February 6-7, 2022
Since its inception, the study of the region designated as the ‘Middle East’ has presented observers and area studies’ scholars with significant challenges. Knowledge of the region, whether with its colonial roots or with increasing contemporary interest, has been fraught with uneven and conflicting perspectives.
I am delighted to announce our first international Middle East Conference, which is taking place from February 6 to 7, 2022 and hosted by the Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD) of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).
CHSS was established with a vision to enrich society in Qatar and across the wider world. We believe there is a need to create homegrown and local knowledge about the region from the region itself. Ironically, research on this part of the world has always originated from the West. It is time for a Middle East Conference to take place here - in the Middle East - to shed light on the challenges we face from within.
Our goal of advancing social justice commits us to making a positive social impact locally and globally through unique and transformative interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities. This conference will facilitate research and innovative approaches for enriching the field from within the region, creating cross-regional and trans-regional academic collaborations. Moreover, the conference will help us discuss and highlight the gaps, norms, and emerging trends in this field of study.
Primarily, this conference will shed light on the Middle East as both a subject of study and a foundation for instruction. Therefore, I am happy to welcome you to the Middle East Conference, which will be a regular biennial conference alternating with the Annual International Translation Conference hosted by our Translation and Interpreting Institute at CHSS, HBKU.
Our first major international Middle East Conference comes at a time when our region continues to be under the spotlight. At the same time and for many, this is an introduction to our young and growing Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD) at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
MESD is home to a dedicated group of scholars dealing with the study of the Middle East and North Africa region in its various complexities. This conference is devoted to examining the role of knowledge and power within Middle East studies as a discipline and addressing their influence in its evolution both within the region and internationally in recent times.
We look forward to welcoming you to our conference, which promises to bring together renowned scholars offering their insights and contributing to lively exchanges.