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September 30, 2008

UM Multidisciplinary Learning & Team Teaching - Request for Proposals

The Office of the Provost, in cooperation with the committee, invites
proposals from instructors representing two or more disciplinary
areas in departments, schools or colleges. Proposals are due December
12, 2008.

The RFP and award criteria can be found at

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IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium - Grants Available

Grant for US Graduate Students, Pre-Tenure Faculty and Professionals

2009 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:
Prospects and Challenges for the First Post-Communist Generation: Young People Today in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

Application Deadline: December 1, 2008

IREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board)-in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute (WWC)-will be administering a research symposium this spring that will examine issues concerning youth in Eurasia and Eastern Europe from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to study and discuss timely topics as they relate to youth in these regions. Possible topics may include: economic trends; political parties; education reform; public health; reproductive trends; trafficking and other cross-border criminal activity; and other related topics.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place in early April 2009 in the
Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the US. Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less. Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:
- Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site.
- Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.

To receive more information on the 2009 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to Symposium@irex.org.

Application materials are available on the IREX website at:

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Center for Strategic & International Studies - Seeking Research Fellow

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to address international policy issues and to provide policy options and solutions. CSIS is one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of roughly 180 employees, including more than 100 analysts tracking policy issues and developments in countries across the globe.

CSIS is seeking a Fellow to join the Middle East Program. The Middle East Program at CSIS is distinguished by an agenda that seeks to explore opportunities as well as threats in the Middle East, paying particular attention to social, economic, and political drivers of change in the region. The incumbent will have the opportunity to create a broad intellectual agenda that is in accord with this overall approach, and to maintain a high level of scholarship in an entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment. The incumbent will typically work on several long term projects simultaneously, in addition to responding to daily demands.

Description of Duties:

I. Conduct research as dictated by the Program.

• Brainstorm and develop new projects which further the CSIS mission of providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers.
• Write thoughtful, content-rich and innovative sections of proposals, publications and book chapters.
• Develop a record of scholarship that is called upon by outside sources to provide expert advice and opinion.

II. Support Program activities:

• Manage the substantive and operational priorities of sizable projects and initiatives.
• Identify new opportunities for policy relevant research.
• Participate actively on a closely knit team.
• Represent the program on a national/international level and among scholars and policy leaders, as well as with the national and international media.


M.A. or other advanced degree required, as well as relevant professional experience in the field of Middle East studies. Expert ability to write and research reports, concept papers, and proposals. Must possess strong communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from media, governmental entities, and the general public. Overseas experience in the Middle East and high proficiency in at least one regional language is a requirement for this position. Requires familiarity with the Washington policy community.

If interested in applying for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume and salary history to: employment@csis.org
Be sure to reference the position in the subject section of the email.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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2nd International Symposium on Academic Globalization - Call for Papers

Call for Papers/Abstracts and Invited Sessions Proposals for The 2nd
International Symposium on Academic Globalization: AG 2009
(www.2009iiisconferences.org/AG). It will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 10th - 13th, 2009.

Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: February 11, 2009
Authors Notifications: March 23, 2009
Camera-ready, full papers: May 27, 2009

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2)non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session. From these session's best papers, the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Also, we would like to invite you to organize an invited session related to a topic of your research interest. If you are interested in organizing an invited session, please, fill out the respective form provided in the conference web page. We will send you a password, so you can include and modify papers in your invited session.

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Berlin Seminer - The Middle East & Europe

Theme: Transactions
Venue: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Villa Jaffé, Wallotstr. 10
Time: 5:00-7:00

Wednesday, October 22: The Bible in the Islamic Religious Imagination
- Walid Saleh (Toronto University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), The Availability of the Arabic Bible to Muslim Scholars: Remarks on Cultural Porosity.
- Moderation: Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin; Member of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe)

Wednesday, November 5: Obscenity in the Canon
- Sinan Antoon (New York University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East –The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), The Poetics of the Obscene in Pre-Modern Arabic Poetry: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf
- Moderation: Samah Selim (IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence; Member of Europe
in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe)

Wednesday, November 19: A Public Good in Palestine
- Sherene Seikaly (Georgetown University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), Business, Nation, and Economy in Palestine
- Moderation: Johann Büssow (SFB 586 "Differenz und Integration",

Wednesday, December 3: Slavery and Abolition in Tunis
- Ismael Montana (Northern Illinois University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), Black Slavery, its Abolition and Demographics in Tunis: Imprints and Implications
- Moderation: Kai Kresse (Zentrum Moderner Orient)

Wednesday, December 10: Literature and Urban Form in Iraq
- Haytham Bahoora (New York University), Jabra's Baghdad: Colonial
Modernism and Vernacular Spaces
- Moderation: Sinan Antoon (New York University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09)

Wednesday, December 17: Enlightenment in the Islamic Republic
- Roman Seidel (Freie Universität Berlin), On the Reception of Kant in Iran
- Moderation: Haggag Ali (Cairo University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09)

Wednesday, January 7: (Re)Conquest of the Forest
- Selçuk Dursun (Istanbul; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), Landholding and Politics of Forest Use in the Ottoman Empire 19th and Early 20th Centuries
- Moderation: Roger Chickering (Georgetown University; Fellow of the
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 2008/09)

Wednesday, January 21: Between the City and the Empire
- Vangelis Kechriotis (Bogaziçi University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), The Responses of Non-Muslims in the Port-cities of the Ottoman Empire to the Second Constitutional Period
- Moderation: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient; Member of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe)

Wednesday, February 4: Portraits in Ottoman Art
- Aykut Gurçağlar (Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul), Dragoman Depictions in the Ottoman World: Portraits Commissioned by Dragomans as Patrons of the Art of Painting
- Moderation: Vera Beyer (Freie Universität Berlin)

Kontakt: Georges Khalil, Europa im Nahen Osten – Der Nahe Osten in Europa, c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Wallotstr. 19, 14193 Berlin, Fon +49 (0)30 89001-258, Fax +49 (0)30 89001-200, Email eume@wiko-berlin.de, Website www.eume-berlin.de

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Available Position at UMW - Assistant Professor in Arabic

Modern Foreign Languages Department
Assistant Professor

The University of Mary Washington invites applications for a tenure-track position in Arabic to begin fall 2009. PhD. in Arabic or Arabic Studies required by August 16, 2009. Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English and experience teaching language courses at all levels are required. Interest in developing study abroad program and support of Middle East studies preferred. Candidates must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts environment.

Please submit letter of application and vita through our website at http://careers.umw.edu by November 3, 2008. Only applications submitted on-line will be considered. Please send graduate transcripts to: Arabic Search, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5358. The committee will be conducting preliminary interviews at MESA.

The University of Mary Washington is a public, coeducational, liberal arts institution in Fredericksburg, Virginia, fifty miles south of Washington, D.C. Visit our website at www.umw.edu. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Mary Washington actively encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply.

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International Conference on Intangible Heritage - Call for Papers

Sharing Cultures 2009
International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Pico Island – Azores – PORTUGAL
30 May – 1 June 2009

Call for papers now open at: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org

Description: Sharing Cultures 2009 aims at gathering in an International Conference worldwide experts and scholars on Cultural and Intangible Heritage. One of the main goals of the Conference is to promote significant discussion on these relevant issues, now that the General Assembly of UNESCO approved the Operational Directives and that the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is fully operational. The Scope of the Conference is available at: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org/index.php?page=scope

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NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowships - Funding Opportunity

NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship Competition Now Open
Application Deadline: January 29, 2008

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2009-10 academic year competition for NSEP David L. Boren Fellowships for graduate students. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research.

Applications and detailed information on the Boren Fellowships are now available on www.borenawards.org.

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Available Position at GSU - Assistant Professor in Arabic

The Middle East Institute at Georgia State University (Atlanta) invites applications for an anticipated assistant professor in Arabic Language and Culture to begin in the Fall 2009 semester. We seek an energetic individual who will contribute to a dynamic and growing interdisciplinary Middle East Institute. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses in Modern Standard Arabic at all levels and related courses (culture, literature) in their area of specialization. Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline is required. An active research agenda and previous collegiate teaching experience is highly desirable. The Middle East Institute offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree and minor in Middle East Studies.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Arabic Search Committee, Middle East Institute, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 4089, Atlanta, GA 30302. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2008. Georgia State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.

Alta Schwartz, Director of Outreach
The Middle East Institute
Georgia State University
Phone: 404-413-6146
Fax: 404-413-6141

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September 29, 2008

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - Call for Proposals

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Twelfth International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
April 23-26 2009


The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 23-26, 2009, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, "Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs." Presentations may address new paradigms in language pedagogy – such as curriculum, methodology, and material development, or new paradigms in advocacy and administration – such as bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, teacher training, professionalization, and program development, These paradigms will undoubtedly overlap and successful proposals will reflect the interrelatedness of pedagogy and program administration in the future of LCTLs. Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form available at http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2009/prpsl.htm. The Proposal Submission form is a "fillable" PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use, but please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu or 608-265-7903) with any questions. For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The extended deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 14, 2008. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 5th, 2009 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

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IREX - Individual Advanced Research Opportunities


IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program.

The IARO Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for long-term overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The IARO application and supporting materials are available on the IREX website at: www.irex.org/programs/iaro/index.asp

Completed applications are due no later than November 17, 2008.

Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for a IARO Fellowship

IARO Fellowships cover the cost of travel and provide a living/housing stipend.

Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at iaro@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

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UM Armenian Studies Program - Graduate Fellowships

The Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is pleased to announce the availability of two year full fellowships in Armenian studies beginning in the academic year 2009-2010 for students admitted in the Ph.D. Programs in the departments listed below:
- Department of History (application deadline: December 1, 2008)
- Department of Near Eastern Studies (deadline: December 14, 2008)
- Department of Sociology (deadline: December 15, 2008)
- Department of Anthropology (deadline: January 2, 2009)
- Department of Political Science (deadline: December 15, 2008)

or in the Masters Program of either of the following centers:
- Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (deadline: January 15, 2009)
- Center for Russian & East European Studies (deadline: February 1, 2009)

Candidates must first apply to and be accepted in any of the departments or Centers listed above. Applications for graduate studies for all above departments and centers at the University of Michigan are submitted through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. They must be submitted online at the website of Rackham Graduate School, www.rackham.umich.edu.

Nominations of students whose interests fall within the purview of Armenian studies for the Manoogian Simone Foundation fellowships are made by the relevant Departments and Centers. The final selection of Manoogian Simone Foundation Graduate Fellows will be made by the Armenian Studies Program Executive Committee upon the recommendation of these Departments and Centers.

The thrust of the research interests of candidates for these graduate fellowships must be in Armenian studies.

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to the above Departments and Centers.

Questions regarding Manoogian Simone Foundation fellowships can be addressed to Ms. Gloria Caudill, Armenian Studies Program Administrator, by email: gcaudill@umich.edu or telephone (734) 763-0622.

These fellowships have been made possible by a generous gift from the Manoogian Simone Foundation.

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U.S. Department of Education - Research Abroad Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships are for a narrow range of students in certain PhD programs--primarily the social sciences and humanities--who need to conduct 6-12 months of dissertation research abroad.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants may be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be PhD candidates by the time the actual research begins, and who are currently enrolled in a U-M department or program where they specialize in non-West-European area studies and a modern foreign language. They must plan to teach at a U.S. institution of higher education upon completion of the degree, and must prove sufficient foreign-language capability to carry out their proposal, which must be for approved dissertation research that cannot be conducted in the U.S.A. In addition, all applicants must be on Beni's US/ED-Fulbright e-mail user group no later than October 8.

Deadline: The application deadline is October 16. In addition, all eligible applicants must be on Beni's US/ED Fulbright email user group by no later than October 8, 2008.

Submission: Transcripts are submitted to Beni at the International Institute. All other components and supplementary materials are submitted online through Beni.

For information, advice, and application materials contact Beni at unlisted@umich.edu

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Center for World Performance Studies - Graduate Student Residency Program

The CWPS Graduate Student Residency is open to graduate students interested in international performance studies who seek a more interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach than is possible within given departmental structures. The Residency is designed to help students strengthen their analytic skills and develop an awareness of the theoretical and aesthetic issues that have fueled debates in the field. Students pursue performance studies in an interdisciplinary fashion and gain an appreciation of performance studies as a discipline with an established intellectual history.

Graduate students in their first or second year of study intending to pursue field-based research are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Residency students must make a three-semester commitment to the Center.

Three Semester Commitment:

Semester 1 (Winter) – Graduate student residents take the graduate level "Introduction to Performance Studies" course which is offered each January in the Department of Theatre & Drama. The course prepares students for the theoretical aspects of their summer research projects. Students prepare proposals for their summer project.

Summer 1 - Research abroad.

Semester 2 (Fall) - Graduate student residents participate in a two-credit interdisciplinary seminar devoted in part to presentation of their research, and they will take an active part in the scholarly programming of the Center.

Semester 3 (Winter) - Graduate student residents, with guidance from the Director, plan and implement public presentations of their work, either in a mini-conference, symposium, or another format, as determined.

Summer 2 - Research abroad.

Summer Research Funding:
Graduate Student Residents receive a restricted research fund of $3,000.00, for a preliminary visit to an overseas research site, or for specialized language training necessary for dissertation research. To apply for these funds, students must submit a detailed proposal with a budget. Residents are eligible for two summer funding packages. Follow-up reports must be presented after completing the preliminary research/training activities.

Application Procedure:
Students for the residency are selected by the CWPS Steering Committee. To apply for the residency, please submit:
-A two or three page letter of purpose describing your proposed research.
-Two letters of support from a faculty advisor and/or departmental Director of Graduate Studies.
-An official grade transcript.

Applications should be submitted by November 3, 2008 to:
CWPS Graduate Residency
International Institute
1080 S. University Suite 3616
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Phone: (734) 936-2777
E-mail: cwps@umich.edu
Website: www.ii.umich.edu/cwps

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Fullbright Program in Russia for Community College Faculty

ACT NOW! - Fulbright Program in Russia for Community College Faculty has been developed specifically for community colleges. Open to PhDs or MAs with substantial teaching experience.

Subject fields are: TEFL methodology and teacher training; health care, including nursing (community, gerontology, social services, and in-service training), dental hygiene, and physical therapy; computer and information sciences; economics; natural resource management; tourism and hotel management; human resource management; and adult/continuing education.

Length of grant: 3 -10 months.
Starting date: September 2009 or February 2010 for one-semester grants; September 2009 for academic year grants.

Grantees will be affiliated with institutions in Russia interested in the community college model.

For more information, see www.iie.org/cies/award_book/award2009/award/Com9607.htm or contact CIES Assistant Director Muriel Joffe at mjoffe@cies.iie.org or 202-686-6249.

Application deadline is October 1, 2008.

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Critical Language Scholarship Program - Summer 2009

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department Of State, will offer 525 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in 11 critical need foreign languages for summer 2009. U.S. citizen undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, seven to 10 week, group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or Russian).

The application deadline is November 14, 2008.

Please visit www.CLScholarship.org for more information or contact Elizabeth Veatch, Director of the CLS Program at veatch.elizabeth@caorc.org, or 202-633-7012.

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Cornell University - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Cornell University: With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University welcomes candidates in the area(s) of Ottoman History and/or Iranian Studies for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship, 2009-2011. We are especially interested in candidates with broad borderlands and comparative interests, such as the Safavid-Ottoman/Qajar-Ottoman frontiers, religious and/or ethnic minorities in Ottoman-Iranian studies, Turkish and Persian cultures, literatures, film, or art. Postdoctoral fellows teach one course per semester, a lower-level survey course and one upper-level seminar.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. after September 2003; applicants who will have received the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2009, are eligible to apply. Applicants should submit a full dossier (including a curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of research interests, an article-length writing sample, two course proposals with syllabi for courses he/she would teach at Cornell, and three letters of recommendation) to Department Manager, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; telephone: (607) 255-5553; e-mail: jlg58@cornell.edu. Deadline: November 1, 2008. Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and educator. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Conference on "Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?" - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

International Conference on “Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?�?

Paper proposals are requested for an international conference addressing the question of whether a two-state solution or a single constitutional democracy in Israel/Palestine offers the most promising path to future peace and security in the region.

The conference aims to envision in specific terms the likely outcomes of the two state peace process as well as the possible constitutional dimensions of a future single state. Conference speakers will be selected to represent a range of opinion, including proponents of one and two state models for Israel/Palestine. The conference will provide an opportunity to question whether a one state option could ever achieve sufficient political support or adequately protect the rights and security of both national communities. Drawing on the experiences, both successful and otherwise, of other multinational constitutional democracies, the conference will explore the potential of a state shaped by federalism, equal citizenship and respect for linguistic, cultural and religious rights to protect the rights and security of its inhabitants and to serve as a political framework for the amelioration or even resolution of protracted conflicts. Similarly, the capacity of potential two-state solutions to promote democracy, human rights and self-determination will be evaluated. The conference will explore the ways in which multiple models might deal with seemingly refractory issues such as refugees, Jerusalem, and deep-seated and legitimate concerns about security and liberty.

The conference is being planned by legal scholars from York University and Queen’s University but the conference itself is intended to be fully interdisciplinary in nature. The organizers have been assisted by an international advisory committee comprised of distinguished scholars and researchers. The conference aims to include contributions from scholars from disciplines such as law, political science, gender studies, geography, economics, and the arts, among others.

The conference will be held at York University, Toronto, Canada from June 22nd to 24th 2009.

Paper proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted along with a biography or CV to onestateortwo@osgoode.yorku.ca by October 15, 2008. Applicants will be contacted by November 30, 2008.

For further information and the conference vision statement, please contact us at the above email address or visit the conference website at www.onestateortwo.com

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Department of Near Eastern Studies - Available Position: Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position in Turkish Studies at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in the fall semester 2009. A Ph.D. upon date of hire is strongly preferred, a demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching is required, but the area of specialization is open. Teaching requirements in the Turkish Studies program will include advanced Turkish language and courses about modern Turkish culture, literature and society. These courses would complement existing courses in Ottoman history, the anthropological study of Turkey, Turkish language and linguistics, and would expand departmental offerings. The successful candidate will teach upper level courses in the Turkish language, courses in his or her field (or interdisciplinary courses) at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and participate in general education/social science or humanities courses as needed. Competence in Ottoman Turkish will be regarded as an asset. The department seeks to hire a candidate who is able to work with diverse students and colleagues and one who is familiar with a variety of teaching methods. She/he will play a key role in developing a coherent Turkish studies program at the University of Arizona. We encourage early submission of materials to arrange for preliminary telephone interviews and/or preliminary interviews at the November MESA meeting in Washington, D.C. Review of application materials will begin October 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds- M/W/D/V. The position is contingent upon availability of funding.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (chapter from a dissertation or book, an article, or a conference paper), and three letters of reference to:
Chair, Turkish Studies Search Committee
Department of Near Eastern Studies
845 N Park Av, Rm 440 | PO Box 210158B
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85721-0158

Link to apply online: www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=192463

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Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowships - Call for Proposals

Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowships for Research on Issues of European Integration


DEADLINE: December 1, 2008

Thanks to a grant from the European Commission, the European Union Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering students summer grants of $5,000 to work on issues of European integration, broadly defined. Student grantees will conduct research leading to the writing of a paper on a relevant topic of their choosing.

It is expected that during the spring and/or summer of 2009 the grantees, in consultation with faculty advisors of their choosing, will devote twelve weeks of full time work to their projects. This is not a travel grant.

Students will participate in a not�?for�?credit Graduate Seminar on EU Affairs held in Winter semester 2009 and may be invited to contribute to selected outreach activities organized by the European Union Center at local high schools, colleges, and universities. They will also present the preliminary results of their research at a public event held in the fall of 2009.

Students in professional schools and graduate programs are eligible to apply. Applicants should submit 2�?3 page proposals describing the project they intend to carry out, including its topic, aims, method, and anticipated scholarly contribution. They should also indicate the period in which they will be conducting full time work on their project. A letter of recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member (preferably the student’s advisor), most recent transcript, and current CV should accompany the proposal.

Application materials are to be submitted by December 1, 2008 to Dario Gaggio, Director, CES�?EUC, International Institute, SSWB 3668, 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109�?1106. For further information please contact Rachel Facey at rfacey@umich.edu.

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Iran Heritage Foundation - Conference on Russian-Iranian Encounters Since 1800

12-13 June 2009
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London

Organised by
Iran Heritage Foundation and London Middle East Institute (SOAS).

Convened by
Dr. Stephanie Cronin, scronin2002@aol.com.

This conference will explore the myriad encounters which have taken place between Iranians and Russians since the early nineteenth century up to the present. It will include some discussion of diplomacy and foreign policy but a central objective of the conference will be to widen the scholarly perspective to incorporate an understanding of other types of encounter, whether political, economic, social, cultural, or intellectual, and both friendly and hostile, especially as these developed beyond the official and elite levels. In particular it will attempt to understand the complexities of the impact on Iran of the Russian presence on its northern borders: the very expansion of Tsarist empire during the nineteenth century threatening Iran's independence yet bringing ideas of social-democracy to its doorstep, the Soviet Union in the twentieth century similarly contradictory in its effect, sustaining a version of radical Iranian politics while advancing its own strategic interests. The conference will conclude with some consideration of the current state and likely future trajectory of Iranian-Russian relationships.

Prospective participants should send an abstract of 250 words by February 1, 2009 to Dr. Stephanie Cronin at scronin2002@aol.com. Please submit abstracts in digital form using Microsoft Word.

Publication of proceedings
The papers presented in the conference will be published in a volume of proceedings, edited by Dr. Stephanie Cronin. All papers submitted should therefore be of publishable quality and constitute new work. All speakers must commit to publish their papers as part of the conference proceedings.

Topics of Conference:
The topics the conference hopes to examine include, but are not limited to, the following:
· The impact on Iran of military defeat by Russia in the early nineteenth century, especially the incentive given to modernization and reform;
· Iranian military reform and Russia: Abbas Mirza's regiment of Russian deserters; the Cossack Brigade;
· The Griboyedev affair;
· Shaping the Iranian reform agenda: the role played by diplomatic service in the Russian Empire in the development of officials such as Amir Kabir and Mushir al Dawlah;
· Qajar politics: Russian interventions in the concession era, Liazonov and the Caspian Fisheries, opposition to the Reuter concession and the Tobacco Regie;
· Conceptualizations of Iran and Iranian society formed by Russian 'Orientalism.' Views of the Russian Empire formulated by Iranians;
· The political and social impact on Iran of the massive migration of the Iranian poor to work in the Russian Empire;
· The significance of the links formed by Iranian Social-Democrats with parent organizations in the Caucasus;
· Cultural exchanges: Iran's adoption of Russian architectural styles, linguistic terminology, styles of dress etc.;
· Revolutions in Iran and Russia, 1905-6: The Constitutional Revolution and the 1905 revolution;
· The suppression of Iranian constitutionalism by Russia in 1908 and subsequently in 1911 and the Russian occupation of northern Iran;
· The impact of the 1917 Russian revolution: the formation of the Iranian Communist Party; the Jangali movement;
· The Soviet occupation of northern Iran 1941-1946: the formation of the Tudeh Party; the republics of Azerbaijan and Mahabad;
· The Soviet Union and the Islamic Revolution;
· The effect on Iran of the collapse of the Soviet Union;
· Future relationships: oil, nuclear power and strategic interests.

Dr Stephanie Cronin, scronin2002@aol.com.

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Population Council - Call for Proposals

The Population Council is pleased to announce its first call for proposals to conduct research on gender and work in the Middle East and North Africa region. This research competition comes as a second step in a major Council initiative aiming to build research capacity in this area with support from the International Development Research Center (IDRC). The initiative involves providing training workshops, mentorship and research awards, and dissemination activities. The objective of the initiative is to foster methodologically sound research in the area of gender and work in the region. Select research studies supported as part of this initiative will be published in an edited volume on gender and work.

The awards will range in size between $4,000 and $8,000. Award size will be primarily determined by the duration of the proposed research project and the type of proposed activities. Awards duration should not exceed one year. The deadline for the submission of proposals is October 30, 2008.

For more information please visit: http://www.popcouncil.org/index.html.
Inquiries should be sent to: gwgroup@popcouncil.org.

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