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October 28, 2011

Call for Applications 10 Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Year 2012-3

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
10 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/13
(Location: Berlin / Closing Date: 10 January 2012)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for ten postdoctoral fellowships for the research project

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME)

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The project draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular)as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East;
2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and 'purity' in relation to culture and society; and
3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

CITIES COMPARED: URBAN CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ADJACENT REGIONS

This research group is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean;

ISLAMIC DISCOURSE CONTESTED: MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVESis directed by Gudrun Kraemer, Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought and discourses in the framework of theories of multiple or reflexive modernities;

PERSPECTIVES ON THE QUR'AN: NEGOTIATING DIFFERENT VIEWS OF A SHARED HISTORY is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Stefan Wild, Universitaet Bonn. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East;

TRAVELLING TRADITIONS: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON NEAR EASTERN LITERATURES is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements and processes of canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

TRADITION AND THE CRITIQUE OF MODERNITY: SECULARISM, FUNDAMENTALISM AND RELIGION FROM MIDDLE EASTERN PERSPECTIVES is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and critiques of Jews, Arabs, and Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe.

FELLOWSHIPS

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, museology, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin project. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall project 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'.

Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below.

As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2012 and will end on 31 July 2013. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.250 euros plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. The working language of EUME is English.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
- a curriculum vitae,
- a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
- a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
- a letter of recommendation by one university instructor (that can be sent as a separate e-mail).

The application should be submitted by e-mail as four separate word documents or PDF files in English and should be received by 10 January 2012, sent in to:

eume@trafo-berlin.de

Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe (EUME)
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 19, 14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 - 89 00 12 00

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe' (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissen-schaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued as a project at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Kollegium that currently consists of the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Cilja Harders (Otto-Suhr-Institut fuer Politikwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Gudrun Kraemer (Institut fuer Islamwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum
Moderner Orient), Angelika Neuwirth (Seminar fuer Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Friederike Pannewick(Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien/ Arabistik, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), Stefan Weber (Museum fuer Islamische Kunst, Berlin), Stefan Wild (Islamwissenschaft, Universitaet Bonn).

The Forum Transregionale Studien is a new research platform of the Land of Berlin designed to promote research that connects systematic and region-specific questions in a perspective that addresses entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and networks engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of the directors of universities, research institutes and networks mainly based in Berlin. It supports four research projects:

ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship,
RECHTSKULTUREN: Confrontations Beyond Comparison,
GLOBAL PRAYERS: Redemption and Liberation in the City, and
EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME).

The Forum Transregionale Studien is funded by the Senate of Berlin.

For more information on the Forum please see www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For further information on 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe' and for detailed information on the research fields, please see www.eume-berlin.de

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit:

- Berlin Graduate
School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin
www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de

- Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, FU Berlin
www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss

- Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
www.koran.bbaw.de

- Zentrum Moderner Orient
www.zmo.de

- Friedrich Schlegel
Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin
www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/friedrichschlegel

- Institute for Islamic Studies, FU Berlin
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/islamwiss

- Museum for Islamic Art
www.smb.museum/smb/sammlungen/details.php?objID=12

- Seminar for Arabic Studies, FU Berlin
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/semiarab

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October 27, 2011

Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is an American non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members. We are recruiting highly qualified and motivated interns interested in community development, early childhood and youth programming, and conflict resolution to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Spring 2012 programs (mid-January through mid-April 2012).

The primary requirements for the position are:
- Enthusiasm for work with children, youth and community members;
- Maturity, flexibility, initiative, perseverance and a good sense of humor given the challenging nature of daily life in Nablus;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Proven ability to work independently as well as perform as a member of a team;
- Commitment to TYO’s non-political, non-religious approach; and
- Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.

TYO Interns will work full-time in cooperation with TYO local and international staff. Interns will create spring programs for children, youth and adults from refugee camps and other marginalized areas of the Nablus community. Each intern will develop and implement their own creative curriculum(s) through the spring, documenting development growth/gains in their class and in their participants, as well as informally acting as a liaison between TYO and the local community.

Spring programs may include workshops and classes in sports, drama, art, evening English classes, and weekend recreational activities. Also, there are opportunities to collaborate with other organizations in Nablus as well as on grant-funded projects, at the TYO Center, in the areas of photography/painting and micro-finance projects for women.

Successful applicants will be native English speakers and have significant experience with childhood and youth programming, international and cross-cultural exposure and maturity. Graduate students, young professionals and undergraduates are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in the areas below:
- arts, drama, dance, sports particularly when used as therapy
- teaching/mentoring (e.g. camp counselor, tutor, etc)
- undergraduate or graduate studies in education, psychology/social work, journalism and new media, Middle East studies, or related fields
- writing & new media
o social media (e.g. Flickr, Twitter, WordPress, etc)
o photography, documentary film production and editing
- English as a Second Language (for all ages)
- Levantine Arabic speakers (a plus but translators will be provided)

There is no salary for the internship. Applicants are encouraged to pursue funding options through their universities or communities. TYO will provide interns with the following:
- on-site housing in apartment-style dormitory
- board (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- on-site Arabic lessons with local professor
- multiple educational trips throughout the West Bank

Interested candidates should send:
- cover letter
- resume
- answers to the 2 questions below (100 words each)
o You are advertising for a new roommate on Craigslist. Please write a profile of what you are looking for in a roommate.
o Give an example of a project for children or youth that you developed, facilitated, and evaluated without much supervision. What was your favorite aspect of the project? What did you find was the most challenging? (Be honest—if you don’t have prior experience, respond to what draws you to the opportunity.)

To hr@tomorrowsyouth.org no later than November 24, 2011.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for phone/skype interview beginning late November. Selected interns should plan to arrive in Nablus mid-January. The Spring program will end mid-April.

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The Middle East Institute Leadership Development Program

The Middle East Institute Leadership Development Program

Internships at the Middle East Institute (MEI) are designed to provide undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience in a Washington non-profit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while helping out with the everyday operations of the Middle East Institute.

Positions are available on a full or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours a week. Although there is no financial compensation for interns, MEI does offer each intern one free language class, a one-year membership to MEI, and reimbursement for local travel expenses.

Application Deadline (Spring 2012 term): November 11

Available internships: Center for Turkish Studies, Communications, Development, Languages, Programs, Publications, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Research and Visualization, and Research Assistantships.

Application materials: cover letter, résumé, college transcript, five-page writing sample, and a letter of recommendation in pdf format. (*For Research and Visualization internships, please submit either (1) a link to your portfolio or (2) a sample research project instead of a writing sample.)

Send applications and questions to: rwilson@mei.edu.

Please visit http://www.mei.edu/Home/Internships.aspx for more information.

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ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey 2012-2011

ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey 2012-2011

The Fellowships: The American Research Institute in Turkey will offer ARIT Fellowships for research in Turkey for the academic year 2012-2013. Grants for tenures up to one year will be considered, however, some preference is given to projects of shorter duration. ARIT operates hostel, research, and study facilities for researchers in Turkey at its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.

Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible. Student applicants must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by June 2012, and before beginning any ARIT-sponsered research. Non-U.S. applicants who currently reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada. Scholars who have completed formal training also may apply for ARIT Fellowships sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For questions of eligibility and procedures, please check with the ARIT office in Philadelphia.

Application Procedure: In order to be considered, applicants must provide complete application information. APPLICATIONS AND THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2011. Please include letters of reference with your application. Graduate student applications must provide a copy of their graduate transcript. Submit materials to the American Research Institute in Turkey, c/o University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324. For further information call (215) 898-3474, fax (215) 898-0657, or email the ARIT executive director
. The application format is accessible via ARIT website at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITFellowships.html. ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January, 2012.

Research Permission: ARIT fellowship applicants are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research permissions and visas. In general, researchers should seek permission to carry out research from the director(s) of the institution(s) where they intend to work; this includes researchers who wish to work in libraries housed in Turkish museums. For short-term research tenures some foreign scholars may enter Turkey on a tourist visa and apply for the research permit and visa from within Turkey; or scholars may choose to procure a research visa via the Turkish Embassy in advance of their arrival. Scholars wishing to carry out research in Turkey for terms longer than three months should apply for the research permit and in addition secure a research visa prior to entering Turkey. Non-U.S. researchers should consult the Turkish Consulate for specific procedures. Researchers who wish to work with collections housed in the Turkish archaeological museums, however, should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. In addition, if the material they wish to work with is part of an excavation, researchers must submit a letter with their application that is signed by the excavation director giving permission to carry out the research. The research permit application regulations and format for researchers are posted on the ARIT website http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT. ARIT may withhold payment of fellowship stipends if appropriate research permission is not obtained.

*Pending funding. The fellowship program of the American Research Institute in Turkey is supported in part by a grant from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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October 25, 2011

Kenan T. Erim Fellowship for Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias, 2012

Kenan T. Erim Fellowship for Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias, 2012

The Fellowships: The American Research Institute in Turkey invites applicatsion for fellowships for excavation and/or research in art history and acrheology to be carried out at the site of Aphrodisias in Turkey during the summer 2012. This award is made possible by the generous support of the American Friends of Aphrodisias. Maximum award will be $2,375 for the summer season.

Eligibility Requirements: Scholars or advanced graduate students engaged in excavation at the site of Aphrodisias or research on material from that site are eligible to apply. Fields of study include the history of art and architecture from antiquity to the present, and archaeology. Applicants may also qualify for other ARIT fellowship programs.

Application Procedure: In order to be considered, applicants must provide complete appication information. The application, a letter of acceptance from the director of the excavations at Aphrodisias in addition to two letters of reference must be received by NOVEMBER 1, 2011. Please include letters of reference with your application. Students should supply a copy of their graduate transcript. Submit materials to the American Research Institute in Turkey, c/o University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324. For further information please call (215) 898-3474, fax (215) 898-0657, or email the ARIT executive director leinwand@sas.upenn.edu. The application format is accesible via ARIT website at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT. ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2012.

Research Permission: Projects should be included within the Aphrodisias excavation permit.

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University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor Opening

University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor Opening

The Department of History at the University of Cincinnati seeks an historian trained in the pre-modern, medieval, or early modern history of the Islamic world or any portion thereof for a tenure-track position. The candidate should expect to participate in teaching Islamic world and regional surveys as well as upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her specialty. The ability to teach comparative, thematically oriented courses is also welcome. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to engage in scholarly research, and to make service contributions to the mission of the department.

The University of Cincinnati is an urban, public university with an enrollment of 41,000 students. The History Department is home to 23 full-time faculty and offers BA, MA and PhD degrees. Significant supplemental support for faculty research is available through the university's Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. The teaching load is 2-2 with the coming transition to semesters in Fall 2012. PhD by 31 July 2012 is required.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and brief writing sample (approximately article length) to the university's electronic application system at www.jobsatuc.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=79558. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Elizabeth Frierson, Chair, Islamic World Search Committee, Department of History, University of Cincinnati, 360 McMicken Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373. Review of materials will begin November 21, 2011. We expect to conduct interviews at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Questions may be directed to frierseb@ucmail.uc.edu. The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

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The Third International Conference on Islam "Islam and Democracy"

The Third International Conference on Islam "Islam and Democracy"

The Third International Conference on Islam will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, on April 13-14, 2012. The objective of the conference is to create an environment for the discussion of different aspects of Islam in an academic setting and in a non-speculative way. The conference will serve the purpose of bringing together academics, scholars and researchers interested in different aspects of Islam, and will provide an opportunity to share new findings, approaches and research on Islam. Selected papers from the conference will be published as a book. Keynote Speaker: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Theme: The theme of this year’s conference will be “Islam and Democracy”.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
-Islamic Theological Perspectives on Democracy
-Islam, Liberalism, and Pluralism
-Islam, Secularism, and the State
-Islam and Nationalism
-Muslim Women and Democracy
-Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
-Islam and Democracy in Central Asia
-Islam and Democracy in Europe
-Islam and Democracy: Turkey Model

Arab Spring Timeline:
-Call for Papers: October 3, 2011
-Abstract submission deadline: November 30, 2011
-Conference registration starts: January 1, 2012
-Publication of program: March 1, 2012
-Paper submission deadline: March 23, 2012
-Registration deadline: April 1, 2012
-Conference: April 13-14, 2012

Submissions:
If you are interested in giving a talk at the International Conference on Islam, please submit the following to islamconference@global.wisc.edu:
-Your full name, institutional affiliation and contact information
-1 page CV/Bio
-The title of your presentation and a 300-word abstract

The submissions will be peer reviewed and accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The file format should be *.pdf, *.doc, or *.txt.

Registration: Each participant must register by April 1st, 2012. The registration fee is US $20 for regular participants; there is no fee for UW-Madison students with valid identification. The registration fee covers the expenses for reception and relevant materials (e.g., program, proceedings). For registration, please visit www.islamconference.org. For all questions regarding the conference, please check www.islamconference.org or contact islamconference@global.wisc.edu.

Location: The conference will be held at the Union South on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus. For the full address and directions, check http://www.union.wisc.edu/visit-unionsouth.htm Lodging: You can stay at the Wisconsin Union Hotel located in Union South where the conference will be held.

Here are some other suggestions for other places to stay in Madison: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/hotels.html

For more information on the conference please check www.islamconference.org, or send an email to: islamconference@global.wisc.edu

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October 13, 2011

Leverhulme Trust Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences at the University of London

Leverhulme Trust Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences at the University of London

The School is delighted to announce the creation of two new Visiting Fellowships for early career scholars with generous support from the Leverhulme Trust. The scheme is primarily intended to support younger, less experienced researchers, who have not yet spent an extended period in the UK, to enable them to develop skills and experience. They must be citizens of any country other than the UK and must intend to return to that country at the end of their Fellowship. The tenure must be between nine and twelve months. The Trust supports research in all fields.

Application deadline is Tuesday 8 November 2011 12 noon (GMT)

For further information please email peter.niven@sas.ac.uk or visit our website www.sas.ac.uk/leverhulme.html

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Call for Papers for the 70th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference

Call for Papers for the 70th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference

April 12 - 15, 2012, in Downtown Chicago

Paper Proposal Deadline: 10/14
Poster Proposal Deadlinez: 12/2

Research: A conference with about 1,000 panels in all subfields, including Latin American Politics, European Politics, Politics of the Middle East, Asian Politics, and African Politics.
Location: Everything takes place in the oldest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House Hilton, Downtown Chicago.
Plenary: The invited Plenary Speaker is Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Networking: Opening Reception on Wednesday; Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday; President's Reception on Saturday night.
Exhibit Hall: View new textbooks & discuss manuscripts with Publishers; Job Placement service for any interested, registered attendees.

Founded in 1939, the MPSA is located in Bloomington, Indiana (101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Suite 207).

Visit our website here www.mpsanet.org

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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues – Middle East

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues – Middle East

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh announces the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues. The University of Pittsburgh, among the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, is widely known for its strengths in the field of international studies, and is a member of the Association of American Universities. UCIS integrates and reinforces all strands of scholarship on international affairs throughout the University, supporting teaching, research and public service in area studies and on major world issues. This visiting professorship was established to enable UCIS’s Global Studies Center to invite one scholar each year whose research and teaching explicitly examines critical international issues that shape and define the contemporary world. For the 2012-13 academic year, UCIS invites applications from faculty from research universities and liberal arts colleges whose disciplinary expertise focuses on the Middle East. Candidates from any discipline and at any rank may apply. The Visiting Professor will be appointed for the fall and spring terms of the academic year.

The Visiting Professor will teach two classes per term and will participate in activities of UCIS and the Global Studies Center, as well as the department closest to his or her disciplinary home. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in their discipline, in both research and teaching, and should have an earned PhD in a relevant discipline. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations may also apply. Applicants should demonstrate interest in interdisciplinary studies, commitment to and respect for open dialogue on potentially polarizing issues, and a willingness to engage with a variety of academic and non-academic constituencies. Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive experience living in the Middle East. Applications should include a cover letter briefly citing evidence of the quality of the candidate's scholarship, teaching and expertise in the Middle East; curriculum vitae; and the names and full contact information of three professional references. The application materials must be received by November 10, 2011 to be considered. Electronic submissions are required. Please submit materials to: ucisprof@pitt.edu. Candidates who move forward in the selection process will be requested to submit publication and syllabi samples. For further information please contact:

Dr. Thomas Allen
Chair, Visiting Professor Search Committee
University Center for International Studies
4106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
ucisprof@pitt.edu

The University of Pittsburgh is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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October 07, 2011

PARC 2012-13 Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

PARC 2012-13 Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 13th annual competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.

Fellowship awards from $6,000 to $10,000
Full proposals due January 12, 2012
Awards announced March 12, 2012

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 degree 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 four 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 on PARC, PARC membership, and the application process, 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@gmail.com.

Palestinian applicants must submit a preproposal to PARC’s Palestine office by October 25, 2011.

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

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PARC 2012–13 Fellowship Competition for Palestinian Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

PARC 2012–13 Fellowship Competition for Palestinian Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 13th annual round of competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian Studies for 2012 - 2013.

To be eligible for research fellowships, the following criteria must be met:

• The research project must make a contribution to Palestinian Studies. The research can be in any area of Palestinian Studies, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and science. Purely scientific research, however, is not eligible for this fellowship.
• The research must take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon or Syria.
• The research must take into account that the fellowship 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 research commences. The fellowship does not cover tuition fees.
• Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are also eligible. Applicants with a master’s degree may only apply for a joint project with a post-doctoral scholar.
• Individual and joint research is eligible i.e. research can be done by a group of researchers.
• Women applicants are especially encouraged.
• PARC fellows who received grants in the last three years are not eligible to apply.

Interested candidates should send a brief pre-proposal via email to PARC Palestine by 25 October 2011. Pre-proposals must be in English.

The pre-proposal must consist of the following:

• A 500-750 word summary outlining the research topic, justification, objectives, research problem, methodology, and time-frame for completion.
• Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.
• A research budget indicating the amount requested.

Award amounts will range from $3,000 to $6,500.

Applicants will be notified by 30 November 2011 if their pre-proposal has been approved. Approved applicants will then be requested to fill out a detailed application and submit a full proposal. While research may be conducted in either Arabic or English, final full proposals must be in English. The Palestine Office will offer editorial assistance and advice, whenever possible, in developing full proposals. The deadline for this full proposal is 15 January 2012. Awards will be granted 15 March 2012.

For information on requirements and procedures contact:
Dr. Hadeel Qazzaz, Director
PARC PALESTINE OFFICE
6 Tel al-Zaater St. 3rd Floor Al Amin Building, Ramallah
Tel (02) 2974240
e-mail: parcpal@gmail.com
Website: http://www.parc-us-pal.org

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October 05, 2011

Regional Program Director, Middle East and North Africa Department Solidarity Center

Regional Program Director, Middle East and North Africa Department Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center, founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, now works with union and community group partners in more than 60 countries through a network of 26 field offices. This not-for-profit organization offers education, training, research, legal support, and organizing assistance to help build strong and effective trade unions and other workers’ organizations and more just and equitable societies. Its programs promote democratic rights and respect for workers; raise public awareness about abuses of the world’s most vulnerable workers; and, above all, help the world’s workers secure a voice in their societies and the global economy.

The Center seeks a regional program director to lead the work of advancing the Center’s mission in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and to participate in shaping Center strategy for the region and globally. The regional program director reports directly to the Center’s executive director, serves on the management team, and works in close partnership with AFL-CIO international staff. The Washington, D.C.-based Center has a staff of 245 and an annual budget of $30 million. The position requires residency in the D.C. area and extensive to travel to the region.

Responsibilities:

• With other Center senior management, develop a strategic vision and program priorities for work in the region; revisit the vision and priorities as needed to reflect changing regional and global realities.
• Coordinate the design and implementation of programs in the region.
• Lead and manage the department’s staff in D.C. and the region to ensure that the work of the field offices is supported strategically, programmatically, politically, financially, and diplomatically, including overseeing Center resources in the region and supervising country program directors. As needed, advise and provide support to resolve issues in the field.
• Develop a comprehensive strategy for funding work in the region; aggressively pursue new funding opportunities while maintaining relationships with current donors. Assist in creating materials to support fundraising efforts.
• Serve as the voice of the region, its labor issues, and their global importance, within the Center, the AFL-CIO, and the U.S. labor movement broadly as well as to U.S. missions in the region, other NGOs, and the academic community. Build bridges to and coalitions and collaborative efforts with others in the region working to advance workers’ rights.
• Assure the high quality and effectiveness of the Center’s work in the region through evaluation both of program work and employee performance.

Qualifications:

• A minimum of 10 years’ experience to include knowledge of and work in the region and experience in the U.S. and/or international labor movement and/or the human rights movement. Understanding of the region’s political economy and its place in the global economy is critical as is an understanding of the U.S. labor movement.
• Fluency in Arabic is required as is the ability to communicate ideas and information effectively to U.S. and international audiences. French language proficiency a plus.
• Proven leadership, strategic, analytic, and management abilities; a proven ability to work successfully in complex political environments and collaboratively as part of a dynamic team.
• Proven success in the U.S. government funding world; success with non-government donors would be welcome.
• B.A. degree in a relevant field; a graduate degree is highly preferred.

Personal Qualities:

The successful candidate will bring a sense of passion about the region and its politics, a strong social justice orientation, and a clear understanding of gender equity as a critical component of workers’ rights. He or she will have good judgment in U.S. and international political environments and the confidence, tenacity, energy, patience, and drive to work with others in this multilayered international organization to advance the cause of workers around the world.

The duration of this position, as with all positions at the Solidarity Center, is contingent upon continued grant funding.

If interested, please send cover letter and résumé to:

Lisa Humphries
Human Resources Officer
Solidarity Center
888 16th Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006

E-mail: lhumphries@solidaritycenter.org
Fax: (202) 974-8266

The Solidarity Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only finalist applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Closing date of application: When filled.

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