Introducing: “Zan, Zindagi, Azadi” – An OMER Series on the Recent Developments in Iran

The ongoing protests in Iran mark a transformative public resistance to decades of oppression. Iranians are challenging the narratives of authority that turned women’s bodies into sites of ideological contestation and defying a deeply oppressive regime.

OMER is launching a series of weekly articles and interviews on our blog that unpack different symbols and concepts at the heart of the most recent developments in Iran. “Yearning for a Regular Life” by Natasha Parnian is the first article in this series titled, “Zan, Zindagi, Azadi” (“Women, Life, Freedom”).

We welcome our readers to contribute to the narrative by sending articles, stories, interviews, and artwork to submissions@omerjournal.com.

Call For Papers – OMER Volume VII

The editors welcome submissions for the seventh issue of the Oxford Middle East Review, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal for discussion and debate on issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa. The theme for this issue will be:

The Afterlives of Revolution

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The concept of an “afterlife” does not signify an end but rather a continuity amidst turbulence, changes, transformation, and loss. The semantics of the word “afterlife” have expanded beyond the description of life after death and/or rebirth, to mean “the instance of continued use or influence”, as the Oxford English Dictionary describes it. In this issue, we use the concept of “afterlives” to avoid the imaginaries of new
beginnings after revolutions, and illustrate the continuity amidst rupture, and the perseverance of human experiences during turbulent times. From the fall of empires to the events of the Arab Spring eleven years ago, in what ways have the impact of revolutions affected the lives of the people of the Middle East and North Africa, including policies related to different nation-states within the region? What are the main changes, for better or worse, that transformed the social, political, economic, and demographic landscapes of the region? How does the public relate to revolution, and describe its influence?


For this issue of OMER, we encourage applicants to explore the functional as well as the intangible aspects of the theme in their submitted manuscripts. We invite applicants to engage with the theme through empirical, comparative, and theoretical approaches that investigate the theme in relation to the political, economic, social, and/or cultural landscape of the Middle East and North Africa region. We also welcome projects centered around specific case studies. Papers will be considered for the journal’s two sections:

Policy Section:
Shorter briefs or position papers up to 2,000 words (including references and citations) aimed at influencing contemporary debate or policy-making.


Research Section:
Articles from 7,500 to 10,000 words (including references and citations) that present original material from any discipline and engage critically with the theme in the context of the Middle East and North Africa region.

Deadline for Submissions: December 10, 2022
Full Submission Guidelines: https://omerjournal.com/submit/
To submit, please email: submissions@omerjournal.com
For general queries, please email: editors@omerjournal.com

Call for Editors/Staff – Volume VII!

Dear All, 

Welcome to Oxford! The Oxford Middle East Review (OMER) is currently recruiting members for its 2022-2023 editorial team! We are a student-run, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal for discussion and debate on issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa region. We publish a yearly review in Trinity Term under an advertised theme. We also publish shorter pieces on our dynamic blog on the journal’s website. 

We are currently accepting applications until 17 October for students interested in becoming content editors and/ or applying for other auxiliary positions within the journal’s Executive Committee. They will become part of a highly motivated and passionate community of students interested in the study of the Middle East and North Africa. 

Content editors’ task is to review submissions to the journal and blog, edit accepted pieces for content and clarity, and liaise with peer reviewers. They get a great opportunity to participate in the process of editing and publishing an academic journal. The auxiliary positions within the journal’s executive committee include Communications Officers who will be working to advertise our journal and the blog on social media, the Grants Management team will be responsible for working on grant proposals to raise funds for our Journal, and an Events Coordinator who will liaise with the Managing Editors to plan for the journal’s launch event in Trinity Term, 2023.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV (max. 2 pages) and a brief statement of interest to editors@omerjournal.comIf applicable, please indicate your interest in either of these positions.  

Questions? Check out omerjournal.com, or email Wesam Hassan (wesam.hassan@sant.ox.ac.uk) or Serra Yedikardes (serra.yedikardes@sant.ox.ac.uk) with your queries! 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Wesam Hassan and Serra Yedikardes  

Managing Editors- 2022/23