The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies (NC State University) will host an international conference—titled New Perspectives on Middle East Migrations —at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) on September 11 - 13, 2020.Read more about CFP: New Perspectives on Middle Eastern Migrations
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The Moise a. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies has awarded Dr. Stacy Fahrenthold the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies for her book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente.
Stacy D Fahrenthold is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis, where she is also affiliated with the UCD Migration Research Cluster. Fahrenthold’s research blends migration and borderlands approaches to social history, drawing on informal archives to critique the production of place-based histories. Between the Ottomans and the Entente is her debut book, and it reveals the repercussions of diasporic activism on Syria and Lebanon in the immediate post-Ottoman moment. Fahrenthold’s work also appears in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of Global History, Mashriq & Mahjar, and the Journal of American Ethnic History.
In reaching its decision, the award selection committee noted that “Stacy Fahrenthold’s Between the Ottomans and the Entente is a tour-de-force of transnational history. Written in a fluent, clear, humane style, it recounts in gripping, analytically penetrating fashion the shifting responses of Syro-Lebanese migrants living in the Americas to the tumultuous events and rapidly changing circumstances of the early twentieth-century Eastern Mediterranean, from the Ottoman constitutional revolution of July 1908 to the Ottoman entry into the First World War in November 1914 and the declaration of a French mandate over Syria in 1920. Drawing on a wide range of sources in Arabic, French, Spanish and English - from periodicals and private correspondence to criminal investigations and diplomatic exchanges - it moves nimbly between the United States, Latin America and the Middle East, and between social and political history, reconstructing in turn the doings of a group of Syrian and Lebanese migrants who lobbied for an American mandate over their native land and the activities of people smugglers. In short, this is a signal achievement - a piece of painstaking scholarship which offers much fresh insight and food for thought to scholars of the Middle East, migration, Arab diasporas, the First World War, and America in the world.”Read more about Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies- 2019
Recent years have witnessed growing interest in trans-regional migration from South Asia, South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East and North Africa. This is warranted both by the heavy reliance of economies from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates on low-wage labour migrants from countries such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and by the Middle East’s continuing importance as one of the nodes of global migration. It is no exaggeration to say that the Middle East’s oil and gas fields, its construction sites, shopping malls and, in many cases, its clerical offices and homes would simply cease to function without the precarious labours of migrant workers. Meanwhile, remittances - a large share of which stem from the Middle East and North Africa - make up just under 10% of the Philippines’ GDP, and over 30% of that of the Indian state of Kerala.
Journalists and commentators tend to focus only on the most well-known or controversial of these movements, highlighting, for instance, the employment conditions of the South Asian construction workers building the air-conditioned stadiums of Qatar in readiness for the 2022 World Cup, or the role of the Sudanese men fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen. These headlines, however, hide many stories of struggle and mobilisation, of precarious lives and precious creativity. Many of these workers, from Lebanon to Qatar, have striven to organise against the legal restrictions and racial discourse they must face, assisted in certain places by local activists and campaigners.
Scholars, for their part, have begun to reconstruct the lifeworlds and everyday lives of migrant workers, their religious and affective dispositions, their place within the political economy of the contemporary Middle East, and the longer histories of movement, connection, and disconnection that have bound together parts of South Asia, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa to the region. In recent years, a number of exciting, path-breaking, interventions have appeared, building on the scattered work of the 1990s and early 2000s. These recent interventions have helped to set an agenda and constitute a field. Much, however, remains to be done.
It is in this spirit that Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies invites contributions to a special issue focusing on migration from South Asia, South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East and North Africa. Article-length contributions are invited from scholars working in the fields of history, area studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, political economy, political science, religious studies, cultural studies, and other cognate fields. These can consider, but are not limited to, the following questions:
- Employment, sponsorship, and the legal regimes governing migration
- The migration process: brokerage, smuggling, sponsorship, and travel
- Migrants’ working lives in various sectors, from cleaning and domestic work to construction, waste management, and sex work
- Gender and migration
- Migrants’ lifeworlds, everyday lives, and leisure
- Race, representation, and migration
- Language and migration
- Regional, religious, and social distinctions among migrants
- Migrant activism, labour militancy, and interactions with local civil society and organised labour
- Displacement, remittance, and migrants’ relations with their home regions
- Longer trajectories of movement between South Asia, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa
Articles of between 7-10,000 words inclusive of endnotes, should be sent in ms word format to email@example.com by January 6, 2020
Full submission guidelines can be found on our website:Read more about Labors of Need: Lives of African and Asian Workers in the Middle East
The Global Turn has finally arrived in Middle Eastern Studies. An approach that was once the preserve of a handful of historians and anthropologists--who for the past 20 years have articulated a different vision of the field through their work on migration, mobility and diasporas--has now been embraced by a broad swathe of scholars. This can be seen in various sub-fields, from emerging studies of the local/global Left in the Middle East, to interest in the Nahda’s transnational resonances. This turn was most widely acknowledged in the recent annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association whose theme was The Global Middle East. Since its 2013 inaugural essay of first issue, Mashriq&Mahjar has become a polestar for this Global Turn as it relates to Middle East and North African Migration Studies.
Despite the growing grip of the Global Turn on Middle Eastern Studies, there has been a notable lack of scholarly attention to how Middle Eastern religious practices and beliefs were, and are now being, globalized (notwithstanding a few notable exceptions). Overall, relatively little scholarship has hitherto paid sustained attention to how religion inflects the migratory experience, and how migration shapes religion in the diaspora or at “home.” This is all the more remarkable given the intimate nature of faith and religion, and the roles their presence and absence play--whether negatively or positively--in the formation of individual and communal identities and structures.
In light of these lacunae, Mashriq&Mahjar invites scholars who are working in this field to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue titled Faith on the Move: Middle East Migrations and Religions. We are looking for papers and research notes that engage and shape this field of inquiry along the following lines:
- Historical accounts of diasporic communities of belief: their formation, challenges, transformations, etc.;
- Relationships of diasporic religious communities and practices to institutions and clerics in the Mashriq and Maghrib;
- Intersectionalities of gender, class, and religion;
- Middle Eastern “sectarianism” and its encounter with Western liberal societies: neo-orientalist anxieties and diasporic responses;
- Archiving religious experience and community;
- Religion and cultural production in migrant communities, diasporas
- Diasporic critiques of Middle Eastern religions
For your essay to be considered for publication in this special issue please submit your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission: May 31, 2019Read more about CFP - Faith on the Move: Middle East Migrations and Religions
Mashriq & Mahjar is currently looking for book reviewers for upcoming issues. We have a number of books ready-to-go in the office on migration history, diaspora studies, and Arab identity. We're also open to suggestions from potential reviewers for new titles.
Is there a new title in your field of research you're wanting to read? Was it published in the last three years? Does it relate to migration studies, diaspora, and the Middle East and North African region? Contact the managing editor to find out if the book you want to review is appropriate for Mashriq & Mahjar and whether we can order it for you! Email the managing editor at email@example.com.
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