Year of Morocco Conference

Youth in Morocco

Gender, Identity and Youth Empowerment in Morocco

Dates: March 15 - 16, 2019 
Location: Kennesaw State University

As part of KSU’s award-winning Annual Country Study Program, the goal of this conference is to examine ever-changing Moroccan

identities with a special focus on the cultural, economic, political and social agency of young women and men.  

Potential topics in the “Year of Morocco” Conference, include, but are not limited to:  

  • Morocco at the intersection of Amazigh, Arab, African and European identities
  • Colonialism’s impact on Moroccan Identity
  • Women in Morocco’s history and development 
  • The new constitution and its impact on women’s empowerment 
  • Women and social entrepreneurship in Morocco 
  • Education and urban/rural accessibility across Morocco 
  • Multilingual literacy in Morocco
  • Youth’s involvement and role in Morocco’s development
  • Civil society and social movements in Morocco 
  • The role of youth in the Moroccan Arab spring  
  • Youth, popular culture, communication technology and social transformation in Moroccan society
  • Expression of Moroccan Identity through Art and Music
  • Moroccan architecture and identity
  • Islam and Interreligious Dialogue in Morocco
  • Gender identity and LGBTQ rights in Morocco
  • The role of youth in Morocco’s environmental initiatives 

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts: 

To participate, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the focus of your proposed paper or panel, the methodology employed, and the general argument. At the top of the abstract, type your name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone number, and e-mail. If you wish to propose a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper, along with the names and institutional affiliation of all panelists. Save in one Word or RTF document and attach the document to an email message. Type “Year of Morocco Conference” in the subject line and send it to Dr. Dan Paracka at

Deadline for Submission of Proposal Abstracts is October 1, 2018.  Select Papers will be eligible for publication in a Special Issue of KSU’s peer reviewed Journal of Global Initiatives focused on Morocco. Examples of previous journals can be found here: