The Tenth Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies will take place at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark, 22-24 September 2016
The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies (NSM) is an independent and non-profit association for scholars in the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden – working on the Middle East. It covers all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, from antiquity to the present day, and it is open for membership beyond the Nordic countries. The associational conference of NSM takes place every third year in one of the four Nordic countries.
In 2016, the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is hosting the conference in Odense. Located on the island of Funen, Odense is known as the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and offers a number of tourist attractions such as museums, restaurants parks, and a zoo. The SDU has about 30,000 students and combines local roots with an international outlook. The main campus of the university is in Odense, while it has five other campuses located in Southern Jutland and on Zealand.
In the past decades, the exploration of the formation of modern subjectivities has developed into a core field of the humanities and social sciences. This strand of research is asking for social practices and codes; it investigates competing bodies of knowledge, social performances and emotions; interprets textual and visual forms of discourse; analyzes the interrelations of social practices with material artifacts and means of communication; observes individual forms of subjectivity as well as the interaction in social fields and classes. Taking formations of Middle Eastern subjectivities as its departure point, the Tenth Nordic Conference will provide a broad platform for contemporary research on the Middle East and Islam while focusing on the interlacements of cultural heritage, global structures and local practices.
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