CfP: Middle Eastern and Balkan Mobilities in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)

13-14 September 2018, Cambridge, UK

Following the first conference in the series on the Middle East in the Interwar Period, Middle Eastern Societies 1918-1939: Challenges, Changes and Transitions, organised jointly with the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and held in Ankara in 2015, the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, is organizing a conference on Middle Eastern and Balkan Mobilities in the Interwar Period (1918-1939) to be held on 13-14 September 2018 in Cambridge, UK.

The period 1918 to 1939 saw much mobility into, out of and within the region that had once formed the Ottoman empire. Examining such mobility both in the context of states which had separated from the empire before the First World War and those new nation states which emerged after the empire’s collapse in 1918, the conference aims to consider the factors behind such movements of population and their impact both on the countries to which people moved as well as on those they had moved from. It will also consider the ways in which populations maintained contacts with, or were involved politically, socially or culturally with, the countries they had left behind.

Preference will be given to papers which are case study focused and demonstrate use of primary source data. Papers will be 20 minutes in length with ten minutes for discussion. As the aim of the conference is to generate as much discussion as possible and to encourage the construction of new ideas, the number of papers will be limited and there will be no parallel sessions. It is intended to publish selected papers from the conference in a volume to be published by an international publisher.

Those interested in participating in this conference should submit an abstract (including affiliation and contact details) of between 400 and 500 words to Professor Ebru Boyar ( or by 2 February, 2018. Participants will be selected and contacted by 23 February, 2018.

Speakers’ food and accommodation will be covered by the Skilliter Centre for the duration of the conference but participants are expected to cover their own travel costs. The language of the conference will be English.

New book: War in the Balkans: Conflict and Diplomacy before WW1

Based on a 2012 Oxford conference, the forthcoming book ‘War in the Balkans: Conflict and Diplomacy before World War 1’ by James Pettifer and Tom Buchanan will be published shortly by I B Tauris.

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CFP: The Balkans and Migration on the 100th Anniversary of the First World War International Congress

The First World War, one of the greatest tragedies in the history of humankind, caused the death of millions of people, migrations and change of borders in the Ottoman lands in particular and in the world in general. In this respect, Istanbul University and the Federation of Rumelia-BalkanAssociations regard necessary to raise the issue with an academic perspective.

The congress of “The Balkans and Migration on the 100th Anniversary of the First World War” aims at shedding light on the borders movements during the First World War, their political, military, socio-cultural and economic implications on the societies as well as states

Transportation and accommodation expenses of the participants during the congress will be met by the Organizers. Papers will be presented in English and Turkish. Those who wish to attend to congress with a paper must send the abstracts accordingly up to September 15, 2015. In this context, Participation Form must be filled out completely. The full text of the papers must be submitted via e-mail by November 15, 2015. The papers not delivered up to the announced date will be removed from the congress program.

The congress will be held in Istanbul on 2-4th of December 2015. The papers which are approved by the Scientific Committee and presented in the sessions will be published in the congress proceedings book. We will be pleased by your participation to the Congress of “The Balkans and Migration on the 100th Anniversary of the First World War” with an original paper.

For more information about the congress, please see here.