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Call for Papers

DIFI Annual Conference on Family Research and Policy: Research to Advance Family Policies

The Arab Family in an Age of Transition: Challenges and Resilience

Sunday 3 May- Monday 4 May 2015 - Doha, Qatar
Pre-conference workshops, Saturday 2 May

The Annual Conference

The DIFI Annual Conference on Family Research and Policy seeks to promote research on the family in the Arab world. It also seeks to generate evidence to inform family policies that promote the wellbeing of families. The conference is organized by The Doha International Family Institute in collaboration with the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University.

Overall Conference Objectives

  • To focus on research, theory and practices to advance our knowledge of the Arab family.
  • To highlight the role of the family as a defining force in shaping society, focusing on regional trends, areas of strength and resilience and challenges affecting families in Arab countries.
  • To examine the role of policy in supporting the family and to consider global issues which impact the Arab family, either positively or negatively, from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • To engage with scholars and practitioners on discussions that analyze mutually beneficial practices within the context of family policy.

About this Year’s Conference

The political turmoil and economic challenges that are played out on the national stage in the Arab world are also lived and experienced at the level of the family; the fundamental unit of social organization in Arab societies. The challenges facing the Arab family today are as diverse as the region itself, ranging from economic pressures and cultural threats to political turbulence and violent conflict. The coping strategies and long-term implications of these challenges on the formation, stability, and wellbeing of the Arab family are the focus of this conference. Scholars from inside and outside the region are invited to discuss and exchange ideas and opinions on the spectrum of challenges that threaten not only the stability and welfare of the Arab family, but in some cases its very survival, as well as to give their research insights into the range of coping mechanisms and their short and long-term implications.

Conference Structure:

The conference will include panel sessions with invited senior researchers, renowned key note speakers, symposia where selected papers will be presented as well as a poster session.

Call for Papers

The organizing committee is pleased to invite young and senior researchers to submit their abstracts for papers for this event. Applicants should be engaged in research on the Arab region, or any of its countries. Comparative papers are welcome, provided that their main focus is on the Arab region. The conference seeks to present original, high-quality research papers that highlight the traditions and policies that shape the family in the Arab world, examining it from a variety of disciplinary traditions, research paradigms and practices. In recognition of outstanding contributions, DIFI will present a Best Paper Award of $1,500 in each of the three specified sub-topics that constitute the conference themes.

Conference Themes

Abstracts are welcome on the following sub-topics:

  • Political, economic, and cultural challenges facing the Arab family in different regions of the Arab world.
  • Marriage and divorce in the Arab world; responses to challenges in terms of marriage practices (such as misyar, ‘urfi, mut’aa, mixed, marriage of minors, and living together-apart marriages); the causes and consequences of separation and divorce.
  • The role of state policies on family formation and stability, including the effect of the absence of such policies.

Criteria for Abstracts

The abstract must meet the following criteria;

  • The abstract is clearly written in Arabic or English and logically organized and be approximately 900 words in length.
  • Abstracts can be based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods of research, or analyses of methodologies.
  • Abstracts should explicitly articulate a strong connection to existing research and theory.
  • The abstract should have the potential to stimulate new knowledge and/or innovative practices.

Submission Terms

  • All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by a Scientific Committee.
  • Papers that have been previously published or presented will not be accepted.
  • Only one abstract may be submitted as a first author. A further abstract can be submitted if you are a co-author, with a maximum submission of two co-authored abstracts.
  • Authors who have signed the declaration letter (see guidelines) will be considered for selection in the Best Paper Award and for publication by DIFI in a special conference volume.
  • Ensure that your full paper is uploaded to the DIFI website by 15 March 2015. The first author of selected papers is committed to attending the conference.
  • DIFI will provide travel and accommodation costs for authors for the duration of the conference.

Deadline for abstract submission has expired. 

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by October 31, 2014.

Download Revised Call for Paper Guidelines

We especially invite abstracts from young researchers and established scholars from the Arab region. Abstracts from regional practitioners and experts in the field of marriage, family and divorce are highly encouraged.

Important dates

October 31, 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts
December 15, 2014: Notification of selected abstracts.
March 15, 2015: Deadline for receiving full paper(s).

For paper submissions and questions please contact:

Ms Sultana Afdhal, Research Support Officer
Doha International Family Institute
PO Box: 34080, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 44548214, Fax: +974 44548249

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