Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

  Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies Call for papers and participation
The invitation applies to associations, research centres, university departments, international organizations and institutions which took part in the First World Congress or not, but which are involved in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim states of Central Asia.

The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) has been chosen to organize and host the Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-2). Initiated by the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), the First World Congress was organized and hosted by the University of Mainz in 2002 and attracted over 2000 scholars, experts and students from around the globe.

It involved the participation of the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES), the British, French, Italian and German Middle East studies
associations (BRISMES, AFEMAM, SeSaMO and DAVO) and other similar organizations in North America, the Middle East and the 14 other member countries of EURAMES. RIIFS now extends its own invitation to all of the institutions and organizations that took part in the First World Congress and requests that they inform their members about WOCMES-2 and consider how they may contribute to its success. In particular, RIIFS asks that they begin coordinating their 2006 activities with the WOCMES-2 Secretariat in the autumn of 2004, organizing panels, workshops, symposia and major conferences under the WOCMES-2 umbrella. This invitation also applies to other associations, research centres, university departments, international organizations and institutions which did not take part in the First World Congress, but which are involved 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. Calls for papers from individual scholars will be sent out in 2005. Local and international media and high-ranking decision-makers involved in political, economic and cultural spheres are also expected to attend the Second World Congress and to disseminate, in the months that follow, the new ideas and interpretations that they encounter there. The working language of the congress will be English, with some French and Arabic.

Because the Second World Congress will actually take place in the Middle East, the cultural program is expected to be particularly rich.
Organizers are presently considering two book fairs (Arabic/International)
involving book-sellers, publishers and authors; exhibitions of modern Arab
art by Jordan's national and local galleries; other exhibitions related to
various aspects of Middle Eastern studies; a film festival with panel
discussions; and concerts featuring musicians from across the Arab world. Rédaction Babelmed

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