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IJMES Special Issue: The Environment in the Middle East and North Africa
Guests editors Tessa Farmer and Jessica Barnes with IJMES editors Akram
Khater and Jeffrey Culang
From arid cities to irrigated fields, hot deserts to Mediterranean
mountains, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) encompasses a range
of environments for thinking through the relationships between nature
and society, people and animals, human and nonhuman worlds. Yet, while
research on various aspects of the material world has a long history in
the scholarship of the MENA, research on the environment as such has
been relatively limited. Reflecting growing interest in the environment
as a topic of concern, this special issue of IJMES will bring together
scholarship from anthropology, geography, sociology, Science and
Technology Studies (STS), and related disciplines on current
environment-related themes in the region.
We invite manuscript submissions that examine cultural, political, and
social dimensions of the environment in the contemporary MENA. We are
particularly interested in papers that are based on in-depth
ethnographic fieldwork. The following are some of the key questions that
this research may address. How does attention to the environment shape
new understandings of knowledge production and expertise? How are
categories of scale, from the global to the regional, national, and
individual, embroiled in and produced through environmental engagements?
How can we investigate the body and its fluid articulations with
environmental materials? How do various religious conceptions and moral
imaginaries come into view when examining socionatures in urban,
periurban, and rural locales? What new angles do environmental issues
offer for viewing long-standing sociopolitical conflicts at local and
national levels? How do ideas of the “environment” and
“environmentalism” function in local and national political projects?
What role does the environment play in how nation-states articulate
their histories and futures? How is “care” for the environment performed?
In drawing together a set of rich, empirically based papers, this
special issue will not only shed important light on how we understand
environmental change in the MENA, but also speak to central questions
within anthropology, geography, sociology, Science and Technology
Studies (STS), and related fields. The issue will push literature on the
region forward by decentering narratives about conflict, religious
fundamentalism, confessional systems, and debates about civilizational
failures, and reorienting the focus onto the social, political, and
cultural dimensions of human engagements with the natural world.
The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2016. Authors should follow
the regular guidelines for submitting an article manuscript to IJMES,
which are detailed here:
indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for the
special issue. All special issue articles must be accepted individually
through the IJMES peer review process.
For additional information see the contact info below.
International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES)
IJMES editorial website: http://ijmes.chass.ncsu.edu/index.htm
Cambridge University Press website:
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