New Generations 2021 Conference

Call for Papers: 9th Annual New Generations Conference at UT Austin
Dates: April 17-18, 2021
Location: The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract Deadline: March 22, 2021
Topic: Language, Religion, and Culture in the MENA Region

Conference Website: 
Contacts: Joseph Kotinsly and Benjamin Rangell [email protected] 

After forgoing last year’s conference because of complications with the outbreak of COVID-19 internationally, the Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin are happy to announce the 9th Annual Graduate Student Conference, New Generations, also known as Jil Jadid.  The conference covers issues of language and culture relating to the study of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world broadly.  The conference will be held over Zoom, April 17-18, 2020.

New Generations aims to provide a forum for young scholars spread across a variety of disciplines and fields to come together, share ideas and research, and discuss the future of research on the MENA region and Islamic Studies.  The aim of this breadth of scope is to facilitate a valuable interdisciplinary exchange of new ideas. This is especially critical as we move forward in our careers and come to represent the next generation of scholars engaging with the Middle East and its cultures and religions.

This year, the conference will feature a keynote address to be delivered on Friday, April 16th, by Dr. A. Azfar Moin (University of Texas at Austin).  This address is titled “The Body of the King in Islam.” 

The aim of this conference is to foster connections between the newest generation of scholars in Middle East/North Africa Studies and Islamic Studies in order to produce an interdisciplinary and holistic understanding of the MENA region and the broader Islamic world.  To that end, all papers treating topics in literatures, cultures, languages, and religions of the MENA region from any time period will gladly be considered. In addition to original research, we also encourage state-of-the-field papers that provide a focused overview of specific subfields and propose new avenues of research in the chosen area.  

Papers to be presented at other conferences are more than welcome, as we wish to provide a forum for students to further develop and refine their research.

Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than a single-spaced page with 12-pt font and 1-inch margins in Times New Roman, including all references. Abstracts longer than one page will not be considered. 

Abstracts may be submitted online at

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, March 22nd (submissions will be considered until 11:59PM CST). Abstracts should not include identifying information on the abstract itself (i.e. no first or last name in the header). You must, however, indicate the highest degree you have obtained and your current position (e.g. M.A., Graduate Student, etc.). Only submissions from current or recent graduate students will be considered.

Conference Fees & Funding:
New Generations requires no fees of presenters and/or attendees.