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October 24, 2008

CASA III - Refresher Course for Professors

2009-2010 Refresher Course for Professors in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), offers fellowships for professors of the humanities and social sciences whose specialties focus on any aspect of the Arab World/Middle East. The CASA III fellowships are intended for professors who are interested in further advancing their proficiency in Arabic and for those who wish to undertake research in Arabic materials under the supervision of a specialist.

Applicants must have a level of competence in Arabic of Advanced or above according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidlines (equivalent to at least three years of study at the college level.) An oral proficiency phone interview in Arabic will be conducted with each applicant to determine her/his level of proficiency. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

For a detailed description of the CASA III program, or to download application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa

Application deadline for 2009-2010 programs is January 9, 2009

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CASA II - 2009/2010 Program for Post-CASA Language Study

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

2009-2010 Program for Post-CASA Language Study & Arabic-Based Research in Cairo, Egypt

The CASA II program aims to further opportunities for CASA fellows, who have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years, to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt.

The CASA II program offers the opportunity to study for one or two semesters (Fall or Spring or both) at the American University in Cairo. The program is meant to be flexible so as to cater to the individual linguistic and research needs of each CASA II fellow. Individual academic programs for each CASA fellow will be designed in close consultation between the fellow and the CASA Executive Director in Cairo.

Each CASA II fellow is expected to enroll in three tutorials per semester. These tutorials can be in any of the language skills or in the fellow's own field of specialization. In addition, CASA II fellows are welcome to enroll in any of the regular CASA classes that are offered during the fall and spring semesters as part of their CASA II program. CASA II fellows are also expected to participate in and contribute to the full range of activities of the CASA program.

To qualify for a CASA II fellowship, the successful applicant must have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years and must be enrolled in a graduate program in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. Former CASA fellows who graduated more than five years ago may apply for a CASA II fellowship but they must take the CASA Entrance Exam to assess their current level of proficiency in Arabic.

Each applicant must complete the CASA II application form and provide all supporting documents.

For detailed descriptions of the CASA programs, or to download application application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa

Application deadline for 2009-2010 programs is January 9, 2009

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CASA - 2009 Summer & Full Year Fellowships

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
2009 Summer & 2009-2010 Full Year Programs

Two types of CASA fellowships are available for advanced Arabic language study at the American University in Cairo and Damascus University:
1) Summer-Only Fellowships: These fellowships allow students to participate in an intensive seven-week summer language and culture program that includes 10 weekly hours of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic & 8 hours of Modern Standard Arabic plus a weekly tour in Arabic.
2) Full-Year Fellowships: These provide intensive language & culture training in Egyptian Colloquial or Syrian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic for three semesters and allow students in the spring semester to take courses in Arabic in their respective areas of specialization.

Succesful applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program or in between their undergraduate and graduate study; committed to a career in Middle Eastern Studies; have had a minimum of 2-3 years of college-level Arabic language study, and pass the CASA Selection exam which will be administered to all applicants at a school in their locality on Friday, February 6, 2009.


For detailed descriptions of the CASA programs, or to download application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa

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American Research Center in Egypt - Call for Papers

American Research Center in Egypt
60th Annual Meeting
Dallas, Texas
April 24-26th 2009

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2009 ARCE Annual Meeting. Please visit www.arce.org. In the Annual Meeting box, click Learn More and scroll down to Call for Papers details on submitting your abstract.

All presenters must be current ARCE members.

All submissions are due by Friday, January 9, 2009.

Feel free to call the ARCE office at 210-821-7000.

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October 22, 2008

North Carolina - Government Research Positions


The 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina is seeking highly qualified applicants for several intelligence analyst positions (GG-0132 series) covering portions of Eastern Europe (primarily Southeastern Europe/Balkans), the former Soviet Union and the Caucasus. These are full-time, 2-year temporary positions at the GG-11 level. The positions may be extended for an additional 2 years and may be made permanent without further competition. Successful candidates will work with other civilian specialists conducting research and writing 20-40 page studies, will work closely with U.S. and possibly foreign military personnel, and must be willing to travel within the United States and abroad in order to conduct research and support military operations. A strong candidate will have a thorough background in the history, politics, and culture of one or more countries in the regions listed. Prior residence in the region of specialization is extremely desirable.

Required qualifications:
-- U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and keep a SECRET level security clearance.
-- A Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline (including history), or qualifying experience as described in the official Vacancy Announcement.
-- Strong reading and listening comprehension in at least one language of Eastern Europe/Eurasia (Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Croatian, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Serbian, Ukrainian, or another widely-used language local to Eastern Europe/Eurasia). Candidates must attain an acceptable score on the Defense Language Proficiency Test.
-- The ability to conduct solid research and write clearly in English.

These are Civil Service temporary positions at the GG-11 level. The current salary range, with locality pay, is $56,246 to $73,121.

Official announcements are posted at the following web sites:

The Vacancy Announcement number is WTST08013648; application deadline November 20, 2008.

For information about the positions and the application process, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Griffith, griffjef@soc.mil, phone (910) 432-4027.

Applicants must have a resume in the US Army’s central Resume Builder database and must apply online in order to be considered for this government position. Locate the Resume Builder site at: http://cpolrhp.belvoir.army.mil/west or http://acpol.mil/employment. Resumes created in USAJOBS may not be picked up in the Army system, so please use the Army’s Resume Builder.

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UNESCO - Young Professionals Program

Call for Applications: UNESCO 2009 Young Professionals Program (YPP)
Deadline: November 19, 2008

UNESCO has opened the application process for its intake 2009 Young Professionals Program (YPP). The Young Professionals Program provides ten young people under 30 years old with the opportunity to start a career in an international organization. UNESCO is headquartered in Paris and an excellent knowledge of English or French is a requirement. Selected candidates will be recruited with a one-year contract at the P-1 level (approximately $45,000 tax-free).

The program is extremely competitive, and is expected to be particularly so this year as UNESCO did not offer it last year. Each under-represented member state (including the U.S.) is allowed to submit twelve candidates for further consideration by UNESCO, of which only ten will be selected worldwide for this program.

For more information and requirements, visit: www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/102342.htm.

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Beloit College - Positions in Teaching Arabic

Summer Teaching Positions in Arabic
Beloit College
June 10 - August 7, 2009

Senior instructors and graduate teaching assistants are needed for Beloit College’s summer intensive Arabic program (June 10 - August 7, 2009). In 2009, we expect to offer first- through third-year Arabic. Each level, with enrollments of ten students, has one instructor and one graduate teaching assistant. Instructors collaborate with each other, the language coordinator, and the CLS director on curriculum, syllabi, and instruction. Duties include classroom teaching and evaluation, and assistance with organizing cultural activities for the program. Instructors will be expected to live on campus (single occupancy), share lunch and dinner with the students in the dining commons, and be available to students evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications for senior instructors include an M.A., teaching experience preferably in an immersion environment, native or near-native proficiency in Arabic, and advanced proficiency in English. An advanced degree in Arabic, applied linguistics, or foreign language education is desirable. For graduate teaching assistants, an M.A. in progress is required. Salary is competitive, and includes room and board. Employment is contingent upon new employees providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for non-citizens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three references to Patricia L. Zody, Center for Language Studies, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit WI 53511. Applications will not be accepted by e-mail. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2008, and will continue until positions are filled. For more information about the summer language programs, please call 608-363-2277 or visit our Web site at http://www.summerlanguages.com. Beloit College is committed to the education benefits of diversity, and urges all interested individuals to apply. AA/EEO Employer.

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October 13, 2008

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - Call for Articles for Publication

Extended deadline - Journal of NCLCTL

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The Journal is refereed and published once a year.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages (all foreign languages except English, French, German, and Spanish). The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows:

a. Methodology and Technology,
b. Academia,
c. Beyond Academia,
d. Social Embeddedness

The first section shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second section will encompass reports about research and teaching in academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third section shall comprise papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry. Finally, the fourth section will address the issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation.

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see http://www.apa.org/journals/authors/guide.pdf. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 25 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and preferably submitted electronically via email attachment. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point font with a 1.5 inch left margin. The manuscript should be accompanied by a 150 word (or less) abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, office and home telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the title page only, and not appear in the manuscript.

The submission deadline is December 17, 2008.

4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

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University of North Carolina - Available Position in Arabic Language

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Two three-year renewable lecturer positions in Arabic language beginning July 1, 2009.

We are seeking a skilled language instructor with a commitment to a proficiency-based approach to language teaching at all levels, and an interest in ongoing professional development in language pedagogy. Native or near native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic, an Arabic dialect, and English are required. Experience teaching Arabic to nonnative speakers is preferred. MA in Arabic, applied linguistics or an allied field of the humanities, social sciences, journalism, or education is preferred, but those near completion of an MA program will be considered. Applicants having ACTFL-OPI certification or interested in acquiring such a certification are preferred. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester and working closely with other faculty members in Arabic to expand and manage a cohesive language and culture program.

Submit a letter detailing teaching philosophy, CV, available sample syllabi, and course evaluations online at http://hr.unc.edu/jobseekers/. Paper applications will not be accepted. In addition, send a teaching DVD/video (if available) and have two original, signed letters of reference sent to:
Arabic Search Committee
Department of Asian Studies, CB 3267
113 New West
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27715

Complete applications must be received by November 10, 2008.
For additional information, contact arabicsearch@unc.edu.

UNC-CH is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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October 08, 2008

University of Manitoba - Position in Department of History

Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the Modern History of the Middle East and North Africa
Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
Position Number 08799

The University of Manitoba invites applications or nominations for the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the Modern History of the Middle East and North Africa. The position represents an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scholar and educator who is recognized internationally as a leader in her or his field. It is anticipated that the Chairholder will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the Department of History, effective July 1, 2009 or soon thereafter.

The mission of the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa will be to build knowledge and enhance understanding of the peoples, cultures, and societies in this vitally important region of the world.

The Chairholder will be expected to carry out a strong and highly visible research agenda, to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching program, and to initiate and participate in relevant outreach activities. The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of publication that demonstrates a successful and active research program in any area of the history of the modern Middle East or North Africa. A completed Ph.D. is required, along with a demonstrated record of successful teaching. Experience in mentoring graduate students is a strong asset. We have an especial interest in candidates who have demonstrated an ability to promote discussion and debate, and to build research collaborations across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Further information is available concerning:
•The Department of History http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/history/
•The Faculty of Arts http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/
•The University of Manitoba http://umanitoba.ca/
•The City of Winnipeg http://www.winnipeg.ca/interhom/
•The Province of Manitoba http://www.gov.mb.ca/

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

First consideration of applications will commence on November 24, 2008. If necessary, the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. It is hoped that selected candidates will be available for a preliminary interview at the American History Association Annual General Meetings, January 2-5, 2009 in New York. A final interview will take place at The University of Manitoba.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae with a brief (2-page) five-year research program plan and a statement of teaching philosophy (1-page). Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to:

Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean,
Faculty of Arts
310 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T5V5
Phone (204) 474-9271, FAX (204) 474-7590
E-mail: Richard_Sigurdson@umanitoba.ca

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University of Pennsylvania - Space & Visions Symposium on Islamic Art


October 16 - 18, 2008
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

A symposium exploring the manifold issues facing the discipline of Islamic art today. From archaeology to cinema studies, all aspects of the visual culture of the Islamic world are included within its purview. The symposium is intended as the inauguration of a biennial cycle of meetings within the field of Islamic art history in order to reflect its growth, to support its expanding methodological, regional, and temporal scope, and to give HIAA greater visibility internationally as the leading organization for historians of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology. This gathering will bring together papers from more than fifty senior and younger scholars of Islamic Art History as well as related fields such as architecture, archaeology and cinema studies, among others.

The first day, "Out of Late Antiquity," takes up the field's formative emphasis on early Islamic art, a field remade in recent years through continued archaeological investigations and critically informed readings of the historical sources. The second day, "'Unity and Variety' Once More: Time, Place, Material", examines the field's definitive shift since the late 1970s to regional, dynastic, and media based inquiries. The third day, "Confronting Modernity", addresses the extension of the field into the modern and contemporary periods, and emerging debates about their study.

Registration fee:
Regular member $30
Students member $15
Non-member $40

To download the registration form, visit http://www.arthistory.upenn.edu/HIAA/registration.html

Yael Rice
email: yrice@sas.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 898 8714
fax: (215) 573 2210

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Galillee College 2009 Summer Programs

Joint Israeli – Palestinian Summer Programme on:
Political Science and Middle East Studies

It is my pleasure to announce the official opening of registration to the Galillee College 2009 summer programmes (July 1st – August 4th ), http://www.galilcol.ac.il/page.asp?id=17 .

On August 5th we concluded the third Galillee College summer programme. We had 30 participants interested in learning about the complicities and possibilities of the region. I know that we managed to sharpen and deepen their understanding and they left with far more knowledge about the ME in general and the roots and present situation of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in particular.

NEVERTHELESS, we are constantly revising the programme to be even better, and have taken into consideration some of the important issues that were brought up in the concluding evaluation session, such as devoting more time for feelings; the young men and women experienced here situations that needed to be professionally addressed. As well as the knowledge, sights, voices and opinions, this course provided them with an emotional aspect that at times can be overwhelming. This summer we had one group process meeting that was very good but because of the need expressed by the participants, we have decided that next year there will be three such meetings during the five weeks programme that will allow the participants to discuss the emotional aspects. With a Certified Group Facilitator they will have an opportunity to talk about their feelings in a free manner, to discuss some of the conflicts this course brings up in each of them and to give them an opportunity to listen to other group members.

Another thing that was brought up and will be handled differently in the next summer programme is that the tours were too “touristy�? and didn't have the right perspective for political science and ME studies students and professionals. Next year we will be looking for the right people to deliver the tours with the right perspective.

Students and faculty who are interested in the next year's summer programmes should contact the Programme Director – Ms. Shoshi Norman e-mail: snorman@galilcol.ac.il

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The American Research Institute in Turkey - Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2009-2010

The Fellowships:
- The fields of study cover all periods in the general range of the humanities and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history.
- The fellowships for research in Turkey may be held for 4-12 continuous months during 2009-2010
- Stipends in the range of $13,335-$40,000 are available on the basis of individual proposals

- Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply
- They may be U.S. citizens or 3-year residents of the U.S.

- Applications & three letters of recommendation must be received
- Use the ARIT application format accessible at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.htm and submit all materials to the following address:

The American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

Phone: (215) 898-3474
Fax: (215) 898-0657
email: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu

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Portaland State University - Middle East Studies Position

Middle East Studies Position at Portland State University in Oregon:
Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track

Welcoming applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track position with competitive salary and excellent benefits package beginning September 2009.


Essential Functions:
- Ability to teach from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective on an array of international topics and the Islamic world
- Middle East Studies program support

Preferred Qualifications:
- Ph.D. in a social science-based discipline with qualifications commensurate with the rank of assistant or associate professor, and with a primary focus on the Middle East, and specialization or training in Islamic Studies
- Strong commitment to undergraduate education and evidence of successful teaching
- An active, sustainable scholarly agenda
- Proficiency in one of the languages of the Middle East
- Relevant, positive experience in building community and inter-institutional partnerships, and willingness to play a significant role in strengthening our Middle East Studies program.

To Apply:
Send letter of application, CV, evidene of teaching ability, Affirmative Action Application Data Form* (blue card), and three letters of recommendation by email* to: internationalstudies@pdx.edu, or by mail to
Martha W. Hickey, Director
International Studies Program
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

*Email preferred. Please send an email address, or clearly indicate if you do not have email. We will send you the Affirmative Action Applicant Data Form (Blue Card) as an email attachment where possible.

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McGill University - Assistant/Associate Professor in Persian/Iranian Studies

McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies seeks to fill a tenure-track or tenured position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Persian/Iranian Studies since the advent of Islam. Time periods and fields are otherwise open. The ability to teach graduate-level courses using Persian-language materials is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. The committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from scholars who adopt innovative and theoretically informed approaches to their areas of specialization and who will benefit from interacting with a large and vibrant group of scholar-teachers working in a variety of disciplines on different aspects of the Islamic world. Salary will be negotiable, according to qualifications and experience. Starting date: August 1, 2009.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and a complete CV and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor F. Jamil Ragep, Director-Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 3485 McTavish Street, Room 319, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y1. Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor Ragep by email at jamil.ragep@mcgill.ca, or fax at 514-398-6731. Further information about the Institute of Islamic Studies can be found at www.mcgill.ca/islamicstudies/. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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Summer Institute for Israel Studies - Graduate Fellowships

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University sponsors full and partial fellowships for doctoral candidates focusing on Israel Studies. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

To apply, visit:

Applications must be submitted by February 2, 2009.
Notifications will be made by March 13, 2009.

For more information:
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Rachel Litcofsky, Program Administrator

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October 07, 2008

Palestinian American Research Center - Fellowship Competition

PARC 2009-10 Research Fellowship Competition
Studies on Palestine

Full proposals are due January 15, 2009
Fellowship awards range from $3,500 – $8,000
Award notification March 16, 2009

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 10th annual competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
•Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program.
•Doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate degree except the dissertation by the time the research commences.
•Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are also eligible.
•Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health, and science. Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
•Individual and joint research projects are eligible.
•Funding is for one year only.
•Research may take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, or Syria.
•Applications from women are especially encouraged.
•All applications must be in English.
•Applicants must be U.S. citizens. (Non-U.S. citizens, see below.)

For more information on PARC and to download a full application package, go to: http://parc-us-pal.org/

You may send any questions by email to: us.parc@gmail.com
Applicants must be PARC members to submit an application. The PARC website contains information on membership. Applicants must send four copies of the full application (except for letters of recommendation) to:
Penelope Mitchell, US Director
6520 East Halbert Road
Bethesda, MD 20817-5414

Palestinian applicants who are not U.S. citizens should direct application inquiries to: Hadeel Qazzaz, Palestine Director at: parcpal@palnet.com

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Grand Valley State University - Assistant Professor of Middle East Politics

The Middle East Studies Program and the Political Science Department of Grand Valley State University (www.gvsu.edu) invite applications for a joint tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Middle East Politics, to begin August 2009. Applicants with a specialization in comparative politics or international relations with a Middle East focus are welcome to apply. PhD desired for appointment as assistant professor; ABD will be considered for initial appointment at instructor level. Successful candidate will teach courses in the Middle East Studies program, a new course in Middle East Politics, and will have the opportunity to develop new courses relating to his/her interests. Applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, have an active research agenda, and a commitment to undergraduate education. Research facility in one of the Middle Eastern languages is assumed. Candidates with experience interacting with diverse populations are valued. Salary is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Interested applicants should apply online at https://www.gvsujobs.org/ by including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample. Graduate transcripts, summaries of teaching evaluations (if available), and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Dr. Majd Al-Mallah, Middle East Studies Program, Area Studies Center, 117 LOH, Allendale, MI 49401. Review of applications will begin October 27, 2008 and continue until position is filled. Candidates who will be attending the Middle East Studies Association meeting in November in Washington, DC, and who are interested in interviewing at the meeting, should indicate this in their cover letter.

Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution. Women and members of minority and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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International Conference on Change & Stability - Call for Papers

International Conference:
"Change and Stability. State, Religion and Politics in the Modern Middle East and North Africa."

Organized by: Department of Middle & Far East at Jagiellonian University

Location: Cracow, Poland
Date: 28-29 May 2009

The prime objective of the conference is to analyze interactions between institutions of a modern state and traditional structures and values. State-society relations, identities, culture and religion undergo changes which origins may be considered as external to Islamic civilization.

We would like to address such phenomena as: pluralizing political systems, discourse of democracy, secularization, liberalization, as well as durability of authoritarian regimes, de-politization of large social sectors, and mobilizing aspects of political Islam.

We expect to attract a number of participants and to create a space for discussion that will improve our understanding of these dynamic processes.

The conference will include several panel discussions led by invited experts. Researchers in political science, international relations, socio-legal studies, law, area studies, media studies and human rights studies are invited to propose papers that may include the following subjects:

1. Authoritarian State in Global Environment
2. Collective Identities Transitions
3. Concept of Nation and Practice of Nationalism
4. Conflict as a Mean of Legitimacy
5. Islamic Roots of Political Culture
6. Islamic Political Thought-Sources of Inspiration & Policy Outcomes
7. Women in Public Sphere
8. Islamic Values and Human Rights Record
9. Religious Consequences of Politicizing the masses
10.Mobilization and Social Movements
11.Role of Democratization Debate
12.Dimensions of Regional Instability
13.Economy - Between Bureaucracy and Tradition

All those who wish to present a paper at the conference are expected to meet the following criteria:
-Send an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words on the topic of their paper & a short bio by November, 1 2008 to changeandstability2009@gmail.com
-Acceptance of projects will be sent by December, 31 2008.
-Presentations should last 20 to 30 minutes; they will be followed by discussion and questions. The official language of the conference will be English. Papers designed for publication should not exceed 8000 words; they will be peer-reviewed and published after the conference.
-Register for the conference by January, 31 2009. The registration fee is 60 €, covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks, and conference materials. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate.

To register or for more information about the conference, please visit our Web site: http://changeandstability.eu For any further information, do not hesitate to contact Katarzyna Jarecka-Stępień at e-mail: katarzyna.jarecka@uj.edu.pl

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October 02, 2008

Northern Arizona University - Faculty Position in Islamic Studies

Northern Arizona University seeks a scholar of Islamic Studies for a shared appointment as tenure-track assistant professor of religious studies and anthropology. Requirements of the appointment include ability to teach undergraduate courses for both the Religious Studies Program in the Department of Humanities, Arts & Religion, and the Anthropology Department. For Religious Studies, ability to teach an undergraduate survey of the religious tradition of Islam is a requirement. It is expected that the successful candidate will also contribute other courses to both Religious Studies and Anthropology in the candidate’s areas of expertise, and will participate in the Anthropology M.A. program, as well as contributing to the missions of the departments, the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and the University. Teaching responsibilities (5 courses per year) will be divided between Religious Studies and Anthropology. An active program of research and publication in relevant areas is expected. International applications are encouraged.

Ph.D. completed by August 17, 2009, in Religious Studies or Anthropology (or a closely related field) with a focus on Islamic Studies is required. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2008. For additional information about the university and this faculty position, go to: http://hr.nau.edu/m/

Applicants are to submit a letter of application, c.v., evidence of teaching effectiveness, examples of scholarship, names and contact information for at least three references, and other relevant supporting documentation to the following address:

Prof. Bruce M. Sullivan
Religious Studies Program
Northern Arizona University
Box 6031
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA

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Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

The Most Important Global Event in Middle Eastern Studies in 2010!
Barcelona, July 19-24 2010

To find out more on the Congress, please visit our website www.wocmes.org where you will soon be invited to submit online your proposals for activities.

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Internation Conference on Alliance of Civilizations - Call for Papers

International Conference on Alliance of Civilizations: Turkey at the Crossroads of Cultures

The overarching theme of the conference will be the "Alliance of Civilizations," with its emphasis on peaceful coexistence and dialogue between East and West, North and South, and across religious and cultural differences. The Year of Turkey conference on the Alliance of Civilizations is scheduled on January 29-31, 2009 at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. Papers, panels, plenary speakers, and poster presentations are invited from a wide range of disciplines, fields and specializations. Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially encouraged.

Proposed Themes of Conference:
- The Turkish Experience of the Alliance of Civilizations
- The Media and Citizen Journalism
- Migration
- Youth
- Education
- Gender Issues

Deadline for Submission of Proposals and Abstracts: November 7, 2008

Interested participants are requested to send an abstract of less than 250 words describing the focus of their papers or panel, the central argument, and the methodology employed. If proposing a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper along with the names and institutional affiliation of panelists. Whether a paper or a panel, all proposals must have personal information such as name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone numbers, and/or e-mail address.

Abstracts may be submitted in hard copy or electronically. If the latter, please save your document in Word or RTF format and send as an e-mail attachment. In the subject line, please type "Alliance of Civilizations Conference." Abstracts may be sent to the conference organizer by post or e-mail at the addresses below:

Ms. Vivian Bonilla
Alliance of Civilizations Conference Coordinator
Institute for Global Initiatives
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road, #2702
Kennesaw, GA 30144

E-mail: vbonill1@kennesaw.edu

For more information about the Alliance of Civilizations conference at KSU, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/globalinstitute/annconf.htm

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University of Texas - Assistant Professor of Turkish Cultural Studies

The University of Texas at Austin invites scholars to apply for an Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor of Turkish Cultural Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position beginning Fall 2009. Position funding is pending budgetary approval.

The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for directing the Turkish program, and will be involved in the development of a long-term strategic plan to enhance Turkish Studies, including Turkish culture and language, at The University of Texas. Applicants must have native or near native proficiency in Turkish and will be expected to maintain strong professional ties with colleagues in Turkish Studies particularly specialists in Turkish language pedagogy. The applicant will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses that attract student interest in Turkish Studies, and ensure that language instruction is supported by a curriculum that makes contemporary Turkish culture accessible to students. While the focus of the position is Turkish culture, the successful applicant will be expected to coordinate the Turkish language program, and teach Turkish language courses as program needs dictate, particularly at the advanced level.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong record of research and publications and engage in service to the Department, the University, and profession. The Department places a high premium on collegiality and maintaining a diverse and hospitable working environment. The applicants will be expected to work with colleagues in the routine governance of the Department and in program building, and help strengthen ties with other scholars interested in Turkish Studies across the campus.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants with disciplinary training in cultural studies, anthropology, media studies, literature, sociolinguistics, or other fields related to teaching and research on contemporary Turkish culture and the Turkish experience with modernity. Candidates must demonstrate a record of and agenda for research contributions to the field of Turkish Studies and must have a record of excellence in teaching at the college level.

Review of applications will begin November 7, 2008 with the intention of conducting preliminary interviews at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington D.C., November 22-25, 2008. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample of research, a teaching dossier, and three original letters of reference to Dr. Esther Raizen, Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. A background check will be conducted on the applicant selected.

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