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"Yemen: Challenges for the Future" - an international conference (BYS & LMEI)

Story Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012

The British Yemeni Society (BYS) in collaboration with the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS proposes to hold an international conference entitled "Yemen: Challenges for the Future"  at SOAS, University of London, on 11 and 12 January 2013.

This will be the first academic conference in the UK for at least a decade to discuss in depth the many economic and social challenges facing Yemen. It is hoped that the conference will increase understanding of these challenges by presenting recent academic research on a wide range of relevant issues.

The conference will comprise eight panels of three or four persons who will present summaries of their papers and invite discussion. Presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. It is also hoped to invite one or more keynote speakers.

The BYS and LMEI invite scholars to propose papers along the following broad themes:

Water and natural resources management

Population, education and employment

Economic Development

Lessons from Yemeni history

State and society

Yemen, the region and the world

The BYS will also consider suggestions for other panels with up to four participants.

Proposers should explain how their paper would fit into the above themes, and provide abstracts of 300 to 500 words by 30 June 2012. These abstracts will be distributed to conference participants. If sufficient funds can be raised, the BYS and LMEI hope to publish a book of selected papers by the end of 2013.

To submit abstracts or for further information, please contact:

Louise Hoskins at: or

Thanos Petouris at:


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