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The Maghreb Studies Association has organised various conferences in the past and papers from the conferences were published in The Maghreb Review. Details of past conferences can be found on our Past Conferences page.

Next Conference

The Maghreb Studies Association is organising one panel at
WOCMES: SEVILLE
16-22 July 2018


Our theme is:
COLONIAL HERITAGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE MAGHREB: THE SHAPING OF HOPES AND PERSPECTIVES

The aim of this conference is to examine how European colonialism and great power rivalry in the Middle East and North Africa have shaped the perspectives of the peoples in these countries and their hopes for their future. Besides the European powers that established their colonial hegemony in these countries, the conference will also deal with the influence of countries, such as the United States of America and Germany, which extended their influence through diplomacy, financial and military aid, and education.

The chronological framework of the conference extends from the mid-eighteenth century, when the political leaders of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa became aware of the Europeans’ economic and military ascendency, through the building of European colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, to the collapse at first of the western European colonial empires towards the middle of the twentieth century and then of the Soviet ‘empire’ late in this century.

This theme, then, should invite original papers dealing with various aspects of the question of how colonial rule, and its demise, has shaped the perceptions of one another held by the colonial powers and the colonised peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. They should also deal, besides the influence the colonial structures had on the political systems that emerged in these countries, with debates and conflicts that came to the fore in them in the post-colonial period. Special significance should be given to the means by which Muslims affirmed in this period their attachment to Islamic norms and pride in Islamic civilisation, and the challenge they posed to the creation of western systems of government in their counties. Related to this issue is the Westerners’ fear that the presence of growing numbers of Muslims in their countries would lead to the intrusion of Islamic political and family norms in their societies. An equally significant issue that should be dealt with is the prospect of the replacement of the authoritarian regimes that emerged in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the post-colonial period by truly democratic systems of government that promote the rule of law, freedom of discussion and the emergence of civil societies.

We hope to include up to 4 presentations each lasting 15 minutes.

Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 8 March 2018.

All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 20 April 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be emailed to maghreb@maghrebreview.com

NOTE:

  1. Priority will be given to paid-up Members of The Maghreb Studies Association;
  2. If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Studies Association will re-imburse €80.00 (covering part of your conference registration cost) – this will be given to you at the conference.
  3. It is our intention to arrange a dinner for our speakers along with other invited guests from the WOCMES conference.

Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented on our panels at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.

Language: The conference will be in English or French

The Maghreb Review is organising one panel at
WOCMES: SEVILLE
16-22 July 2018


The theme is:
STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE MAGHREB

The North African region provides a rather unique setting for observing the interaction between State and Society, with one side facing the highly organised State systems of the Mediterranean, and another the vast — and largely stateless — expanses in the Sahara. In between are numerous pockets of rugged mountains where effective State control was only intermittently felt. These juxtapositions have been a powerful force throughout North African history.
   In the colonial period, North Africa offered striking comparisons between two distinct models of the relationship between State and Society, the Islamic and French (along with derivative Spanish and Italian models). And in the post-colonial period, North Africa offers important insights on the impact of burgeoning revenues from oil, gas and phosphate exports, controlled by the central State, upon communities, many with a long experience of resistance to State control.
   This theme, then, should invite a wide range of papers from a good many different disciplines on such topics as:

  1. The history of State building movements — Almoravides, Almohads, Fatimids, etc.
  2. Problems in the relationship between State and Society in the pre-colonial period as illustrated by:
    1. problems of military organisation and recruitment;
    2. taxation;
    3. legal policy;
    4. the State’s role in urban society and economy;
    5. religious policy; relations between State and religious leaders;
    6. non-State local institutions for maintenance of order.
  3. Changes in State-Society relationships introduced by indigenous reformists and colonial administrations, particularly in: — law, medicine, local administration, education.
  4. The role of the national State: — social services, family affairs, urban planning, agrarian reform and rural development, labour emigration/immigration, the role and rights of women, intellectual and cultural affairs.

We hope to include up to 4 presentations each lasting 15 minutes.

Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 8 March 2018.

All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 20 April 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be emailed to maghreb@maghrebreview.com

NOTE:

  1. Priority will be given to paid-up Members of The Maghreb Studies Association;
  2. If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Studies Association will re-imburse €80.00 (covering part of your conference registration cost) – this will be given to you at the conference.
  3. It is our intention to arrange a dinner for our speakers along with other invited guests from the WOCMES conference.

Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented on our panels at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.

Language: The conference will be in English or French