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February 18, 2009

"Work & Human Lifecycle in Global History" Conference - Call for Papers

Call for application of the International Research Center for "Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History" that is organized by Professor Andreas Eckert (Humboldt University Berlin).

"Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" invites scholars to apply for 10 International Research Fellowships (5 stipends for senior scholars and 5 stipends for postdoctoral candidates) for the 2009-2010 academic year as well as for future academic years.

Applications are due in Berlin on March 31, 2009.

The International Research Center will start its work on October 1, 2009.

For further information, please contact:
or visit:

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University of Michigan's Center of the Advanced Study of the Arab World - Studentships

Studentships available at CASAW

The Centre of the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) is able to offer a limited number of studentships for 2009/10 entry. For more information on CASAW's postgraduate programmes, please visit our website: www.casaw.ac.uk.

Studentships cover tuition fees in addition to an annual stipend.
Eligibility requirements for postgraduate awards can be found on the following website:

All eligible applicants who apply to CASAW's postgraduate programmes will be entered into the studentship competition. Applicants will need to submit a completed application (see above section on how to apply)to be considered for a studentship. The following supporting documents must be submitted with any application:

1. Two references (preferably academic)
2. CV
3. Covering letter/personal statement

In order to be eligible for funding, applications must be received by 1 April 2009.

How to Apply
Prospective students should apply to one of the following partner institutions:
1. University of Durham (http://www.dur.ac.uk/)
2. University of Manchester (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/)
3. University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/)

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Economics & Administrative Sciences - University of Jordan - Call for Papers

The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the Hashemite University in Jordan is organizing its scientific conference entitled "Challenges of Globalizing Financial Systems" to be held October 21-22, 2009 in Amman, Jordan. On this Occasion, the Faculty of Economics welcome research papers from those who are interested in participating in the conference.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2009

Please visit the following website for more information and submission procedures:

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Center for Strategic Studies - University of Jordan - Press Release

The Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan will be releasing an assessment of the emerging political environment in the US-Iranian relations since the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the call by the new administration in Washington for unconditional talks with Iran. This assessment entitled "The Dilemma of US-Iran Talks and Possible Scenarios" focuses on the latest developments and the new emerging political tone between both countries. This assessment addresses the importance of the timing factor regarding the prospective talks ahead of the Iranian presidential elections scheduled for June 2009. It furthermore discusses the possible Turkish mediation role in probably talks.

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February 16, 2009

Bahcesehir University - Turkish as a Second Language Program

Turkish as a Second Language Program in Istanbul

June 15 - August 17, 2009


Application Deadline: March 15, 2009

Bahcesehir University, a growing, vibrant university on the Bosphorus in the heart of Istanbul, is pleased to announce the creation of its Turkish as a Second Language Program. This program will provide students the opportunity to explore Turkish language and also introduce them to our campus and the city of Istanbul, an ancient place full of art, history, culture, and other wonders at the intersection of two continents.

The program offers students language courses, taught by university staff specialized in teaching Turkish as a second language Nine transferable credits are given upon successful completion of the program. Additionally, the program offers a rich schedule of films and concerts, social gatherings, and lectures given by scholars specializing in history, literature, the fine arts, and architecture. Students will have the opportunity to travel to historical sites in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, which will be professionally scheduled and guided.

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University of Wisconsin - Summer South Asian Language Study

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu.

Applications for Summer 2009 are now being accepted.

Graduate students are eligible for FLAS funding through SASLI. ALL SASLI students are also eligible for fee remissions (partial or full.) The application deadline for both forms of funding is February 20.

Applications and instructions can be found on the SASLI web site at
sasli.wisc.edu. Please apply as soon as possible as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

If you have questions about SASLI, the application process, or FLAS and Fee Remissions, please review the FAQ pages on the web site at

Any additional questions can be addressed to Grace Lorentz, by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu

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Arizona State University - Summer Language Courses

Arizona State University offers eight-week, eight-credit intensive summer language courses in Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Tajik-Persian, Tatar and Uzbek through its Critical Languages Institute.

The CLI runs June 8 - July 31, 2009 on ASU's main campus in Tempe.

All courses are tuition-free. The only cost is a $500 non-refundable
processing fee.

ASU also offers language intensive three-week, two-credit study abroad programs for Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Tajik-Persian, Tatar and Uzbek.

The study abroad programs run August 3-21, 2009.

The study abroad programs are designed as an extension of the CLI courses, but are also open to qualified non-CLI students.

For more information and to apply to the CLI, please visit our website http://asu.edu/cli or contact us at cli@asu.edu.

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Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies - Call for Papers

WOCMES-3 in MESA 2008 – Washington DC

2300 participants of the North American Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting held in Washington DC last November, received with enthusiasm the announcement of the Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies: WOCMES-3 Barcelona 2010.
The awareness among scholars engaged in Middle Eastern studies was outstanding. Numerous scholars and associations have already announced the preparation of panels and other academic events for the World Congress.

Call for proposals of major activities
Since the opening in November 2008 of the WOCMES-3 call for major activities, the organization committee has received dozens of proposals submissions such as conferences, symposia, panels and exhibitions from universities, research centers and working groups. Major activities proposals can be submitted online at http://www.wocmes.org/wocmes/call-for-activities/, until February 15th 2009. All proposals must be sent in English or in French, the working language of the congress.

To find out more on the important dates please check:

Accommodation facilities
Various categories of accommodation facilities will be reserved by the organization in the Congress Venue, in the Vila Universitària (University apartments and Hotel Serhs Campus) located at the Campus UAB and in the city of Barcelona, located just 30 minutes by train from the Congress Venue.

Among them, the apartments from the Vila Universitària will surely represent the most economically attractive way to attend the congress and to stay in Barcelona. Apartments for 2, 4 or 5 persons will be available for booking at a very competitive price ranging from 25 Euros to 40 Euros per person/night. The full list and prices of accommodation facilities offered will be available for booking from June 30th 2009. For further information, please check: http://www.wocmes.org/wocmes/accommodation/.

Congress registration and call for papers starting from March 1st 2009

The detailed Call for Panels and Papers will be issued on 1 March 2009 together with the congress registration forms.

To find out more on the important dates please check:

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Fulbright Scholar Program 2010-2011 - Awards Available

The Fulbright Scholar Program will offer new awards in archaeology for research, teaching or combined research and teaching in Saudi Arabia during the 2010-11 academic year for periods of from three to nine months. Affiliation may be with any institution in Saudi Arabia.

English is the language of instruction in most subjects at the graduate level. Arabic is generally required for research, according to the demands of the project.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a record of research and/or teaching. Affiliation with a U.S. institution of higher education, while preferred, is not required.

An online application will be available on March 1. Application deadline is August 1, 2009.

Contact for additional information:
Gary L. Garrison
Assistant Director, Middle East/North Africa
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW Suite 5L
Washington DC 20008

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National Council on US-Arab Relations - Oman Cultural Immersion Study Program

Applications Now Being Accepted For The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, the Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman March 11-24, 2009, including required pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. to be held on March 11- 12, 2009. This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world's most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries.

American professionals in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

The Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit will provide participants an educational experience that few Westerners and even fewer Americans have had. The program is choreographed to provide Malone Fellows an unparalleled diverse exposure to Oman -- one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. Until relatively recent times, the Sultanate languished in its status as one of the most forgotten corners of all Arabia. Anyone in doubt about the extraordinary opportunity that being able to visit Oman in this manner presents need only consult any of the several National Geographic Magazine features on the country in the past two decades.

Individuals interested in being selected to participate in the Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program study visit to the Sultanate of Oman are required to submit a Malone Fellowship Application and supporting documentation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations no later than February 27, 2009.

The application can be found through the National Council's website www.ncusar.org.

Because a visa is required of all individuals entering Oman, the National Council will need to obtain that documentation for each participant. Once individuals are selected to participate in the study visit, they will be asked to submit their passports to the National Council's office along with a completed visa application, two (2) passport sized photos, and the U.S. $ 30.00 visa application fee. Note that that the visa fee must be sent as a money order payable to the "Embassy of Oman"; personal checks are not acceptable. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure, with at least two (2) clear visa pages adjacent to each other. All materials should be assembled and sent by trackable express (USPS, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) delivery to the National Council's Washington offices.

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The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation - Event

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Appeal to Moroccan communities around the globe

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (www.raoulwallenberg.net) is a global-reach educational NGO with offices in New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Jerusalem.

Its main mission is to research, document, preserve and divulge the legacies of the rescuers of victims of the Holocaust.

In this context, the Wallenberg Foundation is planning a special event to pay tribute to the Kingdom of Morocco and its people, for its noble tradition of respect towards the Jews.

This long tradition can be highlighted by the words of the late King Mohammed V, who is believed to have challenged the Nazis by saying to them: "Here we don't have Jews, we only have Moroccan citizens". In retaliation, the Nazis bombed Rabat.

We would like to hear your insight about the deeds of King Mohamed V and the Moroccan people towards the Jews. Any historical evidence or testimony would be highly appreciated.

Kindly contact either Mr. Danny Rainer (dannyrainer@irwf.org), or Ms. Svetlana Platisa (svetlana@irwf.org) or Mr. Gustavo Jalife (gustavo@irwf.org.ar).

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American University in Cairo - Presidential Internship Program

As a private university founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo serves a unique and important function in Egypt. AUC is the only university in Egypt that provides an American form of higher education. English is the language of instruction, and the curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts. Approximately 90 percent of AUC's 5,000 degree students are Egyptian; the remainder comes from elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and North
America. In addition to degree programs leading to a B.A., B.S., LL.M., M.S., M.B.A., or M.P.P.A., AUC has 30,000 students in an adult education program and 10,000 students in in-service training, primarily in management and engineering. It also operates the Social Research Center and the Desert Development Center, both applied research centers.

In September 2008, AUC relocated to a state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo, a planned community about 45 minutes east of the university’s current downtown location. This new site provides AUC with three times more space for teaching, research and recreation.

American University in Cairo has extended their deadline accepting applications for the Presidential Internship Program for the academic year 2009-2010. The new deadline for the internship program is now posted as Tuesday February 17th, 2009.

We encourage all interested candidates to take advantage of this deadline extension and to visit our online application at the following link: http://www.aucegypt.edu/aboutauc/GovernanceandAdministration/President/Pages/InternshipProgram.aspx

Although we suggest that letter of recommendations be sent prior to the application deadline we will accept letters towards only applicants who have made the February 17th job closing.

For any questions or further information, please contact:
Ronald C. Sherrill Jr.
Coordinator for Faculty/Trustee Affairs/ Presidential Internship Prog.
The American University in Cairo
Tel: 646.810.9422
Fax: 212.730.1600
Homepage: <http://www.aucegypt.edu>

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February 09, 2009

Summer Langauge Study in Oman

Offered by

The Program:
An intensive six week course (with one additional week of orientation and evaluation) for Advanced Arabic language students who have completed at least two years of formal Arabic training at colleges and universities.

Program Focus:
Teaching Modern Standard Arabic to advanced students with the goal of enhancing functional usage of the language through the study and analysis of the media: print, broadcast, internet, film and literature.

Program Locations:
Six weeks in Salalah, one week in Muscat

Program Dates / Contact Hours:
June 20 – August 4, 2009. Classhours: 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks = 120 classroom hours, not including Arabic films, topical lectures in Arabic and language teacher-accompanied excursions.

Application Deadline:
April 4, 2009. All materials must be submitted to cec@du.edu.om by this date. See instructions below. Unfortunately partial applications will not be considered.

Program Cost:
$6,900 [Tuition = $3800; Room and partial board (breakfasts) = $3100]. Additional meals, personal spending money, insurance and international airfare are not included.

Student Recruitment and Selection:
The program is limited to 25 students. All undergraduates or graduate students who have completed two years of college-level Arabic are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in current events and have demonstrated by their essay that they are serious students of the language.

To Apply:
The following materials including the Application Form are required for consideration:
• One language evaluation form (attached)
• A one-page Statement of Purpose (in English) outlining your goals for the program and what role Arabic plays in your career plans
• A two-paragraph writing sample in Arabic on the subject of your choosing
• One unofficial copy of your transcript (of the college or university you are now attending)

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University of St. Andrews, Scotland - Student Award

University of St Andrews, Scotland School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies Department of Social Anthropology
I.B. Tauris Student Award for the Anthropology of Iran

The Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, in association with the I.B. Tauris Publishers (U.K) invites applications for a Student Article Award for the academic year 2009.

The prize will be awarded to the best student paper in the field of
Anthropology of Iran. In determining the award, the following criteria will be applied:

1.Originality of scholarship, creativity of insight, and quality of
2.Clear potential for contribution to the fields of anthropology of Iran. Special consideration will be given to work that incorporates emerging perspectives or interdisciplinary methodologies, which promote the further understanding of Anthropology of Iran.
3.Clear potential for continued innovative research, leading toward a
dissertation or major publication on the part of the author.
4.The award consists of a £ 200 prize. Awarder will be recognized and receive his/her prize by the end of June 2009.

The I.B.Tauris award honors a recent and original article of one official registered graduate or undergraduate student.

To request further information and to discuss proposed topics please contact:
Dr. P. Khosronejad: pedram.khosronejad@st-andrews.ac.uk
The deadline for submissions for the I.B.Tauris Award of the Anthropology of Iran is April 15, 2009. Articles must be submitted electronically in MS Word (97-2003) or Adobe PDF formats. (File sizes must be less than 2MB)

I.B.Tauris Publishers, as the leading publisher in the field of Iranian Studies, is pleased to support the continuing research and enquiry into the world of the Iranian experience. www.ibtauris.com

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University of Chicago - Summer Language Study

2009 Eastern Consortium in Persian and Turkish Intensive Summer Program at the University of Chicago

22 June- 21 August, 2009

Application deadline: 6 April, 2009


Intensive instruction in both elementary and intermediate Persian and Turkish, also advanced Turkish. The emphasis in all courses will be on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each course will provide up to 200 contact hours with nine quarter credit hours. For additional details, see the program information section at the link above.

Some financial aid may be available from the Consortium to qualified
applicants. In addition, Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships and other sources of financial support may also be applied. NOTE: the Consortium will accept the Summer FLAS tuition award as payment in full for Summer Program tuition and fees. Applicants for Persian or Turkish study who are graduate or professional students may apply for a Summer 2009 FLAS Fellowship from the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Center (application deadline: 30 January, 2009). Visit
http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/programs/flas.shtml for further information.

On-campus housing will be available at nominal rates.

For further information, contact:
Rusty Rook, Associate Director
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Phone: 773-702-8296
Fax: 773-702-2587
E-mail: rrook@uchicago.edu

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American Council for International Education - Fellowship Opportunities

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Summer 2009 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

Applications for the Summer 2009 program are due March 1st.
Applications are now available for download from the American Councils website: http://www.americancouncils.org

Fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants have also received substantial fellowship support from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS). Recent Eurasian Regional Language Program participants have studied:
> Azeri in Baku;
> Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi;
> Kazakh in Almaty;
> Kyrgyz in Bishkek;
> Persian (Dari/Farsi/Tajiki) and Uzbek in Dushanbe; and Ukrainian in Kyiv

Programs also available for the study of Armenian, Buryat, Chechen,
Pashto, Romanian, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut. Please note that some languages are offered in more than one country.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and working professionals intensive instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs. All courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level instruction in the target language, Russian, or a language related to the target language are eligible to apply to the program.

Courses are designed to strengthen participants' oral, listening, reading and writing proficiency in the language of study. Participants receive approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class instruction in the target language. Courses in history, literature, and politics are also available for advanced speakers. Other program features include peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and graduate- or undergraduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

Application deadlines
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1

For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs American Councils for
International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org
Website: www.americancouncils.org

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CAMES Summer Arabic Program 2009

CAMES Summer Arabic Program 2009

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will be holding an intensive summer Arabic program from June 24 until August 7, 2009. The program offers intensive Modern Standard Arabic instruction at six different levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. The typical daily workload includes five hours of MSA and one hour of Lebanese dialect, followed by lectures, field trips, clubs and movies which are integrated into the program. Students should also expect at least four hours of homework each day. The total of 186 classroom hours is the equivalent of 9 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

The program uses the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi and other supplementary materials.

The application deadline is March 30, 2009. Applications may be downloaded from: http://staff.aub.edu.lb/~webcames/sap_application.html

The breakdown of fees is as follows:
* Tuition for Modern Standard Arabic (obligatory): $3,732
* Accommodation in AUB dorms:
* $682 (private)
* $517 (semi-private)
* $423 (shared)
* Health Insurance: $130
* Sports Facilities Usage: $42

For further information about the program, please check this link
http://staff.aub.edu.lb/~webcames/about.html or email cames@aub.edu.lb.

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Summer Program in Jordan for High School Students

Culture and History: Understanding the Arab World
June 28–July 25, 2009
* Study at Columbia University in New York and at King's Academy in Jordan
* Expand your understanding of the people and culture of the Middle East
* Visit religious and cultural landmarks in Jordan
* Earn an official Columbia University Statement of Attendance

A pre-college summer study-abroad program for students entering grade 11 or 12 in fall 2009, organized in collaboration with King's Academy in Jordan and facilitated by the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman.

A new program combines study at Columbia University in New York City with study abroad at King's Academy, in Manja, Jordan. The program offers a unique chance to combine substantive reading and classroom work at Columbia and at the prestigious King's Academy with field trips to several extraordinary historical sites in the Middle East.

Visit http://www.ce.columbia.edu/hs/jordan_about.cfm?PID=40

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Oklahoma State University - Study Abroad Summer Course

The Cultural and Natural Resources of Morocco
GEOG 4910 / 5510 (3 credit hours)
Oklahoma State University
May 23 to June 7, 2009

This study abroad summer course, offered through Oklahoma State University, College of A&S Outreach, will focus on themes of cultural and natural resources in Morocco and include fascinating and exciting experiences along the way. The course instructors are Dale Lightfoot and Thomas Wikle, both in the Department of Geography at OSU. Dr. Wikle has more than a decade of experience directing summer travel courses and Dr. Lightfoot has more than 15 years experience with research and outreach projects in Morocco and the wider Middle East and North Africa region.

The cost of the trip will be $4,042 for undergraduate students and $4,112 for graduate students and non-credit participants.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Dale Lightfoot

Dr. Thomas Wikle

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ESRC-SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowships

ESRC-SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowships 2009


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) are pleased to announce fellowships for scholars from the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean) to visit and engage in collaborative activities with members of ESRC-supported projects in Britain, or for British scholars at ESRC-supported projects to visit collaborators in the Americas, between 1 June 2009 and 31 August 2010.

Applicants and their collaborators should have received a PhD in one of the social sciences (including history) by the time the proposed visiting fellowship would start. They should have been based in the country from which they are applying for at least two years before the application deadline of 20 March 2009.

Qualified applicants must be endorsed by the holder of a major ESRC award (i.e., Director of the ESRC-supported centre, programme, group or network; a holder of a Large Grant; or a Professorial Fellow) with whom they are interested in collaborating.

Approximately 18 research fellowships of up to £5000 (currently c $7400) will be awarded. Funds may be used to cover transportation, accommodation, and living expenses.

How to make an application
The deadline to submit an application is 12 noon GMT and 5pm EST on 20 March 2009. Applicants should email applications and CVs (maximum of 2 pages) to visiting-scholars@ssrc.org, with the applicant's full name in the subject heading. Nominators should email letters of endorsement directly to visiting-scholars@ssrc.org, with the full name of the nominee in the subject heading.

It is expected that decisions on applications will be announced by the end of April 2009. Supported activities can begin on or after 1 June 2009 and continue until 31 August 2010.

For further information, including eligibility criteria, competition guidelines, award requirements, a list of eligible countries, a list of eligible ESRC awards, and further application instructions, please visit the fellowship website, http://fellowships.ssrc.org/esrc/.

Please direct any questions about the ESRC/SSRC fellowship to visiting-scholars@ssrc.org.

For information on previous Fellowship awards see ‘Mobility and Networking’ on the ESRC International Pages at www.esrc.ac.uk.

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Michigan Feminist Studies - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Michigan Feminist Studies

Deadline: February 13, 2009

Michigan Feminist Studies invites submissions for its 2009 issue on the theme of Politics and Performativity. Women's roles in politics per se, and more generally in the public sphere, often theorized through notions of performativity, are important topics for feminist researchers, academics, and activists. This volume of Michigan Feminist Studies seeks to engage with this subject from many different angles and perspectives. While our empirical and theoretical focus is on women and gender, we also encourage submissions that draw linkages between gender and other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, and nationality.

We welcome submissions in the form of empirical/scholarly analysis, literature reviews, theoretical papers, creative writing, and visual art from emerging or established scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, artists, creative writers, and activists. We encourage scholarly works from all disciplines, including (but not limited to): anthropology, sociology, psychology, English/literature, linguistics, women's studies, biology, chemistry, physics, history, public health, public policy, philosophy, art history, business/marketing, information sciences, political science, studio arts, communications/media studies, theater, international studies, law, and education. As feminists, we also support interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research.

In this issue of Michigan Feminist Studies we are interested in considering questions such as: How have women in the public sphere/politics been represented in the media? How are women and/feminism implicated in conservative versus liberal politics? How are feminist issues given attention in policy decisions? What is the role of women in grassroots political organizations? How is gender constructed through political discourse? How are femininity and sexuality of female politicians portrayed by the media and handled by the public? How do gendered discourses frame political campaigns? How has the feminist movement been shaped by its political goals? How do drag and other forms of subversive gendered dress make a political statement?

More specific topics for submissions could include:
* Reproductive rights
* Identity politics
* Presentation of the self in the political arena
* Nationalism
* Women and (dis)enfranchisement
* Women, language, & politics
* Political economy
* Public/private divide
* Femininity and political figures in the ancient world
* Sexism in politics
* Gay marriage
* Power of women in ancient dynasties

Please note that these questions and topics are intended as suggestions and not limitations.

Michigan Feminist Studies is an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Manuscripts should be roughly 4000-6000 words and double-spaced. Please submit three single-sided copies, and include a 150-200 word abstract, brief biographical note, institutional and departmental affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Papers may be submitted in the accepted format of your own academic discipline (e.g., MLA, APA). If your paper is selected, you will then be asked to submit an electronic file.

Mail submissions to: Michigan Feminist Studies
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

The Deadline for Submissions is February 13, 2009.

Inquiries can be directed to mfs.editors@umich.edu.

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2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies - Call for Papers

2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies
Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community
October 16-17, 2009, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.

While the United States was deeply involved in negotiating peace between Israel and the Palestinians and fighting terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia have been quietly developing frequent economic, political, and cultural interaction with the Middle East. Countries such as China and Japan pay close attention to the Middle East because of their strong ties to the region. Indeed their roles in the Middle East have become so prominent that they should be acknowledged and closely observed. The “Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community” conference, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy’s Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, U.S. Asian Cultural Academy, the Shanghai
International Studies University, and the Library of Congress Asian Division, aims to provide a platform for western and Asian scholars to converge and exchange views on major issues concerning the Middle East and its relationship with Asia, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

The 2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies plans to invite scholars with strong interest and specializations in Asia-Middle East relations to present their papers on the following suggested subjects:
- Energy and environment
- Economy and trade
- Cross-regional relations
- Social/cultural perspectives

This list is meant to suggest possible topics, although other topics are welcome if they establish their general relevance to the subject of the encounters between the global and local powers in the Middle East.

Both broad theoretical studies and specific case studies are welcome. Paper proposals (no more than 200 words) & a 1-page biography are due by 1 May 2009, and should be submitted electronically to:

Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community
Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies
U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland USA 21402
Tel.: 1-410-293-2990 Fax: 1-410-293-2994
Email: cmeis@usna.edu

This is an interdisciplinary conference. Participants will include academics, diplomats, military officers and other interested individuals.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 1 June 2009. Final papers must be submitted by 15 September 2009.

Paper presenters and participants must cover their own travel and
accommodations to participate in the conference. Registration fee is $ 95.00 and is due by 16 September 2009.

Registration information for this conference will be available by 1 April 2009 at:

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CICS - Research Funds for Seminar

Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations
2009-2010 Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a not-for-credit seminar for master's students and doctoral students at the pre-candidacy level intending to pursue field-based research outside the United States.

This seminar is open to students in the early stages of graduate training with interests in international and area studies who can demonstrate goals of completing training and research through the doctorate. Graduate students from across disciplines are invited to apply.

The Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations offers students the opportunity to develop theses projects, pre-dissertation proposals, and dissertation prospectuses with their peers, in an interdisciplinary setting. The goals of the seminar include:
* Increasing students' capacity for understanding research designs and systems of evidence developed in other professions and disciplines
* Examining issues of ethics and values in the development and conduct of cross-cultural and cross-national research
* Encouraging high-level critical discussion of methodology and epistemology
* Discussing different qualities and characteristics of data in international research.

The seminar will meet 5-7 times a term for two-hour sessions on Friday afternoons, which will be organized around the discussion of presentations by participating students. Several sessions will also be devoted to the discussion of papers, research proposals, and faculty and visitor presentations.

Each student admitted to GSGT will have access to a restricted research fund of up to $4,500, to be used for a preliminary visit to the prospective foreign research site and for specialized language training necessary for dissertation research.

Students must commit to participating in the seminar for three terms, and will be expected to make a presentation to the group following their research trip, and to discuss methodology, challenges, and results with seminar participants. Participants must also submit a brief written report (1-2 pages) within four weeks after completing field research.

Applications must include—4 hard copies of the following:
- Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
- Two-Three page letter that addresses the student’s research topic
- Two letters of support from a faculty advisor and/or departmental director of graduate studies
- Official transcript of grades

Members of the CICS advisory board will determine admission to the GSGT program.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by 5pm (for admission to the seminar in September 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
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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KFUPM - Academic Positions for Ph.D. Graduates & Near Completion Candidates

This message comes to you from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) www.kfupm.edu.sa, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A KFUPM recruitment team will visit the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan during February 18-19, 2009, to meet and conduct interviews with UMICH's Ph.D. graduates and near completion candidates in the sciences, engineering, humanities, and business disciplines.

Why Join KFUPM:
In addition to a number of professional development opportunities, KFUPM offers:
- Competitive tax-free salary
- Free furnished housing in a stimulating campus with free essential utilities and maintenance
- Basic medical care at KFUPM’s medical center
- Round-trip air ticket(s) for the faculty member and up to three dependants
- Tuition aid for school-age children enrolled in local schools
- Paid summer breaks
- End of service benefits
- Ample opportunities to engage in client-funded research projects and other research grants

All concerned are welcome to apply for the academic faculty positions available at KFUPM. We will be glad to answer any questions that you may have. For best consideration, send your CV along with full contact details before Tuesday, 10 February 2009 to:

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Duke University - Available Assistant Director Position

Position: Assistant Director for Programs, North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies

The North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, a consortium-based Title VI National Resource Center currently housed at Duke University's Franklin Center and including the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University, is seeking a full time Assistant Director for Programs. The Assistant Director for Programs will plan, implement, and coordinate a diverse range of programs, events, activities and special initiatives across the consortium campuses in consultation with the Director, Assistant Director for Finance/Outreach, and the Executive Board. Responsibilities include
administering policies and procedures within the Center, handling and
overseeing the day-to-day affairs of Center administration, and overseeing and coordinating Center grants and public relations activities (including the newsletter and website) in consultation with the Assistant Director for Finance/Outreach and the Director. The Assistant Director for Programs will support the Director and the Executive Committee in all matters relating to the work of NCCSAS, including any special initiatives that may be launched. He/she will also work with the Campus Representatives of the participating universities on curriculum development and coordination.

Interested candidates should apply on-line at
http://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/main.html noting requisition number 400269583.

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Project on Islam in Eurasia - Harvard University

I would like to draw your attention to a new project which seeks a
better understanding of Islam in Eurasia -- especially Central Asia,
the Caucasus, and Muslim regions of Russia -- and we invite your
involvement in this initiative.

The Project on Islam in Eurasia was established in the fall of 2008,
motivated by the conviction that the great bulk of the attention
devoted to Islam in the former Soviet Union -- both by scholars and
policy makers -- has thus far been guided by the narrow question of
whether the radicalization of Islam will present a challenge to the
security of the region. We believe firmly that the importance of
Islam in this region is not limited to the supposed danger that it
poses for existing regimes or secular values. Indeed, Islam is
integral to the culture and society of this region, and the dramatic
changes affecting the social role of Islam following the demise of
Soviet rule offer rich material for analysis and will have tremendous
importance for the future of the societies of the region.

The themes of particular interest for the Project include:
* The ways that Muslims are seeking to define a role for Islamic belief and practice in their societies where many traditional forms of observance were discouraged, disparaged, or persecuted during Soviet times.
* The diversity of religious orientations, including efforts alternatively to revive local traditions such as those associated
with Sufism, to reinterpret Islam and make it more consonant with "modernity", and to "purify" Islam, often drawing inspiration from forms of Islamic observance prevalent in the Arab world or Pakistan.
* The institutions of education, spiritual and community leadership, and propagation of faith, which represent these developing orientations.
* The expression of differing conceptions of traditional, modern or Islamic identity through community practices (funerals, weddings, and other celebrations and gatherings), as well as forms of dress (head coverings, modest attire, imported styles, etc.).
* The ways that individuals are referring to Islam to answer their
very personal questions and to address problems such as inter-generational tensions or the abuse of alcohol.
* The ways that political figures and governments appeal to Islam as a part of national heritage or as a basis for social reforms (such as the official acceptance of polygamy), and the response in local communities to such political appeals.
* The impacts, on the community level, of efforts by governments and outside actors (proselytizers, foreign governments) to promote their preferred form of religion, and the ways that these efforts resonate with different local groups.
* The differing visions of the role of women in education, the public sphere, child-rearing, and religious ritual.
* The continuing influence of Soviet culture on forms of observance and social attitudes, such as the emphasis on collectivism and social justice or the conviction that women have a role to play in the public realm.

We invite those who share our interest in Islam's diversity and social dynamics to join the network that we are building in connection with the Project. Involvement in the Project means sharing in the exchange of information (especially through the Islam-Eurasia-L list; see below), and may involve participation in other activities of the Project such as conferences and public seminars.

The Project is funded by a three-year grant from the Carnegie
Corporation of New York. The planned activities and outcomes of the
Project include:
* Research on these themes in a number of locations across Eurasia, carried out by a team of researchers - mainly scholars based in the region.
* A conference on "The Changing Social Role of Islam in Post-Soviet Eurasia" in March 2009, that will gather a number of the scholars who have been most focused on these issues, with the purpose of making an assessment of the current state of scholarship and identifying key issues that deserve further investigation. Other conferences will be held during subsequent years of the Project.
* Two book-length publications, one based on the conference in March 2009, and the other based on the results of the Project's three years of research.
* A number of policy briefs, aimed at informing policy- and opinion-makers about the important implications of a better understanding of Islam's changing role in the region.
* Presentations, roundtable discussions, and press contacts aimed at promoting a better public understanding of these social processes and their implications, to be held both in the West and within the region.

To learn more about the project and become involved:
* Visit the Project's website at http://islam-eurasia.fas.harvard.edu
* Join the Project's mailing list for occasional announcements about
events, publications, etc. at
http://islam-eurasia.fas.harvard.edu/ie_maillist.html (or by email at
* Participate in the network of information exchange through the
Islam-Eurasia-L listserv

We welcome and appreciate your involvement in this new project.

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