Using Fiction in Teaching Middle East and North African Politics

A Stream on “Using Fiction in Teaching Middle East and North African Politics: Possibilities, Perspectives and Limits”
as part of the 
16th Annual International Conference on International Studies
18-21 June 2018, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER organizes a Stream on “Using Fiction in Teaching Middle East and North African Politics: Possibilities, Perspectives and Limits” as part of the 16th Annual International Conference on International Studies, 18-21 June 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

Teaching International Relations and Political Science using films is increasingly popular. Students become familiar with different topics not only by class discussions but also by a close-to-empirical experience. Films are a device that enable students to identify with different characters and better understand their emotions and motivations.

This approach assumes that visual material is a representation of reality. As cultural artifacts (Algeo, 2007: 133), films “highlight the relationship between knowledge and power” (Campbell, 2013: 224). Films are used to encourage students to de-construct the narrative being conveyed and learn to unveil the underpinning power relations. To achieve this goal, they are asked to reflect about how the story is constructed.

This stream welcomes submissions reporting research on the use of audiovisual content in the classroom conceived in very broad terms. The stream scope includes the following topics:

  • Use of films and/ or TV shows in the classroom: advantages, disadvantages, and limits;
  • Effects of audiovisual material on students’ learning process, perceptions and classroom discussion;
  • Empirical case studies
  • De-construction of the cultural products (movies/Tv shows). 

In addition to the topics listed above, any other proposal related to this stream would be considered.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 7 May 2018 to: Dr. Lucía Ferreiro Prado, Associate Professor, IE Business School, and Director & Founder, Cum Laude School, Spain or Dr. Beatriz Tomé Alonso, Professor of International Relations, Loyola University Andalusia, Spain. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. 

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (  

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