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Call for Papers and Panels: ASMEA Seventh Annual Conference

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is currently seeking paper proposals and panel proposals for presentation at the Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference being held October 30 - November 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. 

Call for Papers:

CFP: Controversies over Innovation and Islamic Piety in a Global Age (AAA 2014)

Dear Colleagues,

We still have space for another paper in our panel for the 2014 AAA meeting in Washington D.C., “Controversies over Innovation and Islamic Piety in a Global Age”. Please find the preliminary panel abstract below.

If you are interested in participating in the panel please email Tea Virtanen (tea.virtanen@helsinki.fi or Joseph Hill joseph.hill@ualberta.ca) with your proposed topic or abstract as soon as possible. All final abstracts must be submitted to the AAA web site by April 15.

Controversies over Innovation and Islamic Piety in a Global Age

113th 2014 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

ASMEA 2014 Annual Conference Travel Grant Program

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to offer travel stipends of up to $500 to qualified professors and students who wish to participate in the Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference. Titled “Searching for Balance in the Middle East and Africa,” the conference will be held on October 30-November 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Applicants must be engaged in the ongoing study of the Middle East or Africa and enrolled in a Ph.D. program (with M.A. complete), or serve in a post-Doc capacity and seeking an academic career, or serve as a visiting/adjunct/assistant professor teaching two or more courses per semester.


Call for Book Chapters: Vodou: I Remember

Call for Book Chapters

Vodou: I Remember

The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art

edited by Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat

Deadline: May 23, 3014



CFP: African Travel, SCOLMA, 2 July 2014 - deadline extended

SCOLMA: The UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa

Annual Conference

African Trajectories: Travel and the Archive

2 July 2014, University of Birmingham, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS – deadline extended

“Travel, in the younger sort, is part of education; in the elder, a sort of experience”. (Francis Bacon, On Travel)

Travel literature has perhaps never been so popular. Several new journals devoted to the genre have been launched in recent years. Africa is central to this new scholarship, and popularisation. The Livingstone Bicentenary in 2013 demonstrated the continued interest in nineteenth century explorers and new ways of accessing and interpreting their records.