Call for Proposals: Workshop on Youth Politics in the Middle East

Workshop on Youth Politics in the Middle East in Amman, Jordan on June 19-20, 2019

Proposal deadline: February 15, 2019

Guest editors Sean Yom and Wael al-Khatib

Nearly two-thirds of the population of the Middle East and North Africa is under 29 years of age, of which half is under 15. What does being young in the contemporary Middle East mean?  The Arab Spring led many scholars to celebrate young citizens as leading the fight against marginalization and repression through activism, protest, and voting.  But young people also played key roles in stabilizing authoritarian regimes through loyal citizenship and pro-regime mobilization, have been enlisted to fight the region’s civil wars, and have suffered dislocation and displacement. Youth may have a common generational identity, but they face widely diverse challenges, and they express political values and mobilize for change differently based upon country, class, gender, sect, and the urban-rural divide.  How does youth matter for the politics of MENA, and how should we study these implications?  This workshop aims to move beyond simplistic descriptions of youth in the Middle East in favor of richer scholarship that takes young people seriously as social actors, and explores how their cultural, educational, economic, and local experiences intersect with politics and political struggle.

To explore these questions, the Project on Middle East Political Science invites proposals for participation in a workshop to be held in Amman, Jordan on June 19-20, 2019.

The workshop will revolve around the discussion of short papers of approximately 2000 words, circulated at least two weeks prior to the workshop. The workshop will discuss each paper intensively, and after revisions all papers will be edited and published as an issue of the open access POMEPS Studies series. Participants should be at least a degree candidate (i.e. ABD –for those unfamiliar with the U.S. system, please note this means PhD candidates who have completed all coursework) or have a PhD in Political Science or related discipline. All travel expenses will be covered.

Proposals should include a one paragraph summary of the paper and a CV.

Click here to apply.

Deadline:  February 15, 2019

If you have questions, please email Nora Palandjian at