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December 10, 2010

45th Seminar for Arabian Studies

45th Seminar for Arabian Studies Call for Papers 28-30 July 2011, British Museum

The Seminar for Arabian Studies Conference is the only international forum that meets annually for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922). The Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies are published the following year in time for the next Seminar.

If you wish to offer a paper, please send a 200-word abstract to seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk before the 15 February 2011 for consideration.

Abstracts must include:
1) the name(s) and full contact details (affiliation(s)) of the contributor(s);
2) the title of the proposed paper;
3) what the proposed paper intends to cover;
4) an outline of the approach it will take;
5) indicate the significance of the topic;
6) five keywords;
7) three relevant bibliographical references.
Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for discussion.

The Steering Committee will select those abstracts that are most scholarly, with a strong, focused statement of thesis or importance, with clear aims and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources and convincing, coherent conclusions.

Session Proposals

A Session Proposal must include a minimum of four papers and have a clear scholarly focus with the explicate purpose to promote discussion and debate on work currently in progress, the current state of scholarship, issues involved in the application of new approaches and models etc. A Session Proposal should be sent before the deadline with a brief session summary (c.200 words) along with abstracts outlined as above for individual abstracts. The Committee will still consider each session abstract individually. A Session chair may be nominated but a final decision on this will remain with the Committee.

Further information on the SEMINAR for ARABIAN STUDIES can be gained by visiting our webpage at www.arabianseminar.org.uk

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Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity for Graduate/PhD Students, Pre-Tenure Faculty, Scholars, and Professionals


Application Deadline: December 10, 2010

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2011 Regional Policy Symposium, “Gender in the 21st Century Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to examine and discuss gender and women’s issues in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: education, migration, trafficking, women in politics, domestic violence, and economic opportunities, among others.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 5-8, 2011 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:

·Applicants must be US citizens

·Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less. Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:

·Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site.

·Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.

To receive more information on the 2011 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to Symposium@irex.org

Application materials are available on the IREX website at: http://www.irex.org/application/regional-policy-symposium-application

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December 06, 2010

Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Zhang Hui (Peking University). [Others to be confirmed.]

In 1799 Germaine de Stael wrote that there are " two completely
different kinds of literature... Southern and Northern... What I am going to call Southern literature includes the Greeks, the Romans, the Italians, the Spanish, and the French of Louis XIV's time. English works, German works, and a few writings of the Danes and Swedes must be classified as Northern, along with the literature that began with the Scottish bards, Icelandic fables, and Scandinavian poetry."

For the 5th-Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta: Coordinates of Comparison we seek papers in world literature that expand and challenge Stael's notion of a European 'Northern and Southern' to global points of intersection involving languages, literatures, cultures, economies, and nations.

Our conference invites you to explore and analyze this intellectual terrain from a variety of interdisciplinary critical perspectives. We invite papers for Remappings/Rereadings: Global Dialogues between East and West, North and South.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Occidentalism and/or Orientalism
Definitions of World Literature
National divides e.g., Western Canada/ Eastern Canada
International divides e.g., Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere
Indigenous Narratives, Histories, and Politics
Gender Crossings: Feminisms and Masculinities
Postcolonialism and Hybridity
Globalization and/or Transnationalism
Acts and Questions of Translations
Theory and Practice of Anthologizing Literature
Pop Culture on a Local, National or International Scale
Diaspora and the Centre-Periphery
Digital Divides and the Multi-Media Means of Communication
Religious Influences and Anxieties
Book History as a Comparative Methodology

Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words by December 15th, 2010 to complitconference@gmail.com. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to the January 2012 issue of /Inquire/, a peer-reviewed international journal of comparative literature. Please check our website for updates and information: http://coordinatesofcomparison.blogspot.com/

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Third Annual Graduate Student International Workshop

Third Annual Graduate Student International Workshop:
"Armenian Subjects in the Medieval and Early Modern Islamic World"

This year's workshop will be held on May 5-7th, 2011 and will focus on Armenians as agents living in the Arab, Ottoman and Safavi worlds. We invite graduate students, from all over the world, who work in the disciplines of history, literature, and art history to send an Abstract (250 words) describing your proposed talk. We particularly encourage students who are studying Armenians as integrated subject of Muslim empires and who analyze the ways Armenian sources can offer a different, or more complex understanding of medieval and early modern Muslim societies and cultures.

Please send an Abstract along with a CV to: Due February 15th, 2011

Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 3633
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Fax: 734.763.4918
Email: armenianstudies@umich.edu

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PARC 2011-12 Fellowship Competition

PARC 2011-12 Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

Full proposals due: January 15, 2011
Fellowship awards from $6,000 – $10,000
Award notification: March 18, 2011

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 12th annual competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.

Important information about the fellowship competition:

·Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and science. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
·Research must take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, or Lebanon.
·PARC funding is for one year only.
·Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program. Doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate degree except the dissertation by the time the research commences. The fellowship will not cover tuition fees. Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are eligible. Applicants with a master’s may only apply jointly with a post-doctoral scholar.
·Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents are not eligible.
·Applicants must be PARC members. See the PARC Website for membership information.
·Individual and joint research projects are eligible.
·Former PARC fellows who received grants in the last three years are not eligible to apply.
·Applications from women are especially encouraged.

In addition to sending all application materials by email to us.parc@gmail.com, applicants must send 4 copies of the full application (except for letters of recommendation) to:

PARC, Penelope Mitchell, Executive Director
6520 East Halbert Road
Bethesda, MD 20817-5414

For more information go to http://parc-us-pal.org/ or contact us at us.parc@gmail.com.
Palestinians who are not U.S. citizens should direct inquiries to Dr. Hadeel Qazzaz, Palestine Director, at parcpal@palnet.com.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau through an agreement with CAORC.

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December 03, 2010

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Association at The University of Arizona 11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS: Current Trends in the Study of the Middle East, North Africa & their Diasporas

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Association, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern Studies at The University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies to be held from Tuesday, March 29, 2011 to Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The UA MENA conference typically draws students from more than a dozen countries and is one of the largest, most respected graduate student conferences in the United States.

Objectives: The aims of the conference are to strengthen ties between academic disciplines, provide a platform for graduate students to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and create a network of emerging scholars spanning a variety of fields.

Paper Themes: Paper themes should relate to Current Trends in the Study of the Middle East, North Africa & their Diasporas. This may include, but is not limited to: religion, history, literature, gender, law, human rights, culture, identity, politics, society, movements, economy, education, environment, architecture, linguistics, and conflict. Additionally, students are invited to submit abstracts on other topics.

Submission Guidelines: Paper abstract submissions are due no later than Monday, January 10, 2011. Abstracts must be 250 words or less and submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Abstracts must be emailed to uamena@gmail.com and must include paper title, description, author name and affiliation (school and department), and contact information (phone number and email address).

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out within three weeks of abstract submission. For further information, please visit www.nes.arizona.edu/mena/home or submit your inquiries to uamena@gmail.com.

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