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Jīl Jadīd (New Generation) graduate student conference in Arabic Literature and Linguistics

Fri, February 18, 2011 • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies will be hosting the first ever Jīl Jadīd (New Generation) graduate student conference in Arabic Literature and Linguistics on February 18th and 19th.

This innovative conference in Arabic Studies is meant to bring together graduate students scattered across a variety of different departments, while also using an innovative format to better facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas. Rather than a lecture/q+a format, conference participants submit summaries of their papers prior to the conference,
which are grouped into thematic panels that will focus on discussion rather than presentation.

We encourage graduate students and professors in other departments to attend and participate in the discussions. The conference program is posted at the website below, but due to the circumstances in Egypt some of the panelists may be unable to attend and therefore the schedule is subject to change. Note that we have made an effort to  alternate, rather than segregate, linguistics and literature panels in order to encourage researchers to work across disciplines. The paper summaries will be linked to from the conference program online, and we encourage (but do not require) attendees to read the 2-3 page paper summaries prior to attending the panels.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Professor Devin Stewart, of Emory University, who will speak about speech genres in Arabic dialects, and Professor Wail Hassan, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will be discussing new directions in Arabic literary studies.

Jil Jadid (New Generation) Conference Website:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/mes/events/conferences/jiljadid/jiljadid.php

 

 

Sponsored by: Center For Middle Eastern Studies, Department for Middle Eastern Studies, The Program in Comparative Literature and The Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin


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