Post-Graduate Conference: New Research in Language-Based Area Studies (The University of Manchester, 13-14 March 2014)

Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a cross-Centre post-graduate conference in Language-Based Area Studies, organized by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW); the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS); the Centre for Russian Central and East European Studies (CRCEES); and the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC). The conference will be held at the University of Manchester on 13-14 March, 2014.

The aim of the conference is to explore new avenues for researching the Arabic speaking world, China and Japan, and Eastern Europe and Russia; to encourage comparative studies of these regions and countries; to facilitate a cross-centre dialogue; and to offer a forum for postgraduates to present their work to peers. Papers on the following broad themes will be particularly welcome:

1. The global vs. the local

2. Social imaginaries

3. Nation-building: continuities and discontinuities

4. Identity politics and the media

5. Language in use: discourses, narratives and perspectives

6. The production, maintenance and transformation of power

7. Religion as politics

Guidelines for submission: Abstracts of no more than 200 words, including the title and university affiliation, should be submitted by 1 December 2013 to the following email address:

Bursaries to cover travel and accommodation expenses will be offered to students from the partner-universities of the four Centres sponsoring the conference. (More details about the funding will be made available after the selection of abstracts.)

The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arabic World (CASAW):University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester and University of Durham

The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS): UCL, the Universities of Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Kent, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Warwick, and SOAS University of London

The Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES): University of Glasgow and the Universities of Aberdeen, Durham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Nottingham, St. Andrews and Strathclyde

The White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC): University of Leeds and University of Sheffield The LBAS Centres are funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.