Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues, and Ethics


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A two-day symposium sponsored by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter

8-9 June 2015

Researchers working on the Middle East encounter common challenges, from the abstract to the concrete, from the theoretical to the practical.  How have researchers addressed them?  Is it appropriate to apply Western-derived theories to non-Western case studies?  How can we gain access to sensitive information or private archives?  How should we deal with cultural differences or sexual harassment? 

In order to help answer these and other questions that scholars face while researching the Middle East, the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is inviting postgraduate students and recent PhD graduates to submit papers for a two day event on “Researching the Middle East”. A key aim of the event is the publication of an edited volume on the subject to facilitate the work of academics working in this complex field.

The conference is open to researchers working in the humanities and social sciences, including, but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Literature
  • Archaeology
  • Development studies
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • International relations
  • Islamic studies
  • Language studies
  • Law
  • Material culture
  • Political economy
  • Political science
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology

The call for papers has now closed.  For further information please email:

The Sym‌posium Poster Here