Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs, sends the following announcement:


Bilateral Exchange of Academics Research Stays (1 – 3 months)

Deadline: 31.10.2012

This exchange program is primarily intended to support the
implementation of mutual teaching and research projects

Requirements:

1.        Application form

2.        Complete list of publication

3.        Recent curriculum vitae

4.        Endorsement Letter

5.        Invitation letter from a German professor

6.        Detailed and well defined proposal

For more details please refer to the following URL:


http://cairo.daad.de/en/
studyingresearchgermany/scholarshipforeigners/postdocsresearchers/

Or call us on 02-27384127/ 2 2735 27 26

 

NileTESOL 2012 Conference

October 20th, 2011

This announcement comes from Rania Jabr of the English Language Institute:


 

NileTESOL Conference 2012

is

introducing

 

NileTESOL 20×20 EVENT

Share your great idea in 5 minutes!

For the first time in EGYPT, NileTESOL is launching a new event in addition to our Plenaries, Debates, & ESP invited guests.

This is an invitation to all creative EFL educators who wish to share their ideas, experiences, or dreams. All you need is an inspiring idea or your reflection on an experience related to one of the following categories:

a. Teaching with Minimal Resources

OR

b. Innovative EFL Teaching with Technology

What is NileTESOL 20X20?

This is an event where speedy presentations are given by professionals in the field of education to encourage innovative professional development ideas. Presenters will be given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 auto-advancing slides. Each slide is displayed for 20 seconds.

If you are willing to try something new, for details and to submit a proposal, go to our conference site http://conf.aucegypt.edu/NileTESOL2012

Or: link to flyer: http://conf.aucegypt.edu/ConfAdmin/jonah_images/niletesol20x20%20Flyer%20-%20final.pdf

Deadline for application is November 20, 2011

 

Looking forward to your contribution,

Rania Jabr

Chair, NileTESOL 2012

 

various academic opportunities

October 2nd, 2011

Brought to you by Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs…


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EURAMES Info Service 28/11


Dear Madame, dear Sir, dear colleague and friend,

Please find below the following announcements:

1. International Workshop: "Traditions of Martyrdom in the Modern Middle East", Zentrum fuer Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, 14-15 October 2011

2. Colloque international «1860. Histoires et mémoires d’un conflit», Beyrouth, 5-7 octobre 2011

3. Colloque international «Public Controversies Around Islam in Europe», Paris, 13-15 octobre 2011

4. Colloque international  «Une mobilisation algérienne : Nanterre et le 17 octobre 1961», Nanterre, 14-15 octobre 2011

5. Table ronde «Dégage ! On tourne ! Images cinématographiques et révolutions arabes», Paris, 27 octobre 2011

6. Colloque  «Les fondations pieuses waqfs-habous chez les chrétiens et les juifs en terre d’islam», Paris, 3-4 novembre 2011

7. Colloque International «Patrimoine, tourisme et développement. Les enjeux du patrimoine comme ressource identitaire, touristique et économique en Tunisie», Sousse, 1-2 novembre 2011

8. The 2011 Palestine Center Annual Conference: "A Turning Point: For Palestine and the Region", Washington DC, 4 November 2011

9. Colloque Internation «Laïcités en sociétés majoritairement musulmanes et musulmans en contextes laics. Débats, expériences et confrontations (XIXe-XXe siècle) », Université du Maine, Le Mans, 13-14 janvier 2012

10. Colloque Association française des sciences sociales des religions-AFSR, "Justice, religion, reconciliation", Paris (EHESS),
6-7 février 2012

11. 16th Annual Graduate Symposium: "Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the Midst of Revolution", University of Toronto, March 5-6, 2012

12. Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Arabian Chronicles on "Cities and Urban Developments in the Contemporary Arabian Peninsula"

Best regards,

Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW),  University of Mainz,
www.ceraw.uni-mainz.de

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1. International Workshop: "Traditions of Martyrdom in the Modern Middle East", Zentrum fuer Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, 14 - 15 October 2011

The workshop is organized by Sasha Dehghani and Silvia Horsch.  For information on the program see
http://www.zfl-berlin.org/veranstaltungen-detail/items/maertyrer.html

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2. Colloque international «1860. Histoires et mémoires d’un conflit», Beyrouth, 5-7 octobre 2011

Organisé par Université de Paris I-Sorbonne – Cemaf, Université Saint-Joseph (Beyrouth), Université de Balamand, Institut français du Proche-Orient, Lebanon Renaissance Foundation, Druze Heritage Foundation. Cf. http://www.ifporient.org/node/971

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3. Colloque international «Public Controversies Around Islam in Europe», Paris, 13-15 octobre 2011

Organisé par Nilüfer Göle. Cf. http://europublicislam.ehess.fr

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4. Colloque international : «Une mobilisation algérienne : Nanterre et le 17 octobre 1961», Nanterre, 14-15 octobre 2011

Colloque organisé par la mairie de Nanterre, la BDIC, l'Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, l'association les Oranges et le MRAP Inscription par mail (colloque17octobre-mairienanterre@hotmail.fr) ou au 01 41 37 94 20


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5. Table ronde «Dégage ! On tourne ! Images cinématographiques et révolutions arabes », Paris, 27 octobre 2011

Rencontre internationale organisée par Agnès Devictor (Paris 1), Sabrina Mervin (CNRS-CEIFR) et Jean-Claude Penrad (EHESS). Cf. Programme http://lodel.ehess.fr/iismm/docannexe.php?id=726

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6. Colloque  «Les fondations pieuses waqfs-habous chez les chrétiens et les juifs en terre d’islam», Paris, 3-4 novembre 2011

Colloque organisé par Sabine Saliba, Randi Deguilhem et Bernard Heyberger. L’IISMM avec la participation du Campus Condorcet, IREMAM, CNRS et l’EPHE. Cf. programme
http://actualites.ehess.fr/nouvelle4611.html

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7. Colloque International «Patrimoine, tourisme et développement. Les enjeux du patrimoine comme ressource identitaire, touristique et économique en Tunisie», Sousse, 1-2 novembre 2011

L’Association RehabiMed a le plaisir de vous informer de l’organisation du Colloque International  dans le cadre du projet Montada financé par l’Union Européenne. Pour plus d’information et programme : http://www.montada-forum.net/liste/4/all

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8. The 2011 Palestine Center Annual Conference: "A Turning Point: For Palestine and the Region", Washington DC, 4 November 2011

For further information on the program and registration see http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/30862

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9. Colloque Internation "Laïcités en sociétés majoritairement musulmanes et musulmans en contextes laics. Débats, expériences et confrontations (XIXe-XXe siècle)", Université du Maine, Le Mans, 13-14 janvier 2012

Les propositions de communications doivent être adressées avant le 15 octobre 2011, en 2000 signes maximum, accompagnées d’un bref cv, à l’adresse suivante : colloque.laicites@gmail.com

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10. Colloque Association française des sciences sociales des religions-AFSR, "Justice, religion, reconciliation", Paris (EHESS), 6-7 février 2012

Le Colloque bénéficie du partenariat et du soutien du Groupe de sociologie politique et morale (GSPM-EHESS), de l'Institut des
sciences sociales du politique (ISP), de l’Institut d’études de l’islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM) et du Centre Jacques Berque (CJB). Les propositions – incluant les titres et les résumés (environ 300 mots) – sont à envoyer avant le 15 octobre 2011 aux trois organisateurs du colloque Yazid Ben Hounet : yazid_benhounet@yahoo.fr, Sandrine Lefranc : sandrinelefranc@mac.com; Deborah Puccio-Den : Deborah.Puccio-Den@ehess.fr

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11. 16th Annual Graduate Symposium: "Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the Midst of Revolution", University of Toronto, March 5-6, 2012

By annually bringing together specialists in archaeology, history (both modern and ancient), anthropology, comparative literature,
religion, philosophy, art, and political science, the symposium provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse focused on the study of the Near and Middle East. While we encourage submissions that are related to the recent Arab Spring movements, we are nevertheless open to any variety of topics that pertain to the realm of Near and Middle Eastern Studies. We are also open to reviewing unorthodox proposals.

Presenters are asked to submit an abstract of 250 words by e-mail attachment no later than January 9, 2012. Please send us your submissions via the following e-mail address: nmcgsasymposium@gmail.com

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12. Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Arabian Chronicles on "Cities and Urban Developments in the Contemporary Arabian Peninsula"

The proposed special issue is aimed at gathering contributions that are based on detailed fieldwork investigation and can therefore show the complexity underpinning the organization of Arabian cities. It seeks to shed light on the urbanisation processes and urban policies and planning, social practices and territorial reconfigurations. We would welcome contributions investigating the role of the different actors shaping and experiencing the 'city' in the Arabian Peninsula, whether public or private institutions and decision makers on the one hand, or town dwellers of various nationalities, professional and social backgrounds on the other hand.

This special issue clearly lies at the junction between several academic disciplines, including geography, urban studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, history and possibly others. Article proposals can belong to any one (or more) of these disciplines.

Editors: Claire Beaugrand, CNRS-IFPO; Amélie Le Renard, CNRS; Roman Stadnicki,  CEDEJ (Cairo)

Deadline for the submission of proposals  31 Dec 2011; submission of articles 30 Sept. 2012. Further information
http://calenda.revues.org/nouvelle20873.html

 

 

 

This is forwarded to the Bulletin by Dr. Holger Albrecht, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.


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THE INSTITUTE FOR QUALITATIVE AND MULTI-METHOD RESEARCH, MAXWELL SCHOOL OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 18-29, 2012.

OPEN POOL APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 18, 2011

The 2012 Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research will be held at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Participants at the 2012 institute will arrive on Sunday June 17, and classes will commence on June 18. The institute will run until the evening of Friday June 29, with a two day break on June 23 and 24.

The institute seeks to enable students to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches. Topics include research design, methods of structured and focused comparisons of cases, typological theory, case selection, process tracing, comparative historical analysis, congruence testing, path dependency, interpretivism, counterfactual analysis, interview and field research (including archival) techniques, necessary and sufficient conditions, fuzzy set methods, natural experiments, and philosophy of science issues relevant to qualitative research.

Attendees will receive constructive feedback on their own research designs.

Materials from the 2011 institute (including a schedule and reading list) are available for viewing at http://www1.maxwell.syr.edu/


Please note that the syllabus will be revised for the 2012 institute, and should be viewed with this in mind.

There are two ways to attend the institute – by nomination from a member department or research center, or by successfully competing in the open pool competition.

CQRM members will use their own meritocratic criteria to select students, fellows or junior faculty to attend the 2012 institute, and must notify CQRM of their choices by February 17, 2012. CQRM has approximately 70 members that make nominations each year. If you do not know if your institution is a member, you can email celman@maxwell.syr.edu to request that information.

Students, fellows and junior faculty who are not sure if they will be selected, or who attend non-member organizations, should apply directly to CQRM, using the form available at this link:

https://survey.maxwell.syr.edu/Survey.aspx?s=c6dc0cd2a1974c639545c87bb1840135

Instructions for submission are on the first page of the form.

Open pool applications to the institute must be received by November 18, 2011. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by December 16, 2011. CQRM will cover the costs of tuition, lodging, and meals for successful applicants. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Syracuse University.

 

A 500-word abstract and c.v. are due by December 20, 2011 for a conference to be held on May 24-25, 2012. This item was forwarded to the Bulletin by Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs.

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The Arab Uprisings One Year Later: Examining the Possibilities and Risks


Conference by the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
May 24-25, 2012
www.mei.nus.edu.sg/events/
conference

On December 17, 2010 the dramatic self-immolation of a frustrated Tunisian, Mohammed Bouazizi, set in motion a series of uprisings that radically altered the political, economic, and social landscapes of the Middle East and North Africa. This "Arab Awakening" spread with an intensity and import few could have predicted, resulting in the overthrow of some long-standing autocrats and attempts at deeper entrenchment on the part of others. Citizens also exhibited astonishing levels of persistence and coordination in the face of
grave threats to their lives and livelihoods, while the international community demonstrated varying degrees of engagement and apprehension.

As the fog of the present parts to give us a clearer view of the recent past, observers are gaining ever-widening perspectives on the causes and consequences of these stirring events.

On May 24-25, 2012, the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore will bring together leading experts as well as rising scholars for a two-day conference that will explore and expand upon current debates over the origins, dynamics, and future of the uprisings from a wide range of perspectives. Specifically, the first day of the conference will tackle questions regarding the various factors that help to explain the emergence of these events, the role of media and social networks in their proliferation, and the functions and responses of diverse people, institutions, and ideologies. The second day will examine the cross-national implications, present in-depth case studies of the most affected countries, and explore the multitude of repercussions on the global system. That day will conclude with speculations on the future of the Arab Uprisings and the accompanying regional changes that this new era is likely to witness.

Submission Guidelines:

We invite submissions that directly address the issues described in the proposed panels below or that analyze other relevant themes. We welcome papers from diverse disciplines, reflecting various methodologies, but all should be written for a general academic audience rather than for a specific discipline. Researchers from Asia and the Middle East are especially encouraged to apply.

MEI will provide economy airfare plus the three nights' accommodation for those whose papers are accepted to present at the conference. The authors of papers selected for publication in a conference volume will receive an additional honorarium of SGD$1000 (approx. $830 USD).

Interested contributors should submit a 500-word abstract and a CV by Dec. 20, 2011. Please visit www.mei.nus.edu.sg/events/conference for a detailed conference description, as well as submission and registration details or email meievent@nus.edu.sg for further
information.

Proposed Panels and Topics:

Explanations: Economic, Social, Cultural and Religious factors
Suggested topics: Economic policies and conditions; Opportunity gaps (employment, education, housing, etc.); Socio-cultural conditions; 
Historical factors; Demographic, religious, or ideological dynamics; Corruption, security, and political entrenchment; Other possible contributing factors.

Network Effects: Media and Social Communication
Suggested Topics: Information technology, media use or media coverage; Social networks and social movements; Civil society, informal politics, and counter-culture

Protest Dynamics: Actors, Discourses, and Conceptualization
Suggested Topics: The role of the military and elites; Comparative regime responses; Chain reactions and spillover effects; Conceptualizing the uprisings; Discourses of protest (democracy, Palestine, Islamism, anti-imperialism, artistic expressions); Protester demographics: women, youth, and other groups.

Case Studies
Suggested Topics: Case studies of any country in the region impacted by the uprisings, including those which have experienced significant political change, those where further change is likely to occur, or others who have resisted it and why.

Cross-national Perspectives and Reciprocal Relations
Suggested Topics: Comparing Middle Eastern and Asian Models; Asia and the Arab Uprisings: Two-Way Effects; Effects on the non-Arab Middle East


Implications for the Regional and Global System
Suggested Topics: The "Awakening" and transnational terrorism; China and the awakening Arab world; Washington's ambivalent perspective; The US-Israel strategic design challenged; Saudi Arabia and the "counter-revolution"?; Shifting world powers and regional realignments

The Future of the Arab Uprisings
Suggested Topics: Strategies for political reform and reconstruction; The end of imperialism or a new guise?; An Arab world: leaping forward or falling back?; Prospects for democratization

Click HERE for details. Online applications are possible. Fellows receive generous stipends and spend a year in Washington. ("A book or monograph is required for most academic applicants.") The Fellowship period begins in September 2012.

This is brought to my attention by Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs.

This list has been forwarded to the Bulletin by Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs.

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EURAMES Info Service 26/11

Dear Madame, dear Sir, dear colleague and friend,

Please find below the following announcements:

1. Position: Junior Research Fellow in Research Project on Middle East
Monarchies, GIGA, Hamburg

2. Positions: Editor, Associate Editor and Reviews Editor of the
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

3.  Zahid Ali Scholarship, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

4. Dissertation Writing Scholarship, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

5. Conference: “Coercion or Empowerment? Official Anti-Veiling
Campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia”, St. Antony’s College,
Oxford, Sept 23, 2011

6. Conference: “Border and Border-Crossing – New Perspectives on the
Horn of Africa“, Berlin, 30 September – 1 October 2011

7. International Conference: „Media, Youth Subcultures and the
Politics of Resistance in the Arab World”, Arab Media Centre,
University of Westminster, London,  20 April 2012

8. BRISMES Annual Conference: “Revolution and Revolt: Understanding
the Forms and Causes of Change”, London, LSE, 26-28 March 2012

9. Panel on “Religiously-Oriented Parties and Democratization”
(Session  ”Religion and Politics”),  IPSA Conference, Madrid, 8-12
July  2012

10. Swiss FDFA Conference “Uprisings in the Arab World”. Bern,
Switzerland, 18 October 2011

11. Eighth Beirut Exchange, 4 – 18 January 2012, Beirut

12. Symposium: “Fasting and Beyond: Ramadan as a Multidimentional
Phenomenon”, Umraniye Municipality, Istanbul, 13-15 July 2012

13. The 3rd Media Arabic Webclass (Winter Term 2011/12): “Dive into
al-Jazeera and Co.”, Munich

Best regards,

Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW),  University of Mainz,
www.ceraw.uni-mainz.de

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1. Position: Junior Research Fellow in Research Project on Middle East
Monarchies, GIGA, Hamburg

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is seeking to
recruit a Junior Research Fellow, starting on 1 January 2012 or later,
for a research project funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.  It is
a 50% position, limited to two years (salary scale 13 TV-AVH
/TVöD/50%). Graduate of Political Science, and/or Islamic Studies,
and/or History (Ref.-No. GIGA-11-06)

Main research tasks: – Collaboration in the research project “Middle
East Monarchies: A Configurational Comparison of Breakdown and
Survival since 1945”, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The
research project will contribute to the GIGA Research Programme 1
(Research Team: Persistence and Change in Non-Democratic Regimes).
- Classification and interpretation of secondary literature in
English, French and Arabic; Writing of reports on countries and
historical periods in regard to previously specified criteria;
Configurational comparisons. – Applicants without a PhD will be given
the opportunity to pursue dissertation research in a project related
topic.

Qualification profile: – University Degree (at least Master, Diploma
or PhD) in Political Science, and/or Islamic Studies, and/or History.
- – Knowledge of historical and contemporary developments of political
systems in the Middle East. – - Expertise in comparative methods, in
particular comparative case studies or QCA. – - Fluent expertise of
English, good knowledge of Arabic and/or French; a working knowledge
of German is preferable, but not absolutely necessary.

For further information on the project and the position advertised
please contact André Bank (bank@giga-hamburg.de, Tel.: +49 (0)40 42825
-584) or Dr. Thomas Richter (richter@giga-hamburg.de, Tel.: +49 (0)40
42825-528). For further information on projects and research topics of
GIGA www.giga-hamburg.de.

Please address your application with significant documents (cover
letter, CV, credentials, references, publication list) and up to two
publications to  gohlke@giga-hamburg.de. The selection process starts
October 21, 2011.

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2. Positions: Editor, Associate Editor and Reviews Editor of the
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies is one of the most
prestigious and best-known Journals dealing with the Middle East in
the UK. It has an international subscription and reputation with
contributors drawn from all over the world. The Journal is
particularly proud of its extensive Reviews section.  As we state on
the inside cover of the Journal, “the editors aim to maintain a
balance in the journal’s coverage between the modern social sciences
and the more traditional disciplines associated with Middle Eastern
and Islamic Studies. They welcome scholarly contributions on all
aspects of the Middle East from the end of classical antiquity and the
rise of Islam to the present day”. The Journal is run by a team of a
main Editor, four Associate Editors and a Reviews Editor who all
report to the Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern
Studies (BRISMES, www.brismes.ac.uk). It is published by Taylor and
Francis.

If you are interested in applying for any of the above positions,
please contact the BRISMES Administrative Office  (Tel: 0191 33 45179,
a.l.haysey@dur.ac.uk)  for further information before 14th October
2011.

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3.  Zahid Ali Scholarship, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to invite applications for
the Zahid Ali Scholarship in honour of the late Professor Zahid ‘Ali
(1888-1958). The Zahid Ali Scholarship, in the amount of £5000, is
awarded once every five years to a scholar working in the field of
Classical Arabic Thought who intends to use the award to carry-out
research with a focus on Shi’i and/or Ismaili Studies.

Closing date: 21 October 2011. Please forward your application, with
full CV and research proposal, to Dr. Farhad Daftary, email:
darp@iis.ac.uk.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies has the object of promoting
scholarship and learning on Islam, and a better understanding of its
relationship with other societies and faiths. For more information,
visit our website at www.iis.ac.uk.

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4. Dissertation Writing Scholarship, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to announce a Dissertation
Writing Scholarship for PhD students in the field of Islamic Studies.
The scholarship, which carries a stipend of £3000 or local equivalent,
has been established to assist promising graduate students and
doctoral candidates to complete their research, fieldwork or
dissertation. While the Institute will consider applications regarding
any area of Islamic studies, preference will be given to those
specialising in Shi’i and Ismaili studies.

Applications should be forwarded by post to the address mentioned
below with the following documentation: -doctoral research proposal of
maximum 2000 words; -letter of standing from applicant’s principal
academic supervisor; -two other academic references; -applicant’s
current CV. Deadline: 21 October 2011

Dissertation Writing Scholarship, Department of Academic Research and
Publications The Institute of Ismaili Studies 210 Euston Road London
NW1 2DA UK, Email: darp@iis.ac.uk

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5. Conference: “Coercion or Empowerment? Official Anti-Veiling
Campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia”, St. Antony’s College,
Oxford, Sept 23, 2011

Convened by Dr Stephanie Cronin, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford;
supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Faculty of Oriental
Studies, Oxford. For information on the program and registration
please contact Dr Stephanie Cronin <stephanie.cronin@orinst.ox.ac.uk>

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6. Conference: “Border and Border-Crossing – New Perspectives on the
Horn of Africa“, Berlin, 30 September – 1 October 2011

This year’s annual conference of the “Academic Research Association
Horn of Africa” deals with concepts of borders in the broader sense.
Accordingly, the organizers consider borders as manifestations of
human imagination. Likewise, political, economic and socio-cultural
processes are constantly creating borders. Those kinds of borders are
producing mindsets and behavioral patterns, consolidate resources and,
thus, create perceptions of the self and others as well as related
affiliations. New and renewed border constructs within and among
social groups, as well as the accompanied processes of inclusion and
exclusion, are continuously affecting both individual and collective
self-conceptions. Though, the existence of borders may educe
transitions out of it or even stipulate border-crossings. These
phenomena reveal the multi-facetted scope of action and the
opportunities of negotiations of the relevant actors in this specific
context,

For the detailed program please refer to www.hornvonafrikaev.de. For
conference registration please contact Julian Tadesse
(wakhva@hornvonafrikaev.de).

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7. International Conference: „Media, Youth Subcultures and the
Politics of Resistance in the Arab World”, Arab Media Centre,
University of Westminster, London,  20 April 2012

Papers are invited that explore youth subcultures in the Arab context,
relating them to specific historical, economic, cultural and political
moments. The deadline for abstracts is October 10, 2011. Further
information http://bit.ly/media-youth-arab-world

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8. BRISMES Annual Conference: “Revolution and Revolt: Understanding
the Forms and Causes of Change”, London, LSE, 26-28 March 2012

The Middle East Centre at LSE will host the British Society for Middle
Eastern Studies (BRISMES) annual conference. The conference will be
held in association with the European Association for Middle Eastern
Studies and the Asian Federation of Middle East Associations.

The unprecedented uprisings in the Middle East over the past year have
drawn comparisons with a wide scope of revolts from the French
Revolution to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This conference seeks to
place the focus on a multi-disciplinary consideration of the local and
regional sources and forces which have fuelled the uprisings, as well
as the narratives of the events. In addition to an emphasis on
dynamics within and interpretations of the uprisings, presenters are
encouraged to reflect on what the events may mean for the study of the
region.

The conference will also highlight the areas of research undertaken by
the BRISMES research networks: ■Clerical Authority in Shiite Islam
■Critical Middle East Studies ■Faith, Politics and Society
■Liberation, Domination and Expression ■Resistance, Representation and
Identity

As in previous BRISMES conferences, panels on topics not covered by
the overall theme or the research networks maybe also be proposed.
Individual papers, however, will not be accepted unless they are
relevant to the overall theme, relevant to the research network
sessions, or integral to a panel proposed on the topic. Non-presenting
conference participants are warmly welcomed.

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 18 November 2011 Notification
of successful panels and papers: 16 December 2011 Deadline for
registration: 10 February 2012.  Deadline for submitting papers: 24
February 2012

Further Information www2.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/events/2012/BRISMES2012.aspx

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9. Panel on “Religiously-Oriented Parties and Democratization”
(Session  ”Religion and Politics”),  IPSA Conference, Madrid, 8-12
July  2012

Convenors: Luca Ozzano (University of Turin) and Francesco Cavatorta
(Dublin City University)

This panel aims at taking into account the impact of
religiously-oriented parties on democratization in the contemporary
world, by analyzing both the role they played in the development of
democracy in regions such as Western Europe and Latin America, and
their  possible influence on the democratization processes taking
place in the  MENA region and in other parts of the world. Both single
case studies  and comparative works are welcome. The main objective of
the panel is to  provide the basis for comparisons across regional
cases.

It is planned to publish the best papers in a special issue of an
International Journal and/or an edited Book.  Deadline: October 17,
2011

IPSA website:  http://www.ipsa.org/my-ipsa/events/madrid2012/panel/religiously-oriented-parties-and-democratization

Instructions and link for online submissions:
http://www.ipsa.org/events/congress/madrid2012/submit-abstractpaper-proposal
/madrid2012/submit-
abstractpaper-proposal

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10. Swiss FDFA Conference “Uprisings in the Arab World”. Bern,
Switzerland, 18 October 2011

Every year, the Political Affairs Division IV (Human Security) of the
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs organizes a conference
dedicated to various aspects of human security. The 2011 edition of
the conference, which will be hosted by the Swiss President Micheline
Calmy-Rey.

Structured around presentations and thematic roundtables, the
conference will stimulate reflection and allow the free exchange of
opinions on the ongoing changes sweeping through the Middle-East and
North Africa region. We will also be honored by the presence of Dr.
Nawal El Saadawi who will be delivering the keynote adress after the
president’s speech. Additionally, two “testimonies sessions” by 6
young activists from the most affected countries (Bahrain, Egypt,
Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen) will allow these young activists who
have been actors of the changes their respective countries are
undergoing, share with us their hopes and fears, their perspectives
and their experiences.

The Swiss President, influential personalities, academics, diplomats,
government officials, civil-society activists, bloggers, students,
journalists, politicians and businessmen and women from Switzerland
and the Arab World will be among the five to six hundred persons
expected to attend the event.

The FDFA’s PDIV Annual Conference is a public event, and is free of
charge. Subscription is however required via our webpage. The
conference will be held in German, French and English. Simultaneous
translation will be provided from and to these languages as well as in
Arabic. E-Mail pa4-jahreskonferenz@eda.admin.ch. Webseite
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/
en/home/dfa/...

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11. Eighth Beirut Exchange, 4 – 18 January 2012, Beirut

The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to
promote engagement and understanding through a variety of
city-focused, student conferences in and around the Middle East. The
two-week program will engage students from around the world in a
multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing the region.
The Beirut Exchange program rests on three tracks:

Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia
led by leading academics and public intellectuals. Topics will
include: The Arab Uprisings; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The
United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam;
Pax Syriana in Lebanon; Asymmetrical conflict: the July 2006 Lebanon
war; Human Rights in the Middle East and other topics.

Language – Participants will have the option of attending
approximately 20 hours of Arabic language instruction at the Saifi
Arabic Institute for Arabic Language in Beirut. Modules for both
colloquial and formal Arabic will be available at different levels.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to
meet, listen and engage social, political and economic leaders from
across the spectrum in Lebanon – with a particular (though not
exclusive) emphasis on exposure to leading Islamist and opposition
currents

Application deadline November 15, 2011. Further information visit
http://thebeirutexchange.com/. Request an application via
info@mideastwire.com

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12. Symposium: “Fasting and Beyond: Ramadan as a Multidimentional
Phenomenon”, Umraniye Municipality, Istanbul, 13-15 July 2012

The objectives of the symposium are: to evaluate Ramadan as a modern
social practice flourishing through the experiences of different
cultures; to portray how Ramadan works as a social network; to make a
critical analysis of the ways in which Ramadan is being Orientalized
through its historicization and exclusion from daily life; to
comparatively explore the experience of fasting with the practices in
different religions; to examine the visual, auditory and textual
representations of Ramadan as a scientific phenomenon from the
perspectives of different disciplines; to study the political,
psychological, and spiritual impacts of Ramadan on different social
classes and groups; to question Ramadan’s effect on identity formation
of individuals; to distinguish constants and variables by means of
comparing the Ramadan experiences of traditional and modern Islamic
communities; and to compare the perspectives of different disciplines
on the meanings of fasting.

We welcome articles or proposals in Turkish and/or English from all
perspectives and on all subjects in social sciences, humanities and
theology.

Abstracts Deadline: 15th October 2011. Please submit your abstracts
and address all inquiries to   info@ramadansymposium.com. Website:
www.ramadansymposium.com

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13. The 3rd Media Arabic Webclass (Winter Term 2011/12): “Dive into
al-Jazeera and Co.”, Munich

The Munich Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies offers an
intensive course to meet the needs of PhD students, scholars,
diplomats, lawyers, etc. with a sound theoretical knowledge of
Standard Arabic, but no time to follow conventional language training.
In this webclass, we will improve your listening comprehension of
films and TV shows.

Further information and registration:
http://www.naher-osten.uni-muenchen.de/studium_lehre/weiterbildung/maw/index.html.
Registration is open until 25 September, 2011.

Dear Applicant,

We are pleased to announce the launch of NPRP 5th cycle and invite you, to submit your Letter of Intent (LoI) which will start on the 13th of Sep 2011, noon Doha time, in accordance with the Request For Proposal (RFP) which is available now, online, from our NPRP download center at http://www.qnrf.org/fund_program/nprp/download/ and the timeline, which is clearly described in the RFP and also available on the QNRF website athttp://www.qnrf.org/fund_program/nprp/timeline/.
The major changes incorporated in the NPRP 5th cycle are:-

  • The online system will now allow immediate Proposal preparation once the LoI is submitted.
  • The LPI can now specify the first research area as the primary one, although a secondary research area can also be specified for those proposals that are multidisciplinary. Full details are in section 10.3 of the RFP.
  • For a resubmitted proposal the rebuttal will now be entered online.
  • The ethical compliance section of proposal preparation has now been extended to include additional categories.

Please refer to the ethical compliance requirements, as detailed in section 10.21 of the RFP.

QNRF will hold three public presentations in Doha, as well as broadcast two webinars covering the launch of the NPRP 5th cycle and the new website. The dates, schedules and venues of these events are as follows:-

Day Date Time Venue
Sunday 18th September 10.00am – 11.30am Education City, Student Center
Thursday 22nd September 10.00am – 11.30am Qatar University, College of Engineering, Female Campus
Sunday 25th September 11.30am – 1.00pm Hamad Medical Corporation, Hagar Hall
Webinars
Friday 30th September 8.00pm, Doha time Streamed online.
Register athttp://www.qnrf.org/newsroom/webinars/ to participate
Saturday 1st October 10.00am, Doha time

Best wishes,

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

The following list of opportunities was forwarded to me by Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs.


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EURAMES Info Service 25/11

Dear Madame, dear Sir, dear colleague and friend,

Please find below the following announcements:

1. Research Fellowship on the History of Islamic Religions, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

2. Position: Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Aga Khan Program of the Fine Arts Library, Harvard
Library

3. Conference:“The Iran-Iraq War: The View from Baghdad”, Washington, DC, 25-27 October 2011

4. Conference: “Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production”, Berlin, 16-18 December 2011

5. International Research Conference: “Micro-Level Analysis of Well-Being in Central Asia”, Berlin, 10-11 May 2012

6. Sessions on “Rethinking Cultures and Identities in the Medieval Mediterranean I-II” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, USA,  10-13 May  2012

7. 5th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, 4-7 April 2012, Athens, Greece

8. Islamic Seals Database, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Best regards,

Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW),  University of Mainz,
www.ceraw.uni-mainz.de

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1. Research Fellowship on the History of Islamic Religions, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

The Kaete Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe” at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, invites applications for a research fellowship in the academic year 2012 on “The history of Islamic religions under the conditions of religious contact in Early Modern and Modern Times”.

The invitation primarily addresses experienced researchers, but young academics are also encouraged to apply. Candidates must at least hold a PhD degree and are expected to stay in Bochum over the course of the fellowship. The working language of the collegium is English. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011.

Further information
http://www.khk.ceres.rub.de/
en/service_en/call-for-applications_2012/

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2. Position: Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Aga Khan Program of the Fine Arts Library, Harvard
Library

Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, collaboration, and outreach for visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture to faculty, students, and researchers.

Qualifications:
-Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
-Advanced degree at the master’s level or higher in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or background etc.
-3-5 years related professional library experience required
-Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)

Full job description
https://sjobs.brassring.com/
1033/asp/tg/cim_jobdetail.asp?jobId=821729&PartnerId=25240&SiteId=5341&type=mail&JobReqLang=1&recordstart=1&JobSiteId=5341&JobSiteInfo=821729_5341&gqid=0

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3. Conference:“The Iran-Iraq War: The View from Baghdad”, Washington,
DC, 25-27 October 2011

Defense University’s Conflict Records Research Center and the Wilson Center’s Cold War International History Project are organizing this meeting. The conference will be centered on newly available documentary evidence from Iraqi archives stored digitally at the CRRC and available to researchers at NDU. These new materials, including high-level Iraqi government documents and recorded conversations between Saddam Hussein and his top deputies shed new light on the origins of the conflict, its global and regional Cold War context, the decision-making process of Iraq’s leadership, and a wide variety of
other topics

Further information coldwar@wilsoncenter.orgwww.cwihp.orgwww.ndu.edu.

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4. Conference: “Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production”, Berlin, 16-18 December 2011

Hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, with the Free University of Berlin, Institute for Film Studies, and George Washington University. Iran is undergoing a period of socio-political transformation joined to a cultural space that despite binding censorship regulations, circumnavigates restrictive bans and, in the world of film, generates award winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces. In the course of this two and a half day workshop, participants will investigate cinema in Iran as part of Iran’s rich media and cultural ecology:

CFP deadline was  August 31, 2011. Further information irancinema@asc.upenn.edu.

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5. International Research Conference: “Micro-Level Analysis of Well-Being in Central Asia”, Berlin, 10-11 May 2012

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) invites submissions for this  international research conference.  The
transition from a planned to a market economy has had dramatic consequences in all post-Soviet republics but especially so in Central Asia. Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we wish to examine the well-being of individuals and households in these countries.

We aim at bringing together researchers from several disciplines, especially economics, sociology, geography, and anthropology, in this conference. We do not impose any specific definition of well-being but welcome papers using different concepts.

The submission deadline is 30 September 2011. For further information contact centralasia@diw.de and indicate “Central Asia 2012″ in the subject.

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6. Sessions on “Rethinking Cultures and Identities in the Medieval Mediterranean I-II” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, USA,  10-13 May  2012

The Congress is organized by the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. For further information see
http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/
congress/sessions.html

Call for papers:
http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/
Assets/pdf/congress/CallForPapers2012.pdf

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7. 5th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, 4-7 April 2012, Athens, Greece

The conference website is: www.atiner.gr/mediterranean.htm. Please submit an abstract (using email only to: atiner@atiner.gr) using the abstract submission form available at
http://www.atiner.gr/docs/
2012FORM-MDT.doc by 5th September 2011

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8. Islamic Seals Database, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

The Chester Beatty Library is pleased to announce the launch of its Islamic Seals Database, an online, interactive database of seal impressions found in Islamic manuscripts. The site can be located at www.cbl.ie/islamicseals or through the link on the Islamic Collections page of the Library’s website (www.cbl.ie).

Visitors to the site are invited to participate in deciphering the seals, identifying the individuals or institutions named, and
providing information such as other sources of seals that name the same individual or institution. The database currently contains 150 seal impressions found mainly in the manuscripts of the Chester Beatty Library’s Arabic Collection but also in manuscripts from its Persian, Turkish and Indian Collections. New images will continually be added to the site until all seals in the Library’s Islamic manuscripts are included. We are happy to include seals from other collections if
proper permission to do so and photographs are provided.

Further Information Dr. Elaine Wright, Curator of the Islamic Collections, The Chester Beatty Library, email: ewright@cbl.ie

The following list comes courtesy of Dr. Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs.

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EURAMES Info Service 24/11

Dear Madame, dear Sir,
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Please find below the following announcements:

1. Position: Lectureship in Arabic Language & Linguistics, Leiden University

2. Conference: "(De)Westernization in International and Intercultural Communication", Erfurt University, 27-29 October 2011

3. Papers on a Session  “Court Culture in Medieval Iberia” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 10–13 May 2012

4. Symposium: " Intertwined Worlds: The Judaeo-Islamic Tradition", Selwyn College, Cambridge University, 11-13 September 2011

5. Conference: "The Iran-Iraq War: The View from Baghdad”, Washington, DC, 25-27 October 2011

6. Workshop: "Rationalist Sciences in Islam in the Post-Classical Period (ca. 1200-1900)",  St. Louis, Missouri, 3-6 November 2011

7. Conference: "Contemporary Research in Arab American Studies: New Trends and Critical Perspectives”, Dearborn, Michigan,  4-6 November 2011

8. Conference: "Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production”, Berlin, 16-18 December 2011

9. Conference: "Islam, Citizenship and the New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt", Cairo,  18-20 December 2011

10. Conference: "Middle East in Revolt: The First Anniversary", Melbourne,  17-18 March 2012

11. Conference: "Islam and Democracy: Potential and Possibilities”, London, Ontario, Canada, 23-25 March 2012

12. Conference: “Women and Gender in the Middle East: Recognition, Reflection, and Realignment”, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 4-5 June 2012

13. Conference: "The Hashiya and Islamic Intellectual History",  St. Louis, Missouri, 13-16 October 2012

Best regards,

Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW), University of Mainz, www.ceraw.uni-mainz.de

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1. Position: Lectureship in Arabic Language & Linguistics, Leiden University

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime Lectureship in Arabic Language & Linguistics (38 hours per week.  Vacancy number: 11-192). Initial appointment will be fixed-term from September 2012 through August 2015, with the possibility of extensions of up to three years, and of tenure thereafter. The Lecturer will hold a joint appointment at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS <http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/> ) and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL <http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/> ).

Tasks: Original research involving primary sources and fieldwork as appropriate – Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats – Supervision of BA and MA theses and  of PhD research – Acquisition of project funding etc.

Requirements: An excellent command of Arabic; formal training in Arabic Studies with a specialization in Linguistics, and/or in Linguistics with a specialization in Arabic; openness to interdisciplinary cooperation. – Excellent research qualities, visible in a PhD degree (candidates near completion of the degree may be considered), research experience in situ, and an internationally accessible publication record, as measured against relative seniority. – Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and the ability to teach Arabic language acquisition (all skills, all levels, wide variety of textual genres) and Arabic and general linguistics. – Commitment to the acquisition of research funding from national and international funding agencies. – Administrative abilities, as measured against relative seniority.       An excellent command of English.
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We offer: The rank of lecturer (Universitair Docent) corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North-American terms. Salary range: from € 3195 to € 4970 per month, commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses.

Review of applications will commence by 4 October 2011 and continue until the position is filled. For information an application and other inquiries please contact Prof. Maghiel van Crevel (Academic Director, LIAS: m.van.crevel@hum.leidenuniv.nl), with cc to Ton van Haaften (Academic Director, LUCL: (t.van.haaften@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

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2. Conference: "(De)Westernization in International and Intercultural Communication", Erfurt University, 27-29 October 2011

Registration for this  conference  is now open. The conference features keynotes by Dr. Raka Shome (Harron Family Endowed Chair of Communication, Villanova University)  and Prof. Dr. Daniel Hallin (University of California San Diego) and the following panels:

-       Roundtable discussion: Tracking Orientalism in German Social Sciences and Humanities
-       Panel 1: Reflexive Research-o-graphy: Juxtaposing Incommensurable Perspectives?
-       Panel 2: De-Westernization as Reference Frame in Communication Research
-       Panel 3: Media and Development: Western Claims and Local Needs
-       Panel 4: Diaspora and Media: The Periphery as a Dynamic Center
-       Panel 5: Journalism: Demarcating, Transcending and Subverting Borders

Please register online: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/kommunikationswissenschaft/conference/registration-fees/
The conference schedule is to be found here: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/
kommunikationswissenschaft/conference/program-abstracts/

Inquiries can be made to iic2011@uni-erfurt.de

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3. Papers on a Session  “Court Culture in Medieval Iberia” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 10–13 May 2012

This session is intended to study the characteristics of Medieval Iberian Royal Courts (incorporating both royal households and parliamentary bodies). Papers included may address political patronage and the creation of networks of power and influence, the dynamics of hierarchy and interdependence and how those contributed to the formation of networks, connecting individuals, groups and/or cliques. Of particular interest are papers that explore literature and patronage, and related issues such as the production, circulation and consumption of ideas, books and objects. Together all of this will contribute to a discussion of courtly patronage as a means for establishing the legitimacy of the monarchy and the political status quo.

Send proposal (150-word abstract and a one-page CV) before September 15, 2011 (earlier proposals are welcome and encouraged). Send proposals to Nuria Silleras-Fernandez at silleras@colorado.edu

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4. Symposium: " Intertwined Worlds: The Judaeo-Islamic Tradition", Selwyn College, Cambridge University, 11-13 September 2011

Registration is now open for this Symposium (deadline: 31 August 2011), which is co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute and the Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University.

The symposium aims to examine the state of play in the academic study of Muslim-Jewish relations.  It consists of two parts:
1) Presentations will explore the diverse ways in which the traditions, cultures and heritage of the Jews and Muslims of the Islamic world were interconnected in history, including exegetical works, devotional practices, artistic expressions, literary and intellectual cross-fertilisation, social interaction, and common spaces and places.

2) A round table discussion involving all participants and invited guests. Invited international speakers who will serve as round table discussants will be asked to address three central questions which will guide the discussion: Is there/could there be a Judaeo-Islamic tradition? How do we define it? How do we study this tradition?

For further information, please visit Woolf Institute at www.woolf.cam.ac.uk or Centre of Islamic Studies at www.cis.cam.ac.uk .

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5. Conference: "The Iran-Iraq War: The View from Baghdad”, Washington, DC, 25-27 October 2011

The National Defense University’s Conflict Records Research Center and the Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project are organizing this conference .The conference will be centered on newly available documentary evidence from Iraqi archives stored digitally at the CRRC and available to researchers at NDU. These new materials, including high-level Iraqi government documents and recorded conversations between Saddam Hussein and his top deputies shed new light on the origins of the conflict, its global and regional Cold War context, the decision-making process of Iraq's leadership, and a wide variety of other topics.

 For information, contact: coldwar@wilsoncenter.orgwww.cwihp.org;  www.ndu.edu

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6. Workshop: "Rationalist Sciences in Islam in the Post-Classical Period (ca. 1200-1900)",  St. Louis, Missouri, 3-6 November 2011

This text-based workshop explores how the logical, philosophical, and theological commentaries of the post-classical period shaped the Arabo-Islamic rationalist (ma'quli) tradition. All events are open to the public.

For information, contact: Asad Q. Ahmed (aahmed@wustl.edu). For details, visit: http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~islam/workshop%201.html

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7. Conference: "Contemporary Research in Arab American Studies: New Trends and Critical Perspectives”, Dearborn, Michigan,  4-6 November 2011

A Conference in Honor of Michael Suleiman (1934-2010). For information, contact: Elaine Hagopian at echagop@verizon.net.

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8. Conference: "Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production”, Berlin, 16-18 December 2011

Hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, with the Free University of Berlin, Institute for Film Studies, and George Washington University. Iran is undergoing a period of socio-political transformation joined to a cultural space that despite binding censorship regulations, circumnavigates restrictive bans and, in the world of film, generates award winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces. In the course of this two and a half day workshop, participants will investigate cinema in Iran as part of Iran’s rich media and cultural ecology:

Paper presenters’ travel related costs and accommodation will be provided. Please submit an abstract of 2-3 pages and CV toirancinema@asc.upenn.edu. CFP deadline: August 31, 2011.

Further information http://www.iranmediaresearch.org/en/events/11/06/03/556

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9. Conference: "Islam, Citizenship and the New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt", Cairo,  18-20 December 2011

Organized by the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo. Within the framework of the research programme ‘Strengthening knowledge of and dialogue with the Muslim world’,  the NVIC project originally took Islamic preaching in the new media in Egypt as its subject, with an initial focus on the various communication strategies developed by competing Islamic actors. In the course of this (still ongoing) research, new perspectives arising from our findings, as well as changes in focus brought about by the 25th January revolution, broadened our approach to the central question of Islamic discourse. Its relation to issues of citizenship – understood broadly as a sense of identity, as a sense of belonging to a community, and as a capacity, that of producer-consumer of culture – in present-day Egypt has become more topical, and we invite you to explore this together.

We welcome submissions from both graduate students and established academics.  Should you wish to present a paper at the conference, we ask you to register before August 1st 2011. A definitive title and a 300-word abstract will be expected by October 01, 2011. Register before November 01, 2011. Send all correspondence, registration and abstracts to p.c.baujard@nvic.leidenuniv.nl

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10. Conference: "Middle East in Revolt: The First Anniversary", Melbourne,  17-18 March 2012

This conference aims to revisit the Arab revolution on its first anniversary. This popular uprising has challenged authoritarian rule and highlighted the widespread desire for political accountability and responsible government. Yet it may be premature to celebrate the ‘Arab Spring’ as heralding democracy to the region. Democracy in the Middle East remains a difficult and long-term project. This conference is aimed at examining the prospects of democracy in the Middle East by exploring some key factors:

This conference is jointly organized by The University of Melbourne, Australia and Freedom House, Washington DC. CFP deadline: October 01, 2011. Further information http://asiainstitute.unimelb.edu.au/conferences/middle_east_in_revolt

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11. Conference: "Islam and Democracy: Potential and Possibilities”, London, Ontario, Canada, 23-25 March 2012

The Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario, together with Huron University College and King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, invite paper submission. This conference will consider critical and timely questions: first, what is the outlook for democracy in Muslim-majority states? And related to this, to what extent are the principles of Islam and Democracy compatible? Through intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary synthesis among legal scholars, historians, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists and professionals from outside of the academy, the conference aims to identify and foster the development of a set of core principles suited to democratic constitutions in Muslim-majority states.

Conference organizers invite submission of papers from established scholars and graduate students. CfP deadline: 1 October  2011. Information:http://www.ipsa.org/news/event/islam-and-democracy-potential-and-possibilities

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12. Conference: “Women and Gender in the Middle East: Recognition, Reflection, and Realignment”, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 4-5 June 2012

This multidisciplinary conference addresses the issue of gender equity in the Middle East through a number of exploratory themes. Researchers and activists from a variety of academic fields are encouraged to share their approaches and insights into how they interpret gender equity, how women face barriers, overcome limitations, form identities, and shape their multiple roles through careers, family and religious life.

The deadline for proposals is 7 October 2011. Information http://www.bridgew.edu/soas/jiws/publicity.htm

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13. Conference: "The Hashiya and Islamic Intellectual History",  St. Louis, Missouri, 13-16 October 2012

This conference explores the nature, function, and scholarly value of commentaries and glosses written within different disciples of Islamic scholarship.  The event is open to the public. Information, http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~islam/conference.html

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