Monday, December 12, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS
The University of Chicago, May 4-6, 2012
The MEHAT Conference is celebrating its twenty-seventh year as a leading forum for emerging scholars in Middle East studies. The conference organizing team invites graduate students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers. They welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines (including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, and religion) dealing with any topic that has affected the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.
If you wish to participate, please send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at mehat2012 (at) gmail (dot) com by February 1, 2012. The organizers will consider both individual papers and prearranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged. Please also email them if you have questions. And May is a fantastic time to visit Chicago.
On Friday, Croatia signed the accession agreement to become the 28th member of the European Union. Its membership will take effect on 1 July 2013. Until then, it will have observer status. To join the EU, Croatia not only had to meet economic benchmarks, but also had to demonstrate its commitment to the rule of law, democracy and human rights, including cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia following the conflict 16 years ago. Many EU leaders are touting this agreement as an indication that the EU still has value despite all the recent criticism due to the financial crisis.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service is seeking comments on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) regulations and certificates of origin. Comments are due by Februrary 7, 2012. Click here for more information: FR76983. (It starts at the bottom of the third column on the first page of that link.)
Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office