Call for Proposals: Shi’a politics in a changing Middle East

The Jāmeh Mosque of Yazd _Iran

Political science, media, and policy analysis of Islamist movements and the Middle East more broadly, often concentrate on Sunni movements. Shi’ite movements and ideas have also undergone significant changes in recent years. POMEPS, as part of its Islam in a Changing Middle East Initiative, therefore invites proposals for short papers exploring questions related to Shi’a politics for a workshop to be held at George Washington University on October 13, 2017.

Questions to be explored might include, but are not limited to:

  • the evolution of political ideas, institutions and movements in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • religion and education
  • Iranian relations with Shi’ite movements and armed groups in other countries
  • Shi’ite populations outside of Iran
  • transnational Shi’ite movements
  • Shi’ite political thought
  • the dynamics of sectarianism.

The conference will be hosted in the Elliott School of International Affairs on October 13, 2017. Selected participants will be expected to circulate a short essay of approximately 2,000 words at least two weeks prior to the workshop. The workshop will discuss each paper intensively, and after revisions all papers will be published as an issue of the open access POMEPS Studies series. POMEPS will cover all travel expenses, and offer a modest honorarium.

To submit a proposal, please email Lauren Baker ( a one paragraph description of the proposed paper and your CV in a single PDF by Monday, May 1, 2017.

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.