CFP: International Conference on Middle Eastern Studies: Conflicts and Struggles of the Contemporary Period, May 14-15, 2020, Istanbul

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Call for Papers
May 14, 2020 to May 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences

Call for Papers: International Conference on Middle Eastern Studies: Conflicts and Struggles of the Contemporary Period

Altınbaş University, May 14-15, 2020, Istanbul


Deadline extended to January 27, 2020!

The Middle East has faced many immediate challenges, which have to be considered at the same time as outcomes of longer-term pressures throughout the region. The immediate sources of instability and insecurity are obvious, such as deepening authoritarian rule, the Arab uprisings and their implications for societies, the rise and decline of the Islamic State (IS), ongoing sectarian conflicts, the emergence of new local actors, heightened tensions between Israel and Palestine, the Kurdish Question, Turkey’s military operations in northern Syria, the struggle between Israel and Iran, and the Yemen war and its implications for Iran-Saudi Arabia relations.

All these developments and events have created new spaces for conflict and struggle by causing new insecurities and instabilities. They have also deepened ongoing problems by adding them new dimensions. In this context, the role of global actors pursuing their own interests and seeking new spheres of influence in the region and, the intervention of regional and global actors in the various grievances and struggles of local groups, people and communities appear to be important factors needing analysis. The positions of the European Union and the United Nations towards these Middle Eastern issues remain also problematic.

Based on this perspective, papers exploring the following themes and issues are welcomed:

– Security

– Cooperation

– Ethnic and religious conflicts/ struggles

– Migration

– Refugees

– Violence

– Islamist movements and organizations

– Impact of new technologies on conflicts and struggles

– Political and social movements

– Foreign policies towards the Middle East and North Africa

Keynote Speakers

Bahgat Korany, Professor, The American University in Cairo

Mehran Kamrava, Professor, Georgetown University, Qatar

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as Word documents to the organizers by January 27, 2020. Full papers of 6,000-10,000 words should be sent by April 15, 2020. Please note that the abstracts of these papers will be published by Altınbaş University Press. We are also planning to publish selected papers in an edited book with a prestigious publishing house. Please see the previous output of our first International Conference on Middle Eastern Studies:

Conference Fee

The cost for attending the conference is 150 Euros, including registration fee, two lunches and refreshments.

Registration deadline

March 6, 2020

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in Altınbaş University, Gayrettepe Campus, located in Istanbul city center. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of both Gayrettepe itself and nearby Taksim/ Beyoğlu.


Abstracts should be sent by email to the editors at either of the following addresses:

Assoc. Prof. Jülide Karakoç

Department of International Relations

Altınbaş University, Istanbul, Turkey

Assist. Prof. Duygu Ersoy

Department of International Relations

Altınbaş University, Istanbul, Turkey

Contact Info: 

Assoc. Prof. Jülide Karakoc

Assist. Prof. Duygu Ersoy