View the H-Levant Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in H-Levant's February 2013 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in H-Levant's February 2013 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the H-Levant home page.
The Mashriq in the Age of Late Imperialism: the Mandate States in Global Perspective Princeton University, 20-22 September 2013 This conference sets out to examine new perspectives on the tangled histories of the Mandatory states that emerged in the mashriq in the wake of the Great War. Furthermore, it proposes situating them within a more extensive chronological and spatial framework, tracing the protracted and fraught transition from late Ottoman to Mandatory rule, and placing this within broader debates on political and cultural life in the world beyond Europe, the changing nature of imperialism, and the international system in the early twentieth century. The three decades from the outbreak of World War I to the end of French and British Mandatory rule in the 1940s were a formative period for the new states that emerged from the embers of the Ottoman empire in the Arabic-speaking mashriq: in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria collective identities and confronting new categorizations; borders were drawn and redrawn; and institutions formed and reformed, leaving a troublesome legacy which still endures, for better or worse, across the region. Despite its significance, the last large-scale collective work on Scholarship on the Mandatory states of the Middle East has flourished in the intervening years into an expanding and rapidly evolving field. This conference seeks to take stock of these changes, and to stimulate further development. Furthermore, its organizers wish to foster dialogue between scholars of the mashriq and their peers by inviting scholars of other periods and parts of the world to serve as panel chairs and commentators. In doing so, we hope to provide new perspectives on the history of a region all too often considered in splendid isolation, and to emphasize its central importance to our understandings of late imperialism, the workings of the modern state in the world beyond Europe, and the creation and expansion in the early twentieth century of novel mechanisms of international governance. Our hope is that this gathering will enrich scholarly understanding both of the region itself, and of the world of which it became such an integral part. Paper proposals on the following themes are elicited: the dawn of a new state system governance: the League of Nations, international law, and humanitarianism global perspectives on the Mandates bureaucracy and citizenship state and its antagonists approaches to the social, economic, and political history of the Mandate states new approaches to social construction and political culture arts in the Mandate States The conference will be held on 20-22 September 2013 at Princeton University. Participation costs (travel and hotel) will be fully covered. Please send abstracts in word or PDF format to the conference organizers, Cyrus Schayegh (Princeton University) and Andrew Arsan (University of Cambridge) at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Abstracts should be 250-300 words; applicants should also provide name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 February 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 March 2013. The deadline for submission of pre-circulated papers of no more than 8,000 words, including references, is 1 July 2013. The conference proceedings will be published in an edited volume.