Association for Middle East Anthropolgy – Call for Papers

Publish Date: Jan 09, 2013

Deadline: Feb 15, 2013

Event Dates: from Oct 10, 2013 12:00 to Oct 13, 2013 12:00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST: Rethinking Paradigms Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting October 10-13, 2013 New Orleans, LA 
The Association for Middle East Anthropology (AMEA) is a non-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to the ethnographic study of the culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of the Middle East. AMEA aims to stimulate academic research in Anthropological studies of the Middle East and to advance the study of the Anthropology of the Middle East. AMEA Board Members include: President Sherine Hafez; Vice President Sami Hermez, Secretary Pardis Mahdavi, and Treasurer Connie Lamb.
At its founding meeting in Denver, CO, in November 2012, AMEA decided to build upon the watershed series of Anthropology panels that former MESA President Suad Joseph and former MESA Board Member Marcia Inhorn helped organize for the 2011 MESA meetings in Washington, DC. At the DC meetings, at least 14 Anthropology panels were presented in a sequence that allowed scholars to attend a virtual mini-Anthropology conference within the MESA meetings. Following this, Suad Joseph and Marcia Inhorn, joined by Susan Kahn and with the assistance of Bonnie Rose Schulman, encourage Anthropologists to submit panels as part of a conference theme on “Anthropology of the Middle East: Rethinking Paradigms” to be held at the October 2013 MESA annual meeting in New Orleans.
In the past several decades, Anthropologists have charted a myriad of theoretical pathways for the study of the Middle East on a global scale. They have offered new methodologies, entered new sites of research, experimented with new approaches to writing, and refigured theoretical paradigms. Thematically the horizons of Anthropological research have stretched from literature, music, and poetry; to reproductive technologies; to gender, sexualities, masculinities, femininities; war, violence, and militarism; urban space; social movements; migrations and forced migrations; nationalisms, transnationalisms, and diasporic communities; tourism; new religious studies; new studies of pastoralism; revisioned studies of families and youth; law, justice, and human rights; markets, consumption, and the circulation of peoples and productions; media, visual production, and global social networks. These and other thematics have richly launched anthropological research into the new millennium. This call invites Anthropologists to submit panels on thematics of their choosing, or submit papers for panels being organized specifically on this theme of rethinking paradigms for a new millennium of Anthropology of the Middle East. Please include the word “Anthropology” in the title.
Papers and panels must be submitted through the normal MESA review process. The deadline is February 15, 2013.
If you submit a panel or paper, kindly e-mail Bonnie Rose ( with the proposed panel title, participants’ names, and paper titles so that we can help facilitate scheduling.
Please also note that the second annual AMEA Members Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14, at MESA’s Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.

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