The Sixth Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) will take place from August 24 to 27, 2015 at the University of Cambridge in the UK. In preparation for the event, the Call for Papers for the workshops being offered this year has just been launched. The deadline to receive paper abstracts and applications is February 20, 2015.
To apply, participants need to submit an abstract of the paper that they intend to write for their selected workshop on the registration page of the GRM website. Successful applicants are eligible for a travel allowance to Cambridge. For more information, please see the below Call for Papers PDF and/or refer to the GRM website.
About the Gulf Research Meeting
At a time when the Gulf region continues to not only gain in strategic relevance and importance, but is also subject to wide-ranging transitions, it is more urgent than ever to expand knowledge about this critical part of the world and to become more familiar with the issues that are defining its overall development. Of equal importance is the promotion of scholarly and balanced research about the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), its adjacent neighbors that constitute the wider Gulf region (Iran, Iraq and Yemen) and their relations to one another as well as with the wider external environment.
To enhance knowledge and research about the Gulf, the Gulf Research Center Cambridge established an annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) with the objective to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies, and to encourage scholarly and academic exchange among those working on or interested in the developments taking place that are defining the Gulf region and their constituent societies.
Set within the historic confines of the University of Cambridge, the Gulf Research Meeting attempts to highlight the issues of importance to the Gulf region and provide a basis for undertaking and engaging in academic and empirical research in the fields of politics, economics, energy, security and the wider social sciences. Through parallel running workshops dedicated to specific topics, the Gulf Research Meeting addresses the existing shortcomings, to provide correct and insightful information about the region and to promote mutual understanding between the Gulf and the rest of the world.
Particular emphasis is given to encourage young scholars, in particular from the GCC countries – including those studying abroad – to engage in the debate and take part in research collaboration. It is further the intention that the workshops promote various research efforts among different institutions from within the Gulf and other parts of the Gulf to heighten awareness of Gulf specific issues. Here, the partnership between the Gulf Research Center and the University of Cambridge and the strong commitment by the university to foster such cooperation in one specific example that has already begun to produce results.
In 2014, the Gulf Research Meeting brought together more than 300 participants from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The keynote address was delivered by Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General H.E. Maj. Gen. Dr. Abdul Latef Bin Rashid Al-Zayani and is available to read as as PDF here.