Call for Papers for the following pre-organized panels (5 May 2012):

(Deutsch) Die politische und wirtschaftliche Rolle der Türkei im Nahen Osten

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Conceptions of Gender in Turkey and the Turkish Diaspora

Languages: English or German

The panel examines the social construction of gender in Turkey and the Turkish Diaspora. Considering the various social, economic, and political changes that have been taking place in recent years—as for instance the rise of a political Islam, the expansion of consumer culture, or the adoption of...Read More »

The Syrian Uprising – Motives, Actors and Agendas

Languages:  Deutsch/German, Englisch/English

The Syrian Uprising which started in March 2011is characterized as the longest, most violent and apparently also most opaque struggle for freedom and dignity in the framework of the “Arab Awakening”. The atrocities committed by the security forces loyal to the regime against armed opposition groups and, in...Read More »

The Muslim Brothers: New Roles, New Historiographies

The latest elections in Egypt and other developments in the Middle East have opened a new phase in the eighty-four years history of the Society of the Muslim Brothers. While their future course in politics is difficult to predict, the proposed panel intends to raise questions on past and present...Read More »

Non-oil Economic Growth and Stability in Iraq

The key themes of the panel are issues of generating sustainable economic growth, employment, and social safety nets, improving human resource management, and reforming public institutions and governmental policies in Iraq.

Organised by: Şefik Alp Bahadir, University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Please send your abstracts (up to 300 words) until 4. June 2012 to: Prof....Read More »

(Deutsch) Der militärische Faktor in der Wirtschaft und Implikationen für die Entwicklung in Nordafrika und Westasien

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Arab Spring: Background, Aims, and Constraints

Politicians in both the west and the east have been surprised by the Arab Spring; few could have predicted it. The results of this process of transformation have set new standards in the relationships between ruler and people and between regional and international cooperation. The desired outcomes of the Arab...Read More »

Migration, mobility or movements: Ways of people, ideas and goods around the Mediterranean Sea

The increasing movement of people, ideas and goods around the globe is one of the most defining attributes of the globalized world. This is most notably relevant for the Mediterranean region, due to its geographical position, and function as a bridge between wealthy Europe, and the countries of the southern...Read More »

Economic dimensions of political upheaval in the Arab world: 
Perspectives and consequences

The year 2011 has changed the political order of several Arab countries, while the structures and deficits of their economies have remained widely unchanged. In addition, several countries have seen some of their major sources of external income ebb away (especially tourism and foreign investment). However, even the path of...Read More »

Islamic Economics and Islamic Finance

Islamic Economics promised to offer an alternative to capitalism and communism. While the results of establishing an Islamic national economy are not convincing, industries which are offering Islamic products, like halal food or Islamic financial services, are flourishing on a global scale. These products obviously serve to define the Islamic...Read More »

“Citizenship is the Solution”?

“Citizenship is the Solution” (El-Mowatna heya el-Hall) is the new slogan in the Arabic world after the Arabic Spring. Especially the minorities and the less privileged people in the society of the Arabic World feel discriminated and ignored both in the labor market, and in having access to many rights....Read More »

(Deutsch) „Euroislam“ in Osteuropa

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Economic Development in the Middle East and North Africa“

Languages:  Deutsch/German, Englisch/English

Organisation: Steffen Wippel (Panelleitung / Chair), Christian Steiner

Papers are invited which are tackling economic and/or economic and social policy related issues in the MENA Region from different theoretical as well as empirical perspectives. Please send your paper proposals with abstract until 4. June to:

Steffen Wippel, Christian...Read More »

Religious Movements as Political Actors in the Middle East

Panel languages: English/German


Political actors with religious platforms are once more at the forefront in the Middle East today. Especially since the so called ‘Arab Spring’ new constellations offered entirely new possibilities.

In Tunesia and Marocco conservative-islamic parties won the majority in the respective parliaments, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has also become the...Read More »

The year after Fukushima: Chances and Challenges for sustainable energy policies in the MENA-Region

The finite nature of oil and gas, increasing domestic demands and diminishing export revenues are forcing policy-makers in these natural resource rich countries of the MENA region to look for alternatives. Even though the region has, by worldwide comparison, a high potential to develop renewable energies, they are, at present,...Read More »

A New Nationalism?: Identity and Nationalism in a Revolutionary Context

As the revolution continues across the region, accepted definitions of national identity are contested and renegotiated. The fall of authoritarian leaders who once endeavoured to embody the nation has resulted in a vacuum in which the people move to reclaim and construct a new national identity. In contrast, countries once...Read More »

(Deutsch) Gesellschaftspolitische Transformationsprozesse im Kontext von Web 2.0-Kommunikation

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Armed Groups and the Arab Spring: Challenges and Opportunities

As the Arab Spring triggered unprecedented regional events, the majority of the subsequent intellectual and political discourse has chosen to focus on post-revolution institutional and governance issues. While such discussions are critical for ensuring the ‘success’ of the revolution, it ignores key regional (power) stakeholders, namely, armed (non-state) groups. With...Read More »

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