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Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

IMEIS Conference 2017

The IMEIS annual conference will take place on 20 September 2017 at Durham University. This year's theme is 'Diversity’.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline: Wednesday 31 May 2017

For its first Annual Conference since its re-launch by the School of Government and International Affairs in the Summer 2016, the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies invites proposals on the theme ‘Diversity’. Throughout time, the Muslim world has been diverse ethnically, linguistically, culturally, regionally and religiously. Whether this diversity has been a weakening factor or the reason for its long-lasting history is still subject to debate. Moreover, grasping the entirety of this multifaceted nature far exceeds by far the boundaries of academic disciplines. Thus, diversity will not only be explored as a topic but also as an approach to Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and as a methodology to lead research across and between a multiplicity of fields. We encourage proposals for papers, postgraduate research works, full panels and workshops. We particularly welcome submissions that highlight the collaborative work between academic and non-academic actors, as well as between researchers from different disciplines. This includes – but is not limited to:

  • Politics
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Literature
  • Languages
  • Archaeology
  • Geography
  • Business & Economics
  • Law

Proposals that would not fit into the conference’s main theme but are related to Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies are also welcomed. Our aim is to foster interest in studies conducted in all fields and to promote dialogue between students, scholars and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. For participants coming from outside Durham, we are able to offer small grants to cover part of the travel expenses. Furthermore, we can offer discounted rate accommodation in Durham University colleges.


  • Interactions between ethnical and religious groups within the Muslim World
  • Unity and/or multiplicity of the Islamic state(s) across History
  • Interpretations of the Islamic state and modern attempts to revive it
  • Institutions within the Islamic tradition
  • Legal, cultural or geographic disputes in the Middle East and wider Muslim World

Submission Details

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of a maximum of 250 words and the completed proposal form to by 20.00 GMT, Wednesday 31 May 2017.