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April 28, 2010

Third Annual Middle East Studies conference at CSU Fresno

Call for Proposals
The 3rd Annual Middle East Studies Conference
October 7-9, 2010
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California, USA

Deadline for Abstract Submission: June 1, 2010


The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) of California State University, Fresno, is pleased to announce the third annual conference on Middle East Studies to be held on the campus of Fresno State. The conference intends to bring together faculty, scholars, and graduate students whose area of research focuses on the Modern
Middle East.


CONFERENCE THEME

While the conference is concerned mostly with teaching about the Middle East, other areas dealing with the
modern Middle East will be considered as well. In particular, priority will be given to the following research
topics:
- Art, Architecture, Visual & Performing Arts
- Academic Freedom
- Human Rights
- History & Historiography
- Literature, Literary Studies & Linguistics
- Culture and Society
- Diaspora & Migration Culture
- Middle East Politics & Representations
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Media Studies (including Film, Broadcast, Print, News, etc.)
- Economic development, Sustainability and Democratic transitions
- Business and Finance
- Religion in the context of the Middle East

PROPOSALS
Proposals for complete panels will be given priority. However, the conference is also open to individual proposals.
Panel Proposals: Panel proposals should be submitted by a moderator, inviting three to four presenters to discuss a topic relevant to the themes mentioned above. The topic should be one that would benefit
from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations will be limited to 90 minutes.

Paper Proposals: Exploring original research on the Middle East by one or more authors. Presentations will be 20 minutes long. All submissions should be in MS Word and mailed electronically to:

Dr. Sasan Fayazmanesh (sasanf@csufresno.edu)
Program Committee Chair
Department of Economics
California State University, Fresno
5245 N. Backer MS/PB20
Fresno CA 93740-8001

Please include the following:
- Cover Sheet: Required for all submissions. On a separate cover sheet, list the title of the presentation,
author name(s), school affiliation(s), contact person address, and audio-visual requirements. Please
make a separate cover sheet for each submission.
- Abstracts: Abstract submissions should be approximately 500 words and must be in English. Abstract
and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Please include title but
do not include author name(s) or school affiliation(s).

DEADLINES
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2010
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2010

CONFERENCE FEES, REGISTRATION & ACCOMMODATION
Participants are expected to complete the registration process before September 1, 2010. Failing to send the registration fees on or before this date might result in excluding the paper from the proceedings. Registration fee is $75 for conference participants and $25 for students. An additional $25 will be charged for late registration. Accommodation is available at Piccadilly Inn University Hotel, 4961 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726,(559) 224-4200.

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Atlas Service Corps: Paid Overseas Fellowship

Atlas Service Corps is currently looking for individuals to apply for our paid overseas fellowship for 2010-2011. We are looking for skilled nonprofit leaders from around the world.

Nonprofit Leaders in the Middle East/ North Africa: Apply for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship Position with Atlas Corps


Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2010-2011 fellowship positions in the U.S. Expenses are paid in this prestigious fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, and training. Applicants must have 3 or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, fluency in English, and a commitment to return to their home country after their Fellowship.

Candidates from around the world are placed at outstanding host organizations in the U.S. including Ashoka, Asian American LEAD, Grameen Foundation, International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Population Action International. In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations, Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world.

For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: http://www.atlascorps.org/apply.html and watch a short video about the application process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx63RKbqoKY. We will start reviewing applications on May 15th. Although we will accept applications after that date, individuals are encouraged to apply with that deadline in mind.

Positions available for individuals from Egypt and the Middle East:

** Please note that nonprofit leaders from Egypt and the Middle East are encouraged to apply regardless of issue area. The position description below is an example of a Host organization that specifically wants a Fellow from this region of the world.

Atlas Corps is looking for an individual from Egypt or the Middle East to fill a position with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, the leading global service agency working to protect the world’s children from international child abduction and sexual exploitation. ICMEC works to identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child sexual exploitation and international child abduction. ICMEC plans to expand their programs in the Middle East and hopes to raise awareness of ICMEC and its programs in the region during 2010. ICMEC seeks a fluent Arabic speaker with broad regional experience as well as knowledge of the issues of child sexual exploitation and international abduction. The Atlas Corps Fellow will be responsible for helping to develop ICMEC’s activities, initiatives and partnerships in the Middle East. Click here for more information

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Take a summer course in Amman

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Take a summer course in Amman
Immerse yourself in local traditions and experience Jordan's grand history: desert palaces, nomad cultures, and Bedouin pride. A true Middle Eastern melting pot, the breakpoint between ancient and modern history.

Profile: MSA with CA integrated, intensive group courses and excursions.

Start dates, summer courses:
Combined, MSA+CA (20 lessons/week): 3/5, 7/6*, 5/7*, 2/8, 6/9
*Free trip to Jerash available June 11 or July 9, please see below.

Accommodation: Apartments, families, hotels. For females also: school residence.


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Extras: Field trips and excursions to historical and cultural sites in Jordan, and sport opportunities are available.

Free trip to Jerash
Book your summer course in Amman and get a free excursion to Jerash (available June 11 or July 9), including an English-speaking guide!

Start dates for this offer:
June 7, July 5

Conditions:
Register and pay before May 15
The course has to be at least 4 weeks long

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The Second International Conference--"The World of Islam: History, Society, Culture"

The Second International Conference
"The World of Islam: History, Society, Culture"
October 28-30, 2010, Moscow
Second Announcement
Call for Papers

The Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) and the Mardjani
Foundation for Research and Cultural Programs in cooperation with the
Institute of Asian and African Studies of the Lomonosov Moscow State
University and Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg) are organizing the Second International Conference "The World of Islam: History, Society, Culture".

As the First Conference of these series, held in Moscow by the Mardjani Foundation and the Russian State University for the Humanities in December 2007, the Second Conference purposes to bring together specialists in Islamic studies and scholars, whose research interests are related to this field.

The Second Conference is held under the RUDN program of scholarly readings in honour of Prof. Arthur Sagadeev (the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia).

Please contact us for further information about the conference.

Organizing committee,
The Mardjani Foundation
Moscow
tel: +7 (495) 956 04 78
fax: +7 (495) 938 26 06
fond@mardjani.ru

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The American University in Cairo - SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED FOR STUDY IN EGYPT

SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED FOR STUDY IN EGYPT

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The American University in Cairo (AUC) has announced two scholarships available to U.S. students wishing to study abroad at AUC with concentrations in studies to advance understanding between the U.S. and the Arab world, or Egyptology.

The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded 90 years ago and is major contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab Region. An independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal opportunity institution, AUC is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions, and study abroad programs.

The Hermann F. Eilts International Scholarship was named in tribute to Eilts, a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and an AUC trustee. Through diplomacy and education, Eilts worked tirelessly to bridge political divides and increase cultural understanding between the United States and the Arab world. Scholarship awards may be applied to tuition, fees and on-campus housing. The scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States, who are already accepted to AUC’s study abroad program. Additionally, they must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and will be required to register for at least one political science, Middle East studies or history course during each semester of attendance at AUC. To apply, students are asked to write a 1500 word essay on the following topic: “How will my experience at The American University in Cairo impact my future career plans and broaden my appreciation of Arab culture?”

The Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology is a $2500.00 award for one semester to be used toward tuition or living expenses. The scholarship is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge and familiarity with ancient Egypt. Students must enroll in at least three Egyptology courses. To apply, please send a 1500 word essay on the topic, “Why I want to study Egyptology at AUC” and include a reference to three Egyptology courses for which you wish to register.

Essays for both scholarships must be received in AUC’s New York office by May 15, 2010. Applicants can e-mail essays to Wesley Clark at wclark@aucnyo.edu or mail them to The American University in Cairo, 420 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor, New York, New York, 10018-2729.

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April 14, 2010

HERMÈS NORTH AFRICAN JEWELRY COLLECTION BRIGHTENS SPRING AND SUMMER AT ARAB MUSEUM

Dearborn, MI—An exhibition of spectacular jewelry and historic photographs from the North African nations of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia opens to the public on Thursday, May 5, 2010 at the Arab American National Museum (AANM), 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, Michigan.

Noble Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection presents never-before-exhibited pieces of stunning North African jewelry and late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs by some of the period’s most prominent photographers. Organized by the Museum for African Art in New York, Noble Jewels will be on view at the AANM through Sunday, August 8, 2010. The exhibition in the Main Floor Gallery is free with Museum admission.

All are invited to celebrate the exhibition opening, as well as the AANM’s fifth anniversary, during a day of free events on Saturday, May 8. Additionally, groups of eight or more may now opt for a new, North African-themed docent-guided tour of both the jewelry exhibition and the AANM’s permanent exhibits. Those interested in learning more about North African jewelry traditions may enjoy browsing specially selected publications from the Museum’s Library & Resource Center during their visit.

Visit www.arabamericanmuseum.org for further details on this exhibition and Museum anniversary events. To schedule a docent-guided tour, call 313.624.0209.

Necklace


Collected over three decades by Xavier Guerrand-Hermès (biography appears below), Noble Jewels illuminates the diversity and beauty of traditional North African jewelry design. Ornate necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings show the inventive compositions and dazzling creations of North African jewelry designers and silver workers. Crafted from combinations of silver, coral, amber, coins and semi-precious stones, the exquisite collection includes wedding necklaces, hair ornaments, bracelets, earrings and fibula used to keep veils in place. The jewelry featured in Noble Jewels shows the common threads that run through North African societies, and also local variations in materials and motifs.

The Xavier Guerrand-Hermès collection, a portion of which has been given to the Museum for African Art in New York, is extraordinary for its breadth and quality. “From simple ornaments that would be worn by a child, to elaborate jeweled necklaces for women of wealth, the Guerrand-Hermès collection is a treasure that reflects the richness of the cultures of North Africa as well as the collector’s superlative taste,” says Elsie McCabe Thompson, president of the Museum for African Art.

North African jewelry came to the attention of Western collectors in the 19th century, the period when archaeological monuments in North Africa were being explored, visited, and, in some cases, pillaged. The most important photographers of the day, including the Scotsman George Washington Wilson, the Neurdine brothers from France, and the Turkish photographer Pascal Sabah, visited the region and photographed landscapes, architecture, markets, and people adorned in their jewels. Many of the images were used in postcards, while others remained hidden in little-known collections.

Xavier Guerrand-Hermès is a director and vice chairman of Hermès of Paris. He represents the fifth generation of the family to be involved in the ownership and management of the Paris-based firm. Guerrand-Hermès has founded the renowned Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, which actively supports inter-religious dialogues. He serves on a large number of boards, including the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions and the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Divinity School. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Religions for Peace Conference. With an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, Guerrand-Hermès is known for his expertise in the study of religion. He is an Honorary Fellow of Oxford University.

Noble Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection was organized by the Museum for African Art, New York and supported in part by the Robert Lehman Foundation. AANM’s presentation is made possible in part by Ford Foundation and Kresge Foundation.

The Museum for African Art in New York is one of the premier institutions in the United States devoted to exhibiting traditional and contemporary African art. On September 24, 2007, the Museum broke ground for a new permanent museum building designed by Robert A. M. Stern, Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture, on Manhattan’s Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue between 109th and 110th Street. The Museum’s administrative offices, educational facility and gift shop are temporarily located in Long Island City. Exhibitions are currently presented at off-site locations in New York City and tour nationally and internationally. For further information about the Museum and its exhibits, see www.africanart.org or call 718.784.7700.

The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves, celebrates, and educates the public on the history, life, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans. It serves 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. Learn more at www.arabamericanmuseum.org and www.accesscommunity.org.

The Arab American National Museum is a proud Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Read about the Affiliations program at http://affiliations.si.edu.

The Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, 48126. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday; Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for students, seniors and children 6-12; ages 5 and under, free. Call 313.582.2266 for further information.

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CONF./CFP- The Turks and Islam, Indiana Univ.

Date: Sept. 11, 2010

The Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair will
host a multidisciplinary international conference entitled "The Turks
and Islam" on September 11, 2010 in Bloomington, IN, USA. The
conference will explore the various aspects of the Turkic-speaking
peoples' interactions with Islam throughout the centuries.

Scholars, independent researchers, and advanced graduate students of
all disciplines are encouraged to send paper proposals (approximately
200 words) along with brief CVs to Professor Kemal Silay (ksilay@indiana.edu).
All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in an edited volume.
Deadline for proposals: May 1, 2010.

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Fourth International Congress on "Islamic Civilisation in the Balkans"

13-17 October 2010 Skopje

- Call for Papers -

Deadlines:
Submission of abstracts: 1 May 2010
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1 July 2010
Submission of full paper: 15 September 2010

Abstracts of proposed papers (around 200 words) and CV should be addressed to:
IRCICA MANU
congress@ircica.org
congress@manu.edu.mk

OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture - IRCICA (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts- MANU (Skopje, Macedonia) are jointly organizing the fourth international congress on the theme "Islamic Civilisation in the Balkans", to be held under the patronage of H.E. Gyorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia. The congress will take place in MANU, Skopje, capital of Macedonia, on 13-17 October 2010.

The congress will highlight the history and the heritage of Islamic and civilisation in the Balkans under their past and present aspects. It will encourage inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches. Topics to be covered may include: trends and processes of the development of Islamic culture, multi-cultural coexistence, social administration, cultural and educational institutions, science and learning, architecture and urbanism, arts, language and literature, social life and traditions, tangible and intangible Islamic heritage - their present state and issues of their preservation, sources of reference in studies relating to Islamic history in the Balkans. The congress will be an occasion to share information on developments in research, teaching and publishing in this area and thus deliberate on the problems and prospects of studies on Islamic civilisation in the Balkans and strengthening of international academic cooperation.

Designed as such, the congress is expected to contribute in promoting studies and increasing knowledge on the Balkan cultures which will at the same time underscore the regional riches and diversities of Islamic civilisation.

In the context of its research program on "Islamic Civilisation in the Balkans" IRCICA gave importance to instituting a congress on a periodical basis in order to maintain a constant forum of scholarship and cooperation. The earlier three congresses in the series were held in Sofia, Bulgaria (2000), Tirana, Albania (2003) and Bucharest, Romania (2006) respectively. The fourth congress will revive and enlarge the forum and contribute to further expand the prospects of studies in this area. The languages of the congress are English, Turkish, Macedonian and Albanian. Accommodation for the participants, outside of Macedonia, will be provided by IRCICA.

The papers will be published in a book with the aim of disseminating the new researches to be generated by the congress to interested circles worldwide.

Co-Presidents
Halit Eren, (Dr.), Director General, IRCICA
Georgi Stardelov, (Prof. Dr.), President, MANU

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Writers’ and Literary Translators’ International Congress (WALTIC)

2-5 September, 2010
Istanbul Bilgi University
Turkey

We are delighted to announce that on the 2nd – 5th of September 2010, the second Writers’ and Literary Translators’ International Congress will take place at the Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, to manifest the power of words.

In 2008 the Swedish Writers’ Union hosted more than 600 authors, translators and scholars from across the globe in the first ever WALTIC.

The issues that were raised in Stockholm need further talks and more collaboration. The challenges embedded in literacy, freedom of speech and authors rights have to be a constant preoccupation. Digitization is pushing new forms of writing and creativity. Our aim is to establish WALTIC as an arena where these changes can be discussed from a global perspective with the primary goal of achieving comparability between the different nations of the world.

We look forward to welcome you to Istanbul in September!

Bülent Somay
Congress Chair, WALTIC 2010
Istanbul Bilgi University
Mats Söderlund
President, WALTIC
Swedish Writers’ Union

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CALL FOR PAPERS,BEST PRACTICES & STORIES IS NOW OPEN!

On-line submission at www.waltic.com

Deadline: 12 May, 2010.


CONTACT US:
Project Manager: Dr. Tuna Erdem
tuna.erdem@gmail.com
gulriz.sansoy@gmail.com
+90 (532) 586 92 98

Visit the website for further information and to register on-line.

www.waltic.com

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April 07, 2010

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies April 2010 Events:

-Wednesday, April 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
-“Author Ali Eteraz Discusses His Book: Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan” -- http://www.childrenofdust.com/

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-Ann Arbor Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, 343 South Fifth.

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Immigration, Islam and Identity: A Conversation with Ali Eteraz

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies April 2010 Events:

-Wednesday, April 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
-“Immigration, Islam and Identity: A Conversation with Ali Eteraz (Author, Children of Dust)”
-Gallery in Room 100, Hatcher Graduate Library.
-Children of Dust is an elegant memoir revealing Islamic fundamentalism and madrassa life in rural Pakistan, the culture shock of moving to the U.S., and a journey of reconciliation to the modern Middle East. Author Ali Eteraz is a compelling young male literary voice, and in telling his coming-of-age story he captures not merely pain, but also the love, laughter, and pathos of Muslim life. The American Library Association calls it “elegantly written” and the poet Fatima Bhutto insists it is “astoundingly frightening, funny and brave.”
-Co-Sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies and the Islamic Studies Program.

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The Mosque in Morgantown: Saturday, April 17

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies April 2010 Events:

-Saturday, April 17, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
-Film) “The Mosque in Morgantown”

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-Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty.
-Working in Pakistan after September 11, 2001, former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani had faced a double shock. First, a surprise pregnancy and abandonment by the Pakistani man she thought would be her husband, then the murder of her dear friend and colleague Daniel Pearl at the hands of Muslim extremists. Still reeling and with a son to raise, she returned to her hometown in West Virginia and discovered the mosque had been taken over by men she saw as extremists. This documentary chronicles what happens when she decides to fight back — unexpectedly pitting her against the mosque's moderates. As the film unfolds, it tells a story of competing paths to social change, American identity and the nature of religion itself.
-Co-sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program.

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Muslims in Michigan Community Conversation

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies April 2010 Events:

-Thursday, April 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
-“Muslims in Michigan Community Conversation” http://muslimsinmichigan.org/
-Learn more about Michigan's Muslim community during this moderated panel discussion at the Arthur Miller Theater on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. The conversation is free and open to the public with limited seating.
-For directions to the theater please visit: http://www.music.umich.edu/about/facilities/directions.htm
-The Muslims in Michigan project was formed out a partnership between Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This five part radio series examines life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series explores the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group. This project also features film events, speakers, and a community conversation.

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Deentight: Monday, April 12

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies April 2010 Events:

-Monday, April 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
-“Deentight” (Film/Panel Discussion)
-Room 1636, International Institute, 1080 S University.
-Follow a group of Muslim Hip Hop artists living in the United States and United Kingdom. They discuss intimately with us the challenges they face trying to balance their faith, culture, and the pressures of daily Western life.
-There will be a panel discussion following the film with University of Michigan Professor Sherman Jackson and “Deentight” Director Mustafa Davis.
-http://www.deentight.com/
-Co-sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program.

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New Muslim Cool

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies April 2010 Events:
-Saturday, April 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
-(Film) “New Muslim Cool”

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-Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty.
-This film takes an inside look at the fusion of Islam and Hip-Hop, A former drug dealer struggles to transform himself and his community through his faith and his music.
-Co-sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program.

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Intelligence Analyst Job for South Caucasus or Eastern Black Sea regional specialist

The 4th Psychological Operations Group is seeking highly qualified applicants for a two-year Intelligence Analyst position (renewable for up to 3 years) focused on the eastern Black Sea/ South Caucasus region. Successful candidate will work with other civilian specialists conducting research and writing 20-40 page studies, will work closely with U.S. and possibly foreign military personnel, and must be willing to travel within the United States and abroad in order to conduct research and support military operations. A strong background in study and research of the history, politics, and culture of the region of specialization is required. Prior residence in the region of specialization is extremely desirable.

This is a full-time, 2-year temporary civil service position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) at the equivalent of GG-11/12/13 level. The current annual salary range, with locality pay, is $59,158 to $109,611. The positions may be extended for an additional 3 years and may be made permanent without further competition.

Required qualifications:

All qualification requirements stated in the official Vacancy Announcement apply. These include:

- Must be a U.S. citizen and be able to obtain and keep a SECRET level security clearance.

- Ph.D. or equivalent research and writing experience in a social science discipline (including history) with a focus on the South Caucasus or eastern Black Sea region, or other qualifying experience as stated in the official Vacancy Announcement.

- Strong reading and listening comprehension in one of the major regional languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Kurdish, or Turkish. Russian may be accepted IF the candidate has qualifying research experience focused on the South Caucasus. Candidate must attain an acceptable score on the Defense Language Proficiency Test.

- The ability to conduct solid research and write clearly in English.

Application information and deadline:

Applicants must have a resume in the Army’s central RESUMIX database and must follow the application instructions in the official Vacancy Announcement in order to be considered for this government position. The Vacancy Announcement is posted at the following websites:

http://cpolrhp.belvoir.army.mil/west/

http://acpol.army.mil/employment/

http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

Search using the current announcement number: WTST10160633.


The application deadline under this announcement is April 26, 2010.

For additional information and application instructions, contact Dr. Jeffrey Griffith, griffjef@soc.mil, phone (910) 432-4027. Because of the complexity of the application process and the possibility that qualified candidates may be overlooked for technical reasons, contact is strongly recommended prior to filing an application.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ISLAMIC CIVILISATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ISLAMIC CIVILISATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: 1-4 December 2010 Nicosia, North Cyprus

Deadline: 2010-07-01

OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA, Istanbul) and the Institute for Islamic Research and Intercultural Dialogue, Near East University (Nicosia/Lefkoşa) will jointly organise an international conference on “Islamic Civilisation in the Mediterranean” to be held at Near East University, on 1-4 December 2010.

Conference themes:
I. History of expansion of Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean: political administration, inter-state and inter-regional relations
II. The role of Islam in civilisational process: theological and philosophical aspects, relations with other religions in the Mediterranean
III. Science and technology in Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean
IV. Architecture and urbanism in Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean
V. The development of Islamic arts in the Mediterranean and relations with the arts of other cultures
VI. “Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean” as an area of research and teaching: promoting the studies and sources

Scholars and researchers wishing to present a paper at the conference are requested to send a brief CV along with an abstract of 200 words in English, Turkish or Arabic by 2 May 2010. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the conference.

Deadlines:
i) Submission of paper abstract proposal by 2 May 2010.
ii) Notification of acceptance of abstracts by 15 May 2010.
iii) Submission of full paper by 2 September 2010.

Correspondence and abstracts should be addressed to: Conference on Islamic Civilisation in the Mediterranean Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) E-mail: ircica@ircica.org
or
Organising Committee Conference on Islamic Civilisation in the Mediterranean Near East University Institute for Islamic Research and Intercultural Dialogue E-mail: irid@neu.edu.tr

IRCICA, an international research centre with fifty-seven Member States, is a subsidiary of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The Centre works in the fields of research, publishing, library and documentation, organises congresses, research awards, competitions of art ad architecture. Its areas of interest include the Islamic civilisation and Muslim cultures, the history of Muslim nations, history of arts and sciences in Islam. Its activities help to promote academic studies and cooperation in these areas, make the Islamic cultures and civilisation better known around the world and promote mutual understanding between peoples and cultures.

The Institute for Islamic Research and Intercultural Dialogue, Near East University, has the objective of studying of Islam and its relationship with other religions in order to promote a closer understanding between them. The Institute is located in Cyprus, which historically has been a cradle of Mediterranean as well as Islamic civilisation.

Accommodation will be available in hotels in Nicosia (Lefkoşa) and Kyrenia (Girne) at special rates to be announced in the second announcement. The University will also provide accommodation at the Guest House (on Campus) and the Dorana Hotel in Kyrenia (Girne) for paper presenters.

The papers of the conference will be distributed in a printed version and CD-ROM format to all participants

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Third Annual Middle East Studies conference at CSU Fresno

Call for Proposals: The 3rd Annual Middle East Studies Conference
October 7-9, 2010 at California State University, Fresno
Deadline for Abstract Submission: June 1, 2010

The conference intends to bring together faculty, scholars, and graduate students whose area of research focuses on the Modern Middle East.

CONFERENCE THEME
While the conference is concerned mostly with teaching about the Middle East, other areas dealing with the modern Middle East will be considered as well. In particular, priority will be given to the following researchtopics:
- Art, Architecture, Visual & Performing Arts
- Academic Freedom
- Human Rights
- History & Historiography
- Literature, Literary Studies & Linguistics
- Culture and Society
- Diaspora & Migration Culture
- Middle East Politics & Representations
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Media Studies (including Film, Broadcast, Print, News, etc.)
- Economic development, Sustainability and Democratic transitions
- Business and Finance
- Religion in the context of the Middle East

PROPOSALS
Proposals for complete panels will be given priority. However, the conference is also open to individual proposals.

Panel Proposals: Panel proposals should be submitted by a moderator, inviting three to four presenters to discuss a topic relevant to the themes mentioned above. The topic should be one that would benefit
from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations will be limited to 90 minutes.

Paper Proposals: Exploring original research on the Middle East by one or more authors. Presentations will be 20 minutes long.
All submissions should be in MS Word and mailed electronically to:

Dr. Sasan Fayazmanesh (sasanf@csufresno.edu)
Program Committee Chair
Department of Economics
California State University, Fresno
5245 N. Backer MS/PB20
Fresno CA 93740-8001

Please include the following:
- Cover Sheet: Required for all submissions. On a separate cover sheet, list the title of the presentation,author name(s), school affiliation(s), contact person address, and audio-visual requirements. Please make a separate cover sheet for each submission.

- Abstracts: Abstract submissions should be approximately 500 words and must be in English. Abstract and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Please include title but
do not include author name(s) or school affiliation(s).

DEADLINES
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2010
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2010CONFERENCE

FEES, REGISTRATION & ACCOMMODATION
Participants are expected to complete the registration process before September 1, 2010. Failing to send the registration fees on or before this date might result in excluding the paper from the proceedings. Registration fee is $75 for conference participants and $25 for students. An additional $25 will be charged for late registration.
Accommodation is available at Piccadilly Inn University Hotel, 4961 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726,(559) 224-4200.

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Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) TUNISIA 2010

Although Tunisia enjoys a Mediterranean setting and is a beach destination for vacationing Europeans, there is much more to this small country than sand and sun. Over the course of 3000 years, Tunisia, the northernmost country of Africa, has witnessed the passage of Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Turks, Spanish and French. They came as fugitives or adventurers, to conquer or to claim, warriors and missionaries, traders and farmers, each leaving a part of their story in stone or mosaics, on the hills of Carthage and the threshold of the Sahara.

Our journey takes us to many important Roman ruins, to the sands of the Sahara and its desert oases, and to the tranquility of the island of Djerba, referred to by Ulysses as the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Along the way, we are introduced to the customs and cultures of these fascinating regions.

SIGNATURE MOMENTS

* Learning about Islam in the modern world
* Marvelling at the best preserved Ancient Roman Colosseum
* Hunting for bargains in the Souk
* Visiting a Berber family in Matmata
* Driving across the Chott el Jerid salt flats
* Visiting schools in the desert

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1 Arrive Tunis
Day 2 Tunis ; Kairouan ; Sbeitla
Day 3 Sbeitla, Tozeur
Day 4 Tozeur Chebika, Tamerza, Nefta
Day 5 Chott el Jerid, Douz, Matmata
Day 6 Matmata Medenine,Chenini; Douiret, Djerba
Day 7 Djerba
Day 8 Djerba Sfax
Day 9 Sfax, El Jem,Monastir Sousse
Day 10 Sousse
Day 11 Dougga, Tuburgo Majus, Tunis
Day 12 Tunis Bardo Carthage Sidi Bou Said
Day 13 Depart Tunis

Contact Information:

Joan Brodsky Schur, Social Studies Coordinator Village Community School
www.joanbrodskyschur.com
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http://www.geeo.org

TOUR COSTS

Land Cost (start /end Tunis): US$1595* per person

Single supplement: US$375
If you are traveling alone and you are willing to share, we will try to match you up with an appropriate roommate. If we can’t, the single supplement will apply

*based on a minimum of 12 participants.

Please contact Worldwide Quest for flight arrangements from your home city.

TOUR COST INCLUDES:

* Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar, based on twin occupancy
* Meals as listed in the itinerary
* Three airport transfers on arrival and departure provided to the group
* All ground transportation by private air-conditioned coach
* Excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides
* All entrance fees to mentioned monuments

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

· International airfare
· Meals not listed in the itinerary
· Airport and departure taxes
· Gratuities
· Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc.
· Travel insurance
· Visa
· Fuel Surcharges
· Airport arrival and departure transfers if not traveling using pre-set group transfers
· Additional arrangements due to any emergency situation

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Tunis

On arrival in Tunis you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel Yadis Ibn Khaldoun or similar in Tunis.

Overnight: Tunis

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kairouan to Sbeitla

Our Tunisian adventure continues this morning as we start our drive south. Our first stop is at the Great Mosque in Kairouan. This is the oldest mosque in North Africa with one of the world’s oldest minarets. We will also visit the Mosque of the Barber, the burial place of the one of the Prophet Mohammed’s companions. Here we can also explore the old Medina, surrounded by walls. Continue to Sbeitla to visit the Ancient Roman ruins of Sufeitula, containing the best-preserved Forum temples in Tunisia. The ancient town, then held by the Byzantine Prefect Gregory was captured by the Arabs in 647AD and briefly served as capital of the country.

Check in at hotel Sufeitula in Sbeitla..

Overnight: Sbeitla

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Sbeitla Tozeur

Departure to the oasis town of Tozeur known for its hundred thousand palm trees. The dates exported from Tozeur are very well known. In the Medina (old city) of Tozeur, we will admire traditional architecture, fashion and workmanship

Overnight: Tozeur Hotel Ras El Ain or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Oasis Towns

Today we venture by jeep into the incredible scenery of the mountain oasis towns near Tozeur. Chebika is an ancient town first established by the Romans to link Leveste (Tebessa) in Algeria to Tacapa (Gabes) on the Oriental coast of Tunisia. To communicate with nearby regions, the legionaries used a reflecting mirror. Tamerza is thought to be the Ancient Roman site of Ad Turres, a defensive Roman station that became an Episcopal place in the Byzantine era. Hidden by a chain of mountainsdominating a large plain, the village has a privileged location. Coming down from the village, we reach “Oued El Khanga” to admire a beautiful waterfall. We continue to Nefta, the ancient Aggasel Nepte of the Romans. Destroyed in the 11th century by the rulers of Tunis for refusing to pay taxes, the city of Nefta was renewed. It became a strong centre of Sufism, a mystic Islamic movement, and reached the peak of prosperity in the 16th century. Overnight: Tozeur Hotel Ras El Ain or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Chott el Jerid to Matmata

Today’s drive across the salt lake of Chott el Jerid will be a real highlight with many opportunities for fabulous photo stops. Douz, the gateway to the desert, is our destination at the far end of the salt lake. After a stop in Douz to explore the town, we continue on to Matmata. This is a spectacular site situated in a basin scattered with countless tiny hills, a lunar landscape surrounded by bald mountains. From afar, the ground appears to be riddled with an endless number of craters. These are the Troglodytes houses. This location served as the setting for many recent movies including the Star Wars series. Here we’ll visit the home of Berber tribes people.

Overnight: Matmata Hotel Diar El Barbar or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Matmata ; Medenine, Chenini Douiret Djerba

We leave the desert today and begin our drive north. Our route takes us first to the mountain villages of Chenini and Douiret. These villages are made up of cave houses built on the slopes of a mountain with a white mosque in the midst. Explore the Ksour district centred on the rugged hills of the Jebel Dahar Range. We’ll stop to visit 17th century Ksar Medenine with ghorfas (stone or mud pigeonholes once used as storehouses) .We arrive in Djerba in the afternoon. The Island of Djerba, resembles Polynesia in its soft, serene tropical landscape. Djerba was know already since Antiquity as Homer’s Ulysses stopped here during his trip.

Overnight: Hotel Miramar Petit Palais or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Djerba

Free day in Djerba.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Djerba Sfax.

Our journey north continues today, travelling through the Ancient Roman city of Gabes and onward to Sfax, once known as the base of the Barbary piracy, prompting an unsuccessful invasion by Venice in 1785. Visit the Medina of Sfax

Overnight: Hotel Sfax Centre or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Sfax El Jem, Monastir Sousse

Departure to visit the magnificent Ancient Roman amphitheatre at El Jem. This is the third largest amphitheatre in the ancient world with a capacity of 27,000 spectators.Departure to visit the Ribat of Monastir. Founded in the 9th century B.C, Sousse is the third largest city in Tunisia with an over three thousand year history preserved within the fortified ramparts of the medina.

Visit the Ribat .

Overnight: Hotel Vincci El Kantaoui Centre 4 stars in Sousse or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Sousse

Free Day.

Free time enjoying the sea and the souks.

Overnight: Hotel Vincci El Kantaoui Centre 4 stars in Sousse or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Dougga, Tuburbo Majus Tunis

Today is devoted to an exploration of the major Ancient Roman sites of northern Tunisia.

The site at Tuburgo Majus is extensive and covers about 40 hectares. It has been partially excavated and is dotted with many buildings, mostly monumental, such as the capitol, with its six façade columns, the temple of Peace and that of Mercury, the summer baths and the winter baths, as well as the market and the residential quarter.

Dougga is the best-preserved site in Tunisia, a settlement of Numidian origin in the 2nd century BC, later promoted to the status of municipium by the Romans. Here we can walk along its ancient stone-paved streets and admire its capitol, theatre and other splendid public buildings.

Overnight: Yadis Ibn Khaldoun or similar in Tunis.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Tunis, Carthage, Sidi Bou Said

Constructed by the Arabs in 698, Tunis flourished inside its fortified ramparts. Walking in the Medina (the walled historic centre), we’ll be charmed by the exotic scents of perfumes and spices. We’ll visit the Bardo Museum, the ancient residence of the beys (dynasty ruling Tunisia from1705 to 1957), which now houses a splendid archaeological museum. This afternoon, we’ll visit the archaeological site of Carthage, with magnificent features of the ancient baths and two sea ports.

Overnight: Tunis Yadis Ibn Khaldoun or similar .

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Depart Tunis

We transfer to the airport for our homeward flights or onward arrangements.

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