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November 25, 2008

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies - Research Fellowships

Mellon Research Fellowships for Central and Eastern European Post-Doctoral Scholars in Yemen 2009-2010

Fellowship Program: The American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) is pleased to invite applications for Mellon Research Fellowships in Yemen for 2009-2010. AIYS is offering two fellowships to scholars who are citizens of-and are permanent residents of-East European and Baltic countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Applicants must hold the PhD or its equivalent. They may engage in individual advanced research projects in any research field of the humanities or the social sciences involving Yemen. The fellowships are for two to three months for research to be carried out in affiliation with AIYS center in Sana'a, Yemen.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided funds for the fellowships to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers to administer for the purpose of bringing East-Central European scholars of the humanities into a broader research community. Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Bulgarian, and Romanian scholars are eligible to apply. Applicants who previously held a fellowship under this program may apply under this program may apply only after five years have lapsed since the prior fellowship. Preference will be given to scholars in the early stages of their careers. Fellows are expected to devote full time to their projects and to participate in the activities of the Institute.

The program offers a stipend-up to $11,500- to cover the costs of conducting the scholar research project for two to three months, including travel, living expenses, and work-related costs. The deadline for application is March 1, 2009.

For details about the program, eligibility, and application requirements, visit the AIYS website at http://www.aiys.org/fellowships or contact Dr. Maria Ellis, Executive Director of AIYS, at the AIYS Administrative office; American Institute for Yemeni Studies; P.O. Box 311; Ardmore, PA 19003-0311; tel: 610-896-5412, fax: 610-896-9049; email: mellis@sas.upenn.edu

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Summer Study Course in Tunisia


“Arab World, Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy: Summer Study Course to Tunisia�?

PLSC 300 (3 credit hours) (cross-listed with BWS, INTS, IWS & PAX)
Dates: May 31-June 20, 2009
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Group Leader: Professor Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), Political Science
Office of International Programs Contact: Mary Theis (mtheis@luc.edu)

• Program Fee (In-Country Costs): $2,130. All in-country expenses, including travel by a new Mercedes bus and 4x4 land rovers, entrance fees to all sites, shared occupancy in 4-5 star hotels, 3 meals a day, and local tour guides/lecturers.
• Office of International Programs (OIP) application fee: $100.
• Summer School Tuition (3 credit hours): $1,740.
• Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Tunis): Approximately $1,850.

This special summer study travel course offers a unique experiential understanding of the Arab world, Islam and U.S. foreign policy through the case study of Tunisia, an Arab country in North Africa that serves as the present-day embodiment of the Carthaginian Empire. A unique combination of site visits, lectures by group leader Professor Peter J. Schraeder, and guest presentations by renowned Tunisian scholars will focus on the politics of democratization in the Arab world, the role of women in Muslim societies, Arab perceptions of U.S. foreign policy, U.S. perceptions of Tunisia’s role in the global war on terrorism, and the history of Islam and the Roman Empire in North Africa. We will spend the first 5 days in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, where, in addition to visiting sites throughout the city, you will take part in joint sessions with English-speaking Tunisian students from the University of Tunis and attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy. The vast majority of this 22-day trip, however, will be spent visiting sites of political, religious, historical, and social significance throughout all regions of Tunisia, ranging from the Great Mosque of Kairouan and the Roman Coliseum in El Jem, to an overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert, complete with a camel trek, in Southern Tunisia.

• Visit sites of political, religious and historical significance in more than 20 Tunisian towns & cities.
• Experience a camel trek in Southern Tunisia.
• Attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy, including a reception at the Ambassador’s residence.
• Take part in joint social events with English-speaking Tunisian students your own age.
• Camp overnight in the Sahara desert.
• Learn about the culture and politics of the Arab/Islamic world.
• Visit Roman and Carthaginian ruins.
• Lectures from world-renowned Tunisian scholars.

Application materials and a complete syllabus/trip itinerary are available at: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/summer.shtml

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November 24, 2008

Washtenaw Community College - Course in Photography in Morocco

Announcing an International Travel course to Morocco for people interested in learning photography and the culture of Morocco. This is a 3 credit course offered by Washtenaw Community College called PHO 105-Digital Photography Abroad, and it will be offered this coming May 15-25. We will travel to a wide variety of places in Morocco, including the cities of Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert. Participants will be able to use Canon professional cameras and laptop computers provided by WCC, and no prior course work in photography is required.

I have room for 18 participants, and we are already about halfway booked. The initial sign-up deadline is December 17 - we will take additional registrations after that date on a space-available basis. The cost of the course is $3450, which includes airfare, ground transportation, hotels, all meals, an Arabic speaking guide and photography instruction. Tuition for 3 credits is extra, roughly $220 for a Washtenaw County resident.

Here is a link to the website describing the trip: Photography in Morocco! PHO 105 - Digital Photography Abroad May 15-25, 2009

Terry Abrams
Photography Faculty
Washtenaw Community College
4800 Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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Boren Fellowship Available

Boren Fellowship Announcement:

I am pleased to announce that the application for the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship competition is now available.

The Boren Fellowship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests -- including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for two academic years. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship. The application deadline is January 29, 2009.

Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe akehoe@umich.edu.

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November 17, 2008

Language Flagship - Fellowships for Central Asian Language Study

FELLOWSHIPS- Flagship Program for Central Asian Language Study

Applications for the 2009 - 2010 Central Asian Turkic, Persian, and Russian Overseas Flagship Programs are now available online at

Administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS in collaboration with The Language Flagship and local partner universities, the Central Asian Turkic Languages, Persian, and Russian Overseas Flagship Programs address the critical need for
U.S. professionals to be able to speak, read, write, and understand these languages at the highest levels of functional proficiency. These programs are designed to raise the language proficiency of students to the "Superior" or "Professional" level (ILR 3, 3+, 4) through an intensive program tailored to students' professional interests and academic specializations.

The Persian program is located in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; the Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Central Asian Turkic Languages at several locations throughout Central Asia, including Kyrgyz and Uzbek in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Full fellowships are available from The Language Flagship through the Institute of International Education, and partial funding is available from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), the US Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), and The Language Flagship through American Councils.

Applications are due January 16, 2009.

For more information please visit our website, send an e-mail to
flagship@americancouncils.org, or call at 202-833-7522.

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PARC - Research 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 inquiries to: Hadeel Qazzaz, Palestine Director at: parcpal@palnet.com

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Berlin PostDoctoral Fellowships - Europe in the Middle East

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin invite scholars to apply for ten post-doctoral fellowships for the research program: EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East
2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and 'purity' in relation to culture and society
3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

The program 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe' is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. It supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:
- Cities Compared: Cosmopolitanism in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions
- Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives
- Perspectives on the Qur'an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History
- Traveling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures
- Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives

The fellowships are intended above all for scholars of history, literature, philology, political philosophy, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the program 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'. In Berlin, they will be
integrated into a university or non-university research institute. The working language of the research program is English.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 1.800 € (supplement for accompanying spouses: 250 €), and are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field.

As a rule, the fellowships begin on 1 October 2009 and end on 31 July 2010. The applicant's doctorate should have been completed no earlier than 2001.

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
1.) a curriculum vitae
2.) a 2 to 4 page project sketch
3.) a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
4.) a letter of recommendation by one university instructor.

The application should be submitted by e-mail as word document or PDF File in English and should be received by 11 January 2009, sent in to:
E-mail: eume@wiko-berlin.de
Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 19, 14193 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 - 89 00 12 00

For further information on the program 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe' and for detailed information on the research fields, please see: www.eume-berlin.de

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39th World Congress - Conference: "Sociology at the Crossroads"

Welcome to the 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology

http://www.iisoc. org/iis2009

The 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology will take place at Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday afternoon, June 11 - Sunday, June 14, 2009.

The theme of the Congress is: “Sociology at the Crossroads�?

The five previous World Congresses of the IIS have highlighted dilemmas of human existence and societal institutions in the contemporary world. They have examined problems of social existence amidst processes of globalization, cooperation and violent conflict. They have been conducted in the spirit which guided the formation of the IIS, namely that of an engagement and encounter between a variety of theoretical positions among members of a truly international community of scholars.

The 39th World Congress will reaffirm that spirit. It will have three broad foci, namely questions concerning the way sociology can arrive at a reformulated understanding of dilemmas of humanity in the contemporary era, including the nature of war and violence, of political order and states and state-like entities, of religious and cultural encounters, of processes of collective memories, traumas and reconciliations, and of shifting conceptions of law, legal regulation, human rights and international order.

The Congress will also highlight cutting-edge theoretical advances in sociology and neighbouring disciplines as well as teaching and curricular developments of sociology and social science in general in universities in the future.

The structure of the Congress is straightforward. The Congress will open on Thursday afternoon, June 11, with two plenary sessions. Each morning of the three following days, June 12-14, there will be two plenary sessions. The afternoons will be devoted to sessions proposed and organized by participants themselves.

The 39th World Congress of the IIS is jointly sponsored by YSU and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).

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British Institute - Available Position in Ottoman Studies

Research Fellow in Ottoman Studies, British Institute at Ankara
Academic Pay Scale 22-26
£23,449 - £26,391(+ benefits)
Fix Term for 2 years

The British Institute at Ankara is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Ottoman Studies for a fixed term of two years. The post is based at the BIAA’s office in Ankara. The post will involve working on a new British Academy-sponsored research initiative, Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean: Interaction between Southeast Asia and Turkey and the Ottoman Empire 16th-20th centuries. The Research Fellow’s principal task will be to work on a project to publish English translations of Ottoman documents relating to Southeast Asia. Accordingly, the successful candidate will have extensive experience in working with Ottoman archival documents, particularly of the 19th century. An excellent knowledge of Ottoman Turkish and English is required. No previous knowledge of Southeast Asia is necessary. A completed PhD at time of application is preferred.

Applicants should send a covering letter, a CV and a writing sample (dissertation chapter or article) to Siobhan McKeown at biaa@britac.ac.uk by 31 December 2008. Interviews will be held in February 2009.

For further details contact Siobhan McKeown biaa@britac.ac.uk or visit the website http://www.biaa.ac.uk

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National Defense University - Seminar: The Nuclear Tipping Point: U.S. Strategies to Prevent Future Proliferation

In cooperation with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P), we are delighted to announce our upcoming seminar on Transforming National Security, “The Nuclear Tipping Point: U.S. Strategies to Prevent Future Proliferation.�? The seminar will be held December 4th in Marshall Hall, Hopper Auditorium, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

The aim of this event is to examine the implications of a possible escalation of future nuclear proliferation. We will assess capabilities and incentives for new states to develop nuclear weapons, methods of deterring potential proliferation attempts, and U.S. strategy for responding to future proliferators. Please consider joining us as we address these key issues, with an eye towards the next QDR.

To register, please reply to CTNSP-NCO@ndu.edu. Registration will close on Tuesday, December 2nd.

If you have any questions regarding seminars that we are organizing, please feel free to contact me, James M. Keagle, at 202-685-2530 or Mr. Bruce Graham (202-685-3442). There is no charge to attend this seminar. I have included the Web address for directions to Ft McNair (http://www.ndu.edu/info/visitingNDU.cfm) for your convenience.

For more information about this series, please check our website http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/NCW_course.htm.

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

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: http://www.irex.org/programs/symp/index.asp

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November 03, 2008

Middlebury College - Summer Language Fellowships

The Middlebury College summer Language Schools is pleased to announce the Kathryn Davis Fellowships: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These fellowships, endowed by Kathryn Davis, fund the cost of tuition, room, board, and a travel stipend for individuals to study in the Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian Schools at Middlebury College for the summer of 2009. Middlebury will be awarding 100 fellowships for the summer of 2009 and we are encouraging working professionals as well as current graduate and undergraduate students.

Please visit our website www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls for more information such as the application.

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Harvard University - Available Position in Ottoman & Modern Turkish

Harvard University

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks applications for a preceptor in Ottoman and Modern Turkish. The appointment is expected to begin in the fall term of 2009. The position is renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, based on performance, enrollments, and curricular need. The successful applicant will teach five courses a year. Candidates for the position should have mastery of Ottoman Turkish language and literature, as well as modern Turkish. Applicants should also be familiar with the issues of teaching Turkish as a foreign language, have experience in teaching all levels of Ottoman and Modern Turkish, and must be able to conduct upper level courses in Turkish. Specialization in Ottoman or modern Turkish literature, linguistics and culture, or intellectual history, is highly desirable. Ph.D.
preferred. Letters of application (accompanied by CV and names and addresses of referees) should be sent no later than December 30, 2008, to:

Prof. William Granara
Ottoman/Turkish Search Committee
Harvard University
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland St., #312
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages List

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