The Arab Center for Research and Policy studies announces the first Winter School program on the theme of Communitarianism, Sectarianism, and the State. The winter school program will be held January 4th to 14th, 2020, and is open to advanced graduate students (ABD) and early career researchers in the social sciences and humanities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Prospective applicants have until September 30th 2019 to apply.

The objective of the winter school/program is to provide an in-depth and critical look at specifically selected topics in the broader study of the Middle East. For participating scholars, it provides an opportunity to network with regional scholars, gain substantive content unavailable in their home institutions and countries, and receive feedback from respected scholars.

For the Arab Center, the winter school will be in line with the research department's yearly objectives and suggested topics, so that researchers from the center can participate as lecturers during the program as well as benefit from the discussion and exposure to new research. Most importantly, we can help expose participants to new ideas and case specific information that they would not receive in their home institutions.

The theme for this year is "Communitarianism, Sectarianism, and the State." This theme was chosen to reflect emerging research trends in a variety of social science disciplines, and will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, which will enrich the winter school and participant perspectives.

Possible topics of inclusion include, but are not limited to: sectarian or regional conflict using contemporary examples from the Arab world (such as Iraq, Yemen, etc); political violence; the history of sectarianism and sectarian thought; post-conflict studies on communitarianism, particularly from a comparative perspective (i.e. outside the Arab world); divided societies and prospects for democracy; and more.

Each workshop day will include lectures at the beginning on an expert in the themes listed above, or an expert on a specific case which applies. The second half of each day will then be allocated to discussing participant papers on a similar topic.

Eligible scholars interested in applying should complete the following:

  • Fill out the attached application form. This should be accompanied by a current CV and an abstract/research outline of the proposed paper you would bring to the winter school. The abstract should be no more than 500 words in length.
  • At least one reference. The referee should fill out this attached form and send it directly to dana.elkurd@dohainstitute.org.
  • The Academic Committee will accept research proposals 30 September 2019. Please send all relevant materials to:  dana.elkurd@dohainstitute.org.
  • The Academic Committee will notify all applicants about the status of their applications by email by October 10, 2019.
  • Successful applicants should submit complete drafts of papers, between 5,000 and 8,500 words in length, 45 days before the conference begins. Submitted drafts must follow the guidelines determined by the ACRPS.​