Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Transnationalizing the Study of the United States

Conferences/Calls for Papers or Abstracts

Call for Proposals: “Health and Livelihoods in the Arab Region: Wellbeing, Vulnerability and Conflict”

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

Deadline: December 16, 2020

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce the eighth cycle of its Research Grants Program (RGP) on the theme of “Health and Livelihoods in the Arab Region: Wellbeing, Vulnerability and Conflict”. This is the second cycle on the same theme and it will be carried over one more cycle of the program, for a total of three cycles. The RGP is a funding opportunity that aims to support research across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to the Arab region.

Call for Papers: Realities and Futures of Energy in The Middle East”

Review of Economics and Political Science

Deadline: December 15, 2020)

The Review of Economics and Political Science invite submissions for research papers tackling issues and dilemmas of energy in the Middle East

Call for Applications: Lived Citizenship, Uprising and Migration: Everyday Politics, Imaginaries and Contestation

Deadline: January 15, 2021

This workshop explores new ways of thinking about the everyday experiences that shape political outcomes in the Arab region and its diasporas. While many scholars have examined the causes of the uprisings and the institutional arrangement and re-arrangements that followed, little research has been carried out on how the everyday realities, transformations and dislocation are lived by different categories of citizens. Through the theme of lived citizenship, the workshop explores how citizens experience and shape the everyday realities of socio-economic, political and spatial governance and the changing narratives of identity and legitimation in these critical times.

Call for Papers AUC Political Science Department Annual Conference: Grounding Political Science in a Time of Upheaval 

Deadline: January 31, 2021

This conference seeks to bring junior and senior scholars together to explore these crises with an eye to reimagining the lessons of the moment on the repository of theories and historiographies utilized in social science. They are seeking contributions on the issues of state surveillance, (re)assertive authoritarianism, democratic breakdown, populism, state violence and the COVID 19 pandemic in a grounded way that privileges the concrete experience and material characteristics of the phenomena.

Other Resources


The MENA Prison Forum

The MENA Prison Forum advocates and facilitates multidisciplinary engagement with “the prison” and the experience of imprisonment in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Atlas of Surveillance Project

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Atlas of Surveillance project is a US initiative that documents the use of police tech in communities around the country, using open source research.

Airwars: The Credibles


The Credibles project maps for the first time publicly confirmed (‘Credible’) Coalition civilian harm events in the war against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.

Migration and Technology Monitor

The Migration and Technology Monitor aims to monitor the use of surveillance technologies, automation, and the use of Artificial Intelligence to screen, track, and make decisions about people crossing borders, highlighting the far reaching impacts on people’s rights and lives.

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