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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Jīl Jadīd 2011

Invited Speakers:
Devin Stewart, Emory University
Waïl Hassan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Texas' Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, are pleased to announce that they will host the Jīl Jadīd Conference, a graduate student conference in Arabic Literature and Linguistics, to be held at the University of Texas at Austin, February 18-19, 2011.

This current generation of graduate students represents one of the largest groups of scholars all working together on Arabic in over a century. The purpose of this conference is to bring together students scattered across areas studies, linguistics, comparative literature and other departments in order to facilitate an open and productive exchange of new ideas, and to build collaborative networks that will last well after we finish our graduate education. By coming together to compare our approaches and methods, as well as our innovative research, we can help set the tone for Arabic studies as we move further into the twenty-first century.

In order to foster productive and fruitful dialogue, this conference will take an innovative approach to presentations. Papers will be grouped into panels of three to four presenters which will combine short presentations with in-depth discussions. Each panel will be led by a moderator tasked with facilitating and directing discussion.

Submitters who are accepted will be asked to provide a 2-3 page summary of their papers at least two weeks prior to the conference, so that attendees may read these summaries and more time can be devoted to discussion than presentation. Presenters will be given twenty-five (25) minutes of time to be split evenly between presentation and discussion. Presenters will be encouraged to use the presentation time to expand on their summaries and then to suggest topics or questions for discussion.

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

More information: jiljadidconf@gmail.com

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