Call for Hosting the Sixth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) in 2022

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July 15, 2022
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Call for Hosting the Sixth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) in 2022


After the great success of the World Congresses for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) in Mainz/Germany in 2002, Amman/Jordan in 2006, Barcelona/Spain in 2010, Ankara/Turkey in 2014 and Seville/Spain in 2018 (see, it is planned that the Sixth WOCMES will be held in 2022 (open date) )


What is WOCMES?


This World Congress is a gathering of scholars, researchers, students and professionals drawn from a broad range of educational and other institutions, organizations and associations from around the world. What brings this global community together is a common interest in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim states of Central Asia, in addition to those areas of the world directly or indirectly affected by developments in these regions.


WOCMES is intended to provide Middle Eastern specialists from all branches of humanities and social sciences with the opportunity to meet and exchange research, experience and ideas, and to address – and attempt to reconcile – some of the challenges that arise when methodology meets theory and praxis meets politics. It involves numerous academic panels and roundtable discussions approved, in advance, by an academic committee, as well as keynote addresses by prominent scholars, scholarly exhibitions, and cultural and other events relevant to the field.


One of the principal long-term goals of WOCMES is to build and strengthen regional and global networks for joint research and the dissemination of findings and interpretations. As a major international academic congress, WOCMES also gives the far-flung members of various academic associations a place where they can meet and discuss organizational business in executive meetings and plenary sessions. Moreover, local and international media and high-ranking decision-makers involved in politics, economics and culture are able to attend many of the proceedings in order to acquaint themselves with new information, concepts and perspectives that can inform their respective endeavours.


Call for Hosting WOCMES-6


All institutions which are interested in hosting the Sixth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies in 2022 are kindly requested to contact the Chairman of the WOCMES Council and to provide the following information:


- Name and address of the institution; persons responsible for the organisation of the World Congress;

- Previous experience in hosting major conferences;

- Proposed location of WOCMES-6 (potential visa restrictions, accessibility and distance to nearest international airport, availability of lecture halls for up to 30 parallel sessions and up to 2500 participants);

- Accommodation (number of hotel rooms close to the WOCMES location, range of hotel prices, availability of low-cost accommodation for students);

- Financial matters (expected registration fee; prospects of financial support from public sources or private institutions; chance to get reduced airfares; availability of travel grants for low-income paper presenters);

- Proposed date of WOCMES-6 (taking into consideration regular major conferences on the Middle East, holiday seasons, start and end of university terms, major religious festivities, weather conditions);

- Possibility to arrange an attractive program of cultural events and sightseeing tours.


Please send this information to the Chairman of the International Advisory Council of WOCMES before 15 October 2019: 

Prof. Dr. Guenter Meyer

Centre for Research on the Arab World

University of Mainz

55099 Mainz - Germany

Ph.: ++49-6131-39 22701



The final decision about the location of WOCMES-6 will be taken by the WOCMES Council which comprises more than 80 scholars from different disciplines in social sciences and humanities and representatives of Middle East studies associations worldwide.



Contact Info: 

Chairman of the International Advisory Council of WOCMES

Prof. Dr. Guenter Meyer

Centre for Research on the Arab World

55099 Mainz - Germany

Ph. ++49-6131-3922701


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