Dear Members,
The following Call for Papers and conference details could be of interest to you and your networks.

The 2019 CAIS 4th Biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference is primarily concerned with the area encompassing the Arab World, Central Asian states, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Other regions including the Caucasus, Pakistan, and Sub-Saharan Africa countries, are also included for their contemporary and historical interaction with the Middle East and Central Asia regions. We welcome submission from various backgrounds and disciplines. The Conference will be designed to accommodate a wide range of topics but will focus on issues pertaining to governance, security and asymmetrical warfare. In addition, the Conference seeks to discuss how Australia can engage with these regions and evaluate Australia’s regional policies and security concerns.

We particularly encourage paper and panel submissions about topics that include, but not limited to:
–    Governance, state-building, and political change.
–    State’s legitimacy, decentralized governance, corruption, and transparency.
–    Regional security policies and military strategies, including issues of asymmetrical warfare.
–    Transnational insurgencies and violence.
–    Inter-state tensions and competition for power and influence.
–    Role of international actors on shaping security and governance outcomes.
–    Australia’s security and political strategies towards the Middle East and Central Asia.
–    Gender roles in governance and security.
–    Economic, social and political reforms.
–    Human and economic security.
–    Contemporary history of Central Asian and the Middle East.

Proposals for complete panels (of either three or four speakers) are very much welcomed. We particularly encourage panels which involve participants or collaborations with those working outside of academia. In addition, we warmly invite individual paper proposals on any topic related to Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. Our aim is to foster dialogue between scholars studying the Middle East and Central Asia from all disciplines, forming dynamic panels in which these individual submissions can speak to one another in energising and fruitful ways.

Please note that paper abstracts must not exceed 250 words, and must be received by Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Paper submissions must be made online via this form:

If you wish to propose a panel, please do not use the above form. Instead, panel organisers should submit a Word document providing the panel title, a short summary of the panel theme, and the names, position titles, and institutions of your proposed presenters/panellists, along with their abstracts (if relevant). Please email the Word document directly to with “2019 Conference – panel proposal” in the subject line.

–    20 November: Theoretical and practical approaches to studying and understanding the Middle East.
–    21-22 November: Full Conference.
–    Conference dinner: Thursday 21 November.

–    Student: $100 (3 day), $50 (1 day)
–    Full: $150 (3 day), $60 (1 day)
–    Conference dinner (optional): $40

The Conference organisers expect to offer a limited amount of funding for some presenters, consistent where possible with ANU benchmarks. Funding will be offered on a case by case basis to those presenting papers, and is at the discretion of the organisers. Funding will only be considered for all abstracts and papers submitted in a timely manner by Doctoral candidates.
For queries regarding the Conference, please contact us. Please note that abstracts submissions are only accepted via the following link:

Website for further information:–qt-governance_security_and_asymmetr-ui-tabs1

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