12th Annual Graduate Symposium – February 28, 2008

The Concept of Justice: Its Textual Interpretation, Iconographic Representation, and Archaeological Evidence in the Near and Middle East from Antiquity to the Present


The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students Association of the University of Toronto invites proposals for the 12th Annual Graduate Symposium to be held on February 28, 2008. For the past decade, the NMCGSA Symposium has provided more than a hundred promising graduate students an excellent opportunity to share their original research with the broader scholarly community in a conference-like forum, and to publish their presentations as proceedings. By annually bringing together specialists in archaeology, history (both ancient and modern), anthropology, comparative literature, religion and political science, our symposium has also greatly contributed to the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Near and Middle East. The theme of the 2008 symposium is The Concept of Justice: Its Textual Interpretation, Iconographic Representation, and Archaeological Evidence in the Near and Middle East from Antiquity to the Present, and has been chosen to ensure that an interdisciplinary symposium would be maintained.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all areas related to Near and Middle Eastern Studies. To be considered for the symposium, e-mail or mail submissions must be received by January 18th, 2008. The following information must be included in the body of the e-mail: name, program (M.A., Ph.D.)/year of study, specialty/study focus, university/department, complete address, phone number/fax number/e-mail address, title of paper, and audio-visual requirements. The abstract itself should be submitted as an e-mail attachment and should not exceed 250 words. Each presentation must not exceed 20 minutes. For purposes of anonymous adjudication, please do NOT include your name or other identification on the abstract. For more information, check our website at http://nmcgsa.sa.utoronto.ca

N.B.: In order to foster greater international scholarly dialogue, potential partial funding might be available to one graduate student specialized in a field related to the study of the Near and Middle East and registered at a Near and Middle Eastern university for the academic year 2007-2008. To be considered for this potential funding opportunity, interested candidates should submit the following documents by January 7th, 2008: the proposal submitted to the symposium (as detailed above), a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a detailed recommendation letter from the student’s supervisor (one page – in a sealed envelope) and a proposed budget. If funding is made available for the selected candidate, it will be provided after the completion of the symposium upon receipt of original documentation of travel expenses. For all other participants, costs for travel and accommodation will not be covered by the NMCGSA.

Please send your abstracts and all inquiries to:

Sarah Schellinger: NMCGSA Symposium Co-coordinator

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