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The third annual multidisciplinary Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA, during Sept. 8-10, 2005. The objective of the conference is to bring together academics, analysts, and policy makers interested in the Middle East and Central Asia who wish to network and share their research endeavors.

The three-day event will include as many as four prominent guests and keynote speakers: Two renowned experts on the Middle East and Central Asia, and two Ambassadors to the US from the two regions. There will be an estimated 32 conference sessions, as many as 140 paper presentations and a special plenary discussion panel on: 'An End to Authoritarianism or Democratization?' Other attractions include three complimentary meals, an evening of Middle Eastern and Central Asian music and art, and optional viewing of recently released films and documentaries on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Specific themes covered by the conference encompass interdisciplinary social science approaches to analyses and problem solving in the Middle East and Central Asia and may fall within, but not limited to, the following:

Authoritarianism and Democracy

# Impacts of Globalization

# Problems of Economic and Democratic Transitions

# State and Society Relations

# Religion and Politics

# Islam and Islamism

# Challenges of Post-Communism

# Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity

# Natural Resources, Conflict, and Sustainability

# Media, Cinema, and Film

# Migration, Refugees, Displaced, and Diaspora

# Human Rights and Minorities

# Post-9-11 Regional and International Affairs

# Nation-building Projects in Afghanistan and Iraq

# Politics of External Actors (US, Russia, EU, China, etc.)

# Israel and Palestine Studies

# US-Iran Relations

# Xinjiang and Uyghur Nationalism

# Terrorism and State Violence

# Conflict Prevention and Resolution

# Regional Organizations and Cooperation

# Civil Society.

Those interested in presenting papers in the 2005 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference are asked to submit ONLY the following:

- Full name

- Institutional affiliation

- e-mail address

- Telephone numbers (work, cell and home)

- Postal address

- Paper title

- 500-word-max paper abstract

-One-Page-Max Academic CV

Indicate willingness to serve as a session Moderator or Discussant.

 E-mail the above in no more than 2 pages word document total to:

 Middle-East@utah.edu    or    Central-Asia@utah.edu

No later than Feb. 15, 2005.

Books, Exhibits, Advertising: If you are a publisher or organization and would like to reserve an exhibition space at the conference or if you would like to purchase an advertisement for publication in the conference brochure, please contact :

Mr. Kristian Alexander at k.alexander@utah.edu  or  +1-801-581-6047.

Note that the Conference Committee is unable to provide for participant travel and lodging expenses. Participants are expected to seek funding from their own institutional and organizational affiliations. With regard to overseas participants whose paper proposals have been approved, we will send official letters necessary for acquiring entry visas into the United States. All participants will be required to provide a conference participation fee of $50 ($80 late fee). Other important information including due dates and suggested lodging venues will be forthcoming. Updates will also be included in the conference website : www.utah.edu/meca/.

2005 Middle East & Central Asia Conference Committee

c/o Dept. of Political Science

260 S. Central Campus Dr.

OSH Building, Room 252

The University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 USA


Tel: +1-801-581-6047