Submission deadline: August 1, 2020

2020 AIMS Graduate Student Writing Workshop
Saturday, November 7, 2020

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) invites Doctoral and Masters candidates to its 20th Dissertation Workshop on November 7th, 2020. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the workshop will be held virtually, with online fall workshop and spring conference components.

The workshop provides the opportunity for current Doctoral or Master candidates to present, discuss, and receive valuable feedback on work related to North Africa. Accepted applicants will circulate an abstract of their project, a primary source of approximately 3-5 pages or 5-10 minutes, and a brief analysis of their primary source, raising questions or challenges to be discussed with the group. Participants will read and prepare discussion of other participants’ work in addition to presenting their own. Scholars working on North African topics in a variety of disciplines will offer feedback, as well as perspectives on publishing, job market conditions, and other topics germane to professional academic development. The workshop further affords the chance to meet, learn from, and develop relationships with fellow colleagues in the field. The fall workshop will be followed with a virtual conference in the spring, allowing participants to present their work to the wider AIMS community.

Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome. In the past, participants have come from departments including: history, political science, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, comparative literature, psychology, public health, music studies, and more. Space in the conference is limited.

  • This workshop is open only to AIMS members. To become a student member (only $50) or renew your membership, please visit the Membership page on this site or contact the AIMS U.S. Office at
  • To apply, send a current C.V. and short (500-word max) proposal that includes an abstract of your project and a brief overview of the source you want to present to AIMS Graduate Student Association President Danielle Beaujon at You may also write to Danielle with any questions you may have regarding the workshop.
  • The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2020. Please share this announcement widely with interested colleagues and friends! Accepted applicants will be notified by email.
  • For additional questions about ways to participate in AIMS initiatives, you may additionally reach AIMS board member Professor Ali H. Akhtar at

This event is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies
and New York University’s Department of History.