Appel à panels et communications : 10th Nordic Conference «  »Formations of Middle Eastern Subjectivities: Cultural Heritage, Global Structures and Local Practices », University of Southern Denmark, 22-24/09/2016 — LIMITES : Panels : 31/12/2015, Communications : 31/01/2016


The Nordic Society is an independent and non-profit association for scholars in the Nordic countries ( – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden – working on the Middle East. It covers all sub- jects in the humanities and social sciences, from antiquity to the present day, and it is open for membership beyond the Nordic countries. The associational conference of NSM takes place every third year in one of the four Nordic countries. In 2016, the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark is host- ing the conference in Odense. Located on the island of Funen, Odense is known as the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and offers a number of tourist attractions such as museums, restaurants, parks, and a zoo. The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) has about 30.000 students and combines local roots with an international outlook. The main campus of the university is in Odense, while it has five other campuses located in Southern Jutland and on Zealand. This brochure will give you the necessary information about the conference and accomodation in Odense, as well as on means of transportation to and within Odense.

As organizers of the conference and members of the board of the Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies, we are looking forward to welcoming you at our conference in Odense 2016.

Dietrich Jung (University of Southern Denmark) Ehab Galal (University of Copenhagen)


In the past decades, the exploration of the formation of modern subjectivities has developed into a core field of the humanities and social sciences. This strand of research is asking for social practices and codes; it investigates com- peting bodies of knowledge, social performances and emotions; interprets textual and visual forms of discourse; analyzes the interrelations of social practices with material artifacts and means of communication; observes in- dividual forms of subjectivity as well as the interaction in social fields and classes. Taking formations of Middle Eastern subjectivities as its departure point, the Tenth Nordic Conference aims to provide a broad platform for con- temporary research on the Middle East and Islam while focusing on the interlacements of cultural heritage, global structures and local practices.

Disciplinary, methodological, and theoretical questions regarding the interrelation among these three fields of re- search will be discussed at two roundtables on Area Studies and the formation of modern Muslim subjectivities that take place Thursday and Friday after dinner. Confirmed keynote speakers at these roundtables are Pinar Bilgin (Bilkent University, Ankara), Henner Fürtig (GIGA, German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Sherine Hafez (University of California, Davis), Matteo Legrenzi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Zachary Lockman (New York University), Emma Murphy (Durham University), Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen) and Samuli Schielke (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin). In addition, the conference presents two keynote addresses by Ingolf Thuesen (University of Copenhagen) who will address the cultural heritage theme and Walter Arm- brust (St. Antony’s College, Oxford) who is going to discuss disciplinary challenges in researching Arab media.

The conference is supported by the following institutions: Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies (University of Southern Denmark), Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Lund University), Danish Council for Independent Re- search, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (University of Copenhagen), Faculty of Humanities (Uni- versity of Southern Denmark), The Finish Institute in the Middle East , Institute for History (University of Southern Denmark), Odense Municipality.


Papers, panels and roundtables on all topics within the field of Middle East and Islamic studies are welcome, includ- ing – but not limited to – the following themes:

Researching the Middle East beyond the confines of area studies; The urban bias in Middle East studies; The mean- ings of age and generation in the Middle East; Global/local Islam and Muslims’ religious practices; Configurations of Conflict in the Middle East; Nationalism and post-colonial identities; ‘Being there’: Accounts, testimonials and politi- cal subject formation in the Middle East; Middle Eastern economies in global and historical perspective; The makings of cultural heritage in the Middle East; Cultural memory and the meaning of place; Middle East Media; Visual, literary, and popular cultures; Language politics and identities; The Middle East and global networks: Migration, diaspora and transnationality; Minorities in the Middle East; Middle Eastern Christians within and outside the Middle East.

The deadline for submitting proposals for a roundtable or a pre-organized panel is 31 December 2015. For a roundtable, please submit a proposal comprising an abstract of about 150 words on the theme and the names and institutional affiliations of convener, chair, and panelists. For pre-organized panels, please submit a proposal comprising the names and institutional affiliations of convener, chair, and panelists, as well as title and abstract of about 150 words for the panel as such and for each paper presented. A pre-organized panel consists of a chair plus 3-4 panelists with single papers.

The deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers is 31 January 2016. Please submit your name, in- stitutional affiliation and the title and abstract of your paper not exceeding 150 words.

All submissions should be sent to the following e-mail address:


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