The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) is calling for papers for its 19th International Congress. The conference will be held at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, chaired by  Prof. Dr. Christoph Schumann (Professur für Politik und Zeitgeschichte des Nahen Ostens)  and  Dr. Jörn Thielmann (Erlanger Zentrum für Islam und Recht in Europa EZIRE). Amke Dietert, the General Secretary of the Congress, is responsible for the organizational tasks. 

We welcome papers on all fields of contemporary Middle East studies and the impact of this region on other parts of the world. Middle East studies are understood to include disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all members of the League of Arab States, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel and the Muslim states of the former USSR. 

Summaries of Proposed Papers and Panels 

Every summary of the proposed papers and panels will be reviewed by two scholars who accept or refuse the proposed contribution according to the following criteria:

-Is the paper based on a clearly stated research question?

-What is the methodological approach of this paper?

-Does it develop an argument, does it attempt to verify on hypothesis, or does it answer the research question on the basis of the author`s empirical findings or the results of a study based on other sources?

-Does this paper take into account the latest state of research?

-Does this paper contain innovative aspects?

The review of the proposed panels will take into account the academic quality and the coherence of the papers. Please keep these academic standards in mind when you formulate the summary of your paper or pre-organized panel.