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*Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2014* *27 - 28 February, 2014 * *Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies* *Columbia University in the City of New York* The organizing committee of the 2014 Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) is pleased to invite paper and panel submissions addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following: - Literatures and aesthetics (Classical, early modern, and contemporary genres of imaginative literature; the visual and performing arts; cinema studies) - Knowledge systems, classical and contemporary (in law, ethics, science, language, and other fields; the history of Oriental Studies; the university) - Genealogies of the political (discursive and institutional histories of contemporary political practices) - Histories, disciplinary and subaltern (comparative studies of academic or professional modes of history writing and the vernacular or popular forms of retelling the past) MESAAS is heir and host to a number of intellectual traditions that resist division between the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in examining both classical and emergent questions in area studies, not as objects of research but as sources of generative knowledge, and as such, aim to formulate new and post-disciplinary modes of inquiry beyond the prevalent conditions of both scientism and historicism. As such, we are equally interested in the limits of disciplinary knowledge production, hegemonic epistemes and paradigms of thought, the work that goes into the construction of ‘areas’ of study, as well as the past and future of area studies writ large. To that end, we especially encourage work that re-thinks the boundaries and conditions of the disciplines with reference to regionally specific work, particularly as that relates to critical geographical imaginaries from and within the regions represented in the department. Students who are interested in presenting a 20-minute paper should submit a 300-500 word abstract and one-page resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by *December 1st, 2013*. Panel submissions are strongly encouraged. -- Veli N. Yashin Preceptor | Columbia University Center for the Core Curriculum --