Call for Papers


The 6th Middle East Congress on Politics and Society regularly organized every two years by the Middle East Institute, Sakarya University, will be held on November 11-13, 2022. Unlike the fifth congress in 2020 that convened online due to the pandemic, the opening day of the sixth congress (November 11) will be held in-person at the Sakarya University Congress Center with the participation of invited speakers. However, on the following two days (November 12-13), congress panelists will present their papers virtually. Therefore, the panels of the first day can be attended both physically and online, whereas the second and third days can only be followed online.

In this sense, the congress aims to create a platform that brings together those who are interested in the region, considering historical and current developments that affect the Middle East from different perspectives around various subjects, and thus contributing to research on the region and to new perspectives. The Middle East Institute of the Sakarya University, which has been working to this end since its foundation, invites all researchers and academics to the 6th Middle East Congress on Politics and Society, both to present their research and to participate as listeners in the academic environment provided by the congress. The purpose of such gathering is to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the region. Apart from the issues addressed below, you can access detailed information and current announcements from the official website of the congress.

  • Congress languages ​​are Turkish and English.
  • It is expected that submitted papers cover at least one of the subjects listed below.
  • All abstracts to be presented at the congress will be evaluated through the double-blind review system.
  • In order to participate in the congress, abstracts of 250-300 words together with personal information must be submitted via the online form uploaded on the congress website no later than August 31, 2022.
  • The acceptance/reserve/rejection status of submitted abstracts will be announced on September 16, 2022.
  • If they wish, participants will be given the opportunity to publish their papers in the congress’ full text booklet provided that their papers undergo the editorial processes. Full texts should be at least 4000 and at most 6.000 words and must be sent to the congress e-mail address until October 15, 2022.
  • The participation fee of accepted papers is ₺400 for Turkish nationals and €75/$80 for international participants. /

1- The Middle East from a Theoretical Perspective

  • Colonial Heritage and Neo-Colonial Practices in the Middle East
  • International Relations Perspective
  • Historical Sociology of the Middle East

2- Rethinking the History of the Middle East

  • The Middle East in the Early Modern Period
  • The Middle East in the Ottoman Era
  • The Middle East in the Modern Era

3- Non-State Actors in the Middle East

  • Armed Groups
  • Civil Groups
  • Religious Groups

4- Social and Political Movements in the Middle East

  • New Social Movements
  • Islamic Movements
  • Women in the Middle East

5- Conflict & Resolution in the Middle East

  • The Role of International Organizations in Peacekeeping in the Middle East
  • Ethnic and Sectarian Conflicts
  • Terrorism and Political Violence in the Middle East

6- Great Powers and the Middle East

  • Western Actors and Russia’s Middle East Policies
  • Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
  • The Roles of Middle Eastern Countries in International Politics
  • Great Power Policies of Middle Eastern Countries

7- Energy and Political Economy of the Middle East

  • Energy Security
  • Great Powers’ Economy Policies toward the Middle East
  • Economy Policies of Middle Eastern Countries

8- Diplomacy in the Middle East

  • The Middle East in Regional and Global Diplomacy
  • Transforming Geopolitics and Search for New (Security) Alliances
  • Conflict Resolution and International Law in the Middle East

9- Society and Politics in the Levant

  • Occupations, Civil Wars and Political Protests
  • Competitiveness in the Eastern Mediterranean: Security and Economy Strategies
  • Domestic Policy and Elections
  • Identity Policies and Social Stratification

10- Society and Politics in the Gulf

  • Intra-Regional Cooperation and Competition
  • Future of Rantierism and Visionist Policies
  • Labor Market in GCC Countries

11- Society and Politics in North Africa

  • Political Transformations in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt
  • Seeking Solution in the Shadow of Competition in Libya
  • Changing Balances in Western Sahara: Non-Regional Actors, Regional Tensions

12- Climate Change and Environmental Problems in the Middle East

  • The Middle East in Global Environment and Climate Policies
  • Environmental Problems and Policies toward their Solution
  • Water and Food Security

13- Migration and Displacement in the Middle East

  • Migration Movements and Demographic Dynamics
  • Migration in between International and Human Security
  • Civil Wars, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees

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