New Generations 2020 Conference

Call for Papers: 9th Annual New Generations Conference at UT Austin
Dates: April 16-17, 2020
Location: The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract Deadline: February 10, 2020
Topic: Language, Religion, and Culture in the MENA Region

Conference Website: 
Contacts: Sarah Schwartz, Bruce Boville, and Hazem Fahmy, 

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, formerly 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 at the University of Texas at Austin, April 16-17, 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 two keynote addresses and a roundtable.  The first keynote address, on Thursday, April 16th, will be given by Dr. Brahim El Guabli (Williams College) and is titled “Jewish Loss in Arabic Literature and Film.”  The second keynote will be delivered on Friday, April 17th, by Dr. A. Azfar Moin (University of Texas at Austin).  This address is titled “The Body of the King in Islam.”  In addition to individual presentations, the conference will include a roundtable for participants to discuss the future of the study of the MENA region and 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 Friday, January 10th. 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.

Graduate students whose abstracts are accepted will be eligible to apply for a limited number of partial travel grants to defray the costs of attending the New Generations conference. Lodging with local graduate students will be made available when possible.