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October 30, 2009

National Defense University - Conference on Changing Strategic Landscape for Missile Defense

The National Defense University is delighted to announce registration has begun for the Transforming National Security Series event entitled, “The Changing Strategic Landscape for (Sea-based) Missile Defense.”

Major topics of discussion will include:
* SM-3/AEGIS: Overview and Key Issues for the Navy
* SM-3/AEGIS: Operational Capabilities Panel
* Threat Assessment: Forecasts and Timeline
* Theater Defense & Extended Deterrence
- North Atlantic/Arctic
- Asia (North Korea, Taiwan Straits)
- Middle East (Iran)
* Legal/Diplomatic/Economic: UNCLOS, START, ABM Treaty, NATO

This conference will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd in Marshall Hall, Room 155, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

To register, please complete a brief web form at http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/Event_Registration/register.cfm. Registrants will begin receiving regular news of the event and additional logistical details as they become available. Agenda will be posted on the program website at http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/NCW_course.htm.

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Council of American Overseas Research Centers - Fellowship

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
2009 - 2010

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Approximately ten awards of up to $10,000 each will be given to scholars who wish to carry out research on broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Given changing travel restrictions and/or security warnings to many countries, applicants should contact CAORC before preparing a proposal.

Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2010

For more details and application, please see http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm

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Middlebury College - Fellowships for Summer Language Study

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace:
Investing in the Study of Critical Languages
Full Scholarships for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools in: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian

Middlebury College is pleased to announce The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis to address today’s critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.

For the fourth year in a row, 100 Davis Fellowships are offered to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Fellowship grants cover the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools.

The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.


To be considered for a Davis Fellowship, please submit:
1. A complete application for the Language School to which you are applying, also postmarked by February 1. Incomplete Language School applications will disqualify your candidacy for a Davis Fellowship, [Note: The application includes a non-refundable process fee of $65.00.]
2. Three copies of the coversheet.
3. Three copies of the one-page Davis Fellowship essay.
4. Three copies of a resume or curriculum vitae.

Download the application at http://www.middlebury.edu/NR/rdonlyres/3B030DC4-1404-4AC4-AE50-71B49778D868/0/KWD2010Webapp.pdf

Note: Davis Fellowship funds are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Financial aid forms are not required for the Davis awards. However, students are encouraged to apply for regular Middlebury College financial aid, awarded on a demonstrated-need basis, through the office of financial aid. More information can be found at the Middlebury Language Schools Web site.

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Columbia University - Summer Language Study Abroad

Columbia University Summer Arabic Language Program in Amman, Jordan

The program covers a full year of Arabic for a total of 12 points in two four-week sessions.

Courses include:
Modern Standard Arabic, 10 points
- Level 1: Elementary Arabic II / Intermediate Arabic I
- Level 2: Intermediate Arabic I / Intermediate Arabic II
- Level 3: Intermediate Arabic II / Advanced Arabic I
- Level 4: Advanced Arabic I / Advanced Arabic II
Colloquial Jordanian / Levantine Arabic I-II, 2 points

Course-related field trips and cultural activities are organized to provide opportunities for students to strengthen their language skills and deepen their understanding of Arabic language, history, and culture. Sites to be visited may include Petra, the Dead Sea, Al-Aqaba, or Jarash. The program may also organize trips where students work with local communities on particular projects. Depending on student interest and proficiency level, placements in arts internships might also be available.

Please visit: http://ogp.columbia.edu/pages/noncolumbia_students/summer/amman/index.html for more information!

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Defense Intelligence Agency - Summer Intern Program

The Defense Intelligence Agency is seeking students with Middle East expertise for our 2010 Summer Intern Program. Last year's solicitation resulted in more than 50 applicants. They selected 9 interns from school such as Columbia University and USCLA. DIA's Middle East-North Africa Office is responsible for political/military analysis in support of the White House, National Security Council, Department of Defense, and our military commanders in the field. Their challenging mission requires interns with superior and analytical skills. Arabic or Farsi language capability is highly desired.

This provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in their field of study. All DIA interns must be U.S. citizens since successful candidates are granted acccess to Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) data.

This 10-week, paid program provides practical hands-on experience. This office assigns real world projects that will broaden the intern's knowledge of the Middle East through classified and open source research as well as through interaction with other anlysits. Students will also be assigned senior mentors. Some past interns have had their classified products complemented by the U.S. Secretaries of Defense and State.

The strategic purpose of the program is to identify candidates for future employment. The best interns receive permanent job offers contingent upon their graduation with an impressive academic record.

For more information about the program or how to apply, visit www.dia.mil or contact Mr. Roseal Fowlkes at 202-231-8228.

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October 29, 2009

Cairo University - Call for Papers 2010

Call for Papers

Department of English Language and Literature, Cairo University
The Tenth International Symposium on Comparative Literature
December 7-9, 2010

“The Marginalized”

Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2010
Replies will be posted by April 30, 2010
(No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline)

In a globalized world, which is, paradoxically, also a world of growing dissent, marginalized groups with diverse ideological mindsets are likely to emerge on various levels. Women find themselves at the periphery of an oppressive patriarchal society, ethnic groups endure diasporic mobility to flee political subjugation, and the wretched at the bottom of the social ladder lack their bare necessities, to mention but a few of the groups. In such instances, the marginalized is relegated to the periphery of the dominant authority, against which s/he struggles so as to assert his/her position.

The Symposium seeks to explore the dynamics of various marginalized voices, as it is concerned with what Bill Ashcroft et al. call “discourses of marginality.” It is interested in readings of marginality in both literary and linguistic studies. Papers submitted must be original, unpublished, and not previously presented at any other conference.

Proposed topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:
§ Literature of the diaspora
§ Resistance literature
§ Prison literature
§ Immigrant literature
§ Hybridity in language and literature
§ 'Englishes’
§ Gender studies
§ Oral literature
§ Children’s literature
§ New forms & the mainstream (e.g. graphic novels, blogs, e-literature, etc.)
§ Popular culture
§ Visual culture

Presentations may be in one of the following forms: papers (20 minutes), workshops (45 or 90 minutes), and poster sessions.

The languages of the Symposium are English and Arabic.

USD 300 for non-Egyptian participants
LE 300 for Egyptian participants and foreign residents

The above fees include registration, 2 social and cultural events, and—if paper is accepted—publication in The Proceedings.

§ LE 50 for attendance only
§ Free admission for students.

Please complete the following below and send it to the following address: cairosymposium@yahoo.com.

The Tenth International Symposium on Comparative Literature

Topic area:
Title of presentation:
Presenter’s biodata (50 words):
Equipment needed (if any):
Abstract (300 words):

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The American Research Center in Egypt - CALL FOR PAPERS

The American Research Center in Egypt - CALL FOR PAPERS

ARCE members who wish to present papers at the 61st ARCE Annual Meeting, April 23-25, 2010, in Oakland California, may begin submitting abstracts to the Review Committee electronically via the All Academic web site. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2010.

The Review Committee will be comprised of scholars in both ancient and modern Egyptian studies. Please carefully read the Submission Guidelines on the All Academic home page for new information on 2010 proposals.

All presenters must be ARCE members.

Visit our web site at www.arce.org for more information on the 2010 Annual Meeting. We look forward to receiving your abstract.

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October 23, 2009

Archaeological Institute of America - Grant

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to announce a new site preservation grant emphasizing education, outreach, and best practices. Please see our website for more information. The next deadline for applications is November 15, 2009.


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October 21, 2009

The Gulf Research Meeting - Call for Papers

Call for papers – Workshop on “The Impact of Migration on Gulf Development and Stability”

Directed by Philippe Fargues and Nasra Shah

The Gulf Research Meeting 2010
July 7-10, 2010
Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Call for Papers now issued
Deadline December 15, 2009

The Gulf Research Center is proud to announce the First Annual "Gulf Research Meeting", which is to be held in July 7-10th 2010. The GRM is an activity of the Gulf Research Foundation in collaboration with the University of Cambridge where the meeting will be held. It seeks to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to promote scholarly and academic exchange among scholars working and/or having familiarity with the Gulf region - i.e. the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The Gulf Research Meeting aims to identify issues of importance to the Gulf region and provide a basis for academic and empirical research into those fields. Particular emphasis is given to encourage young scholars to engage in the debate and take part in research collaboration.

For more details, visit http://grcevent.net/cambridge/index.php

To download the workshop description, visit http://grcevent.net/cambridge/pdf/workshop12_proposal.pdf

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Bank Street College - Professional Study Opportunities


Course Dates: March 27 - April 4, 2010
Instructor: Joan Brodsky Schur is a curriculum developer, author, and teacher. Her lesson plans appear on the Websites of PBS, the National Archives, and The Islam Project.Org. She has served as a member of the Advisory Group for PBS TeacherSource, the advisory committee for WNET’s Access Islam Website, and is a board member of the Middle East Outreach Council. Her books for school libraries include Immigrants in America - The Arab Americans (Lucent Books, 2004) and The Arabs (“Coming to America” series, Greenhaven Press, 2004). An avid traveler who has visited Morocco numerous times, Schur is the Social Studies Coordinator at the Village Community School in New York City, where she has been a teacher for over twenty-five years.

Join us for Spring Break in Morocco!
Participants will spend seven days experiencing the culture and languages of Morocco first-hand in Rabat, Fes, and Ifrane. Through visits to elementary and secondary schools in both rural and urban settings, and discussions with prominent authorities in education and culture from Moroccan universities, participants will gain a greater understanding of Arab culture as experienced in Morocco.

It is a country whose citizens must acquire facility in more than one language to be able to participate fully in civic life. Among the languages spoken are Berber, Moroccan Arabic, Standard Arabic, Spanish, and French. These linguistic competencies reflect Morocco’s indigenous past, its prominence as a crossroads of Arab civilization over many centuries, and its recent legacy as a European colony.

Application deadline: November 23

Open House
November 6 at 5pm
610 West 112th Street, NYC

For more information, visit www.bankstreet.edu/cps/studyabroad

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American University of Sharjah - Available Position of Dean

The American University of Sharjah announces an international search for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to take office in the summer of 2010. On behalf of the search committee, I am seeking your assistance in identifying outstanding individuals who might meet the leadership needs of the institution. You will find more information in the position profile at the link listed below:


The American University of Sharjah (AUS) opened in 1997 and has achieved remarkable enrollment growth and academic distinction during its short history. AUS is a non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education formed on the American model. The Dean reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and leads a college of 157 faculty members. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit within AUS and offers the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, International Studies, and Mass Communication. The College also offers the Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Mathematics. The College is poised to begin developing graduate research programs in key areas, a process in which the new Dean will play a critical leadership role.

The new Dean will possess an earned doctorate and an outstanding record as a teacher and academic leader. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarship and research, the more readily to lead the College in its efforts to develop a robust research agenda over the course of the next decade. The successful candidate will bring to the position a capacity to envision and build new programs across disciplines, a passion for the liberal arts and sciences and the ability to articulate the advantages of liberal learning to others, demonstrated management skills in regard to budgets and to the recruitment and development of faculty and staff, a demonstrated cross-cultural competence, and an effective interpersonal style that encourages collaboration. Further information about the school and the position may be accessed at www.aus.edu or www.academic-search.com.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in late October, 2009. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Thomas J. Hochstettler, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Dean’s Search Committee, American University of Sharjah and sent electronically (MS WORD) to AUSDean@academic-search.com. Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of five professional references.

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2010 Sakip Sabanci International Research Award

2010 “Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award”

This award has been endowed in perpetuity by the late Sakıp Sabancı, Honorary Chairman of Sabancı University’s Board of Trustees, and covers fields such as Turkish and Islamic Art and the History, Economy and Sociology of Turkey.

This year's competition called for works in the field of "Multiculturalism in the Governance of the European Union and Turkish Accession". The competition is open to all scholars in the social sciences and humanities working on contemporary Turkey. The selection committee will give priority to those submissions which have the potential for publication in a leading scholarly journal. Attached, please find the 2010 competition poster.

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award entails a first prize of $20,000, a second prize of $10,000, and a third prize of $5,000. Essays that are submitted for Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award are reviewed each year by a different independent and international jury. For detailed information, you may visit our website: www.sabanciuniv.edu

Conditions for the competition are:
* All entries must be new and original works, not published previously in any form.
* Essays must be approximately 13.000 words, including title, citations, and endnotes. (References should be shown in the form of endnotes.)
* An abstract of 500 words and a short c.v. of the applicant is required.
* Entries must be submitted in English by means of e-mail, in the form of an attached Word or PDF document to the following address: sabanciaward@sabanciuniv.edu
* Each submission must include a cover page that includes the following information: The applicant’s name, home institution and department, mailing and e-mail address and phone number.
* The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 19, 2010.

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University of Windsor - Conference on Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a

Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a

Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law School of Law, Emory University

There are two main aspects to Dr. An-Na’im’s work, both arising from his personal experiences as a Muslim from Northern Sudan struggling to reconcile his Islamic faith and identity with his commitment to universal human rights. He strives to promote a liberal modernist understanding of Islam alongside a cultural legitimacy within international human rights standards. He also puts his scholarship in the service of positive social change.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Anthony P. Toldo Health Education Centre, Room 200

Sponsored by The Centre for Middle East Governance, Department of Political Science, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict, Assumption University Centre for Religion and Culture

Join us for an informative and thought-provoking talk by an internationally acclaimed scholar.

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University of Michigan - Lecture on Scandal of 'Child Marriage' in French Algeria

The Department of History and The Center for European Studies European Union Center Present a Public Lecture

Thursday, Nov 5, 4 pm

Room 1014, Tisch Hall, University of Michigan
435 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI

Civilization and the Civil Code: The Scandal of ‘Child Marriage’ in French Algeria,1870-1900

Judith Surkis
Associate Professor of History
Harvard University

Professor Surkis’s paper is drawn from her current book project, Scandalous Subjects: Intimacy and Indecency in France and French Algeria, 1830-1930. It focuses on how and why French jurists sought to regulate a Muslim father’s “right to force” (droit de djebr) a child into marriage under Islamic law. The talk explores what was at stake for French colonial legitimacy in these cases, and highlights the paradoxes that arose when women litigants contested this right before French courts of appeal.

Professor Surkis is the author of Sexing the Citizen: Masculinity and Morality in France, 1870-1920 (Cornell University Press, 2006).

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Algérienne assise (1881).

Sponsors: CES-EUC, Department of History.
Free and open to the public.

The European Union Center at the University of Michigan is a European Commission-designated EU Center of Excellence.

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October 16, 2009

University of Michigan - Presentation of Art

Rumi Club is a registered student club in University of Michigan and proudly presents renowned Calligraphy Master Aydin Cayir . He will give a presentation of the finest illustrations of this traditional art form. History, styles and techniques of calligraphy will be introduced by Aydin Cayir on October 21 at 6:00 PM in Michigan Union-Anderson Rooms CD.

Aydin Cayir graduated from Marmara University, School of Theology, he got his master degree on pedagogy. He is interested in traditional calligraphy since his high school years. He got personal training from master calligraphers in Istanbul where this art is formed in its best style for centuries. He taught himself calligraphy in contemporary form.

He had been to several countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, USA, Romania… to introduce Calligraphy and Ebru (Water-Marbling). He has represented Turkey in several art and cultural festivals worldwide.He describes calligraphy as the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner.

If you want to join this unique event, please RSVP to delenibrahim@gmail.com.

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October 14, 2009

MultiLingual Solutions Inc. - Available Uzbek Language Instructor Position

MultiLingual Solutions Inc., a comprehensive foreign language services firm that provides language, cultural and area studies training for corporate and U.S. Government clients is currently seeking a Uzbek language instructor to teach a 4 to 6 Week refresher course to government students. The course will be begin in mid-January and will be taking place in Nebraska.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

Frederic Hairson
Program Manager
MultiLingual Solutions, Inc.
Professional Education and Training Division (P.E.T.)
Tel: (301) 424-7444, ext. 15
Fax: (301) 424-7331
Mobile: (443) 421-8634

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American University - Available Assisant Professor Position

TO BEGIN AY 2010-2011

The Department of Language and Foreign Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences of American University invites applications for a Tenure-Track position in Arabic at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2010.

Possible areas of specialization: Arabic language, literature, and culture and/or Linguistics with a concentration in Classical or Modern Arabic.

Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic, colloquial dialects, and content courses in civilization/culture and media. Supervise multi-section curricula, instruction and program development. Advise and mentor students. Contribute to scholarship and serve on departmental and university committees and activities.

Minimum qualifications: PhD (or equivalent) in Arabic language, literature, or linguistics with specialization in Arabic language. Fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and in one of the regional dialects.

American University is seeking highly dedicated teachers and scholars who are deeply committed to interdisciplinary learning, the application of new technologies in teaching and scholarship, and to the preparation of students for life in a diverse and rapidly changing global society. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit via U. S. mail (no electronic applications) a cover letter indicating interest in the position, c.v., three letters of recommendation, formal student evaluations, and statement of teaching philosophy to:

Chair, Arabic Search Committee
Department of Language and Foreign Studies
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D. C, 20016-8045

Applicants should indicate whether or not attending the MESA Annual Meeting in Boston and/or the MLA Convention in Philadelphia. Application deadline is October 16, 2009. Review of applications will begin thereafter and continue until the position is filled.

American University is an equal employment opportunity affirmative action employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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October 08, 2009

Free Webcast with Abdallah Schleifer: A Muslim Interfaith Initiative Goes Global

Webcast: Tuesday, October 13
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time

Special Report: A Muslim Interfaith Initiative Goes Global, Abdallah Schleifer, FPRI Senior Fellow

To register for the webcast visit:

S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Professor at American University of Cairo, was recently appointed to the Executive Board of C-1 World Dialogue, a global initiative to improve relations between Muslims and the West.

He has served as Washington and national bureau chief of Al Arabiya news channel, Cairo Bureau Chief for NBC News, and a visiting scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He is an an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., a Senior Fellow at the Royal Aal Al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington, D.C.

His previous FPRI essays can be found here:

The audio webcast is free and open to the public. Viewers will be able to pose questions via the internet.

For additional information contact:
Alan Luxenberg
Director, FPRI's Wachman Center
Foreign Policy Research Institute
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel. 215 732 3774 ext 105
Email: lux@fpri.org

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly - Middle East Research Fellows Wanted

6 months - 1 year long paid position of Mediterranean Research Fellow at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Applications for the position, which starts in January 2010, should be received by 25 October 2009.

In order to apply, candidates should send their full application (cover letter, CV and two letters of reference) either by e-mail (RA-programme@nato-pa.int) or post (NATO PA, Place du Petit Sablon 3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium) for the attention of the Director of the Research Assistant Programme.

This is an excellent work opportunity in an international organization for those who have recently completed their Masters or Ph.D. degrees in international affairs and similar fields. Please note that we would like one of the six researchers to have a strong background in Middle Eastern Affairs to work with our Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM). The GSM provides a forum for parliamentarians from NATO countries and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) to discuss political and security issues and enhance co-operation. The successful candidate will work with the GSM Director and with other members of the team to research and produce reports on security, conflict, political and governance related to the Middle East region as well as on issues on broader issues of trans-Atlantic concern. Main responsibilities will include: providing analysis on key political, social and security issues affecting the Middle East region; drafting and editing Committee reports; preparing briefing papers and speeches setting out report findings and policy recommendations; and providing administrative support for the organization of Committee visits. Profile requirements: Master’s degree or PhD in international or comparative politics, middle eastern studies, security studies, or related social science discipline; in depth knowledge of wider Middle East issues; working experience in an international setting, preferably with an international organization and/or NATO; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; excellent writing and analytical skills; ability to work closely with a team as well as independently; fluency in English and French, knowledge of Arabic highly preferred.

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Washington D.C. Palestine Center - Annual Conference

The Palestine Center invites you to the 2009 Annual Conference
"The Erasure of Palestine"

The Zionist movement and the Israeli state are in the last stages of achieving effective sovereignty over all historic Palestine. The Israeli nomenclature, "Judaization" of the land, first entered general public discourse in 1976. We must acknowledge that we are witnessing the Judaization of what remains to Palestinians of historic Palestine (with the possible exception of the Gaza Strip). Failure to understand the process of Judaization, on one hand, and the concomitant erasure of Palestinian wujud (existence) in all its forms, on the other hand, dooms all of us to continue granting Israel and its supporters the power to accomplish the process of negating Palestinian identity and nationhood.

It is the intention of this conference to underscore the reality we are facing by: first, examining and illuminating current Palestinian existence in historic Palestine; second, by truthfully and candidly pursuing the historical process of the Judaization of the country; and third, by exploring the roles available to people seeking justice for the Palestinian people.

Friday, 13 November 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Palestine Center

Panelists for this year's annual conference will be Ms. Jennifer Loewenstein, Dr. Leila Farsakh, Dr. Laurie King, Ms. Tamara Kohns, Dr. Elliott Colla, Mr. Ali Abunimah, Ms. Susan Akram and Dr. Naseer Aruri.

To view the conference agenda and list of panelists, please visit 2009 Annual Conference webpage at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/sp/i/900/pid/900.

To register, go to the registration webpage at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/RegisterForEvent/i/7037.

Attendance is by pre-registration only. Guests without registration confirmations will not be admitted. We encourage you to register early as registration may be cut off due to space limitation.

Registered participants should plan to arrive early to secure parking and seating.

Directions and Parking Information: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/sp/i/191/pid/191

Palestine Center

The Palestine Center is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and objective information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

The Palestine Center brings together people and resources within the American and Palestinian communities to educate about Palestine and the Palestinian peoples ongoing quest for sovereignty on their land, civil and political rights and an end to Israeli occupation.

The need for an organization such as The Palestine Center can be found in the effects of the economic, cultural and political oppression Palestinians have endured and which continues on a daily basis in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the surrounding refugee camps and for Palestinians world-wide as they struggle to retain their homeland.

Palestinians ability to maintain their daily lives and strengthen their democratic political system depends on international humanitarian and non-governmental organizations such as The Palestine Center and The Jerusalem Fund.

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Northwestern University - Assistant Professor Position Available

Northwestern University seeks to hire a scholar in modern and/or contemporary Middle Eastern literature / literary and cultural studies. The successful candidate will work in one or more primary languages of the majority-Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa (i.e., Arabic, Persian/Farsi, Turkish). Applications from candidates conducting comparative scholarship—linguistically, regionally, and/or disciplinarily—are especially welcome.

This newly-created position, at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), is part of Northwestern University's major and on-going expansion of Middle East and North African Studies. The new hire will be jointly appointed between an appropriate disciplinary home (a department or program) and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (see: http://www.humanities.northwestern.edu/), and will be a core member of the Middle East and North African Studies group (MENA). MENA is a faculty collective of scholars hailing from diverse parts of the university whose collaborative activities include conferences, working groups, speakers’ series and the development of a vibrant MENA curriculum for Northwestern (see: http://www.bcics.northwestern.edu/groups/mena/).

Please submit a letter of application (including a description of research and short career overview), CV, and an article-length sample of work (published or in manuscript), all in electronic form (doc or pdf format) to the search chair at melit2009@northwestern.edu. Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent as hard (paper) copies to the address below. To guarantee full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2009.

We anticipate interviewing short-listed candidates at the 2009 meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Boston in November. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you plan to attend.

Prof. Brian T. Edwards
Chair, Middle Eastern Literature Search
c/o Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Northwestern University
1880 Campus Drive, #2-260
Evanston, IL 60208

Northwestern is an AA/EOE employer; applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.


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MPSA Political Science Conference - Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the 68th MPSA Political Science Conference
April 22 - 25, 2010, Chicago

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 9, 2009.
Submit a proposal today - http://www.mpsanet.org/submitproposal

* More research papers are presented here than any other political science conference - 5,000 presenters can't be wrong.
* Over 1,100 panels in all fields of Political Science, including African Politics, Asian Politics, Canadian Politics, European Politics, Latin American Politics, and Politics of the Middle East.
* Huge Exhibit Hall featuring academic and textbook publishers, acquisition editors and more.
* Job Placement services available to all registered attendee.
* New Opening Reception on Wednesday night, as well as the Exhibitor Reception on Thursday evening and the President's Reception on Saturday night.
* A truly international experience - 55 countries were represented at the 2009 conference.
* Everything happens in the newly restored Palmer House Hilton in Downtown Chicago, a centrally located accessible city for travelers.

Founded in 1939, the MPSA is located in Bloomington, Indiana (320 West 8th Street, Suite 218). http://www.mpsanet.org

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October 01, 2009

Centre for Jerusalem Studies - Learn Arabic in Jerusalem

Learn Arabic in Jerusalem!

Autumn Program: October 5th - December 17th, 2009

Beginners, intermediates, & advanced morning & evening classes

Centre for Jerusalem Studies
Tel. 02-6287517

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Archaeological Institute of America - Funding Opportunities


Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: $25,000
Purpose: For travel and study in Greece, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, Southern Italy, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia. Open to all students, but preference is given to those doing research toward a Ph.D. or who are recent recipients (within 5 years of the application deadline) of a Ph.D. Not intended to support excavations.
Requirements: Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.

Deadline: November 1 (applications must be sent to the American Academy in Rome, see AIA website for details)
Amount: $10,000
Purpose: A pre- or post-doctoral fellowship for study of archaeology and classical studies has been established by the Institute at the American Academy in Rome. This Fellowship, with other funds from the AAR, will support a Rome Prize Fellowship.
Requirements: The AAR receives all applications. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Individual project of a scholarly nature related to Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology
Requirements: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S or Canada, or be actively pursuing an advanced degree at a North American college or university. Previous Pomerance Fellows are not eligible.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2010; announced April 15, 2010 (offered every two years)
Amount: $11,000
Purpose: Support of studies at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, for no more than a year. Geographic area and cultural period not otherwise specified. Fellowship is awarded bi-annually.
Requirements: Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, must be at the pre-doctoral stage or have recently received a Ph.D. (within 5 years of the date of the application), and must apply concurrently to the ASCSA for Associate Membership or Student Association Membership. See AIA website for other requirements

Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: Typical award is $4,000, but may vary
Purpose: To support archaeological study in Portugal.
Requirements: Portuguese, American, and other international scholars are invited to apply.

Deadline: February 28 (applications must be sent to the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, see AIA website for details)
Purpose: Support of an AIA Research Fellow at the DAI’s library facilities in Berlin, Germany
Requirements: Applicants must be archaeologists based in North America and members of the AIA. See the AIA website for further details and guidelines.

Deadline: March 1 (for fall semester) and November 1 (for spring semester)
Purpose: Support of a DAI Research Fellow at either the Cotsen Institute (UCLA) or Joukowsky Institute (Brown University)
Requirements: Applicants must be archaeologists employed by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. See the AIA website for further details and guidelines.

Deadline: March 15; announced April 20
Amount: $1,000
Purpose: To support participation in an archaeological excavation or survey project.
Requirements: Open to junior & senior undergraduates, and 1st year graduate students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Applicants cannot have previously participated in an archaeological excavation.

Deadline: December 14, 2009; announced by end of January, 2010 (Applications must be sent to the American Philological Association)
Amount: $3,000 maximum, award amount varies
Purpose: To further a minority undergraduate’s preparation for graduate work in classics or classical archaeology.
Requirements: See AIA website for details and link to APA website. “Minority” includes African American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students.

Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: $5,000 (over 2 years)
Purpose: To support scholars in completing and publishing field research in a peer-reviewed outlet. The grant is intended to assist in the final analysis and writing of the results of field research so that, by the end of the second year, a completed manuscript may be submitted for publication.
Requirements: Application is open to graduate students and postdoctoral professionals. See AIA website for other requirements

Deadline: March 1 and November 1
Amount: Typical award is $5,000, but may vary
Purpose: To support new book-length publications in the field of Classical Archaeology (defined as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan archaeology & art history). Particularly welcome are first-time authors and/or final reports of excavated or surveyed sites as yet unpublished.
Requirements: Nominations should be submitted by eligible non-profit publishers such as university or museum presses. See the AIA website for more requirements.


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