Call for Proposals
Graduate student workshop
UC Berkeley, February 2020
"Turning points: The Middle East and Balkans, 1918-1923"
Graduate student workshop to be held at Berkeley in February 6-8, 2020 focusing on the transitional period after World War One and the crises, conflicts, migrations, and negotiations underway throughout the emergent Middle East (including the Arab world and Turkey) and the Balkans. Students using all types of approaches are welcome to apply: legal, diplomatic, and social/cultural history; domestic/regional, transnational and international politics; economic and environmental. Topics could include but are not limited to: Turkish-speaking/Muslim communities in the Balkans and non-Arab/non-Muslim communities in the Arab Middle East; Christian communities in Muslim-majority societies/states; the varieties of secular and anti-colonial thought and practice; migration across regions; League of Nations involvement in the region; Zionism, sectarianism and colonialism, local/regional actors' engagement with League of Nations; uprisings, provisional states, bureaucracies in flux; debates on forms of sovereignty within the region and debates going on in Europe about the fate of the region.
Proposals should include: 250 word abstract; short CV (250 words) specifying institution, estimated date of completion, languages/archives being used, and location from which you would be traveling if chosen to attend the workshop.
Send proposals by OCTOBER 15 to METurningpoints@gmail.com. Inquiries are also welcome at that same email address. Applicants will be notified by mid-November.
All participants will have their travel and accommodation (for 2 nights) and most meals paid for.
UC Berkeley Department of History
UCB Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Turkish Studies Initiative at Berkeley