May 14-15, 2016 at the Legation
Submissions Deadline January 10, 2016
We are seeking participants for the 2016 AIMS Annual Conference Mediterranean Crossroads: Spanish-Maghribi Relations in Past and Present. This interdisciplinary conference will take place in Tangier, Morocco, on 14 and 15 May 2016. The aim of the conference is to reconceptualize the relations between North Africa and the Iberian peninsula during the modern era (18th-21st century). Despite the significance of this geographical nexus centered on the Strait of Gibraltar, contemporary scholarship on this pivotal topic is underdeveloped and deficient, creating absences where there should be narratives of engagement and connectivity. Some of the questions we shall be asking are: What are the various aspects of this shared relationship, what are the sources of its specificity, and how has it shaped ideas and events in the western Mediterranean historically and today? Our objective is to deploy an array of methodologies to elucidate new ways of thinking about the region as a crossroads of human activity.
Scholars from across the humanities and social sciences working on modern Spanish-Maghribi relations are encouraged to apply. Anthropology, political science, history, art, religious studies, sociology, environmental science, and literary studies are only a few of the possible fields of inquiry. The conference’s languages will be English, Arabic, and Spanish. Papers selected for publication will appear in a special edition of the Journal of North African Studies, allowing conference participants to bring their work to the attention of a wider audience.
Paper proposals (in English, Arabic or Spanish) consisting of a title, a summary of 300-450 words, and a short biography should be submitted by January 10, 2016, to David Stenner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send the abstract as a PDF document, with your name, position, institutional affiliation, city, country, and E-mail address placed at the top of the page.
The conference organizing committee consists of Fadma Ait Mous (University Hassan II-Ain Chock, Casablanca), Susan G. Miller (University of California, Davis) and David Stenner (University of California, Berkeley).