International Conference in Bern: “The Near Eastern Saddle Period”

The Near Eastern Saddle Period: The Formation of Modern Concepts in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian

The Near Eastern saddle period can initially be suspected between 1860 and 1940, a period of great terminological and semantic variety and contestation in vibrant, transnational public spheres with an unprecedented density of communication.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019

Read the full call for papers here.

Workshop: “Digital Media, Islamism, and Politics in the Middle East”

Flyer Workshop: „Digital Media, Islamism, and Politics in the Middle East“This two-day workshop immerses students in comparative studies of Islamist politics in the Middle East and North Africa through the lens of how violent and non-violent Islamist state and non-actors, as well as their opponents, use and manipulate digital and social media to further their goals. The workshop is specifically interested in exploring themes in how the region’s religious, political and social forces interact and mobilize in digital space, including their competing organizational networks and narrative claims.

As an increasingly more popular and politically-relevant topic in the region and beyond, we seek applicants whose work lie at the intersection of ICTs (information and communication technologies – such as Whatsapp, Signal, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other web channels) and social media platforms on the one hand, and religion, politics, culture, and mobilization on the other. Those that are interested in, and work on how online and offline mobilization, behaviour and organization interact in the Middle East are particularly encouraged to apply.

Related questions that this workshop will explore include:

  1. The definition of “Islamism,” Islamic vs. Islamist vs. jihadist hierarchies, communication strategies, and organizational networks of influence in the digital world
  2. Digital Surveillance, Censorship, Protest, Voice, and Opposition in the Middle East
  3. Organized Diversion: Fake News, Trolls Bots
  4. Online Radicalization and ICT Use of Extremist Groups

The deadline for the application is August 6, 2018.

Here you find the flyer for this workshop with all the details.

Deadline Extended: Workshop “Digital Media, Islamism, and Politics in the Middle East”


Flyer Workshop: „Digital Media, Islamism, and Politics in the Middle East“The application deadline for the workshop on “Digital Media, Islamism, and Politics in the Middle East” was extended until August 6, 2018. The workshop is aimed at doctoral students and will be held from 28-29. September 2018 in Basel.

Here you will find all the details in our event calendar.

Here you will find the flyer for the event with detailed information.