Call for Papers: NMES Special Issue, 2019

We are very happy to announce the call for papers for a special issue entitled “The Dynamics of Unevenness and Politics of (Under)development in the Middle East”.

Please find below the information on the special issue and New Middle Eastern Studies (NMES) journal. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission (250 Words) is 21 December 2018 and for full paper submission is 22 March 2019.  

Please do not hesitate to contact the Guest Editor of the special issue for further information and clarification: Dr Gönenç  Uysal (


The Dynamics of Unevenness and Politics of (Under)development in the Middle East

The development of capitalism and its social, economic, political, juridical, and ideological forms in the Middle East has followed different patterns compared to its counterparts in the Western world. Indeed, countries in the Middle East have been characterised by dynamics of unevenness, underdevelopment, and inequality not only in comparison to Western countries but also among various parts of the Middle East region itself. Yet, peoples of the Middle East have often risen up against oppression in the form of social movements against imperialism, colonialism, and authoritarianism leaving Western dominant and the ruling classes in awe.   

This special issue aims to foster a critical and interdisciplinary debate on unevenness, underdevelopment, and resistance in the Middle East drawing from a great variety of disciplines. Contributions can focus on, but are not limited to, political economy, foreign affairs, forms and regimes of state, environment, trade unions and social forces in general, race, immigration, religion and secularism, and war and peace.


New Middle Eastern Studies (NMES)

New Middle Eastern Studies (NMES) is a refereed journal hosted by University of Leicester Open Journals and brings together original research on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). MENA covers a wide region, extending from Morocco to Pakistan, including all the Mashreq and Maghreb countries.

The journal welcomes contributions on all aspects of MENA from the following disciplines and fields: political science, anthropology, sociology, history, literature, international relations, political economy and religious studies.

NMES is indexed/abstracted in the following international scientific databases: Index Copernicus International, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Academic Journals Index (OAJI), International Publishing Centre of Academic Journals, CiteFactor, Middle East & Central Asian Studies, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS).