Call for Submissions: Columbia Middle East Urbanism Beyond Conflict Conference

Columbia University announces an upcoming graduate student conference being planned entitled “Middle East Urbanism Beyond Conflict: Current Research, Ongoing Debates, and Next Directions.” The conference, to be held February 16-17, 2023, is co-sponsored by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the Post-Conflict Cities Lab, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Middle East Institute, and the Maison Française. We are hoping to see papers that push the boundaries of scholarship on urbanism and spatial production in the MENA region, promoting the idea of theorizing from the region and looking beyond tired narratives of conflict. Graduate students are invited to submit 300-400 word abstracts by October 28, 2022. Abstracts can address urbanism in the region from a wide variety of lenses including urban planning, anthropology, history, sociology, architecture, media studies, and the like. Accepted participants will be notified by November 21, 2022. More information on the conference and the submission form can be found here. Any questions can be sent to