samedi 12 janvier 2019

Jocelyne Saab, 1948-2019... Κινηματογράφος, Λίβανος, πόλεμος... ο κινηματογράφος και το βλέμμα της.


PORTRAIT DE JOCELYNE SAAB 
https://www.lesclesdumoyenorient.com/Portrait-de-Jocelyne-Saab.html 

ARTICLE PUBLIÉ LE 08/01/2019
Propos recueillis par Mathilde Rouxel, à Beyrouth. Article initialement publié le 9 juillet 2015, et actualisé le 8 janvier 2019
Jocelyne Saab s’est éteinte hier, le 7 janvier. Cinéaste et artiste libanaise née en 1948 à Beyrouth, elle s’est toute sa vie engagée aux côtés des plus démunis, et laisse à sa mort une oeuvre immense et fondamentale pour l’histoire des hommes et pour celle du cinéma. Pionnière du "nouveau cinéma libanais" dans les années 1970, elle a créé avec ses premiers films sur Beyrouth un style documentaire qui lui est particulier, laissant une grande place à la subjectivité. Après avoir couvert la plupart des grandes guerres du Moyen-Orient au milieu des années 1970, elle consacre son attention à la destruction de son pays, le Liban, dans la guerre civile qui l’a déchiré durant quinze ans (1975-1990). Elle se tourne ensuite vers l’Égypte, où elle réalise de nombreux documentaires puis un film de fiction, Dunia, dont l’audace lui valut les menaces les plus lourdes de la part des fondamentalistes égyptiens qui bloquent le film. Il est censuré en Égypte, et malgré son succès international, Jocelyne Saab est marquée. Elle se consacre par la suite à l’art contemporain et à la photographie, et après un bref retour au cinéma avec sa fiction expérimentale What’s going on ? en 2009, et ses nombreux projets monumentaux qui n’eurent pas le temps de voir le jour, ne traversera l’image animé que par le biais de courts films vidéos destinés à être exposés.
Elle signait le 18 décembre 2018 la publication d’un ouvrage phare, reprenant l’intégralité de son travail à travers quelques images choisies. Zones de guerre fut le premier et seul livre d’art pour cette femme s’exception, qui a aussi bien su trouver sa place dans le milieu du reportage de guerre que dans le monde du cinéma, puis dans le cercle plus fermé des artistes plasticiens.
Nous lui rendons hommage aujourd’hui en proposant à la relecture ce portrait réalisé en 2015 à Beyrouth.
Quelle est votre formation universitaire ?
J’ai fait un DES de sciences économiques que j’ai débuté à l’Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth et que j’ai achevé à la Sorbonne. Mon premier mémoire de recherche était sur le journalisme, le second sur l’économie du Proche-Orient. J’étais très intéressée par les échanges économiques dans cette région du monde.
Vous êtes aujourd’hui artiste et cinéaste. Quelle a été votre carrière au préalable ?
J’ai d’abord été reporter de guerre, puis cinéaste. Ce qui m’a le plus apporté est l’enrichissement gagné de mes voyages au Proche-Orient. Cette expérience m’a permis d’apprendre à mieux jauger, mieux mesurer les situations auxquelles j’étais confrontées. Par la suite, j’ai pu prendre mon indépendance, faire ce que je voulais et trouver une écriture bien à moi dans le documentaire, que j’ai imposé autant que j’ai pu quand je n’ai pas eu à gagner directement ma vie. Cette première période m’a aidée à démarrer mon travail en indépendante ; la guerre a fait que je suis restée à Beyrouth, mais une analyse assez juste a fait qu’en 1976, j’ai pensé qu’il fallait partir. Pas l’exil ; mais rendre compte, ailleurs, d’autres situations, pour se prouver à soi-même que l’on en est capable, mais aussi pour se confronter à d’autres réalités. Que ce soit en Égypte, en Libye ou ailleurs, j’ai rencontré de nombreux chefs d’État. Il y avait peu de femmes à l’époque, donc j’intéressais en tant que journaliste ces grandes personnalités politiques. Elles ne m’impressionnaient pas particulièrement, mais elles m’ont permis de mieux saisir certaines situations. J’ai eu la chance d’avoir pu rendre compte de certains nœuds de l’histoire, ce qui me donnait une conscience encore plus forte de ce que je devais donner. J’ai pris ma première leçon de cinéma en filmant les commandos-suicide ; une image, lorsque les soldats prêtent serment, a parfois été interprétée comme un salut nazi, et certaines personnes ont retourné tout le discours de mon film contre moi, en partant de cette interprétation. On m’en a beaucoup voulu.
J’ai l’impression que toute cette époque que j’ai vécue annonçait tout ce qui se passe aujourd’hui, et que l’on était assez aveugle pour ne pas voir que ça allait empirer. J’étais consciente de la force qui se dégageait de ce que je filmais. J’ai l’impression aussi, en regardant ma carrière, que j’ai toujours su devancer les autres, que je sentais ce qui était intéressant et qu’en quittant le groupe de journalistes j’ai pu rendre compte de ce qui se passait. En 1976 par exemple, alors que tous les regards étaient tournés sur Beyrouth, je suis partie à dos d’âne au Sud Liban, avec le sentiment que les Israéliens n’étaient pas prêts de quitter ce territoire, qu’ils ont occupé durant des dizaines d’années.
Ma carrière est aussi une succession de choix : le choix de rester à Beyrouth Ouest en 1982, de donner toute mon attention aux films que je pouvais proposer afin de ne pas mentir sur une cause. Quand j’ai réalisé Le Sahara n’est pas à vendre en 1977, les images ne me semblaient pas assez fortes, et je suis repartie tourner à mes frais trois mois au Maroc pour tourner à nouveau. Il me semblait que je ne pouvais pas parler d’une cause (en l’occurrence ici celle des Sahraouis et des combattants du Front Polisario) sans rendre dans l’image la force mon sujet. J’ai souvent été prête à me mettre en danger pour créer et pour témoigner des grands moments de l’histoire dont je me trouvais spectatrice. Malgré tout, je crois que ce qui fait la spécificité de mon parcours est que j’ai toujours voulu rester cohérente et suis toujours restée prête à me battre pour défendre ce en quoi je croyais, pour montrer et analyser ce Proche-Orient en pleine mutation qui me passionnait.
Pourtant vint le jour où je me suis lassée, ou plutôt, où mes yeux se sont lassés ; je ne voyais plus rien – trop de morts, trop de souffrance. Je suis alors passée à la fiction, à partir de 1985 avec Une vie suspendue [1]. Je voulais avancer, travailler l’image autrement. La troisième époque de ma carrière est née lorsqu’on m’a fermé des portes, notamment avec Dunia [2] en Égypte qui fut censuré. Je me suis alors tournée vers la photographie [3]. Une nouvelle manière de faire de l’image, seule, pour ne pas s’arrêter. Je reviens aujourd’hui aux images animées, au cinéma, à la vidéo.
Pouvez-vous nous parler de votre métier et de votre engagement aujourd’hui ?
J’ai le sentiment qu’à chaque fois qu’une situation se répète et que je la vis, de manière intense, j’ai besoin d’agir, pour réagir face à cette violence démesurée, inhumaine. Devant tout ça, aujourd’hui, j’ai parfois le sentiment que mon travail d’artiste n’a plus aucun sens, qu’il faut trouver d’autres moyens d’exister. Ici, au Liban, c’est comme si les artistes devaient prendre la place des politiques – on ne peut pas légiférer, mais on peut agir où ils n’agissent pas, mobiliser l’opinion publique. Mon engagement montre alors à qui j’appartiens, où je me situe comme être humain dans la ville. Ce sont des moments qui provoquent l’effritement des individus, aussi bien physiquement que psychologiquement ; il est important d’essayer de trouver un thème fédérateur pour réunir la société civile. Ce geste citoyen devient une vraie action politique, concrète. Mon geste a été celui de la Résistance Culturelle, deux mots qui résument ce que je veux faire et qui appellent à combattre l’inertie dans laquelle est plongée le pays.
Le festival de films qui est né en 2013 de cette résistance culturelle (Cultural Resistance International Film Festival [4]) se présente comme une action hors-système, avec des films difficiles, politiques, ce qui dérange beaucoup. Il a pour but de déclencher une réflexion, un échange politique, un débat ; je ne pense pas être faite pour l’administration politique, mais je pense qu’on a un rôle à jouer en tant qu’artiste dans l’exacerbation de notre métier quand même l’art commence à être écrasé. Les exemples de l’actualité récente prouvent d’ailleurs notre force politique : les premières choses auxquelles se sont attaqué Daesh ont été du patrimoine artistique, parce que c’est le plus visuel, le plus fédérateur. C’est pour cela qu’à mon sens, c’est à nous, artistes, d’agir aujourd’hui.
J’ai la double nationalité, libanaise et française. Je reste néanmoins très fortement liée à mon pays natal, où il me semble que toute action politique est plus forte ici qu’en France ; c’est d’abord ici et dans le monde arabe que mon engagement a été marqué. Il me semble que les gens qui s’engagent de cette manière pour les problèmes du monde arabe sont plus rares – tout le monde lâche au bout d’un certain temps.
Les difficultés auxquelles nous nous confrontons aujourd’hui avec le festival m’amènent à penser qu’il est peut-être temps de retrouver ma place d’artiste à part entière. Je suis néanmoins persuadée que ces deux éditions du festival, en 2013 et 2014, ont marqué les esprits, qu’elles se sont profondément inscrites dans le paysage politique et culturel libanais, et que nous pouvons reprendre l’événement à tout moment.
Quel est votre plus beau souvenir ?
J’en ai plusieurs – parce que chaque aventure est exceptionnelle, c’est une intense tranche de vie qui se découpe à chaque fois. Je pense toutefois que le souvenir le plus fort date du siège de Beyrouth. J’ai décidé de rester à Beyrouth Ouest et de résister par l’art, par l’image, alors que j’y ai vécu des moments très violents, ce qui m’a donné une force et un courage que je ne peux oublier. Lorsque je dis violent, je songe par exemple à ce moment où nous avons cru sentir nos corps brûler. C’était au moment où les Israéliens suivaient Arafat et bombardaient la ville. L’immeuble voisin du nôtre avait explosé. Nous nous sommes tous retrouvés au sol avec cette impression terrible de brûler. Malgré cette apothéose de violence, nous sommes restés.
Il y avait des moments magnifiques de légèreté dans cette violence, et des moments de bonheur grâce à ce sentiment de solidarité extrêmement fort, inimaginable que l’on ressentait à cette époque. Faire des images était devenu comme aller chercher de l’eau pour pouvoir survivre. Comment oublier ça ?
Je pense que si l’on demande à tous ceux qui ont vécu ici cette période, ils diront que c’est la plus belle période de leur vie, en raison des choix que l’on a tous fait, et de l’intensité de ces moments.
Principales œuvres de Jocelyne Saab : Le Liban dans la Tourmente (1975), Beyrouth, jamais plus (1976), Lettre de Beyrouth (1978), Beyrouth, ma ville (1982), Une vie suspendue (1985), Il était une fois Beyrouth (1996), Dunia (2006), What’s going on ? (2009).
Notes :
[1Une vie suspendue fut sélectionné à la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs à Cannes en 1985 sous le titre Adolescente sucre d’amour. Il raconte le quotidien d’une jeune fille du Sud du Liban exilée à Beyrouth pendant l’occupation du Sud du Liban par les troupes israéliennes. Avec Hala Bassam, Jacques Weber, Juliette Berto.
[2Dunia fut condamné par les fondamentalistes égyptiens au moment de sa projection au festival du Caire en 2006. Il traite du sujet – très tabou – de l’excision des jeunes filles, ainsi que du problème de la liberté de pensée et d’expression en Égypte. Il s’agit également d’un hommage à la danse et à la poésie d’amour soufie, disciplines condamnées par les fondamentalistes.
[3] Elle réalise en 2007 la série Sense, Icons and Sensitivity.


jeudi 10 janvier 2019

EURAMES Info Service 01/2019


CONFERENCES

1.    Biennial Conference on Creating Global Change: "Gendered Migration, Bodies, Borders", Middle Tennessee State University, 28-29 March 2019
2.    International Conference: "Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and Global", Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin, 3-5 April 2019
3.    Annual Weissbourd Conference: “In Search of Asylum: An Interdisciplinary Discussion”,  University of Chicago,  4-5 April 2019
4.    Sixth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), University of Nottingham, 15-16 April 2019
5.     5th Annual Conference on Shi`I Studies, Islamic College, London, 27-28 April 2019
6.    Workshop: “Captivity”, Mediterranean Seminar, Brown University, Providence, RI, 3-4 May 2019
7.    Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: "Migration, Diaspora, and Movement of Peoples", University of Chicago, 3-5 May 2019
8.    Workshop on "Histories of Sexuality and Erudition: Institutions, Texts, Practices", Princeton, NJ, 10–11 May 2019
9.    Workshop: "Lost and Gained on the Way: Placing 'Transit' Migration in Europe, Africa and Asia", Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 13-14 May 2019
10.  China and the Middle East and North Africa Conference, Shanghai University, 17-18 May 2019
11.  Conference: "Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance", Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR), Toronto, 21-23 May 2019
12.  Sixth Annual International Conference on Social Sciences: “Migration in Morocco and Beyond: From Local to Global Dynamics”, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, 25-26 May 2019
13.  CEMS Graduate Conference: "Cultural Entanglement, Transfer and Contention in Mediterranean Communities from Antiquity to the Present", Budapest, 30 May - 1 June 2019
14.  International Conference: “Pilgrimages and Tourism”, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Re-search, Cambridge, 15-16 June 2019
15.  Workshop on "Youth Politics in the Middle East", Amman, 19-20 June 2019
16.  2nd Bali-International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), Kuta, Indonesia, 9-10 July 2019
17.  Seminar for Arabian Studies, University of Leiden, 11-13 July 2019
18.  Workshop on “Women, Nation Building and Modernization Projects in the Gulf: Explorations in State Instrumentalization of Women” (No.14), during the "Gulf Research Meeting", Cambridge University, 15-18 July 2019
19.  Workshop on “Quotidian Youth Cultures in the Gulf Peninsula: Changes and Challenges” (No.9), during the "Gulf Research Meeting", Cambridge University, 15-18 July 2019
20.  Biennial Conference of the International Qur'anic Studies Association: "Reading the Qur’an in the Context of Empire", University of New England, Tangier, 25-26 July 2019
21.  Conference: “Rethinking Genre in the Islamicate Middle East”, Asia-Africa-Institute, University of Hamburg, 5-6 September 2019
22.  53rd Annual Meeting of Middle East Studies Association (MESA), November 14-17, 2019, in New Orleans, LA, 14-17 November 2019

POSITIONS
23.  Full Professorship for “Islamic Intellectual History of the Post-Classical Period (1200-1800)”, Humboldt University Berlin
24.  Full Professorship for “Comparative Theology from an Islamic Perspective”, Humboldt University Berlin
25.  PhD Student in Political Science for Research on "The  Exchange  of  Secret Service  Knowledge  between  Germany  and  the  Arab  Middle  East  1960-2010”, Leibnitz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
26.  PhD Research Fellowship on "Biopolitics in the Middle East", Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
27.  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on "Epidemics in the Middle East", Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
28.  Six Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme Early Stage Researcher (PhD) Positions, University of Aberdeen
29.  Visiting (Research) Fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 2019-20, University of Oxford
30.  Postdoctoral Position at SASNET for Religion and Politics in South Asia, Lund University
31.  Assistant Professor in the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark
32.  Postdoctoral Fellows at the American University of Beirut
33.  Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, University of Arizona
34.  Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World (non-Western), Texas A&M University
35.  Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
36.  Full-time Faculty Position in Arabic Language and Culture, National Chengchi University in Taipei
37.  Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center, New York City
38.  Assistant Professor of Humanities, Boğaziçi University Istanbul
39.  Postdoctoral Fellowship on the Economics of Conflict at the "International Crisis Group" and “Empirical Studies of Conflict Project”, Washington, DC
40.  One Year Middle East Initiative Research Fellowships, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
41.  Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, University of Arizona
42.  Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World (non-Western), Texas A&M University
43.  Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
44.  Two Postdoctoral Fellowships, Asia Centre, Harvard University

OTHER INFORMATION
45.  Two AUC Summer Course for Islamic Studies in Cairo for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
46.  Funding Opportunities for Research in the Levant 2019-20 by the "Council for British Research in the Levant"
47.  Articles on "Critical Reflections on Contemporary Muslim Thought and Human Rights" for Special Issue of "Journal of Contemporary Poetics"
48.  Chapter for Edited Book on "Space, Place and Religious Landscapes: Living Mountains" to be Published by Bloomsbury Press
49.  Research Articles, Review Articles and Book Reviews on the Middle East for Special Issue of "Turkish Journal of History"
50.  Articles on Book Project "Migration in Africa and Beyond: Text and Contexts"
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CONFERENCES


1.    Biennial Conference on Creating Global Change: "Gendered Migration, Bodies, Borders", Middle Tennessee State University, 28-29 March 2019

We invite individual or panel proposals for presentations on any topic on women’s and/or gender issues and debates from scholars, activists, non-profit professionals, and graduate students in all scholarly fields and disciplines, including the humanities, sciences, social sciences, education, arts, design, business, law, health and sports.



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2.    International Conference: "Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and Global", Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin, 3-5 April 2019

The conference concludes the 12-year research program: "Muslim Worlds - Worlds of Islam?"


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3.       Annual Weissbourd Conference: “In Search of Asylum: An Interdisciplinary Discussion”,  University of Chicago,  4-5 April 2019
Proposals are invited from across the humanities and social sciences to discuss the transformation of the concept of asylum and its implications for understanding the present.


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4.    Sixth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), University of Nottingham, 15-16 April 2019

Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all disciplinary approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), modern and premodern.

Deadline for abstracts extended to 6 January 2019. Information: http://www.brais.ac.uk/conferences/brais-2019-call-for-papers

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5.     5th Annual Conference on Shi`I Studies, Islamic College, London, 27-28 April 2019

This conference will provide a broad platform for scholars in Shi`I studies to share their latest research. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Shi`i studies.

Deadline for abstracts:  3 February 2019. Information: https://www.islamic-college.ac.uk/publications/shiistudies/fifth-shii-conference/

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6.    Workshop: “Captivity”, Mediterranean Seminar, Brown University, Providence, RI, 3-4 May 2019

For the workshop we invite abstracts of in-progress drafts of articles or book/dissertation chapters on any aspect (historical, cultural, literary, artistic, or historiographical) of captivity in the premodern or modern Mediterranean, broadly construed.


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7.    Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: "Migration, Diaspora, and Movement of Peoples", University of Chicago, 3-5 May 2019

The theme is intentionally broad to accommodate for scholarship on a plethora of topics and time periods. Examples include: forced and voluntary movements, labor and economic phenomena, diaspora studies, human rights, and more.


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8.    Workshop on "Histories of Sexuality and Erudition: Institutions, Texts, Practices", Princeton, NJ, 10–11 May 2019

The workshop will explore links between sexuality and the lived practices of knowledge production across different contexts and cultures. It will bring together scholars from different fields to collectively examine diverse, historically contingent cases at the juncture between the history of sexuality and the history of scholarship.

Deadline for abstracts:  1 February 2019. Information: https://sexualityerudition.wordpress.com/

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9.    Workshop: "Lost and Gained on the Way: Placing 'Transit' Migration in Europe, Africa and Asia", Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 13-14 May 2019

This workshop aims to bring together scholars whose work explores what migrants do in the so-called
transit. The focus is on what is lost (shattered, left behind, deliberately destroyed, accidentally lost) and gained (built, created, initiated, cultivated and accrued). The geographical focus of the workshop is on Europe, Asia and Africa, including the Middle East.


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10.  China and the Middle East and North Africa Conference, Shanghai University, 17-18 May 2019

We invite submissions on the following and related topics: Political Economy of the Middle East; Nationalism and Nation-State; Political Parties; Environmental Issues; Social Movements; etc.


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11.  Conference: "Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance", Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR), Toronto, 21-23 May 2019

Given the continued role of religion in the public realms of most societies, how might the anthropology of religion—alongside or distinct from theology and the natural sciences—articulate an equally public voice?

Deadline for abstracts: 21 January 2018. Information: http://sar.americananthro.org/activities/meeting/

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12.  Sixth Annual International Conference on Social Sciences: “Migration in Morocco and Beyond: From Local to Global Dynamics”, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, 25-26 May 2019

The organizers invite papers that address every aspect of migration. Conference presentations can be delivered in Arabic, French or English.


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13.  CEMS Graduate Conference: "Cultural Entanglement, Transfer and Contention in Mediterranean Communities from Antiquity to the Present", Budapest, 30 May - 1 June 2019

The aim of this conference is to work against the grain of disciplinary boundaries to better understand these processes of inheritance, transmission, and exchange both diachronically and synchronically.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019. Information: https://cems.ceu.edu/cems-graduate-conference-2019

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14.  International Conference: “Pilgrimages and Tourism”, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Re-search, Cambridge, 15-16 June 2019

This conference seeks to analyze the complex concepts of pilgrimages and tourism. What is a pilgrimage? Do pilgrimages contribute to the sense of community and belonging? Is tourism a transformative experience?  How do souvenirs, memorabilia and travelogues facilitate imagination of other people and places? Etc.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019. Information: http://tourism.lcir.co.uk/

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15.  Workshop on "Youth Politics in the Middle East", Amman, 19-20 June 2019

This workshop aims to move beyond simplistic descriptions of youth in the Middle East in favor of richer scholarship that takes young people seriously as social actors, and explores how their cultural, educational, economic, and local experiences intersect with politics and political struggle. Papers will be published as an issue of the open access POMEPS Studies series.



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16.  2nd Bali-International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), Kuta, Indonesia, 9-10 July 2019

The conference promotes international dissemination of knowledge and development of cross-national academic fraternity. The participants come from different backgrounds and countries. They share their researches, experiences and informally create long-lasting bonds.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019. Information: https://eurasiaresearch.org/conference/bali-icssh-09-10-july-2019~callforpaper

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17.  Seminar for Arabian Studies, University of Leiden, 11-13 July 2019

This international forum meets annually for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922).


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18.  Workshop on “Women, Nation Building and Modernization Projects in the Gulf: Explorations in State Instrumentalization of Women” (No.14), during the "Gulf Research Meeting", Cambridge University, 15-18 July 2019

The workshop broadly examines the new state-sponsored policies, initiatives, regulations and projects aiming to enhance the public roles, positions, and representations of women in the Gulf in diverse fields, including politics, education, art, economy, army, culture or natural sciences.

Deadline for abstracts: 20 January 2019. Information: http://www.gulfresearchmeeting.net/index.php?pgid=Mg==  

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19.  Workshop on “Quotidian Youth Cultures in the Gulf Peninsula: Changes and Challenges” (No.9), during the "Gulf Research Meeting", Cambridge University, 15-18 July 2019

The aim of the workshop is to provide a comprehensive overview of the shifts that have occurred in youth cultures and youth identities in the past decade in the GCC,  analyzing the implications of quotidian practices and formations in the framework of growing social, cultural and political transformations.


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20.  Biennial Conference of the International Qur'anic Studies Association: "Reading the Qur’an in the Context of Empire", University of New England, Tangier, 25-26 July 2019

The conference will unveil new research on the Qur’an, and create a platform for connecting other religions to Qur’anic studies. Further attention will be paid to the important contribution of North African scholars to the emergence and flourishing of methods in the study of Qur’an, tafsir and translation.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 January 2018. Information: https://iqsaweb.wordpress.com/international-meeting-2019/

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21.  Conference: “Rethinking Genre in the Islamicate Middle East”, Asia-Africa-Institute, University of Hamburg, 5-6 September 2019

The conference aims to bring together scholars with expertise in Arabic, Persian and Turkish narrative traditions who are interested in the manifold facets of the history, sociology and poetics of genre and generic structures underlying the literary production of the respective traditions.


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22.  53rd Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA),
New Orleans, LA, 14-17 November 2019

MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the seventh century to modern times. Other regions, including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which their territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization. Comparative work is encouraged.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019. Information: https://mesana.org/annual-meeting/call-for-papers

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POSITIONS

23.  Full Professorship for “Islamic Intellectual History of the Post-Classical Period (1200-1800)”, Humboldt University Berlin

Position is starting 1 October 2019 and initially limited to a 5-year contract. The successful candidate will focus on the significance of the post-classical intellectual history in his or her research and teaching, especially in the areas of Kalām, philosophy and mysticism, with a special emphasis on different doctrinal currents (especially Sunna and Shia).


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24.  Full Professorship for “Comparative Theology from an Islamic Perspective”, Humboldt University Berlin

Position is starting 1 October 2019 and initially limited to a 5-year contract. The successful candidate will focus on the relationship between Muslim religiosity and other religious communities and worldviews in his or her research and teaching. He or she will undertake research in entangled history, particularly with respect to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and will compare the interaction of actors of various religious origins with regard to religious doctrine and practice.


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25.  PhD Student in Political Science for Research on "The  Exchange  of  Secret Service  Knowledge  between  Germany  and  the  Arab  Middle  East  1960-2010”, Leibnitz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

The candidate  will be expected to carry out a comparative study between the East German intelligence  agency and one Arab  intelligence  agency (Iraq,  Egypt,  Yemen  or  Syria),  based on extensive literature study, archival research and interviews in Europe and the US. Highly proficient reading skills in German and Arabic are essential.


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26.  PhD Research Fellowship on "Biopolitics in the Middle East", Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

The fellowship is part of the project "The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East" which sets out to analyze and understand the different temporalities of epidemics. Qualification requirements:  A Master's degree or equivalent in Middle Eastern studies, medical humanities, cultural history, history of science, historical International Relations or relevant fields.

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019. Information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/161059/doctoral-research-fellowship

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27.  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on "Epidemics in the Middle East", Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

The fellowship is part of the project "The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East" which sets out to analyze and understand the different temporalities of epidemics. Qualification requirements:  PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in a field relevant to the project; specialisation in language-based Middle Eastern studies; etc.

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019. Information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/161101/post-doctoral-research-fellowship

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28.  Six Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme Early Stage Researcher (PhD) Positions, University of Aberdeen

Positions are lasting 3 years and are starting in September 2019, for ground- breaking research on how political concepts emerge and are used in the world. Applications focusing on 'The Politics of Democracy' in the Middle East – particularly in its trans-regional relation to other ‘areas’ – are encouraged.

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2019. Information: https://www.abdnjobs.co.uk/internal/vacancy/early-stage-researchers-369165.html

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29.  Visiting (Research) Fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 2019-20, University of Oxford

These Fellowships carry a stipend of £5000, with membership of the Common Room, office space and access to the resources of the Centre.


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30.  Postdoctoral Position at SASNET for Religion and Politics in South Asia, Lund University

The position is full-time, divided as follows: 80% will be spent on research directly linked to religion and politics in South Asia, and 20% on teaching and other tasks related to education and administration.To be appointed as a postdoc you will need to have earned a PhD in the social sciences or other related subject.


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31.  Assistant Professor in the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark

Applicants must have a Ph.D.-degree in the study of religions ('comparative religion'), and document research expertise in a field of specialization as well as a potential for teaching in this as well as in other fields.



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32.  Postdoctoral Fellows at the American University of Beirut

The positions are open to recent recipients of the PhD degree whose research and teaching interests involve one or more of the following disciplines: Arabic (Mamluk or Ottoman Arabic Literature); Philosophy (Ancient Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy); History and Archaeology (Prehistory of the Levant, Islamic Archaeology, Egyptology)


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33.  Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, University of Arizona

We are interested in a broad range of historical and/or social scientific approaches to the study of health and health care in the Middle East and North Africa. Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or a related language).

Review of applications begins 21 January 2019. Information: https://uacareers.com/postings/34011

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34.  Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World (non-Western), Texas A&M University

The successful candidate must possess a PhD in History with a specialization in the Islamic World, any period or region, and must demonstrate experience teaching in higher education.


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35.  Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville

This is a non-tenure-track position with a 3-year appointment. We are seeking a scholar working on women and Judaism in global or transnational contexts from a comparative perspective, in a range of fields including, but not limited to, anthropology, religious studies, and political science.

Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2019. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/57501

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36.  Full-time Faculty Position in Arabic Language and Culture, National Chengchi University in Taipei

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Arabic Linguistics; Arabic Culture; Computer Science; Information and Communication Technology in Learning; or relevant fields. Specialized writings and publications; research achievements and cross-disciplinary research given high priority. Competence in English-taught courses.

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2019. Information: arabic@nccu.edu.tw

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37.  Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center, New York City

The ideal candidate is a scholar with a broad background in Islamic art, archaeology, and cultural history.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019. Information: https://www.bgc.bard.edu/bgc-postdoc-fellowship-islamic-art


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38.  Assistant Professor of Humanities, Boğaziçi University Istanbul

The courses are taught in English. Native command of English and a Ph.D. in a Humanities-related discipline are required.


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39.  Postdoctoral Fellowship on the Economics of Conflict at the "International Crisis Group" and “Empirical Studies of Conflict Project”, Washington, DC

The fellowship will entail policy research and analysis, and engagement with policymakers and other conflict actors to prevent, resolve or better manage deadly conflict; it also will involve long-term empirical research on the economic and political drivers of conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Deadline for application: 1 February 2019. Information: https://www.crisisgroup.org/who-we-are; contact Assistant Professor Tarek Ghani (tghani@wustl.edu)

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40.  One Year Middle East Initiative Research Fellowships, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

The fellowships are offered for researchers at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty level for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy, focusing especially on Democratizing Politics; Building Peace;  Revitalizing the State! Democratizing the Market; Digital Governance.


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41.  Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, University of Arizona

We are interested in a broad range of historical and/or social scientific approaches to the study of health and health care in the Middle East and North Africa. Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or a related language).

Review of applications begins 21 January 2019. Information: https://uacareers.com/postings/34011

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42.  Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World (non-Western), Texas A&M University

The successful candidate must possess a PhD in History with a specialization in the Islamic World, any period or region, and must demonstrate experience teaching in higher education.


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43.  Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville

This is a non-tenure-track position with a 3-year appointment. We are seeking a scholar working on women and Judaism in global or transnational contexts from a comparative perspective, in a range of fields including, but not limited to, anthropology, religious studies, and political science.

Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2019. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/57501

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44.  Two Postdoctoral Fellowships, Asia Centre, Harvard University

The fellowships are available to recent Ph.D. graduates who engage seriously with at least two Asian countries. In the case of Southeast Asia, research may be on a single country, although preference will be given to applicants with comparative or cross-border projects.

Deadline for applications: 25 January 2019. Information: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8650


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45.  Two AUC Summer Course for Islamic Studies in Cairo for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students

The general program (June 16 – July 12) covers Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Law, and Sufism while the Islamic Law program (July 14 – August 8) covers origins, cases, criminal law, and post-colonial law

Deadline for application: 15 April 2019. Information: www.cairosummerinstitute.com

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46.  Funding Opportunities for Research in the Levant 2019-20 by the "Council for British Research in the Levant"

CBRL offers research grants for fellowships, project awards and travel grants. Deadline: 10 January 2019.  Information: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/37223


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47.  Articles on "Critical Reflections on Contemporary Muslim Thought and Human Rights" for Special Issue of "Journal of Contemporary Poetics"

Scholars working in the fields of history, cultural studies, political science, psychology, religious studies, critical theory, film and media studies, literature and languages, postcolonial studies, and law are invited to present fresh insights into this debate.


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48.  Chapter for Edited Book on "Space, Place and Religious Landscapes: Living Mountains" to be Published by Bloomsbury Press



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49.  Research Articles, Review Articles and Book Reviews on the Middle East for Special Issue of "Turkish Journal of History"

The guest editor Philipp O. Amour welcomes high quality original on any aspect of History and Middle East.

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2019. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/3417314/special-issue-middle-east

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50.  Articles on Book Project "Migration in Africa and Beyond: Text and Contexts"

This volume proposes a body of interdisciplinary essays which hope to approach migration by engaging its multifarious narratives across cultural, literary, historical and the social sciences’ perspectives. The ultimate projection is to demonstrate that migration is at the centre/and is central to twenty-first century inter and inter-group relations as well as development discourses.


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