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December 20, 2011

27th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference

27th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference
The University of Chicago, May 4-6, 2012

The MEHAT (http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/mehat/) Conference is celebrating its twenty-seventh year as a leading forum for emerging scholars in Middle East studies. The conference organizing team invites graduate students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers. We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines (including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, and religion) dealing with any topic that has affected the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.

If you wish to participate, please send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at mehat2012@gmail.com by February 1, 2012. We will consider both individual papers and prearranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged. Please also email us if you have questions.

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Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

The Religion Graduate Students' Association of Columbia University is now accepting paper proposals for its Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference:

Pray, Kill, Eat: Relating to Animals across Religious Traditions
Friday, April 20, 2012, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Columbia University, New York, NY

The keynote speakers for the conference are:
Professor Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the University of Chicago Divinity School
Professor Kimberley C. Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School.

Humans have always had complex and intimate relationships with animals. Animals have been feared, revered, hunted, sacrificed, eaten, utilized, domesticated, and worshipped for thousands of years. Religious traditions have been instrumental in both reflecting and constructing humans' notions of animals and have integrated such notions into comprehensive mythical, symbolic, and ritual frameworks of meaning and action. In recent decades, however, many earlier forms of such relationships have been radically transformed in the face of rapid development. At the same time scholars like Kimberley Patton and Wendy Doniger have led efforts to rethink animals and religion from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. This conference, therefore, engages both the shifting complexity of the modern world and a growing body of scholarship in religious studies. We seek papers that explore animals as both religious objects and subjects, and probe the myriad ways in which religions reflect, shape, and re-shape the relationship between humans and animals.

We welcome papers that address contemporary as well as historical articulations of this topic, drawing on diverse methodologies and sources. Papers may be on any topic related to animals and religion.

Suggested themes include:
- Sacrifice
- The use of animals (or animal parts) in festivals, rituals and other religious contexts
- The deification and demonization of animals
- Religious dietary practices (e.g. prescriptions and proscriptions regarding animals)
- Transgressive practices involving animals
- Animals as the paradigmatic Other
- Blurred categories: hybrids, half-animals, shape-shifting, etc.
- Possession of/by animals
- Animals in religious narratives
- Animal symbolism
- Religion and animals in the 21st century (urbanization, technology, industrialization of animal husbandry)
- Animal rights and the treatment of animals
- Religion, animals, and political discourse
- Evolution and creationism
- Reincarnation

Please submit paper titles and abstracts (300 words or less) to columbiareligion@gmail.com. Please include name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and a contact email address.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 27, 2012
All proposals will receive a response by mid-February, 2012

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December 15, 2011

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Religion Graduate Students' Association of Columbia University is now accepting paper proposals for its Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference:

Pray, Kill, Eat: Relating to Animals across Religious Traditions
Friday, April 20, 2012, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Columbia University, New York, NY

The keynote speakers for the conference are:
-Professor Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the University of Chicago Divinity School
-Professor Kimberley C. Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School.

Humans have always had complex and intimate relationships with animals. Animals have been feared, revered, hunted, sacrificed, eaten, utilized, domesticated, and worshipped for thousands of years. Religious traditions have been instrumental in both reflecting and constructing humans' notions of animals and have integrated such notions into comprehensive mythical, symbolic, and ritual frameworks of meaning and action. In recent decades, however, many earlier forms of such relationships have been radically transformed in the face of rapid development. At the same time scholars like Kimberley Patton and Wendy Doniger have led efforts to rethink animals and religion from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. This conference, therefore, engages both the shifting complexity of the modern world and a growing body of scholarship in religious studies. We seek papers that explore animals as both religious objects and subjects, and probe the myriad ways in which religions reflect, shape, and re-shape the relationship between humans and animals.

We welcome papers that address contemporary as well as historical articulations of this topic, drawing on diverse methodologies and sources. Papers may be on any topic related to animals and religion.

Suggested themes include:
- Sacrifice
- The use of animals (or animal parts) in festivals, rituals and other religious contexts
- The deification and demonization of animals
- Religious dietary practices (e.g. prescriptions and proscriptions regarding animals)
- Transgressive practices involving animals
- Animals as the paradigmatic Other
- Blurred categories: hybrids, half-animals, shape-shifting, etc.
- Possession of/by animals
- Animals in religious narratives
- Animal symbolism
- Religion and animals in the 21st century (urbanization, technology, industrialization of animal husbandry)
- Animal rights and the treatment of animals
- Religion, animals, and political discourse
- Evolution and creationism
- Reincarnation

Please submit paper titles and abstracts (300 words or less) to columbiareligion@gmail.com. Please include name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and a contact email address.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 27, 2012
All proposals will receive a response by mid-February, 2012

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AICE Teachers of Critical Language Program

AICE Teachers of Critical Language Program

BRING THE WORLD TO YOUR SCHOOL!
Explore these fully funded programs that are supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education!

HOST A GUEST TEACHER FROM CHINA OR EGYPT
The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support.

To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects. For more information, please visit www.tclprogram.org or email tclp@americancouncils.org.

Program Application Deadline: January 9, 2012

STUDY LANGUAGE IN EGYPT AND CHINA
Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/isli or email isli@americancouncils.org.

Program Application Deadline: March 2, 2012

CONNECT INTERNATIONALLYThe Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to teachers and administrators from around the world, for 2-3 week reciprocal exchange programs and one-way professional development programs. Participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Uruguay for reciprocal exchanges and Greece, India, and Italy for one-way programs. All Educational Seminars provide airfare, training, travel health care, and living costs. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/es or email edseminars@americancouncils.org.

Upcoming Program Application Deadlines: January 6 and March 30, 2012

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AIMS Grants Program

AIMS Grants Program

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) announces its annual Grants Program for the academic year beginning May 2012 with a DECEMBER 31ST, 2011 DEADLINE. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

This year we're asking all applicants to submit their full applications electronically to AIMSFellowship@gmail.com. Your recommenders can email their letters to the same email or mail them to the Executive Office in Tucson.

All applicants must be a US citizen at the time of application and a current AIMS member. 2011 Members are listed on the AIMS Website. (Renew your membership now for 2012!)

Please visit http://aimsnorthafrica.org/fellowships/lstuscitz_grants.cfm?menu=2 for more information and details.

For those of you wishing to conduct multi-country research outside of the Maghreb, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
Multi-Country Fellowship Program DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $12,000 each will be given in the doctoral candidate/post-doctoral scholar competition.

For more details, application, and tips on CAORC multi-country fellowships, please visit: http://caorc.org/programs/

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ARCE 2012 Call for Papers

ARCE 2012 Call for Papers
IMPORTANT REMINDER

Members who wish to present papers at the 63rd Annual Meeting of ARCE April 27-29, 2012 at the Renaissance Providence Hotel in Providence, RI, should submit abstracts to the Review Committee electronically via the www.allacademic.com web site no later than Friday, January 6, 2012.

The Review Committee will be comprised of scholars in both ancient and modern Egyptian studies. Please carefully read the Submission Guidelines on the All Academic web site.

Submisions are encouraged in the areas of:
-Ancient Egypt: Art, Archaeology, History, Literature, Philology,
-Religion
-Coptic Studies
-Medieval to Ottoman Egypt
-Modern Egyptian Culture and Society
-Anthropology
-Conservation
-Museum Studies
-Training
-ARCE Programs

All presenters must be current ARCE members. Please call 210.821.7000, or email membership@arce.org, if unsure of your membership status.

Visit the ARCE web site at www.arce.org for more information on the 2012 Annual Meeting. We look forward to receiving your abstract by January 6th.

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December 14, 2011

New Middle East Studies/History Position Open

New Middle East Studies/History Position Open

The Department of History at Indiana State University (www.indstate.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Modern Middle East History with a focus on teh Modern Middle East, Classical Islam, and Comtemporary Politics in the Middle East beginning August 2012. The successful candidate will teach introductory survey classes in World Civilization since 1500 and advanced courses on modern Middle East history and the history of Islam. S/He would also be able to contribute appropriate courses to the master's degree program in History. In addition, the candidate would teach a course on the politics of the Middle East for the department of Political Science at least once every two years. The candidate we are seeking will be able to demonstrate the potential for or experience with effective teaching and successful scholarship. The Department and the University value experiential learning for our students, and the successful candidate should be willing to contribute to the futher development and coordination of internships and similar opportunities. A PhD in Modern Middle East History or Middle East Studies is required, as is evidence of interdisciplinary graduate training in Middle East Studies; advanced PhDs will be considered, although the doctorate should be in hand at the time of employment.

Indiana State University is a comprehensive institution with an enrollment of 12,000 students. The University is committed to community engagement and to providing experiential learning opportunities to our students. The Department of History is a fifteen-member department offering undergraduate majors in History and African and African American Studies, as well as a graduate master's degree in History. Department faculty members also contribute significantly to other interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, particularly Social Studies Education, Women's Studies, International Studies, and Liberal Studies.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit an online application at https://jobs.indstate.edu. Your online application should include a letter of application, complete vita, graduate transcripts, teaching evaluations (if available), samples of scholarly writing, and other relevant supporting materials. Three letters of reference should be sent directly to: Modern Middle East Search Committee, Department of History, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809. Indiana State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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December 09, 2011

Arabic Language Program Coordinator Position

Arabic Language Program Coordinator Position

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a non-tenure track position as lecturer to serve as coordinator of the Arabic language program. The appointment, which is renewable, will be effective July 1, 2012. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The successful candidate must have a M.A. or Ph.D. in Arabic language, linguistics, or related field, and experience teachign Arabic at the college level.

S/he must possess native or near-native competence in speaking, writing, and reading Arabic, and must have the capacity to employ up-to-date and effective methods of language pedagogy and testing. The ability to teach a colloquial dialect will be a plus.

Responsibilities include teaching first- and second-year Arabic language courses; coordinating and supervising Graduate Student Instructers and temporary lecturers; cooperating with the department's other language coordinators in planning and teaching the department's Language Pedagogy course for teachers of Near Eastern languages, and providing preparatory guidance and materials for Graduate Students Instructors and lecturers teaching Arabic during the summer session.

The following materials, postmarked on or before January 2nd, 2012, should be sent to Arabic Language Coordinator Search, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 250 Barrows Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA. 94720-1940;

-an application letter
-an up-to-date curriculum vitae
-three confidential letters of recommendation
-a video tape or digital video via either DVD or web link of not more than 20 minutes of a recent class taught by the applicant

The demonstration video may be from an elementary or intermediate Arabic class, but should not be from the very early first-year Arabic lessons. Electronic submission will not be accepted. Kindly refer potential referees to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality found at http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

The University of California is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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December 07, 2011

Tenth Biennal John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Conference: Global Perspectives on Justice, Security and Human Rights

Tenth Biennal John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Conference: Global Perspectives on Justice, Security and Human Rights

About the Conference

Throughout the world, societies are facing dramatic and rapid change--demographically, socially, technologically, politically and economically. These changes are often accompanied by transformations in justice policy and practice. Protecting the freedom and liberty of citizens, ensuring justice, and maintaining public safety can create practical, ideological and social tensions both within and between nations. International, comparative and multi-cultural perspectives are needed to address many of today's pressing world issues, from human rights abuses, to trasnational crime, and ethnic conflicts.

The forces of driving social change in this century affect all countries. When crime has no national borders, international cooperation seems a rational response--a move which is welcomed by many governments. At the same time, embracing international identities and cooperation to combat crime or to further social justice can conflict with local governmental policies and practices of with local social norms. We are soliciting proposals refleting scholarly work that correspond with these themes, to be included in the conference presentations, panels, and posters.

Papers submitted may address a broad range of issues including, but not limited to:

-Assessment and Treatment of Mental Illness in Jails and Prisons
-Comparative Justice Perspectives
-Capital Punishment
-Crime Prevention and Control
-Culture, Religion, Ideology and Social Justice
-Emerging Justice Issues and Security Responses
-Forensic Science and Security
-Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice
-Human Trafficking
-Interrogation Techniques
-International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law
-Juvenile Justice Issues
-Literary Portrayels of Justice, Security and Human Rights
-Media and Culture
-Migration Studies and Globalization
-Psychological Interventions for Victims of Political Torture
-Psychology and Law
-Political Violence and Social Movements
-Race, Ethnicity and Justice
-Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Human Rights
-Restorative Justice

Currently, they are seeking submission of papers, panel sessions and posters for the conference, with abstracts due on the revised date on January 27th, 2012.

For more information on the call of papers, please visit the conference website; www.jjay.cuny.edu/ic

For other questions, please contact the conference administrator, Matthew Dank (email: mdank@jjay.cuny.edu; tel: 212-484-1367) or Conference Co-Chairs, Professors Joshua Freilich (jfreilich@jjay.cuny.edu) or Michele Galietta (mgalietta@jjay.cuny.edu).

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