The Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation calls for submissions for the fifth edition of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) which will be held in Seville, Spain, from July 16th to the 22nd, 2018.

All submissions must be made through the Wocmes Seville 2018 website at http://wocmes2018seville.org/

The system will close at midnight (CET) on February 28th, 2018.

About WOCMES

The World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) is the biggest encounter of world experts on disciplines related to this vast region whether contemporary or ancient. The Congress takes place every four years in a different capital. The fifth edition will be organised by the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation in collaboration with the University of Seville whose headquarters will serve as the main venue for the event.

In the wake of the four previous congresses – Mainz 2002 (Germany), Amman 2006 (Jordan), Barcelona 2010 (Spain) and Ankara 2014 (Turkey), WOCMES Seville 2018 hopes to build on the success of its predecessors by offering a professional and welcoming environment based on our experience as hosts of international gatherings over the past 20 years. You can learn more about our Foundation at http://www.tresculturas.org/

Themes and Disciplines

WOCMES is primarily concerned with the geographical area known as the Middle East in its broadest sense. This includes those territories once under the influence or direct control of Middle Eastern cultures or civilisations such as Al-Andalus/Sepharad, as well as those territories which are directly or indirectly affected by affairs in these areas.

WOCMES organizers welcome proposals from a vast array of subjects which will be grouped under the following categories:

Themes: Al-Andalus; Ancient Middle East; Christian Studies; Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Contemporary Middle East; Cultural Studies; Economics; Gender Studies; International Relations and International Law; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Linguistic and Literature; Media Studies; Medieval Studies; Mediterranean Studies; Migration Studies; Nationality / Identities and Ethnicity; Normative Phenomena and Law; North Africa; Politics; Sepharad and Sephardic Diaspora; Scientific Culture; Translation studies; Urban and Regional Studies; Water, Agriculture and the Environment.

Major disciplines: Anthropology; Arabic and Islamic Studies; Archaeology; Architecture; Art; Communication / Information; Demography; Economics; Economic and Social Development; Education; Egyptology; Environmental Studies; Ethnology; Gender Studies; Geography; Hebrew and Jewish Studies; History; International Relations; Languages and Literature; Law; Library Studies; Linguistics; Museum Sciences; Musicology; Philology; Philosophy; Political Sciences; Sociology; Theology; Urban Planning.

Those wishing to present a proposal must register it under one of the themes and disciplines listed above.

Before beginning your submission

1. Registration should be made through the WOCMES Seville 2018 website at: http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/. Once there, please click on the on the access button on the right side of the page which will take you to the registration site.

2. Once on the access page: http://wocmes2018seville.org/go/acceso.php, if you are a first time visitor, please click on the button: ‘It’s my first time here and I don’t have access data’.

3. Once you have entered the access page, you must fill in the requested data in the access data form. You will be asked to provide a personal ID and Password which will serve to enter your personal area. The same ID will be required at the registration desk once in Seville in order to receive your WOCMES Seville 2018 welcome pack. Please notice that you will be required your ID and Password every time you enter your personal area. At this stage you are not registered in the Congress yet. In order to do so, you have to enter your Personal Area using the chosen ID and Password.

4. Once in your Personal Area, you will see two boxes in red colour: one for registration and another one for proposal submission. If you are attending the Congress as part of the audience and are not going to present any proposal, please go directly to the Registration box. Once you click on the new registration button, please choose the appropriate option: regular or student. Notice that proof of student status must be provided to: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. before proceeding to pay. Once payment has been received, the registration box will turn into green and your registration will be completed. Please notice that if you are submitting a proposal, payment is NOT COMPULSORY until the proposal has been validated by WOCMES Executive Scientific Committee although the organisers recommend previous payment in order to benefit from a special fare. The fees are as follows:

  Until Febrary 1st 2018From Febrary 1st to April 20th 2018*From April 20th
2018
Regular 100 € 120 € 140 €
Student (1) 70 € 85 € 95 €

(1) Students must certify their status via an institute of higher education when they register.

*Please notice that registration fees will increase from the 1st of February.

In order to ensure your name and proposal appear on the printed scientific programme registration fees must be paid before April 20th 2018.

Registration fees include:

  • Conference materials.
  • Access to the Opening Ceremony, to all public sessions and to all the activities in the cultural programme (film festival, exhibitions, concerts and book fair).

Travel, airport or local transfers from and to the Congress venues, meals, accommodation, tours and personal insurance are not included in the registration fees.

The WOCMES Seville 2018 Secretariat is committed to keeping down costs for participants in the Congress. Negotiations are presently in progress with a number of international carriers to ensure preferential airfares for registered participants and their companions. Special room rates are also being negotiated with a range of Seville hotels. Information will also be available for those wishing to register for exhibitions or the international book fair.

5. Those wishing to register a proposal, please click on the new proposal button, inside the Proposal box and choose the preferred option from the drop down menu.

Once you have done the above, you should follow the submission guidelines.

For questions related to the registration process, do not hesitate to contact the WOCMES Seville 2018 Secretariat at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

Participation Requirements/Restrictions

  • All sessions will be conducted in English and/or French.
  • Each participant is allowed to present only two different types of proposals, i.e.: a panel and a round table, an individual paper and a panel but you are not allowed to present two individual papers. Apart from this, it is possible to participate in all the activities as chairs or discussants regardless of the number of proposals submitted. It is also possible to present an individual paper in a panel and chair it.
  • Successful applicants will be informed about the specific location, date and time of their session in due course.
  • Please, notice that access to the WOCMES Seville 2018 facilities will only be permitted to registered participants.

Other calls for participation

Apart from the types of proposals that can be presented by the participants, the organizers have habilitated specific areas for other means of participation, such as call for open panels; call for chairs or to be part of the Book Exhibition.

Submission deadline

The deadline for the presentation of proposals is the 28th of February 2018.

Decisions

  • All proposals will be validated by WOCMES Seville 2018 Executive Scientific Committee. Members of the Committee have been selected on academic and scientific merit. You can check the list of members of the Executive Scientific Committee here. The work of this Committee is supported by a panel of world experts who have been invited to be members of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Please click here to check the full list of Advisory Committee members.
  • Cancellation policy. Refund of registration fees, minus 30€ of administration costs, will be granted to delegates unable to attend if a provided written notice is received by the WOCMES Seville 2018 registration Secretariat at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. by May 1st 2018. No refund of registration fees will be possible if cancellations are received after the appropriate deadline. Only those whose proposals are rejected are entitled to a full refund of the registration fee. Substitutions (i.e. by a colleague), however, can be made within the same category of registration fees (regular or student). Written notifications about substitutions must be sent to the WOCMES Seville 2018 Secretariat at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., no later than May 1st 2018. Notice that the person who replaces the original participant will have to update the existing profile with his/her personal data.
  • Successful applicants will be informed about the specific location, date and time of their session in due course.

TYPES OF PROPOSALS

Participants can submit proposals according to the following formats.

a. Panels.
b. Individual Papers (for later placement on a panel).
c. Roundtables.
d. Posters.
e. Cultural Activity.
f. Film proposal.
g. Symposium.
h. Meetings in conjunction with WOCMES.