Conf/CfP - (De)Stabilizing Disciplines, (Re)Imagining Regions, 23-24 February 2017, Columbia University, USA

Publish Date: Oct 28, 2016

Deadline: Jan 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Feb 23, 2017 12:00 to Feb 24, 2017 12:00

“(De)Stabilizing Disciplines, (Re)Imagining Regions”

MESAAS Graduate Student Conference, 23-24 February 2017 

Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York

Submission Deadline: 1 January, 2017

The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies  at Columbia University is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2017, which will take place on 23-24 February, at Columbia University. We invite graduate students of all disciplines and stages of study related to the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa to present their latest research to a supportive, critical audience.

Disciplines constrain and enable; produce and displace. Certain regions have also proven central to the formation of our modern disciplinary divisions and their epistemological underpinnings. Is it possible to imagine an academic exchange not only across and between disciplines, but also in sites of knowledge production that lie outside of these boundaries?

This year’s MESAAS Graduate Conference encourages submissions that seek to problematize disciplinary and spatial constraints. We therefore welcome submissions from students whose work, though grounded in a particular field or region, challenges disciplinary and regional singularity.

This year’s themes for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Literature and Aesthetics

  • Postcolonial Theory

  • Political Economy

  • Secularism and its Anthropology

  • Philology

  • Empire and Knowledge Production

  • Philosophies of subalterns

Students interested in presenting a paper should register an account and submit a 300 word abstract through the conference website.

Notifications will be sent by the end of January.

For other inquiries, please contact us via:

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Please note: to submit an abstract, applicants must create an account and check the "Author" box at the bottom of the registration page. Questions or difficulties with the submission process may be directed to

A single paper abstract should clearly outline the topic and argument of your proposed presentation, making explicit reference to relevant field(s) or sets of literature to situate your work. Be as concise as possible in summarizing your argument, and leave room to outline your theoretical and/or methodological focus. You should also include a brief, preliminary bibliography (no more than 10 sources) listing your key references. Your abstract should be no more than 300 words in length.

Accepted papers will be organized into panels based on shared topic or theme, and each panel will be assigned an appropriate chair and faculty respondent.

To submit an abstract please press Further official information below this announcement.

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