The Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) organizes a workshop open to all PhD students based in Italian universities and working on research projects dealing with Middle East and North Africa countries, nearby areas inhabited by Muslim populations or regions characterized by immigrants coming from those countries across all the human and social sciences. Applications by Italian PhD students working abroad and foreign doctoral candidates enrolled in double- degree programmes between foreign and Italian Universities are also encouraged. The workshop aims at providing doctoral students with a space of mutual exchange and communication on their ongoing doctoral researches, methods and approaches, while enhancing constructive multidisciplinary conversations and contacts between diverse generation of scholars. Proposals in Italian, French or English (applicant’s CV and 600 word-abstract of research projects) must be sent to workshopPhDsesamo2021@gmail.com by the 20th of December 2020. Evaluation will be based on proposals’ originality, methodology, sources and knowledge of relevant literature. Applications by PhD candidates discussing their doctoral thesis before the 20th April 2021 will not be considered. A maximum of 8 projects will be selected. Applicants will receive notification of the selection results by the 31st January 2021 together with the workshop programme. Participants will have to circulate an extended version of their research proposals (4.000-5.000 words) in English by the 20th of March 2021. The workshop will take place on Teams on April 20 (2-7 pm) and April 21(9 - 1.30 am) 2021, with a final Keynote Speech on April 21, 3-5 pm. Work will be spread over 4 sessions of 2 hours each. Each session will showcase two research projects. Each presenter will briefly introduce in Italian, French or English her/his research project (10 minutes), which will then be discussed by a selected specialist (10 minutes), followed by group debate for a maximum of 40 minutes.
Scientific Committee: Fulvio Bertuccelli, Bologna University; Francesca Biancani, Bologna University; Giuseppe Cecere, Bologna University; Giulia Cimini, Bologna University; Rosita Di Peri, Turin University; Mattia Guidetti, Bologna University; Çiğdem Oğuz, Bologna University; Samuela Pagani, Università of Salento; Ines Peta, Bologna University; Massimiliano Trentin, Bologna University; Fabio Vicini, Verona University.
For more information about SeSaMO see: http://www.sesamoitalia.it/