(CFP) Second Annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies – Deadline June 15, 2018

SECOND ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT BOOK REVIEW COLLOQUIUM ON ISLAMIC AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, OCTOBER 11, 2018

ORGANIZED BY THE ALI VURAL AK CENTER FOR GLOBAL ISLAMIC STUDIES AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY & THE MAYDAN

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and the Maydan, the Center’s digital scholarship platform, presents the second annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies to be held on October 11, 2018, in collaboration with the Fall for the Book Festival. In 2018, the theme for the colloquium will be “Islam in Modern Regional Contexts.” Please find below a list of books published in 2016-2017. Only applications that propose books listed will be considered. Please refer to the application procedures detailed below. Deadline for applications is June 15, 2018.

Objective

The Colloquium invites advanced graduate students in social sciences and humanities to present book reviews of recent noteworthy publications in the broader field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in line with the 2018 theme, “Islam in Modern Regional Contexts.” The Colloquium will enable graduate students to engage with leading academics in their respective fields. It will also bring a critical and informed discussion of recent notable books to the attention of broader audiences attending the Fall for the Book festival at George Mason University (http://fallforthebook.org).

In 2016, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies launched an online publication, The Maydan, fully dedicated to the broader field of Islamic Studies with the recognition that academic scholarship is currently in need of publications that further disseminate research in this field of inquiry. The Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies aims to foster a dedicated effort towards establishing a lasting conversation between academic and lay readership.

Presenters are expected to submit book reviews of recently published books in the broader field of Islamic studies, inclusive of all disciplinary backgrounds. Please refer to the books listed below. Each review should focus on a single monograph. Presentations are expected to engage with the broader literature on the subject with reference to at least two books on the broader theme. We encourage applicants to think in regards to three components that should be present in a successful book review: Context, Content and Critique. Participants will receive detailed and informative feedback from a leading expert in one of our three thematic foci areas.

Edited volumes and reference works remain outside the scope of this Colloquium.

Application Process and Important Dates

Interested candidates should submit the following:

1) A 500-word abstract that presents a justification for the selection of the work under examination (please refer to the list below)

2) A short writing sample (5 pages max.) on the broader theme of the selected book

3) A 2-page max resume

All three documents should be emailed to Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu at atekelio@gmu.edu as a single PDF file by June 15, 2018. The subject line of the email should follow the following format: [LASTNAME, BOOK REVIEW COLLOQUIUM 2018].

Acceptance notices and the books under review will be sent to the reviewers on June 30, 2018. Reviewers will be asked to submit their reviews (1300 words maximum) by September 15, 2018. During the colloquium in October, the reviewers will have the opportunity to present their works in pre-organized panels for 20 minutes, and then discuss them with the leading scholars in the field.

Final products will be considered for publication on The Maydan. The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University will offer a $100 honorarium to the authors of reviews that are selected for publication.

Each colloquium participant will be reimbursed up to $600 to cover travel and accommodation costs. Reimbursements are conditional on adherence to above submission date and full participation to the colloquium.

2018 THEME | ISLAM IN MODERN REGIONAL CONTEXTS

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