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Sent: 18 January 2014 22:13 Call for Papers: Middle East Studies Association (MESA), November 22-25, 2014, Washington, DC. The informal colloquium for the study of medieval Islamicate slavery and gender is seeking papers for two panels for the next MESA conference. Panel #1: Organizer, Craig Perry, Emory University Panel Topic: "Domestic Slavery in the Medieval Middle East" What can we learn by studying the lives of non-elite domestic slaves in the households of the pre-modern Middle East? This panel will study a form of slavery that was widespread in medieval Islamicate societies, but that has received less scholarly attention than other kinds of slaves including concubines of the elite, eunuchs, slave soldiers, and qiyān (singing slave women). Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the role of domestic slaves in the economy and politics of the household; slavery, gender, and mastery; representations of domestic slavery; slavery and social status; slaveholding in non-Muslim communities; and slavery laws. The goal of this panel is both to explore potential sources and methodologies for the study of domestic slavery and to theorize more broadly the social logic and function of non-elite slavery in pre-modern Middle Eastern societies. Please submit your paper abstract (400 words MAX) and a CV for consideration to Craig Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Monday, February 3, 2014. If your paper is included in the panel, you will be required to upload your abstract to the MESA website before February 15, 2014. You must also have a current MESA membership by this date in order to submit your abstract. Panel #2: Organizer, Lisa Nielson, Case Western Reserve University Panel Topic: “Music, art and literature: changes and exchanges in the medieval Islamicate world” This panel considers how artistic exchanges, borrowings, and hybridization influenced social and cultural changes in the medieval Islamicate world between the 7th and 15th centuries. While some of the most visible examples of artisans and entertainers were slaves, such as singing slave girls (qiyān), the ranks of artists included free and unfree men, women and cross-gendered individuals. In what ways did artists, either as symbols or as cultural icons, impact intellectual discourse? How and why did social and legal status of artisans and musicians change? What modes of exchange and collaboration were used in the development of the arts? In addition to music, visual arts, and literature, studies that examine craft and skilled work, such as ceramics, metal and stonework, are welcome, as are those focused on economics of trade, the role and status of artisans (free, unfree), religious and moral rhetoric, gender identity and performance, and individual artists. Those projects examining the effect of artistic exchanges from the standpoint of reciprocity and collaboration with early medieval Europe, India and China are of interest as well. Please submit an abstract of 300 – 400 words to Lisa Nielson at email@example.com. Kindly use the heading “MESA, 2014” in the subject of your question or submission. Email submissions only. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 7th, 2013, and participants will be notified no later than February 10th. Participants will be required to upload their abstract to the MESA website before February 15, 2014. You must also have a current MESA membership by this date in order to submit an abstract. For full guidelines regarding abstracts and membership in MESA, please refer to: http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/ --