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Call for Papers: 5th Annual Jil Jadid Conference @ UT-Austin

Dates: February 27-28, 2015

Location: The University of Texas at Austin

Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2014

Topic: Middle Eastern Languages & Literatures

Conference Website:

<http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/mes/events/conferences/jiljadid2014/>

http://www.jil-jadid.org/

Contact: Claire Cooley and Valerie Montes, jiljadidconf@gmail.com

Description:

The Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University

of Texas at Austin are happy to announce the 5th Annual Jil Jadid “New

Generation” Conference in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish Literature

and Linguistics, a graduate student conference to be held at the University

of Texas at Austin, February 27-28, 2015. In past years, Jil Jadid has

featured topics in Arabic literature and linguistics . This year we are

excited to expand its scope to include Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish

literature and linguistics.

Jil Jadid is a graduate student conference that aims to provide a forum for

young scholars spread across a variety of disciplines to come together,

share ideas and research, and discuss the future of their respective

fields. This is especially critical as they move forward in their careers

and come to represent the eponymous new generation of scholars engaging

with the Middle East and its cultures.

For the past four Februaries, graduate students from a wide range of

universities, both domestic and international, have assembled in Austin to

set the tone for Arabic studies in the twenty-first century. The ongoing

positive feedback we have received from these past conferences prompts us

once again to assemble with the same goal. This year, we are pleased to

bring together our colleagues not only in Arabic studies, but also in

Hebrew, Persian, Turkish in order to facilitate a productive and

interdisciplinary exchange of new ideas.

Fostering fruitful, engaging, and innovative dialogue remains our topmost

priority. The conference will feature keynote speeches in linguistics and

literature, as well as a professional development panel offered by

University of Texas faculty. In addition to individual presentations, the

conference will highlight explicit opportunities for participants to

discuss their collective vision for the development of their fields. More

details will be announced as the conference dates approach.

The 2015 Jil Jadid Conference is sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Arabic Flagship Program, Department of Linguistics, Department of French and Italian, Program in Comparative Literature, Department of History, and the Graduate School.

Topics:

All papers treating topics in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish film and

literature (both classical and modern) and linguistics (of all subfields,

including applied linguistics) will gladly be considered. We welcome

presentations in English, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, with the

request that an English summary be prepared for any papers to be presented

in languages other than English. In addition to original research, we also

encourage state-of-the-field papers that provide a focused overview of

specific subfields and propose new avenues of research in the chosen area.

Papers to be presented at other conferences are more than welcome, as we

wish to provide a forum for students to further develop and refine their

research.

Abstracts:

Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than a single-spaced page with

12-pt font and 1-inch margins (not including references). Abstracts longer

than one page will not be considered.

Abstracts may be submitted online at: http://www.jil-jadid.org/

The deadline for abstracts is November 15, 2014. Abstracts should not

include identifying information; you must, however, indicate the highest

degree you have obtained and your current position (e.g. “M.A., Graduate

Student,” “Ph.D., Assistant Professor,” etc.).  Only submissions from

current or recent graduate students will be considered.

Conference Fees & Funding:

Jil Jadid requires no fees of presenters and/or attendees.

Graduate students whose abstracts are accepted will be eligible to apply

for a limited number of partial travel grants to defray the costs of

attending the Jil Jadid conference. Lodging with local graduate students

will be made available when possible.

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