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Conf/CfP - Migrants: Communities, Borders, Memories, Conflicts, 17-19 March 2016, Italy

Deadline:

August 30, 2015

Event Date:

March 17, 2016 - March 19, 2016

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Since the Arab   uprisings of  2010/2011, the MENA (Middle East and   North Africa)  region has  not  stopped of  being  the focus of  media and   scholarly attention. The uprisings have brought about major transformations and  called into   question  the  Westphalian   national   state  order in   the  region. The emergence of  the Islamic  State  as an  anti-systemic  force has strengthened this reality, while re-surfacing Kurdish nationalism and  escalating sectarian conflicts  have added momentum to the fragmentation  and  re-composition of the regional order. Displaced populations and  migrants contribute to reshuffle previously configured polities and  communities.

 The  Parisian  attacks   of   January  2015   raise  issues   of   socio-economic integration, political conflicts and  transnational ideologies intertwined with contemporary migration. The drama of thousands of people crossing the Mediterranean at  the  risk of   their  life  makes  Sicily  a  special  location  for debating  migration  and   human mobility.  The upcoming  SeSaMO conference, which   will take  place at the University  of  Catania,  Sicily,  on  17-19  March 2016, puts the spotlight  on migration  meant  as a  general phenomenon that has affected  Muslim  societies  across history  and   can   be   approached from different disciplinary perspectives.

Scholars   are  invited   to  present   a   panel.   Interdisciplinary   proposals are welcome  as well  as proposals focusing on distinct  areas of  interest  in  the field  of   Middle   Eastern  studies.  With   the  aim   of   encouraging  scientific interaction  with  the international  scholarly  community,  the conference will host  keynote  speakers  who    will  lecture   on   topics  of interest   for   the Conference   and     who    will   have  the   opportunity    to  listen    to  paper presentations. Panels in Italian, English  or French are  welcome.

Each   panel  proposal  should include  two  workshop directors  who   ought  to come  from  different  institutions.  Ideally,  at least  one  director  should be based outside of  Italy  so  as to foster research collaboration  and  to promote the publication of the proceedings in international venues. The presence of  a discussant   is   also    strongly   encouraged.   The  proposal should  include   a summary (no more than 4000 characters) outlining the objectives and  scope of  the proposed panel. The panel description should also  include a section on research dissemination, where proponents should detail their plans for journal article  submissions  or  book proposals. In addition, the panel  proposal should include  a  description  of  the kind  of papers that the directors would   like  to attract or,   in  case of  pre-arranged  panels,  the titles  of  the papers, their authors and   the authors’ affiliation.  CVs  of  both  directors should also   be submitted. It is envisaged that each panel will include five to six paper givers including        the      directors.      Further      details        are         available        at

http://www.sesamoitalia.it/

Please  send your panel  proposals to Dr.  Paola  Rivetti  at paola.rivetti@dcu.ie before August 30, 2015.

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