The World Congress seeks to address questions, exchange and explore information on the Middle East in the broadest sense. The invitation is aimed at scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in studies on North Africa, Middle East, Muslim states of Central Asia as well as other regions of the world which are directly or indirectly affected by affairs in these areas.

After the highly successful experiences of the three previous WOCMES meetings held in Mainz (Germany) in 2002, in Amman (Jordan) in 2006, and in Barcelona (Spain) in 2010, WOCMES Ankara will bring this unique event to the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Mediterranean, with its history of human and cultural exchanges, is a privileged environment for WOCMES-4 to unite experts from all over the world, to exchange new ideas, to strengthen and build regional and global networks for joint research.

Panel: “TV and Popular Culture in the Middle East: New Trends in the Aftermath of ‘Arab Spring’”

Papers focusing on changes in popular culture, translocality, and media reception, including TV shows and soap operas, along with the study of new trends appeared after 2009 are welcome. Papers addressing programming changes and their relationship with economic, political and social issues will also be considered. Papers can be framed in the analysis of national popular culture alone or can be based on transnational and transregional comparative approaches. Those interested in participating in this panel please send an abstract (maximum 400 words) and a short bio (name, institution, country) until 7 February to Marc Saurina: msaurina@metu.edu.tr.

Panel “Shared Resources and Regional Interdependence in the MENA Region: Factors of Conflict and Cooperation”

The panel aims at analyzing the influence of shared natural resources on dynamics of interstate conflict and cooperation in the MENA region. The research question that this panel seeks to address is which conditions determine whether shared natural resources become factors of conflict or cooperation. Natural resources are often trans-boundary in character. As a consequence, they may create situations of interdependence requiring interstate cooperation or provoking conflict. The panel welcomes proposals for case-study analyses focusing on the greater MENA region as well as including adjacent geopolitical areas such as the Sahel and the Caucasus. Please send an abstract – max 250 words – before 13 February to Filippo Dionigi (London School of Economics) f.dionigi1@lse.ac.uk and Giorgio Musso (University of Genova), giorgio.musso@unige.it.

Panel: "The PLO Revisited: Culture, Politics, Diplomacy, and Legacy"

The Panel seeks to reconsider the conventional assumptions towards the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO); and to focus on distinct manifestations of social, societal, economic and cultural manifestations of this organization. Moreover, it attempts to keep up to date with the latest developments; both in respect to the status of primary and secondary literature, as well as to contemporary dynamics such as the implications of the Oslo Peace Process, and the Arab Spring movement. Please send all abstracts as an MS-Word attachment, along a shot biography by 13 February 2014, simultaneously to: dr@philipp-amour.ch & cfp@philipp-amour.ch

Panel: “The MENA Protest Movements and the Study of Middle East Politics”

Due to the lack of predictability of regime-toppling protests movements in MENA on late 2010, the theories and methodological tools used so far are being questioned. The need of systematic explanation and comprehension of the phenomenon is being desirable. Key challenges are to develop a dialogue between micro-meso-macro conditions, concept formation and the integration between case studies and comparative research under a multi-method approach. This panel will examine different methodological ways, theoretical and empirical needs and claims of different disciplines involved in the study of MENA protest movements and its contribution to the research of Middle East Politics as a scientific field. Please email your abstracts by 12 February 2014 to Priscilla Álamos-Concha priscilla.alamos@student.uclouvain.be.

Panel: "The Modern Historiography of Iran: a Critical Approach"

The nationalist historiography of Iran starting in late19th and early 20th century tried to write the history of the nation based mostly on Persian ethnic and defining “Iran” as an Aryan nation. Recently there have been attempts to revise the Iranian history through questioning the nationalist historiography of Iran and problematizing its exclusions and inclusions. This panel intends to review this new revisionist and critical movement in modern historiography of Iran. The presented articles will be in the following categories: a. Theoretical and methodological concepts and elaborations on the critical movement in the historiography of Iran. b. Original researches, including genetic history that reveal the exclusions and inclusions of the modern historiography of Iran and reconstructing of the history of the region. c. Researches about the second category. If you are interested in participating please email your abstracts by 10 February 2014 to heydarshadi@gmail.com.