1st Middle East International Congress: New Politics and Society in the Middle East
Sakarya University, Institute for Social Sciences
October 9-11, 2012
The Institute for Social Sciences of Sakarya University is pleased to announce “1st Middle East International Congress: New Politics and Society” which will be held between 9 and 11 October, 2012 in Sakarya, Turkey. The Middle East is once again under spotlight thanks mainly to the Arab Awakening. The latter refers to a groundbreaking chain of events that require radical reworking not only in the Middle Eastern politics but also in the groves of academe, which have largely been caught off guard and oblivious of the new social dynamics of the region. This congress invites observers and students of the region to reconsider and rework not only the highly topical events of the day but also several related phenomena that include citizenry, political action, state building, democratic politics, social legitimacy of authority, social justice, social media, new political consciousness, national self-determination and the post 9/11 international politics of the Middle East. It is vital for the participants to consider that while Europe and the US needed several centuries to develop modern political governance and civil society, the challenge for the Middle Eastern peoples is to press on the means of democratic politics in a much shorter time frame and under perilous conditions. Sakarya University, Institute for Social Sciences invites scholars, public figures and activists of all stripes to join the panels and colloquiums for advancing our understanding of the new dynamics of the region. The language of the Congress will be English, Arabic and Turkish with simultaneous translations provided.
The Opening Speech will be delivered by H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
The Keynote Speech will be delivered by Prof. Norman Finkelstein.
Some of the major topics of the congress are as follows:
Arab awakening: Revolutions in the Middle East, social media, the role of women in the revolutions, international responses.
Middle eastern politics: fall of the dictators, rise of new social movements, Islamic political parties, elections and problems of democracy-building
Economy: Energy politics, financial crisis, economic development
Islam and Society: the rise of new Islamic movements, social Islam vs. political Islam
Turkey and the Middle East: New Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East
Palestinian Question: the rise of Jewish radicalism, Palestinian politics after the Arab awakening
Iran in the regional context: politics of nuclear weapons, Iran in the Middle East
International Politics of the Middle East: the rise and fall of the US projects and vision in the region, Arab Union, European Union and the Middle East
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 7 May 2012
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: 4 June 2012
Deadline for Submitting Final Version of Papers: 3 September 2012
Congress: 9 – 11 October 2012