Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2024

Call for papers available here: Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2024

The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University is pleased to announce its annual Graduate Student Conference to be held on April 18-19 2024. This conference is a space for graduate students to present their original work in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

Our conference this year aims to investigate the Extra/ordinary as a category and rhetoric of socio political, historical and cultural thought. What makes a particular event, invention, time, war, crisis, or phenomenon extraordinary? On the contrary, what is relegated to the realm of the ordinary? During a time of multiple compounding crises, where must we look, focus and thoughtfully respond? Is it helpful to highlight the multiplicity of crises or is our crisis-ridden world best understood through an overarching analytical framework?

We welcome a wide range of submissions that speak to our general theme and encourage (but do not seek to limit) interpretations of the Extra/Ordinary as mentioned in our Call for Papers. You can keep updated about the conference on our website: For any questions or inquiries, please contact


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