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December 11, 2008

Conference on Changes in the Middle East & North Africa Region

Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region

4 – 7 April 2009, Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

I am writing to draw your attention to the above conference which has attracted researchers and professionals from over 30 countries. This international event, which will be addressed by the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization, will:
· Present the very latest research on tourism development, heritage management and cultural issues from scholars inside and outside the Middle East and North Africa Region;
· Allow a unique opportunity for delegates to network and discuss some of the most pressing issues surrounding the relationships between tourism, heritage and culture;
· Offer professionals, government agencies, regional organizations and academics the opportunity to showcase the best of their research and practical cases to an international audience.

The conference program as it presently stands can be found at:

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Dartmouth College: Full-Time Arabic Language Lecturer Position

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, invites applications for a full-time Arabic Language Lecturer position to begin 7/1/2009. Initial appointment will be for a term of one year with the possibility of renewal and a multi-year contract.

Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in modern standard Arabic. Minimum qualifications are M.A. in some area of linguistics, literature, Middle Eastern Studies, or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching at all levels of Arabic language instruction.

Send letter of application, CV, evidence of teaching excellence, along with three letters of recommendation, to: Chair of Arabic Lecturer Search Committee, 6191 Bartlett Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 03755-3530. Applications may be sent via email to: Gerard.F.Bohlen@Dartmouth.edu.

Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and encourages applications from women and minorities.
Search will continue until the position has been filled.

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Dartmouth College - Visiting Professor of Arabic Position

Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor of Arabic

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a visiting assistant or associate professor of Arabic language, literature/culture, for the academic year 2009-2010.

PhD in Arabic language, literature, culture or a related field is required by the starting date, 7/1/2009. Candidates should provide evidence of excellence in teaching (including Arabic language courses) at the college level. Candidates should have near or native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic.

Send letter of application, vita, along with three letters of recommendation, to: Chair of Arabic Search Committee, 6191 Bartlett Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3530

Applications may be sent via email to: Gerard.F.Bohlen@Dartmouth.EDU Search will continue until the position has been filled. Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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December 08, 2008

U.S. Naval Academy - Gulf and the Globe 2009 Conference

For your information, on January 28-29, 2009, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, will be hosting "Gulf and the Globe 2009 Conference." Links to the event homepage and registration form are provided.

Link to event home page:

Link to event registration form:

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UC Irvine - Call for Papers


The graduate students of the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine invite submissions for:
Politics of Crisis
University of California, Irvine
Friday, April 3 -
Saturday April 4, 2009

Paul Rabinow, Professor of Anthropology, UC, Berkeley
Additional keynote TBA

In Transcritique, Karatani Kojin defines crisis as "a chronic disease inherent in the capitalist economy, yet also a solution to its internal defects. In other words, capitalism makes temporary repairs to its innate problem by crises, thus it will never collapse because of it"(157). This conference hopes to critically explore the concept and figure of crisis as a disruption and/or confirmation of a particular structural ideology, where the possibility and the inevitability of crisis are created by the system against which the crisis occurs. Does crisis then foreclose upon the possibility of change? In this context, what kind of work does crisis perform?

This conference hopes to examine crisis by bringing together perspectives of various fields of study. We ask to what extent can crisis be a crucial point of engagement in the fields of critical theory, literary studies, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and political science? In what ways can an analysis of crisis inform our critiques of politics, culture and

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-crisis in the legitimacy of the sovereign, state of emergency, exploitation of executive power
-crisis in narratives, dramatic conflict
-crisis in language production, translation
-nuclear crisis, terrorism
-neuroses, hysteria, compromise formation
-eschatological crisis, endtimes and redemption, the Event
-Marxist eschatology, capitalist crisis, "disaster capitalism"
-predicting crisis/prediction technology, risk management
-double binds, undecidability
-representational crisis
-prophesies, ghosts, clairvoyance
-crisis as means of continuation
-bodily crisis
-memory and forgetting, trauma
-culture wars
-Malthusian catastrophe, contagious diseases, biological terrorism -state of the field
-perpetual crises

Paul Rabinow is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. His work centers on modernity as a problem for those seeking to live with its diverse forms and for those seeking to advance or resist modern projects of power and knowledge. His most recent project is on developments in post-genomics and molecular diagnostics. It seeks to invent an analytic framework to understand the issues of bio-politics and bio-security.

The deadline for the submission of a 250-word abstract is January 15, 2009. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length.

Please send proposals to uci.crisis@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, departmental affiliation, institution and phone number along with the abstract.

For additional information on "Politics of Crisis," please visit

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Center for International & Regional Studies - Research Grants

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar announces the launching of a major research initiative designed to enhance our understanding of migrant labor issues in the Persian Gulf. CIRS will award a number of research grants designed to support original, empirically-grounded research involving fieldwork on topics related to migrant labor in the Gulf. Award recipients are expected to become active participants in the CIRS research initiative on the issue. The awards can last up to a maximum of two years, with a possibility of renewal.

Researchers interested in applying should send a cover letter and a detailed research proposal that conforms to the guidelines outlined on the CIRS website at http://cirs.georgetown.edu/research/grants/. Before applying, candidates are strongly urged to consult the Request for Proposals on the CIRS website.

Review of proposals begins on February 15, 2009 and will last until the research funds are allocated. For inquiries and grant application submission, please contact cirsresearch@georgetown.edu.

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MADA al-Carmel - Opening for English-speaking Interns

MADA al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research Has Opening for English-speaking Interns at its Haifa Office

MADA al-Carmel is an independent, not-for-profit, Palestinian-run research institute based in Haifa, Israel. MADA fuses in-depth theoretical and applied research with public policy recommendations to further human and national development of Palestinian citizens in Israel. In addition, MADA works to provide analytical research on a wide range of topic from national identity and citizenship to democracy promotion in multi-ethnic states.

MADA is seeking English-speaking Interns to assist in upgrading and managing our English-language website, editing and producing our English-language publications, and supporting our fundraising efforts.

Responsibilities of the Webmaster/Editor Intern:
- Developing, designing, and updating MADA's website as necessary
- Assisting staff with the production of MADA's various English-language publications
- Writing and editing English reports

Responsibilities of the Fundraising Intern:
- Helping to identify and qualify prospective new funders
- Maintaining ties with existing funders
- Building a database
- Helping the Development Director on grant applications as needed
- Helping with public relations (press releases, newsletter, etc.)

- Accommodations in Haifa
- A $300/month stipend
- Medical Insurance

For either position:
- Native-level fluency in English
- Proficiency in computer and word processing (MS Word, and preferably PowerPoint)
- The ability to work flexibly and independently
For the Webmaster/Editor Intern:
- Experience and competency in website design, development, and
- Editing experience and skills, both conceptual editing and copy editing
For the Fundraising Intern:
- Experience in fundraising, or demonstrated strengths in research, writing, and communication

For exceptional candidates who could handle both types of internships at once, a higher stipend is offered.

- Some understanding of the unique situation of the Palestinians in Israel and of the region in general
- Knowledge of Arabic and the Middle East
- Experience living and working in the region

Willingness to commit to a 6-month to 1-year posting is preferred. To apply for an internship or learn more, please e-mail or fax a cover letter and CV to:

Einas Odeh Haj, Assistant Director
MADA al-Carmel
Fax: +972 (0) 4 852 5973
E-mail: einas@mada-research.org

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Interdisciplinary Group on Poverty & Inequality - Call for Papers

The Interdisciplinary Group on Poverty and Inequality (IGPI) seeks graduate student papers and posters for its March 6, 2009 conference: Emerging Issues in Poverty and Inequality

Students who wish to present papers or posters on any aspect of poverty or inequality, broadly defined, are invited to apply. We encourage submissions from all graduate or professional students at the University addressing individual, local, national, and global perspectives using either qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

Abstracts will be refereed, and selected participants will be notified of their acceptance in February.

Please email your abstracts or any questions to povertygroup@umich.edu by January 16, 2009.

The day-long conference will feature a keynote address by William Julius Wilson, panels, and poster presentations.

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December 02, 2008

University of Toronto - Call for Papers

The Graduate Students' Association of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMCGSA), University of Toronto, Canada, is pleased to issue this CALL FOR PAPERS for our thirteenth annual Graduate Symposium.

This year's Symposium will be held on March 5, 2009, in Toronto, Canada. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2009. The theme of this year's Symposium is "International and Intercultural Relations in the Near and Middle East from Antiquity to the Present", which we believe has both broad appeal and currency.

Our Symposium provides graduate students the opportunity to present original research in a conference-like forum, the proceedings of which are periodically published. We encourage feedback from attending peers and faculty members, and foster interdisciplinary awareness and discussion. The Symposium celebrates the excellence and effort of all participants. This year, our thirteenth, we will also recognize an exceptional presentation (as determined by a peer-
review panel) with a small monetary award.

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals outlining original research broadly defined by this year's theme, by providing a 250-word abstract via our online application site, email, mail, or fax. The address coordinates are:

online application: http://nmcgsa.sa.utoronto.ca
email: sarah.schellinger@utoronto.ca
mail or fax: Sarah Schellinger, Symposium Co-coordinator, Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1C1 (fax:

The Symposium generally runs from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, followed by an informal reception for all participants. Each presentation will be allotted twenty minutes, followed by a five to ten minute question and discussion period.

We will be offering partial travel funds to one graduate student from a Near or Middle Eastern university in order to foster greater international scholarly dialogue. Cost for travel and accommodation for all other participants are not covered by the NMCGSA.

Please direct any questions to our Symposium Co-coordinator.

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Tufts University - Spring 2009 Conference on Iran & the Middle East

Fares Center Spring 2009 Conference:"Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration: Iran and the Middle East"

The conference will be held at Tufts University on Thursday, March 5 (starting at 3:00 pm) and all day on Friday, March 6, 2009. A definitive conference program will be available soon on our website.

The purpose of this conference is to identify issues that will be of concern to Americans in 2009, specifically the continuing confrontation between the United States and Iran. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent developments in that country have had a significant­—to American minds, exacerbating—impact on Iran’s position and policy there. Yet American and Iranian interests and policies have also collided in the Gulf and in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Nuclear issues in particular have brought the United States and Iran into renewed confrontation. The conference will address these concerns and how the new administration can take steps to change the dynamic in a helpful way.

The conference is an important component of our efforts to advance students’ understanding of political, historical, social, demographic, and economic issues of the Middle East through exposure to the views of distinguished world leaders, academics, and policy makers. We wish to present our students with a broad range of cultural perspectives and political opinions, and we are sure that the upcoming March conference will guarantee a panoply of diverse and stimulating viewpoints.

More information about this upcoming conference and past Fares Center events can be found on our website at http://farescenter.tufts.edu. Registration will be available from our website beginning early January 2009.

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Sixth International Conference on Language Teacher Education - Call for Papers & Attendance

Conference Invitation and Call for Papers
Sixth International Conference on Language Teacher Education
Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century

May 28 - 30, 2009, Washington, DC, USA

Designed for practitioners and researchers involved in the preparation and ongoing professional development of language teachers, LTE 2009 will address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including:
* foreign/modern/world language teaching;
* bilingual education;
* immersion education;
* indigenous and minority language education; and
* the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain a meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings.

Pre-Conference Workshops begin at 9 am on Thursday, May 28, 2009. The Opening Reception begins at 5 pm on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2008

The conference will focus on four broad themes:
* Theme I: The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
* Theme II: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language TeacherEducation
* Theme lll: Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
* Theme IV: Practices in Language Teacher Education

Plenary Speakers:
* Second Language Teacher Education in Times of Change: Jack Richards, The Regional Language Centre
* Teacher Cognition and Communicative Language Teaching: Simon Borg, University
of Leeds
* The Moral Lives of Teacher Educators: Bill Johnston, Indiana University
* A Sociocultural Perspective on Language Teacher Education: Karen Johnson, Pennsylvania State University

Types of Sessions View Call for Papers & P re-Conference Workshops
Symposia (2 hours)
Paper Sessions (25-minute papers)
Discussion Sessions (55 minutes)
Poster Sessions (60 Minutes)

For more information and to submit a proposal, please come to: http://nclrc.org/lte2009

To contact us: LTE@nclrc.org

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