Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Conference

Passing along information that I received in my email.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

The upcoming Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), Appropriately titled Tides of Change: Looking Back and Forging Ahead in the Middle East & Africa, will take place in Washington, D.C. on November 21-23, 2013.

As in years past, the conference is an excellent opportunity for scholars and students to hear from leading thinkers on critical issues affecting the regions. The keynote address will be given by Michael Young, the opinion editor at the Daily Star newspaper in Beirut, and H.E. Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Ambassador of the State of Qatar, has been invited to deliver remarks at the opening reception.

In addition, more than 100 papers will be presented on scholarly topics from Middle Eastern and African studies, and related disciplines.  The conference line-up will also include policy round tables on “Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Region, and Beyond,” “Great Power Involvement in the Arab Upheavals,” and “Revolution, Revolt, and Reform in North Africa” as well as film screenings, book displays of the latest academic titles, and much more.

You can register for the conference or get more information here.  If you have any further questions about ASMEA or the Annual Conference, please do not hesitate to contact the organization at 202-429-8860 or


2013 Annual Conference of the Western Society for French History Call for Papers

I received this in an email today so I thought I’d pass it along to anyone who was interested:

The 2013 Annual Conference of the Western Society for French History will be held October 24-27 in Atlanta, Georgia,  hosted by Georgia State University.  The conference theme, “In Motion: The Circulation of People, Commodities, and Ideas,” was inspired by Atlanta’s history as a major transportation hub in the southeast U.S. and its contemporary status as a global city with the world’s busiest airport.  The metro area is home to many people from francophone regions – Haiti, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and now New Orleans.

The main venue is the Atlanta Renaissance, a new hotel in midtown Atlanta with dozens of restaurants within walking distance.  The Renaissance is near the historic Fox Theater, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the High Museum of Art.  Some events will take place on the bustling downtown campus of Georgia State University, which is located about a mile from the hotel.

Keynote addresses will be given by Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles (“Global France:  What is gained and what is lost”); and Emmanuelle Sibeud, Maîtresse de Conférence, Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes-St. Denis (“Des ministres aux colonies. Enjeux et logiques des voyages des ministres des colonies en Afrique occidentale française entre 1897 et 1921”).

The WSFH encourages interdisciplinary scholarship and the participation of advanced graduate students by awarding prizes for outstanding papers presented at the conference in the following areas:  the best interdisciplinary paper; the best paper presented by a graduate student on French history after 1800; the best paper presented by a graduate student on the history of France and/or connections between France and the wider world before 1800.

Panels may address any topic of interest to our scholarly community, but the program committee especially encourages panels that address issues and topics of significance to French history across a wide chronological span, from medieval to contemporary periods.  Please do not send proposals for papers that have already been presented or that are scheduled for presentation at other conferences, or that have already been published.

All conference participants must be WSFH members in good standing at the time of the conference.  RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP at

SEND PROPOSALS for panels or individual papers as Microsoft Word attachments to Jennifer Popiel, WSFH President and Program Committee Chair (
Proposals, ideally submitted as a complete session, should include the following items, integrated into a single document:  an abstract (no more than one page) for each presenter; a CV including contact information (no more than one page) for each presenter; name, affiliation, and e-mail address for the proposed chair and commentator.