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call for papers #10

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its tenth issue on the topic of “Infrastructure”.

 

Infrastructure points to the ultimate conceptual debates of social science; it highlights the strong connections between material things, lives, and practice with immaterial and ideational aspects of human life. Furthermore, infrastructural matters like pipes, dams, walls, grids, cables, etc. reveal and, even more so, complicate the relationship between nature and humanity.  Infrastructure as the topic for the tenth issue of Middle East – Topics & Arguments (META) offers a variety of conceptual approaches from many disciplines, such as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, cultural studies, media studies and economics (among others), as the topic connects the research on practices of everyday life with questions of planning, state politics and local and global neoliberal developments.

 
Posted: 2017-03-30 More...
 

Journal History – Speech about META

 

Speech by Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders about META, July 10, 2014

 

In July 2014, Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders honored META in her speech on the occasions of META’s first anniversary and the launch of issue #2. The speech was delivered at a celebration party with the editorial board, members of the advisory board, authors and friends of META.

 
Posted: 2017-03-03 More...
 

call for papers #9

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its ninth issue, which will be entitled Youth.

 

The uprisings of 2011 challenged many predominant concepts of ‘youth’ in the MENA region. Before, young people were often merely discussed as a ‘youth bulge’ – a demographic, quantitative problem, even a potential terrorist threat. In other stereotypical representations, youths and young adults hardly appeared as political subjects, but rather as objects of policies that had to change: unemployed and socially excluded, passive victims of a failed social pact negotiated between former generations and authoritarian regimes. Movements that contradicted both stereotypes, like the Moroccan and Tunisian unemployed graduates, who had been protesting ‘apolitically’, negotiating their employment with authoritarian regimes for over a decade, hardly received any attention.

 

 
Posted: 2016-11-07 More...
 

call for papers #8

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its eighth issue, which will be entitled Iconography.

When regarding the flourishing array of murals in post-revolutionary Cairo, one is as impressed by the broad variety of pictures and words employed in these famous graffiti as by the range of performative responses these newly created “icons” of the revolution draw from the audience of contemporary Egypt and beyond. While here as in other depictions of “martyrs”, social actors play out larger political debates concerning the legitimacy or illegitimacy of violence, the pictures created in turn force their audience to some form of engagement, a process aptly described as an “entanglement” by A. Gell.[1] They are in this aspect surprisingly parallel to the canon of royal pastimes known as the Princely Cycle in the study of Medieval Islamic material culture, depicting rulers in recurring scenes of hunting, feasting and music to an audience in all likelihood striving to emulate these princely pastimes in performances of their own.



[1] Art and Agency, A. Gell, Oxford 1998.

 
Posted: 2016-05-09 More...
 

call for papers: off-topic section

 

The META Off-Topic section aims to publish articles pursuing interdisciplinary approaches to fields of relevance to the greater Middle East and North Africa. “Off topic” articles do not relate to the issue’s main topic and may be on any matter that fits into the journal’s general scope. We seek to cover a broad range of disciplines – among them history, literature, linguistics, media studies, political science, social and cultural anthropology, Islamic Studies, Semitic Studies as well as Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish or Iranian Studies. Submissions should provide original analyses of up-to-date issues, or discussion of recent research results.

 
Posted: 2016-04-11 More...
 

call for papers #7

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its seventh issue, which will be entitled Culture.

The META issue “Culture” aims to critically engage with the various, often contradictory concepts of culture as used in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. The corpora of literature appropriated by the different disciplines relevant for the scope of META treat the issue in a variety of different ways, sometimes using the word "culture" as describing a universal and non-negotiable category, and often without expounding the problem of essentialisms emanating from its inherent normative quality, i.e. perceiving a culture as something either inherently bad or good, something to be desired, or something to be feared.

 
Posted: 2015-11-24 More...
 

call for reviews

 
The META review section aims to publish reviews of scholarly publications, academic events and audiovisual productions about the Middle East and North Africa as well as from the region itself; therefore we also welcome reviews on work that has been published in other languages than English, German, or French..  
Posted: 2015-09-30 More...
 

call for papers #6

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its sixth issue, which will be entitled The Rebel.

 
Posted: 2015-04-09 More...
 

call for papers #5

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its sixth issue, which will be entitled Periphery.

 
Posted: 2015-04-09 More...
 

Call for Papers #4

 

The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META) is calling for submissions for its next issue, which will be entitled “Area Studies”.

 
Posted: 2014-04-02 More...
 

Call for Papers #3

 
The editorial board is now accepting submissions for its November 2014 issue focusing on the "cultural heritage" of the Near and Middle East (both past and present).  
Posted: 2013-11-05 More...
 

Call for Papers #2

 
The peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” is calling for papers for its second issue, focusing on the “middle class,” to be published in spring 2014.  
Posted: 2013-04-30 More...
 
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