Distinguished Lecture and All-Day Research Workshop on "Transnational Feminisms and the New Middle East Insurrections" and 10th Anniversary Dinner Celebration, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 3 April 2014 Featuring Distinguished Lecturer Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles. Admission to conference is free. Admission to dinner is $50 per person. This event is sponsored by the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, the Council on Middle East Studies, and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies is the official publication of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies. For information, visit http://www.jmews.org/programs/distinguished-lecture-workshop/. _______________ Mediterranean Seminar Spring Workshop: "Mediterranean Connectivities", Los Angeles, 3 May 2014 Proposals are being accepted for this seminar, held in conjunction with the SNAP symposium “Power Relations and Religious Communities in the Western Mediterranean” to be held on 2 May 2014 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles California. The deadline for workshop proposals is 15 March 2014. http://humweb.ucsc.edu/mediterraneanseminar/news/index.php?id=296 _____________ International Conference: "China and the Islamic World: Trade and Knowledge", Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History in Islam, Istanbul, 5-6 June 2014 We welcome scholars of China and the Islamic World to join us in a debate that addresses but is not limited to the following issues: 1. Trade, travel and exchange between China and the Islamic World 2. Flow of knowledge, science, and technology from China to the Islamic World and vice versa 3. Institutions, mechanisms and significance of their exchange Deadline for abstracts 15 April 2014. Information http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=211276 ___________________ 4. International Conference: “Horizons of Islamic Theology”, Frankfurt, 1-5 September 2014 The Zentrum fuer Islamische Studien (Center for Islamic Studies) at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is pleased to announce this congress. With six thematic sections and more than thirty panels, this international congress will focus on the key aspects of Islamic Theological Studies and also includes an interdisciplinary section spanning a range of related thematic areas. The congress addresses experts and others interested in the fields of Islamic theology and neighboring disciplines. Deadline for abstracts: 31 May 2014. Information www.kongress-islam.uni-frankfurt.de __________________ 5. International Conference: "The Visual World of Persianate Culture: From Antiquity to the Present", University of Edinburgh, 24-26 October 2014 This international conference will explore the importance of the visual in the Persian world and examine the historic role of visual culture in the shaping, influencing, and transforming of Persian cultures across the various historical periods, ranging from pre-Islamic cultures, medieval / early modern Islamic cultures, to Iran’s modern visual cultures. An immensely rich visual culture has always existed in Iran and the surrounding regions from early antiquity, often shaped by encounters with different zones of contact and patronised by ruling elites and dynasties with a myriad of artistic and cultural traditions, needs and agendas. This conference is sponsored by the Iran Heritage Foundation. Deadline for abstracts (no more than 350 words) 15 April 2014, to be send to the organizers Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (L.Llewellyn-Jones@ed.ac.uk), Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz (email@example.com) and Dr Yuka Kadoi (firstname.lastname@example.org) __________________ 6. Panels for SeSaMO Conference: “Beyond the Arab Uprisings: Rediscovering the MENA Region”, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 16-17 January 2015 The Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) invites scholars to apply to direct a panel focusing on any topic within Middle Eastern Studies for its next conference. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome as well as proposals focusing on distinct areas of interest in the scholarship on the Middle East. Proponents are encouraged to opt for English or French as working languages. Each panel proposal should include two workshop directors who ought to come from different institutions and must reach the organizing committee by 30 April 2014. Ideally, at least one director should be based outside of Italy so as to foster research collaboration and to promote the publication of the proceedings in international venues. The presence of a discussant is also strongly encouraged. The proposal should include a 2 to 4 page description outlining the objectives and scope of the proposed panel. Please send your panel proposals to Dr. Paola Rivetti at email@example.com ________________ 7. International Conference: "Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient Near East", Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, 20-22 July 2015 ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organising a series of conferences on “Transmission and Innovation: Scientific, technological and religious thought in the Syro-Mesopotamian area (3000 BC – 700 AD)”. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be published in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical. Information firstname.lastname@example.org _______________ POSITIONS 8. Research Associate, Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar The role will contribute towards CIRS’s inter-disciplinary research agenda (focused on the politics, economics, society, and culture of the Persian Gulf and Middle East). This position will add to CIRS’s research and publications portfolio, including research and editing assignments. The position is open to scholars in social science disciplines, working on the Middle East, with priority given to those working on the Persian Gulf. Review of applications begins March 1, 2014. Information: http://cirs.georgetown.edu/425173.html ______________ OTHER INFORMATION 9. PhD Scholarship for 3 Years: "History of the Ottoman Red Crescent (1869-1923)", Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Starting 1 June 2014 The PhD project should relate to the institute’s research on the subject of “humanitarian ideas and practices”. The history of humanitarianism has recently been discovered as an important field of History and is still lacking studies on non-Western, non-Christian forms, ideas and practices of humanitarian aid. The project on the first Islamic branch of the Red Cross movement will respond to this lacuna in research and present an innovative work based on unexplored archival sources. Candidates should hold a master’s degree in history, Islamic Studies or Oriental Studies. In order to read source materials, knowledge of Ottoman is a prerequisite, knowledge of Turkish and French would be very helpful. International applicants should be prepared to learn German. The scholarship is 1200 Euros per month, with additional funds for travelling available. Deadline for applications 23 March 2014. Contact Dr. Esther Moeller email@example.com. _______________ 10. Scholarships for Five German-Arab Master’s Programmes, Commonly Supported by GIZ and DAAD. The programmes are co-conducted by one Arab and one German University each, and are targeted at future leaders of the German-Arab Cooperation. All programmes focus on the MENA region, practical application, intercultural learning, development cooperation, and management skills. Still, they have distinct academic contents: “Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency”, “International Education Management”, “Integrated Water Resource Management”, “Economics of the Middle East” and “Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design”. Applications for the academic year 2014/2015 are invited. Deadlines are in March 2014. DAAD scholarships are available. Information www.gamp-online.net ______________ 11. DAAD Scholarships for the Joint Master "Heritage Conservation and Site Management" of the University Brandenburg Cottbus and Helwan University Cairo The target group of this Master’s program are young graduates of Archaeology, Architecture, Tourism, Conservation, History, or other relevant study fields. It is a 2-year Masters programm starting winter semester 2014-2015. The deadline for applications June 15, 2014. Information https://www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/changebyexchange/2014_btu_ausschreibung_ausl__nder_eng_210114.pdf; https://www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/changebyexchange/ut_ausschreibung_deutsche.pdf. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ________________ 12. Cambridge Inter-faith Programme Summer School, July/August 2014 Calling emerging religious leaders around the world, the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme will bring together an international group from Islamic, Christian and Jewish backgrounds, for three-weeks of immersion in inter-faith and cross-cultural encounter, to resource practical peacemaking and conflict-transformation efforts. The bedrock of the programme is the practice of inter-faith Scriptural Reasoning (SR, see http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/en/sr). Students receive intensive training in SR; they are offered a series of lectures delivered by specialist academics and peacemakers; and they are facilitated in a process of teaching one another about aspects of their traditions. Most importantly, students have the opportunity to get to know, and learn from, their fellow participants. All the costs of tuition, accommodation, on-site meals, activities and visits will be covered by the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. Applications are due by 28 February 2014. Information http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/en/education/summerschool _____________ 13. Articles for Edited Book on “Religion and Legal Boundaries in Islamic Contexts” The aims of the book are to contribute to a different epistemology when analysing the diversity of political situations and the role of religion in different contexts of the Islamic world. Manuscripts dealing with Christian minorities in Muslim-majority countries and with Muslim minorities in countries such as India, Russia, the Philippines, or others, are also welcomed. Please, do not send proposals dealing with “Political Islam” or “Islamist” organizations if not having any relation with the main theme of the book. For those interested in submitting a paper for inclusion in the edited book, please contact the book editor, Carimo Mohomed, at the e-mail email@example.com, no later than March, 31st. _____________ 14. Papers for "Romano-Arabica Journal" on "Graffiti, Writing and Street Art in the Arab World" Deadlines for paper proposals: May 15th, 2014; for sending the final version of the paper: October 1st, 2014. Information http://araba.lls.unibuc.ro/?page_id=2791 _____________ 15. 2014 Summer Internship Program, Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development, Washington D.C The internship program provides students with an opportunity to conduct primary-source research, develop writing and organizational skills, build valuable D.C. contacts, gain hands-on experience and observe the extensive political and policy-related happenings in the metropolitan D.C. area. As important members of our team, interns gain valuable exposure to the functions of a highly productive non-profit organization working on issues of national and international significance. Summer interns coordinate a summer lecture series, conduct in-depth research on a topic related to the Palestine issue and assist with Palestine Center briefings, film screenings and symposia. The Palestine Center staff provides guidance on research and logistics, helps to educate interns on the Palestinian issue and advises them as needed on career development. This internship is unpaid. Deadline for application 4 April 2014. Information www.thejerusalemfund.org/internships ________________________________________
2014 Call for Membership in the "Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities" (AGYA). This new bi-lateral academy has been established at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin) and the Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain) and aims to establish a framework for international research cooperation between Arab and German young researchers (3-10 years after their PhD). The academy will consist of 25 young researchers from Germany and 25 young researchers from Arab countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen). Eligibility: - Early-career researchers from any field in Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences, and Arts. - Prospective candidates must have received their Ph.D. no longer than 3 to 10 years ago at the time of application. - Applicants must be affiliated with a university or a research institution in any Arab country or in Germany. - The working language of the AGYA is English. No knowledge of German or Arabic is necessary. While the Arab world is experiencing a dynamic transition, it is especially important that young Arab and German researchers intensify their contacts and establish new forms of cooperation. Addressing this challenge, the "Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities" (AGYA) brings together outstanding Arab and German researchers of the young generation and provide them with comprehensive tools and administrative resources required for innovative joint projects and cooperative initiatives in various fields of research and education. Deadline of application: March 15, 2014 www.bbaw.de/agya firstname.lastname@example.org and cc to email@example.com _____________________________________ 10-Weeks Intensive Course on " Qurʾanic/Classical and Theological Arabic" (10 hours/week), University of Muenster / Germany, 5 Mai – 18 July 2014 Instructor: Dr. Shawqi TALIA (CUA, Washington DC). The aim of this 10-week intensive credit language course is to familiarize students with the Arabic script as well as basic morphology, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Classical Arabic, as found in the Qurʾan, early Islamic theology, and Arabic Christian theological literature. Workload / contact hours: 100 hours. The language of instruction will be English. No tuition fee for students of German universities. For all other participants Euro 100. Information http://www.uni-muenster.de/FB2/theol_arabisch/
Middle East Summer School, SOAS, London, 23 June - 24 July 2014 Summer school students can take two courses: an Arabic language course (Levels 1 or 2) and another: either ‘Government and Politics of the Middle East'or‘Culture and Society in the Middle East’. "Government and Politics of the Middle East" serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and Iran. It offers an overview of the major political issues and developments in the region since the end of the First World War and addresses key themes in the study of contemporary Middle East politics, including: the role of the military, social and economic development, political Islam, and the recent uprisings (the ‘Arab Spring’). "Culture and Society in the Middle East" offers an introduction to the theories and methods of studying culture and deals with the history and development of societies in MENA from the classical period to the present. It is taught through a study of lively topics such as religious and ethnic diversity, impact of the West, the role of tradition, education (traditional and modern), family structure and value, gender politics, media, labour and labour migration, the Palestinian refugee problem and Arab exile communities, culinary cultures, music and media, etc. Please note that early bird discounts of 10% are available until 15 April 2014. For more information, see: http://www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/summerschool/ or contact Louise Hosking: L.Hosking@soas.ac.uk.