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January 15, 2009

Arab American National Museum - Call for Books

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is proud to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2008 Arab American Book Award

Books submitted for consideration must be written or illustrated by an Arab American, or address the Arab-American experience. The portrayal or representation of Arab Americans should be accurate and engaging; avoid stereotypes, and reflect rich characterization. It must be an original work and published in English between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Submissions must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2009. An award will be given to an author or illustrator in each of the following three categories:

* Adult Non-Fiction in the areas of the Social Sciences and Humanities
* Adult Fiction, including Arts and Literature
* Poetry (New for 2008)
* Children or Young Adult, Fiction or Non-Fiction

Submission forms can be found on the AANM website. For additional information regarding the Book Award please contact Kristin LaLonde of the AANM Library & Resource Center at 313-624-0223 or klalonde@accesscommunity.org.

The Arab American National Museum Book Award was established in 2006 to encourage the publication and excellence of books that preserve and advance the understanding, knowledge, and resources of the Arab American community by celebrating the thoughts and lives of Arab Americans. The purpose of the Award is to inspire authors, educate readers and foster a respect and understanding of Arab American culture.

The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves, celebrates, and educates the public on the history, life, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans. We serve as a resource to enhance knowledge and understanding about Arab Americans and their presence in this country. The Arab American National Museum is a project of ACCESS, a Dearborn, Michigan-based nonprofit human services and cultural organization.

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126


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Johns Hopkins University - Summer Employment Opportunity


Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

CTY is seeking outstanding staff to work in our summer programs. The Center for Talented Youth offers challenging 3-week academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world.

Locations throughout the United States, Mexico, China, and Spain.

Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth(CTY)

We are seeking enthusiastic political science and international relations instructors and teaching assistants to work in our summer programs. CTY offers intense 3-week academic programs for academically talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world.

Session 1: June 25 – July 18
Session 2: July 18 – August 8
Instructors and teaching assistants can work either or both sessions.

CTY staff work with exceptional students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous academic setting.

Instructors start at $2100 - $3000 per 3-week session.
Teaching assistants start at $1100 per 3-week session
Room and board are provided at our residential sites.

15 students
Each instructor is assigned a teaching assistant.

Courses: International Politics, Model United Nations and Advanced Geography, Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice, The Asian Pacific Rim, Politics of the Middle East, U.S.-China Relations

· Review full job descriptions and responsibilities
· Learn about additional opportunities
· Download an application

You can also contact us at 410-735-6185 or ctysummer@jhu.edu for more information. Johns Hopkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Crown Center for Middle East - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering one-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, or social developments. The fellowships will allow scholars in the early stages of their career, the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East.

About the Crown Center
The Crown Center's research interests encompass the twenty-two members of the Arab League, stretching from Morocco to Iraq, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The Center's research focus extends well beyond Arab-Israeli tensions to include Middle East politics, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, and regional security and arms control.

The 2009-2010 postdoctoral fellowship is open to all scholars who hold a doctoral degree and have research experience in a Middle East related field. Eligible candidates should have earned a doctoral degree no earlier than 2006.

The Post Doctoral Fellowship is a one-Year appointment beginning September 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010. The stipend for the 10 months will be $43,000. In addition funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the 10-month appointment period. Appointment is subject to budgetary approval.

Febuary 2, 2009

Application and Inquiries
Please visit http://www.brandeis.edu/crown/search/index.html to view application details. For more information about the Crown Center please see http://www.brandeis.edu/crown. Direct inquiries are addressed to Kristina Cherniahivsky at crowncenter@brandeis.edu, 781-736-5320.

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Call for Papers - Historiography & Iran in Coparative Perspective - Conference


A conference focusing on the developments in the historiography of Iran in comparative perspective.

10-13 September 2009

The Persian speaking world has enjoyed a long tradition of historical writing which sought to situate the Iranian people within a particular narrative of descent and historical development. These narratives were to be challenged with the introduction of new historical methods from Europe in the late 19th century. By the late 20th century there was a dramatic increase in historical writing in Iran, partly as a consequence of the need to produce new national narratives and partly a result of the demand engendered by the growth in literacy and communications. The writing of history, reflecting the realities of the day, has more often than not proved to be a profoundly political act. Historical texts, narratives, and memoirs have all sought to shape and define the way in which Iranians have thought of themselves and their history. Yet for all the emphasis on national particularities, historical writing has also been driven by means and methods determined by the modern European tradition. Of particular importance in this regard was the distinction created between historical writing and myth; a process which resulted in much of the pre-modern Iranian historical tradition being confined to the realm of literature.

This conference will seek to highlight a number of these developments by assessing the traditions of historical writing in Iran and situating them within broader trends in historiographical thought, in particular the development of European historical narratives. Questions to be addressed include the role of historical writing in the construction of identity; myth and history, literature and the oral tradition; how do we understand the development of a historical consciousness; what parallels can be drawn between the Iranian and European traditions of historical writing; to what extent does contemporary Iranian historical writing situate itself within a European narrative.

The organisers welcome papers on a broad range of topics - including papers with a comparative and trans-national approach - but will be guided by the following thematic areas:
1. Persia in the Western imagination
2. Inventing the Middle Ages
3. History & nation building
4. History, Myth and literature
5. Revolutionary History
6. Diasporas

Proposals for papers should send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along contact details, a brief bio including an institutional affiliation, to the Organising Committee, Historiography Conference, School of History, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AL, by February 15th 2009. Alternatively proposals may be sent in electronic format to the email below. All proposed papers must constitute unpublished new research. Authors of papers presented at the conference must commit themselves to publish their papers in the publication described below, if the editors of the publication select their papers for inclusion in the publication.

A book, edited by Ali Ansari, of selected papers from the conference will be published by I. B. Tauris Publishers, in the series "Iran and the Persianate World".

For general enquiries please contact Professor Ansari on iran@st-andrews.ac.uk
Regular updates can be found on www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~iranian

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January 13, 2009

Yale University - Assistant Professor w/expertise in North Africa

Council on Middle East Studies/Council on African Studies
Assistant Professor
The MacMillan Center, Yale University

The MacMillan Center at Yale University seeks to sponsor the appointment of an assistant professor in Anthropology or Sociology, with area expertise in North Africa. Special consideration will be given to scholars with Francophone expertise, and who specialize in issues relating to gender; Islamic social movements; globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora; or legal institutions and the state. However, other topical areas will be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in Anthropology or Sociology, with the position beginning on July 1, 2009.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter (including qualifications and plans for research and writing), a CV, one or more writing samples up to a total of one hundred pages in length, a syllabus of a proposed course, and names of three references to:
The Council on Middle East Studies
The MacMillan Center
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520‐8206.

Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Marcia Inhorn (marcia.inhorn@yale.edu). Review of application materials will begin on January 15, 2009.

Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women scholars.

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CICS - Student Research Fellowships

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a call for applications from graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to conduct innovative research outside of the United States related to the following three themes:
· Human Rights
· International Development
· International Security and Cooperation

Grants will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus. The fellowships will provide up to $3,000 each for research expenses, and may be used for travel and/or living expenses (including summer living expenses), and materials. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

· Contribution to the three themes of CICS: human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation
· Quality, significance, and feasibility of the proposed research activity
· Creation of links with international organizations or practitioners working in the areas of human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation

Awardees must submit a final report to CICS within four weeks after completion of the research. The report (3 pages in length) should include a summary of the research conducted and activities accomplished. Awardees may be asked to present their research or findings to students and faculty in the fall of 2009. Reports may appear in the CICS publication.

Applications should include 4 hard copies of the following items:
* Completed CICS funding request cover sheet (includes 100-word abstract of the project)
* 2 to 3-page description of the objectives of the project and/or research
* Detailed budget
* Resume
* Letter of recommendation from U-M faculty member

Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the CICS Advisory Committee. Applications should be delivered to the Center for International & Comparative Studies (CICS) by the deadline.

Applications are due on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by 5pm (for travel in summer of 2009)

Contact Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu
Deliver Applications to: Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
International Institute, 1080 S. University, Suite 3659

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CICS - Funding for Student Internships

Funding for Student Internships
2009-2010 Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a call for applications from undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor who are planning to work as interns during the summer of 2009.

Students are eligible to apply if they have secured an internship with an organization, preferably working in the areas of one of these three themes:
* Human rights
* International development
* International security and cooperation

Grants of up to $4,000 to will be awarded to a limited number of students. Students must have an internship assignment secured from a reputable organization. Funding can be used by the student to pay travel and living expenses. These funds are primarily intended for students working unpaid for an organization. If students are being paid, however, it is possible to receive funding to offset high expenses not covered by the organization. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

Applications to support internships with organizations working specifically in areas related to the three CICS themes will be given priority in the selection process.

Awardees must submit a final report to CICS within four weeks after completion of the internship. The report (3 pages in length) should include a summary of the activities completed and work accomplished. Awardees may be asked to make a presentation on the internship experience to students and faculty in the fall of 2009. Reports may appear in the CICS publication.

Applications should include 4 hard copies of the following items:
* Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
* Resume
* Letter of recommendation
* Detailed budget
* Brief statement of purpose, including a description of the work being done (1 page maximum)
* Evidence that the internship is secured (e.g., offer letter with description of job tasks)
* Any additional materials that describe the organization, such as brochures, website addresses, mission statements.

Members of the CICS advisory board will review the applications and select grant recipients based on the quality of the materials submitted.

The deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2009, by 5pm (for 2009 summer internships)

Contact: Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu
Deliver Applications to:
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
International Institute, 1080 S. University, Suite 3659

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Center for International & Comparative Studies - Call for Proposals

International Partnership Building Grant 2009-2010 Call for Proposals

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) at the
International Institute announces a call for proposals from U-M faculty to assist the center in building partnerships with international organizations involved in one of the following three areas:
• Human Rights
• International Development
• International Security and Cooperation

These partnerships are intended to provide opportunities for U-M students and faculty to work overseas with NGOs or international organizations involved in activities related to the center. The intention of the grant is to build an ongoing partnership between the center and the organization, with mutual benefit to both.

U-M-Ann Arbor regular instructional staff in any department.

The following criteria will be used to assess applications:
• Organization’s involvement in work related to the three themes of CICS: human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation
• Creation of sustainable links with international organizations and practitioners in these fields
• Commitment of faculty to continue contacts with the center and with the organization, and to assist in maintaining links between the two.

Grants up to $8,000 will be awarded, and funding can be used for travel, hosting visitors, and materials. Up to $2,000 of the grant may be deposited into the faculty research account.

Proposals should include 4 hard copies of the following items:
• Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
• CV of faculty applicant
• Description of NGO or international organization (1 page)
• 1-2 page summary of proposed partnership, including 2-year plan for link, and vision for sustainability
• Budget

Proposals are due: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by 5pm

Contact: Shannon Bellefleur at 734.764.2268 or email: sbellefl@umich.edu
Deliver Proposals to:
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
1080 S. University, Suite 3631
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Columbia University's Journal of Politics & Society - Call for Papers

Columbia University's Journal of Politics & Society, published by the Helvidius Group, invites you to submit your class papers and theses for consideration for our 2009 edition. The Editorial Board is seeking submissions from UNDERGRADUATES (class of 2008 or later) in colleges and universities across the nation.

The deadline for the Spring 2009 Journal is January 24, 2009.

In 2007, the Journal became the first commercially distributed undergraduate periodical in the nation. The 2009 edition will be distributed among academics worldwide and sold in Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores.

In addition, the Journal of Politics & Society will award the Peter and Katherine Tomassi Prize of $250 to the author of the best article, as judged by the Editorial Board in conjunction with faculty at Columbia University.

The Journal of Politics & Society is seeking original, creative, and rigorous articles including, but not limited to:
- Research on current economic, political, and sociological phenomena
- Normative scholarship analyzing important theories on political philosophies

Students from ALL SOCIAL SCIENCE DISCIPLINES are encouraged to submit their work.

There is no absolute length requirement, but published articles are typically originally 20­50 pages in length (double-spaced). Papers selected for publication undergo an intensive peer review and editing process, and work previously written for classroom or individual use is welcomed.

Please send all general inquiries and manuscripts to:

For submissions, please use Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) format and include "[2009 Submission]" in the subject field of your email.

For further details, please visit us at:

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Columbia University & CUNY - Call for Papers

"Crisis States: The Uncertain Future of Israel/Palestine"
Graduate Student Conference, 9-10 April 2009

The Columbia University and City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center departments of Anthropology jointly invite you to submit abstracts for Crisis States: The Uncertain Future of Israel/Palestine, a graduate student conference to be held in April 2009 in New York City.

Social science research on Israel/Palestine has tended to view the
relationship of Palestinians and Israelis as one characterized by the occupation and resistance to it. Anthropology, in particular, has produced valuable studies of Israelis and Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza that have focused largely on the micro-practices of everyday life on the one hand, and on the logics and effects of institutions of national politics on the other. As a result of this trend, the study of Israel/Palestine often focuses on these relationships within, although generally critical of national and historical narratives of geographical Palestine.

It is often said in popular representations of the region that it is now, too late, to establish a two-state solution; that recent developments (or non-developments) have closed off possibilities for peace. In other words, political realities and the future possibilities that they imply, including but not limited to the increasingly desperate circumstances of Palestinians in Gaza or the construction of the separation wall, settlements, and the infrastructure of closure?may now demand attention in new ways. Therefore, in order to supplement existing analyses, we ask: what have large concepts and forces like capitalism, geopolitics and global economics, colonial histories, and nationalism brought to the study of this conflict? What have they obscured? How are these processes and categories constituted and contested at multiple national, regional and international scales, and what have recent transformations in economic and political circumstances revealed about academic claims about Israel/Palestine? What are the temporal dimensions of the conflict, its historiography, and its peace process?

Any future resolution of this conflict will have to deal with certain political histories, global, ideological, and temporal processes that operate in multiple ways and in relation to multiple processes that are perpetually shifting and unfolding. Some of these are ongoing and others have emerged at staggered intervals with, for example, the establishment and collapse of Oslo, accusations of high-level corruption in the Israeli government, Israel's recent war with Lebanon, or with the end of the second intifada and Hamas victory in the 2006 elections and takeover of Gaza. What forms of political or proto-political organization might be emergent in what has been called a non-state or a "failed state?" How are we to understand the role of institutions and infrastructures that seem to mediate between local,global and national realms and how are they constituted by and through various scales? What theoretical tools might be required to recognize and evaluate them in the Palestinian context, and in terms of the peculiar and ambiguous ?stateless? political organizations in the West Bank, Gaza, and in their relationship to Israel?

The purpose of this conference is to begin a multidisciplinary dialogue about the study of Israel/Palestine that is attuned to and expands the frame for analyzing the extent to which these territories are defined by the dialectic of occupation and resistance to it. We seek to create a forum for the discussion of alternate possibilities for understanding global and local
processes, sensibilities and ontologies in the contemporary economic and political climate. The organizers hope that this workshop will bring together graduate students across the social sciences in order to identify recent theoretical approaches to Israel/Palestine that will help engage with ongoing dialogues within and about this conflict. In doing so we hope to supplement the social sciences' long-term commitment to the study of resistance, occupation, and national politics.

Suggested topics of discussion include:
o Infrastructure
o Political Economy
o Global Economics
o Geography
o Separation and closure as defined in multiple ways: political, economic, Zionist, or otherwise.
o Rethinking the binary between Oppressor and Oppressed
o Governance
o Religious Theology, Thought, Sensibilities and Practice
o Islamic, Jewish, and Christian political movements
o Time and Temporality
o History, Narrative, and Historiography
o The State
o Humanitarianism and Development
o Production of Nature and the Environment
o Law and Jurisdiction
o Urbanism
o Approaches focusing on materiality and/or post-Humanist Approaches

The conference will take place between the CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University, on 9-10 April 2009. We are in the process of inviting faculty respondents to student papers and organizing faculty panel discussions and a keynote address. We invite students across disciplines but particularly in anthropology, geography, sociology, history, economics and political science to submit abstracts of 250 words to both organizers (Sophia Stamatopoulou-
Robbins scr60@columbia.edu and Kareem Rabie kareemrabie@gmail.com ). The deadline for abstract submissions is January 30, 2009. We will notify those selected by mid-February 2009. Please include your affiliation. We are currently working to secure funding for student travel, so please indicate whether or not you can afford to travel on your own or have access to funds from your home institution.

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NCOLCTL Participants - Accomodations being Awarded

Accommodation Support for 2009 NCOLCTL Participants

The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) will be sponsoring accommodation for a limited number of graduate students and part-time lecturers at the upcoming 2009 Annual Conference in Madison, WI, April 23-26. Awards will be granted for ACCOMMODATION ONLY to eligible students/instructors. Interested individuals should send a letter of application, CV, and a letter of support from their language coordinators or language directors. Applications must be received by January 19th, 2009. Awardees will be informed by January 26th. Awards will be granted for accommodation on a first come, first served basis. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

• Only NCOLCTL Members are eligible for grants. If your membership is not current, you can register online at: http://www.councilnet.org/council/indmember.htm
• Graduate students or part-time lecturers who have submitted a proposal and plan to present their work at the 2009 NCOLCTL conference.
• Priority will be given to first-time presenters

Please send application documents to ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu or mail to:
NCOLCTL Secretariat
University of Wisconsin-Madison
4231 Humanities Building
455 N Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608 265 7902

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Al-Quads University - Call for Papers and Workshops

Al-Quds University
Abu-Dis Campus East Jerusalem
Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4, 2009

Call for Papers and Workshops
We invite proposals for papers and workshops for a conference on women andleadership in state and society with an emphasis on higher education, government, andcommunity-based organizations.

We are particularly interested in papers and workshops that explore:
1) comparative cases of countries in which women have played leadership roles;
2) women, law and legislation in Arab states (Middle East and North Africa);
3) social and political factors that advance or impede women’s leadership;
4) the role of culture, religion and the arts in facilitating women's leadership and
women-led change;
5) the particular role that universities can play in advancing women’s status.


Proposals for papers or workshops should be 1-2 pages in length and accompanied by aresume or short curriculum vitae. Please send abstracts and resumes to both insancenter@arts.alquds.edu and crosby@brandeis.edu.

Accepted papers (8-10 pages, double spaced) may be delivered in English or in Arabic; simultaneous translation will be provided.

Limited funding for travel may be available.

This conference is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation as part of anongoing educational partnership between Al-Quds and Brandeis Universities.

Conference organizing committee:

Al-Quds University:
Professor Fadwa Allabadi
Professor Amneh Badran
Professor Najah Manasra
Professor Mutaz Qafiseh

Brandeis University:
Provost Marty Krauss
Professor Sue Lanser
Professor James Mandrell
Professor Shulamit Reinharz

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UM Armenian Studies Program Events for Winter '09 Semester


Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Distinguished Annual Lecture

Dr. Gerard Chaliand
“The Geopolitics of the World Today: US Policy at the Periphery of Russia.”
January 14, 2009
7:00 PM, Hussey Room

Lecture will be Webcast Live: http://umtv-live.rs.itd.umich.edu/asp/asp011409.asx

UM, Michigan League
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor


Dr. Gerard Chaliand
Seminar with faculty and graduate students/Luncheon

(By invitation)
“Iraq-Afghanistan and Terrorism.”
January 15, 2009
12:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1644
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor


Gilgamesh Cultural Performances (ASP co-sponsorship)
Kevork Mourad and Kinan Azmeh
January 23-24, 2009
7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Biomedical Science Research Building Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor


Public Lecture

Dr. Seta Dadoyan

(St. Nersess Seminary, NY)
“Islam and Armenians: Paradigms of a Near Eastern Dialectic”
January 27, 2009
4:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor


Public Lecture

Dr. Jasmine Dum-Tragut

Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar
“The Changing Face of Armenia: Language, Culture, Religion and Minorities since Independence.”
February 10, 2009
4:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor

MARCH 2009

Public Lecture

Dr. Sebouh Aslanian

Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow
“Trust in Gossip but bastinado when needed: Regulation ‘trust’ relations among Julfan Merchants in the Early Modern period.”
March 3, 2009
5:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor


International Conference
“Armenia and Armenians in International Treaties.”
March 18-21, 2009
Michigan League (March 18 and 19)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor
Michigan Union (March 20 and 21)
530 South State Street, Ann Arbor


Public Lecture
Dr. Arus Harutyunyan

Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar
“National Identity Perceptions and Representations in the Republic of Armenia.”
March 31, 2009
4:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University, Ann Arbor

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6th Annual Duke-UNC-CH Graduate Islamic Studies Conference - Call for Papers

The Departments of Religion at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are now accepting papers for inclusion in their Sixth Annual Graduate Islamic Studies Conference:

Negotiating Multiple Islams: Societies, Traditions, and Cultures in Context

April 4-5 2009
Global Education Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mohsen Kadivar, Visiting Professor, University of Virginia

Negotiating Multiple Islams:

For this year’s conference, we encourage papers that explore these questions and seek to contextualize the societies, cultures, and traditions in which they occur. We welcome topics that cover a wide range of issues and incorporate a variety of methodologies and approaches — textual, anthropological, sociological, critical
theoretical, and historical, among others. In addition to formal papers, we also welcome multimedia presentations, such as student-produced films, that are related to the theme of the conference.
Possible themes for paper topics include (but are not limited to):
* lived Islam in urban and rural environments
* critical responses to tradition and authority
* revival and reform movements and the notion of multiple modernities
* popular and vernacular Islam in current and historical contexts
* construction of competing identities
* Islamic art and architecture
* pluralistic ethics and Islam
* living and engaging sacred texts
* multiple interpretive authorities and local traditions
* Muslim women as scholars and leaders
* between Islamic law (Shari’ah) and jurisprudence (fiqh) in local and transnational contexts

To apply, please send the following to DukeUNCconf@gmail.com
* paper title
* proposal of no more than 500 words
* CV
* brief biographical sketch

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.

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University of Arizona - Conference: Introducing Children to the Arabic World

Introducing Children to the World: Exploring Middle Eastern Cultures and the Arabic Language through Children's Literature

University of Arizona | Tucson, AZ

January 24, 2009

Have you ever wanted to introduce your students to children around the world? This workshop will help you in immersing your students in global cultures and languages through engagements around children's literature. Literature can open the world for students and build a bridge to international understanding and global perspectives. During this workshop Arabic language and Middle Eastern cultures will be highlighted and you will have an opportunity to explore Middle Eastern values and practices, learn about the written language, and interact with many children's books about the Middle East in English and Arabic. Handouts and resources on Middle Eastern culture, language and children's literature will be provided for engaging students in inquiries of other cultures around the world.

> Kathy Short (Professor in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona)
> Seemi Raina (Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona)

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Location: University of Arizona College of Education, Room 104

Audience: K-8 educators

Cost: $30

Credit: 5 hours Professional Development Credit

Registration Deadline: January 19, 2009

Workshop Flyer/Registration Form: arabic_workshop_spring2009.pdf

Questions: Contact Seemi Raina at sraina@email.arizona.edu or (520) 621-1311.


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Georgetown University - Fall Semester Abroad Program in Turkey

Georgetown University’s McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies is now accepting applications for its Fall 2009 semester abroad program in Turkey. Courses offered in Fall 2009 include:
- The Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey (Prof. Gábor Ágoston)
- Urban Geographies of Turkey and the E. Med. (Prof. Kay Ebel)
- Islam, Gender, and Identity (Prof. Şebnem Akçapar)
- Empires and the Modern Middle East (Prof. Gábor Ágoston)
- Turkey and the EU: Int. Migration (Prof. Şebnem Akçapar)
- Turkish Language (All Levels)

All courses are taught in English. No Turkish language background
required. No prerequisites. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
may apply. This program is open to non-Georgetown students. Scholarships are available.

This program offers a broad-based introduction to Turkey and the
Eastern Mediterranean, including: Ten day Orientation in Istanbul; Visit to the capital city of Ankara, including Parliament, Foreign Ministry, and U.S. Embassy; Extensive travel in Turkey, including visits to Bursa, Edirne, Antioch, and Konya; Ten-day study tour to Syria; Excursion to Cyprus; Spectacular villa setting on the shores of the Mediterranean; Opportunities for community service and independent travel.

Application deadline is March 2, 2009.

For more information contact Resident Director Kay Ebel at
kae7@georgetown.edu, Program Adviser Polly Robey at pss26@georgetown.edu or visit our web site at http://mcgheecenter.georgetown.edu.

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The National Security Language - Scholarships

Scholarship promotes study of languages

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to increase American citizens' capacity to engage foreign governments and peoples through the critical languages of Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.

Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2009

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth program is offering 550 full scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad and learn languages that most students do not have opportunities to learn, but are rapidly becoming critical to know. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division, NSLI-Y is designed to increase American citizens' capacity to engage foreign governments and peoples through the critical languages of Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.

Students wishing to apply for full scholarships must: be U.S. citizens, be 15-18 years of age and enrolled in high school at the time of application, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Students may participate in the program during high school or during the "gap year" between high school and college. Beginning language students are invited to participate, although all levels of instruction are available. Fluency is not required, but students with oral and written experience in the program languages are especially valued for their experience. Students returning from their NSLI-Y international experience will be able to apply their knowledge in university and professional opportunities.

For more information about the scholarship and to apply online, visit www.NSLIforyouth.org.

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January 12, 2009

Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies - Call for Papers

Gender Quotas in North African Parliaments:
Pathways to Empowerment, Accountability, and Political Participation?

May 20-22, 2009
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

In the past decade, gender quotas for national parliaments have been constitutionally mandated or adopted voluntarily by one or more political parties in Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The scope of quotas differs considerably, however, ranging from actions by two Algerian parties to place greater numbers of women on electoral lists, to the establishment in 2002 and 2007 of an agreement between Moroccan parties to reserve thirty seats for women.

Variation in the type of quotas and the institutional context in which they are implemented helps to explain why the proportion of women in the houses of representatives ranges from 7.2 to 22.8 percent in the four North African cases. Beyond these associations, however, the origins and outcomes of gender quotas in North Africa are not yet well explored or integrated into a cumulative and comparative research agenda on gender and politics in Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond. Some questions which warrant further study include: Why do countries vary in the type of quotas adopted? What are the effects of quotas on women’s empowerment and on accountability and political participation under authoritarianism? What are the effect of quotas on political attitudes and behaviors of constituents?

Conference Proposal

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University will hold a workshop May 21-22, 2009 to address questions related to gender quotas in North African parliaments and, more broadly, to concerns at the intersection of gender and politics in the greater Middle East. The goal of the workshop is to strengthen networks between scholars and policy practitioners and to offer an opportunity to prepare papers for publication, including the possibility of an edited volume or special edition of a journal arising from the conference.

Accordingly, proposals are invited for papers which address theoretical or empirical aspects of quotas and are analytical in nature. Papers may be comparative within or beyond the region and address:
-Critiques or defenses of quotas from Islamic, western, or other feminist perspectives, including assessments of the appropriateness of applying theoretical paradigms across regions
-Explanations for the establishment of quotas of different types in the North African cases
-Explanations of popular or elite attitudes toward quotas in the Maghreb
-Assessments of the effects of quotas on the behaviors of voters (e.g. voter turnout, voter choice, etc.)
-Analyses of differences in the leadership styles, political strategies, or other behaviors of female and male members of parliament
-Assessments of the effects of quotas on women’s empowerment
-Assessments of the contributions of female candidates to parliamentary debate on substantive issues and of the effects of quotas on broader questions of representation and accountability

Tentative Conference Schedule

The conference will begin with a keynote address at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Individual paper presentations (approx. 15 minutes per paper) will take place on May 21 and an optional outreach event for New Jersey teachers will be held on May 22. Honoraria and travel support are available for papers invited for both the Thursday and Friday portions of the conference.

Timeline for Paper Submission

Please submit paper abstracts to Lindsay Benstead (benstead@princeton.edu) by January 30, 2008. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee and authors notified of the committee’s decision by February 15, 2008. Papers accepted for presentation should be submitted the Lindsay Benstead by May 10, 2009 for pre-circulation to workshop participants.

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Fullbright Program Information Sessions

U.S. State Department

Thursday, January 15, 12:00-1:00pm, 2609 SSWB
Tuesday, January 20, 12:00-1:00pm, 1644 SSWB
Friday, January 23, 12:00-1:00pm, 2609 SSWB

***Special Presentation: former Fulbrighter Mark O’Connor***
Monday, January 26, 12:00-1:00pm, 1644 SSWB

***Special Presentation: Tony Claudino, visiting speaker from IIE Headquarters, New York***
Wednesday, January 28, 12:00-1:00pm, 1644 SSWB

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at the University of Michigan through the International Institute. At the information session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisor will describe the application and selection process and provide suggestions for making your application more competitive.

Eligibility: To apply for this program through the University of Michigan, applicants must
(a) be U-M students, alumni or staff;
(b) be U.S. citizens;
(c) have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and
(d) demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.

Deadline: The University of Michigan deadline is September 10, 2009

Website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

Fulbright Program Advisors:
Kelly Peckens (kpeckens@umich.edu)
Undergraduates & Alumni

Amy Kehoe (akehoe@umich.edu)
Graduate, Professional School & Arts applicants

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Kansas University - 2009 Summer Arabic Studies in Morocco

University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad presents the 2009 Summer Institute: Arabic Studies in Ifrane, Morocco

The program dates are May 29-July 25, 2009 (eight-week program).

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. At least one semester of college-level Arabic language or the equivalent is recommended.

Credit: An official transcript from the University of Kansas will be issued at the end of the program.
- Track 1 (Language only): Six to ten hours of credit
- Track 2 (Language & Culture): Nine to thirteen hours of credit

On the program, students learn experientially about Morocco's culture, society and language
- Participants live with Moroccan roommates during the program and have optional family home stays for one or two weekends.
- Participants participate in at least one social club with topics including cooking, literature and theatre, music and dance, or calligraphy. The club activities allow students to interact with local students from Al-Akhawayn University.
- Excursions to the Tafilalt Area and to Marrakesh provide participants the opportunity to learn in greater detail about Morocco's culture and society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2009. Additional program information and applications are available online at www.studyabroad.ku.edu.

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January 07, 2009

ARIT - Fellowships for Language Study in Istanbul, Turkey

American Research Institute in Turkey Offering Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study in Istanbul, Turkey from June 22 through August 14, 2009

Application Deadline is February 9, 2009

Program: For summer 2009, the ARIT will offer full travel and fellowships for approximately 15 advanced students and scholars for participation in the summer program in advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level.

The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

Eligibility Requirements: To be a fellowship applicant, you must:
1. Be a citizen, natinoal, or permanent resident of the United States
2. Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level academic program, or be faculty
3. Have a minimum B average in your studies, if still a student; and
4. Perform at the high-intermediate level on a proficiency-based admissions examination.

Application Procedure: Use the application form and procedures that are accessible online at http://www.princeton.edu/~turkish/ARIT'08.html or via the ARIT language program webpage at http://ccat.sas.upenn/edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.htm

For futher information, contact:
Director, Erika H. Gilson
Email: ehgilson@princeton.edu
110 Jones Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1008

Nancy Leinwand
Email: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-3474
American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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