March 25 & 26, 2011
New York, New York

DIWAN 2009 PanelCall for Papers and Artistic Presentations

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is seeking artistic presentations and proposals for panels and papers for its DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts being held for the first time in New York City at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York (365 Fifth Avenue) March 25-26, 2011.

AANM is pleased to partner with Alwan for the Arts as well the Middle East and Middle East American Center (MEMEAC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, to build an exciting program for its fourth DIWAN conference, in its ongoing commitment to convene and generate a national dialogue among artists and academicians about the state of Arab American art.

All artistic mediums will be considered for inclusion.


Please send a one-page abstract (250 – 300 words) for a 15–20 minute presentation relating to Arab American arts historical development, production, aesthetics, and/or identity.


Require multiple speakers for a presentation. Please submit the panel title, presenters’ names, and an abstract for each paper within the panel.


Please submit the theme(s) of the work that you will present, an abstract of your presentation, the format of your presentation, and your technical needs. Also submit one copy of a CD-ROM, DVD, VHS-formatted video, and/or a set of slides (10 images max.) that best represents your proposal. (These materials will not be returned.)

In your proposal, be sure to include your name, the title of your presentation, an email and/or postal address, your occupation, academic affiliation (if applicable), resume, and your A/V needs. Presentation at the Forum is open to scholars, artists, and activists. You will receive an invitation to present at the Forum if your paper or artistic performance is selected.

Selected participants must submit a full length paper to the AANM prior to the conference. Proceedings from the Forum will be compiled and made available to the public and researchers.


Presenters will receive an honorarium to partially subsidize travel and hotel costs to participate in DIWAN. Amount of honorarium will correlate to distance and cost of travel for each participant. Honorarium will be provided after the submission of full paper to the AANM prior to the conference.

The deadline for proposal submission is November 1, 2010.

We will notify you about acceptance by December 15, 2010.

Please send your proposals to:
Arab American National Museum/DIWAN
13624 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126 USA

You may submit your proposal eletronically to

Questions may be directed to Suha Ahmed at 313.624.0216 or

Major funding for the 2011 DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts conference provided by

13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS