The Seventh Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies, 'Decolonizing Middle Eastern Studies – Critical Perspectives and Emerging Debates' organised in Tampere, 10-11 June 2024

“Decolonizing Middle Eastern Studies – Critical Perspectives and Emerging Debates*

The theme for this multidisciplinary colloquium is “Decolonizing Middle Eastern Studies – Critical Perspectives and Emerging Debates“. We encourage proposals for panel sessions and individual papers that break boundaries between research traditions, challenge prevailing points of view, and experiment with new topics and ways of giving a conference presentation. We welcome presentations and panels on both the historical and the contemporary Middle East – including presentations that challenge our whole conceptualization of the limits and boundaries of the Middle East itself.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Queen Mary University of London

Assistant Professor Nikolas Kosmatopoulos, American University of Beirut


The colloquium is organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) and Tampere University. The event will be held in Tampere, Finland on June 10-11, 2024 with a hybrid option for online participation.

See full call for papers here. Deadline for submissions was January 31, 2024.

The selected participants have been informed of the results in February. The deadline for registration and the payment of the conference fee (70 €, students 30 €, online participants 30 €) is March 31. Further information on registration has been sent with the letters of acceptance. The final program of the colloquium will be published by early May on this page. Registrations for audience members (participants without a paper) will also be opened in May.

For more information, please contact the conference secretary Juuli Ahola (


See this page for coming updates on the event.