Submission deadline: August 1, 2019

2019 AIMS Graduate Student Writing Workshop
October 25th and 26th, 2019
University of California, Santa Cruz

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) invites doctoral and masters candidates to its 19th Dissertation Workshop scheduled for October 25th and 26th, 2019 hosted by the Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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 submit a piece of writing from their dissertations or theses at any stage (prospectus, dissertation chapter, or article draft). 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.

Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome. In the past they have included: history, political science, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, comparative literature, psychology, public health, music studies and more. Some funding is available for travel expenses and lodging.  Space and funding are 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 (300-word) topic proposal to the AIMS Graduate Student Association President Rachel Cowell at You may also write to Rachel with any questions you may have regarding the workshop.
  • Selected participants will be notified by email and asked to submit a chapter, prospectus, or article for review.
  • The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2019. Please share this announcement with interested colleagues and friends!

This event is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Department of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at University of California, Berkeley.