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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