World congress on middle eastern studies (wocmes)

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Hospitality and regeneration | Conference panel | Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference
Manchester, 2009 26th-28th August
Hospitality can play an important role in the regeneration process (Bell, 2007). Bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels and clubs provide the contexts for interaction, and transactions of hospitality facilitate the formation of networks and cultural practices that transform urban and suburban spaces (Latham, 2003; Lugosi and Lugosi, 2008). The provision and consumption of hospitality can become drivers of change in urban contexts; hospitality can provide the social and economic underpinning for ongoing regeneration, and its particular forms, for example culinary culture, offer 'powerful symbolic statements about urban fortunes' (Bell and Binnie, 2005, p. 80). The location of hospitality venues can be used as part of a civilising or rehabilitation process, and venues often reflect an area's cosmopolitanism; social and commercial practices of hospitality can encourage visitors or residents into an area, and its provision may form part of a broader strategy for capital and employment generation. However, certain forms of hospitality can disrupt the social practices of existing residents or visitors: for example, the emergence of branded hospitality venues can undermine the unique characteristics of an area; new venues may displace existing providers, and activities such as vertical drinking can create a range of social problems. This session welcomes papers that help to develop a greater understanding of the relationship between hospitality and regeneration, and we particularly welcome theoretical and empirical papers that explore one or more of the following issues:
The role of hospitality in policy, planning and regeneration | Hospitality-led regeneration
Creative cities, creative classes and hospitality | Hospitality, place-marketing and promotion | The economic, social and environmental impacts of hospitality provision in urban, suburban and rural contexts | Hospitality, culture and regeneration |

Hospitality and gentrification | Hospitality, community and identity | Hospitality provision and building reuse | Entrepreneurship and hospitality | Heritage, hospitality and conservation | Aesthetics and hospitality | The entanglement of social and commercial forms of hospitality in regeneration.

Authors should submit a 200-word abstract by Friday 16th of January to Peter Lugosi via email Authors of accepted papers will be notified by the 22nd of January.


11th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film hosted by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University
Leeds, England, from 1st to 4th July 2009.
Festival website:

The film festival will be followed by a thematically linked

interdisciplinary conference, 'Emotions in Motion: The Passions of

Tourism, Travel and Movement' (4th to 7th July) for which I am the

administrator. To present a paper in this conference, please send me an

abstract of no more than 300 words together with your full address

details and an abstract title. The official deadline to submit abstracts

is 1st May 2009. However, in order to facilitate travel and funding

arrangements for delegates, we offer a pre-admission deadline already on

28th February 2009.
The conference is broadly interested in the relationship between motion

and emotions, especially in the social fields of tourism and travel. In

the latter, bodies and matter are set in motion; people move through

unfamiliar grounds and are exposed to exotic sensations, to the heat or

cold of water, snow and sunshine, to odours, tastes, smells, colours,

and forms that contrast with the aesthetics of their quotidian

environments. Tourism and travel make them leave their secure spaces of

the familiar and expose them, in secure doses, to the unfamiliar. They

involve a somehow calculated transgression of the ordinary, a ritualised

temporary liquefaction of moral and aesthetic rules that frame everyday

life. Motion disturbs the order of those in movement and challenges them

to discover the familiar in the unfamiliar, to reconstruct and

reconsider normality through the encounter of the extraordinary. It

challenges them to repossess their bodies, to rethink the fundament of

their being, to reassess the separations that configure the natures and

identities of their belonging.

For more information on the conference themes, please visit our website: .

With best wishes and on behalf of my colleagues and conference

convenors, David Picard, Simone Abram and Mike Robinson,

Jeremie Kuster | Conference administrator
Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change | Leeds Metropolitan University| Old School Board 209 | Calverley Street – Leeds | LS1 3ED United Kingdom | |


19th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN): Nationalism and Globalisation
London School of Economics, 31 March - 2 April 2009,
Nationalism and globalisation are complex phenomena generating vigorous academic debates. Yet, there has been little sustained theoretical and empirical consideration of their relationship, and no framework devised capable of satisfactorily dealing with the interactions between the two, especially as these change over time and vary from place to place. Yet nationalism has both shaped, and been shaped byglobalization. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between nationalism and globalisation in its various forms, primarily focusing on the impact of globalisation on national identity, national sovereignty, state-formation, and the ways in which nationalism has shaped globalising processes.
The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various disciplines to examine the relationship between nationalism and globalisation in a series of panel sessions. Suggested themes include:

* Conflicting or complementary phenomena?

* Nationalism and global political conflict

* Global migration patterns and national identities

* Globalisation and the emergence of new forms of nationalism

* The impact of globalisation on national culture

* Nationalism versus supranationalism

* Pan-nationalism

The conference will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on historical, theoretical and contemporary aspects of the theme.
The abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and are expected by November 1st, 2008. Please see the ASEN website (

for more information and to submit your proposal.


9th International Conference: "Migration, Politics, and Work"
Trier/Germany and Dudelange/Luxembourg, 25 - 27 June 2009
Organizers: Institute for Regional and Migration Research (IRM) (Trier, Germany), Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines (Dudelange, Luxembourg), Institute of Integration and Participation at the School for Social Work (FHNW) (Olten, Switzerland)
Invitation to submit a proposal dealing with "Migration, Politics, and Work" in reference to one of the following topics. Please indicate the topic to which your proposal refers: Migration and global market for labor | Historical development of labor migration

?? Labor migration in exhibitions and museums | Migrational and labor market politics in Europe | Undocumented labor migrants in Europe - social, legal, and economic aspects | Feminization of migration and labor migration | Self-organization of labor migrants | Migration and labor unions | Migration and the social state

If you are interested in giving a speech, we kindly ask you to submit a short abstract (max. of 500 words) with the title of your speech, a short biography, and contact details (e-mail, mobile/telephone, and postal address). Deadline for proposals: 21st December 2008
Conference languages: German and English. Information and contact:;


International Conference: "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Course of History: Exchange and Conflicts"
Munich, March 16 - 18, 2009
"Jihad", "Holy War" and "Crusade" - almost every day these terms are being used and abused by the Media. Emotionally charged and often used as catchphrases they cannot objectify and differentiate the events in the current debates. The latest concentration on the history of conflict also blocks the view on times of peaceful coexistence as well as phases of productive exchange.
The conference will analyse and explore the exchanges and conflicts between the religions from the time of the Middle Ages up to the present day. The main focus will be on the following topics: Religion & religious learning | Culture, Education & the perception of others | Law & Economy | Exchange & Conflicts.
The conference convenes scholars of outstanding reputation in the field of historical and intercultural religious studies. It is organized by the Historisches Kolleg in cooperation with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and is generously supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The conference will be organized in eight sections comprising twenty-four lectures (programme/schedule). The conference will be rounded off by a roundtable discussion among the panel chairs. Presentations are given in either English or German (simultaneous translation).
The conference is open for interested experts. Further information and registration: , E-Mail:


International Conference: "Ships, Saints and Sealore: Maritime Ethnography of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea"
Malta, 16 - 19 April 2009
Sponsored by The National Maritime Museum of Malta, the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter and the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Convenors: Dr Timmy Gambin (Malta), Professor Dionisius A. Agius (Exeter)
Themes: For centuries the Mediterranean and Red Sea peoples worked in harmony with the longue durée, sailing and keeping to a seasonal rhythm of trade and fishing. It is within this rhythm of nature that these peoples travelled and came in contact with each other. What data do we have to support contact and did this contact have a significant impact on the cultures involved? The boat is the life of a seafaring community; its development has been conditioned by the geography of the local waters, climate and craftsmanship. So what remains of that past sea heritage?
The three-day interdisciplinary seminar seeks to bring together new research that explores questions on maritime ethnography and oral history of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The aim of the seminar is to promote innovative research, create a forum of ideas, encouraging debate, focusing on new or revised theoretical approaches and methodologies.
We want to explore this heritage through: Sea People and Trade -

Sea captains, navigators, mariners, fishermen, pearldivers, merchants, commercial transactions, shipping, customs, taxes, slaves, death and burial

Folklore and Belief - songs of the sea, tales and legends, superstitions, hymns, litanies and prayers, icons, votive paintings
Technology - shipbuilding, ship typology, navigation, sails, anchors, shipwrecks
Venue: The National Maritime Museum, il-Birgu, Malta
Conference Website:


Colloque international ‘Le Sahara et ses marges : enjeux et perspectives de territoires en mutations’
Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, 18 - 20 juin 2009
Colloque international organisé dans le cadre du PHC Tassili n°07MDU710 Entre le Laboratoire ThéMA UMR 6049 CNRS (France) - et le Centre de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle d'Oran (Algérie)
Ce colloque s'inscrit pleinement dans cette optique de synergie pluridisciplinaire en faisant des territoires sahariens - qu'ils soient ruraux, urbains, centraux ou périphériques - l'objet essentiel des débats. Disciplines privilégiées (liste non exhaustive) : Géographie, Histoire, Sociologie, Anthropologie, Urbanisme, Architecture, Économie, Géopolitique, Agronomie... Aire géographique concernée : Sahara et ses marges du Maghreb au Sahel, de l'Atlantique à la Mer Rouge.
Date limite d'envoi des propositions de communication : 30 janvier 2009
Les propositions de communication sont à adresser par mail aux deux adresses suivantes : M. Jacques Fontaine :
Les articles feront l'objet d'une publication en ligne dans un premier temps, une sélection de texte sera proposée pour publication ultérieurement.


International Conference: "Merchants, Mercenaries and Missionaries: The Society and Culture of the Medieval Mediterranean, c. 500-1500"
Exeter, 9-12 July 2009
The conference is hosted by the Society of the Medieval Mediterranean, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Mediterranean Studies, and Centre for Maritime Historical Studies at University of Exeter. Convenor, Professor Dionisius A. Agius:
The doyen of Mediterranean History, Fernand Braudel, has described the Mediterranean as "the greatest document of its past existence". The Medieval Mediterranean has been perceived as a crossroads to which many peoples, in particular missionaries, merchants and mercenaries have flocked. The land divides, the sea unites; or, to paraphrase Braudel, the sea represents not only the greatest feature of the Mediterranean, but also its unity and coherence.
This three-day conference will explore the activities of such people and show that the Medieval Mediterranean was very much one world despite the religious and cultural differences commonly supposed to have divided the region. Our conference will seek to highlight these differences and similarities in a true illustration of diversity within a unity. We invite papers, together with abstracts, in the fields of archaeology, art and architecture, ethnography, history (including the history of science), languages, literature, music, philosophy and religion.
Deadline for abstracts 15 February 2009. Further information:


Research Associates/Fellows in Sustainable Mobilities and Travel Behaviour (up to 4 posts)
The Centre for Transport & Society (CTS) is recognised for its

particular focus upon changing travel behaviours and sustainable

mobility. Bringing together expertise in transport and in social

sciences CTS aims to improve and promote understanding of the inherent

links between lifestyles and personal travel in the context of

continuing social and technological change.

Further to securing substantial involvement in four new research

projects to be pursued in 2009 and beyond, CTS is seeking to make a

number of Research Associate or Research Fellow appointments. The four

projects are as follows:

* Renaissance - a European Union demonstration project focused

upon urban transport sustainability. in which CTS will be involved in

designing and evaluating measures to be implemented in the city of Bath
* Grey and Pleasant Land?: An interdisciplinary exploration of the

connectivity of older people in rural civic society - CTS will be

examining the mobility needs of older citizens and how they can be

provided for in a sustainable way.

* A new study exploring how information on the environmental

'costs' of journeys can influence travel choice - CTS will be

investigating socio-psychological factors that govern individuals'

propensity to change their travel behaviour and considering the formats

of information provision that may be effective in encouraging behaviour

* A new study into the role of non-transport technologies in

shaping patterns of travel - this collaborative research will aim to

chart past and present and especially future non-transport technologies

and their (potential) impacts upon social practices and patterns of

transport and mobility.

We look forward to receiving applications from strongly-motivated

individuals seeking to extend and develop their research skills in a

dynamic academic environment.
For further details see
Closing date for applications: 15 February 2009 | Expected date for interviews: 27 February 2009
Professor Glenn Lyons

Centre for Transport & Society

Faculty of Environment and Technology

University of the West of England

Frenchay Campus


Tel 0117 32 83219

Mobile 07748 768404

Fax 0117 32 83899



Summer Programme for Students in Political Sciences & Middle East Studies, Galillee College
Israel, July 1 - August 4, 2009
Galillee College, Israel has developed a summer programme for students from around the world who are interested in the Middle East. The programme focuses on the Israeli - Palestinian conflict, its roots, background and current situation.
The programme begins with an overview of the Land of Israel-Palestine region, presenting the historical background of the region, as well as an overview of social and economic conditions, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The lectures are supplemented by Study Tours to enable students to experience these issues at first hand.
A large part of the programme is dedicated to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Different aspects of the conflict are examined by Palestinian and Israeli lecturers and the different points of view are discussed. Additional processes in neighbouring countries, which affect Israel and the Palestinian Authority, are presented as well.
The programme seeks to deepen the participants' knowledge of conditions, developments and trends in Israel, the Palestinian territories and the surrounding lands and to highlight some of the diverse issues at the centre of the political, social and religious divides in the Middle East.
The duration of the programme is five weeks and it comprises 150 academic hours of lectures by Palestinian and Israeli academic and experts, offering their respective points of view. Study Tours to historical sites and Arab and Jewish settlements will offer the students additional first hand experience of the region.
The programme aims to: Present an overview of the history of the Land of Israel-Palestine. Acquaint the students with the different ethnic and religious groups in the region, their way of life, beliefs, views and inter-relations. Present different perspectives and views regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Deepen participants' understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and current issues.
The summer programme is intended for graduate students preferably, though not essential, who are in the process of studying courses associated with the Middle East. All participants must be fluent in English.
Information: Mrs. Shoshi Norman, Programme Director, E-mail: Galillee College website:


New Book : 'Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt Since 1948'
Author: Oroub El-Abed
Institute for Palestinian Studies/IDRC 2009

ISBN 978-0-88728-313-0

e-ISBN 978-1-55250-443-7

288 pp.
Oroub El-Abed’s excellent work casts a new and extremely useful light on the situation of a rarely studied segment of the Palestinian diaspora. Without a doubt, it is the seminal work on Palestinian refugees in Egypt.

– Rex Brynen, Coordinator, Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet, McGill University, Canada
Based on personal interviews with Palestinian families, Oroub El-Abed examines the effects of displacement and the livelihood strategies that Palestinians have employed while living in Egypt. The author also analyzes the impact of fluctuating Egyptian government policies on the Palestinian way of life. With limited basic human rights and in the context of very poor living conditions for Egyptians in general, Palestinians in Egypt have had to employ an array of both tangible and intangible assets to survive. By providing an account of how they marshalled these assets, this book aims to contribute to the expanding literature on forced migration and the theoretical understanding of the livelihoods of Palestinians in their “host” countries.
Oroub El-Abed is currently working on her PhD at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Since 1999, she has taught at the American University in Cairo and worked in various capacities for the Jordanian government’s Department of Palestinian Affairs, the World Bank, the United Nations, the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) in Amman, and several international NGOs.
Abbreviations and Terms Used in the Text





Chapter 1: Arriving in Egypt

Chapter 2: Politics, Policies, and Attitudes in the Host State

Chapter 3: Settling and Surviving in Egypt

Chapter 4: Residency and Employment

Chapter 5: Education, Health, and Financial Assets

Chapter 6: Egypt and the PLO: Politics and Privileges

Chapter 7: Palestinian Protection under International and Regional Conventions

Conclusion: Refl ections on Identity and the Future

Appendix 1: Research Sources and Methodology

Appendix 2: Questionnaire

Appendix 3: The 1965 Casablanca Protocol on the Treatment of Palestinian Refugees

Appendix 4: Note on the Applicability of Article 1D





New Cosmobilities Book : 'Aeromobilities'
Editors: Saulo Cwerner, Sven Kesselring and John Urry.
Now available from all good bookstores or direct from the Routledge website.
Aeromobilities is based on the 2006 Cosmobilities conference on Air Time Spaces in Lancaster. It provides a broad introduction to the study of air travel, airspaces and aviation from the perspective of the social sciences and the humanities. The book makes a strong case for a systematic, interdisciplinary study of some of the most powerful forces that have shaped our mobile globalization.
For more information about this new book, including a table of contents, the first chapter online or to order your copy see the link below:


L'Anuari de la Mediterrània Med.2008 | Mediterranean Yearbook 2008

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L’IEMed i la Fundació Cidob han publicat l’anuari de la Mediterrània Med.2008, que reuneix més de seixanta experts i analistes internacionals per fer balanç i analitzar els principals esdeveniments i tendències polítiques, socials, econòmiques i culturals que s’han registrat durant l’any 2007 a l’àrea euromediterrània.

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