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Jīl Jadīd 2012

The University of Texas' Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies are pleased to announce that they will host the 2nd Annual Jīl Jadīd Conference, a graduate student conference in Arabic Literature and Linguistics, to be held at the University of Texas at Austin, February 23-25, 2012.

Last February, graduate students from eighteen universities assembled to set the tone for Arabic studies in the twenty-first century. The overwhelming, positive feedback from this ‘new generation' for Jīl Jadīd 2011 prompts us to assemble again in order to keep the conversation going. The purpose of this conference remains to bring together students spread across area studies, linguistics, comparative literature and other departments in order to facilitate a productive and interdisciplinary exchange of new ideas.

At the center of the conference lies the goal of fostering productive and fruitful dialogue. Jīl Jadīd 2012 intends to continue exploring innovative approaches to presentations and the conference committee will decide the final format of the conference, to be announced when available.

Invited Speakers

Jīl Jadīd has confirmed that Dr. Michael Cooperson (UCLA) will be deliver the literature keynote and Dr. Atiqa Hachimi (University of Toronto) will deliver the linguistics keynote.

Call for Papers


All papers on Arabic literature (classical and modern) and Arabic linguistics (including applied linguistics) will gladly be considered. We especially encourage state of the field papers that provide a focused overview of a specific subfield of Arabic studies and suggest new avenues for research in that area.

Submitters presenting papers on the ‘the state of the field' will be asked to provide a bibliography in electronic formation two weeks prior to the conference. All other submissions that are accepted, will not be asked to provide a summary of their papers this year.

Applicants who will be outside of the US at the time of the conference are encouraged to submit, and will be able to present their papers and participate in discussions in person or via Internet video-chat.

Papers that will be also presented at other conferences, such as ALS and ACLA, are welcome, as we hope to provide a forum for students to further develop and refine their research.


The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2011.

Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than 400 words, not including references, in PDF format with fonts embedded. Abstracts can be submitted via the following website:

Abstracts should not include identifying information. However, you must indicate the highest degree you have obtained and your current position (e.g. "M.A., Graduate Student", Ph.D., Assistant Professor", etc.)

Conference fees

There will be no fees required of presenters and/or attendees.



We are pleased to announced that we can offer a limited number of travel grants to participants this year. Details will be posted as they become available.  

Transportation and Lodging

Lodging with local graduate students will be made available when possible.


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 in The University of Texas at Austin
The Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin

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