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The Middle East and North African Graduate Student Association at the University of Arizona Presents: 14th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies Transformations: Challenging Limits, Crossing Borders CALL FOR PAPERS The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization (MENA), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 14th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, to be held from Thursday, April 10, 2014, to Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Tucson, Arizona. OBJECTIVES This conference aims to strengthen ties between academic disciplines, provide a platform for graduate students to present their research projects and exchange ideas, and create a network of emerging scholars spanning a variety of fields. This year’s conference is focused on the idea of “transformations”: not merely the social, political, economic, and physical transformations in the Middle East and North Africa but transformations in scholarship about the region; how are the borders – in every sense of the word – of the Middle East and North Africa changing? How can we challenge the limits (and limitations) of our respective disciplines? We encourage abstract submissions not only from students within Middle Eastern and North African Studies programs but also from disciplines such as Anthropology, Economics, Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Religious Studies, etc. PAPER TOPICS Applicants are encouraged to submit pre-organized panel proposals. Proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Select papers may be published in the group’s online journal, Zaytoon (see below). Paper topics may include, but are not limited to: Human Rights Media & Visual Arts Environment Colonialism Art & Architecture Minorities Diasporas Nationalism Peace & Security Studies Social Movements Pedagogy Dance & Performing Arts SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Paper abstract submissions are due Monday, January 6, 2014, for international students and Friday, January 24, 2014, for domestic students. Abstracts must be 250 words or less and submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. Non-standard fonts should be embedded in the PDF format. Abstracts must be anonymous aside from paper title and description and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of this email, please include author name, school and department affiliation, phone number, and email address. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out within three weeks of the abstract submission deadline. For further information, please visit http://menas.arizona.edu/mena-conference or submit your inquiries to email@example.com. *Zaytoon, the academic peer-reviewed online journal of MENAS at the University of Arizona, consists of select papers presented at the Annual Southwest Graduate Conference. Zaytoon has been published since 2008. For more information please visit http://menas.arizona.edu/menazaytoon --