september, 2022

22sep(sep 22)09:0024(sep 24)17:00The Middle East in Myth and Reality Conference 202209:00 - 17:00 (24) Veröld - House of Vigdís Event Organized By: Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Conference

Event Details

About the Conference

About the Conference

Conference:   The Middle East in Myth and Reality  – 2022 Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies Conference

Date: 22-24 September 2022

Venue: University of Iceland

Call for Papers

Call for pa­pers: Twelfth Nordic Conference on Middle East­ern Stud­ies

“The Middle East in Myth and Reality”

Reykjavik, Iceland, 22–24 September 2022

The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies (NSMES) (nsmes.org), the University of Iceland and the Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of Iceland are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Twelfth Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies. NSMES is an independent non-profit association for scholars in the Nordic countries working on the Middle East. It covers all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, from antiquity to the present day. The NSMES conference takes place every third year in one of the Nordic countries, is held in English, and is also open for participants beyond the Nordic countries. This time the theme for the multidisciplinary conference is “The Middle East in Myth and Reality”.

The Middle East is a term laden with notions, implications, projections and clichés. Often defined as a “cradle of civilization”, the region it defines has not only been the setting for premodern events and narratives of lasting impact upon the world at large; it has also been mythicised from outside like few other places in the modern era, and remains globally contested both in myth and in reality. Simultaneously desired and detested, a source of inspiration and symbol of otherness, its real-life experiences often seem to clash with past and present expectations and prejudices. Conceptions and perceptions of the region both from within and from neighbouring and distant parts of the world have accumulated over a long span of time, resulting in a plethora of material available for academic study.

Paper proposals are encouraged to explore and discuss social, political, geographical, historical and religious myths and realities from all fields and disciplines of the Middle Eastern studies, including – but not limited to – the following fields: Middle Eastern history, anthropology, archaeology, religion, politics, sociology, language, and literature. To this may be added the study of identity, religion, gender, immigration, minorities and many other phenomena. Papers on other relevant themes pertinent to current Middle Eastern Studies are also welcome.

Keynote Speakers

  • Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati (University of Oslo): “Narrating the Middle East in Nineteenth-century Scandinavia: Travelogues, Academic essays, Novels, Paintings, and Photography in-between Myth and Reality.”
  • Charles Kurzman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “Myth-Making and Reality-Making in Middle East Political Movements.”
  • Zareena Grewal (Yale University): “Where in the World is the Muslim World? The Middle East and Global Islam.”
  • Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen): “The Prophet Muhammad in Myth and Reality.”

 Abstract Submission

The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 March 2022.

For a roundtable, please submit a proposal comprising an abstract of about 150 words on the theme as well as 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 itself and for each paper presented. A pre-organized panel consists of a chair plus 3–4 panelists with single papers.

For individual papers please submit your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, the title, 3–5 keywords, and abstract of your paper not exceeding 150 words.

Please submit proposals to: nsmes2022@hi.is

 

It is hoped that severe Covid-19 restrictions will not be in place in September 2022, but if they are, the conference will be postponed until a better time.

Important Dates
Important Dates

22-24 September 2022    Conference

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati (University of Oslo): “Narrating the Middle East in Nineteenth-century Scandinavia: Travelogues, Academic essays, Novels, Paintings, and Photography in-between Myth and Reality.”

Charles Kurzman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “Myth-Making and Reality-Making in Middle East Political Movements.”

Zareena Grewal (Yale University): “Where in the World is the Muslim World? The Middle East and Global Islam.”

Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen): “The Prophet Muhammad in Myth and Reality.”

Fees and Registration - TBC

Fees and Registration

To be confirmed

Instructions for Presenters - TBC

Instructions for Presenters

To be confirmed.

Conference Program - TBC

Conference Program

To be confirmed

Practical Information

Practical Information

COVID-19

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 for travelling to Iceland is available HERE.

Venue

The plan is to hold the conference as an in-person event at the University of Iceland if the covid situation allows for it.

University of Iceland campus is within walking distance from many hotels and accommodation options in downtown and west Reykjavík.

Closest bus-stops are Háskólabíó, Hótel Saga and, somewhat further away, Háskóli Íslands or Hagatorg.

Accommodation

Tourism in Iceland has grown immensely and moderately-priced lodging is quick to fill up. We encourage conference participants to book accommodation as early as possible to avoid high prices and limited availability. Websites such as Booking.com, Expedia.com, and Airbnb.com will provide information about a range of accommodation possibilities. For more information about hotels and other types of lodging in Reykjavik, see HERE.

Travel

Keflavík International Airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, is located 40 kilometers from Reykjavík, the capital city. Over 20 airlines offer flights to and from Iceland through the airport. For information about flights to Iceland, see HERE.

Transportation to Reykjavík from the airport is available by bus, Flybus or taxi, see HERE

The only public transportation in Reykjavík is the bus system, commonly called Stræto. See their website for information about fares, timetable, and a route planner, HERE.

The two main taxi companies in Reykjavík are Hreyfill, tel. +354 588 55 22 see HERE and Taxi BSR, tel. +354- 56 10000, see HERE. When calling for a taxi you can expect it to arrive within 10 minutes.

For a map of the University of Iceland see HERE.

WIFI

The Internet can be accessed through Eduroam on the University premises.

Money

The official currency in Iceland is ISK (Icelandic krona). Recognised credit/debit cards are accepted in all restaurants, shops, hotels and cash machines. For the official exchange rate of ISK towards major currencies, see HERE.

Language 

The native language in Iceland is Icelandic, but English is widely used.

Social Programme - TBC

Social Programme

To be confirmed.

Time

22 (Thursday) 09:00 - 24 (Saturday) 17:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís

Organizer

Vigdís Institute and International Centre

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