA Panel: "The Transnational Middle East: Political Society and Culture in Arab Diasporas" This panel proposes a new human geography linking modern Middle Eastern societies to their diasporas. The transnational Middle East upsets territorial definitions of the region in favor of approaches based on social geographies, contact networks, and the emergence of transnational political and social institutions. This panel seeks to start new conversations about social and political influence across diasporic space, particularly highlighting interactions with the homeland. We especially seek paper abstracts on topics that speak to the following questions: - How does the experience of diaspora influence political culture and society in the modern Middle East? - How do emigrants interact with (or participate in) the politics of their homeland? - Do the politics of diaspora influence nation-making, state-building, or culture change in the modern Middle East? - What are the political and social consequences of emigration (or return migration)? - Other themes include political activism, approaches to civil society, citizenship issues, minority cultures, gender issues in migration, diasporic nationalism, or migrations and Empire. Paper abstracts from History, Anthropology, Languages and Literatures, Arab-American or Ethnic Studies that deal with 19th or 20th century Middle Eastern diasporas will be considered. The panel's current participants focus on transnational Syrian and Lebanese political society during the interwar period, but we are open to any topics that touch on the theme of the "Transnational Middle East." If interested, please submit a paper abstract (300-400 words) and brief CV to Stacy Fahrenthold (*firstname.lastname@example.org*) by February 7. Selected panelists will be notified by February 9. Authors must then complete on-line submissions on the MESA site by February 15.