January 17, 2011

Fellowship Program for Research on Yemen for U.S. Citizens 2011 Competition

During the 2011 Academic year AIYS expects to award pre- and post-doctoral fellowships for research on Yemen conducted in places other than Yemen. The deadline for the receipt of fellowship applications for this competition is March 1, 2011. Scholars in all fields of the humanities, social sciences and from fields in the sciences such as paleontology and botany are eligible to apply. It should be noted that ECA-supported fellowships for U.S. based scholars may only be held by U.S. citizens. Fellowships are subject to the renewal of funding by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Information about the range of fellowship programs may be obtained from the AIYS office or from our website.

Please note that this is currently a ban on using State Department-funded fellowships for travle to Yemen, Since it is unknown how long this situation will last, AIYS is--for this presnet competition--accepting only fellowship applications for research on Yemen conducted in places other than Yemen. We regret that we are not accepting applications for Arabic language study at this time.

Information on AIYS

AIYS is a non-profit consortium of academic institutions founded in 1977 for the purpose of supporting research on Yemini and SOuth Arabian studies and promoting scholarly exchange beteween Yemen and the United States. AIYS maintains a research center in Sana'a, Yemen, consisting of a library, hostel, conference/working space, and administrative offices. The AIYS Resident Director in Sana'a coordinates the applications for required research permmits for work in Yemen and provides other facilitative support services, as necessary, for all scholars based in the United States regardless of funding source.

For details about the specific programs, eligibility and application requirements, see the AIYS website at http://www.aiys.org/fellowships or contact Dr. Maria Ellis, Executive Director of AIYS, at the AIYS administrative office: American Institute for Yemeni Sutdies; PO Box 311; Ardmore PA 19003-0311; tel: 610-896-5412, fax: 610-896-9049; e-mail: mellis@sas.upenn.edu.

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December 18, 2009

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
2009 - 2010

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

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

Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2010

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

CAORC Affiliated American Overseas Research Centers
American Academy in Rome ~ American Center for Mongolian Studies ~ American Institute for Maghrib Studies ~ American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies ~ American Institute for Yemeni Studies ~ American Institute of Afghanistan Studies ~ American Institute of Bangladesh Studies ~ American Institute of Indian Studies ~ American Institute of Iranian Studies ~ American Center of Oriental Research ~ American Institute of Pakistan Studies ~ American Research Center in Egypt ~ American Research Center in Sofia ~ American Research Institute in Turkey ~ American School of Classical Studies at Athens ~ Center for Khmer Studies ~ Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute ~ Mexico-North Research Network ~ Palestinian American Research Center ~ The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq ~ West African Research Association ~ W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

CAORC fellowships for multi-country research are funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

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December 11, 2009

IREX - Short-term Travel Grants Available

2010-2011 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

SHORT-TERM TRAVEL GRANTS (STG) PROGRAM

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program.

STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The STG application is now available online at: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2010.

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible to apply for the STG Program.

In addition to the pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term Travel Grant also provides:
• International coach class roundtrip transportation
• A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
• Travel visas
• Emergency evacuation insurance
• Field office support

Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at stg@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

STG is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

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South Asia Summer Language Institute - University of Wisconsin

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu.

Applications for Summer 2010 are now being accepted.

Graduate students are eligible for FLAS funding through SASLI. Undergraduate and graduate students are also eligible for fee remissions (partial or full.) The application deadline for both forms of funding is February 5, 2010.

Applications and instructions can be found on the SASLI web site at sasli.wisc.edu. Please apply to apply as soon as possible as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

If you have questions about SASLI, the application process, or FLAS and Fee Remissions, please review the FAQ pages on the web site at http://sasli.wisc.edu/faq/index.html. Any additional questions can be addressed to Ean Barnard, by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu.

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CEU Summer University Course - Budapest, Hungary

The CEU Summer University announces the course MESSIANISM - JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES

JULY 5 - 16, 2010 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

In co-operation with the Center for Jewish Studies, The Gerst Program for Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies, Center for International Studies at Duke University (USA)

Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Course Directors:
- Michael L. Miller, Central European University, Nationalisms Studies Program/Jewish Studies, Budapest, Hungary
- Matthias Riedl, Central European University, Department of History, Budapest, Hungary

Faculty:
- Ida Fröhlich, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hebrew Studies, Budapest, Hungary
- Michael A. Gillespie, Duke University, Department of Political Science, Durham, US
- Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, Department of History, Durham, US
- Moshe Idel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel
- Vlad Naumescu, Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Hungary

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will explore the ancient messianic idea, its spatial expansion, and its ideational development up to the present. The topic will be approached from a wide variety of disciplines (Political Science, History, Philosophy, Anthropology), sharing a common focus on the messiah as a central and enduring symbol of Jewish and Christian societies and their interconnected eschatological expectations.

The main aim and objective of this course is to provide a solid knowledge of the role of messianism in shaping Jewish and Christian traditions in order to
- relate this knowledge to phenomena in modern society and thought,
- create the ability to evaluate the ongoing relevance of the messianic traditions in modern thought and politics, and
- identify the religious dimensions in seemingly secular ideologies and movements.

This summer school is divided into two one-week sections. The first week covers the ancient oriental origins of the messianic idea and its articulation in Judaism and Christianity up to the Late Middle Ages. The second week focuses on the messianic symbolisms in modern Christians and Jewish societies but also in the political visions of liberalism and socialism, in Romantic literature, as well as in idealist and existential philosophy.

Applications are invited from junior faculty and advanced graduate students.

Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty).

Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

Application deadline: February 15, 2010

For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site at
http://www.summer.ceu.hu/messianism

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December 09, 2009

University of London - Professorial Fellowships

The School of Advanced Study, University of London offers two Visiting Professorial Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences:
- The ST Lee Professorial Fellowship and
- The School of Advanced Study Professorial Fellowship

Applications for 2010–11 are now invited from senior scholars wishing to pursue research in London in any of the areas covered by the School, and to engage in an active relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community across the School. Both Fellowships are tenable for up to six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year. The Fellowships offer travel, accommodation and research expenses up to a determined maximum.

Application and Contact Details
Holders of the Fellowships will be ready to pursue their work in the context of an active and vigorous relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community within the School, and to play a leading intellectual role in cross-School seminars and other programmes. Applicants must be able to show that their research can benefit from the resources of one or more of the Institutes in the School, and that it will contribute productively to the range of activities across the School. Intending applicants may wish to contact the Director(s) of the relevant Institute(s) in advance (see below for the website address).

Deadline for submission is 31 January 2010.

Further particulars and the application form are available from the website: www.sas.ac.uk/fellowshipprogrammes.html
or
Peter Niven
Research Grants and Fellowships Officer
School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House (Room 263)
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
UK
T: +44 (0)20 7862 8666
F: +44 (0)20 7862 8657
E: peter.niven@sas.ac.uk

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) is the only institution of its kind in the UK publicly funded to facilitate and promote
research in the humanities and social sciences. SAS brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious postgraduate research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across and between a wide range of subject fields for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community.

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Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy - Call for Papers

U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY

Call for Paper Proposals

Deadline for submitting paper proposals:
Dec. 10, 2009

U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo

CSID's 11th Annual Conference
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Washington DC

In a much-anticipated speech in June 2009, President Barack Obama, speaking from the Egyptian capital, sought a "new beginning" in U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Promising to move beyond terrorism and security to focus on issues of mutual interest, the President laid out an ambitious agenda for overhauling ties between his country and the world's 1.57 billion Muslims. Since the speech there has been considerable debate over its meaning and significance: were Obama's words to be accompanied by new programs and concrete initiatives, or were they merely intended to signal a new diplomatic posture towards the Muslim world? Muslim audiences tended to welcome the speech, but indicated that they would reserve judgment until it was translated into action. Months after the speech-with the U.S. administration bogged down by healthcare reform, economic recovery, and ongoing challenges in Afghanistan-the path towards improved relations with the Islamic world remains unclear.

CSID's most recent conference invited reflections on what might be possible for the U.S. and the Islamic world under a new U.S. administration. Following naturally from this previous theme, its 11th annual conference will assess the state of U.S.-Muslim world relations a year after the Cairo speech. What, if anything, has changed in terms of how the United States approaches its major policy challenges in the Muslim world? Do we see signs that governments and other actors in the Muslim world regard the U.S. differently since the new administration came into office?

Paper proposals are invited from prospective participants on the following four broad topics related to the main conference theme. Prospective presenters are also welcome to submit papers that fall outside these topics, but must establish their relevance to the broader conference theme:

A. The Cairo Speech Agenda: Fulfilled or Deferred?
How have U.S.-Islamic world relations fared in the year following President Obama's Cairo speech? Has the new U.S. administration delivered on its commitment to a "new beginning" with the Muslim world? Can we detect significant differences in how the United States is viewed by the Muslim world?

B. Democracy Development in the Muslim World: New Approaches or No Longer a Priority?
The previous U.S. administration placed a premium on democratization in the Middle East and Muslim world, but received mixed reviews on its implementation. Some argue that so far the Obama administration has largely abandoned the democracy agenda in favor of regional security interests. How does the current administration view democratization in the context of other challenges it faces in the Muslim world, and to what extent can we detect any policy shifts?

C. The Role of American Muslims in U.S.-Islamic World Relations
President Obama made special mention of Muslim Americans in his Cairo speech. What role have Muslims in the United States played in promoting ties with the wider Muslim world and to what extent do they serve to promote economic development, political reform, and new thinking? Will the appointment of a Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the State Department have significant consequences for outreach to American Muslims and beyond?

D. The U.S. and Conflict in the Muslim World
From Afghanistan to the Israel/Palestine conflict, much of the U.S. relationship with the Muslim world continues to be defined by ongoing conflicts. How has the Obama administration dealt with these situations and have we seen any signs of new thinking?

Paper proposals (no more than 400 words) are Due by December 10, 2009 and should be sent to:

Prof. Peter Mandaville
Chair, Conference Program Committee
E-mail: conference2010@islam-democracy.org

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 22, 2010 and final papers must be submitted by March 15, 2010.

Selected panelists and speakers must cover their own travel and accommodations to participate in the conference, and pay the conference registration fee by March 15, 2010. Speakers and panelists coming from overseas will receive a contribution of $300 from CSID to defray travel expenses.

Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)
1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20036
Tel. 202-265-1200
info@islam-democracy.org
https://www.csidonline.org/

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December 02, 2009

2010 Gulf Research Meeting - Call for Papers

The 2010 Gulf Research Meeting
Robinson College, University of Cambridge, July 7-10, 2010

Call for Papers

Deadline: December 15, 2009

he Gulf Research Meeting seeks to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to promote scholarly and academic exchange among scholars working with the Gulf region. The Gulf Research Meeting aims to identify issues of importance to the Gulf region and provide a basis for academic and empirical research into those fields. Particular emphasis is given to encourage young scholars to engage in the debate and take part in research collaboration.

Workshops include:
- Natural Resources, Accountability and Democracy
- Formal and Informal Mechanisms of Political Participation
- The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Economic and Political Reform
- The GCC Banking and Financial Sector Population, Labor Markets and National Identity
- The Impact of Migration on Gulf Development and Stability
- Developing an Agenda for Security Studies in the Gulf
- The Governance of Higher Education in the Gulf Cooperation Region - The Development of the Media in the Gulf region
- Environmental Policies in the Gulf Region
- EU- GCC Relations Gulf-China Relations
- Islamic politics in the Gulf

Participants outside the UK will receive a travel allowance. Hotel accommodation will also be available at a discounted rate.

Please visit our website for details on the workshops and how to apply: www.grcevent.net/cambridge

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November 20, 2009

Arabian Studies Conference - Call for Papers

Seminar for Arabian Studies Conference

The 44th Seminar for Arabian Studies Conference will be held at the British Museum from Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th July 2010
The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the only international forum which meets annually for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula (including archaeology, epigraphy, ethnography, language, history, art etc.) 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 Proceeding of the Seminar for Arabian Studies is published the following year in time for the next Seminar.

If you wish to offer a paper, please send a 200-word abstract before the 15th of February 2010 to Dr Ardle Mac Mahon at seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk or write to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, c/o The British Museum, Middle East Department, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG, England.

The abstract must include:
1) the name(s) and full contact details (affiliation(s)) of the contributor(s)
2) the title of the proposed paper
3) set out what the paper intends to cover
4) the approach it will take
5) indicate the significance of the topic
Please note we can normally only accept one paper from any given project.

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

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November 18, 2009

Central European University - Religious Studies

The Central European University is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and unique setting for the study of religion in a historical and comparative perspective. Situated at the crossroad of Empires and of world religions, Budapest offers a microcosm of the interactions of religions, cultures and societies.

The Specialization Religious Studies, offered by the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies, awards a non‐degree certificate in Religious Studies. Students will enroll and receive their degrees in either the Department of History or Medieval Studies. As part of their MA in History or Medieval Studies, students of this Specialization will engage in the study of religious phenomena from a historical point of view, from Late Antiquity to modernity, and a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

The Specialization Religious Studies is a young teaching unit, launched in 2007 by the Religious Studies Program. Its diverse course offers cover the three monotheistic religions multidisciplinary perspectives. To this end, apart from the Departments of History and Medieval Studies, more departments participate through their course offerings, such as Philosophy, Jewish Studies Program, Sociology and Social Anthropology, International Relations and European Studies. In the past, students were successful in receiving prestigious international scholarships and in entering challenging professional fields.

The Religious Studies Program (RSP) is a research program and an academic forum at CEU fostering the academic study of religion. The mission of the program is to initiate and to coordinate research, academic events, and publications that address in critical ways religion‐related questions in critical ways.
The RSP is integrated into the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies and collaborates with relevant departments and academic units at the CEU. It crosses the borders of academic disciplines, confessional and geo‐political categorizations. With an international advisory board and contacts with institutions throughout the region, as well as worldwide, the RSP provides an important site in Eastern Europe for academic research and communication on religion.

Source Language Teaching Unit
It is expected that as of Academic Year 2010/2011, students specializing in Religious Studies will be able to take intensive, high‐level courses in classical and modern languages. The offering will include Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac, Ottoman as well as Russian and modern Turkish and Greek.
About CEU and the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies

For more information: http://www.ceu.hu/node/2684

CEU is committed to sustaining a geographically diverse and multi‐cultural student body. To further this goal, the university welcomes financial aid applications from students around the world. Full scholarships are available for the Specialization Religious Studies.

For more detailed information on financial aid, please visit www.ceu.hu/admissions/financialaid.

How to Start the Application Procedure

Students interested in the Specialization Religious Studies have a choice of applying to a One Year MA, Two Year MA or PhD.
For research topics that focus on the period up to the end of the 15th century apply to the Medieval Studies Department (medstud.ceu.hu), for later topics to the History Department (www.hist.ceu.hu). Applications are accepted through an on‐line system at http://www.ceu.hu/admissions/apply beginning on November 10, 2009. Candidates applying by January 25, 2010 are eligible to take the CEU‐administered institutional TOEFL. Candidates who can provide evidence of proficiency in English or will organize their own TOEFL examination may apply by March 15, 2009. Full scholarships are available!

Application Deadlines
Deadlines for application to the CEU History and/or the Medieval Studies Department are:
January 25, 2010: For applicants who wish/are required to take the CEU administered admissions examinations and /or are requesting exemption from the English language proficiency requirement.
March 16, 2010: For applicants submitting applications complete with language scores and other applicable test scores.
March 2010: For CEU Master’s students and graduates applying to doctoral programs.

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Arab Film Festival - Dearborn, MI

The 5th Annual Arab Film Festival

When: December 3rd-5th, 2009
Where: Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI

The Festival showcases many talented Arab and Arab American directors, actors, and technical professionals, and provides diverse representation from the 22 countries of the Arab World. Each feature-length film presented is paired with a complementary short film; public discussions follow several screenings.

For a detailed schedule of the Festival please visit http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/arabfilmfestival09

The Arab American National Museum’s Film Festival seeks to enhance public knowledge and understanding of Arab Americans by: presenting alternative representations of Arab life; increase the exposure of Arab and Arab American filmmakers; and provide a forum for the discussion of questions raised by films during the festival.

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November 13, 2009

Conference on Libya's Histories

CENTER FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
FALL 2009 CONFERENCE

WRITING AND SPEAKING LIBYA'S HISTORIES:
Historiography of Modern and Contemporary Libya

November 13-14, 2009
Sultan Conference Room
340 Stephens Hall
Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Of all the formerly colonized nations in the region, Libya became independent with a notable paucity of written history.
This situation has changed in the intervening decades, but Libya’s severe political isolation has translated into a near-absence
of scholarly contact with U.S. scholars. This conference is meant to participate in correcting this situation, by facilitating exchange
and forging longer-term working relationships between American and Libyan scholars.

A keynote address will be given by Dr. Muhammad Jerary, National Center for Archives and Historical Studies, Tripoli
“Historical Studies in Libya (from the 16th Century till the Present Time): Present Difficulties and Future Prospects”

Other speakers include:
- Professor Zahi Mogherbi, Political Science, Garyounis University, Benghazi
“Social Change, Regime Performance and the Radicalization of
Politics: the Case of Libya”
- Professor Amal Obeidi, Political Science, Garyounis University, Benghazi
“Women and the Academic Research in the Libyan Universities:
Analysis Study of the MA Thesis at the Faculty of Economics
1990-2009”
- Lecture presented by Professor Zahi Mogherbi
- Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, Political Science, University of New England
“Engaging Modernity: Pedagogy and Urbanization as viewed by two
Libyan intellectuals during the 20th Century”
- Professor Nayla Kabazi Muntasser, Art History, Trinity University, San Antonio
“Modern Historiography and Ancient Libya: Lepcis Magna as a Case
Study”

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November 09, 2009

Policy Workshop, Paper Competition & Online Publication

Examining “The Places We Live”: Slums & Urban Poverty in the Developing World

Policy Workshop, Paper Competition and Online Publication sponsored by USAID, the International Housing Coalition, The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, and Cities Alliance

Call for Papers: Paper Competition / Policy Workshop / Online Publication
- Win a trip to World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro in March 2010
- Be published in an online publication edited by The World Bank and other sponsors
- Get invited to an interactive policy workshop with urban development practitioners in Washington, DC, in February 2010

DEADLINE: Abstracts due by Nov. 30, 2009

Overview
Worldwide, approximately one billion people currently live in slums. The vast majority are in developing countries, where an estimated 1/3 of the population lives in slum conditions. The total number of slum-dwellers is expected to double by 2030, placing unprecedented pressures on cities around the globe.

USAID’s Urban Programs Team, in cooperation with the International Housing Coalition (IHC), The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance, is seeking paper submissions for an upcoming policy workshop and paper competition on slums and urban poverty in the developing world. This Call for Papers is associated with both “The Places We Live” exhibit (www.theplaceswelive.com), which has been brought to Washington, DC, in conjunction with World Habitat Day, and the upcoming World Urban Forum 5, being held in March 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Papers should be linked to one of the following topical areas (see www.OurUrbanPlanet.org for a more detailed description of these themes):
- The Right to the City / Bridging the Urban Divide
- Equal Access to Shelter
- Cultural Diversity & Identity in Cities
- Governance and Participation
- Inclusive Sustainable Urbanization

Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling slum-related issues. Papers may focus on the drivers of slum formation and other forms of urban inequality and related efforts to prevent these trends, or may concentrate on ameliorating existing conditions in slums and among the urban poor. Papers that take into account the cross-sectoral nature of slum/urban poverty issues and that present replicable and scalable interventions are particularly welcome. Papers from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to) urban planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, sociology, and anthropology. For more information, please contact Chris Ward (cward@usaid.gov).

Process and Timeline
♦ Eligibility: This call for papers is directed at PhD students and advanced Masters students. To be eligible, applicants should be currently enrolled in a degree or post-doctoral program.
♦ Abstract Submissions:
o Abstracts (max 500 words) and a brief CV should be submitted to the selection committee by Nov. 30, 2009. Submissions can be made via the OurUrbanPlanet website (www.oururbanplanet.org) or sent to cward@usaid.gov.
o Abstracts should contain a title, paper description, author name and affiliation, and specify which of the topical areas listed above the paper will most directly address.
♦ Request for Full Papers:
o A panel composed of members of the sponsor organizations will review submitted abstracts and request full papers from approximately 15 authors.
o Applicants will be notified the first week of December whether they will be asked to write a full paper.
o Completed papers should be a maximum of 20 pages in length (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font) and utilize the style, spelling, usage, citation and illustration guidelines used by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (http://www.acsp.org/publications/jper/guidelines).
♦ World Bank Publication:
o 5-10 of the full papers will be selected for inclusion in an online publication being compiled by The World Bank and other sponsor organizations.
o Publication of each selected paper will be contingent upon completion of suggested revisions by the authors, should they be requested by the selection committee.
♦ Policy Workshop:
o 3-4 of the authors selected for publication will also be invited to Washington, DC, to take part in a unique “policy workshop” that will bring together a small group of academics, policy makers and students for an interactive discussion of international urban development topics. The session will focus on bridging gaps between policy and academia, theory and practice.
o At the conference, students will be paired with a senior development expert who will serve as a discussant for their paper.
o Accepted papers should be submitted (using the same method as the abstracts) at least 2 weeks before the start of the conference.
o Workshop invitees will be provided with a $500 honorarium to help cover transportation and accommodation costs.
♦ Trip to World Urban 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
o A “Grand Prize” winner will be selected within one week of the policy workshop and will be invited to attend World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro, being held March 22-26, 2010.
o Conference registration, roundtrip flight from the US to Rio de Janeiro, and accommodation will be provided by the International Housing Coalition.
o While at the Forum, the winner will have the opportunity to attend various sessions, including those related to their paper topic, and report back on their experiences and impressions via the website http://oururbanplanet.org/.

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November 06, 2009

Meedan - Open Access Arabic/English Translation Memory

Meedan Releases the World's First Open Access Arabic/English Translation Memory

5 November, 2009: San Francisco, United States and Toronto, Canada

Today, Meedan, is releasing the first publicly available open licensed Arabic/English Translation Memory (TM). This release comes as a part of Meedan's ongoing commitment to improving the state of Arabic language machine processing research and supporting translators and machine translation researchers.

The new translation memory, called MeedanMemory, contains around one million words in aligned Arabic and English sentence pairs. It constitutes an invaluable resource for translation professionals, Arabic linguistic researchers, academics and volunteer communities, and is the first translation memory of such size and sophistication to be released under an open access license.

MeedanMemory is packaged as a standards-compliant Translation Memory Exchange (TMX) file, which facilitates its integration with most computer assisted translation tools and translation memory managers.

Professional translators can utilize MeedanMemory to support their translation work and improving its efficiency, and to increase consistency and quality in the translation outcome. Researchers can use this resource in designing and implementing their research activities into Arabic computer linguistics and machine language processing, which will lead to the development of better text search engines and document analysis tools and applications. And community organizations, non-profits and volunteer communities can leverage MeedanMemory to facilitate translation between Arabic and English of the content they produce for lower costs, lower turnaround times and higher quality.

The MeedanMemory is released under the Open Database License, which permits the use, copy and distribution of the translation memory, produce work using it, and to modify, transform and build upon the translation memory.

Meedan is pleased to announce this first release of MeedanMemory, and will continue to release data generated from the Meedan translation community into this open repository. We also hope that other organizations will contribute to the growth of this unique and valuable resource for the Arabic language and Arabic digital content that holds great potential for supporting Arabic content projects and initiatives.

To download your copy of MeedanMemory, please visit: http://github.com/anastaw/Meedan-Memory

For more information about MeedanMemory, please contact: info@meedan.net

Meedan Cross-language Arabic-English Social Networking: beta.meedan.net

About Meedan:
Meedan (Arabic for ‘town square') is a social media and technology non-profit. Our mission is to promote the exchange of knowledge, media, and conversations across linguistic and cultural divides, with an initial focus on Arabic-English collaborations. We serve end-users interested in media exchange through our public-facing http://beta.meedan.net site, and we provide a social networking, knowledge exchange, and web-based translation platform to a network of NGO partners. The Meedan project was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Based in San Francisco, our distributed team of Meedanis contribute engineering, design, and translation services to our project from Cairo, Damascus, London, Beirut, the West Bank, Doha, Gaza, Jeddah, Rabat, Amman, Toronto, and Portland.

Meedan is a leading advocate for open linguistic data and open source tools and is innovating approaches to social translation, data aggregation, data visualization, and tagging in the context of Arab Region use cases.

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University of Michigan - Law Professor from Tel Aviv University to Speak

EXPERT ISRAELI LAW PROFESSOR TO SPEAK AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

(Ann Arbor, MI) - Professor Daphne Barak-Erez, a visiting professor of law from Tel Aviv University, will be coming to Ann Arbor to speak about the evolution of women’s rights in Israel. She will explore the basic tensions concerning gender equality in Israel in a way that will reflect current legal challenges as well as different feminist ideologies among Israeli women. She will present a keynote speech on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League. The speech will be titled, "Evolving Equality: Women’s Rights in Israel."

Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez is a Stewart and Judy Colton professor of law and the chair of law and security at the faculty of law. She currently serves as the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law and a member of the Council of Higher Education in Israel, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Her main areas of interests are Administrative and Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Privatization, Legal Feminism, Israeli Legal History. She is the author of several books and many articles and the recipient of such prestigious honors as including the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Zeltner Prize, the Woman of the City Award (by the City of Tel-Aviv) and the Women in Law Award (by the Israeli Bar).

This event is hosted and sponsored by the American Movement for Israel.

This event is funded by American Movement for Israel, Michigan Student Assembly, LSA Student Government, and the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning.*

This event is supported by the F Word, Society of Women Engineers, Women and Gender in Public Policy, Women in Health Leadership, the Feminist Toolshed, Women Law Students Association, Michigan Business Women, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies, Center for International and Comparative Law, the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Center for Middle East Studies, and the Women’s Studies Department.

*Funds are provided by the Ginsberg Center to help raise awareness and discussion of these issues on campus. The viewpoints expressed therein do not necessarily reflect those of the Ginsberg Center or its programs.

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October 30, 2009

Council of American Overseas Research Centers - Fellowship

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
2009 - 2010

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

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

Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2010

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

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Middlebury College - Fellowships for Summer Language Study

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

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

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

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

ALL DAVIS FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2010.

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

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

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

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October 23, 2009

Archaeological Institute of America - Grant

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

http://www.archaeological.org/webinfo.php?page=10524

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October 21, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Nov 5, 4 pm

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

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

Judith Surkis
Associate Professor of History
Harvard University

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

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

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Algérienne assise (1881).

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

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

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October 16, 2009

University of Michigan - Presentation of Art

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

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

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

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

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October 08, 2009

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

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

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

To register for the webcast visit:
http://register.webcastgroup.com/l3/?wid=0651013094851

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

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

His previous FPRI essays can be found here:
http://www.fpri.org/byauthor.html#schleifer

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

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

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly - Middle East Research Fellows Wanted

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

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

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

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Washington D.C. Palestine Center - Annual Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palestine Center

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

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

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

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

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Northwestern University - Assistant Professor Position Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.humanities.northwestern.edu/faculty/facultysearch.html

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October 01, 2009

Centre for Jerusalem Studies - Learn Arabic in Jerusalem

Learn Arabic in Jerusalem!

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

Beginners, intermediates, & advanced morning & evening classes

Centre for Jerusalem Studies
Tel. 02-6287517
arabic@cjs.alquds.edu
www.jerusalem-studies.alquds.edu

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Archaeological Institute of America - Funding Opportunities

ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE of AMERICA
FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE CHECK THE AIA’S WEBSITE, WWW.ARCHAEOLOGICAL.ORG OR CONTACT THE FELLOWSHIP COORDINATOR (LSPARKS@AIA.BU.EDU, 617- 358-4184)FOR UPDATES ON DEADLINES, AWARDS, APPLICATION GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS, AND FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES.

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September 30, 2009

Conference - Palestine: What We Know

The GWU Institute for Middle East Studies & Palestinian American Research Center present

Palestine: What We Know

Friday, October 16, 2009
9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E St, NW
Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University

**Registration required**

This conference, featuring a special talk by Rashid Khalidi, will be a multi-disciplinary survey of the state of scholarship on Palestine. It will discuss what we know, what we don’t know, and what obstacles we need to overcome in order to advance the field of Palestinian Studies.

9:30 - 11:30
- Palestinian Politics and Economics: What Can Scholars Know?
- Chairs/Organizers
- Nathan Brown, George Washington University
- Charles Butterworth, University of Maryland-College Park
- Speakers
- Mouin Rabbani, Editor, Middle East Report: The Palestinian Political System in the 21st Century: A Research Agenda
- Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts - Boston: The Meaning of Palestinian Economic Development
- Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University: Political Science and Palestine, Between Politics and Science

11:30 - 11:50
- Coffee Break

11:50 - 1:20
- Palestine through an Interdisciplinary Lens: Anthropology, Gender, and Conflict Studies
- Chair/Organizer: Julie Peteet, Louisville University
- Speakers
- Ilana Feldman, George Washington University: Displaced States: Themes in the Anthropology of Palestine
- Julie Norman, Concordia University: Creative Activism: Popular Resistance in Palestine
- Isis Nusair, Denison University: Retelling the Past/Reconstructing the Present: Gendering the Narratives of Four Generations of Palestinian Women in Israel

1:20 - 2:05
- Lunch

2:05 - 3:35
- Palestinian History: Sources, Concepts, and Methods
- Chair: Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University
- Organizer: Shira Robinson, George Washington University
- Speakers
- Shira Robinson, George Washington University: Citizenship, Sovereignty and its Absences after 1948 and 1967
- Michelle Campos, University of Florida: Ottoman Palestine into the 21st Century
- Awad Halabi, Wright State University: Palestine’s Arab Community under British Rule: Prospects for Future Research

3:35 - 4:00
- Break

4:00 - 5:00
- Keynote Address: The State of Palestinian Studies
- Speaker: Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University

5:00-6:30
Reception hosted by PARC
**Special thanks to Omar Kader for sponsoring the reception

To RSVP for the conference, Khalidi lecture, and reception, please email rsvpimes@gwu.edu with “Full Day RSVP” in the subject line.

To RSVP for the Khalidi lecture and reception ONLY, please email rsvpimes@gwu.edu with “Khalidi Lecture RSVP” in the subject line.

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September 28, 2009

IREX - Individual Advanced Research Fellowship

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities

2010-2011 IARO FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program.

The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research, in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to engaging in research in the region, the IARO fellowship affords scholars the opportunity to increase their understanding of critical, policy relevant issues, develop and sustain international networks, and collaborate with foreign scholars on topics vital to both the academic and policy-making communities.

Applications and all supporting documents for 2010-2011 IARO Fellowship will only be accepted through the online application system found at: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Applications must be completed and submitted (including all required supporting documents) by November 17, 2009.

Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for the IARO Fellowship.

IARO Fellowships cover the cost of international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, travel insurance, and access to the resources available at any of our 25 area field offices.

Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at iaro@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

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September 25, 2009

Film: Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta

Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta

NOW PLAYING AT THE HENRY FORD IMAX THEATER
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
www.journeytomeccagiantscreen

FOR SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS
call: 313-982-6001 or visit: WWW.THEHENRYFORD.ORG/IMAX

JOURNEY TO MECCA tells the incredible story of one of the greatest travelers in world history, Ibn Battuta. In 1325 Battuta left his home in Morocco to perform the Hajj and did not return for almost 30 years, having traveled three times farther than Marco Polo. His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century.

Audiences will move seamlessly through the centuries to experience never-before-seen footage of the Hajj as it appears today. Narrated by Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Journey to Mecca marks the fi rst and only time an IMAX camera has captured an aerial view of the Hajj or been admitted into the most sacred sanctuary of Islam—the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Endorsed by world religious leaders, Journey to Mecca will captivate audiences with the epic journey of Ibn Battuta and glorious views of the most spectacular gathering of people on Earth.

Directed by Bruce Neibaur
Produced by Taran Davies, Dominic Cunningham-Reid, Jonathan Barker
Executive Producer: Jake Eberts

MOST POPULAR FILM AWARD
La Géode Film Festival, Paris 2009

“Unprecedented access to the Grand Mosque”
Detroit Free Press

“Journey to Mecca will join the list of popular IMAX® classics.”
Toronto Star

For more information, or to see other venues where Journey to Mecca is currently playing, visit: www.journeytomeccagiantscreen.com

If you are interested in hosting Journey to Mecca in your city, or other sponsorship opportunities, email: jtm@skfi lms.ca

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Ann Arbor District Library Exhibit: Multicultural Children's Literature

EXHIBIT OPENING CELEBRATION: THE EVOLUTION OF MUTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Ann Arbor District Library and the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan are pleased to announce a special opening celebration for the District Library’s October- November exhibit The Future of Our Past: The Evolution of Multicultural Children’s Literature.

The celebration will take place on Friday, October 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and will feature music by jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart as well as elegant refreshments. The evening will also include several presentations by UM Special Collections staff, which will provide an overview to this outstanding exhibit of multicultural children’s literature.

This fascinating exhibit follows the evolution of multicultural children’s literature— from its origins in the folklore and folktales of a given people through the contemporary literature of each culture.

Careful examination of literature from around the world reveals patterns of growth and change that have occurred over the decades, and in many cases centuries, as each culture has become an integral part of the culture of the United States.

As the children’s literature of each individual culture has evolved it becomes more and more apparent that borders dissolve and boundaries become bridges—fostering greater understanding among cultures. The exhibit culminates by examining more closely the relationships built, bridges crossed, and barriers broken that play a role in the possible shape of multicultural children’s literature to come.

This children’s literature of the future would likely ask readers not to forget or to minimize cultural heritage, but to focus on the fluidity of culture within the literature that reduces categorization and celebrates universality.

Books from the University of Michigan Children’s Literature Collections will be included in this exhibit to highlight this evolution as well as material from many of the cultures on display.

The evening will be enhanced by the jazz sounds of Jake Reichbart. For the past 16 years, guitar virtuoso Jake Reichbart has been delighting audiences in the Great Lakes region and beyond, winning numerous praises and awards for his performances and recordings. While a noted bandleader and an in-demand sideman, Reichbart’s forte lies in his instrumental solo work, tastefully interpreting classic jazz and pop standards in a unique style, performing at casual settings, formal affairs, and concerts.

Please join us for this evening to enjoy this fine exhibit in an atmosphere of elegant refreshments and jazz. The exhibit will be on display in the Downtown Library’s lower level glass cases from Friday, October 17 through Sunday, November 29.

This opening celebration is a chance to view the exhibit, gain insight into its unique contents, listen to the jazz sounds of Jake Reichbart and enjoy delicious refreshments. Please join us for this opportunity to experience this delightful display.

The Downtown Library is located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor. For more information, call the Library at 734-327-4555.

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September 23, 2009

Call for Work: Arts & Bodies Festival

Arts & Bodies
Festival of Work

Type of work sought: We welcome lectures, performances, panel presentations, exhibits, round table conversations, demonstrations, courses, workshops, film screenings and discussion, original video, and work in any other medium that elaborates the theme of Arts & Bodies, preferably in illuminating interdisciplinary combinations.

In addition to work from the artistic disciplines, we invite work from, say,
• Materials Science Engineering on the development of materials that affect our sensory perceptions of art
• Computer Science on the interaction of animation techniques and our vision
• Law on how definitions of pornography have affected (and been affected by) art and artists
• Business on the commercial force of artistically rendered bodies
• Art History, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, area studies programs: from across the entire university, we seek a wide range of perspectives on Arts & Bodies.
Source of work: We welcome work from faculty, students, and staff.

Support for work: Arts on Earth will promote your contribution internally and externally as part of the "Arts & Bodies" festival, and will provide up to $500 to support development and presentation of the work. (Total support to be $4,000.)

Deadline: October 1.

Submission: To add your work to the Arts & Bodies festival website, e-mail a description no more than two pages in length, to include a title and description of the work; contact information; names and departments of people involved in producing it; and dates, location, and time (if known and applicable). If you’re requesting financial support, include a budget demonstrating need. Send your submissions and questions to the Arts on Earth director Theresa Reid, tareid@umich.edu.

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September 21, 2009

2010 Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship - Summer Grants Available

2010 JEAN MONNET GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: December 1, 2009

Thanks to a grant from the European Commission, the European Union Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering students summer grants of $5,000 to work on issues of European integration, broadly defined. Student grantees will conduct research leading to the writing of a paper on a relevant topic of their choosing.

It is expected that during the spring and/or summer of 2010 the grantees, in consultation with faculty advisors of their choosing, will devote twelve weeks of full time work to their projects. This is not a travel grant.

Students will participate in a not-for-credit Graduate Seminar on EU Affairs held in Winter semester 2010 and may be invited to contribute to selected outreach activities organized by the European Union Center at local high schools, colleges, and universities. They will also present the preliminary results of their research at a public event held in the fall of 2010.

Students in professional schools and graduate programs are eligible to apply. Applicants should submit 2-3 page proposals describing the project they intend to carry out, including its topic, aims, method, and anticipated scholarly contribution. They should also indicate the period in which they will be conducting full time work on their project. A letter of recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member (preferably the student’s advisor), most recent transcript, and current CV should accompany the proposal.

Application materials in electronic form are to be submitted by December 1, 2009 to Dario Gaggio, Director, CES-EUC, at dariog@umich.edu. For further information please visit http://www.ii.umich.edu/ces-euc/resources/student or contact Julie Claus at jclaus@umich.edu or 734.936.1842.

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4th International Conference on Social Science Research - Attendance & Call for Papers

4th International Conference on Social Science Research
http://www.socialscienceconf.net/index.htm

December 9-11, 2009 · Gaylord Resort, Nashville, TN · Proposal Deadline: 10/15/2009
* Submit a paper proposal;
* Offer to be Chair or Discussant for Panel;
* Travel & Conference Info

This interdisciplinary conference will draw together faculty members, research scientists, and professionals from the social sciences, and provide them with the opportunity to interact with colleagues from the same field and from other, related fields. Cross-disciplinary submissions are particularly encouraged as is participation by international scholars. The disciplines represented will include:
* Anthropology,
* Area Studies (Asia, Latin America, Europe, etc.),
* Communication,
* Criminology,
* Economics,
* Geography,
* Gender Studies,
* History,
* International Studies
* Political Science,
* Policy/Public Administration,
* Psychology,
* Race/Ethnic Studies,
* Sociology, and
* Urban Studies.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The Gaylord Hotel is located on the banks of the Cumberland River, a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville. The Gaylord offers more than any other Nashville hotel, with nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and an indoor river with its own Delta flatboat. Within this lush landscape, you'll discover fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. And for late-night excitement, check out the latest entertainment adventure, Fuse Nightclub. Every room features high-speed wireless Internet access and two phones, including one cordless.

Conference Registration. Conference registration includes two breakfasts, two lunches and one reception. Conference registration is lower if you stay in the conference hotel. See the Conference Registration form for prices, which start at $275 for students and $350 for faculty/professionals. Prices are higher if you register on-site. All attendees and presenters are expected to register.

Sponsored by the Centre for Policy and Practice, 900 E. Seventh St., #202, Bloomington, IN 47405 www.centreforresearch.net

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September 15, 2009

The American Research Institute in Turkey - Fellowships 2010-2011

The Fellowships:
The ARIT takes pleasure in inviting applications for two or three advanced fellowships made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fields of study cover all periods of history in the general range of the humanities and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, a well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. The fellowships for research in Turkey may be held for four to twelve continuous months during 2010-2011. Stipends in the range of $16,800 to $50,400 are available on the basis of individual proposals.

Eligibility:
Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply. They may be U.S. citizens or three-year residents of the U.S. Please consult ARIT headquarters on questions of eligibility. Advanced scholars may apply for ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Institutes:
ARIT maintains two research institutes in Turkey. ARIT in Istanbul has a research library concentrated on Byzantine and Ottoman Turkey. ARIT - Ankara focuses on art, archaeology, and ancient history in its library, and serves Turkish and American archaeologists through its programs. Both institutes have residential facilities for fellows and provide general assistance as well as introductions to colleagues, institutions, and authorities in Turkey.

Application:
The application regulations and format for researchers are posted on the ARIT website [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ResearchPermit.htm]. Applications and three letters of recommendation must be received by November 1, 2009. Please use the ARIT application format accessible on the ARIT website [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.htm] and submit all materials to the address below. The ARIT Committee on Fellowships expects to notify applicants of its decision by January 25, 2010.

For further information contact:
The American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324
phone: 215-898-3474
fax: 215-898-0657
email: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/

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September 01, 2009

Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - Call for Papers

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL, http://www.councilnet.org/jnclctl/index.htm) is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The Journal is refereed and published once a year.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages (all foreign languages except English, French, German, and Spanish). The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows:
a. Methodology and Technology,
b. Academia,
c. Beyond Academia,
d. Social Embeddedness

The first section shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second section will encompass reports about research and teaching in academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third section shall comprise papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry. Finally, the fourth section will address the issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation.

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see http://www.apa.org/journals/authors/guide.pdf. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 25 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and preferably submitted electronically via email attachment. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point font with a 1.5 inch left margin. The manuscript should be accompanied by a 150 word (or less) abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, office and home telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the cover sheet only, and not appear in the manuscript.

While submissions are welcome at any point, only papers received by October 31, 2009 will be guaranteed consideration for the 2010 issue of the Journal.

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

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University of Pittsburgh - Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Affairs

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is currently seeking a Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues for the 2010-11 academic year. We invite 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. For this one-year appointment (August 2010 to April 2011), the Visiting Professor will teach two courses per term and participate in UCIS and departmental activities. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in both research and teaching, and should have an earned PhD in a relevant discipline. Individuals with extensive and high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations may also apply.

For more information regarding UCIS, Pitt, and how to apply for this prestigious position, visit: www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/visitprof.html or email ucisprof@pitt.edu.

Applications are due by October 5, 2009.

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August 26, 2009

Greenville Technical College - Program Coordinator Position

POSITION: 6511 Program Coordinator II- PT
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 9/4/2009

For ALL Faculty Positions - An unofficial/student copy of your transcript must be submitted along with your on-line application if the position you are applying for requires a degree and/or certificate. Official transcripts are required when you begin employment.

For Staff Positions - If you are applying for a position that requires a degree and/or certificate, an official transcript will be required when you begin employment.

***International transcripts must be evaluated through World Education Services***

If you are applying for a position that requires current Licensures/Certificates- a copy must be submitted along with your on-line application. Official current licensures/certificates will be required when you begin employment.

Please feel free to submit any electronic documents with your on-line application as an attachment.

ANTICIPATED SALARY RANGE: Minimum: $17.71/hr Midpoint: $25.24/hr
HOURS: 15 Hours/week
CAMPUS: All GTC campuses, mainly at Barton. Occasional conference travel and recruiting trips required

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
In this challenging role, you will support a grant Middle East Area Studies Program through the International Education Center at Greenville Technical College. Duties may include any or all of the following:
• Writes reports and maintains budget records
• Coordination of professional development opportunities for GTC faculty
• Assists with selection of faculty members and keeps records of curriculum revisions
• Organize Middle Eastern Festivals
• Assist with development of study abroad program
• Marketing of programs in local high schools and community organizations
• Coordinates outreach activities and media coverage
• Provides support to Project Director
• Other duties as assigned

Greenville Technical College is the largest technical college in South Carolina and the third largest institution of higher learning in the state. Our faculty and staff members enjoy a supportive work environment that supports diversity and inclusion in a dynamic learning environment. We invite you to consider becoming a part of our International Education team!

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
A Bachelors degree and three (3) years relevant program experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Master's degree with graduate course work related to the Middle East and/or experience living in the Middle East.
• Knowledge of Middle Eastern cultures
• Experience with development of academic programs and marketing of community events.
• Experienced administrator and to be able to work independently

Greenville Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply (EOE/AA/M/F/D/V)

It is the policy of Greenville Technical College, in accordance with applicable laws, to recruit, hire, train, and promote people throughout all college levels, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. All employment decisions shall be consistent with the principle of equal employment opportunity.

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August 19, 2009

University of Michigan Welcome Week Event - Taste of Culture

University of Michigan Welcome Week Event
Taste of Culture

Sunday, September 13, 2009
2-6pm

- Sample various cultural foods FOR FREE
- DJ & Entertainment
- Games & Giveaways

Open to everyone!

www.mesa.umich.edu

Trotter Multicultural Center
1443 Washtenaw Ave.
437-763-9044

Parking available at Angell Elementary School, 1608 S. University, or S. Forest visitor parking structure located off S. Forest Ave.

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International Conference in Morocco - Call for Papers

John Jay College's 9th International Criminal Justice Conference
Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition

Marrakesh, Morocco
June 2-5, 2010

Call for Papers (in English, French or Arabic)

Abstracts are due December 15, 2009. For information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu/ic

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TAARII - Fellowship Opportunities

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) announces fellowship opportunities for U.S. Scholars to conduct research in Iraq.

Applications must be received by November 15, 2009.

For information on how to apply, visit www.taarii.org

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University of Michigan - Fellowship Opportunities

University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities
Fellowship Opportunities 2010-2011

All Fellows are resident in the Institute for the Humanities and attend a weekly Fellows Seminar. This year, the application process is now electronic.

Michigan Faculty Fellowship (fall and winter terms) for tenured and tenure-track faculty at the University of Michigan campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint
Deadline: December 4, 2009

Michigan Graduate Student Fellowship (10 months) for University of Michigan doctoral students who have attained candidacy
Deadline: January 8, 2010

Review the application for full information about the fellowships, including policies, selection criteria, and the application process.

Full details: www.lsa.umich.edu/humin/fellowshipgrants/

Questions: 734-936-3518, humin@umich.edu

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Second Circular: 5th Annual Graduate Student Pre-Conference

CONFERENCE
SECOND CIRCULAR

The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the fifth annual “Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies”. This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The fifth Pre-Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies, the Turkish Cultural Foundation, and the Boston University Humanities Foundation.

The fifth annual Pre-Conference will take place on Friday evening, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at Boston University. This year it will again be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, taking place in Boston November 21-24, 2009. Pre-Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the MESA conference. (Some meetings of the Pre-Conference are coordinated with the annual meeting of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.)

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in Turkish and Turkic Studies enrolled at institutions in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the pre-conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines.

AATT will award a limited number of travel awards to help subvent the cost of student participation. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.

Students should submit a 250-word proposal for a paper together with the following information:
1. Name
2. Current institutional affiliation (department/university)
3. Adviser's name
4. Educational background (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
5. Current status (taking courses, preparing for exams, researching dissertation, writing dissertation, defended/deposited dissertation)
6. Title of dissertation (if applicable)
7. Contact information (email, telephone number, preferred mailing
address)

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, September 18, 2009.

Graduate students already presenting a paper at the larger meeting (MESA or CESS) are not eligible to participate concurrently in the Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies. Unfortunately AATT cannot consider requests for travel support for graduate students enrolled at institutions outside North America.

Proposals should be submitted by email to:

Professor Uli Schamiloglu
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
uschamil@wisc.edu

OR

Professor Erika H. Gilson
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University
ehgilson@princeton.edu

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee's decision by Friday, September 25, 2009.

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Energy Security - Conference

Energy Security: A Global Challenge
Organized by The Institute for National Strategic Studies

29-30 September 2009

Energy and environmental security are at the forefront of the U.S. national agenda. From new policies on climate change, to evolving energy markets, to the United States’ approach to regional conflicts- energy and the environment are at the heart of U.S. economic and national security policies. This symposium features an international panel of government officials, military personnel and national security experts to discuss America’s new approaches to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

The list of major issues to be addressed includes:
· Global energy and environmental security tradeoffs;
· The U.S. Department of Defense’s emerging energy agenda;
· Regional energy and environmental flashpoints;
· U.S. climate change policy;
· U.S. and international nuclear energy;
· Renewable energy, and
· Trends in emerging petroleum and natural gas markets.

The symposium will be held at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington and is open to the public. Participants are expected from government, business, universities, and research institutes from the United States and abroad. This symposium is being developed in cooperation and conjunction with the NDU International Students Management Office and their bi-annual International Fellows Reunion.

There is a registration fee for this symposium, which includes refreshments and lunch on both days. Registration and payments must be made using our online registration form. The registration fee through September 1, 2009 is $85 and $115 thereafter.

Register and view our agenda at: http://www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/energy2009/

Call 202-685-3857 if you have questions or need assistance.

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Call for articles: Nationalism and the Arab-Israeli relationship

Call for Articles on Nationalism and the Arab-Israeli Relationship
A special op-ed series on Nationalism and the Arab-Israeli relationship

Overview: Nationalism, devotion to one's own nation in a particular land, is a central and complicated theme in Israeli-Arab relations. Throughout history, nationalism has empowered nations to reach great heights, but also to commit violent atrocities in pursuit or defense of national identity. The historical narratives underlying Palestinian nationalism are very different from those that have shaped Israeli nationalism. But both sides equate national self-determination with political sovereignty and statehood. Each nation seeks to realize political sovereignty in a land to which they both have strong historical ties. For many people on either side, realizing their own national aspirations in this land can only be achieved at the expense of the other side.

CGNews-ME is compiling a series of opinion pieces to critically and constructively examine nationalism in the Arab-Israeli relationship.

Author Guidelines: Please see the Writer's Guide. The series is open to all writers. We encourage individual and Palestinian-Israeli co-written pieces by journalists, historians, social and political scientists, religious figures, educators and other professionals in related fields. Writers are invited to reflect on the way nationalism is expressed within their own communities and propose constructive ways to use these understandings to transform the conflict.

Possible Questions for Consideration(optional/other issues welcomed):
* What is Palestinian nationalism? What is Israeli nationalism? How are they different? What do they share?
* From a historical/comparative point of view, what role does nationalism play in the collective identity of a people? How do Jewish understandings of Zionism and Muslim understandings of the Ummah play into these collective identities?
* How does religion impact Israeli and Palestinian nationalism? What role does the relationship between religion and nationalism play in shaping the historical narratives of the two peoples and how does it play out in the conflict?
* Can national aspirations only be achieved through political sovereignty?
* How does our own nationalism shape our understanding of the other and our relationship with the other?
* Do nationalities need to be mutually exclusive e.g. Palestinians holding Israeli citizenship? What are some solution-oriented approaches to conflicted nationalities, particularly in the Israeli-Palestinian context?
* Is it possible to imagine a multinational society in Israel and the Palestinian territories? What would that mean in terms of a two-state solution?

SUBMISSION DETAILS: *****DEADLINE 10 AUGUST 2009*****

Language: Articles may be submitted in Arabic, English or Hebrew.

Length of Article: 750 words (English) 600-650 words (Arabic and Hebrew)

Publication: Series begins 27 August 2009. Articles accepted will be published in CGNews-ME and will be actively promoted for publication in other regional and international media outlets.

Submission: Please submit articles to Keren Hendin (khendin@sfcg.org)

Honorarium: $100.00. CGNews reserves the right of unlimited republications.

CGNews-Middle East is an independent source of opinion that disseminates fresh, solution-oriented thinking on the Arab-Israeli relationship to media outlets and individual subscribers worldwide, free of charge.

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July 29, 2009

Tomorrow's Youth Organization - Internship Opportunities

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 to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Fall programs (late Sept. – mid-December), with the possibility of extending the internship for Spring programs as well.

The primary requirements for the position are:
- Enthusiasm for and dedication to work with children, youth, and community members;
- Maturity, flexibility, initiative and perseverance given the challenging nature of daily life in Nablus;
- Commitment to TYO’s non-political, non-religious approach; and
- Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.

Graduate students, young professionals and/or undergraduates with significant professional experience and maturity are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience (academic and/or professional) in the areas below:
- psychosocial rehabilitation (trained psychologists, counselors, etc)
- English as a Second Language (for all ages)
- Museum exhibit curation
- arts, drama, dance, particularly when used as therapy
- journalism
o teaching journalism for any media (ie print, radio/tv, electronic, etc)
o documentary film production and editing
o grant writing, social media
- Levantine Arabic speakers (preferred but translators will be provided)

Interns will work full-time in cooperation with TYO local and international staff. The interns will develop and lead a variety of after-school activities for children, youth, and adults from the Nablus community. These may include ½ day classes for children and
youth from refugee camps and other disadvantaged areas of the city, evening English classes, and weekend recreational activities. Also, there are opportunities to collaborate on other grant-funded projects in the areas of literacy, photography/painting, and microfinance projects for women.

There is NO salary for the Fall internship positions, although a small living stipend will be considered for a possible 2 semester/year long commitment. Interns WILL be provided
with the following:
- private bedroom with shared bath in an apartment-style dormitory
- board (generally consisting of breakfast, lunch and at least 3 dinners/week)
- on-site Arabic lessons from local professor at Arab American University in Jenin
- 2 overnight outings/weekends in the region

Interested candidates should send:
- resume
- answers to the 6 questions below (100 words each)
- 2 reference names, with phone and email contact information
- (optional) a letter of motivation presenting any other information if you think it is essential to your application

TO: robyn@tomorrowsyouth.org no later than August 12th, 2009.

Application & Fall Internship Timeline:
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for phone/skype interview and/or in-person interview on the East Coast beginning mid-August – early September
- Selected interns should plan to arrive in Nablus around September 27-29
- Orientation begins September 30 – October 10
- Fall progams begin October 11
- Fall programs end mid-December

Please answer the following questions (100 words or less for each):
1) How did you hear about this opportunity?
2) What do you know about Nablus? The West Bank? (Be honest – we don’t want a Wikipedia entry, only to know more about your connection with the area)
3) What do you feel would be your greatest asset to TYO?
4) Have you ever lived where you work, or lived with people you work with? If so, please explain your likes and dislikes in the situation, and why.
5) Give an example of a project 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?
6) Give an example of a challenging cross-cultural situation you were involved in (when, where, what, why), and how you dealt with the situation (for better or worse!)

Visit www.tomorrowsyouth.org for more information.

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Van Leer Jerusalem Institute - Call for Papers

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute is pleased to present the Call for Papers for Journal of Levantine Studies, a new interdisciplinary electronic journal dedicated to facilitating an original discourse and encouraging a wide spectrum of theoretical and empirical scholarship on the region.

It is our hope that framing the Levant as a category of analysis will catalyze novel and productive debate regarding both the notion and realities of the Levant and of Levantines in various geographical and historical contexts. The Editorial Board will welcome scholarly discourse on both the symbolic and theoretical significance of the Levant as well as on the political, social, and cultural manifestations of reality for the people of the region.

The journal will look to publish articles that engage contemporary academic discussions on relevant socio-political topics, including (but not limited to): processes of religion and secularization, the construction of memory, literary and linguistic streams, the migration of knowledge and people, consumerism and commercial networks, globalization, and the study of nationality and trans-
nationalism.

The journal will be published electronically twice a year in English. Each issue of the journal will consist of five-six articles, one literary translation, book reviews, and review essays.

For more details, please see our Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines at http://www.vanleer.org.il/Data/UploadedFiles/Files/kolkore_Levan_w_guidelines.pdf.

Our permanent website,
www.levantinestudies.org, is currently under construction and will be available shortly.

For questions or comments, please contact David Segall at
info@levantinestudies.org

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Galille College, Israel - Winter Programme

International Centre of Middle East and Religious Studies
Galillee College
Israel

Two Nations & Three Religions in Israel and Palestine:

December 30th, 2009 - January 11th, 2010

Following the success of the Summer Programmes, Galillee College, Israel has now developed a winter programme for faculty and graduate students from around the world who are interested in the Middle East. The programme focuses on the Jewish/Christian/Islam religious their roots in Israel and relations and Israeli – Palestinian conflict, background and current situation.

The programme begins with an overview of the Land of Israel-Palestine region, presenting the historical background of the region, as well as an overview of social and economic conditions, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The lectures are supplemented by Study Tours to enable students to experience these issues at first hand.

The duration of the programme is twelve days and it is very intensive; comprising 80 academic hours of lectures by Palestinian and Israeli academic and experts, offering their respective points of view. In addition, Study Tours to historical sites and will offer the students additional first hand experience of the region.

Should you want further information regarding the upcoming winter programme, please do not hesitate to contact the programme director, Shoshi Norman at snorman@galilcol.ac.il or visit http://www.galilcol.ac.il/page.asp?id=344

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July 28, 2009

18th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

REGISTER NOW: 18th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Fresh Visions, Old Realities, New Possibilities: The Impact of Leadership Change on Arab-U.S. Relations

October 15 - 16, 2009

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center*
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
*A government-issued, photo identification is necessary to enter the Ronald Reagan Building.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:
http://www.ncusar.org/programs/2009auspc_program.html

REGISTRATION FORM:
http://www.ncusar.org/programs/18AUSPC-registration-form.pdf

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION:
http://www.ncusar.org/programs/18AUSPC-sponsor-info.pdf

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Conference - Security & Energy Security: Global Challenges

The Institute for National Strategic Studies will host a symposium on 29-30 September 2009 at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington.

Security & Energy Security: Global Challenges

The program is open to the public. Participants are expected from government, business, universities, and research institutes from the United States and abroad.

Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch on both days.

Register and view the agenda at: www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/energy2009/

Call 202-685-3857 if you have questions or need assistance.

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June 23, 2009

Conference of National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - Call for Papers

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Thirteenth International Conference, Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
April 22-25, 2010

Theme: Moving LCTLs to a New Professional Level

The Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 22-25, 2010, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 22th). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, “Moving LCTLs to a New Professional Level." Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. Presentations may address the linkage between language study and professionalization, curriculum and material development, methodology, bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, outreach and advocacy, and the use of technology in teaching languages. Other topics such as teacher training, professional development, research, and assessment are also welcome.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster and presentation sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the attached NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form found at http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2010/prpsl.htm. The Proposal Submission form is a "fillable" PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use. Please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu) with any questions. For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 30, 2009. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 21st, 2010 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7902
Fax: 608-265-7904

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June 18, 2009

Conference - "Achievements & Problems of Modern Egyptology"

“Achievements and Problems of Modern Egyptology”
Organized by the Centre for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Takes place in Moscow on September 29-October 4, 2009

- Due to the fact that many Egyptologists have been busy with
excavations in Egypt the Organizing Committee of the Conference has decided to prolong abstract submission till the 30th of June.
- The program of the Conference will be available on its site
www.conference.cesras.ru in the first half of July.
- Among those invited guests who has already confirmed their
participation are:
- Dr. Zahi Hawass - Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the A.R. Egypt
- Dr. Guenter Dreyer – former director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo
- Dr. Laure Pantalacci – Director of the Institut Francais d’Arch'eologie Orientale
- Dr. Cornelius Von Pilgrim - Director of the Swiss Institute of Architectural and Archaeological Research on Ancient Egypt
- Dr. Irene Forstner-Mueller – Deputy Director of the Austrian
Archaeological Institute in Cairo
- Dr. Nigel Strudwick - Assistant keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum
- Dr. Erhart Graefe – Institute of Egyptology and Coptology of the Muenster University
- Dr. Ian Shaw - Senior lecturer in Egyptian archaeology at the University of Liverpool
- Dr. Wlodzimierz Godlewski - The Polish Centre of Mediterranean
Archaeology
- Dr. Marvin Meyer - Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and Co-Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University

More details about the conference can be found at its web-site
www.conference.cesras.ru
E-mail: conference@cesras.ru
Tel.: +7(495)958-58-56 (office), +7(926)321-08-30 (mob.)
Contact person: Alla Davydova

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Curriculum Research Fellowships - Call for Proposals

Curriculum Research Fellowships
2009-2010 Call for Proposals

Application deadline: 20 June 2009

The Central European University’s (CEU) Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) funded by the Open Society Institute’s (OSI) Higher Education Support Program (HESP), is launching a new call for applications for its Curriculum Research Fellowship. CRC invites applications from scholars (higher education researchers and teaching faculty) from the region to investigate specific questions related to social science curricula and curriculum design practices in former communist countries.

The aim of the research fellowship is to produce a body of scholarly literature on curriculum design and development which would provide CRC and its strategic partners with an insight into the development of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various disciplines and their implementation across the region.

Project description

The fellowships to be offered would consist of a negotiated research grant and consultancy provided to successful individuals or groups. The duration of the grant can range from 9 to 12 months, depending on the depth of the research to be carried out. Since all curriculum research will be directed towards disciplinary developments in one or more countries of our target region, future grantees will not be required to reside in Budapest.

However, all grantees will be required to attend two workshops in Budapest. The first one is a preparatory workshop/discussions at the beginning of the research grants. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and comment each research proposal, prepare and peer-review the intended research plans for all projects, and give participants reading packages that would help them conceptualize their research in this new area. We are also hoping that an international group mentor would be able to attend the preparatory meeting. The second workshop is a writing seminar organized at the end of the research period, during which draft research papers would be discussed and reviewed.

Eligibility

Application is restricted to resident citizens of Eastern- and Southeastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Mongolia. Citizens of new EU member countries (including Bulgaria and Romania) are eligible only if they participate in comparative group projects with colleagues from non-EU countries.

Due to the disciplinary depth and understanding of curriculum building policies required by such research, the target group of the Curriculum Research Fellowship will be innovative academics with a broad comparative perspective in their disciplines and excellent command of English. Fellowships can be offered to individuals or groups of researchers.

Selected applicants will be required to negotiate with host institutions in the region (departments, universities, accreditation agencies, etc) the terms of their future research activities carried out in those units - letters of agreement and cooperation will be requested from all institutions where curriculum research is to be carried out, particularly in cases where access to data is of paramount importance for the success of the research. (Higher-level university officials and experts can also be included in faculty-led group initiatives.)

Research outcomes

Selected researchers will be expected to critically assess the dynamics of curriculum development in existing social science disciplines, focusing on and addressing questions of particular importance for the countries and subject areas they cover. In case of all proposals it will be expected that the outcomes of research projects will directly or indirectly help formulate recommendations for processes of curriculum design and implementation. The scholarly purpose of the research needs to be clear in all cases, and the CRC will provide grantees with background materials, consultancy and professional development opportunities in this new area of research.

All accepted grantees are required to submit their final research articles by the end of May 2010. All projects need to result in research articles of high academic quality (in English) which will be peer-reviewed and published electronically on the CRC website. Successful fellowship grantees might be asked to offer a public lecture/roundtable presentation at Central European University on their research projects and findings.

Research areas

All research proposals need to focus on specific questions and well-defined research hypotheses.
Applicants for the fellowship could propose research projects that address specific questions within the following broader areas (including but not limited to):

* Comparative curriculum research in social sciences; regional, national and international differences in social science curricula, their causes and effects
* Undergraduate and graduate curricula: the problem of harmonization and possible discrepancies, overlaps, inconsistencies
* Building new curricula – analysis of various possible strategies; importing externally developed curricula versus developing curricula internally at university or departmental level
* The breadth of scholarship: inter-disciplinarity in curriculum planning, policies of cross-listing courses
* Joint degree programs in our region; the results of international cooperation in building undergraduate and graduate curricula
* The impact of individual and institutional external funds on host department’s curricula
* Departmental curriculum changes reflecting new trends in disciplines: emergence of new subjects, sub-fields, curriculum practices causing the fragmentation of certain disciplines
* Curriculum design and stakeholders: marketization of higher education.
* Curriculum and educational objectives: preparing for academic or non-academic careers; knowledge and skills in social science curricula
* Curriculum changes in the Bologna process. Processes and their effects in shifting to a three-cycle system of higher education

Priority will be given to research proposals that have an internationally or regionally comparative perspective, and/or to proposals that focus on disciplines that would benefit from the results of our fellowships. Detailed research proposals will be considered in both practical, immediate curriculum questions or more remote, background issues of theoretical significance that researchers believe to have a long-run effect on the development of curricula in their disciplines.

Selection process:

Research proposals will be selected by an international committee of higher education experts. The research proposal will be examined in relation to the time requested for the fellowship. Short-listed applicants might be asked to provide additional materials to their applications, and will be interviewed.

Application procedures:

All applicants need to:

1. Fill out a Curriculum Research Fellowship application form.
2. Attach a signed reference letter from a colleague in the applicant’s discipline who is of established standing.
3. Attach a curriculum vitae (CV), which should include a list of publications, conference papers relevant to the topic of the proposed research.
4. Enclose a detailed research proposal of minimum two pages which identifies the main research questions to be addressed during the fellowship.

Visit http://web.ceu.hu/crc/crc_resfel_ca06.html for more information.

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Lector in modern Turkish Language/Culture - Yale University

YALE UNIVERSITY, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) announces an opening for a three-year renewable full-time position as Lector in modern Turkish Language and Culture beginning July 1, 2010.

Primary duties will be to teach five courses per academic year including elementary (2 courses) and intermediate (2 courses) in four learning-skill areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The fifth course will focus advanced language skills drawing on modern literary, social, political, cultural and/or sociolinguistic topics related to the Turkish language appropriate to the appointee's qualifications and expertise. The Lector will participate in and help build the Turkish component of the NELC Department and the modern Middle East Studies program of the MacMillan Center.

Applicants must have: 1) native or near-native fluency in modern Turkish; 2) strong English skills; 3) experience in teaching Turkish as a second language in a college or university environment; 4) a college degree in a relevant discipline.

Send letter of application, curriculum vita and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Dimitri Gutas, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University, PO Box 208236, New Haven CT 06520-8236 U.S.A. Letters of reference will be accepted via e-mail to maureen.draicchio@yale.edu. Referees should include full title, current employer/institution and contact information.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Applications deadline: August 31, 2009.

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Summer Programme to Learn Arabic in Jerusalem

Learn Arabic in Jerusalem!

Summer Programme

July 15 - August 19, 2009

Morning & Evening in Jerusalem & Ramallah

Centre for Jerusalem Studies

Tel. 02-6287517
arabic@cjs.alquds.edu

www.jerusalem-studies.alquds.edu

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Lecturer Position - California State University, Chico

Lecturer Position
(History and Religious Studies Departments)

The Position: Full-time temporary position in the area of Middle Eastern History and Islam for the academic year 2009-2010. Position is contingent on funding. Start date for this position is 19 August 2009.

The Department of History and the Department of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico, seek to hire a full time temporary faculty member with expertise in Middle Eastern History and Islam for the academic year 2010-2011. The successful applicant should be prepared to teach a 100 student survey course in Middle Eastern History and a 100 student introduction to Islam each semester, together with a smaller course in either History or Religious Studies. Period or area of specialization is open. A demonstrated commitment to excellent teaching and evidence of active scholarship are required. Ph.D. in hand is preferred but ABDs will also be considered. Deadline for the receipt of applications is 1 July. Applications received after the deadline may be considered. California State University, Chico, is strongly committed to the principle of diversity. As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History, Religious Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or a related field. ABDs will receive consideration.

Responsibilities The successful candidate will be expected to teach HIST 261/RELS 202 Islam and HIST 362 Middle East: Society and Culture, as well as other courses in either History or Religious Studies.

Salary: Salary is in the range of $43,000-50,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package.

The Departments: The History department grants the B.A. and M.A. degrees in History, and offers a certificate in public history. Currently there are 304 majors, and 24 graduate students. It has 27 teaching faculty who represent nearly all major historical areas including Asian, Classical, European, Islamic, Latin American, Native American, and United States histories. Many courses support programs in General Education, American Studies, Multicultural and Gender Studies, International Studies, Education, and other programs and disciplines. Faculty also provide administrative oversight of Latin American studies and Native American studies programs. The department is actively involved in outreach programs with K-12 schools and teachers throughout northern California. It is committed to advancing learning by excellence in teaching, research, and participation in academic life. Members of the faculty regularly publish books and scholarly articles, participate in professional meetings, and have received university, national, international, and institutional awards and grants. A detailed description of the department, including its mission statement and learning objectives, can be viewed at http://www.csuchico.edu/hist/.

The Department of Religious Studies currently consists of ten tenure/tenure-track faculty and lecturers. It enrolls approximately 70 majors and minors. The program is a major contributor to the general education program of the University. In addition, Religious Studies faculty teach in various other campus programs, including Humanities, Asian Studies, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies. Faculty publications are significant and frequent, with eleven books and two dozen journal publications over the past eight years. Further information can be obtained at http://www.csuchico.edu/rs.

Closing Date: Review of applications begins 1 July. Applications after the deadline may be considered. The Hiring Committee will conduct initial interviews via video conference or telephone.

How to Apply: Send letter of application discussing teaching interests and summarizing previous research, along with a curriculum vitae, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work, teaching evaluations or observations, and three letters of recommendation, together with the completed Faculty Employment Application (located at http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/FA/Forms/FacultyEmplApp.doc) to: Middle Eastern and Islam Hiring Committee, Department of History, California State University, Chico, 95929-0735.

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June 03, 2009

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin - Call for Papers

Call for Applications
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy

Berlin, 27th – 31st July, 2009

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy will bring together young leaders from across the world for a program of lectures, panel discussions, and seminars lead by leading figures from international relations. The following are a selection of the speakers during the Symposium:

- Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Former President of Portugal
- Joaqim Chissano, Former President of Mozambique, Former Chairperson of the African Union
- Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former President of Latvia
- Cassam Uteem, Former, President of the Republic of Mauritius
- Dr. Erkki Tuomioja, Former Foreign Minister of Finland
- Borys Tarasyuk, Former Foreign Minister of the Ukraine
- Samuel Jones, Head of Culture, Demos

Further information about the Symposium, including the full list of speakers, can be found under www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_calendar_symposium-2009.

Enquiries concerning the Symposium should be made to symposium@culturaldiplomacy.org

Who can apply?
The International Symposium is open to applications from students and young professionals with an active interest in international relations.

What will the Symposium involve?
The program for the International Symposium will consist of five days of lectures, seminars and panel discussions with leading figures from the political, diplomatic, academic and civil society spheres.

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State Department Fulbright Information Sessions - University of Michigan

U.S. State Department
Fulbright Information Sessions at the University of Michigan

Wednesday, June 3
Monday, June 8
Tuesday, June 16
Thursday, June 25

all sessions will be held from 12:00-1:00pm in room 2609 School of Social Work Building.

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at the University of Michigan through the International Institute. At the information session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisor will describe the application and selection process and provide suggestions for making your application more competitive.

Eligibility: To apply for this program through the University of Michigan, applicants must (a) be U-M students, alumni or staff; (b) be U.S. citizens; (c) have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and (d) demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.

Deadline: The University of Michigan deadline is September 10, 2009.

Website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

Fulbright Program Advisors:
Undergraduates & Alumni: Kelly Peckens kpeckens@umich.edu
Graduate, Professional School & Arts Applicants: Amy Kehoe akehoe@umich.edu

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May 28, 2009

Israel/Palestine Conference - Toronto

“Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace”

June 22-24, 2009 Toronto, Canada

The purpose of this conference is to explore which state model would be the best to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, respecting the rights to self-determination of both Israelis/Jews and Palestinians. Despite the current diplomatic focus on the two-state model, the continued failure to bring peace to the region highlights the necessity of rigorously examining all options for a resolution of the conflict. The conference seeks to systematically measure the two state model against the promise of alternatives; very specifically the
potential in the model of a single bi-national state.

The central goal of the conference is to focus a scholarly lens on a wide range of issues pertaining to one and two state models. These would include, among other relevant topics, possible federal and parallel state models, democracy and constitutional design, immigration and refugee return policies, resource allocation, gender and nationalism, and the role of religion. Mindful of the fraught context in which debates relating to Israel/Palestine unfold, this conference aims to open up a measured and thoughtful conversation on the range of possible paths out of the current impasse.

Conference program is now available on the website http://www.yorku.ca/ipconf/Program.html

The conference is co-sponsored by Queen's University and York University. An official U50 initiative, part of York University's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Rates will increase after May 25th, for details about registration please visit the conference website:

http://www.yorku.ca/ipconf/registration.html

As conference space is limited, priority will be given to full-time faculty and graduate students with demonstrated scholarly interests in the subject-matter of the conference.

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May 13, 2009

Summer Institute for Teaching a Second Language for Business Communication

On-line registration for Penn Lauder CIBER’s Summer Institute is open!!

Come and collaborate with colleagues at our Seventh Annual Summer Institute for Teaching a Second Language for Business Communication!

Register at: www.regonline.com/63376_731317A

Registration deadline is June 1, 2009

Accommodations:
Sheraton University City here on Penn’s campus.
Summer Institute participants have a special room rate of $149.00 per night (plus tax).
Each guest room has a Free personal desktop computer, FREE internet, and FREE printing available for our guests.
Leave your laptop at home!

Hotel Reservations: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=0904245540&key=8EED5
Room block deadline: May 21, 2009

Join us in June!!!!

Summer Institute for Teaching a Second Language for Business Communication Information

In today’s global economy, there is a need for second-language educators who specialize in teaching language for business purposes. This program teaches the educators how to design curricula for teaching business communication, integrating second-language pedagogy and business fundamentals.

About Us
Penn Lauder CIBER is one of 31 centers administered by the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI, to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise.

Audience
Second-language and ESL/EFL teachers and administrators with little business knowledge.

Faculty
Cheri Micheau, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
Carlos J. Menendez, MBA/MA International Studies, Regional Cards Director
Citigroup Europe, Middle East & Africa

Program Focus
Business Fundamentals
Teaching Business Language Methodology
Curriculum Design Exercises
Coordinator

Participation Costs:
$450 (non-credit course)
Come with a colleague and receive 20% off!
$360 (given to multiple participants from the same school registering together)

PA Act 48 Credit and NJ Professional Development Hours available!

Co-sponsored by: Temple University CIBER, UNC CIBER, and University of Pittsburgh CIBER

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May 04, 2009

Startalk Scholarships for Summer Language Study at Beloit College

STARTALK SCHOLARSHIPS
Summer Intensive Arabic or Chinese Language Study at Beloit http://www.summerlanguages.com/startalk

The STARTALK scholarships are competitive scholarships for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and talented high school students interested in studying Arabic or Chinese in summer 2009 through Beloit College's Center for Language Studies (CLS), a nationally recognized intensive language program.

By allowing you to accelerate your study of these critical languages, the full-tuition scholarships (a $6,366 value) will help you achieve higher levels of proficiency more quickly and, as a result, provide you with the chance to pursue more meaningful study, in the areas of Asian or Middle Eastern Studies.

Our residential program features superb instructors, 26 hours per week of classroom study, an integrated approach to language and culture, and a variety of cultural activities.

We are very excited about this program and are looking for high-achieving students interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity to study these critical languages.

The summer 2009 eight-week session runs from June 13 to August 7. Students completing the program will receive three units of
Beloit College credit. The cost for room and board ($1,795) is not covered by these scholarships. Award recipients will be required to live on campus.

Students must be at least 17 years old to qualify for a STARTALK scholarship. Qualified students may apply by submitting the CLS online application (www.summerlanguages.com), an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Acceptance announcements are made on a rolling basis.

Please contact Patricia L. Zody, Director, at 608.363.2777 or cls@beloit.edu for more information.

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Toronto, Canada - International Conference on Israel/Palestine

International Conference
“Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace”

June 22-24, 2009 Toronto, Canada

Co-sponsored by Queen's University and York University. An official U50 initiative, part of York University's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Early Bird Registration is now open.

Rates increase after May 25th, for details please visit the conference
website: http://www.yorku.ca/ipconf/registration.html

As conference space is limited, priority will be given to full-time faculty and graduate students with demonstrated scholarly interests in the subject-matter of the conference.

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University of Arizona - Summer Arabic Language School

Summer Arabic Language School

Comprehensive application information may be found at: http://nes.web.arizona.edu/arabic/SummerArabic.html

*Rolling Admission Until Courses Fill

SECOND YEAR ARABIC– ARB 401 (first semester) and ARB 402 (second semester)

The University of Arizona Department of Near Eastern Studies will offer a full year of Intermediate Arabic during the summer 2009.

On-campus housing is available on a limited basis between May 27 through July 15. See housing reservation form: http://nes.web.arizona.edu/IndividualReservationForm2009.doc

Financial aid is available as well, see financial aid and application information page at: http://nes.web.arizona.edu/arabic/SummerArabicFinancialAid.html

Cost: Tuition for each course (5 units each) is $1,548.56 inclusive; $3,097.12 for both courses (10 units). See web page on admission, registration and cost of attendance for more information: http://nes.web.arizona.edu/arabic/SummerArabicFinancialAid.html

Course information follows.

ARB 401 - INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I
Instructor: Mohammad Naser- email mnaser@email.arizona.edu
Full Course Title: Intermediate Arabic I
Units: 5.
Catalog Description: Intermediate conversation and readings in modern standard Arabic.
Prerequisite(s): ARB 102 (second semester first year Arabic).
LEC 1 0900AM-1200PM M-F Marshall Bldg Rm 490
Total Seats: 20
Start & End Dates: 05/20/09 - 06/18/09

ARB 402 - INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II
Instructor: Mohammad Naser- email mnaser@email.arizona.edu
Full Course Title: Intermediate Arabic II
Units: 5.
Catalog Description: Intermediate conversation and readings in modern standard Arabic.
Prerequisite(s): ARB 401.
Department Info - Course Description
LEC 1 0830AM-1230PM M-F Marshall Rm 490
Total Seats: 20
Start & End Dates: 06/22/09 - 07/14/09

Additional questions may be directed to:
Beth Marlatt – email: marlatt@email.arizona.edu
Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Arizona
Marshall Rm 443 | 845 N Park Av
Tucson AZ 85721-0158
(520) 621-8012 | Fax: (520) 621-2333

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Islamic Center of Greater Toledo - Leadership Conference

VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
ISLAMIC CENTER OF GREATER TOLEDO
PRESENTS

Leadership: An Islamic Perspective
1-Day Interactive Workshop on The Development of Leaders of Contemporary Muslim Organizations

A comprehensive Islamic approach to the currents issues and their contemporary solutions in the light of the guidance in leadership matters from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (saw) and his Companions (rau)

Presented by
Dr. Rafik Issa Beekun, Professor of Management and Strategy, College of Business Administration, Managerial Sciences Department, University of Nevada.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/69a/a20

At the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo
Saturday May 16th, 2009.
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Workshop Highlights
· Islamic Perspective of Leadership
· Strategic Planning and Implementation
· Stress Management
· Conflict Resolution
· Time Management
· Business Ethic
· Improving Effectiveness of Boards of Islamic Organizations
· Team Building
· Effective Communication
· Delegation of Responsibilities

For details please contact:
Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (419) 874-3509 (info@icgt.org)
• M.Y. Ahmed (419) 350-0115 • Munier Nazzal (419) 704-6338 • S. Zaheer Hasan (419) 290-0216 • M. Razi Rafeeq (419) 349-0457 • Haitham Elsamaloty (419) 509-9649

Accommodations near the Islamic Center: http://www.ci.perrysburg.oh.us/Visitors/WheretoStay/tabid/208/Default.aspx

Driving Direction: http://www.icgt.org/Direction.htm

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Name & address:

Organization: City/State:

Phone#: Emergency contact:

Please remit registration fee ($25) in the form of a check drawn in the name of the Islamic Center to cover the expenses of workshop materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshment.

Please mail the check to: The Islamic Center, 25877 Scheider Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

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African Trade & Development Conference - Call for Papers

The future for hundreds of millions of Africans lies in promoting the rule of law and the development of trade, business, and enhancing investment opportunities in an era of globalization. In light of this, the Kansas African Studies Center in collaboration with the Eisenhower International Law Society and the Department of Economics at the University of Kansas (KU) cordially invites you to an interdisciplinary conference focusing on issues of trade and development affecting Africa in the 21st century.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together Africanist scholars and business experts who specialize in trade, investment and finance issues in Africa. African diplomats and representatives from businesses that engage in trade and investment in Africa will also be invited to participate. Plenary sessions will feature keynote speakers who are experts and scholars in this field. Visit http://www.kasc.ku.edu/programs/conferences/2009/Speakers.shtml.

This conference will feature topics targeting the following areas:
-Globalization and how this has affected trade in or with Africa
-Governance and its effects on working with African businesses
-The role of new technologies in business and trade in and with Africa
-Trade imbalance between Africa and the West and the implications on African businesses
-Legal and financial impediments to business growth in Africa
-African Free Trade Agreements and Customs Unions
-Africa’s debt crisis, IMF and World Bank policies
-Best practices in African entrepreneurship
-The role of education in economic development
-The role of women in African economic development (formal and informal sectors)
-Role played by Agriculture in the African Economy

Abstracts
Proposals focusing on the above or other related areas are welcome. They should include a title and not exceed 250 words.

Collaborative panels, poster sessions, and graduate research papers are also encouraged.

Submission Deadline
The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30th, 2009

Cost, Travel and Accommodation
There is NO COST for attendance, but participants will be expected to pay for their travel meals and hotel accommodations. Rooms have been reserved in convenient locations-Spring Hill Suites Marriot (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lwcks-springhill-suites-lawrence/) and The Holiday Inn Express (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/lwrks). Please contact us for more information if you need help with shuttle or hotel reservations.

Letters of Invitation for those living outside the U.S
If you would like to participate and live outside the country, contact us for an invitation letter to present to the Consular Office in your country of residence.

Publications
Papers from the proceedings will be published in an edited book. Other selected papers will be published in the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy of the KU Law School.

Conference Sponsors
This conference is made possible by The Department of Education Title VI Grant and The Chancellors Office, KU

Send abstracts to: Jane Irungu| University of KS |KASC |1440 Jayhawk Blvd. Bailey 10,| Lawrence KS 66045 |Phone (785)864-1064 | Fax: (785)864-5330

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April 20, 2009

Summer Inservice Workshop for Teachers - Middle East Focus

Summer Inservice Workshop for Teachers
June 16 (Tuesday) and 17 (Wednesday), 2009
at the Homestead, Midway, Utah

THE MIDDLE EAST IN FOCUS
MEDIA AS METAPHOR

The Middle East is a rich and diverse area of the world. This workshop will examine the Middle East through the lens of the media…theirs and ours. How does the Middle East see the US and how has media shaped and been shaped by events on the ground? The workshop will provide background on several issues of vital importance to us as citizens of the world and will give teachers the ability to share this with their students.

Teachers will receive a wealth of resources that will help them inform their students about this complex and varied part of the world. Teaching strategies for incorporating the Middle East into the Utah State Core Curriculum will be provided along with classroom materials. Teachers of any grade level will find this workshop valuable and will be better able to teach both American students and students from the Middle East.

RE-LICENSURE or UNIVERSITY CREDIT IS AVAILABLE.
Relicensure Credit is available—Teaching and Learning 5940—at an $40.
New this year…a limited number of stipends will be available for first time attendees or new teachers on a first-come basis!
Registration is $60.00 (Deadline - May 1, 2009)
Includes the workshop, meals, shared lodging, and materials.
For more information, call 801-581-5003 or email: linda.adams@utah.edu

The application form is on the Outreach program website http://www.mec.utah.edu/outreach

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Seminary on Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean

Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean: A Forum for Young Leaders

Weeklong Seminar: 8th – 13th June, 2009, Berlin

Now Accepting Applications

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is delighted to announce the details of the forthcoming Weeklong Seminar for our program Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean: A Forum for Young Leaders, which will take place in Berlin from 26th – 31st May, 2009.

Who can apply?
The program is open to applications from young professionals and current students with an active interest in international affairs and the Mediterranean region.

What will the Weeklong Seminar involve?
The program for the Weeklong Seminar will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, and cultural activities in and around Berlin. The participants will meet with leading figures from the political, diplomatic, academic and civil society spheres to discuss the state of relations within the Mediterranean region and consider how they can be supported through organised cultural exchange.

What is the aim of the Weeklong Seminar?
The Seminar aims to inform the participants about the field of Cultural Diplomacy and its importance today, raise awareness of key issues in the relations between Mediterranean countries, create a network between the Seminar participants, and give them creative ideas and support for future initiatives they can organise.

What happens after the Seminar?
After completing the Weeklong Seminar the participants become members of the Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean Forum. They are then supported by the ICD in conducting research, in organising and developing leadership initiatives, and are invited to join the ICD Online Forum where they can network with the other Young Leaders from around the world. The Forum activity is aimed at creating sustainable initiatives that bring to the countries of the Mediterranean region closer together.

Where can I find more information?
Further information about the next Weeklong Seminar, including the online application forum, can be found under:
http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/index.php?en_program_cdm_next-weeklong-seminar

Further information about the Forum as a whole can be found under:
http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/index.php?en_program_cdm_about

Further information about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy can be found under: www.culturaldiplomacy.org

Any enquiries regarding the program can be sent to cdm@culturaldiplomacy.org

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April 10, 2009

New Haven Connecticut - Summer Institute for Islam, Intercultural Relations, & Leadership

On behalf of Pathways for Mutual Respect, I’d like to invite University of Michigan students from the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies to apply to our Summer Institute on Islam, Intercultural Relations, and Leadership, an intensive three-week program that will take place in New Haven, Connecticut, from June 28-July 17, 2009. Participants will engage in four core elements during the Institute:

o Scholarship – academically rigorous, multidisciplinary mini-courses geared toward developing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the modern Islamic world
o Experience – from in-depth relationship building with international families to guided mosque visits, students will participate in multiple cross cultural interactions on a daily basis, interspersed by facilitated debriefings
o Collaboration – students will work with classmates and the Institute’s core faculty on projects and presentations designed to help internalize what they are learning in classes and experience
o Impact – prior to leaving the Institute, students will have, under the guidance of Pathways staff and core faculty, written an action plan which they are committed to implementing upon their return home

We are seeking applicants in the professional or academic fields of International Relations, Near East/Middle Eastern Languages, Linguistics, Middle East Studies, Cross-cultural Communications, Political Science, Conflict Resolution, Religious Studies, and International Business, as well as educators and community leaders. The cost, including housing, most meals, and local transportation, is $2500. We have a limited amount of need-based scholarships available, for which we encourage potential participants to apply.

Admitted applicants will receive a $75 tuition discount if they submit their applications by the early application deadline of March 31. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2009.

For more information and links to the application forms, interested students may visit our website at www.pfmr.org. Questions may be directed to summer.institute@pfmr.org.

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University of Bergen, Norway - Research Fellowships

AUTUMN 2009 WORKING GROUP ON:

THE INTERNATIONAL AID SYSTEM IN THE NILE BASIN

TEN SALARIED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS are available for senior researchers from institutions in the Nile Basin countries (Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo) to participate in the Nile Basin Research Programme Autumn 2009 working group on the International Aid system at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Research Topics: Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• The History of the Aid System in NB-countries
• The development and character of the Aid Architecture in NB-countries
• NGOs, Civil Society and the Aid System in NB-countries
• The Aid system and Democratisation in NB-countries
• The Aid system and the Poverty Agenda in NB-countries
• The Aid system in the peace and conflict Agenda in NB-countries

Eligibility: We seek scholars and/or researchers holding positions at institutions in the Nile Basin Region who have a research background and interests on issues related to the architecture, operations, relationships and impact of the international aid system. During the fellowship period in Bergen, the researchers in the working group will collaborate to identify critical research questions of relevance to the general themes of the working group, identify and collate relevant data, analyse the data and publish the results as co-authored papers in the international peer-review literature. The success of the working group depends critically on good knowledge of the existing data and literature from the region, and we therefore seek fellows having good knowledge of, and access to, existing data and literature that can be utilised by the working group for analyses.

To facilitate the comparative nature of the analyses, the fellows will be expected to collect data on the aid system in their respective countries using a common template prior to coming to Bergen. Limited funding will be available for this comparative data collection exercise. The fellowships are for five months, starting in August 2009, and the working group will be located at UNIFOB-Global (www.global.uib.no), where the working group has excellent working facilities including administrative support, office space, computers with internet access, and access to research facilities such as software, databases and the University of Bergen Library. The Nile Basin Research Programme will sponsor workshops with international guest lecturers, and offer opportunities for applying for additional funding to attend relevant international conferences. The research group will cooperate with researchers at the University of Bergen and at other universities in Norway who have worked on these issues.

Fellowship: The successful applicants will be offered a salary as a Senior Researcher at the University of Bergen (about 5100 USD a month before tax as of 24.10.08), one economy class return airfare between their home institution and Bergen, medical insurance and work permit. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is April 15, 2009.

For further information about the programme and application procedure, eligibility, selection process, etc., please refer to: www.nile.uib.no/vacancies.php.

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Loyola University Chicago - Summer Travel Course in Tunisia

*** SUMMER TRAVEL COURSE—TUNISIA ***

“Arab World, Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy: Summer Study Course to Tunisia”

PLSC 300 (3 credit hours) (cross-listed with BWS, INTS, IWS & PAX)
Dates: May 31-June 20, 2009
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Group Leader: Professor Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), Political Science
Office of International Programs Contact: Mary Theis (mtheis@luc.edu)

COSTS
• Program Fee (In-Country Costs): $2,130. All in-country expenses, including travel by a new Mercedes bus and 4x4 land rovers, entrance fees to all sites, shared occupancy in 4-5 star hotels, 3 meals a day, and local tour guides/lecturers.
• Office of International Programs (OIP) application fee: $100.
• Summer School Tuition (3 credit hours): $1,740.
• Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Tunis): Approximately $1,850.

This special summer study travel course offers a unique experiential understanding of the Arab world, Islam and U.S. foreign policy through the case study of Tunisia, an Arab country in North Africa that serves as the present-day embodiment of the Carthaginian Empire. A unique combination of site visits, lectures by group leader Professor Peter J. Schraeder, and guest presentations by renowned Tunisian scholars will focus on the politics of democratization in the Arab world, the role of women in Muslim societies, Arab perceptions of U.S. foreign policy, U.S. perceptions of Tunisia’s role in the global war on terrorism, and the history of Islam and the Roman Empire in North Africa. We will spend the first 5 days in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, where, in addition to visiting sites throughout the city, you will take part in joint sessions with English-speaking Tunisian students from the University of Tunis and attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy. The vast majority of this 22-day trip, however, will be spent visiting sites of political, religious, historical, and social significance throughout all regions of Tunisia, ranging from the Great Mosque of Kairouan and the Roman Coliseum in El Jem, to an overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert, complete with a camel trek, in Southern Tunisia.

SOME TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
• Visit sites of political, religious and historical significance in more than 20 Tunisian towns & cities.
• Experience a camel trek in Southern Tunisia.
• Attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy, including a reception at the Ambassador’s residence.
• Take part in joint social events with English-speaking Tunisian students your own age.
• Camp overnight in the Sahara desert.
• Learn about the culture and politics of the Arab/Islamic world.
• Visit Roman and Carthaginian ruins.
• Lectures from world-renowned Tunisian scholars.

Application materials and a complete syllabus/trip itinerary are available at: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/summer.shtml

*** NO IMMUNIZATIONS OR VISAS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP ***

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April 07, 2009

Turkish Summer Course

LEARN TURKISH at UIUC THIS SUMMER!

Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced

June 15-August 6, 2009

Classes will be held four hours per day over a period of eight weeks, for a total of 132 hours. Students will earn credits equivalent to one full academic year of language instruction.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, conversation hours, cooking demonstrations, music, film showings, and other cultural activities.

SILMW will also offer intensive courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Urdu and Indonesian.

Application deadline: April 15, 2009
For more information, email ebalci@illinois.com or go to http://silmw.linguistics.uiuc.edu

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March 27, 2009

International Travel Grant for Secondary Teachers

Under the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) the U.S. Department of State and IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) announce a competition for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a two-week professional exchange program in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Senegal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Eligible applicants must be:
• Secondary-level (middle or high school), teaching professionals with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Foreign Language, English Language or Literature, and social sciences (including social studies, civics, and history),
• U.S. citizens, and
• Able to travel in spring 2010.

The program is fully funded and provides: visa support, round-trip domestic airfare, lodging and meals to attend the TEA U.S. Conference, round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the assigned country, emergency medical evacuation plan, and lodging and a daily stipend in host country.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2009

Applications can be downloaded at: http://www.irex.org.

For more information, you may contact Anne MiIazzo at (202) 628-8188 ext 197 or tea@irex.org.

For more international travel grant opportunities, please check www.irex.org in May 2009.

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March 23, 2009

National Defense University - Seminar: The Impact of the Changing Nature of Deterrence on Space

In cooperation with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Force Transformation and Resources, we are delighted to announce the next seminar in NDU’s Transforming National Security series, entitled, “The Impact of the Changing Nature of Deterrence on Space.” This event will be held on April 13th and 14th in Marshall Hall, Room 155, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

The seminar begins with the assumption that the U.S. and its allies are dependent on space to conduct current and future operations. Participants will discuss the risks those dependencies create for U.S. national security and explore policy options for protecting the commanding heights of space.

The main purpose of our event will be to examine three fundamental questions of U.S. space strategy:
o What constitutes a hostile act in space that we need to deter? And who act are likely actors?
o What should be the appropriate response options for the U.S. should deterrence fail?
o If a single threshold cannot be our line in the sand, is tailored deterrence with multiple thresholds possible?

Participants will be drawn into the complexity of the problem and invited to explore novel solutions to this security challenge. Please consider joining NDU's line up of distinguished guest speakers as they address these key issues, with an eye towards the next Quadrennial Defense Review.

To register online, please complete this brief web form at http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/Event_Registration/register.cfm. Registration will close on April 6th. There is no charge to attend.

For more information about all our events, please check our website at http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/NCW_course.htm, or contact CTNSP’s registration coordinator, Mr. Bruce Graham (202-685-3442).

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Ottoman Paleography I Program - Besiktas

OTTOMAN PALEOGRAPHY I PROGRAM

18 July - 4 September 2009

Campus Facilities:
The classes will be held in the main campus which is in the centre of the city, Beşiktaş. The bookstore carries all required and supplementary textbooks as well as school supplies, newspapers,magazines and university souvenirs. The food store offers an array of groceries and other necessities for the convenience of students, faculty and staff. Other offered services are a bank, a post office, a barber / beauty saloon, and a limited number of fast food outlets. There are two canteens at the main campus. These facilities sell food and non-alcoholic drinks.

COURSES:
Each level receives 154 hours of instruction ( 7 weeks – 20 hours per week plus practice hours every friday ) during the program. Class size is limited to approximately 10 students. Due to the working days of the libraries such as National Library, İslamic Research Center Library and etc.. classes are held on every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So students will have two free days for making researches at the libraries. Classes are held between 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. And 13.30 pm – 16.00 pm.

Ottoman Paleography I focused on developing the ability to read, transcribe, and translate printed Ottoman texts mainly from the nineteenth century.

Requirements: Intermediate Turkish is required for participating the Ottoman Paleography I.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

On Fridays students participate in study hours with the assistant students for free conversations or informal question sessions. Besides, each week lectures on various aspects of the Turkish culture and history are held. Cultural events and daily excursions are organized on demand and interest.

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES:
1.A TRİP OF OTTOMAN AND BYZANTİNE TREASURE (8/13/09)
2.SULEYMANIYE LIBRARY (7/23/09)
3.TDV CENTER FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES LIBRARY (7/31/09)
4. RESEARCH CENTE FOR ISLAMIC HISTORY ART AND CULTURE (7/24/09)
5.THE MUSEUM OF TURKISH CALLIGRAPHIC ART (8/27/09)
6. MİLLET LIBRARY
7.STATE ARCHIEVE (8/6/09)
8. BOSPHORUS BOAT TRİP (8/8/09)
9. TOPKAPI PALACE LIBRARY

For the dormitory
Check-in date: 18 July 2009
Check-out date: 4 September 2009

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner: not included.

Medical Facilities:
The resident doctors have various specializations. Simple medical treatment may be free. Students should have full medical insurance before arrived.

PAYMENT
Payment Deadlines: All payments are to be made by 01 May 2009

FEES:
Tuition Fee: 3400$
Include textbooks, photocopies and all other course materials.
Dormitory: 1220$
www.yurdumogrencievi.com
(YURDUM Ogrencievi)
Activities and Trips: 800$
TOTAL FEE: 5420$

Please note that:
- All payments must be made by bank transfer and in US$ only.
- Document of each transfer must be faxed or e-mailed.
- All bank fees incurred during transfer are to be met by the applicants. (Some banks make international transfers through intermediary banks and this results in fees being cut off from the original amount sent.)

CORRESPONDENCE
All correspondence may be directed to:
Attn. Coordinator of Ottoman Paleography I
PhD. Assist. Prof. Sevim YILMAZ ONDER
Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi
Phone: (90)-0536 626 53 11
E-mail: sevim.yilmazonder@gmail.com
Web: www.dilar-tr.com

OTHER
Visa: Applicants are advised to request information concerning visa requirements at a Turkish Consulate as early as possible.

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Interfaith Youth Core - Summer Workshop in Chicago for Educators

Interfaith Youth Core is excited to announce its first summer workshop, "Religious Pluralism in Your School: A Two-Day Workshop for Educators."

While many educators feel that they must avoid topics of religion in school, religious diversity plays an obvious and important role in local and global contexts. The Interfaith Youth Core and Global Youth Leadership Institute invite educators from secondary schools to a two-day working group examining the best way to address religious diversity in secondary schools. The workshop will take place at the Francis Parker High School in Chicago, IL on June 18-19, 2009. The trainings will be facilitated by IFYC and GYLI staff and will include assessments to analyze religious pluralism in schools, creation of an individual action plan, networking and sharing best practices, and a special presentation by Dr. Eboo Patel.

For more information, visit http://www.ifyc.org/events/teachers_workshop or register now at http://www.gyli.org/workshops/signup.php! The registration deadline is May 17, 2009. Please contact Mary Ellen Giess (maryellen@ifyc.org) with any questions.

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Seeking Actors of any age from the Middle East - Danish Film Co.

CASTING CALL- SHORT FILM SHOOTING MARCH 29
For non-experienced and experienced actors from the Middle East in any age.

A Danish Film company is currently casting for a short film the 29 of
March in the sunset district, San Francisco.

"The space in a suitcase" is a short film that explores race relations
and stereotypes. Our goal is to makes the audiences examine their own
prejudices. The short film narrates a situation where different men,
one Caucasian, one Muslim, one Afro-American, one Mexican, and one
Chinese man, take turns occupying a motel room. The film challenges
our sense of identity, subjectivity, nationality and contemporary
stereotypes through an investigative look into the globalized space of
a suitcase."

We have 3 roles open for the following:

Middle Eastern Male:
30-75 years of age, observant of Muslim culture.

Mexican Male:
30-75 years of age, a hard worker, farmer. Your stereotype of a day laborer.

Chinese Male:
30-75 years of age, skinny, authoritative, wise, traditional.

Acting experience not required. All Roles are PAID.

E-mail to Movitussf@gmail.com or call: (415) 351 8496

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Seeking Muslim American Actors, Crew, & PAs

SEEKING: Muslim American actors, crew and PAs

Film title: In-World War
A narrative feature

Filming:
San Francisco: June 29 - July 17
New York City: July 20 - 25 (not all roles needed for NYC shoot)

Note: We are particularly interested in working with actors, upcoming filmmakers and film students from the Muslim American community, due to the subject-matter of the film and a desire on the part of the filmmakers to support the community.

About the film:
In-World War, a smart and quirky indie sci-fi feature, tells the story of a debt-ridden beta tester trapped in a buggy virtual reality simulation of the "war on terror". This progressive and layered film dispels Muslim stereotypes through an exciting, intelligent story.

About the filmmaker:
Screenwriter/Director Brant Smith (aka DJ Bad Vegan) previously produced and co-wrote the story for the acclaimed narrative feature QUALITY OF LIFE: www.qualityoflife-themovie.com

Seeking:
- Actors (see below at the bottom for casting call)
- Crew (all positions open currently, but most are deferment only)
- Production Assistants

For more information and how to apply visit: www.studiolomismo.com

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March 18, 2009

UC San Diego - Assistant or Associate Professor Level

Tenure-Track Position - Muslim Societies (Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2009).

The Department of Sociology at UC San Diego invites applications for a tenure track/tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are looking for a first rate scholar whose research focuses on Muslim societies. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and will be expected to teach and supervise students, primarily at the graduate level, conduct an extramurally funded research program, and participate in administrative functions of the department and the University. Assistant-level candidates will be expected to show evidence of their potential through letters of recommendation and a publication record appropriate for their experience. Associate-level candidates must show evidence of a strong research record in their specialization. To apply, send a detailed resume, copies of selected recent publications and/or dissertation chapters, and names and addresses of no more than two referees to:

Professor Gershon Shafir, Chair Search Committee - SOC
Department of Sociology 0533
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA 92093-0533

Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity. For full consideration, applications should preferably be mailed no later than April 15, 2009. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary will be based on published UC pay scales.

For more information visit http://sociology.ucsd.edu/faculty/joblisting.shtml

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

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Unique Zan Foundation 2nd Annual Writing Competition - Awards

Unique Zan Foundation 2nd Annual Writing Competition: "Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change"

At the Unique Zan Foundation our mission is to promote health, literacy and peace for women in and from the Middle East. As part of that effort, and in collaboration with the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (www.iasfund.org), we are pleased to announce our second annual essay competition for Iranian women graduate and undergraduate students at major universities and accredited educational institutes in the United States. Applicants must be enrolled as students at the time of submission and at the time awards are announced and funds distributed. Awards will be made through the university where the student is enrolled. Students who are transitioning from undergraduate to graduate education are eligible. Non-students are not eligible to apply.

This year’s essay theme is: “Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change.”

Applicants’ essays should include information about themselves, their chosen career/educational path, what kinds of obstacles or challenges they have experienced in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles by drawing on their strengths as an Iranian woman. Also to be included are the values they have learned from their culture and how they have implemented these values to overcome personal challenges and/or to promote positive changes in the community. A history of volunteerism or social activism is a plus.

Essay Format:
Essays should be between 5000 and 6000 words (approximately 16-18 pages, double spaced, 12 point “Times New Roman” font, with 1.5 inch margins), and be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Report binders should not be used. Only the title page and first page of the essay should contain name. All other pages must be numbered in the lower right hand corner and contain first and last initial only in the upper right header.

While higher grade point average will be considered a bonus, the main emphasis is on applicants who exhibit exceptional writing skills and a compelling non-fiction story. A copy of recent transcripts should be included with your essay. Essays should not have been previously published in any other publication or on the internet, but must be of publishable quality. Unique Zan Foundation will retain first rights of refusal for publication, but publication is not guaranteed. All submissions become the property of Unique Zan Foundation.

Awards will be given by The Unique Zan Foundation through the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund in the following amounts:
First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

All applications must include:
1. Two hard copies of your essay in proper format,
2. A brief cover-letter with name, contact information, and explaining course of study and why applying for this award,
3. One copy of essay and cover-letter sent by email to info@uniquezanfoundation.org < mailto:info@uniquezanfoundation.org>,
4. One copy of recent college transcripts.
5. One letter of recommendation from professor.

Applications must be post-marked by May 1, 2009 and sent to the following address:

Unique Zan Foundation
PO Box 1257
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Announcements will be made in September, 2009.

Feel free to also visit our website: www.uniquezanfoundation.org.

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March 13, 2009

International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peace - Oakland University, MI

International Conference on "Religion, Conflict, and Peace:"
Walking The Talk Through Fear of the Unknown To Understanding And Harmony

March 13-15, 2009 ~ Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan USA

A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Conference

Keynotes by:
John Esposito, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Organized by:
Oakland University College of Arts and Science, Common Bond Institute, and International Humanistic Psychology Association
Endorsed by a universities and organizations internationally

Conference Details at:
www.cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_RCP.htm

~ Registration is Open All ~
Continuing Education Credits (CECs) available

We Invite You To:
an international forum promoting Inter-religious and Intra-religious dialogue to explore the challenges of Extremism, Intolerance, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia, and the promise of Reason,
Understanding, Compassion, and Cultural Harmony.

Join us as we explore:
1) The mutual dilemmas of religious ignorance, extremism, intolerance, negative stereotypes, prejudice, demonization and dehumanization, scapegoating, and fear of "the other," that can lead to toxic divisiveness, polarization, and social paranoia, with a special focus on Islamophobia and the Muslim community, and
2) The promise of personal engagement through dialogue in nurturing understanding, familiarity, compassion, harmony, and a shared consciousness of peace - and in doing so promoting the religious experience as a healing remedy rather than problem.

FORMAT:
an outstanding and diverse gathering of presenters for a 3-Day Itinerary of keynotes, workshops, panels, round tables, dialogue groups, poster sessions, and exhibits, as well as social/cultural events.

Confirmed Presenters include:
John Esposito, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Joseph Montville, Naomi Tutu, Imam Achmat Salie, Imam Muhammad Agherdien, Imam Hasan Qazwini, Imam Mohammad Elahi, Imam Mohamed Mardini, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Phyllis Berman, Reverend Joseph Summers, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Virginia Gray Henry, Sharif Abdullah, Steve Spreitzer, David Crumm, Adil Akhtar, Steve Olweean, Said Khan, Rasool Chaudry, Aysha Ali, Imad Hamad, Nadia Fadel, Ihsan Alkhatib, Daniel Tutt, Paula Gutlove, Irene Nasser, Ohad Bar Shalom, Osama Siblani, Mumtaz Haque, Nadeem Savage, Amjad Quadri, Usama DeLozenzo, Sharif Akeel, Charles Mabee, Brenda Rosenberg, Sarah Sayeed, Fatima Al-Hayaani, Josephine Griffin, Cathy Cheal

To be Confirmed:
US Congressman Kieth Ellison, US Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Michelle Lebaron, Mohamed Ayoob, Muqtedar Khan, Farid Senzai, John Boiano

"It does not require that we be the same to be appreciative of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us."

FOR FULL DETAILS on Registration, Fees, Program, and Exhibits CONTACT:

Common Bond Institute
Details at Website: www.cbiworld.org
Steve Olweean and Achmat Salie, Conference Co-coordinators
12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034 USA
Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 Email: SOlweean@aol.com

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Learn Azerbaijani - Indiana University

Know Turkish I? Learn Azerbaijani II!

June 8 - June 16, 2009

Indiana University, Bloomington

In Summer 2009 the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University is offering a bridge course from Turkish to Azerbaijani.

The seven-day course is taught prior to the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL), an eight-week intensive language program. It will allow students who have at least introductory knowledge of Turkish to enroll in intermediate-level Azerbaijani for the following eight weeks (June 19-August 14, 2009).

To apply, please send an e-mail to iaunrc@indiana.edu.

The bridge course is taught in conjunction with SWSEEL. In order to be admitted to the bridge course you must be admitted to the summer intermediate Azerbaijani program. Apply to SWSEEL at: www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/

The Turkish bridge course is a free of charge, no-credit supplement to the intermediate Azerbaijani course.

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February 18, 2009

"Work & Human Lifecycle in Global History" Conference - Call for Papers

Call for application of the International Research Center for "Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History" that is organized by Professor Andreas Eckert (Humboldt University Berlin).

"Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" invites scholars to apply for 10 International Research Fellowships (5 stipends for senior scholars and 5 stipends for postdoctoral candidates) for the 2009-2010 academic year as well as for future academic years.

Applications are due in Berlin on March 31, 2009.

The International Research Center will start its work on October 1, 2009.

For further information, please contact:
andreas.eckert@asa.hu-berlin.de
or visit:
http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=166899.

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University of Michigan's Center of the Advanced Study of the Arab World - Studentships

Studentships available at CASAW

The Centre of the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) is able to offer a limited number of studentships for 2009/10 entry. For more information on CASAW's postgraduate programmes, please visit our website: www.casaw.ac.uk.

Studentships cover tuition fees in addition to an annual stipend.
Eligibility requirements for postgraduate awards can be found on the following website:
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/postgraduatefundingopportunities/index.aspx?ComponentId=5406&SourcePageId=1312#0

All eligible applicants who apply to CASAW's postgraduate programmes will be entered into the studentship competition. Applicants will need to submit a completed application (see above section on how to apply)to be considered for a studentship. The following supporting documents must be submitted with any application:

1. Two references (preferably academic)
2. CV
3. Covering letter/personal statement

In order to be eligible for funding, applications must be received by 1 April 2009.

How to Apply
Prospective students should apply to one of the following partner institutions:
1. University of Durham (http://www.dur.ac.uk/)
2. University of Manchester (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/)
3. University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/)

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Economics & Administrative Sciences - University of Jordan - Call for Papers

The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the Hashemite University in Jordan is organizing its scientific conference entitled "Challenges of Globalizing Financial Systems" to be held October 21-22, 2009 in Amman, Jordan. On this Occasion, the Faculty of Economics welcome research papers from those who are interested in participating in the conference.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2009

Please visit the following website for more information and submission procedures:
http://www.hu.edu.jo/fac/f_news.aspx?news_id=20093&dp=09-02-2009&web_id=89000000

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Center for Strategic Studies - University of Jordan - Press Release

The Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan will be releasing an assessment of the emerging political environment in the US-Iranian relations since the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the call by the new administration in Washington for unconditional talks with Iran. This assessment entitled "The Dilemma of US-Iran Talks and Possible Scenarios" focuses on the latest developments and the new emerging political tone between both countries. This assessment addresses the importance of the timing factor regarding the prospective talks ahead of the Iranian presidential elections scheduled for June 2009. It furthermore discusses the possible Turkish mediation role in probably talks.

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February 16, 2009

Bahcesehir University - Turkish as a Second Language Program

Turkish as a Second Language Program in Istanbul

June 15 - August 17, 2009

www.bahcesehir.edu.tr/secondlanguage

Application Deadline: March 15, 2009

Bahcesehir University, a growing, vibrant university on the Bosphorus in the heart of Istanbul, is pleased to announce the creation of its Turkish as a Second Language Program. This program will provide students the opportunity to explore Turkish language and also introduce them to our campus and the city of Istanbul, an ancient place full of art, history, culture, and other wonders at the intersection of two continents.

The program offers students language courses, taught by university staff specialized in teaching Turkish as a second language Nine transferable credits are given upon successful completion of the program. Additionally, the program offers a rich schedule of films and concerts, social gatherings, and lectures given by scholars specializing in history, literature, the fine arts, and architecture. Students will have the opportunity to travel to historical sites in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, which will be professionally scheduled and guided.

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University of Wisconsin - Summer South Asian Language Study

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu.

Applications for Summer 2009 are now being accepted.

Graduate students are eligible for FLAS funding through SASLI. ALL SASLI students are also eligible for fee remissions (partial or full.) The application deadline for both forms of funding is February 20.

Applications and instructions can be found on the SASLI web site at
sasli.wisc.edu. Please apply as soon as possible as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

If you have questions about SASLI, the application process, or FLAS and Fee Remissions, please review the FAQ pages on the web site at
http://sasli.wisc.edu/faq/index.html.

Any additional questions can be addressed to Grace Lorentz, by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu

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Arizona State University - Summer Language Courses

Arizona State University offers eight-week, eight-credit intensive summer language courses in Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Tajik-Persian, Tatar and Uzbek through its Critical Languages Institute.

The CLI runs June 8 - July 31, 2009 on ASU's main campus in Tempe.

All courses are tuition-free. The only cost is a $500 non-refundable
processing fee.

ASU also offers language intensive three-week, two-credit study abroad programs for Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Tajik-Persian, Tatar and Uzbek.

The study abroad programs run August 3-21, 2009.

The study abroad programs are designed as an extension of the CLI courses, but are also open to qualified non-CLI students.

For more information and to apply to the CLI, please visit our website http://asu.edu/cli or contact us at cli@asu.edu.

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Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies - Call for Papers

WOCMES-3 in MESA 2008 – Washington DC

2300 participants of the North American Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting held in Washington DC last November, received with enthusiasm the announcement of the Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies: WOCMES-3 Barcelona 2010.
The awareness among scholars engaged in Middle Eastern studies was outstanding. Numerous scholars and associations have already announced the preparation of panels and other academic events for the World Congress.

Call for proposals of major activities
Since the opening in November 2008 of the WOCMES-3 call for major activities, the organization committee has received dozens of proposals submissions such as conferences, symposia, panels and exhibitions from universities, research centers and working groups. Major activities proposals can be submitted online at http://www.wocmes.org/wocmes/call-for-activities/, until February 15th 2009. All proposals must be sent in English or in French, the working language of the congress.

To find out more on the important dates please check:
http://www.wocmes.org/wocmes/important-dates

Accommodation facilities
Various categories of accommodation facilities will be reserved by the organization in the Congress Venue, in the Vila Universitària (University apartments and Hotel Serhs Campus) located at the Campus UAB and in the city of Barcelona, located just 30 minutes by train from the Congress Venue.

Among them, the apartments from the Vila Universitària will surely represent the most economically attractive way to attend the congress and to stay in Barcelona. Apartments for 2, 4 or 5 persons will be available for booking at a very competitive price ranging from 25 Euros to 40 Euros per person/night. The full list and prices of accommodation facilities offered will be available for booking from June 30th 2009. For further information, please check: http://www.wocmes.org/wocmes/accommodation/.

Congress registration and call for papers starting from March 1st 2009

The detailed Call for Panels and Papers will be issued on 1 March 2009 together with the congress registration forms.

To find out more on the important dates please check:
http://www.wocmes.org/wocmes/important-dates

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Fulbright Scholar Program 2010-2011 - Awards Available

The Fulbright Scholar Program will offer new awards in archaeology for research, teaching or combined research and teaching in Saudi Arabia during the 2010-11 academic year for periods of from three to nine months. Affiliation may be with any institution in Saudi Arabia.

English is the language of instruction in most subjects at the graduate level. Arabic is generally required for research, according to the demands of the project.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a record of research and/or teaching. Affiliation with a U.S. institution of higher education, while preferred, is not required.

An online application will be available on March 1. Application deadline is August 1, 2009.

Contact for additional information:
Gary L. Garrison
Assistant Director, Middle East/North Africa
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW Suite 5L
Washington DC 20008
202-686-4019
ggarrison@cies.iie.org
www.cies.org

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National Council on US-Arab Relations - Oman Cultural Immersion Study Program

Applications Now Being Accepted For The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, the Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman March 11-24, 2009, including required pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. to be held on March 11- 12, 2009. This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world's most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries.

American professionals in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

The Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit will provide participants an educational experience that few Westerners and even fewer Americans have had. The program is choreographed to provide Malone Fellows an unparalleled diverse exposure to Oman -- one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. Until relatively recent times, the Sultanate languished in its status as one of the most forgotten corners of all Arabia. Anyone in doubt about the extraordinary opportunity that being able to visit Oman in this manner presents need only consult any of the several National Geographic Magazine features on the country in the past two decades.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Individuals interested in being selected to participate in the Seventh Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program study visit to the Sultanate of Oman are required to submit a Malone Fellowship Application and supporting documentation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations no later than February 27, 2009.

The application can be found through the National Council's website www.ncusar.org.

Because a visa is required of all individuals entering Oman, the National Council will need to obtain that documentation for each participant. Once individuals are selected to participate in the study visit, they will be asked to submit their passports to the National Council's office along with a completed visa application, two (2) passport sized photos, and the U.S. $ 30.00 visa application fee. Note that that the visa fee must be sent as a money order payable to the "Embassy of Oman"; personal checks are not acceptable. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure, with at least two (2) clear visa pages adjacent to each other. All materials should be assembled and sent by trackable express (USPS, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) delivery to the National Council's Washington offices.

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The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation - Event

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Appeal to Moroccan communities around the globe

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (www.raoulwallenberg.net) is a global-reach educational NGO with offices in New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Jerusalem.

Its main mission is to research, document, preserve and divulge the legacies of the rescuers of victims of the Holocaust.

In this context, the Wallenberg Foundation is planning a special event to pay tribute to the Kingdom of Morocco and its people, for its noble tradition of respect towards the Jews.

This long tradition can be highlighted by the words of the late King Mohammed V, who is believed to have challenged the Nazis by saying to them: "Here we don't have Jews, we only have Moroccan citizens". In retaliation, the Nazis bombed Rabat.

We would like to hear your insight about the deeds of King Mohamed V and the Moroccan people towards the Jews. Any historical evidence or testimony would be highly appreciated.

Kindly contact either Mr. Danny Rainer (dannyrainer@irwf.org), or Ms. Svetlana Platisa (svetlana@irwf.org) or Mr. Gustavo Jalife (gustavo@irwf.org.ar).

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American University in Cairo - Presidential Internship Program

As a private university founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo serves a unique and important function in Egypt. AUC is the only university in Egypt that provides an American form of higher education. English is the language of instruction, and the curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts. Approximately 90 percent of AUC's 5,000 degree students are Egyptian; the remainder comes from elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and North
America. In addition to degree programs leading to a B.A., B.S., LL.M., M.S., M.B.A., or M.P.P.A., AUC has 30,000 students in an adult education program and 10,000 students in in-service training, primarily in management and engineering. It also operates the Social Research Center and the Desert Development Center, both applied research centers.

In September 2008, AUC relocated to a state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo, a planned community about 45 minutes east of the university’s current downtown location. This new site provides AUC with three times more space for teaching, research and recreation.

American University in Cairo has extended their deadline accepting applications for the Presidential Internship Program for the academic year 2009-2010. The new deadline for the internship program is now posted as Tuesday February 17th, 2009.

We encourage all interested candidates to take advantage of this deadline extension and to visit our online application at the following link: http://www.aucegypt.edu/aboutauc/GovernanceandAdministration/President/Pages/InternshipProgram.aspx

Although we suggest that letter of recommendations be sent prior to the application deadline we will accept letters towards only applicants who have made the February 17th job closing.

For any questions or further information, please contact:
Ronald C. Sherrill Jr.
Coordinator for Faculty/Trustee Affairs/ Presidential Internship Prog.
The American University in Cairo
Tel: 646.810.9422
Fax: 212.730.1600
Email:
Homepage: <http://www.aucegypt.edu>

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February 09, 2009

Summer Langauge Study in Oman

SUMMER ARABIC LANGUAGE AND MEDIA SALAM PROGRAM
Offered by
DHOFAR UNIVERSITY and the WORLD LEARNING OMAN CENTER in THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

The Program:
An intensive six week course (with one additional week of orientation and evaluation) for Advanced Arabic language students who have completed at least two years of formal Arabic training at colleges and universities.

Program Focus:
Teaching Modern Standard Arabic to advanced students with the goal of enhancing functional usage of the language through the study and analysis of the media: print, broadcast, internet, film and literature.

Program Locations:
Six weeks in Salalah, one week in Muscat

Program Dates / Contact Hours:
June 20 – August 4, 2009. Classhours: 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks = 120 classroom hours, not including Arabic films, topical lectures in Arabic and language teacher-accompanied excursions.

Application Deadline:
April 4, 2009. All materials must be submitted to cec@du.edu.om by this date. See instructions below. Unfortunately partial applications will not be considered.

Program Cost:
$6,900 [Tuition = $3800; Room and partial board (breakfasts) = $3100]. Additional meals, personal spending money, insurance and international airfare are not included.

Student Recruitment and Selection:
The program is limited to 25 students. All undergraduates or graduate students who have completed two years of college-level Arabic are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in current events and have demonstrated by their essay that they are serious students of the language.

To Apply:
The following materials including the Application Form are required for consideration:
• One language evaluation form (attached)
• A one-page Statement of Purpose (in English) outlining your goals for the program and what role Arabic plays in your career plans
• A two-paragraph writing sample in Arabic on the subject of your choosing
• One unofficial copy of your transcript (of the college or university you are now attending)

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University of St. Andrews, Scotland - Student Award

University of St Andrews, Scotland School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies Department of Social Anthropology
I.B. Tauris Student Award for the Anthropology of Iran

The Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, in association with the I.B. Tauris Publishers (U.K) invites applications for a Student Article Award for the academic year 2009.

The prize will be awarded to the best student paper in the field of
Anthropology of Iran. In determining the award, the following criteria will be applied:

1.Originality of scholarship, creativity of insight, and quality of
writing.
2.Clear potential for contribution to the fields of anthropology of Iran. Special consideration will be given to work that incorporates emerging perspectives or interdisciplinary methodologies, which promote the further understanding of Anthropology of Iran.
3.Clear potential for continued innovative research, leading toward a
dissertation or major publication on the part of the author.
4.The award consists of a £ 200 prize. Awarder will be recognized and receive his/her prize by the end of June 2009.

The I.B.Tauris award honors a recent and original article of one official registered graduate or undergraduate student.

To request further information and to discuss proposed topics please contact:
Dr. P. Khosronejad: pedram.khosronejad@st-andrews.ac.uk
The deadline for submissions for the I.B.Tauris Award of the Anthropology of Iran is April 15, 2009. Articles must be submitted electronically in MS Word (97-2003) or Adobe PDF formats. (File sizes must be less than 2MB)

I.B.Tauris Publishers, as the leading publisher in the field of Iranian Studies, is pleased to support the continuing research and enquiry into the world of the Iranian experience. www.ibtauris.com

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University of Chicago - Summer Language Study

2009 Eastern Consortium in Persian and Turkish Intensive Summer Program at the University of Chicago

22 June- 21 August, 2009

Application deadline: 6 April, 2009

https://summer.uchicago.edu/intensive-language-study.cfm

Intensive instruction in both elementary and intermediate Persian and Turkish, also advanced Turkish. The emphasis in all courses will be on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each course will provide up to 200 contact hours with nine quarter credit hours. For additional details, see the program information section at the link above.

Some financial aid may be available from the Consortium to qualified
applicants. In addition, Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships and other sources of financial support may also be applied. NOTE: the Consortium will accept the Summer FLAS tuition award as payment in full for Summer Program tuition and fees. Applicants for Persian or Turkish study who are graduate or professional students may apply for a Summer 2009 FLAS Fellowship from the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Center (application deadline: 30 January, 2009). Visit
http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/programs/flas.shtml for further information.

On-campus housing will be available at nominal rates.

For further information, contact:
Rusty Rook, Associate Director
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Phone: 773-702-8296
Fax: 773-702-2587
E-mail: rrook@uchicago.edu

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American Council for International Education - Fellowship Opportunities

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Summer 2009 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

Applications for the Summer 2009 program are due March 1st.
Applications are now available for download from the American Councils website: http://www.americancouncils.org

Fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants have also received substantial fellowship support from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS). Recent Eurasian Regional Language Program participants have studied:
> Azeri in Baku;
> Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi;
> Kazakh in Almaty;
> Kyrgyz in Bishkek;
> Persian (Dari/Farsi/Tajiki) and Uzbek in Dushanbe; and Ukrainian in Kyiv

Programs also available for the study of Armenian, Buryat, Chechen,
Pashto, Romanian, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut. Please note that some languages are offered in more than one country.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and working professionals intensive instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs. All courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level instruction in the target language, Russian, or a language related to the target language are eligible to apply to the program.

Courses are designed to strengthen participants' oral, listening, reading and writing proficiency in the language of study. Participants receive approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class instruction in the target language. Courses in history, literature, and politics are also available for advanced speakers. Other program features include peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and graduate- or undergraduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

Application deadlines
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1

For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs American Councils for
International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org
Website: www.americancouncils.org

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CAMES Summer Arabic Program 2009

CAMES Summer Arabic Program 2009

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will be holding an intensive summer Arabic program from June 24 until August 7, 2009. The program offers intensive Modern Standard Arabic instruction at six different levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. The typical daily workload includes five hours of MSA and one hour of Lebanese dialect, followed by lectures, field trips, clubs and movies which are integrated into the program. Students should also expect at least four hours of homework each day. The total of 186 classroom hours is the equivalent of 9 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

The program uses the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi and other supplementary materials.

The application deadline is March 30, 2009. Applications may be downloaded from: http://staff.aub.edu.lb/~webcames/sap_application.html


The breakdown of fees is as follows:
* Tuition for Modern Standard Arabic (obligatory): $3,732
* Accommodation in AUB dorms:
* $682 (private)
* $517 (semi-private)
* $423 (shared)
* Health Insurance: $130
* Sports Facilities Usage: $42

For further information about the program, please check this link
http://staff.aub.edu.lb/~webcames/about.html or email cames@aub.edu.lb.

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Summer Program in Jordan for High School Students

Culture and History: Understanding the Arab World
June 28–July 25, 2009
* Study at Columbia University in New York and at King's Academy in Jordan
* Expand your understanding of the people and culture of the Middle East
* Visit religious and cultural landmarks in Jordan
* Earn an official Columbia University Statement of Attendance

A pre-college summer study-abroad program for students entering grade 11 or 12 in fall 2009, organized in collaboration with King's Academy in Jordan and facilitated by the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman.

A new program combines study at Columbia University in New York City with study abroad at King's Academy, in Manja, Jordan. The program offers a unique chance to combine substantive reading and classroom work at Columbia and at the prestigious King's Academy with field trips to several extraordinary historical sites in the Middle East.

Visit http://www.ce.columbia.edu/hs/jordan_about.cfm?PID=40

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Oklahoma State University - Study Abroad Summer Course

The Cultural and Natural Resources of Morocco
GEOG 4910 / 5510 (3 credit hours)
Oklahoma State University
May 23 to June 7, 2009

This study abroad summer course, offered through Oklahoma State University, College of A&S Outreach, will focus on themes of cultural and natural resources in Morocco and include fascinating and exciting experiences along the way. The course instructors are Dale Lightfoot and Thomas Wikle, both in the Department of Geography at OSU. Dr. Wikle has more than a decade of experience directing summer travel courses and Dr. Lightfoot has more than 15 years experience with research and outreach projects in Morocco and the wider Middle East and North Africa region.

The cost of the trip will be $4,042 for undergraduate students and $4,112 for graduate students and non-credit participants.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Dale Lightfoot
d.lightfoot@okstate.edu

Dr. Thomas Wikle
t.wikle@okstate.edu

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Michigan Feminist Studies - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Michigan Feminist Studies

Deadline: February 13, 2009

Michigan Feminist Studies invites submissions for its 2009 issue on the theme of Politics and Performativity. Women's roles in politics per se, and more generally in the public sphere, often theorized through notions of performativity, are important topics for feminist researchers, academics, and activists. This volume of Michigan Feminist Studies seeks to engage with this subject from many different angles and perspectives. While our empirical and theoretical focus is on women and gender, we also encourage submissions that draw linkages between gender and other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, and nationality.

We welcome submissions in the form of empirical/scholarly analysis, literature reviews, theoretical papers, creative writing, and visual art from emerging or established scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, artists, creative writers, and activists. We encourage scholarly works from all disciplines, including (but not limited to): anthropology, sociology, psychology, English/literature, linguistics, women's studies, biology, chemistry, physics, history, public health, public policy, philosophy, art history, business/marketing, information sciences, political science, studio arts, communications/media studies, theater, international studies, law, and education. As feminists, we also support interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research.

In this issue of Michigan Feminist Studies we are interested in considering questions such as: How have women in the public sphere/politics been represented in the media? How are women and/feminism implicated in conservative versus liberal politics? How are feminist issues given attention in policy decisions? What is the role of women in grassroots political organizations? How is gender constructed through political discourse? How are femininity and sexuality of female politicians portrayed by the media and handled by the public? How do gendered discourses frame political campaigns? How has the feminist movement been shaped by its political goals? How do drag and other forms of subversive gendered dress make a political statement?

More specific topics for submissions could include:
* Reproductive rights
* Identity politics
* Presentation of the self in the political arena
* Nationalism
* Women and (dis)enfranchisement
* Women, language, & politics
* Political economy
* Public/private divide
* Femininity and political figures in the ancient world
* Sexism in politics
* Gay marriage
* Power of women in ancient dynasties

Please note that these questions and topics are intended as suggestions and not limitations.

Michigan Feminist Studies is an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Manuscripts should be roughly 4000-6000 words and double-spaced. Please submit three single-sided copies, and include a 150-200 word abstract, brief biographical note, institutional and departmental affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Papers may be submitted in the accepted format of your own academic discipline (e.g., MLA, APA). If your paper is selected, you will then be asked to submit an electronic file.

Mail submissions to: Michigan Feminist Studies
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

The Deadline for Submissions is February 13, 2009.

Inquiries can be directed to mfs.editors@umich.edu.

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2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies - Call for Papers

2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies
Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community
October 16-17, 2009, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.

While the United States was deeply involved in negotiating peace between Israel and the Palestinians and fighting terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia have been quietly developing frequent economic, political, and cultural interaction with the Middle East. Countries such as China and Japan pay close attention to the Middle East because of their strong ties to the region. Indeed their roles in the Middle East have become so prominent that they should be acknowledged and closely observed. The “Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community” conference, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy’s Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, U.S. Asian Cultural Academy, the Shanghai
International Studies University, and the Library of Congress Asian Division, aims to provide a platform for western and Asian scholars to converge and exchange views on major issues concerning the Middle East and its relationship with Asia, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

The 2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies plans to invite scholars with strong interest and specializations in Asia-Middle East relations to present their papers on the following suggested subjects:
- Energy and environment
- Economy and trade
- Cross-regional relations
- Social/cultural perspectives

This list is meant to suggest possible topics, although other topics are welcome if they establish their general relevance to the subject of the encounters between the global and local powers in the Middle East.

Both broad theoretical studies and specific case studies are welcome. Paper proposals (no more than 200 words) & a 1-page biography are due by 1 May 2009, and should be submitted electronically to:

Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community
Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies
U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland USA 21402
Tel.: 1-410-293-2990 Fax: 1-410-293-2994
Email: cmeis@usna.edu

This is an interdisciplinary conference. Participants will include academics, diplomats, military officers and other interested individuals.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 1 June 2009. Final papers must be submitted by 15 September 2009.

Paper presenters and participants must cover their own travel and
accommodations to participate in the conference. Registration fee is $ 95.00 and is due by 16 September 2009.

Registration information for this conference will be available by 1 April 2009 at:
www.usna.edu/MiddleEast

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CICS - Research Funds for Seminar

Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations
2009-2010 Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a not-for-credit seminar for master's students and doctoral students at the pre-candidacy level intending to pursue field-based research outside the United States.

ELIGIBILITY
This seminar is open to students in the early stages of graduate training with interests in international and area studies who can demonstrate goals of completing training and research through the doctorate. Graduate students from across disciplines are invited to apply.

PURPOSE
The Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations offers students the opportunity to develop theses projects, pre-dissertation proposals, and dissertation prospectuses with their peers, in an interdisciplinary setting. The goals of the seminar include:
* Increasing students' capacity for understanding research designs and systems of evidence developed in other professions and disciplines
* Examining issues of ethics and values in the development and conduct of cross-cultural and cross-national research
* Encouraging high-level critical discussion of methodology and epistemology
* Discussing different qualities and characteristics of data in international research.

ORGANIZATION
The seminar will meet 5-7 times a term for two-hour sessions on Friday afternoons, which will be organized around the discussion of presentations by participating students. Several sessions will also be devoted to the discussion of papers, research proposals, and faculty and visitor presentations.

Each student admitted to GSGT will have access to a restricted research fund of up to $4,500, to be used for a preliminary visit to the prospective foreign research site and for specialized language training necessary for dissertation research.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Students must commit to participating in the seminar for three terms, and will be expected to make a presentation to the group following their research trip, and to discuss methodology, challenges, and results with seminar participants. Participants must also submit a brief written report (1-2 pages) within four weeks after completing field research.

APPLICATION
Applications must include—4 hard copies of the following:
- Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
- Two-Three page letter that addresses the student’s research topic
- Two letters of support from a faculty advisor and/or departmental director of graduate studies
- Official transcript of grades

Members of the CICS advisory board will determine admission to the GSGT program.

DEADLINE
Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by 5pm (for admission to the seminar in September 2009)

CONTACT AND DELIVERY INFORMATION
Contact Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu
Deliver applications to:
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
International Institute, 1080 S. University, Suite 3659
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Project on Islam in Eurasia - Harvard University

I would like to draw your attention to a new project which seeks a
better understanding of Islam in Eurasia -- especially Central Asia,
the Caucasus, and Muslim regions of Russia -- and we invite your
involvement in this initiative.

The Project on Islam in Eurasia was established in the fall of 2008,
motivated by the conviction that the great bulk of the attention
devoted to Islam in the former Soviet Union -- both by scholars and
policy makers -- has thus far been guided by the narrow question of
whether the radicalization of Islam will present a challenge to the
security of the region. We believe firmly that the importance of
Islam in this region is not limited to the supposed danger that it
poses for existing regimes or secular values. Indeed, Islam is
integral to the culture and society of this region, and the dramatic
changes affecting the social role of Islam following the demise of
Soviet rule offer rich material for analysis and will have tremendous
importance for the future of the societies of the region.

The themes of particular interest for the Project include:
* The ways that Muslims are seeking to define a role for Islamic belief and practice in their societies where many traditional forms of observance were discouraged, disparaged, or persecuted during Soviet times.
* The diversity of religious orientations, including efforts alternatively to revive local traditions such as those associated
with Sufism, to reinterpret Islam and make it more consonant with "modernity", and to "purify" Islam, often drawing inspiration from forms of Islamic observance prevalent in the Arab world or Pakistan.
* The institutions of education, spiritual and community leadership, and propagation of faith, which represent these developing orientations.
* The expression of differing conceptions of traditional, modern or Islamic identity through community practices (funerals, weddings, and other celebrations and gatherings), as well as forms of dress (head coverings, modest attire, imported styles, etc.).
* The ways that individuals are referring to Islam to answer their
very personal questions and to address problems such as inter-generational tensions or the abuse of alcohol.
* The ways that political figures and governments appeal to Islam as a part of national heritage or as a basis for social reforms (such as the official acceptance of polygamy), and the response in local communities to such political appeals.
* The impacts, on the community level, of efforts by governments and outside actors (proselytizers, foreign governments) to promote their preferred form of religion, and the ways that these efforts resonate with different local groups.
* The differing visions of the role of women in education, the public sphere, child-rearing, and religious ritual.
* The continuing influence of Soviet culture on forms of observance and social attitudes, such as the emphasis on collectivism and social justice or the conviction that women have a role to play in the public realm.

We invite those who share our interest in Islam's diversity and social dynamics to join the network that we are building in connection with the Project. Involvement in the Project means sharing in the exchange of information (especially through the Islam-Eurasia-L list; see below), and may involve participation in other activities of the Project such as conferences and public seminars.

The Project is funded by a three-year grant from the Carnegie
Corporation of New York. The planned activities and outcomes of the
Project include:
* Research on these themes in a number of locations across Eurasia, carried out by a team of researchers - mainly scholars based in the region.
* A conference on "The Changing Social Role of Islam in Post-Soviet Eurasia" in March 2009, that will gather a number of the scholars who have been most focused on these issues, with the purpose of making an assessment of the current state of scholarship and identifying key issues that deserve further investigation. Other conferences will be held during subsequent years of the Project.
* Two book-length publications, one based on the conference in March 2009, and the other based on the results of the Project's three years of research.
* A number of policy briefs, aimed at informing policy- and opinion-makers about the important implications of a better understanding of Islam's changing role in the region.
* Presentations, roundtable discussions, and press contacts aimed at promoting a better public understanding of these social processes and their implications, to be held both in the West and within the region.

To learn more about the project and become involved:
* Visit the Project's website at http://islam-eurasia.fas.harvard.edu
* Join the Project's mailing list for occasional announcements about
events, publications, etc. at
http://islam-eurasia.fas.harvard.edu/ie_maillist.html (or by email at
islam-eurasia@fas.harvard.edu)
* Participate in the network of information exchange through the
Islam-Eurasia-L listserv
http://islam-eurasia.fas.harvard.edu/ie_listserv.html

We welcome and appreciate your involvement in this new project.

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January 15, 2009

Arab American National Museum - Call for Books

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is proud to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2008 Arab American Book Award

Books submitted for consideration must be written or illustrated by an Arab American, or address the Arab-American experience. The portrayal or representation of Arab Americans should be accurate and engaging; avoid stereotypes, and reflect rich characterization. It must be an original work and published in English between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Submissions must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2009. An award will be given to an author or illustrator in each of the following three categories:

* Adult Non-Fiction in the areas of the Social Sciences and Humanities
* Adult Fiction, including Arts and Literature
* Poetry (New for 2008)
* Children or Young Adult, Fiction or Non-Fiction

Submission forms can be found on the AANM website. For additional information regarding the Book Award please contact Kristin LaLonde of the AANM Library & Resource Center at 313-624-0223 or klalonde@accesscommunity.org.

The Arab American National Museum Book Award was established in 2006 to encourage the publication and excellence of books that preserve and advance the understanding, knowledge, and resources of the Arab American community by celebrating the thoughts and lives of Arab Americans. The purpose of the Award is to inspire authors, educate readers and foster a respect and understanding of Arab American culture.

The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves, celebrates, and educates the public on the history, life, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans. We serve 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.

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126

www.arabamericanmuseum.org

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Johns Hopkins University - Summer Employment Opportunity

SUMMER 2009 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
http://www.cty.jhu.edu/summer/employment

CTY is seeking outstanding staff to work in our summer programs. The Center for Talented Youth offers challenging 3-week academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world.

Locations throughout the United States, Mexico, China, and Spain.

Who:
Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth(CTY)

What:
We are seeking enthusiastic political science and international relations instructors and teaching assistants to work in our summer programs. CTY offers intense 3-week academic programs for academically talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world.

When:
Session 1: June 25 – July 18
Session 2: July 18 – August 8
Instructors and teaching assistants can work either or both sessions.

Why:
CTY staff work with exceptional students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous academic setting.

Salary:
Instructors start at $2100 - $3000 per 3-week session.
Teaching assistants start at $1100 per 3-week session
Room and board are provided at our residential sites.

Classes:
15 students
Each instructor is assigned a teaching assistant.

Courses: International Politics, Model United Nations and Advanced Geography, Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice, The Asian Pacific Rim, Politics of the Middle East, U.S.-China Relations

Visit:
www.cty.jhu.edu/summer/employment
· Review full job descriptions and responsibilities
· Learn about additional opportunities
· Download an application

You can also contact us at 410-735-6185 or ctysummer@jhu.edu for more information. Johns Hopkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Crown Center for Middle East - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering one-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, or social developments. The fellowships will allow scholars in the early stages of their career, the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East.

About the Crown Center
The Crown Center's research interests encompass the twenty-two members of the Arab League, stretching from Morocco to Iraq, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The Center's research focus extends well beyond Arab-Israeli tensions to include Middle East politics, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, and regional security and arms control.

Eligibility
The 2009-2010 postdoctoral fellowship is open to all scholars who hold a doctoral degree and have research experience in a Middle East related field. Eligible candidates should have earned a doctoral degree no earlier than 2006.

Terms
The Post Doctoral Fellowship is a one-Year appointment beginning September 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010. The stipend for the 10 months will be $43,000. In addition funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the 10-month appointment period. Appointment is subject to budgetary approval.

Deadline
Febuary 2, 2009

Application and Inquiries
Please visit http://www.brandeis.edu/crown/search/index.html to view application details. For more information about the Crown Center please see http://www.brandeis.edu/crown. Direct inquiries are addressed to Kristina Cherniahivsky at crowncenter@brandeis.edu, 781-736-5320.

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Call for Papers - Historiography & Iran in Coparative Perspective - Conference

HISTORIOGRAPHY & IRAN IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
A conference focusing on the developments in the historiography of Iran in comparative perspective.

10-13 September 2009

Introduction
The Persian speaking world has enjoyed a long tradition of historical writing which sought to situate the Iranian people within a particular narrative of descent and historical development. These narratives were to be challenged with the introduction of new historical methods from Europe in the late 19th century. By the late 20th century there was a dramatic increase in historical writing in Iran, partly as a consequence of the need to produce new national narratives and partly a result of the demand engendered by the growth in literacy and communications. The writing of history, reflecting the realities of the day, has more often than not proved to be a profoundly political act. Historical texts, narratives, and memoirs have all sought to shape and define the way in which Iranians have thought of themselves and their history. Yet for all the emphasis on national particularities, historical writing has also been driven by means and methods determined by the modern European tradition. Of particular importance in this regard was the distinction created between historical writing and myth; a process which resulted in much of the pre-modern Iranian historical tradition being confined to the realm of literature.

This conference will seek to highlight a number of these developments by assessing the traditions of historical writing in Iran and situating them within broader trends in historiographical thought, in particular the development of European historical narratives. Questions to be addressed include the role of historical writing in the construction of identity; myth and history, literature and the oral tradition; how do we understand the development of a historical consciousness; what parallels can be drawn between the Iranian and European traditions of historical writing; to what extent does contemporary Iranian historical writing situate itself within a European narrative.

The organisers welcome papers on a broad range of topics - including papers with a comparative and trans-national approach - but will be guided by the following thematic areas:
1. Persia in the Western imagination
2. Inventing the Middle Ages
3. History & nation building
4. History, Myth and literature
5. Revolutionary History
6. Diasporas

Proposals for papers should send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along contact details, a brief bio including an institutional affiliation, to the Organising Committee, Historiography Conference, School of History, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AL, by February 15th 2009. Alternatively proposals may be sent in electronic format to the email below. All proposed papers must constitute unpublished new research. Authors of papers presented at the conference must commit themselves to publish their papers in the publication described below, if the editors of the publication select their papers for inclusion in the publication.

Publication
A book, edited by Ali Ansari, of selected papers from the conference will be published by I. B. Tauris Publishers, in the series "Iran and the Persianate World".

Enquiries
For general enquiries please contact Professor Ansari on iran@st-andrews.ac.uk
Regular updates can be found on www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~iranian

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January 13, 2009

Yale University - Assistant Professor w/expertise in North Africa

Council on Middle East Studies/Council on African Studies
Assistant Professor
The MacMillan Center, Yale University

The MacMillan Center at Yale University seeks to sponsor the appointment of an assistant professor in Anthropology or Sociology, with area expertise in North Africa. Special consideration will be given to scholars with Francophone expertise, and who specialize in issues relating to gender; Islamic social movements; globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora; or legal institutions and the state. However, other topical areas will be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in Anthropology or Sociology, with the position beginning on July 1, 2009.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter (including qualifications and plans for research and writing), a CV, one or more writing samples up to a total of one hundred pages in length, a syllabus of a proposed course, and names of three references to:
The Council on Middle East Studies
The MacMillan Center
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520‐8206.

Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Marcia Inhorn (marcia.inhorn@yale.edu). Review of application materials will begin on January 15, 2009.

Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women scholars.

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CICS - Student Research Fellowships

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a call for applications from graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to conduct innovative research outside of the United States related to the following three themes:
· Human Rights
· International Development
· International Security and Cooperation

ELIGIBILITY
Grants will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus. The fellowships will provide up to $3,000 each for research expenses, and may be used for travel and/or living expenses (including summer living expenses), and materials. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

CRITERIA
· Contribution to the three themes of CICS: human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation
· Quality, significance, and feasibility of the proposed research activity
· Creation of links with international organizations or practitioners working in the areas of human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Awardees must submit a final report to CICS within four weeks after completion of the research. The report (3 pages in length) should include a summary of the research conducted and activities accomplished. Awardees may be asked to present their research or findings to students and faculty in the fall of 2009. Reports may appear in the CICS publication.

APPLICATION
Applications should include 4 hard copies of the following items:
* Completed CICS funding request cover sheet (includes 100-word abstract of the project)
* 2 to 3-page description of the objectives of the project and/or research
* Detailed budget
* Resume
* Letter of recommendation from U-M faculty member

Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the CICS Advisory Committee. Applications should be delivered to the Center for International & Comparative Studies (CICS) by the deadline.

DEADLINE
Applications are due on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by 5pm (for travel in summer of 2009)

CONTACT AND DELIVERY INFORMATION
Contact Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu
Deliver Applications to: Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
International Institute, 1080 S. University, Suite 3659

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CICS - Funding for Student Internships

Funding for Student Internships
2009-2010 Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a call for applications from undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor who are planning to work as interns during the summer of 2009.

ELIGIBILITY
Students are eligible to apply if they have secured an internship with an organization, preferably working in the areas of one of these three themes:
* Human rights
* International development
* International security and cooperation

Grants of up to $4,000 to will be awarded to a limited number of students. Students must have an internship assignment secured from a reputable organization. Funding can be used by the student to pay travel and living expenses. These funds are primarily intended for students working unpaid for an organization. If students are being paid, however, it is possible to receive funding to offset high expenses not covered by the organization. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

CRITERIA
Applications to support internships with organizations working specifically in areas related to the three CICS themes will be given priority in the selection process.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Awardees must submit a final report to CICS within four weeks after completion of the internship. The report (3 pages in length) should include a summary of the activities completed and work accomplished. Awardees may be asked to make a presentation on the internship experience to students and faculty in the fall of 2009. Reports may appear in the CICS publication.

APPLICATIONS
Applications should include 4 hard copies of the following items:
* Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
* Resume
* Letter of recommendation
* Detailed budget
* Brief statement of purpose, including a description of the work being done (1 page maximum)
* Evidence that the internship is secured (e.g., offer letter with description of job tasks)
* Any additional materials that describe the organization, such as brochures, website addresses, mission statements.

Members of the CICS advisory board will review the applications and select grant recipients based on the quality of the materials submitted.

DEADLINE
The deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2009, by 5pm (for 2009 summer internships)

CONTACT AND DELIVERY INFORMATION
Contact: Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu
Deliver Applications to:
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
International Institute, 1080 S. University, Suite 3659

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Center for International & Comparative Studies - Call for Proposals

International Partnership Building Grant 2009-2010 Call for Proposals

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) at the
International Institute announces a call for proposals from U-M faculty to assist the center in building partnerships with international organizations involved in one of the following three areas:
• Human Rights
• International Development
• International Security and Cooperation

These partnerships are intended to provide opportunities for U-M students and faculty to work overseas with NGOs or international organizations involved in activities related to the center. The intention of the grant is to build an ongoing partnership between the center and the organization, with mutual benefit to both.

ELIGIBILITY
U-M-Ann Arbor regular instructional staff in any department.

CRITERIA
The following criteria will be used to assess applications:
• Organization’s involvement in work related to the three themes of CICS: human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation
• Creation of sustainable links with international organizations and practitioners in these fields
• Commitment of faculty to continue contacts with the center and with the organization, and to assist in maintaining links between the two.

Grants up to $8,000 will be awarded, and funding can be used for travel, hosting visitors, and materials. Up to $2,000 of the grant may be deposited into the faculty research account.

PROPOSALS
Proposals should include 4 hard copies of the following items:
• Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
• CV of faculty applicant
• Description of NGO or international organization (1 page)
• 1-2 page summary of proposed partnership, including 2-year plan for link, and vision for sustainability
• Budget

DEADLINE
Proposals are due: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by 5pm

CONTACT AND DELIVERY INFORMATION
Contact: Shannon Bellefleur at 734.764.2268 or email: sbellefl@umich.edu
Deliver Proposals to:
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
1080 S. University, Suite 3631
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Columbia University's Journal of Politics & Society - Call for Papers

Columbia University's Journal of Politics & Society, published by the Helvidius Group, invites you to submit your class papers and theses for consideration for our 2009 edition. The Editorial Board is seeking submissions from UNDERGRADUATES (class of 2008 or later) in colleges and universities across the nation.

The deadline for the Spring 2009 Journal is January 24, 2009.

In 2007, the Journal became the first commercially distributed undergraduate periodical in the nation. The 2009 edition will be distributed among academics worldwide and sold in Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores.

In addition, the Journal of Politics & Society will award the Peter and Katherine Tomassi Prize of $250 to the author of the best article, as judged by the Editorial Board in conjunction with faculty at Columbia University.

The Journal of Politics & Society is seeking original, creative, and rigorous articles including, but not limited to:
- Research on current economic, political, and sociological phenomena
- Normative scholarship analyzing important theories on political philosophies

Students from ALL SOCIAL SCIENCE DISCIPLINES are encouraged to submit their work.

There is no absolute length requirement, but published articles are typically originally 20­50 pages in length (double-spaced). Papers selected for publication undergo an intensive peer review and editing process, and work previously written for classroom or individual use is welcomed.

Please send all general inquiries and manuscripts to:
helvidius@columbia.edu

For submissions, please use Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) format and include "[2009 Submission]" in the subject field of your email.

For further details, please visit us at:
www.helvidius.org

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Columbia University & CUNY - Call for Papers

"Crisis States: The Uncertain Future of Israel/Palestine"
Graduate Student Conference, 9-10 April 2009

The Columbia University and City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center departments of Anthropology jointly invite you to submit abstracts for Crisis States: The Uncertain Future of Israel/Palestine, a graduate student conference to be held in April 2009 in New York City.

Social science research on Israel/Palestine has tended to view the
relationship of Palestinians and Israelis as one characterized by the occupation and resistance to it. Anthropology, in particular, has produced valuable studies of Israelis and Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza that have focused largely on the micro-practices of everyday life on the one hand, and on the logics and effects of institutions of national politics on the other. As a result of this trend, the study of Israel/Palestine often focuses on these relationships within, although generally critical of national and historical narratives of geographical Palestine.

It is often said in popular representations of the region that it is now, too late, to establish a two-state solution; that recent developments (or non-developments) have closed off possibilities for peace. In other words, political realities and the future possibilities that they imply, including but not limited to the increasingly desperate circumstances of Palestinians in Gaza or the construction of the separation wall, settlements, and the infrastructure of closure?may now demand attention in new ways. Therefore, in order to supplement existing analyses, we ask: what have large concepts and forces like capitalism, geopolitics and global economics, colonial histories, and nationalism brought to the study of this conflict? What have they obscured? How are these processes and categories constituted and contested at multiple national, regional and international scales, and what have recent transformations in economic and political circumstances revealed about academic claims about Israel/Palestine? What are the temporal dimensions of the conflict, its historiography, and its peace process?

Any future resolution of this conflict will have to deal with certain political histories, global, ideological, and temporal processes that operate in multiple ways and in relation to multiple processes that are perpetually shifting and unfolding. Some of these are ongoing and others have emerged at staggered intervals with, for example, the establishment and collapse of Oslo, accusations of high-level corruption in the Israeli government, Israel's recent war with Lebanon, or with the end of the second intifada and Hamas victory in the 2006 elections and takeover of Gaza. What forms of political or proto-political organization might be emergent in what has been called a non-state or a "failed state?" How are we to understand the role of institutions and infrastructures that seem to mediate between local,global and national realms and how are they constituted by and through various scales? What theoretical tools might be required to recognize and evaluate them in the Palestinian context, and in terms of the peculiar and ambiguous ?stateless? political organizations in the West Bank, Gaza, and in their relationship to Israel?

The purpose of this conference is to begin a multidisciplinary dialogue about the study of Israel/Palestine that is attuned to and expands the frame for analyzing the extent to which these territories are defined by the dialectic of occupation and resistance to it. We seek to create a forum for the discussion of alternate possibilities for understanding global and local
processes, sensibilities and ontologies in the contemporary economic and political climate. The organizers hope that this workshop will bring together graduate students across the social sciences in order to identify recent theoretical approaches to Israel/Palestine that will help engage with ongoing dialogues within and about this conflict. In doing so we hope to supplement the social sciences' long-term commitment to the study of resistance, occupation, and national politics.

Suggested topics of discussion include:
o Infrastructure
o Political Economy
o Global Economics
o Geography
o Separation and closure as defined in multiple ways: political, economic, Zionist, or otherwise.
o Rethinking the binary between Oppressor and Oppressed
o Governance
o Religious Theology, Thought, Sensibilities and Practice
o Islamic, Jewish, and Christian political movements
o Time and Temporality
o History, Narrative, and Historiography
o The State
o Humanitarianism and Development
o Production of Nature and the Environment
o Law and Jurisdiction
o Urbanism
o Approaches focusing on materiality and/or post-Humanist Approaches

The conference will take place between the CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University, on 9-10 April 2009. We are in the process of inviting faculty respondents to student papers and organizing faculty panel discussions and a keynote address. We invite students across disciplines but particularly in anthropology, geography, sociology, history, economics and political science to submit abstracts of 250 words to both organizers (Sophia Stamatopoulou-
Robbins scr60@columbia.edu and Kareem Rabie kareemrabie@gmail.com ). The deadline for abstract submissions is January 30, 2009. We will notify those selected by mid-February 2009. Please include your affiliation. We are currently working to secure funding for student travel, so please indicate whether or not you can afford to travel on your own or have access to funds from your home institution.

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NCOLCTL Participants - Accomodations being Awarded

Accommodation Support for 2009 NCOLCTL Participants

The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) will be sponsoring accommodation for a limited number of graduate students and part-time lecturers at the upcoming 2009 Annual Conference in Madison, WI, April 23-26. Awards will be granted for ACCOMMODATION ONLY to eligible students/instructors. Interested individuals should send a letter of application, CV, and a letter of support from their language coordinators or language directors. Applications must be received by January 19th, 2009. Awardees will be informed by January 26th. Awards will be granted for accommodation on a first come, first served basis. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Eligibility
• Only NCOLCTL Members are eligible for grants. If your membership is not current, you can register online at: http://www.councilnet.org/council/indmember.htm
• Graduate students or part-time lecturers who have submitted a proposal and plan to present their work at the 2009 NCOLCTL conference.
• Priority will be given to first-time presenters

Please send application documents to ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu or mail to:
NCOLCTL Secretariat
University of Wisconsin-Madison
4231 Humanities Building
455 N Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608 265 7902

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Al-Quads University - Call for Papers and Workshops

WOMEN, LEADERSHIP, STATE, AND SOCIETY
Al-Quds University
Abu-Dis Campus East Jerusalem
Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4, 2009

Call for Papers and Workshops
We invite proposals for papers and workshops for a conference on women andleadership in state and society with an emphasis on higher education, government, andcommunity-based organizations.

We are particularly interested in papers and workshops that explore:
1) comparative cases of countries in which women have played leadership roles;
2) women, law and legislation in Arab states (Middle East and North Africa);
3) social and political factors that advance or impede women’s leadership;
4) the role of culture, religion and the arts in facilitating women's leadership and
women-led change;
5) the particular role that universities can play in advancing women’s status.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2009

Proposals for papers or workshops should be 1-2 pages in length and accompanied by aresume or short curriculum vitae. Please send abstracts and resumes to both insancenter@arts.alquds.edu and crosby@brandeis.edu.

Accepted papers (8-10 pages, double spaced) may be delivered in English or in Arabic; simultaneous translation will be provided.

Limited funding for travel may be available.

This conference is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation as part of anongoing educational partnership between Al-Quds and Brandeis Universities.

Conference organizing committee:

Al-Quds University:
Professor Fadwa Allabadi
Professor Amneh Badran
Professor Najah Manasra
Professor Mutaz Qafiseh

Brandeis University:
Provost Marty Krauss
Professor Sue Lanser
Professor James Mandrell
Professor Shulamit Reinharz

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UM Armenian Studies Program Events for Winter '09 Semester

JANUARY 2009

Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Distinguished Annual Lecture

Dr. Gerard Chaliand
“The Geopolitics of the World Today: US Policy at the Periphery of Russia.”
January 14, 2009
7:00 PM, Hussey Room

Lecture will be Webcast Live: http://umtv-live.rs.itd.umich.edu/asp/asp011409.asx

UM, Michigan League
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor

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Dr. Gerard Chaliand
Seminar with faculty and graduate students/Luncheon

(By invitation)
“Iraq-Afghanistan and Terrorism.”
January 15, 2009
12:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1644
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor

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Gilgamesh Cultural Performances (ASP co-sponsorship)
Kevork Mourad and Kinan Azmeh
January 23-24, 2009
7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Biomedical Science Research Building Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor

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Public Lecture

Dr. Seta Dadoyan

(St. Nersess Seminary, NY)
“Islam and Armenians: Paradigms of a Near Eastern Dialectic”
January 27, 2009
4:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor

FEBRUARY 2009

Public Lecture

Dr. Jasmine Dum-Tragut

Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar
“The Changing Face of Armenia: Language, Culture, Religion and Minorities since Independence.”
February 10, 2009
4:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor

MARCH 2009

Public Lecture

Dr. Sebouh Aslanian

Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow
“Trust in Gossip but bastinado when needed: Regulation ‘trust’ relations among Julfan Merchants in the Early Modern period.”
March 3, 2009
5:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor

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International Conference
“Armenia and Armenians in International Treaties.”
March 18-21, 2009
Michigan League (March 18 and 19)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor
Michigan Union (March 20 and 21)
530 South State Street, Ann Arbor

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Public Lecture
Dr. Arus Harutyunyan

Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar
“National Identity Perceptions and Representations in the Republic of Armenia.”
March 31, 2009
4:00 PM, International Institute, Room 1636
1080 South University, Ann Arbor

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6th Annual Duke-UNC-CH Graduate Islamic Studies Conference - Call for Papers

The Departments of Religion at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are now accepting papers for inclusion in their Sixth Annual Graduate Islamic Studies Conference:

Negotiating Multiple Islams: Societies, Traditions, and Cultures in Context

April 4-5 2009
Global Education Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mohsen Kadivar, Visiting Professor, University of Virginia

Negotiating Multiple Islams:

For this year’s conference, we encourage papers that explore these questions and seek to contextualize the societies, cultures, and traditions in which they occur. We welcome topics that cover a wide range of issues and incorporate a variety of methodologies and approaches — textual, anthropological, sociological, critical
theoretical, and historical, among others. In addition to formal papers, we also welcome multimedia presentations, such as student-produced films, that are related to the theme of the conference.
Possible themes for paper topics include (but are not limited to):
* lived Islam in urban and rural environments
* critical responses to tradition and authority
* revival and reform movements and the notion of multiple modernities
* popular and vernacular Islam in current and historical contexts
* construction of competing identities
* Islamic art and architecture
* pluralistic ethics and Islam
* living and engaging sacred texts
* multiple interpretive authorities and local traditions
* Muslim women as scholars and leaders
* between Islamic law (Shari’ah) and jurisprudence (fiqh) in local and transnational contexts

To apply, please send the following to DukeUNCconf@gmail.com
* paper title
* proposal of no more than 500 words
* CV
* brief biographical sketch

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.

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University of Arizona - Conference: Introducing Children to the Arabic World

Introducing Children to the World: Exploring Middle Eastern Cultures and the Arabic Language through Children's Literature

University of Arizona | Tucson, AZ

January 24, 2009

Have you ever wanted to introduce your students to children around the world? This workshop will help you in immersing your students in global cultures and languages through engagements around children's literature. Literature can open the world for students and build a bridge to international understanding and global perspectives. During this workshop Arabic language and Middle Eastern cultures will be highlighted and you will have an opportunity to explore Middle Eastern values and practices, learn about the written language, and interact with many children's books about the Middle East in English and Arabic. Handouts and resources on Middle Eastern culture, language and children's literature will be provided for engaging students in inquiries of other cultures around the world.

Presenters:
> Kathy Short (Professor in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona)
> Seemi Raina (Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona)

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Location: University of Arizona College of Education, Room 104

Audience: K-8 educators

Cost: $30

Credit: 5 hours Professional Development Credit

Registration Deadline: January 19, 2009

Workshop Flyer/Registration Form: arabic_workshop_spring2009.pdf

Questions: Contact Seemi Raina at sraina@email.arizona.edu or (520) 621-1311.

http://cercll.arizona.edu/events.php#workshops

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Georgetown University - Fall Semester Abroad Program in Turkey

Georgetown University’s McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies is now accepting applications for its Fall 2009 semester abroad program in Turkey. Courses offered in Fall 2009 include:
- The Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey (Prof. Gábor Ágoston)
- Urban Geographies of Turkey and the E. Med. (Prof. Kay Ebel)
- Islam, Gender, and Identity (Prof. Şebnem Akçapar)
- Empires and the Modern Middle East (Prof. Gábor Ágoston)
- Turkey and the EU: Int. Migration (Prof. Şebnem Akçapar)
- Turkish Language (All Levels)

All courses are taught in English. No Turkish language background
required. No prerequisites. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
may apply. This program is open to non-Georgetown students. Scholarships are available.

This program offers a broad-based introduction to Turkey and the
Eastern Mediterranean, including: Ten day Orientation in Istanbul; Visit to the capital city of Ankara, including Parliament, Foreign Ministry, and U.S. Embassy; Extensive travel in Turkey, including visits to Bursa, Edirne, Antioch, and Konya; Ten-day study tour to Syria; Excursion to Cyprus; Spectacular villa setting on the shores of the Mediterranean; Opportunities for community service and independent travel.

Application deadline is March 2, 2009.

For more information contact Resident Director Kay Ebel at
kae7@georgetown.edu, Program Adviser Polly Robey at pss26@georgetown.edu or visit our web site at http://mcgheecenter.georgetown.edu.

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The National Security Language - Scholarships

Scholarship promotes study of languages

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to increase American citizens' capacity to engage foreign governments and peoples through the critical languages of Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.

Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2009

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth program is offering 550 full scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad and learn languages that most students do not have opportunities to learn, but are rapidly becoming critical to know. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division, NSLI-Y is designed to increase American citizens' capacity to engage foreign governments and peoples through the critical languages of Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.

Students wishing to apply for full scholarships must: be U.S. citizens, be 15-18 years of age and enrolled in high school at the time of application, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Students may participate in the program during high school or during the "gap year" between high school and college. Beginning language students are invited to participate, although all levels of instruction are available. Fluency is not required, but students with oral and written experience in the program languages are especially valued for their experience. Students returning from their NSLI-Y international experience will be able to apply their knowledge in university and professional opportunities.

For more information about the scholarship and to apply online, visit www.NSLIforyouth.org.

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January 12, 2009

Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies - Call for Papers

Gender Quotas in North African Parliaments:
Pathways to Empowerment, Accountability, and Political Participation?

May 20-22, 2009
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

In the past decade, gender quotas for national parliaments have been constitutionally mandated or adopted voluntarily by one or more political parties in Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The scope of quotas differs considerably, however, ranging from actions by two Algerian parties to place greater numbers of women on electoral lists, to the establishment in 2002 and 2007 of an agreement between Moroccan parties to reserve thirty seats for women.

Variation in the type of quotas and the institutional context in which they are implemented helps to explain why the proportion of women in the houses of representatives ranges from 7.2 to 22.8 percent in the four North African cases. Beyond these associations, however, the origins and outcomes of gender quotas in North Africa are not yet well explored or integrated into a cumulative and comparative research agenda on gender and politics in Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond. Some questions which warrant further study include: Why do countries vary in the type of quotas adopted? What are the effects of quotas on women’s empowerment and on accountability and political participation under authoritarianism? What are the effect of quotas on political attitudes and behaviors of constituents?

Conference Proposal

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University will hold a workshop May 21-22, 2009 to address questions related to gender quotas in North African parliaments and, more broadly, to concerns at the intersection of gender and politics in the greater Middle East. The goal of the workshop is to strengthen networks between scholars and policy practitioners and to offer an opportunity to prepare papers for publication, including the possibility of an edited volume or special edition of a journal arising from the conference.

Accordingly, proposals are invited for papers which address theoretical or empirical aspects of quotas and are analytical in nature. Papers may be comparative within or beyond the region and address:
-Critiques or defenses of quotas from Islamic, western, or other feminist perspectives, including assessments of the appropriateness of applying theoretical paradigms across regions
-Explanations for the establishment of quotas of different types in the North African cases
-Explanations of popular or elite attitudes toward quotas in the Maghreb
-Assessments of the effects of quotas on the behaviors of voters (e.g. voter turnout, voter choice, etc.)
-Analyses of differences in the leadership styles, political strategies, or other behaviors of female and male members of parliament
-Assessments of the effects of quotas on women’s empowerment
-Assessments of the contributions of female candidates to parliamentary debate on substantive issues and of the effects of quotas on broader questions of representation and accountability

Tentative Conference Schedule

The conference will begin with a keynote address at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Individual paper presentations (approx. 15 minutes per paper) will take place on May 21 and an optional outreach event for New Jersey teachers will be held on May 22. Honoraria and travel support are available for papers invited for both the Thursday and Friday portions of the conference.

Timeline for Paper Submission

Please submit paper abstracts to Lindsay Benstead (benstead@princeton.edu) by January 30, 2008. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee and authors notified of the committee’s decision by February 15, 2008. Papers accepted for presentation should be submitted the Lindsay Benstead by May 10, 2009 for pre-circulation to workshop participants.

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Fullbright Program Information Sessions

U.S. State Department
FULBRIGHT INFORMATION SESSIONS

Thursday, January 15, 12:00-1:00pm, 2609 SSWB
Tuesday, January 20, 12:00-1:00pm, 1644 SSWB
Friday, January 23, 12:00-1:00pm, 2609 SSWB

***Special Presentation: former Fulbrighter Mark O’Connor***
Monday, January 26, 12:00-1:00pm, 1644 SSWB

***Special Presentation: Tony Claudino, visiting speaker from IIE Headquarters, New York***
Wednesday, January 28, 12:00-1:00pm, 1644 SSWB

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at the University of Michigan through the International Institute. At the information session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisor will describe the application and selection process and provide suggestions for making your application more competitive.

Eligibility: To apply for this program through the University of Michigan, applicants must
(a) be U-M students, alumni or staff;
(b) be U.S. citizens;
(c) have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and
(d) demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.

Deadline: The University of Michigan deadline is September 10, 2009

Website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

Fulbright Program Advisors:
Kelly Peckens (kpeckens@umich.edu)
Undergraduates & Alumni

Amy Kehoe (akehoe@umich.edu)
Graduate, Professional School & Arts applicants

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Kansas University - 2009 Summer Arabic Studies in Morocco

University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad presents the 2009 Summer Institute: Arabic Studies in Ifrane, Morocco

The program dates are May 29-July 25, 2009 (eight-week program).

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. At least one semester of college-level Arabic language or the equivalent is recommended.

Credit: An official transcript from the University of Kansas will be issued at the end of the program.
- Track 1 (Language only): Six to ten hours of credit
- Track 2 (Language & Culture): Nine to thirteen hours of credit

On the program, students learn experientially about Morocco's culture, society and language
- Participants live with Moroccan roommates during the program and have optional family home stays for one or two weekends.
- Participants participate in at least one social club with topics including cooking, literature and theatre, music and dance, or calligraphy. The club activities allow students to interact with local students from Al-Akhawayn University.
- Excursions to the Tafilalt Area and to Marrakesh provide participants the opportunity to learn in greater detail about Morocco's culture and society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2009. Additional program information and applications are available online at www.studyabroad.ku.edu.

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January 07, 2009

ARIT - Fellowships for Language Study in Istanbul, Turkey

American Research Institute in Turkey Offering Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study in Istanbul, Turkey from June 22 through August 14, 2009

Application Deadline is February 9, 2009

Program: For summer 2009, the ARIT will offer full travel and fellowships for approximately 15 advanced students and scholars for participation in the summer program in advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level.

The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

Eligibility Requirements: To be a fellowship applicant, you must:
1. Be a citizen, natinoal, or permanent resident of the United States
2. Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level academic program, or be faculty
3. Have a minimum B average in your studies, if still a student; and
4. Perform at the high-intermediate level on a proficiency-based admissions examination.

Application Procedure: Use the application form and procedures that are accessible online at http://www.princeton.edu/~turkish/ARIT'08.html or via the ARIT language program webpage at http://ccat.sas.upenn/edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.htm

For futher information, contact:
Director, Erika H. Gilson
Email: ehgilson@princeton.edu
110 Jones Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1008

Nancy Leinwand
Email: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-3474
American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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December 11, 2008

Conference on Changes in the Middle East & North Africa Region

Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region

4 – 7 April 2009, Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

I am writing to draw your attention to the above conference which has attracted researchers and professionals from over 30 countries. This international event, which will be addressed by the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization, will:
· Present the very latest research on tourism development, heritage management and cultural issues from scholars inside and outside the Middle East and North Africa Region;
· Allow a unique opportunity for delegates to network and discuss some of the most pressing issues surrounding the relationships between tourism, heritage and culture;
· Offer professionals, government agencies, regional organizations and academics the opportunity to showcase the best of their research and practical cases to an international audience.

The conference program as it presently stands can be found at:
http://www.tourism-culture.com/64/C-MENA/C-MENA%20brochure%20&%20registration%20form_final.pdf

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December 08, 2008

U.S. Naval Academy - Gulf and the Globe 2009 Conference

For your information, on January 28-29, 2009, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, will be hosting "Gulf and the Globe 2009 Conference." Links to the event homepage and registration form are provided.

Link to event home page:
www.usna.edu/MiddleEast

Link to event registration form:
https://www.regonline.com/653959

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UC Irvine - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS - THE POLITICS OF CRISIS (April 3-4, 2009)

The graduate students of the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine invite submissions for:
Politics of Crisis
University of California, Irvine
Friday, April 3 -
Saturday April 4, 2009

Keynotes:
Paul Rabinow, Professor of Anthropology, UC, Berkeley
Additional keynote TBA

In Transcritique, Karatani Kojin defines crisis as "a chronic disease inherent in the capitalist economy, yet also a solution to its internal defects. In other words, capitalism makes temporary repairs to its innate problem by crises, thus it will never collapse because of it"(157). This conference hopes to critically explore the concept and figure of crisis as a disruption and/or confirmation of a particular structural ideology, where the possibility and the inevitability of crisis are created by the system against which the crisis occurs. Does crisis then foreclose upon the possibility of change? In this context, what kind of work does crisis perform?

This conference hopes to examine crisis by bringing together perspectives of various fields of study. We ask to what extent can crisis be a crucial point of engagement in the fields of critical theory, literary studies, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and political science? In what ways can an analysis of crisis inform our critiques of politics, culture and
society?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-crisis in the legitimacy of the sovereign, state of emergency, exploitation of executive power
-crisis in narratives, dramatic conflict
-crisis in language production, translation
-nuclear crisis, terrorism
-neuroses, hysteria, compromise formation
-eschatological crisis, endtimes and redemption, the Event
-Marxist eschatology, capitalist crisis, "disaster capitalism"
-predicting crisis/prediction technology, risk management
-double binds, undecidability
-representational crisis
-prophesies, ghosts, clairvoyance
-decadence
-crisis as means of continuation
-bodily crisis
-memory and forgetting, trauma
-culture wars
-Malthusian catastrophe, contagious diseases, biological terrorism -state of the field
-perpetual crises

Paul Rabinow is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. His work centers on modernity as a problem for those seeking to live with its diverse forms and for those seeking to advance or resist modern projects of power and knowledge. His most recent project is on developments in post-genomics and molecular diagnostics. It seeks to invent an analytic framework to understand the issues of bio-politics and bio-security.

The deadline for the submission of a 250-word abstract is January 15, 2009. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length.

Please send proposals to uci.crisis@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, departmental affiliation, institution and phone number along with the abstract.

For additional information on "Politics of Crisis," please visit
http://www.humanities.uci.edu/complit/crisis/

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Center for International & Regional Studies - Research Grants

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar announces the launching of a major research initiative designed to enhance our understanding of migrant labor issues in the Persian Gulf. CIRS will award a number of research grants designed to support original, empirically-grounded research involving fieldwork on topics related to migrant labor in the Gulf. Award recipients are expected to become active participants in the CIRS research initiative on the issue. The awards can last up to a maximum of two years, with a possibility of renewal.

Researchers interested in applying should send a cover letter and a detailed research proposal that conforms to the guidelines outlined on the CIRS website at http://cirs.georgetown.edu/research/grants/. Before applying, candidates are strongly urged to consult the Request for Proposals on the CIRS website.

Review of proposals begins on February 15, 2009 and will last until the research funds are allocated. For inquiries and grant application submission, please contact cirsresearch@georgetown.edu.

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MADA al-Carmel - Opening for English-speaking Interns

MADA al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research Has Opening for English-speaking Interns at its Haifa Office

MADA al-Carmel is an independent, not-for-profit, Palestinian-run research institute based in Haifa, Israel. MADA fuses in-depth theoretical and applied research with public policy recommendations to further human and national development of Palestinian citizens in Israel. In addition, MADA works to provide analytical research on a wide range of topic from national identity and citizenship to democracy promotion in multi-ethnic states.

MADA is seeking English-speaking Interns to assist in upgrading and managing our English-language website, editing and producing our English-language publications, and supporting our fundraising efforts.

Responsibilities of the Webmaster/Editor Intern:
- Developing, designing, and updating MADA's website as necessary
- Assisting staff with the production of MADA's various English-language publications
- Writing and editing English reports

Responsibilities of the Fundraising Intern:
- Helping to identify and qualify prospective new funders
- Maintaining ties with existing funders
- Building a database
- Helping the Development Director on grant applications as needed
- Helping with public relations (press releases, newsletter, etc.)

Benefits:
- Accommodations in Haifa
- A $300/month stipend
- Medical Insurance

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
For either position:
- Native-level fluency in English
- Proficiency in computer and word processing (MS Word, and preferably PowerPoint)
- The ability to work flexibly and independently
For the Webmaster/Editor Intern:
- Experience and competency in website design, development, and
maintenance
- Editing experience and skills, both conceptual editing and copy editing
For the Fundraising Intern:
- Experience in fundraising, or demonstrated strengths in research, writing, and communication

For exceptional candidates who could handle both types of internships at once, a higher stipend is offered.

DESIRABLE, BUT NOT NECESSARY, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE FOR EITHER POSITION:
- Some understanding of the unique situation of the Palestinians in Israel and of the region in general
- Knowledge of Arabic and the Middle East
- Experience living and working in the region

Willingness to commit to a 6-month to 1-year posting is preferred. To apply for an internship or learn more, please e-mail or fax a cover letter and CV to:

Einas Odeh Haj, Assistant Director
MADA al-Carmel
Fax: +972 (0) 4 852 5973
E-mail: einas@mada-research.org
www.mada-research.org

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Interdisciplinary Group on Poverty & Inequality - Call for Papers

The Interdisciplinary Group on Poverty and Inequality (IGPI) seeks graduate student papers and posters for its March 6, 2009 conference: Emerging Issues in Poverty and Inequality

Students who wish to present papers or posters on any aspect of poverty or inequality, broadly defined, are invited to apply. We encourage submissions from all graduate or professional students at the University addressing individual, local, national, and global perspectives using either qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

Abstracts will be refereed, and selected participants will be notified of their acceptance in February.

Please email your abstracts or any questions to povertygroup@umich.edu by January 16, 2009.

The day-long conference will feature a keynote address by William Julius Wilson, panels, and poster presentations.

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December 02, 2008

University of Toronto - Call for Papers

The Graduate Students' Association of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMCGSA), University of Toronto, Canada, is pleased to issue this CALL FOR PAPERS for our thirteenth annual Graduate Symposium.

This year's Symposium will be held on March 5, 2009, in Toronto, Canada. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2009. The theme of this year's Symposium is "International and Intercultural Relations in the Near and Middle East from Antiquity to the Present", which we believe has both broad appeal and currency.

Our Symposium provides graduate students the opportunity to present original research in a conference-like forum, the proceedings of which are periodically published. We encourage feedback from attending peers and faculty members, and foster interdisciplinary awareness and discussion. The Symposium celebrates the excellence and effort of all participants. This year, our thirteenth, we will also recognize an exceptional presentation (as determined by a peer-
review panel) with a small monetary award.

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals outlining original research broadly defined by this year's theme, by providing a 250-word abstract via our online application site, email, mail, or fax. The address coordinates are:

online application: http://nmcgsa.sa.utoronto.ca
email: sarah.schellinger@utoronto.ca
mail or fax: Sarah Schellinger, Symposium Co-coordinator, Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1C1 (fax:
416.978.3305)

The Symposium generally runs from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, followed by an informal reception for all participants. Each presentation will be allotted twenty minutes, followed by a five to ten minute question and discussion period.

We will be offering partial travel funds to one graduate student from a Near or Middle Eastern university in order to foster greater international scholarly dialogue. Cost for travel and accommodation for all other participants are not covered by the NMCGSA.

Please direct any questions to our Symposium Co-coordinator.

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Tufts University - Spring 2009 Conference on Iran & the Middle East

Fares Center Spring 2009 Conference:"Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration: Iran and the Middle East"

The conference will be held at Tufts University on Thursday, March 5 (starting at 3:00 pm) and all day on Friday, March 6, 2009. A definitive conference program will be available soon on our website.

The purpose of this conference is to identify issues that will be of concern to Americans in 2009, specifically the continuing confrontation between the United States and Iran. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent developments in that country have had a significant­—to American minds, exacerbating—impact on Iran’s position and policy there. Yet American and Iranian interests and policies have also collided in the Gulf and in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Nuclear issues in particular have brought the United States and Iran into renewed confrontation. The conference will address these concerns and how the new administration can take steps to change the dynamic in a helpful way.

The conference is an important component of our efforts to advance students’ understanding of political, historical, social, demographic, and economic issues of the Middle East through exposure to the views of distinguished world leaders, academics, and policy makers. We wish to present our students with a broad range of cultural perspectives and political opinions, and we are sure that the upcoming March conference will guarantee a panoply of diverse and stimulating viewpoints.

More information about this upcoming conference and past Fares Center events can be found on our website at http://farescenter.tufts.edu. Registration will be available from our website beginning early January 2009.

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Sixth International Conference on Language Teacher Education - Call for Papers & Attendance

Conference Invitation and Call for Papers
Sixth International Conference on Language Teacher Education
Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century

May 28 - 30, 2009, Washington, DC, USA

Designed for practitioners and researchers involved in the preparation and ongoing professional development of language teachers, LTE 2009 will address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including:
* foreign/modern/world language teaching;
* bilingual education;
* immersion education;
* indigenous and minority language education; and
* the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain a meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings.

Pre-Conference Workshops begin at 9 am on Thursday, May 28, 2009. The Opening Reception begins at 5 pm on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2008

The conference will focus on four broad themes:
* Theme I: The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
* Theme II: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language TeacherEducation
* Theme lll: Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
* Theme IV: Practices in Language Teacher Education

Plenary Speakers:
* Second Language Teacher Education in Times of Change: Jack Richards, The Regional Language Centre
* Teacher Cognition and Communicative Language Teaching: Simon Borg, University
of Leeds
* The Moral Lives of Teacher Educators: Bill Johnston, Indiana University
* A Sociocultural Perspective on Language Teacher Education: Karen Johnson, Pennsylvania State University

Types of Sessions View Call for Papers & P re-Conference Workshops
Symposia (2 hours)
Paper Sessions (25-minute papers)
Discussion Sessions (55 minutes)
Poster Sessions (60 Minutes)

For more information and to submit a proposal, please come to: http://nclrc.org/lte2009

To contact us: LTE@nclrc.org

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November 25, 2008

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies - Research Fellowships

Mellon Research Fellowships for Central and Eastern European Post-Doctoral Scholars in Yemen 2009-2010

Fellowship Program: The American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) is pleased to invite applications for Mellon Research Fellowships in Yemen for 2009-2010. AIYS is offering two fellowships to scholars who are citizens of-and are permanent residents of-East European and Baltic countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Applicants must hold the PhD or its equivalent. They may engage in individual advanced research projects in any research field of the humanities or the social sciences involving Yemen. The fellowships are for two to three months for research to be carried out in affiliation with AIYS center in Sana'a, Yemen.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided funds for the fellowships to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers to administer for the purpose of bringing East-Central European scholars of the humanities into a broader research community. Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Bulgarian, and Romanian scholars are eligible to apply. Applicants who previously held a fellowship under this program may apply under this program may apply only after five years have lapsed since the prior fellowship. Preference will be given to scholars in the early stages of their careers. Fellows are expected to devote full time to their projects and to participate in the activities of the Institute.

The program offers a stipend-up to $11,500- to cover the costs of conducting the scholar research project for two to three months, including travel, living expenses, and work-related costs. The deadline for application is March 1, 2009.

For details about the program, eligibility, and application requirements, visit the AIYS website at http://www.aiys.org/fellowships or contact Dr. Maria Ellis, Executive Director of AIYS, at the AIYS Administrative office; American Institute for Yemeni Studies; P.O. Box 311; Ardmore, PA 19003-0311; tel: 610-896-5412, fax: 610-896-9049; email: mellis@sas.upenn.edu

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Summer Study Course in Tunisia

SUMMER TRAVEL COURSE—TUNISIA

“Arab World, Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy: Summer Study Course to Tunisia�?

PLSC 300 (3 credit hours) (cross-listed with BWS, INTS, IWS & PAX)
Dates: May 31-June 20, 2009
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Group Leader: Professor Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), Political Science
Office of International Programs Contact: Mary Theis (mtheis@luc.edu)

COSTS
• Program Fee (In-Country Costs): $2,130. All in-country expenses, including travel by a new Mercedes bus and 4x4 land rovers, entrance fees to all sites, shared occupancy in 4-5 star hotels, 3 meals a day, and local tour guides/lecturers.
• Office of International Programs (OIP) application fee: $100.
• Summer School Tuition (3 credit hours): $1,740.
• Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Tunis): Approximately $1,850.

This special summer study travel course offers a unique experiential understanding of the Arab world, Islam and U.S. foreign policy through the case study of Tunisia, an Arab country in North Africa that serves as the present-day embodiment of the Carthaginian Empire. A unique combination of site visits, lectures by group leader Professor Peter J. Schraeder, and guest presentations by renowned Tunisian scholars will focus on the politics of democratization in the Arab world, the role of women in Muslim societies, Arab perceptions of U.S. foreign policy, U.S. perceptions of Tunisia’s role in the global war on terrorism, and the history of Islam and the Roman Empire in North Africa. We will spend the first 5 days in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, where, in addition to visiting sites throughout the city, you will take part in joint sessions with English-speaking Tunisian students from the University of Tunis and attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy. The vast majority of this 22-day trip, however, will be spent visiting sites of political, religious, historical, and social significance throughout all regions of Tunisia, ranging from the Great Mosque of Kairouan and the Roman Coliseum in El Jem, to an overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert, complete with a camel trek, in Southern Tunisia.

SOME TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
• Visit sites of political, religious and historical significance in more than 20 Tunisian towns & cities.
• Experience a camel trek in Southern Tunisia.
• Attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy, including a reception at the Ambassador’s residence.
• Take part in joint social events with English-speaking Tunisian students your own age.
• Camp overnight in the Sahara desert.
• Learn about the culture and politics of the Arab/Islamic world.
• Visit Roman and Carthaginian ruins.
• Lectures from world-renowned Tunisian scholars.

Application materials and a complete syllabus/trip itinerary are available at: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/summer.shtml

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November 24, 2008

Washtenaw Community College - Course in Photography in Morocco

Announcing an International Travel course to Morocco for people interested in learning photography and the culture of Morocco. This is a 3 credit course offered by Washtenaw Community College called PHO 105-Digital Photography Abroad, and it will be offered this coming May 15-25. We will travel to a wide variety of places in Morocco, including the cities of Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert. Participants will be able to use Canon professional cameras and laptop computers provided by WCC, and no prior course work in photography is required.

I have room for 18 participants, and we are already about halfway booked. The initial sign-up deadline is December 17 - we will take additional registrations after that date on a space-available basis. The cost of the course is $3450, which includes airfare, ground transportation, hotels, all meals, an Arabic speaking guide and photography instruction. Tuition for 3 credits is extra, roughly $220 for a Washtenaw County resident.

Here is a link to the website describing the trip: Photography in Morocco! PHO 105 - Digital Photography Abroad May 15-25, 2009
http://courses.wccnet.edu/~tabrams/Digital_Photography_in_Morocco/Welcome.html


Questions:
Terry Abrams
Photography Faculty
Washtenaw Community College
4800 Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

tabrams@wccnet.edu
734-973-3516

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Boren Fellowship Available

Boren Fellowship Announcement:

I am pleased to announce that the application for the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship competition is now available.

The Boren Fellowship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests -- including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for two academic years. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship. The application deadline is January 29, 2009.

Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe akehoe@umich.edu.

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November 17, 2008

Language Flagship - Fellowships for Central Asian Language Study

FELLOWSHIPS- Flagship Program for Central Asian Language Study

Applications for the 2009 - 2010 Central Asian Turkic, Persian, and Russian Overseas Flagship Programs are now available online at
http://flagship.americancouncils.org.

Administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS in collaboration with The Language Flagship and local partner universities, the Central Asian Turkic Languages, Persian, and Russian Overseas Flagship Programs address the critical need for
U.S. professionals to be able to speak, read, write, and understand these languages at the highest levels of functional proficiency. These programs are designed to raise the language proficiency of students to the "Superior" or "Professional" level (ILR 3, 3+, 4) through an intensive program tailored to students' professional interests and academic specializations.

The Persian program is located in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; the Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Central Asian Turkic Languages at several locations throughout Central Asia, including Kyrgyz and Uzbek in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Full fellowships are available from The Language Flagship through the Institute of International Education, and partial funding is available from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), the US Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), and The Language Flagship through American Councils.

Applications are due January 16, 2009.

For more information please visit our website, send an e-mail to
flagship@americancouncils.org, or call at 202-833-7522.

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PARC - Research Fellowship Competition

PARC 2009-10 Research Fellowship Competition
Studies on Palestine

Full proposals are due January 15, 2009
Fellowship awards range from $3,500 – $8,000
Award notification March 16, 2009

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 10th annual competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
•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.
•Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are also eligible.
•Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and science. Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
•Individual and joint research projects are eligible.
•Funding is for one year only.
•Research may take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, or Syria.
•Applications from women are especially encouraged.
•All applications must be in English.
•Applicants must be U.S. citizens. (Non-U.S. citizens, see below.)

For more information on PARC and to download a full application package, go to: http://parc-us-pal.org/

You may send any questions by email to: us.parc@gmail.com

Applicants must be PARC members to submit an application. The PARC website contains information on membership. Applicants must send four copies of the full application (except for letters of recommendation) to:

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

Palestinian applicants who are not U.S. citizens should direct inquiries to: Hadeel Qazzaz, Palestine Director at: parcpal@palnet.com

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Berlin PostDoctoral Fellowships - Europe in the Middle East

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
10 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2009/2010
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin invite scholars to apply for ten post-doctoral fellowships for the research program: EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE

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
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.

The program 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe' is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. It supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:
- Cities Compared: Cosmopolitanism in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions
- Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives
- Perspectives on the Qur'an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History
- Traveling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures
- Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives


PREREQUISITES AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
The fellowships are intended above all for scholars of history, literature, philology, political philosophy, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the program 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'. In Berlin, they will be
integrated into a university or non-university research institute. The working language of the research program is English.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 1.800 € (supplement for accompanying spouses: 250 €), and are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field.

As a rule, the fellowships begin on 1 October 2009 and end on 31 July 2010. The applicant's doctorate should have been completed no earlier than 2001.

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
1.) a curriculum vitae
2.) a 2 to 4 page project sketch
3.) a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
4.) a letter of recommendation by one university instructor.

The application should be submitted by e-mail as word document or PDF File in English and should be received by 11 January 2009, sent in to:
E-mail: eume@wiko-berlin.de
Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 19, 14193 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 - 89 00 12 00

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

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39th World Congress - Conference: "Sociology at the Crossroads"

Welcome to the 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology

http://www.iisoc. org/iis2009

The 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology will take place at Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday afternoon, June 11 - Sunday, June 14, 2009.

The theme of the Congress is: “Sociology at the Crossroads�?

The five previous World Congresses of the IIS have highlighted dilemmas of human existence and societal institutions in the contemporary world. They have examined problems of social existence amidst processes of globalization, cooperation and violent conflict. They have been conducted in the spirit which guided the formation of the IIS, namely that of an engagement and encounter between a variety of theoretical positions among members of a truly international community of scholars.

The 39th World Congress will reaffirm that spirit. It will have three broad foci, namely questions concerning the way sociology can arrive at a reformulated understanding of dilemmas of humanity in the contemporary era, including the nature of war and violence, of political order and states and state-like entities, of religious and cultural encounters, of processes of collective memories, traumas and reconciliations, and of shifting conceptions of law, legal regulation, human rights and international order.

The Congress will also highlight cutting-edge theoretical advances in sociology and neighbouring disciplines as well as teaching and curricular developments of sociology and social science in general in universities in the future.

The structure of the Congress is straightforward. The Congress will open on Thursday afternoon, June 11, with two plenary sessions. Each morning of the three following days, June 12-14, there will be two plenary sessions. The afternoons will be devoted to sessions proposed and organized by participants themselves.

The 39th World Congress of the IIS is jointly sponsored by YSU and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).

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British Institute - Available Position in Ottoman Studies

Research Fellow in Ottoman Studies, British Institute at Ankara
Academic Pay Scale 22-26
£23,449 - £26,391(+ benefits)
Fix Term for 2 years

The British Institute at Ankara is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Ottoman Studies for a fixed term of two years. The post is based at the BIAA’s office in Ankara. The post will involve working on a new British Academy-sponsored research initiative, Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean: Interaction between Southeast Asia and Turkey and the Ottoman Empire 16th-20th centuries. The Research Fellow’s principal task will be to work on a project to publish English translations of Ottoman documents relating to Southeast Asia. Accordingly, the successful candidate will have extensive experience in working with Ottoman archival documents, particularly of the 19th century. An excellent knowledge of Ottoman Turkish and English is required. No previous knowledge of Southeast Asia is necessary. A completed PhD at time of application is preferred.

Applicants should send a covering letter, a CV and a writing sample (dissertation chapter or article) to Siobhan McKeown at biaa@britac.ac.uk by 31 December 2008. Interviews will be held in February 2009.

For further details contact Siobhan McKeown biaa@britac.ac.uk or visit the website http://www.biaa.ac.uk

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National Defense University - Seminar: The Nuclear Tipping Point: U.S. Strategies to Prevent Future Proliferation

In cooperation with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P), we are delighted to announce our upcoming seminar on Transforming National Security, “The Nuclear Tipping Point: U.S. Strategies to Prevent Future Proliferation.�? The seminar will be held December 4th in Marshall Hall, Hopper Auditorium, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

The aim of this event is to examine the implications of a possible escalation of future nuclear proliferation. We will assess capabilities and incentives for new states to develop nuclear weapons, methods of deterring potential proliferation attempts, and U.S. strategy for responding to future proliferators. Please consider joining us as we address these key issues, with an eye towards the next QDR.

To register, please reply to CTNSP-NCO@ndu.edu. Registration will close on Tuesday, December 2nd.

If you have any questions regarding seminars that we are organizing, please feel free to contact me, James M. Keagle, at 202-685-2530 or Mr. Bruce Graham (202-685-3442). There is no charge to attend this seminar. I have included the Web address for directions to Ft McNair (http://www.ndu.edu/info/visitingNDU.cfm) for your convenience.

For more information about this series, please check our website http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/NCW_course.htm.

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IREX - Grant for US Graduate Students, Pre-Tenure Faculty and Professionals

Grant for US Graduate Students, Pre-Tenure Faculty and Professionals

2009 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:

Prospects and Challenges for the First Post-Communist Generation: Young People Today in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

Application Deadline: December 1, 2008

IREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board)—in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC)—will be administering a research symposium this spring that will examine issues concerning youth in Eurasia and Eastern Europe from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

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 study and discuss timely topics as they relate to youth in these regions. Possible topics may include: economic trends; political parties; education reform; public health; reproductive trends; trafficking and other cross-border criminal activity; and other related topics.

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 in early April 2009 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 or permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the US.
* 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 2009 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/programs/symp/index.asp

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November 03, 2008

Middlebury College - Summer Language Fellowships

The Middlebury College summer Language Schools is pleased to announce the Kathryn Davis Fellowships: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These fellowships, endowed by Kathryn Davis, fund the cost of tuition, room, board, and a travel stipend for individuals to study in the Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian Schools at Middlebury College for the summer of 2009. Middlebury will be awarding 100 fellowships for the summer of 2009 and we are encouraging working professionals as well as current graduate and undergraduate students.

Please visit our website www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls for more information such as the application.

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Harvard University - Available Position in Ottoman & Modern Turkish

PRECEPTOR IN OTTOMAN and MODERN TURKISH
Harvard University

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks applications for a preceptor in Ottoman and Modern Turkish. The appointment is expected to begin in the fall term of 2009. The position is renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, based on performance, enrollments, and curricular need. The successful applicant will teach five courses a year. Candidates for the position should have mastery of Ottoman Turkish language and literature, as well as modern Turkish. Applicants should also be familiar with the issues of teaching Turkish as a foreign language, have experience in teaching all levels of Ottoman and Modern Turkish, and must be able to conduct upper level courses in Turkish. Specialization in Ottoman or modern Turkish literature, linguistics and culture, or intellectual history, is highly desirable. Ph.D.
preferred. Letters of application (accompanied by CV and names and addresses of referees) should be sent no later than December 30, 2008, to:

Prof. William Granara
Ottoman/Turkish Search Committee
Harvard University
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland St., #312
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages List

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October 24, 2008

CASA III - Refresher Course for Professors

2009-2010 Refresher Course for Professors in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), offers fellowships for professors of the humanities and social sciences whose specialties focus on any aspect of the Arab World/Middle East. The CASA III fellowships are intended for professors who are interested in further advancing their proficiency in Arabic and for those who wish to undertake research in Arabic materials under the supervision of a specialist.

Applicants must have a level of competence in Arabic of Advanced or above according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidlines (equivalent to at least three years of study at the college level.) An oral proficiency phone interview in Arabic will be conducted with each applicant to determine her/his level of proficiency. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

For a detailed description of the CASA III program, or to download application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa

Application deadline for 2009-2010 programs is January 9, 2009

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CASA II - 2009/2010 Program for Post-CASA Language Study

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

2009-2010 Program for Post-CASA Language Study & Arabic-Based Research in Cairo, Egypt

The CASA II program aims to further opportunities for CASA fellows, who have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years, to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt.

The CASA II program offers the opportunity to study for one or two semesters (Fall or Spring or both) at the American University in Cairo. The program is meant to be flexible so as to cater to the individual linguistic and research needs of each CASA II fellow. Individual academic programs for each CASA fellow will be designed in close consultation between the fellow and the CASA Executive Director in Cairo.

Each CASA II fellow is expected to enroll in three tutorials per semester. These tutorials can be in any of the language skills or in the fellow's own field of specialization. In addition, CASA II fellows are welcome to enroll in any of the regular CASA classes that are offered during the fall and spring semesters as part of their CASA II program. CASA II fellows are also expected to participate in and contribute to the full range of activities of the CASA program.

Requirements:
To qualify for a CASA II fellowship, the successful applicant must have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years and must be enrolled in a graduate program in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. Former CASA fellows who graduated more than five years ago may apply for a CASA II fellowship but they must take the CASA Entrance Exam to assess their current level of proficiency in Arabic.

Each applicant must complete the CASA II application form and provide all supporting documents.

For detailed descriptions of the CASA programs, or to download application application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa

Application deadline for 2009-2010 programs is January 9, 2009

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CASA - 2009 Summer & Full Year Fellowships

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
2009 Summer & 2009-2010 Full Year Programs

Two types of CASA fellowships are available for advanced Arabic language study at the American University in Cairo and Damascus University:
1) Summer-Only Fellowships: These fellowships allow students to participate in an intensive seven-week summer language and culture program that includes 10 weekly hours of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic & 8 hours of Modern Standard Arabic plus a weekly tour in Arabic.
2) Full-Year Fellowships: These provide intensive language & culture training in Egyptian Colloquial or Syrian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic for three semesters and allow students in the spring semester to take courses in Arabic in their respective areas of specialization.

Succesful applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program or in between their undergraduate and graduate study; committed to a career in Middle Eastern Studies; have had a minimum of 2-3 years of college-level Arabic language study, and pass the CASA Selection exam which will be administered to all applicants at a school in their locality on Friday, February 6, 2009.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2009-2010 PROGRAMS IS JANUARY 9, 2009

For detailed descriptions of the CASA programs, or to download application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa

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American Research Center in Egypt - Call for Papers

American Research Center in Egypt
60th Annual Meeting
Dallas, Texas
April 24-26th 2009

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2009 ARCE Annual Meeting. Please visit www.arce.org. In the Annual Meeting box, click Learn More and scroll down to Call for Papers details on submitting your abstract.

All presenters must be current ARCE members.

All submissions are due by Friday, January 9, 2009.

Feel free to call the ARCE office at 210-821-7000.

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October 22, 2008

North Carolina - Government Research Positions

GOVERNMENT RESEARCH POSITIONS IN EASTERN EUROPEAN, RUSSIAN AND CAUCASUS STUDIES

The 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina is seeking highly qualified applicants for several intelligence analyst positions (GG-0132 series) covering portions of Eastern Europe (primarily Southeastern Europe/Balkans), the former Soviet Union and the Caucasus. These are full-time, 2-year temporary positions at the GG-11 level. The positions may be extended for an additional 2 years and may be made permanent without further competition. Successful candidates 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 candidate will have a thorough background in the history, politics, and culture of one or more countries in the regions listed. Prior residence in the region of specialization is extremely desirable.

Required qualifications:
-- U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and keep a SECRET level security clearance.
-- A Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline (including history), or qualifying experience as described in the official Vacancy Announcement.
-- Strong reading and listening comprehension in at least one language of Eastern Europe/Eurasia (Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Croatian, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Serbian, Ukrainian, or another widely-used language local to Eastern Europe/Eurasia). Candidates must attain an acceptable score on the Defense Language Proficiency Test.
-- The ability to conduct solid research and write clearly in English.

These are Civil Service temporary positions at the GG-11 level. The current salary range, with locality pay, is $56,246 to $73,121.

Official announcements are posted at the following web sites:
http://cpolrhp.belvoir.army.mil/west/
http://acpol.army.mil/employment/
http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

The Vacancy Announcement number is WTST08013648; application deadline November 20, 2008.

For information about the positions and the application process, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Griffith, griffjef@soc.mil, phone (910) 432-4027.

Applicants must have a resume in the US Army’s central Resume Builder database and must apply online in order to be considered for this government position. Locate the Resume Builder site at: http://cpolrhp.belvoir.army.mil/west or http://acpol.mil/employment. Resumes created in USAJOBS may not be picked up in the Army system, so please use the Army’s Resume Builder.

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UNESCO - Young Professionals Program

Call for Applications: UNESCO 2009 Young Professionals Program (YPP)
Deadline: November 19, 2008

UNESCO has opened the application process for its intake 2009 Young Professionals Program (YPP). The Young Professionals Program provides ten young people under 30 years old with the opportunity to start a career in an international organization. UNESCO is headquartered in Paris and an excellent knowledge of English or French is a requirement. Selected candidates will be recruited with a one-year contract at the P-1 level (approximately $45,000 tax-free).

The program is extremely competitive, and is expected to be particularly so this year as UNESCO did not offer it last year. Each under-represented member state (including the U.S.) is allowed to submit twelve candidates for further consideration by UNESCO, of which only ten will be selected worldwide for this program.

For more information and requirements, visit: www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/102342.htm.

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Beloit College - Positions in Teaching Arabic

Summer Teaching Positions in Arabic
Beloit College
June 10 - August 7, 2009

Senior instructors and graduate teaching assistants are needed for Beloit College’s summer intensive Arabic program (June 10 - August 7, 2009). In 2009, we expect to offer first- through third-year Arabic. Each level, with enrollments of ten students, has one instructor and one graduate teaching assistant. Instructors collaborate with each other, the language coordinator, and the CLS director on curriculum, syllabi, and instruction. Duties include classroom teaching and evaluation, and assistance with organizing cultural activities for the program. Instructors will be expected to live on campus (single occupancy), share lunch and dinner with the students in the dining commons, and be available to students evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications for senior instructors include an M.A., teaching experience preferably in an immersion environment, native or near-native proficiency in Arabic, and advanced proficiency in English. An advanced degree in Arabic, applied linguistics, or foreign language education is desirable. For graduate teaching assistants, an M.A. in progress is required. Salary is competitive, and includes room and board. Employment is contingent upon new employees providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for non-citizens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three references to Patricia L. Zody, Center for Language Studies, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit WI 53511. Applications will not be accepted by e-mail. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2008, and will continue until positions are filled. For more information about the summer language programs, please call 608-363-2277 or visit our Web site at http://www.summerlanguages.com. Beloit College is committed to the education benefits of diversity, and urges all interested individuals to apply. AA/EEO Employer.

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October 13, 2008

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - Call for Articles for Publication

Extended deadline - Journal of NCLCTL

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The Journal is refereed and published once a year.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages (all foreign languages except English, French, German, and Spanish). The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows:

a. Methodology and Technology,
b. Academia,
c. Beyond Academia,
d. Social Embeddedness

The first section shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second section will encompass reports about research and teaching in academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third section shall comprise papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry. Finally, the fourth section will address the issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation.

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see http://www.apa.org/journals/authors/guide.pdf. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 25 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and preferably submitted electronically via email attachment. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point font with a 1.5 inch left margin. The manuscript should be accompanied by a 150 word (or less) abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, office and home telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the title page only, and not appear in the manuscript.

The submission deadline is December 17, 2008.

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

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University of North Carolina - Available Position in Arabic Language

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Two three-year renewable lecturer positions in Arabic language beginning July 1, 2009.

We are seeking a skilled language instructor with a commitment to a proficiency-based approach to language teaching at all levels, and an interest in ongoing professional development in language pedagogy. Native or near native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic, an Arabic dialect, and English are required. Experience teaching Arabic to nonnative speakers is preferred. MA in Arabic, applied linguistics or an allied field of the humanities, social sciences, journalism, or education is preferred, but those near completion of an MA program will be considered. Applicants having ACTFL-OPI certification or interested in acquiring such a certification are preferred. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester and working closely with other faculty members in Arabic to expand and manage a cohesive language and culture program.

Submit a letter detailing teaching philosophy, CV, available sample syllabi, and course evaluations online at http://hr.unc.edu/jobseekers/. Paper applications will not be accepted. In addition, send a teaching DVD/video (if available) and have two original, signed letters of reference sent to:
Arabic Search Committee
Department of Asian Studies, CB 3267
113 New West
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27715

Complete applications must be received by November 10, 2008.
For additional information, contact arabicsearch@unc.edu.

UNC-CH is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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October 08, 2008

University of Manitoba - Position in Department of History

Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the Modern History of the Middle East and North Africa
Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
Position Number 08799

The University of Manitoba invites applications or nominations for the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the Modern History of the Middle East and North Africa. The position represents an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scholar and educator who is recognized internationally as a leader in her or his field. It is anticipated that the Chairholder will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the Department of History, effective July 1, 2009 or soon thereafter.

The mission of the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa will be to build knowledge and enhance understanding of the peoples, cultures, and societies in this vitally important region of the world.

The Chairholder will be expected to carry out a strong and highly visible research agenda, to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching program, and to initiate and participate in relevant outreach activities. The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of publication that demonstrates a successful and active research program in any area of the history of the modern Middle East or North Africa. A completed Ph.D. is required, along with a demonstrated record of successful teaching. Experience in mentoring graduate students is a strong asset. We have an especial interest in candidates who have demonstrated an ability to promote discussion and debate, and to build research collaborations across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Further information is available concerning:
•The Department of History http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/history/
•The Faculty of Arts http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/
•The University of Manitoba http://umanitoba.ca/
•The City of Winnipeg http://www.winnipeg.ca/interhom/
•The Province of Manitoba http://www.gov.mb.ca/

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

First consideration of applications will commence on November 24, 2008. If necessary, the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. It is hoped that selected candidates will be available for a preliminary interview at the American History Association Annual General Meetings, January 2-5, 2009 in New York. A final interview will take place at The University of Manitoba.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae with a brief (2-page) five-year research program plan and a statement of teaching philosophy (1-page). Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to:

Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean,
Faculty of Arts
310 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T5V5
Phone (204) 474-9271, FAX (204) 474-7590
E-mail: Richard_Sigurdson@umanitoba.ca

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University of Pennsylvania - Space & Visions Symposium on Islamic Art

SPACES AND VISIONS
Symposium

October 16 - 18, 2008
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

A symposium exploring the manifold issues facing the discipline of Islamic art today. From archaeology to cinema studies, all aspects of the visual culture of the Islamic world are included within its purview. The symposium is intended as the inauguration of a biennial cycle of meetings within the field of Islamic art history in order to reflect its growth, to support its expanding methodological, regional, and temporal scope, and to give HIAA greater visibility internationally as the leading organization for historians of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology. This gathering will bring together papers from more than fifty senior and younger scholars of Islamic Art History as well as related fields such as architecture, archaeology and cinema studies, among others.

The first day, "Out of Late Antiquity," takes up the field's formative emphasis on early Islamic art, a field remade in recent years through continued archaeological investigations and critically informed readings of the historical sources. The second day, "'Unity and Variety' Once More: Time, Place, Material", examines the field's definitive shift since the late 1970s to regional, dynastic, and media based inquiries. The third day, "Confronting Modernity", addresses the extension of the field into the modern and contemporary periods, and emerging debates about their study.

Registration fee:
Regular member $30
Students member $15
Non-member $40

To download the registration form, visit http://www.arthistory.upenn.edu/HIAA/registration.html

Inquiries:
Yael Rice
email: yrice@sas.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 898 8714
fax: (215) 573 2210

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Galillee College 2009 Summer Programs

Joint Israeli – Palestinian Summer Programme on:
Political Science and Middle East Studies

It is my pleasure to announce the official opening of registration to the Galillee College 2009 summer programmes (July 1st – August 4th ), http://www.galilcol.ac.il/page.asp?id=17 .

On August 5th we concluded the third Galillee College summer programme. We had 30 participants interested in learning about the complicities and possibilities of the region. I know that we managed to sharpen and deepen their understanding and they left with far more knowledge about the ME in general and the roots and present situation of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in particular.

NEVERTHELESS, we are constantly revising the programme to be even better, and have taken into consideration some of the important issues that were brought up in the concluding evaluation session, such as devoting more time for feelings; the young men and women experienced here situations that needed to be professionally addressed. As well as the knowledge, sights, voices and opinions, this course provided them with an emotional aspect that at times can be overwhelming. This summer we had one group process meeting that was very good but because of the need expressed by the participants, we have decided that next year there will be three such meetings during the five weeks programme that will allow the participants to discuss the emotional aspects. With a Certified Group Facilitator they will have an opportunity to talk about their feelings in a free manner, to discuss some of the conflicts this course brings up in each of them and to give them an opportunity to listen to other group members.

Another thing that was brought up and will be handled differently in the next summer programme is that the tours were too “touristy�? and didn't have the right perspective for political science and ME studies students and professionals. Next year we will be looking for the right people to deliver the tours with the right perspective.

Students and faculty who are interested in the next year's summer programmes should contact the Programme Director – Ms. Shoshi Norman e-mail: snorman@galilcol.ac.il

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The American Research Institute in Turkey - Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2009-2010

The Fellowships:
- The fields of study cover all periods in the general range of the humanities and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history.
- The fellowships for research in Turkey may be held for 4-12 continuous months during 2009-2010
- Stipends in the range of $13,335-$40,000 are available on the basis of individual proposals

Eligibility:
- Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply
- They may be U.S. citizens or 3-year residents of the U.S.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2008
- Applications & three letters of recommendation must be received
- Use the ARIT application format accessible at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.htm and submit all materials to the following address:

The American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

Phone: (215) 898-3474
Fax: (215) 898-0657
email: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu

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Portaland State University - Middle East Studies Position

Middle East Studies Position at Portland State University in Oregon:
Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track

Welcoming applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track position with competitive salary and excellent benefits package beginning September 2009.

*REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 15, 2008.
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 31, 2008.

Essential Functions:
- Ability to teach from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective on an array of international topics and the Islamic world
- Middle East Studies program support

Preferred Qualifications:
- Ph.D. in a social science-based discipline with qualifications commensurate with the rank of assistant or associate professor, and with a primary focus on the Middle East, and specialization or training in Islamic Studies
- Strong commitment to undergraduate education and evidence of successful teaching
- An active, sustainable scholarly agenda
- Proficiency in one of the languages of the Middle East
- Relevant, positive experience in building community and inter-institutional partnerships, and willingness to play a significant role in strengthening our Middle East Studies program.

To Apply:
Send letter of application, CV, evidene of teaching ability, Affirmative Action Application Data Form* (blue card), and three letters of recommendation by email* to: internationalstudies@pdx.edu, or by mail to
Martha W. Hickey, Director
International Studies Program
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

*Email preferred. Please send an email address, or clearly indicate if you do not have email. We will send you the Affirmative Action Applicant Data Form (Blue Card) as an email attachment where possible.

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McGill University - Assistant/Associate Professor in Persian/Iranian Studies

McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies seeks to fill a tenure-track or tenured position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Persian/Iranian Studies since the advent of Islam. Time periods and fields are otherwise open. The ability to teach graduate-level courses using Persian-language materials is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. The committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from scholars who adopt innovative and theoretically informed approaches to their areas of specialization and who will benefit from interacting with a large and vibrant group of scholar-teachers working in a variety of disciplines on different aspects of the Islamic world. Salary will be negotiable, according to qualifications and experience. Starting date: August 1, 2009.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and a complete CV and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor F. Jamil Ragep, Director-Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 3485 McTavish Street, Room 319, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y1. Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor Ragep by email at jamil.ragep@mcgill.ca, or fax at 514-398-6731. Further information about the Institute of Islamic Studies can be found at www.mcgill.ca/islamicstudies/. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20, 2008

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Summer Institute for Israel Studies - Graduate Fellowships

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University sponsors full and partial fellowships for doctoral candidates focusing on Israel Studies. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

To apply, visit:
www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/siis

Applications must be submitted by February 2, 2009.
Notifications will be made by March 13, 2009.

For more information:
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Rachel Litcofsky, Program Administrator
781-736-2152
scis@brandeis.edu

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October 07, 2008

Palestinian American Research Center - Fellowship Competition

PARC 2009-10 Research Fellowship Competition
Studies on Palestine

Full proposals are due January 15, 2009
Fellowship awards range from $3,500 – $8,000
Award notification March 16, 2009

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 10th annual competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
•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.
•Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are also eligible.
•Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health, and science. Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
•Individual and joint research projects are eligible.
•Funding is for one year only.
•Research may take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, or Syria.
•Applications from women are especially encouraged.
•All applications must be in English.
•Applicants must be U.S. citizens. (Non-U.S. citizens, see below.)

For more information on PARC and to download a full application package, go to: http://parc-us-pal.org/

You may send any questions by email to: us.parc@gmail.com
Applicants must be PARC members to submit an application. The PARC website contains information on membership. Applicants must send four copies of the full application (except for letters of recommendation) to:
PARC
Penelope Mitchell, US Director
6520 East Halbert Road
Bethesda, MD 20817-5414

Palestinian applicants who are not U.S. citizens should direct application inquiries to: Hadeel Qazzaz, Palestine Director at: parcpal@palnet.com

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International Conference on Change & Stability - Call for Papers

International Conference:
"Change and Stability. State, Religion and Politics in the Modern Middle East and North Africa."

Organized by: Department of Middle & Far East at Jagiellonian University

Location: Cracow, Poland
Date: 28-29 May 2009

The prime objective of the conference is to analyze interactions between institutions of a modern state and traditional structures and values. State-society relations, identities, culture and religion undergo changes which origins may be considered as external to Islamic civilization.

We would like to address such phenomena as: pluralizing political systems, discourse of democracy, secularization, liberalization, as well as durability of authoritarian regimes, de-politization of large social sectors, and mobilizing aspects of political Islam.

We expect to attract a number of participants and to create a space for discussion that will improve our understanding of these dynamic processes.

The conference will include several panel discussions led by invited experts. Researchers in political science, international relations, socio-legal studies, law, area studies, media studies and human rights studies are invited to propose papers that may include the following subjects:

1. Authoritarian State in Global Environment
2. Collective Identities Transitions
3. Concept of Nation and Practice of Nationalism
4. Conflict as a Mean of Legitimacy
5. Islamic Roots of Political Culture
6. Islamic Political Thought-Sources of Inspiration & Policy Outcomes
7. Women in Public Sphere
8. Islamic Values and Human Rights Record
9. Religious Consequences of Politicizing the masses
10.Mobilization and Social Movements
11.Role of Democratization Debate
12.Dimensions of Regional Instability
13.Economy - Between Bureaucracy and Tradition

All those who wish to present a paper at the conference are expected to meet the following criteria:
-Send an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words on the topic of their paper & a short bio by November, 1 2008 to changeandstability2009@gmail.com
-Acceptance of projects will be sent by December, 31 2008.
-Presentations should last 20 to 30 minutes; they will be followed by discussion and questions. The official language of the conference will be English. Papers designed for publication should not exceed 8000 words; they will be peer-reviewed and published after the conference.
-Register for the conference by January, 31 2009. The registration fee is 60 €, covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks, and conference materials. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate.

To register or for more information about the conference, please visit our Web site: http://changeandstability.eu For any further information, do not hesitate to contact Katarzyna Jarecka-Stępień at e-mail: katarzyna.jarecka@uj.edu.pl

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October 02, 2008

Northern Arizona University - Faculty Position in Islamic Studies

Northern Arizona University seeks a scholar of Islamic Studies for a shared appointment as tenure-track assistant professor of religious studies and anthropology. Requirements of the appointment include ability to teach undergraduate courses for both the Religious Studies Program in the Department of Humanities, Arts & Religion, and the Anthropology Department. For Religious Studies, ability to teach an undergraduate survey of the religious tradition of Islam is a requirement. It is expected that the successful candidate will also contribute other courses to both Religious Studies and Anthropology in the candidate’s areas of expertise, and will participate in the Anthropology M.A. program, as well as contributing to the missions of the departments, the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and the University. Teaching responsibilities (5 courses per year) will be divided between Religious Studies and Anthropology. An active program of research and publication in relevant areas is expected. International applications are encouraged.

Ph.D. completed by August 17, 2009, in Religious Studies or Anthropology (or a closely related field) with a focus on Islamic Studies is required. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2008. For additional information about the university and this faculty position, go to: http://hr.nau.edu/m/

Applicants are to submit a letter of application, c.v., evidence of teaching effectiveness, examples of scholarship, names and contact information for at least three references, and other relevant supporting documentation to the following address:

Prof. Bruce M. Sullivan
Religious Studies Program
Northern Arizona University
Box 6031
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA

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Internation Conference on Alliance of Civilizations - Call for Papers

International Conference on Alliance of Civilizations: Turkey at the Crossroads of Cultures

Overview:
The overarching theme of the conference will be the "Alliance of Civilizations," with its emphasis on peaceful coexistence and dialogue between East and West, North and South, and across religious and cultural differences. The Year of Turkey conference on the Alliance of Civilizations is scheduled on January 29-31, 2009 at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. Papers, panels, plenary speakers, and poster presentations are invited from a wide range of disciplines, fields and specializations. Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially encouraged.

Proposed Themes of Conference:
- The Turkish Experience of the Alliance of Civilizations
- The Media and Citizen Journalism
- Migration
- Youth
- Education
- Gender Issues

Deadline for Submission of Proposals and Abstracts: November 7, 2008

Interested participants are requested to send an abstract of less than 250 words describing the focus of their papers or panel, the central argument, and the methodology employed. If proposing a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper along with the names and institutional affiliation of panelists. Whether a paper or a panel, all proposals must have personal information such as name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone numbers, and/or e-mail address.

Abstracts may be submitted in hard copy or electronically. If the latter, please save your document in Word or RTF format and send as an e-mail attachment. In the subject line, please type "Alliance of Civilizations Conference." Abstracts may be sent to the conference organizer by post or e-mail at the addresses below:

Ms. Vivian Bonilla
Alliance of Civilizations Conference Coordinator
Institute for Global Initiatives
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road, #2702
Kennesaw, GA 30144

E-mail: vbonill1@kennesaw.edu

For more information about the Alliance of Civilizations conference at KSU, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/globalinstitute/annconf.htm

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University of Texas - Assistant Professor of Turkish Cultural Studies

The University of Texas at Austin invites scholars to apply for an Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor of Turkish Cultural Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position beginning Fall 2009. Position funding is pending budgetary approval.

The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for directing the Turkish program, and will be involved in the development of a long-term strategic plan to enhance Turkish Studies, including Turkish culture and language, at The University of Texas. Applicants must have native or near native proficiency in Turkish and will be expected to maintain strong professional ties with colleagues in Turkish Studies particularly specialists in Turkish language pedagogy. The applicant will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses that attract student interest in Turkish Studies, and ensure that language instruction is supported by a curriculum that makes contemporary Turkish culture accessible to students. While the focus of the position is Turkish culture, the successful applicant will be expected to coordinate the Turkish language program, and teach Turkish language courses as program needs dictate, particularly at the advanced level.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong record of research and publications and engage in service to the Department, the University, and profession. The Department places a high premium on collegiality and maintaining a diverse and hospitable working environment. The applicants will be expected to work with colleagues in the routine governance of the Department and in program building, and help strengthen ties with other scholars interested in Turkish Studies across the campus.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants with disciplinary training in cultural studies, anthropology, media studies, literature, sociolinguistics, or other fields related to teaching and research on contemporary Turkish culture and the Turkish experience with modernity. Candidates must demonstrate a record of and agenda for research contributions to the field of Turkish Studies and must have a record of excellence in teaching at the college level.

Review of applications will begin November 7, 2008 with the intention of conducting preliminary interviews at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington D.C., November 22-25, 2008. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample of research, a teaching dossier, and three original letters of reference to Dr. Esther Raizen, Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. A background check will be conducted on the applicant selected.

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September 30, 2008

UM Multidisciplinary Learning & Team Teaching - Request for Proposals

The Office of the Provost, in cooperation with the committee, invites
proposals from instructors representing two or more disciplinary
areas in departments, schools or colleges. Proposals are due December
12, 2008.

The RFP and award criteria can be found at
www.provost.umich.edu/programs/MLTT/rfp/

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IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium - Grants Available

Grant for US Graduate Students, Pre-Tenure Faculty and Professionals

2009 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:
Prospects and Challenges for the First Post-Communist Generation: Young People Today in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

Application Deadline: December 1, 2008

IREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board)-in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute (WWC)-will be administering a research symposium this spring that will examine issues concerning youth in Eurasia and Eastern Europe from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

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 study and discuss timely topics as they relate to youth in these regions. Possible topics may include: economic trends; political parties; education reform; public health; reproductive trends; trafficking and other cross-border criminal activity; and other related topics.

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 in early April 2009 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 or permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the US. 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 2009 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/programs/symp/index.asp

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Center for Strategic & International Studies - Seeking Research Fellow

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to address international policy issues and to provide policy options and solutions. CSIS is one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of roughly 180 employees, including more than 100 analysts tracking policy issues and developments in countries across the globe.

CSIS is seeking a Fellow to join the Middle East Program. The Middle East Program at CSIS is distinguished by an agenda that seeks to explore opportunities as well as threats in the Middle East, paying particular attention to social, economic, and political drivers of change in the region. The incumbent will have the opportunity to create a broad intellectual agenda that is in accord with this overall approach, and to maintain a high level of scholarship in an entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment. The incumbent will typically work on several long term projects simultaneously, in addition to responding to daily demands.

Description of Duties:

I. Conduct research as dictated by the Program.

• Brainstorm and develop new projects which further the CSIS mission of providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers.
• Write thoughtful, content-rich and innovative sections of proposals, publications and book chapters.
• Develop a record of scholarship that is called upon by outside sources to provide expert advice and opinion.

II. Support Program activities:

• Manage the substantive and operational priorities of sizable projects and initiatives.
• Identify new opportunities for policy relevant research.
• Participate actively on a closely knit team.
• Represent the program on a national/international level and among scholars and policy leaders, as well as with the national and international media.

Qualifications:

M.A. or other advanced degree required, as well as relevant professional experience in the field of Middle East studies. Expert ability to write and research reports, concept papers, and proposals. Must possess strong communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from media, governmental entities, and the general public. Overseas experience in the Middle East and high proficiency in at least one regional language is a requirement for this position. Requires familiarity with the Washington policy community.

If interested in applying for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume and salary history to: employment@csis.org
Be sure to reference the position in the subject section of the email.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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2nd International Symposium on Academic Globalization - Call for Papers

Call for Papers/Abstracts and Invited Sessions Proposals for The 2nd
International Symposium on Academic Globalization: AG 2009
(www.2009iiisconferences.org/AG). It will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 10th - 13th, 2009.

Deadlines:
Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: February 11, 2009
Authors Notifications: March 23, 2009
Camera-ready, full papers: May 27, 2009
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All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2)non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session. From these session's best papers, the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Also, we would like to invite you to organize an invited session related to a topic of your research interest. If you are interested in organizing an invited session, please, fill out the respective form provided in the conference web page. We will send you a password, so you can include and modify papers in your invited session.

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Berlin Seminer - The Middle East & Europe

BERLINER SEMINAR WINTER TERM 2008/09
Theme: Transactions
Venue: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Villa Jaffé, Wallotstr. 10
Time: 5:00-7:00

Wednesday, October 22: The Bible in the Islamic Religious Imagination
- Walid Saleh (Toronto University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), The Availability of the Arabic Bible to Muslim Scholars: Remarks on Cultural Porosity.
- Moderation: Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin; Member of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe)

Wednesday, November 5: Obscenity in the Canon
- Sinan Antoon (New York University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East –The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), The Poetics of the Obscene in Pre-Modern Arabic Poetry: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf
- Moderation: Samah Selim (IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence; Member of Europe
in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe)

Wednesday, November 19: A Public Good in Palestine
- Sherene Seikaly (Georgetown University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), Business, Nation, and Economy in Palestine
- Moderation: Johann Büssow (SFB 586 "Differenz und Integration",
Halle/Leipzig)

Wednesday, December 3: Slavery and Abolition in Tunis
- Ismael Montana (Northern Illinois University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), Black Slavery, its Abolition and Demographics in Tunis: Imprints and Implications
- Moderation: Kai Kresse (Zentrum Moderner Orient)

Wednesday, December 10: Literature and Urban Form in Iraq
- Haytham Bahoora (New York University), Jabra's Baghdad: Colonial
Modernism and Vernacular Spaces
- Moderation: Sinan Antoon (New York University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09)

Wednesday, December 17: Enlightenment in the Islamic Republic
- Roman Seidel (Freie Universität Berlin), On the Reception of Kant in Iran
- Moderation: Haggag Ali (Cairo University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09)

Wednesday, January 7: (Re)Conquest of the Forest
- Selçuk Dursun (Istanbul; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), Landholding and Politics of Forest Use in the Ottoman Empire 19th and Early 20th Centuries
- Moderation: Roger Chickering (Georgetown University; Fellow of the
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 2008/09)

Wednesday, January 21: Between the City and the Empire
- Vangelis Kechriotis (Bogaziçi University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09), The Responses of Non-Muslims in the Port-cities of the Ottoman Empire to the Second Constitutional Period
- Moderation: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient; Member of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe)

Wednesday, February 4: Portraits in Ottoman Art
- Aykut Gurçağlar (Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul), Dragoman Depictions in the Ottoman World: Portraits Commissioned by Dragomans as Patrons of the Art of Painting
- Moderation: Vera Beyer (Freie Universität Berlin)

Kontakt: Georges Khalil, Europa im Nahen Osten – Der Nahe Osten in Europa, c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Wallotstr. 19, 14193 Berlin, Fon +49 (0)30 89001-258, Fax +49 (0)30 89001-200, Email eume@wiko-berlin.de, Website www.eume-berlin.de

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Available Position at UMW - Assistant Professor in Arabic

Modern Foreign Languages Department
Assistant Professor
Arabic

The University of Mary Washington invites applications for a tenure-track position in Arabic to begin fall 2009. PhD. in Arabic or Arabic Studies required by August 16, 2009. Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English and experience teaching language courses at all levels are required. Interest in developing study abroad program and support of Middle East studies preferred. Candidates must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts environment.

Please submit letter of application and vita through our website at http://careers.umw.edu by November 3, 2008. Only applications submitted on-line will be considered. Please send graduate transcripts to: Arabic Search, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5358. The committee will be conducting preliminary interviews at MESA.

The University of Mary Washington is a public, coeducational, liberal arts institution in Fredericksburg, Virginia, fifty miles south of Washington, D.C. Visit our website at www.umw.edu. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Mary Washington actively encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply.

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International Conference on Intangible Heritage - Call for Papers

Sharing Cultures 2009
International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Pico Island – Azores – PORTUGAL
30 May – 1 June 2009

Call for papers now open at: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org

Description: Sharing Cultures 2009 aims at gathering in an International Conference worldwide experts and scholars on Cultural and Intangible Heritage. One of the main goals of the Conference is to promote significant discussion on these relevant issues, now that the General Assembly of UNESCO approved the Operational Directives and that the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is fully operational. The Scope of the Conference is available at: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org/index.php?page=scope

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NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowships - Funding Opportunity

NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship Competition Now Open
Application Deadline: January 29, 2008

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2009-10 academic year competition for NSEP David L. Boren Fellowships for graduate students. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research.

Applications and detailed information on the Boren Fellowships are now available on www.borenawards.org.

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Available Position at GSU - Assistant Professor in Arabic

The Middle East Institute at Georgia State University (Atlanta) invites applications for an anticipated assistant professor in Arabic Language and Culture to begin in the Fall 2009 semester. We seek an energetic individual who will contribute to a dynamic and growing interdisciplinary Middle East Institute. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses in Modern Standard Arabic at all levels and related courses (culture, literature) in their area of specialization. Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline is required. An active research agenda and previous collegiate teaching experience is highly desirable. The Middle East Institute offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree and minor in Middle East Studies.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Arabic Search Committee, Middle East Institute, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 4089, Atlanta, GA 30302. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2008. Georgia State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.

Alta Schwartz, Director of Outreach
The Middle East Institute
Georgia State University
Phone: 404-413-6146
Fax: 404-413-6141
http://www.gsu.edu/mideast

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September 29, 2008

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - Call for Proposals

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Twelfth International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
April 23-26 2009

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 23-26, 2009, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, "Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs." Presentations may address new paradigms in language pedagogy – such as curriculum, methodology, and material development, or new paradigms in advocacy and administration – such as bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, teacher training, professionalization, and program development, These paradigms will undoubtedly overlap and successful proposals will reflect the interrelatedness of pedagogy and program administration in the future of LCTLs. Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form available at http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2009/prpsl.htm. The Proposal Submission form is a "fillable" PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use, but please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu or 608-265-7903) with any questions. For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The extended deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 14, 2008. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 5th, 2009 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

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IREX - Individual Advanced Research Opportunities

2009-2010 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program.

The IARO Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for long-term overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The IARO application and supporting materials are available on the IREX website at: www.irex.org/programs/iaro/index.asp

Completed applications are due no later than November 17, 2008.

Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for a IARO Fellowship

IARO Fellowships cover the cost of travel and provide a living/housing stipend.

Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at iaro@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

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UM Armenian Studies Program - Graduate Fellowships

The Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is pleased to announce the availability of two year full fellowships in Armenian studies beginning in the academic year 2009-2010 for students admitted in the Ph.D. Programs in the departments listed below:
- Department of History (application deadline: December 1, 2008)
- Department of Near Eastern Studies (deadline: December 14, 2008)
- Department of Sociology (deadline: December 15, 2008)
- Department of Anthropology (deadline: January 2, 2009)
- Department of Political Science (deadline: December 15, 2008)

or in the Masters Program of either of the following centers:
- Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (deadline: January 15, 2009)
- Center for Russian & East European Studies (deadline: February 1, 2009)

Candidates must first apply to and be accepted in any of the departments or Centers listed above. Applications for graduate studies for all above departments and centers at the University of Michigan are submitted through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. They must be submitted online at the website of Rackham Graduate School, www.rackham.umich.edu.

Nominations of students whose interests fall within the purview of Armenian studies for the Manoogian Simone Foundation fellowships are made by the relevant Departments and Centers. The final selection of Manoogian Simone Foundation Graduate Fellows will be made by the Armenian Studies Program Executive Committee upon the recommendation of these Departments and Centers.

The thrust of the research interests of candidates for these graduate fellowships must be in Armenian studies.

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to the above Departments and Centers.

Questions regarding Manoogian Simone Foundation fellowships can be addressed to Ms. Gloria Caudill, Armenian Studies Program Administrator, by email: gcaudill@umich.edu or telephone (734) 763-0622.

These fellowships have been made possible by a generous gift from the Manoogian Simone Foundation.

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U.S. Department of Education - Research Abroad Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships are for a narrow range of students in certain PhD programs--primarily the social sciences and humanities--who need to conduct 6-12 months of dissertation research abroad.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants may be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be PhD candidates by the time the actual research begins, and who are currently enrolled in a U-M department or program where they specialize in non-West-European area studies and a modern foreign language. They must plan to teach at a U.S. institution of higher education upon completion of the degree, and must prove sufficient foreign-language capability to carry out their proposal, which must be for approved dissertation research that cannot be conducted in the U.S.A. In addition, all applicants must be on Beni's US/ED-Fulbright e-mail user group no later than October 8.

Deadline: The application deadline is October 16. In addition, all eligible applicants must be on Beni's US/ED Fulbright email user group by no later than October 8, 2008.

Submission: Transcripts are submitted to Beni at the International Institute. All other components and supplementary materials are submitted online through Beni.

For information, advice, and application materials contact Beni at unlisted@umich.edu

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Center for World Performance Studies - Graduate Student Residency Program

The CWPS Graduate Student Residency is open to graduate students interested in international performance studies who seek a more interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach than is possible within given departmental structures. The Residency is designed to help students strengthen their analytic skills and develop an awareness of the theoretical and aesthetic issues that have fueled debates in the field. Students pursue performance studies in an interdisciplinary fashion and gain an appreciation of performance studies as a discipline with an established intellectual history.

Graduate students in their first or second year of study intending to pursue field-based research are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Residency students must make a three-semester commitment to the Center.

Three Semester Commitment:

Semester 1 (Winter) – Graduate student residents take the graduate level "Introduction to Performance Studies" course which is offered each January in the Department of Theatre & Drama. The course prepares students for the theoretical aspects of their summer research projects. Students prepare proposals for their summer project.

Summer 1 - Research abroad.

Semester 2 (Fall) - Graduate student residents participate in a two-credit interdisciplinary seminar devoted in part to presentation of their research, and they will take an active part in the scholarly programming of the Center.

Semester 3 (Winter) - Graduate student residents, with guidance from the Director, plan and implement public presentations of their work, either in a mini-conference, symposium, or another format, as determined.

Summer 2 - Research abroad.

Summer Research Funding:
Graduate Student Residents receive a restricted research fund of $3,000.00, for a preliminary visit to an overseas research site, or for specialized language training necessary for dissertation research. To apply for these funds, students must submit a detailed proposal with a budget. Residents are eligible for two summer funding packages. Follow-up reports must be presented after completing the preliminary research/training activities.

Application Procedure:
Students for the residency are selected by the CWPS Steering Committee. To apply for the residency, please submit:
-A two or three page letter of purpose describing your proposed research.
-Two letters of support from a faculty advisor and/or departmental Director of Graduate Studies.
-An official grade transcript.

Applications should be submitted by November 3, 2008 to:
CWPS Graduate Residency
International Institute
1080 S. University Suite 3616
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Phone: (734) 936-2777
E-mail: cwps@umich.edu
Website: www.ii.umich.edu/cwps

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Fullbright Program in Russia for Community College Faculty

ACT NOW! - Fulbright Program in Russia for Community College Faculty has been developed specifically for community colleges. Open to PhDs or MAs with substantial teaching experience.

Subject fields are: TEFL methodology and teacher training; health care, including nursing (community, gerontology, social services, and in-service training), dental hygiene, and physical therapy; computer and information sciences; economics; natural resource management; tourism and hotel management; human resource management; and adult/continuing education.

Length of grant: 3 -10 months.
Starting date: September 2009 or February 2010 for one-semester grants; September 2009 for academic year grants.

Grantees will be affiliated with institutions in Russia interested in the community college model.

For more information, see www.iie.org/cies/award_book/award2009/award/Com9607.htm or contact CIES Assistant Director Muriel Joffe at mjoffe@cies.iie.org or 202-686-6249.

Application deadline is October 1, 2008.

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Critical Language Scholarship Program - Summer 2009

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department Of State, will offer 525 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in 11 critical need foreign languages for summer 2009. U.S. citizen undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, seven to 10 week, group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or Russian).

The application deadline is November 14, 2008.

Please visit www.CLScholarship.org for more information or contact Elizabeth Veatch, Director of the CLS Program at veatch.elizabeth@caorc.org, or 202-633-7012.

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Conference on "Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?" - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

International Conference on “Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?�?

Paper proposals are requested for an international conference addressing the question of whether a two-state solution or a single constitutional democracy in Israel/Palestine offers the most promising path to future peace and security in the region.

The conference aims to envision in specific terms the likely outcomes of the two state peace process as well as the possible constitutional dimensions of a future single state. Conference speakers will be selected to represent a range of opinion, including proponents of one and two state models for Israel/Palestine. The conference will provide an opportunity to question whether a one state option could ever achieve sufficient political support or adequately protect the rights and security of both national communities. Drawing on the experiences, both successful and otherwise, of other multinational constitutional democracies, the conference will explore the potential of a state shaped by federalism, equal citizenship and respect for linguistic, cultural and religious rights to protect the rights and security of its inhabitants and to serve as a political framework for the amelioration or even resolution of protracted conflicts. Similarly, the capacity of potential two-state solutions to promote democracy, human rights and self-determination will be evaluated. The conference will explore the ways in which multiple models might deal with seemingly refractory issues such as refugees, Jerusalem, and deep-seated and legitimate concerns about security and liberty.

The conference is being planned by legal scholars from York University and Queen’s University but the conference itself is intended to be fully interdisciplinary in nature. The organizers have been assisted by an international advisory committee comprised of distinguished scholars and researchers. The conference aims to include contributions from scholars from disciplines such as law, political science, gender studies, geography, economics, and the arts, among others.

The conference will be held at York University, Toronto, Canada from June 22nd to 24th 2009.

Paper proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted along with a biography or CV to onestateortwo@osgoode.yorku.ca by October 15, 2008. Applicants will be contacted by November 30, 2008.

For further information and the conference vision statement, please contact us at the above email address or visit the conference website at www.onestateortwo.com

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Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowships - Call for Proposals

Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowships for Research on Issues of European Integration

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

DEADLINE: December 1, 2008

Thanks to a grant from the European Commission, the European Union Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering students summer grants of $5,000 to work on issues of European integration, broadly defined. Student grantees will conduct research leading to the writing of a paper on a relevant topic of their choosing.

It is expected that during the spring and/or summer of 2009 the grantees, in consultation with faculty advisors of their choosing, will devote twelve weeks of full time work to their projects. This is not a travel grant.

Students will participate in a not�?for�?credit Graduate Seminar on EU Affairs held in Winter semester 2009 and may be invited to contribute to selected outreach activities organized by the European Union Center at local high schools, colleges, and universities. They will also present the preliminary results of their research at a public event held in the fall of 2009.

Students in professional schools and graduate programs are eligible to apply. Applicants should submit 2�?3 page proposals describing the project they intend to carry out, including its topic, aims, method, and anticipated scholarly contribution. They should also indicate the period in which they will be conducting full time work on their project. A letter of recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member (preferably the student’s advisor), most recent transcript, and current CV should accompany the proposal.

Application materials are to be submitted by December 1, 2008 to Dario Gaggio, Director, CES�?EUC, International Institute, SSWB 3668, 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109�?1106. For further information please contact Rachel Facey at rfacey@umich.edu.

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Iran Heritage Foundation - Conference on Russian-Iranian Encounters Since 1800

CALL FOR PAPERS
12-13 June 2009
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London

Organised by
Iran Heritage Foundation and London Middle East Institute (SOAS).

Convened by
Dr. Stephanie Cronin, scronin2002@aol.com.

Introduction
This conference will explore the myriad encounters which have taken place between Iranians and Russians since the early nineteenth century up to the present. It will include some discussion of diplomacy and foreign policy but a central objective of the conference will be to widen the scholarly perspective to incorporate an understanding of other types of encounter, whether political, economic, social, cultural, or intellectual, and both friendly and hostile, especially as these developed beyond the official and elite levels. In particular it will attempt to understand the complexities of the impact on Iran of the Russian presence on its northern borders: the very expansion of Tsarist empire during the nineteenth century threatening Iran's independence yet bringing ideas of social-democracy to its doorstep, the Soviet Union in the twentieth century similarly contradictory in its effect, sustaining a version of radical Iranian politics while advancing its own strategic interests. The conference will conclude with some consideration of the current state and likely future trajectory of Iranian-Russian relationships.

Abstracts
Prospective participants should send an abstract of 250 words by February 1, 2009 to Dr. Stephanie Cronin at scronin2002@aol.com. Please submit abstracts in digital form using Microsoft Word.

Publication of proceedings
The papers presented in the conference will be published in a volume of proceedings, edited by Dr. Stephanie Cronin. All papers submitted should therefore be of publishable quality and constitute new work. All speakers must commit to publish their papers as part of the conference proceedings.

Topics of Conference:
The topics the conference hopes to examine include, but are not limited to, the following:
· The impact on Iran of military defeat by Russia in the early nineteenth century, especially the incentive given to modernization and reform;
· Iranian military reform and Russia: Abbas Mirza's regiment of Russian deserters; the Cossack Brigade;
· The Griboyedev affair;
· Shaping the Iranian reform agenda: the role played by diplomatic service in the Russian Empire in the development of officials such as Amir Kabir and Mushir al Dawlah;
· Qajar politics: Russian interventions in the concession era, Liazonov and the Caspian Fisheries, opposition to the Reuter concession and the Tobacco Regie;
· Conceptualizations of Iran and Iranian society formed by Russian 'Orientalism.' Views of the Russian Empire formulated by Iranians;
· The political and social impact on Iran of the massive migration of the Iranian poor to work in the Russian Empire;
· The significance of the links formed by Iranian Social-Democrats with parent organizations in the Caucasus;
· Cultural exchanges: Iran's adoption of Russian architectural styles, linguistic terminology, styles of dress etc.;
· Revolutions in Iran and Russia, 1905-6: The Constitutional Revolution and the 1905 revolution;
· The suppression of Iranian constitutionalism by Russia in 1908 and subsequently in 1911 and the Russian occupation of northern Iran;
· The impact of the 1917 Russian revolution: the formation of the Iranian Communist Party; the Jangali movement;
· The Soviet occupation of northern Iran 1941-1946: the formation of the Tudeh Party; the republics of Azerbaijan and Mahabad;
· The Soviet Union and the Islamic Revolution;
· The effect on Iran of the collapse of the Soviet Union;
· Future relationships: oil, nuclear power and strategic interests.

Enquiries
Dr Stephanie Cronin, scronin2002@aol.com.

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Population Council - Call for Proposals

The Population Council is pleased to announce its first call for proposals to conduct research on gender and work in the Middle East and North Africa region. This research competition comes as a second step in a major Council initiative aiming to build research capacity in this area with support from the International Development Research Center (IDRC). The initiative involves providing training workshops, mentorship and research awards, and dissemination activities. The objective of the initiative is to foster methodologically sound research in the area of gender and work in the region. Select research studies supported as part of this initiative will be published in an edited volume on gender and work.

The awards will range in size between $4,000 and $8,000. Award size will be primarily determined by the duration of the proposed research project and the type of proposed activities. Awards duration should not exceed one year. The deadline for the submission of proposals is October 30, 2008.

For more information please visit: http://www.popcouncil.org/index.html.
Inquiries should be sent to: gwgroup@popcouncil.org.

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May 09, 2008

Intensive Arabic language in Amman

Intensive Arabic language in Amman, Jordan at the University of Jordan, taught by local faculty. Students gain a greater understanding of the Middle East particularly Jordan.
Visiting Cites: most exotic locations in the world: Petra and the Dead Sea, weekend sight seeing to Dana and Ajloon-Um Qais.

Courses: students may choose two courses to ear n up to 6 credits:
Beginning ARAB 110: must have basic knowledge of the script (6 credits) Intermediate ARAB 210 (3 credits) and Gateway to advance ARAB 250 (3 credits) Intermediate ARAB I 201 (3 credits) and Intermediate ARAB II 202 (3 credits) Advanced reading and Conversation I and II, ARAB 330 and 331 (3 credits each course.

Dates: June 28- July 30-2008

Housing: students will stay in a Hotel that is 10 min away from the university.

Price: $6,292 for in and out of state. This includes: airfare, tuition, housing, some meals, visa fees, excursion, ground transportation, ID card, travel guide, emergency evacuation insurance, pre-departure orientation and much more.

Please visit our web site: http://globaled.gmu.edu/Programs/summer/intarabicsummerjordan08.html

Deadline for the Applications is April 20th.

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April 14, 2008

Language for a New Century

Language for a New Century:
Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, & Beyond,

Edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar
Foreword by Carolyn Forché.

Come celebrate with us on Friday, April 25th, 2008, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Rubin Museum, New York City

Rubin Museum of Art · 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 · 212.620.5000
http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/428980/
http://www.rmanyc.org/index.xml?context=/

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High School Study Tour to Jordan

Journey to Jordan
Arabic Language and Culture
June 15 - August 12, 2008
Application deadline May 8th
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
*A scholarship program worth $10,000 for high school students.*

The University of Wisconsin–Green Bay announces an exciting opportunity for high school students: several days in Washington, D.C. and a seven-week Arabic language institute in Amman, Jordan. A diverse group of 21 students from across the U.S. will be selected to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience along with four previous participants (special assistants) and program staff.

-Must be age 15-18 when the program begins.
-A GPA of 3.0 is required.
-No previous Arabic experience required.
-Pre-departure and follow-on learning online using podcasts and other fun materials, with assistance from instructors of Arabic.
-Pre-departure and return activities in Washington, D.C., including: cross-cultural orientation, “Arabic in Careers" presentations, and visits to Washington museums and monuments.
-Cultural immersion activities in Jordan including: field trips to places like Dana Nature Reserve and Petra, the “Lost City of Stone,�? visits to museums, government offices, multinational organizations, and other special places of interest; community service and civil society projects with Jordanian youth organizations; a four-week home stay with a host family.
-Accompanied for the duration of the program by Arabic-speaking American staff who have traveled and worked in the region.

Participants are responsible for partial expenses.
For more information and the application package:
www.uwgb.edu/intlprojects/jordan.htm

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US ACADEMICS MIDDLE EAST CRISIS RESPONSE

An Urgent Humanitarian Mission in the Interest of Peace
May 14-26, 2008

Exploring Key Issues:

-The Centrality of Lebanon & Syria for the Future of Palestine and the Middle East
-Hezbollah’s Role in Lebanon
-Hamas’ Strategic Options in Palestine
-The Plight of Millions of Iraqi Refugees in Syria & Jordan

An Academic Dialogue Trip Sponsored by US Academics (A division of Conscience International)

Featuring interaction with academic colleagues At universities in Damascus and Beirut, plus key official briefings and valuable cultural experiences.

US Academics engages in citizen diplomacy through academic exchanges and cultural experiences designed to help bridge the divide between the US and Middle Eastern countries and to explore alternatives to “Clash of Civilizations.�?

Previous US Academics-sponsored conferences were held at Baghdad University—Tehran University—Damascus University—Khartoum University

ITINERARY
May 14, WED—departure from US; May 15, THURS—Arrive in Amman, Jordan; continue to Beirut, Lebanon; May 16, FRI—Meetings at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry; Visit South Beirut for Meeting with Hezbollah spokesman; May 17, SAT—Visit to Tyre, Qana and the Litani River Valley, including villages bombed in the 2006 August War; May 18, SUN—Visit Ma’aloula and Christian areas north of Beirut; May 19, MON— Visit Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley; travel by road to Damascus, Syria; May 20, TUE— City tour in Damascus: reception at the Foreign Ministry; May 21, WED— Official meetings with Syrian Foreign Ministry; May 22, THURS— Day-long academic colloquium at Damascus University, including meetings with key religious and political leaders; May 23, FRI— All day trip to Palmyra, the fabulous Roman-period city in the desert; May 24, SAT—Visit national archaeological museum; May 25, SUN—Catch-up day for personal activities; May 26, MON—Flight from Damascus to Amman and back to the US.

REGISTRATION

Cost of $2,695 includes international airfare, hotels, meals, entrance fees, and local transportation. Domestic airfare not included. Contact: James E. Jennings, PhD, Executive Director, tel. 678-513-7565; www.conscienceinternational.org; e-mail jimjennings@earthlink.net

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April 02, 2008

FREE Bridge Course from Turkish to Azeri

Know Turkish? Learn Azeri 2!

June 2-June 11

Indiana University, Bloomington

In summer 2008 the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center is offering A bridge course from Turkish to Azeri.

The 9-day course prior to the eight-week intensive language institute (SWSEEL) will allow students who have at least introductory knowledge of Turkish to enroll in intermediate-level of Azeri for the following eight weeks (June 13-August 8).

To apply please send an e-mail to iaunrc@indiana.edu

The bridge courses are taught in conjunction with SWSEEL. In order to be admitted to the bridge course you have to apply for intermediate Azeri at: https://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/login/1100.html

The bridge course is free of charge and is a no-credit course.

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Opportunities for Summer Central Asian Language Study

Indiana University's 2008 Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (June 13-August 8) is still accepting applications for Beginning and Intermediate levels in all languages. Funding is still available for Azerbaijani, Kazakh, and Turkmen. Visit the SWSEEL website for details:

http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/

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Volunteer and Study Arabic in Egypt this summer

Marhaba offers service-learning summer programs for university students and recent graduates. Our mission is to encourage cross-cultural understanding while providing meaningful service to communities in the Middle East. Join us this summer in Cairo!

Program I: Provide educational and vocational training for refugees
from primarily African countries who have fled their homes due to war or other disasters.

Program II: Work with an Egyptian non-governmental organization
addressing urban poverty, economic development, and youth.

Program Dates: June 25 - August 6, 2008

Program Fee: $2600
Includes housing, Arabic classes, supplies, training, a cell phone,
cultural excursions, and a modest living stipend to cover food and
transportation.

Does not include transportation to or from Cairo or health insurance.

Limited scholarship funds available

*NEW*Application Deadline: March 31, 2008


For application materials and additional information, please visit our
website at http://www.gomarhaba.org or email us at info@gomarhaba.org

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Learn Arabic in Jerusalem

Sign up now for Spring and Summer courses!
Spring course: April 1st-June 25th
Summer course: July 15th-August 20th

Khan Tankiz, Suq Al-Qattanin
The Old City, P.O. Box 51000 Jerusalem

www.jerusalem-studies.alquds.edu

Centre for Jerusalem Studies

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March 21, 2008

Teachers of Critical Languages Program

American Councils continues to be privileged to administer the Teachers of Critical Languages Program of the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We are pleased to announce that applications to host Chinese or Arabic exchange teachers during the 2008-2009 school year are available. Applications can be downloaded from either www.americancouncils.org or www.tclprogram.org.

TCLP is a great program that looks to build US schools' capacities to offer Chinese and Arabic programs as these languages are indeed critically important for both the current and future generation. Moreover, both China and the Middle East have rich, vibrant, and deep cultures and histories, and our students can learn a great deal from them. Reciprocally, our exchange teachers can learn a great deal about American culture while improving their English and gaining experience in teaching methodologies. All said, it's a great cross-cultural program that really does benefit all parties involved.

From a school's perspective, the program provides many benefits, as well as numerous opportunities.
• American Councils provides exchange teachers' monthly salaries, health care, round-trip airfare, visa support, extended training in DC before the school year, a four-day professional development workshop in November, access to a professional development fund for exchange teachers to acquire training, textbooks, or materials as are relevant to their situations, and ongoing on-program support including in-person site visits
• TCLP includes alumni grant opportunities for exchange teachers and host schools when they "graduate" from the program in June 2009 so that continued collaboration, cross-cultural exchange, and classroom partnerships can be supported
• US elementary or secondary schools, both public and private, may apply
• Applications are welcomed from schools with existing, developing, or planned programs
• Applications are due May 16, 2008. Awards and regrets will be sent by the end of May

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National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Summer Fellowship

The National Council Fellowships:
2008 Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program

What: A Professional Academic and Career Opportunity Internship This Summer in the Nation's Capital.
Value? Priceless, Quite Possibly the Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make to Prepare You for a Career in International Relations and One that Will Likely Serve You Well the Rest of Your Life.
Where: In One of a Dozen U.S.-Arab Relations Organizations in Washington, D.C.: National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Middle East Policy Council, American Mideast Educational, Training, and Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST), American Near East Refuge Aid, Inc.(ANERA), American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Council for the National Interest, American Arab Institute, World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., among others.
When: June 2 - August 8, 2008
With Whom: National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America's foremost scholars and most renowned foreign affairs practitioners.
Cost: Free of Charge, apart from a $150 non-refundable application fee. Selected participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.
http://www.ncusar.org

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AFS Intercultural Programs

30 Full Scholarships to study Arabic in Egypt with AFS Intercultural Programs
For high school students with zero to two years of Arabic study
Program dates: June 28, 2008 - August 10, 2008

AFS-USA is seeking applications from outstanding high school students to spend six weeks studying Arabic in Egypt this summer, from June 28 - August 10. The AFS Arabic Summer Language Institute is designed to give students an intensive introduction to Arabic and immersion into Egyptian culture. They will have the experience of a lifetime living with an Egyptian host family, visiting cultural and historic sites, and being a part of this ancient culture. Pending funding, AFS is offering 30 full-tuition scholarships!

The application deadline has been extended to April 4. The application process includes a recommendation form, a full AFS application, answers to three essay questions, and a one-page action plan on how he/she will continue studying Arabic for 12 months after returning. Please visit our website at: http://www.usa.afs.org/usa_en/view/3730

AFS, a non- profit organization, is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world. We have six decades of history and experience in international education with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service to students and parents.

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March 07, 2008

GENERAL INFORMATION about EF Language Centre

HOW TO REGISTER
• Phone: call 0212 282 9064-65 and ask for the Turkish Department Office; we are usually available Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please be prepared to provide all of the information requested on the registration form.
• Mail: complete the registration form and send it to the address listed at the bottom of the form.
• Fax: you may fax your completed registration form to 0212 282 32 18.
• Online: go to our website at www.turkishlesson.com

EF Intensive Turkish Course 2008
EF Standard Turkish Course 2008
EF 1-to-1 Turkish Course Details
EF Admission Form
EF Dates & Fees 2008 - 2009
EF Turkish Level Test
EF Turkish & Rumi Program
EF Turkish & Cappadocia Program
EF Turkish & Culture Program

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Standard Turkish Group Courses 2007-2008

From September 2007 till June 2008 EF offers Standard Turkish Group Courses for foreigners living in Turkey.

1. "Smart Ladies" – morning courses (STMC 10).
These morning courses are mainly delivered from 10:00 to 14:00 and continue for 10 weeks consisting of 10 academic hours of tuition per week (2 days x 4 hours of class tuition in the morning and 2 hours of free conversation lessons on Fridays mornings).

MON / WED or TUE /THU 10:00 – 14:00
CONVERSATION LESSONS: Fridays 10:00 – 12:00
# OF WEEKS: 10 weeks
TOTAL HOURS: 100 hours


2. ‘Business PRO’s’ – evening courses (STEC 5).
These evening courses continue for 12 weeks and consist of 5 academic hours per week (2 days x 2.5 ours of class tuition in the evening). This course is highly demanded amongst foreign business people and is delivered in a closed group, as an executive course. This course is a proper and efficient language course for foreign students with lots of grammar, structure, writing exercises,interactive activities, dialogues and daily language practices. Additionally students will cover cultural awareness sessions, office language, dialogues and terminology.

MON / WED or TUE /THU: 19:00 – 21:30
# OF WEEKS: 12 weeks
TOTAL HOURS: 60 hours


EF System
EF courses focuses on integrating all the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The emphasis is on communication skills, improvement in fluency and comprehension, and confidence in
speaking Turkish. All EF courses are designed to be flexible so that people with similar language levels, needs, experience and background study together in groups, combining individual tuition and lots of
communication. Working with key vocabulary, dialogues and grammar through various class activities our students make progress in a short period of time. Teachers make use of course books, but will also
supplement lessons with authentic material and out-of-class activities.

The maximum number of students in each class is 10. Each term allows students to complete a full language level.

Standard Turkish Group Courses include:
• Pre-course information, including town map
• Pre-course placement test
• Tuition as described
• Course materials
• Certificate and progress report on completion of course
• Email and internet access
• Access to activities' program with at least one optional excursion per week, plus regular international
evenings
• Experienced school management well used to working with professional and business people
• small groups (a maximum of 10 students in the class)
• A truly international mix of students, at least 40 nationalities each year
• Services of Russian, Spanish and French speaking counselors

Course fees
Option Total lessons # of weeks Tuition fees
‘SMART LADIES’ 100 lessons 10 weeks € 480.00
‘BUSINESS PRO’s’ 60 lessons 12 weeks € 480.00
* VAT is not included in the price.

Next course starts on 15 Jan 2008
Course length: 10 weeks or 12 weeks
Hours per week: 10 or 5
Course schedule: Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday
Course hours: 10:00 - 14:00 / 19:00 – 21:30
Group size: 10 maximum
Minimum age: 18 years old

Registration Fee € 50.00
This fee is charged on all enrolments to cover initial administrative expenses. It is waived only in these cases:
• For previously enrolled students returning to EF or transferring from another EF school.
• For second and further members of the same family attending a course at the same time.

Course start dates
Start date Course availability
Monday, 07 January 2008 Available
Monday, 4 February 2008 Available
Monday, 03 March 2008 Available
Monday, 31 March 2008 Available
Monday, 14 April 2008 Available
Monday, 5 May 2008 Available
Monday, 2 June 2008 Available
Monday, 01 Sep 2008 Available
Monday, 15 Sep 2008 Available
Monday, 6 October 2008 Available
Monday, 3 November 2008 Available
Monday, 1 December 2008 Available

IMPORTANT NOTES:
Start Dates
• EF Language Centre Turkish programs have fixed start dates to ensure you study with students of a similar level
• EF Language Centre Istanbul is pleased to offer Turkish Intensive language courses at all levels from Beginners to Advanced throughout the year.
• Students must complete an Online Level test in Turkish before their arrival and check for availability.

Course Fees
• You can book for any combination of courses.
• V.A.T. is included in the price.
• All fees are payable in advance. Payment can be done by credit card or bank transfer. For local credit card we offer a 3,6,9 or 12 month installment system. For more information please contact the school.
• There is no reduction in fees when a course includes a Public Holiday

Accommodation
• EF Language Schools offers students’ welfare and different accommodation options (Host Family,
Residences, Hotels, Hostels and Apartments).
Minimum group size, Conversion & Course Cancellation
• The school reserves the right to cancel classes or shorten classes if the number of students is not sufficient. In case of cancellation decided by the school, tuition fees are refunded.

EF Language Centre closures in 2008
Year Starts: Tuesday 3 January 2008.
Year Ends: Saturday 26 December
2009 starts: Thursday, 5 January
Public and school holidays 2008:
• 1,2 January 2008,
• 30 September – 2 October
• 29 October
• 8-11 December 2007
• 31 December 2007

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Intensive Turkish Group Courses 2008

Due to the enormous demand for Intensive courses, EF Language Centre is offering “Intensive Turkish Group Course – ITGC 20�? course. For foreigners with limited time for language training we recommend this intensive program to gain the maximum benefit from their stay in Istanbul and maximum exposure to the Turkish language and culture.
Our ITGC 20 provides 4 hours of tuition each day (from Mondays to Fridays) with an hour free for lunch. Many students favor this training as it allows them to complete half a level over 2 weeks and progress effectively and quickly. Students may also enroll for a longer period – 4,6,8 – 12 weeks.

ITGC 20 courses include:
• Pre-course information, including town map
• Pre-course placement test
• Tuition as described
• Course materials
• EF student identity card
• Certificate and progress report on completion of course
• Email and internet access
• Access to activities' programme with at least one optional excursion per week, plus regular
international evenings
• Experienced school management well used to working with professional and business people
• small groups (a maximum of 12 students in the intensive classes)
• EF student information handbook
• A truly international mix of students, at least 40 nationalities each year
• Individual tutorial for long stay students (4 weeks plus)
• Services of Russian and Swedish speaking counselors

Next course starts on 07 Jan 2008
Course length: 2 - 48 weeks
Hours per week: 20
Course schedule: 10:00 - 14:00 or 15:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday
Group size: 12 maximum
Minimum age: 16 years old
• This course focuses on integrating all the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
• The emphasis is on communication skills, improvement in fluency and confidence in speaking Turkish
• Teachers make use of course books, but also supplement lessons with authentic material and out-ofclass
activities

ITGC 20 Course fees
Option Total lessons Tuition fees
2 weeks 40 lessons € 240.00
4 weeks 80 lessons € 480.00
6 weeks 120 lessons € 720.00
8 weeks 160 lessons € 880.00
10 weeks 200 lessons €1,100.00
* extra week after 10 weeks 20 lessons € 100.00
Registration Fee € 50.00
This fee is charged on all enrolments to cover initial administrative expenses. It is waived only in these cases:
• For previously enrolled students returning to EF or transferring from another EF school.
• For second and further members of the same family attending a course at the same time.

ITGC 20 Course start dates
07 Jan, 21 Jan, 04 Feb, 18 Feb, 03 Mar, 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 09 Jun, 23 Jun, 07 Jul, 21 Jul, 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 08 Dec, 22 Dec

IMPORTANT NOTES:
Start Dates
• EF Language Centre Turkish programs have fixed start dates to ensure you study with students of a
similar level
• EF Language Centre Istanbul is pleased to offer Turkish Intensive language courses at all levels from
Beginners to Advanced throughout the year.
• Students must complete an Online Level test in Turkish before their arrival and check for
availability.

Course Fees
• You can book for any combination of courses.
• V.A.T. is included in the price.
• All fees are payable in advance. Payment can be done by credit card or bank transfer. For local credit
card we offer a 3,6,9 or 12 month installment system. For more information please contact the school.
• There is no reduction in fees when a course includes a Public Holiday

Accommodation
• EF Language Schools offers students’ welfare and different accommodation options (Host Family,
Residences, Hotels, Hostels and Apartments).
Minimum group size, Conversion & Course Cancellation
• The school reserves the right to cancel classes or shorten classes if the number of students is not
sufficient. In case of cancellation decided by the school, tuition fees are refunded.
EF Language Centre closures in 2008
Year Starts: Tuesday 3 January 2008.
Year Ends: Saturday 26 December
2009 starts: Thursday, 5 January
Public and school holidays 2008:
• 1,2 January 2008,
• 30 September – 2 October
• 29 October
• 8-11 December 2007
• 31 December 2007

EF Turkish Centre
Address: Aydin Sok., No:12, F Block, 1.Levent, Istanbul, 34340 TURKEY
Tel: 0212 282 90 64 – 65 / Fax: 0212 282 32 18
E-mail: info@turkishlesson.com / Web: www.turkishlesson.com

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Monterey Institute of International Studies

New Arabic Program
Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation

Announcing New Master's Degrees in Arabic/English
http://translate.miis.edu/arabic
Translation - Interpretation - Localization

Starting in Fall 2008, the Monterey Institute will offer master's degrees in Translation and Interpretation for Arabic/English. Applications are available now - priority deadline March 15

For more information email gsti@miis.edu or visit http://translate.miis.edu

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish



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February 29, 2008

McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Georgetown University - McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies - Alanya, Turkey
Fall Semester in Turkey 2008

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2008 http://mcgheecenter.georgetown.edu
The McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies of Georgetown University is pleased to announce its Fall Semester in Turkey 2008 academic program. Housed in a magnificent Ottoman-era villa overlooking the Mediterranean, the program runs from August 30 – December 15, 2008 and offers in-depth exposure to the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean, the landscape of contemporary Turkey, and the political, economic, and cultural forces shaping this region today.

Students at the McGhee Center receive an unparalleled introduction to Turkey in all its modern and historical dimensions – from the halls of Parliament to the footsteps of Alexander the Great, from the streets of Istanbul to the villages of central Anatolia, from Crusader castles and Mediterranean beaches to modern Turkey’s vibrant and rapidly changing cities.

Courses offered in Fall 2008 include:
• Cultural Geography of Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean (INAF-377)
• Gender and Islam in Modern Turkey
• Turkey and the European Union: Issues in International Migration
• History of the Crusades (HIST-106)
• History of Architecture: Monuments of Southern Turkey (AMTH-008)
• Turkish Language (All Levels)

The program travels extensively in Turkey, including a two-week Orientation in Istanbul and Ankara, with additional excursions to Edirne, Bursa, Konya, Antalya, and other sites of cultural and historical importance. A ten-day mid-semester excursion to Syria and southeastern Turkey provides a comparative perspective on the region.
Located in the city of Alanya, the McGhee Center is ideally situated for the study of Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean as a crossroads of civilizations. Students take their classes and meals at the villa, which also houses a library, study facilities, and gardens with views of the Mediterranean. Students are housed nearby in fully furnished apartments.

The McGhee Center is open to both Georgetown and non-Georgetown students and accepts applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds and majors, including European, Middle Eastern, and Eurasian Studies; International Affairs; Classical Studies; History; Geography; Art History; Cultural Studies; and more.

A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2008. All admitted students will receive automatic consideration.
Application forms, scholarship information, and course descriptions are available on our NEW website: http://mcgheecenter.georgetown.edu
For more information please contact: Ms. Polly Robey, Office of International Programs
Georgetown University, (202) 687-5867, pss26@georgetown.edu

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Yemen College of Middle Easter Studies

The Yemen College of Middle Easter Studies is happy to announce the following developments and information on the College in Sana'a. For current news anytime, please visit the YCMES homepage at www.ycmes.org and click on "News."

Important Note: The deadline for the YCMES Study Abroad Program, 2008-2009, is quickly approaching. March 1st is the preferred application deadline.

Safety & Security in Yemen
The YCMES understands that international students, parents, professors, and administrators are concerned with safety and security when deciding to choose a study abroad program. For this reason and to maintain the well-being of all its students, the college takes great strides to assure the safety and security of students and guests. Please visit the YCMES webpage for Safety & Security at http://www.ycmes.org/safety&security.htm, for up-to-date information, statements, and documents compiled by the College on the situation in Yemen.

YCMES Research Center
With accreditation from the Yemeni Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the College is now capable of hosting international scholars for academic research in Yemen. The YCMES can facilitate research sponsorship and other logistical support of incoming researchers. For more information, please email research@ycmes.org or visit http://www.ycmes.org/research.htm.

Service Learning & Internships
The YCMES has started service learning and internship programs, and our administration is ready to supervise students interning in local organizations. Service learning in Yemen remains a novel experience, with very few organizations utilizing international staff members. Students apply their academic studies with hands-on practice in the fields of human rights, democracy building, journalism, health, women's rights, and many more. These programs are designed to integrate the student farther into Yemeni society, affording them the opportunity to use their Arabic language in a work environment few foreigners see. For more information, please email internships@ycmes.org or visit http://www.ycmes.org/internships.htm.

Partnership with the Yemen-America Language Institute (YALI)
The YCMES and YALI are pleased to announce their plans to develop an institutional partnership. Co-operational programs strive to form friendships among international students of the YCMES and Yemeni students of YALI. Projects include language buddies, conversational hours, shared cultural activities and trips, Arabic students teaching English, and other programs to foster cross-cultural understandings. This new partnership will connect the two oldest, largest, and most respected language institutes of Yemen in the Arabic and English languages.

YALI was founded 1975 by the United States Embassy in Sana’a and backed by the international non-profit organization, AMIDEAST. YALI is part of the mission to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Some 2,000 - 3,000 students study English at YALI each term. YALI's web site is www.yali.org.ye.

For a list of all YCMES Partnerships, please visit http://www.ycmes.org/affiliations.htm.

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February 20, 2008

Summer Study Abroad Program-TUNISIA

Interested in studying in the Arab World? Loyola University Chicago's summer study trip offers a unique experiential learning program in Tunisia. The course is entitled 'The Arab World, Islam, and US Foreign Policy.' Students earn credit while spending three weeks travelling throughout the country and gaining a first-hand perspective of politics, culture, and religion in Northern Africa.

Highlights:
Lectures by renowned Tunisian scholars on politics of democratization in the Arab world, the role of women in Muslim societies, Arab perceptions of US foreign policy, Tunisia's role in the global war on terror, and the history of Islam and the Roman Empire in Northern Africa.
Joint lectures and discussions with English-speaking Tunisian students
Visits to important political, religious, and historical sites such as The Great Mosque in Kairouan, the American Embassy in Tunis, the Roman Coliseum of El Jem and the Roman ruins of Dougga, and much more.
Overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert complete with desert camel trek.

Detailed information on the program and a complete course syllabus are available at:

http://luc.edu/studyabroad/summer.shtml#TUN

Please feel free to contact the group leader Professor Peter Schraeder at pschrae@luc.edu with any questions you may have.

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Arabesk Studies in Damascus

We are Arabesk Studies in Damascus, a private team of professionals, located in the heart of Damascus , very specialized and perfectly experienced in Arabic language teaching for foreign students. Arabesk Studies is exclusively devoted to Arabic teaching.

We invite you to visit our website: www.arabeskstudiesindamascus.com/english/index1.htm

We believe that by specializing we are better able to understand and respond to the needs of international students. Our team of highly qualified teachers is of high calibre and provides the best teaching available. With our teachers, packages of studies and services and a perfect location, we believe that the combination between Arabesk Studies and Damascus is really the best to study Arabic.

Arabesk has facilitated study abroad for hundreds of individuals, students and specialists from top American and European universities and colleges in Middle East or Arabic Studies, or many other fields. Undergraduates and graduate students, professors from places like Princeton, Georgetown , Berkeley , Duke, Swarthmore and Middlebury, SOAS London, Cambridge , London School of Economics LSE, and other European university students have reported positive experiences of their time in Damascus through Arabesk.

From pre-departure until the end of your stay in Syria (even though we wish that you stay with us!!!), Arabesk provides a comprehensive facilitation of your time abroad with his package of studies and services. We offer Studies, all services related to studies and settlement in Damascus , accommodation in nice flats with Arab speakers or Damascene families, fieldtrips around Syria ....

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February 04, 2008

2007 EASTERN CONSORTIUM IN PERSIAN AND TURKISH PROGRAM

For more information about the Summer Language Program through University of Chicago please visit:
http://www.cmes.uchicago.edu/easternConsortAnnounce.shtml

For the application click here:
http://www.cmes.uchicago.edu/2008EASTERNCONSORTIUMcomplete.pdf

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Study Abroad Program in Yemen

The Study Abroad program at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies is coming together to provide students a new, unique opportunity to study the contemporary Middle East and intensive Arabic language.
The YCMES is now accepting applications for its inaugural year, starting September 2008. Refer to the admissions page at www.ycmes.org/admissions.htm for more information on enrollment.

Why should students choose the study abroad program at the YCMES?

1) Location: Yemen, The Arabia Felix
The College is centrally located in Sana’a, the capital of the Republic of Yemen, in a residential neighborhood near the main square of the city and within walking distance of the historical Old City. Yemen is an ideal location for such a college. It is perhaps the only country left in the Middle East where foreigners can practice their Arabic with local people and not be forced to use English or other languages. In addition to the superb language environment, Yemenis have retained their customs and traditions with very little Western influence, offering an international student the opportunity to live among one of the most traditional Arab societies. Not only among the most hospitable on earth, as well as the kindest, Yemenis are also proud of their traditional poetry, dress, dance, and crafts. Language learners will find curious Yemenis willing and even eager to speak Arabic with them, not always the case among the urban educated people in other Arabic-speaking countries. To learn more about Yemen, please visit www.ycmes.org/aboutyemen.htm.

2) Arabic Language Programs: The Yemen Language Center
The College will draw its Arabic language program from the Yemen Language Center. With almost twenty years of experience, the YLC has developed an excellent curriculum of Arabic courses. Classroom instruction is designed to develop the student’s speaking and listening skills, as reading and writing can be covered both in non-Arabic environments and from homework drills. The YLC is equipped with the latest in language learning technologies and privileged with a qualified and experienced instructors, from five to 23 years of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The YLC offers Arabic language instruction from survival lessons to post-advanced independent study. Though many supplementary materials are utilized, the primary textbook for the YLC program is Al-Kitaab fi Tacallum al-cArabiyya from Georgetown Press. The YCMES is also proud to host outside Arabists (such as Dr. Peter Abboud, Dr. Aman Attieh, and scheduled in May, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal and Dr. Kristen Brustad) for review and evaluation of the program and to give developmental workshops for instructors. Through all of its endeavors, the Arabic language program of the YLC continues to get excellent reviews from its students, who comment on the quality of instruction and the infusion of language and culture. To learn more about the Arabic language programs, please visit www.ycmes.org/ylc.htm.

3) Academic Quality: The Program in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies
The PCMES, designed by Honorary Dean Steven C. Caton of Harvard University, offers a wide range of university-level courses on contemporary Middle East Studies. Each semester, a select number of courses are offered as a cross-discipline reflection of the current faculty. The faculty is comprised of the world’s most distinguished regional specialists, both Yemeni and non-Yemeni, and most of whom hold professorial appointments at leading universities. Classes will be kept small in size, seminar-style with 12-15 students, with a keen interest in maintaining high academic quality. Students will also be afforded opportunities to work with faculty in independent research, experience fieldwork, perform academic internships, and volunteer work.

Visiting Faculty for 2008-2009 Academic Year
Dr. Abdul Karim Alaug, Anthropology, Associate Dean YCMES/Sana'a University
Dr. Ahmed Abdulkareem Saif, Political Scientist, Sana'a University/Saba' Center for Studies & Research
Dr. Bruce Lawrence, Islamic Studies, Duke University
Dr. Jon Mandaville, Modern Middle East History, Portland State University
Dr. Miriam Cooke, Arabic Literature and Women's Studies, Duke University
Dr. Nancy Um, Islamic Art and Architectural History, Binghamton University SUNY

The full class schedule and course offerings will be announced as time goes on. Scheduled courses currently include: Comparative Politics of the Middle East; Constitutional, Legislative, and Democratic Developments of the Arab Gulf; History of Modern Arabia; History of Modern Iraq; Islamic Feminisms; Autobiography of the Middle East; The Modern Muslim World; Religious Minorities: Muslim & non-Muslim, Islamic Architecture and Urbanism in Yemen; Cultural Anthropology of Yemen & the Middle East, etc.

To learn more about the PCMES, please visit www.ycmes.org/pcmes.htm.

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January 25, 2008

Learn Turkish in Turkey!

Turkish, as a part of the Altaic language family, has many similarities with Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Korean and Japanese. Turkish is written in the Latin alphabet, therefore it is easy to spell and pronounce.

LING 199: Turkish Language and Culture
In this course the fundamentals of Turkish language will be introduced through communicative activites relevant to your basic needs to live in and understand Turkish culture. Living in the heart of an old city and interacting with Turkish university students will increase your intercultural understanding and provide authentic language practice outside of the class. Visiting cultural and historical sites in Istanbul is an invaluable experience which will help you not only to understand Ottoman and Turkish culture, but also ancient Byzantine, Roman, and Greek cultures.
Program duration: May 12- June 7
Program Fee: $3350
INCLUDING: Round Trip Ticket, Airport Transfers, Accommodations in a 3 Star Hotel (www.halihotl.com), All Meals, Orientation, Excursions, Books
Scholarship Are Available!
For Additional Info Contact: Ercan BALCI, Ph.D.
E-Mail: ebalci@uiuc.edu
Register at:
http://www.las.uiuc.edu/coursesabroad/summer.html
No Turkish language required! Registration Deadline: February 7,2008

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