July 6, 2010

Arab-Turkish Congress of Social Sciences

You are cordially invited to participate in the Arab-Turkish Congress of Social Sciences 2010 "Culture and Middle Eastern Studies" (ATCOSS-2010) jointly organized by the Strategic Thinking Institute (SDE), Ankara, Center for Civilization Studies, Cairo University and International Relations Dept, Eskisehir Osmangazi Univ. The Congress will be held on 10-12 December, 2010 in Ankara, Turkey

The congress aims to bring together scholars of the Middle East to exchange ideas and findings concerning the mutual problems of the region, and swap experiences about scientific methods and approaches within Middle Eastern studies. This will be an excellent opportunity to explore the varied intellectual trends across scholarly boundaries. Among the growing trends, we will focuses on the cultural variables in understanding political, economic, social, and historical issues. Such trends are most important for our region since culture is essential for attaining homogeneity and unity in the region while recognizing its diversity.

ATCOSS 2010 aims to reconsider cultural factors in relation to other factors in attempting to build new untraditional perspectives and approaches for Middle Eastern studies. The Congress invites the researchers from all fields and branches of social sciences to participate with papers in Arabic, Turkish or English.

We suggest the following themes (though not limited to):

- International relations and issues.
- Public policy
- Society and the state
- Political and economic development
- Pedagogical theories and systems
- Media and virtual reality studies
- Comparative religion studies
- Ethics of politics and economic practice
- Acculturation and dialogue of civilizations
- Innovation in literature and arts theory
- Cross-cultures comparisons
- Cities and urban transformations
- Comparative history
- Middle Eastern relations

Young Academics: The Congress specifically encourages young academics interested in the regional affairs in general and the Arab-Turkish affairs in particular. 10 young scholars (graduate students) from Arab and Turkish sides will be completely sponsored to attend the Congress.

Important Dates:
August 10th, 2010: Abstract/proposal submission
September 1st, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
November 25th, 2010: Full papers submission
10-12 December, 2010: Congress Sessions

Attendance Fees: All participants - except for paper presenters - will be required to register for 50 US$ for scholars and 30 US$ for students. We will have a limited number of funds for the scholars from developing countries. The organizing committee will provide the participants with administrative support in finding suitable accommodation during the Congress.

For further details about the theoretical background, submission details and final papers criteria, please  visit the website www.atcoss.org. Please send your abstract/proposal (500 words max) to congress@atcoss.org.

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