December 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 15, 2011

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ARCE 2012 Call for Papers

ARCE 2012 Call for Papers
IMPORTANT REMINDER

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

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

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

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

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

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November 01, 2011

The 9th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
“Making Sense of Islam”
Sensuality and Affect in the Muslim Humanities
9th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, March 24th-25th, 2012

“The humanities can be described as the study of the myriad ways in which people, from every period of history and from every corner of the globe, process and document the human experience.” (The Human Experience, Stanford University).

On behalf of the Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, we are pleased to accept abstracts for our ninth annual conference. With this year’s conference, we hope to mark a turn from a bounded study of the “Islamic sciences” to a more capacious engagement with Muslim articulations of the human experience in its multiple dimensions. This engagement with human experience both incorporates and moves beyond the intellectual to include the body, affect, sensation, and arts as sites of understanding. We hope to generate an interdisciplinary conversation about how diverse Muslim traditions—ritual, ceremonial, artistic, literary, philosophical, and legal—participate in and invoke the sensate and the affective. We thus interpret the humanities broadly in terms of human experience, not
limiting our investigations to specific literary genres.

We are interested in receiving papers that explore this theme through a variety of topics in the study of Islam. We invite papers from a range of disciplines (including but not limited to art and art history, design, geography, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religious studies, cultural anthropology, history and sociology) that examine such questions within historical and contemporary Islamicate contexts.

Possible themes for papers include but are not limited to:• The visual language of Islamic design and architecture
• Sensation in classical & modern Prose and poetry
• Cultural institutions and practices for sensing the supernatural
• The choreography of religious ceremony
• The physical and material evocation of memory
• Trends in modern Muslim art and artists
• Philosophical and scientific theories of human sensation
• Sight, memory, and sound as evidence in Islamic Law

As a hallmark of the Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Conference, we will provide opportunity for interactive, deliberative, and inter-disciplinary engagement with scholarly work in progress by gathering in an intimate workshop format. We expect that those invited to present papers will remain present for the duration of the conference in order to engage the other participants in a true exchange of ideas. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days, and a formal dinner will be held on Saturday night.

Limited financial assistance to cover travel expenses will be offered to those who demonstrate financial need and do not receive funding from their home institutions.

Proposal Submission Requirements:Please submit at minimum a 1,000-word detailed abstract accompanied by a working bibliography and CV to DUKEUNCconf@gmail.com by December 15, 2011. Submissions that include a written paper are highly preferred. Ph.D. students in advanced stages of research and dissertation writing are especially encouraged to apply.

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October 25, 2011

The Third International Conference on Islam "Islam and Democracy"

The Third International Conference on Islam "Islam and Democracy"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 13, 2011

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

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

April 12 - 15, 2012, in Downtown Chicago

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

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

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

Visit our website here www.mpsanet.org

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April 25, 2011

Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University Annual Graduate Student Conference

Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University Annual Graduate Student Conference

Deadline for application: September 5, 2011
Date of conference: November 11, 2011

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinary institutions, as an outgrowth of the comparative framework were conceived as a formal acknowledgement that a single disciplinary lens has been insufficient for analyzing still emerging objects of study; objects that cut not only through university departments, but through existing discourses, histories, genres, periodizations, languages, archives and geographies.

This challenge to traditional disciplines has been met with an equally strong trend towards forming interdisciplinary institutions along axes of utility and around problem based foci. These institutions offer new support frameworks (either replacing or reconfiguring the Cold War era Area Studies support structures) for applied research in addition to opening up new occasions for corporate involvement within the increasingly market-driven University.

Papers may cover a broad range of topics, and may address either, both or other institutional paradigms. We call for papers that take on interdisciplinary institutions as their object as well as papers that are demonstrations of new directions in interdisciplinary work, especially under the aegis of an interdisciplinary institution. In the case of the latter, in the interest of generating productive conversations we ask that your paper clearly demonstrate your use of extra-disciplinary techniques, and that you be prepared to discuss your paper in those terms (whether these techniques are native to or lie outside of conventional disciplinary formations).

Possible panels/topics include:

*Instrumentalizing interdisciplinary paradigms
*Borrowing disciplinary techniques: How have new (or revived) paradigms of reading helped to reconceptualize objects of study? Conversely how have these objects exerted pressure on the creation of new and/or extra-disciplinary perspectives?
*The fate of area studies, interdisciplinarity after the Cold War.
*The crisis in the humanities—interdisciplinary answers.
*The “global” university

Please send a 400-500 word abstract to the following e-mail address no later than Monday, September 5, 2011: iclsgradstudentconference2011@gmail.com

Please direct all inquiries to the email address above.

We will notify students no later than September 15th of their acceptance. We request final drafts of the paper no later than November 1st.

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April 20, 2011

International Conference on "Islam in Africa: Historical, Cultural and Global Perspectives"

International Conference on "Islam in Africa: Historical, Cultural and Global Perspectives"

The International Institute for Muslim Unity (IIMU) in collaboration with the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizing, and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will be organizing an International Conference on “Islam in Africa: Historical, Cultural, and Global Perspectives”.

The conference will be held from 19th- 21st July, 2011 (17th - 19th Syaaban 1431 AH) in the International Islamic University Malaysia, IIUM.

Taking into account scholarly contribution and interest in this field, it would be an honor if people could contribute to this important academic conference by writing a paper and sharing valuable knowledge or by attending the conference as a participant. The dimensions of the conference are as follows:

-Spread of Islam in Africa
-Developments and challenges in the study of Islam in Africa
-Sources of Islam in Africa
-Islamic heritage in Africa
-Transformation processes and Islam in Africa
-Historical, cultural and global dimensions of Islam in Africa
-Curricular of Islamic studies in schools and universities
-Islamic political, judicial and educational institutions in Africa
-Sufi Orders and their religious and socio-political roles in Africa
-Islam in Asia and Africa: Comparative studies
-African Muslims in the Diaspora
-Islah and Tajdid movements in Africa
-Dialogue between Islam and other religions in the African context.

For more information, please visit the official website at www.iiu.edu.my/iimu or email at iia2011.english@gmail.com.

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April 14, 2011

Mada’s First Conference for Palestinian PhD Students

Mada’s First Conference for Palestinian PhD Students

Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa, will hold its first conference for Palestinian Ph.D Students on August 8, 2011.

The conference aims to stimulate scholarly dialogues, advance sharing of research and experiences, and promote the new generation of researchers.

PhD students in local or foreign universities in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law are invited to send an application for presenting a paper by May 12, 2011, by email to Ms. Einas Odeh Haj at einas@mada-research.org

Applications should include:

- Abstract (of 400-500 words) in Arabic or English.
- Short bio not exceeding 5 lines.
- Official university certificate of PhD registration.

Selected candidates will be notified by end of June 2011. Mada will not cover costs related to travel or accommodation for participating researchers. Few small grants are available to help partially cover international travel expenses. Grants will be offered on need and merit bases.

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February 02, 2011

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies Annual Dissertation Workshop

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies Annual Dissertation Workshop

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies invites doctoral candidates to its 13th annual Dissertation Workshop on April 1-2, 2011 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The workshop provides the opportunity for current doctoral or master candidates to present, discuss, and receive valuable feedback on work related to North Africa.

Accepted applicants will submit a piece of writing from their dissertations or theses at any stage (prospectus, dissertation chapter, or article draft). Participants will read and prepare discussion of one or more other submissions in addition to presenting their own. Scholars who have worked on North Africa in a variety of disciplines will offer feedback, as well as perspectives on publishing, job market conditions, and other topics germane toprofessional academic development.

The workshop further affords the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with colleagues in the field. All disciplines are welcome. In the past they have included: history, political science, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, comparative literature, psychology, and public health.

Space and funding are limited. There will be some money for travel expenses and per diem allowances. The workshop is open to AIMS members.

To become a student member (only $40) or renew your membership, please contact the AIMS Executive Office at aimscmes@email.arizona.edu.

Applicants should send a current C.V. and short (300-word) topic proposal by February 10, 2011 to Nicole Zaleski at nzales1@email.arizona.edu

For more information, please visit: http://nes.arizona.edu/mena/conference

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International Journal of Middle East Studies: "Maghribi Histories in the Modern Era"

International Journal of Middle East Studies: “Maghribi Histories in the Modern Era”

Until roughly a decade ago, modern North African history occupied a rather marginal position relative to the histories of adjacent regions. Edmund Burke III's observation that North Africa was "not quite African, not quite Arab, not quite European, the Maghrib inhabits a space between the essentialisms evoked by each" still held more or less true. Since then, however, the Maghrib's alleged liminality has proven instead to be a rich source of intellectual inquiry, scholarly debate, and theorizing. Just as importantly, research in the past ten years has connected what used to be somewhat distinct historical sub-fields in novel ways. And scholarly associations that once embodied those different fields have experienced considerable "in-migrations" and trans-associational traffic as younger scholars especially formulate and tackle new questions regarding North Africa from circa 1800 until the contemporary era. Now the Maghrib is seen as sitting at the confluence of multiple worlds and historical processes: Arab-Berber northern Africa, Europe, the Mediterranean, and, until the post-World War I period, the Ottoman Empire.

Nevertheless, IJMES has not benefited to the extent it might have from article submissions devoted to modern North African history. This special issue invites submissions from scholars in the historical sciences working on various periods from the late eighteenth century on , whose primary focus are the peoples, societies, and states in what we now know as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. We seek research that questions older periodizations, chronologies, binaries, and moments of rupture, or that iscomparative and/or transnational in nature, as well as scholarships that rethink historical narratives that were earlier conceptualized as bounded, e.g., for the colonial eras, the histories of the peoples assigned to the monolithic category of "settlers" or resident "Europeans."

Authors should follow the regular guidelines for submitting an article toIJMES through http://web.gc.cuny.edu/ijmes/pages/submissions.html

All articles in special issues must be accepted individually through the IJMES peer review process. Any accepted article that was submitted before March 15, 2011 and that fits the above description may be considered for publication in the special issue.

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January 19, 2011

The First Annual Islamic Studies Conference at UCSB: A Graduate Student Gathering

The First Annual Islamic Studies Conference at UCSB: A Graduate Student Gathering

When: April 9-10, 2011
Where: The University of California, Santa Barbara

Keynote Speaker: R. Stephen Humphreys (Department of History, UCSB) In his three-volume work, The Venture of Islam, Marshall Hodgson established a vital foundation for the academic study of Islam, and most scholars who specialize in Islamic Studies have been influenced by his work either implicitly or explicitly.

This conference aims to emphasize influential scholars who have been involved in shaping our shared field of Islamic Studies. Therefore we think that it will be instructive to require participants to include a discussion of The Venture of Islam and its relevance (or lack thereof) to their papers. That is, how does Hodgson’s work influence the study of a given topic?

We invite paper proposals that treat any number of topics, such as: law, Sufism, music, history, violence, theory & methodology, conversion, geography, theology, exegesis and gender. Particularly welcome are papers that, through the lens of a given research topic, focus on the importance of particular key figures in the field of Islamic Studies, including but not limited to Hodgson, explaining why their impact is noteworthy.

Please note that participating in the conference does not require one to be a Hodgson specialist, and the centrality of his work to each presentation may vary. Rather, participants should simply be able to demonstrate familiarity with the influences that The Venture of Islam might have on their research.

To apply, please submit the below information to: ucsbislamicstudiesconference@gmail.com

• Working paper title
• Abstract (maximum 500 words)
• CV (maximum two pages)
• Brief biographical sketch (maximum 200 words)

Also consider reviewing Kecia Ali’s guidelines for writing successful conference paper proposals. Proposals are due by February 1st and decisions will be made by February 15th.

Meals will be provided on both days, including a sponsored dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday. For more information about financial assistance, travel, accommodations, etc., please visit the UCSB Islamic Studies Conference website.

Please direct any conference-related questions to the aforementioned email address.

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January 17, 2011

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Association at The University of Arizona

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies
Current Trends in the Study of the Middle East, North Africa & their Diasporas

CALL FOR PAPERS EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 21st

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

Objectives

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

Paper Themes

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

Submission Guidelines

Paper abstract submissions are due no later than Monday, February 21, 2011. Abstracts must be 250 words or less and submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Abstracts must be emailed to uamena@gmail.com and must include paper title, description, author name and affiliation (school and department), and contact information (phone number and email address).

For further information, please visit www.nes.arizona.edu/mena/home or submit your inquiries to uamena@gmail.com.

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December 10, 2010

45th Seminar for Arabian Studies

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

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

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

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

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

Session Proposals

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

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

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December 06, 2010

Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

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

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

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

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

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

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

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

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Third Annual Graduate Student International Workshop

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

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

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

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

Fax: 734.763.4918
Email: armenianstudies@umich.edu

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December 03, 2010

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 08, 2010

27th Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies

27th Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies
Brandeis University
June 13-15, 2011
Call for Papers

The Program Committee of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies invites scholars conducting research on any aspect of Israel Studies and in particular on the declared theme of this conference:

"Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State"
The Zionist ideal of a Jewish and democratic society has been a central issue since early settlements through the present. It continues to elicit celebration, criticism and debate in the arts, academic disciplines and the public sphere. The challenge of defining Israel also involves diplomatic relations, interactions between Jews and Arabs inside Israel and the region, among Jews in Israel and with the Diaspora, gender issues, the legal culture, the political system, and perceptions of a collective past and future.

Deadline for Submission of all Proposals:
December 31, 2010
Submit paper/panel proposals here:

Program Committee Chair: Ilan Troen
Conference info: ais2011@brandeis.edu

Participants Seeking to Organize Sessions:
The Program Committee encourages scholars seeking colleagues to form a panel on subject of mutual interest to use this forum to post their session proposals. Interested parties should include their email, a brief description of the session they are looking to organize and the topics they would like to be covered in this panel. This information should be sent to cavari@wisc.edu.

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“Whither the Gulf?: Accomplishments, Challenges & Dangers”

The Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore is holding a major international conference on “Whither the Gulf?: Accomplishments, Challenges & Dangers” May 19-20, 2011. While we have invited several prominent scholars to make presentations, we are also holding open slots for scholars (especially younger ones) with whom we may not be familiar and who are doing interesting work on the Gulf.

Through this conference, the Middle East Institute aims to create a forum to discuss strategic contexts, economic trends, social and cultural issues, and educational challenges, in addition to focusing on issues relating to Iraq, Iran, the GCC, and governance. Please feel free to contact Michael C. Hudson, Director of Middle East Insitute, meiopf@nus.edu.sg, or his assistant Rana Khoury, meisec@nus.edu.sg, with any inquiries.

Deadline is December 1, 2010.

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November 05, 2010

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RELIGION GRADUATE STUDENTS’ CONFERENCE

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RELIGION GRADUATE STUDENTS’ CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

Humble Body, Humble Mind: Selflessness, Lowliness, and the Religious

FRIDAY, 01 APRIL, 2011
NEW YORK, NY

INFORMATION
Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to columbia.religion@gmail.com by 15 December, 2010. Include your name, department, institution, tentative presentation title, and (if applicable) requests for audiovisual technology. Also, in order to encourage increased comprehension, attention, and conversational engagement in the course of the conference, we ask that you consider at the outset how to make the ideas of your presentation accessible and interesting to a reasonably broad audience.

Whether understood as a position or disposition, the category of humility (the state of being low; the absence of self-assertion or self-exaltation; the converse of pride) has the potential to relate to numerous aspects within the study of religion. These include but are not limited to the (overlapping) areas of 1) religious epistemology and belief, 2)ritual and practice, 3) history, politics, and power and 4) comparative religious ethics. We therefore seek papers that touch upon or stem from any of the following questions, considerations, and quandaries.

Epistemic/Methodological/Rhetorical Humility

* Commonly, religious adherents—as well as the individuals who study them—make claims to knowledge or belief. In asserting, acquiring, or dispersing knowledge,how do ‘saints and scholars’ (fail to) exercise humility? What is the relation between fallibility and faith? Is it humble to believe or to withhold belief? Perhaps counterintuitively, does pride serve as a barrier to religious belief? What is the role of humility in responding to intellectual conflicts and error (with respect to the capacities to receive correction or extend forgiveness, for example)? How might feminist epistemologies such as Donna Haraway’s treatment of subjugated standpoints in her article “Situated Knowledges” inform the writing of religious studies, including ethnographies? How else might humility manifest itself in styles of writing, reading, or interpretation(including that of sacred texts)? In what way would a humble rhetoric or hermeneutic differ from the tone of ironic distancing in modern academic discourse?

Humbling Practices and Practitioners

* Is it appropriate or useful to (re)frame analyses of practices or rituals of abasement in terms of humility? Possibilities for discussion and disagreement abound here. Consider, for example, prostration in prayer and on pilgrimages, as well as
customs of kneeling and bowing, monastic conduct and comportment, manual labor, fasting, different forms of impoverishment, the sacrificing of riches, and ascetic modes of living. Does the adoption of these often literally low positions serve to habituate virtue in practitioners? What pictures of humble saints do hagiographies paint? In theorizing these acts, how might Buddhist teachings of selflessness be applied? Could such practices as those listed above be seen as a recognition of the nature of reality (a “noself”view) rather than as a reduction in or emptying of an “inherently real” self?


Power, Authority, and Humiliations

* In contrast to perspectives that uphold humility as a desirable religious trait belonging to an individual, this rubric raises social considerations and draws attention to the negative connotations of the word “humiliation.” Issues that advance to the fore here include the force of religious and political hierarchies, implementations of institutional power, assertions of authority, and ways in which calls for humility have been or may be manipulative and abusive. How does pride—positively or negatively—serve as a mobilizing, political value? Should communities resist humility as a sign of weakness? Where do the ideas of submission, subjugation, and humiliation separate? For a discussion of humility that is attuned to power, one might wish to consult Talal Asad’s fourth chapter in Genealogies of Religion.

Comparative Religious Ethics

* Perhaps the most looming concern in choosing this conference theme is whether humility is a western construct. Sensitive to this charge, we welcome not only contributions from eastern traditions but comparative investigations. Questions emerging from this domain might include the nature of humility—is it a specifically religious virtue?—and its impossibility—can a person know when she is humble? Beyond obedience and faith, how does humility relate to the notion of repentance or even humor (evinced in the ability to laugh at oneself)? How might humility be theorized in contrast to traits or vices such as vanity, haughtiness, presumption, pride, and being full of oneself or puffed up? Is there a cycle between hubris and humility such that a fall really does follow pride (as the Jewish proverb states)? Is it possible to sustain a humble attitude or is a return to non-humility, whatever its guise, inevitable? Additional points of interest may address false or fake humility; philosophical valuations of humility (is the Socratic call to “know yourself” a call to recognize your limits?); and kenosis, or the self-emptying of Christ (in Philippians 2). Here or elsewhere insights might intersect with or be taken from the psychology of religion. Lastly, is humility an ‘extinct’ virtue? If it is rarely studied, preached, or practiced today, how can that absence or lacuna itself be turned into an object of study? How can the history of the
loss of interest in humility be told?

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October 22, 2010

2010 DIWAN Call for Papers

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is seeking artistic presentations and proposals for panels and papers for its DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts being held for the first time in New York City at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York (365 Fifth Avenue) March 25-26, 2011.

AANM is pleased to partner with Alwan for the Arts as well the Middle East and Middle East American Center (MEMEAC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, to build an exciting program for its fourth DIWAN conference,in its ongoing commitment to convene and generate a national dialogue among artists and academicians about the state of Arab American art.

All artistic mediums will be considered for inclusion.

The deadline for proposal submission is November 1, 2010.
We will notify you about acceptance by December 15, 2010.

PAPERS:
Please send a one-page abstract (250 – 300 words) for a 15–20 minute presentation relating to Arab American arts historical development, production, aesthetics, and/or identity.

PANEL PROPOSALS:
Require multiple speakers for a presentation. Please submit the panel title, presenters’ names, and an abstract for each paper within the panel.

ARTISTIC PRESENTATIONS:
Please submit the theme(s) of the work that you will present, an abstract of your presentation, the format of your presentation, and your technical needs. Also submit one copy of a CD-ROM, DVD, VHS formatted video, and/or a set of slides (10 images max.) that best represents your proposal. (These materials will not be returned.)In your proposal, be sure to include your name, the title of your presentation, an email and/or postal address, your occupation, academic affiliation (if applicable), resume, and your A/V needs. Presentation at the Forum is open to scholars, artists, and activists. You will receive an invitation to present at the Forum if your paper or artistic performance is selected.

Selected participants must submit a full length paper to the AANM prior to the conference. Proceedings from the Forum will be compiled and made available to the public and researchers.

HONORARIUM FOR PRESENTERS:
Presenters will receive an honorarium to partially subsidize travel and hotel costs to participate in DIWAN. Amount of honorarium will correlate to distance and cost of travel for each participant. Honorarium will be provided after the submission of full paper to the AANM prior to the conference.
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Please send your proposals to:
Arab American National Museum/DIWAN
13624 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126 USA
You may submit your proposal electronically to sahmed@accesscommunity.org.
Questions may be directed to Suha Ahmed at 313.624.0216 or sahmed@accesscommunity.org.

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October 04, 2010

CALLFOR AUTHORS: African Culture/SAGE Reference

Dear Professors,

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to a new reference work: Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia.

The four volumes include:
Volume 1: Middle East
Volume 2: Africa
Volume 3: East and Southeast Asia
Volume 4: West, Central, and South Asia

In our age of globalization and multiculturalism, it has never been more important for Americans to understand and appreciate foreign cultures-how people live, love, and learn in areas of the world unfamiliar to most U.S.students and the general public. The Cultural Sociology encyclopedia takes a step forward toward presenting concise information with historical and contemporary coverage of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as four volumes of area studies illuminate the powerful influence of culture on society.

Each title comprises approximately 200 articles organized chronologically and alphabetically, addressing such academic disciplines as sociology, political science, women's studies, business, art, history, religion, law, health, education, economics, and geography. It is the intent of the encyclopedia to convey what daily life was/is like for people in these regions. Each article ranges from 600 to 3,000 words. We are now making new assignments due December 1, 2010.

This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference in 2012 and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library's electronic services. The General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Orlando Patterson at Harvard University.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today's terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

I have attached the complete article list, submission guidelines, and sample article for your review.

1.) Cultural Sociology Article List.xls https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=trAY44nsfzrg43OdWusgtgg#gid=0

Please note excel file tabs labeled as follows:
"VOL 1" (Middle East)
"VOL 2" (Africa)
"VOL 3" (East and Southeast Asia)
"VOL 4" (West, Central and South Asia)
You may use the tabs to advance to the list of articles for each region. Within each volume you will also note the entries are organized according to historical time period. The intent of the encyclopedia is to explore each topic's relevance to and influence on culture and society within the region.

2.) Cultural Sociology Submission Guidelines.doc
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.2&thid=12b68c 8598e66a20&mt =application/msword&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/ ?ui%3D2%26ik%3D956b775129%26view%3Datt%26th%3D12b68c8598e66a20%26attid%3D0.2%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbRDSGCO5nRVSclfnVh_qjhqqmwC4Q

3.)Sample Entry Cultural Sociology of the Middle East.doc
https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=12b68c8598e66a20&attid=0.3&disp=vah&zw


If you decide any of the topics from the list of articles are a match for your interests and expertise please send me your selections and I will confirm availability.

Many thanks,

Lisbeth Rogers
Author Manager
Golson Media
culturalsociology@golsonmedia.com

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September 29, 2010

ARCE 2011 Annual Meeting & Call for Papers

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SAVE THESE IMPORTANT DATES for the ARCE 2011 Annual Meeting & Call for Papers


Planning is already underway for the April 2011 ARCE Annual Meeting in Chicago! Since the meeting will be held a few weeks earlier than usual, we want to get two dates on your calendar.

December 3, 2010 will be the deadline for the Call for Papers submission on the All Academic website. (You will receive another notification in the coming weeks once the All Academic site is available for submissions.)

The Annual Meeting will be held April 1 - 3rd, 2011 at the Chicago Downtown Marriott Hotel.

We hope you'll make plans to come. It promises to be a great event!

Annual Meeting Committee

American Research Center in Egypt

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September 24, 2010

Records of Iranian Studies

We are delighted to introduce Iranistics.com website which has been many months in the planning. At Iranistics.com we aim to make comprehensive databases of international organisations, scholars and resources devoted to Iranian studies. In deed, beside numerous private and affiliated organisations involved in various aspects of Iranian studies, we felt we wanted to bring their records into one place so to help all interested in Iranology affairs find available records and news more easily, find out who has done what, interact with other organisations and scholars and provide common feedbacks.

Records of Iranian Studies:
Organisations, Scholars, Projects/Researches, Publications, Events, Vendors

In order to add your organisational or personal data to this website, you can submit your records directly and freely using submission forms accessible through the website, or email us your information and documents regularly so that our editors enter them in the website's databases. If you wish to be able to post and update your records more easily, you can register in iranistics.com that is easy and free of charge, and ask us to upgrade your account as an "Editor".

Submit your records

We have received a lot of optimistic feedback since launching iranistics.com website, and interests in creating reference links by other websites. We hope that you enjoy discovering this new website, too, and that you find it easy to navigate and pleasant to use. Needless to say, the website is under constant development, and can use the feedback form on the web site to comment on both what you like about the site and how we can improve it to make it as useful as possible to you.

Visit www.iranistics.com

Appreciating your attention and support, we ask you kindly not to hesitate to contact us for any further enquiries and discussions, and let us know your first impression by submitting a quick feedback now using our online form or just by making a reply to this message.

Contact Information:
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Iranistics
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JNCOLCTL Call for Papers (September 30 Deadline)

Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Call for Papers--Call for 2011 Journal Papers

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The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication.
The Journal, published annually by NCOLCTL, is dedicated to the issues and concerns related to the teaching and learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The Journal primarily seeks to address the interests of language teachers, administrators, and researchers. Arti­cles that describe in­novative and successful teaching methods that are relevant to the con­cerns or problems of the profession, or that report educational research or experimentation in Less Common­ly Taught Lan­guages are welcome. Papers presented at NCOLCTL's annual conference will be considered for publication, but additional manuscripts from members of the pro­fes­sion are also welcome.
Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of Less commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). The envisioned coverage of the journal is as follows:

Methodology and Technology
Academia
Beyond Academia
Social embeddedness

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of LCTL's along with reports about research and teaching in academia, at both the K-12 and collegiate levels. Also to be included are papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry and issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation in the USA.

Submitted Manuscripts:

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx

Manuscripts should be:

* A maximum of 20 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and submitted electronically via word (1997-2003)-document e-mail attachment.
* Double-line spaced throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point Times New Roman font with a 1.5 inch left margin. (Please ensure that this specified formatting is followed).
* 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).

All Manuscripts should be electronically submitted to The Editor at: Danko.Sipka@asu.edu and copied to the Secretariat at: ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu.

Deadline: While submissions are welcome at any point, only manuscripts received by September 30, 2010 will be considered for the 2011 issue of the journal.

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September 22, 2010

27th Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies

Milford Sound in New Zealand

Brandies University's 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies: June 13-15 2011

Deadline for submission of all proposals: December 30, 2010.

The Program Committee of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies invites scholars conducting research on any aspect of Israel Studies and in particular on the declared theme of this conference, “Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State.”

The Zionist ideal of a Jewish and democratic society has been a central issue since early settlements through the present. It continues to elicit celebration, criticism and debate in the arts, academic disciplines and the public sphere. The challenge of defining Israel also involves diplomatic relations, interactions between Jews and Arabs inside Israel and the region, among Jews in Israel and with the Diaspora, gender issues, the legal culture, the political system, and perceptions of a collective past and future.

Conference Information: www.aisisraelstudies.org and http://www.aisisraelstudies.org/brandeis2011.ehtml
ais2011@brandeis.edu • 781-736-2166

Submission Specifications and Additional Details:

·Individual paper and panel submissions should be submitted using the online submission form.

·Paper proposals should not exceed 250 words.

·Panel proposals should include information on the panel theme and on each individual paper. Proposals should not exceed 750 words.

·All presenters will be required to register for the conference and be current AIS members.

·Registration can be done directly on the AIS website.

·PhD students who have completed their course work are encouraged to apply and should provide the email of their advisor for approval.

·Students who wish to apply for travel grants should send a request along with a copy of their proposal and a letter from their advisor to Ilan Ben-Ami: Ilanbe@openu.ac.il

*Junior faculty without university travel support wishing to apply for travel grants should send their name, email address, institution and department affiliation, abstract of the proposed paper and a current CV (all in one attached document in Word format) to Ilan Ben-Ami: Ilanbe@openu.ac.il

·Deadline for all travel grants applications – December 30, 2010.

·Late proposals will not be accepted.

PAPER/PANEL SUBMISSION
Program Committee
Ilan Troen, Chair
Gannit Ankori, Visual Arts
Maoz Azaryahu, Historical Geography/Commemoration
Eliezer Don-Yehiya, Political Sociology/Jewish Thought
As’ad Ghanem, Political Science
Nili Gold, Hebrew Literature
Pnina Lahav, Law
Joel Migdal, International Relations
Benyamin Neuberger, Comparative Politics
Shulamit Reinharz, Gender Studies
Orit Rozin, Social History
Leonard Saxe, Demography/Social Research
Naama Sheffi, Communication Studies
Colin Shindler, Political History
Sammy Smooha, Ethnicity
Russell Stone, Sociology

Conference Coordinator
Rachel Litcofsky, ais2011@brandeis.edu

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April 28, 2010

Third Annual Middle East Studies conference at CSU Fresno

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

Deadline for Abstract Submission: June 1, 2010


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


CONFERENCE THEME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact us for further information about the conference.

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

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April 14, 2010

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

Date: Sept. 11, 2010

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

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

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Fourth International Congress on "Islamic Civilisation in the Balkans"

13-17 October 2010 Skopje

- Call for Papers -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Writers’ and Literary Translators’ International Congress (WALTIC)

2-5 September, 2010
Istanbul Bilgi University
Turkey

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

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

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

We look forward to welcome you to Istanbul in September!

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

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

On-line submission at www.waltic.com

Deadline: 12 May, 2010.


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

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

www.waltic.com

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April 07, 2010

Third Annual Middle East Studies conference at CSU Fresno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 10, 2010

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON LEXICOGRAPHY AND DICTIONARY RESEARCH in Türkiye and in the World

When/Where: The 40th anniversary of the Kubbealtı Academy Culture and Art Foundation between November 4 and 6, 2010 at Beşiktaş, Istanbul, with the support of Bahçeşehir University Civilization Studies Center and Elginkan Foundation.

Symposium Topics: Which needs have prompted the scholars to focus on this wide research field that had initially started with lexicology and subsequently branched out into lexicography, dictionary research, dictionary use and teaching? Which methodological questions have challenged them along this academic journey? While advancing in their fields, which definitions and methods have they applied, which results have they received? What are the current issues that we need to address?

* Lexicology Today and in the Past
* Dictionary Research: Dictionary grammar and proficiency
* Dictionary Types: The classification of the types, structure and scope in terms of subject coverage
* Researches on Dictionary Teaching and Use
* Corpus and Data Banks: Methodology and Problems
* Computational Lexicography

Who to Contact about the Symposium:
www.kubbealti.org.tr
sozluk.sempozyum@kubbealti.org.tr

View the detailed information pamphlet below which includes information about The Participation and Venue of the Symposium, Deadline for Application and Abstract Submissions,Submission Guidelines for Papers, and more.

More Information: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=12748390f1482c60&attid=0.2&disp=attd&zw

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February 17, 2010

Demystifying the Caliphate: Advocates, Opponents and Implications for Europe

Workshop a King's College, London, 12-13 November 2010

Invitation to present a paper at our forthcoming workshop Demystifying the Caliphate: Advocates, Opponents and Implications for Europe, to be held at King's College London on 12-13 November 2010.

The workshop aims to investigate the controversial revival of the concept of the Caliphate in the Muslim world and Europe. While many academic publications have dealt with the historical rise and fall of the Islamic Caliphate up to the twentieth century, no substantial scholarly work on its current revival has appeared. With the exception of a few case studies, the topic has not been addressed in historical and social scientific perspectives. This conference promises to fill a gap in our understanding of the contemporary debates, mobilization and advocacies that take place among Muslims in different contexts and asks whether there are certain new conditions that prompt contemporary Muslims to mobilise along demands for the revival of this mode of political governance.

The workshop is an interdisciplinary project that brings historians and social scientists to discuss debates on the Caliphate in different regional and geographical areas. It also aims to bridge the gap between scholars in the Muslim world and those working on the Muslim Diaspora.

The workshop will have four panels:
* Historical Debates on the Caliphate
* Controversies in the Middle East and North Africa
* The Caliphate in Asia
* Contemporary Revival among European Diaspora Muslims.

If you would like to contribute, please email Dr. Marat Shterin at marat.shterin@kcl.ac.uk by the 22nd of February 2010.

The workshop proceedings will be published by Hurst and Co in an edited volume. If you decide to contribute, we will ask you to send us a 7000-8000 word paper by 15 September 2010. Papers will be circulated among conference participants prior to the meeting. Participants will have 25 min for an oral presentation, followed by a 30 min discussion.

The workshop is sponsored by the European Science Foundation. We will be able to cover travel, accommodation and hospitality in London for those who will present papers. We also have a limited number of non-sponsored places for general participants.

In particular, we're looking for two scholars from European countries to present at the panel on Europe.

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SPECIAL ISSUE OF EJEPS, ON TRANSNATIONAL ISLAM

European Journal of Economic and Political Studies (EJEPS) is a refereed academic journal, publishing research articles in the field of economics, business administration, international relations, political science, public administration and related fields. The aim of *EJEPS* is to provide an intellectual platform for social-scientific studies, a platform in which research in alternative paradigms for economic and social inquiry could be presented and debated. The journal seeks to promote interdisciplinary studies over the issues of theoretical, practical, and historical importance in dealing with the rich array of problems in economic, political and social processes.

The 3(1) issue of EJEPS will be devoted to transnational Islam. This special issue that will be guest edited by Ihsan Yilmaz is open to contributions from all areas of social sciences and humanities. Papers in major fields such as anthropology, theology, sociology, political science, international relations, law and interdisciplinary studies are most welcome.

The topics suitable for the issue include but not limited to:
• How transnationalism impinges on debates about Muslims in Europe
• Transnational Islam, globalization, regional security, international migration
• Transnationalism vis-a-vis Muslim identity issues
• Transnational Islamic movements and politics, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Muslim Brotherhood, Tablighi Jamaat etc
• Intersecting transnationalism
• Skilful transnational navigators
• Transnational Islam & Jihadism
• Muslim scholars, fiqh and transnational Islam
• Pluri-national agendas
• Muslims in the west and western foreign policies
• Imagined unity of ummah: Predicaments and prospects
• Competing transnational Islams
• Hybridization of Islams

The deadline for submission of completed papers is *15 March 2010*.

The maximum length of the article, including footnotes and endnotes, is *9000* words.

You can submit your electronic manuscripts, for this issue only, to:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz: iyilmaz@fatih.edu.tr
Or
editors@ejeps.com

*NOTE: See below for writing guide.*

*GUIDE FOR AUTHORS:*

Any paper submitted to the European Journal of Economic and Political Studies (EJEPS) should* NOT *be under consideration for publication at another journal.

*1.* Papers must be in English.

*2.* Submit manuscripts electronically to *editors@ejeps.com*

*3.* Papers that are submitted to the EJEPS for publication should not be under review at other journals.

*4.* The first page of the manuscript should contain:
(i) the title
(ii) the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s)
(iii) the address, telephone and fax numbers (as well as the e-mail address) of the corresponding author.
(iv) an abstract of 50-200 words.
(v) JEL categories

*5.* Manuscripts should be 1.5 spaced, Please use Times New Roman font in 12 pt. type and maintain a 1-inch (2.5-cm) side, top, and bottom margin. Equations and symbols should be typed as well.

*6.* Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively.

*7.* References should be listed at the end of the main text in alphabetical order. They should be cross-referenced in the text by using the author's name and publication date in the style of Sen (1970).

*8.* The maximum lenthg of the manuscript, including footnotes and endnotes, is 9000 words

*References should be typed in the following style:*
*Books:*
Sen, A. (1970) Collective Choice and Social Welfare. San Francisco: Holden-Day.
*Articles:*
Ng, Y.K. (1971) "The Possibility of a Paretian Liberal: Impossibility Theorems and Cardinal Utility." Journal of Political Economy 79: 1397-1402.
*Chapters in Books:*
Watkins, J.W.N. (1968) "Methodological Individualism and Social Tendencies," In M. Brodbeck (Ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of the
Social Sciences pp. 269-280 London: Macmillan.
*Web sites: *
Biography Center. http://www.gayegroup.com/BiographyRC/. (accessed October 25, 2007).
*Working Papers *
Isabel, M. (2004) “An Efficient Descending-Bid Simultaneous Auctions for Multiple Objects.” NBER Working Paper 97–06
*Conference Papers *
Bacık, G. (2006) “The Evolution of Political Stabilization of Middle East .” Fatih University International Relations Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

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January 29, 2010

Red Sea V International Conference: Navigated spaces, connected places

Red Sea V: Navigated spaces, connected places

The fifth international conference on the peoples of the Red Sea region

16-19 Sept. 2010, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Celebrating ten years of Red Sea scholarship

The MARES Project at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, is delighted to host the tenth anniversary conference of the Red Sea Project series, founded by the Society for Arabian Studies. The conference will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the IAIS and city of Exeter, and will coincide with a Dhow Exhibition to be held at the Institute.

Interested scholars are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words to the Organising Committee on the archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, history and language of the peoples of the Red Sea region from the earliest times to the present day. Although the organisers particularly encourage papers addressing movement, navigation and land/seascape on the Red Sea, including maritime networks, seafaring, navigation and ports; boatbuilding traditions and technologies; trade and material contact across the sea; sacred space and pilgrimage and identity among maritime communities; submissions reflecting other aspects of humanities research in the region are welcome. Proposals for themed panels of four papers are also welcome.

Abstracts for individual papers should be 250-500 words in length. Proposals for themed panels should comprise four individual abstracts plus a panel proposal of 300 words. All abstracts and proposals should be sent to redseav@exeter.ac.uk or the following postal address:

Red Sea V Committee, The MARES Project, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4ND, United Kingdom

Please note the extended deadline for submission: 15 May 2010.

The Organising Committee comprises Professor Dionisius Agius, Dr John Cooper, Dr Chiara Zazzaro, Julian Jansen van Rensburg, Lucy Semaan and Ms Beata Faracik (general support).

For further information about the conference please go to the MARES Project website:

http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/mares/conferences.htm

or

write to us on: redseav@exeter.ac.uk.

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The Dhow Exhibition
16th September 2010 – December 2010
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

The MARES Project will be organizing the Dhow Exhibition that will be launched in September 2010 during the Red Sea V Conference, celebrating the first ten years of the Red Sea Studies.

The exhibition will take place at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, which is a beautifully located and light building of a distinctive architectural style evocative of the Middle East region. The exhibition will include an active community involvement component, such as a range of visits and talks, bringing the people of the South West England together to explore the world of dhows. We would like to make this event successful and staying in visitors’ memories for a long time, possibly even encouraging them to discover themselves some of the wonders of the world of dhows during their travels.

We are currently collecting old photographs, paintings and other representations of dhows, in particular those related to both African and Arabian costs of the Red Sea (i.e. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, and Djibouti). We are also looking for people who have or are in the process of making dhow models of the Red Sea area or are in possession of marine paintings depicting dhows.
We are especially interested in exhibiting ‘hidden treasures’, i.e. items that were never before presented to wider public.

Our long term plan is to have all the exhibits digitised and accessible to the general public online by 2012/2013.

For an informal talk about the Dhows Exhibition 2010 please contact Beata Faracik, The MARES Project Research Support Officer, either by email at exhibition.mares@exeter.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 1392 72 52 51.

All paper correspondence should be sent to:
MARES Project Dhow Exhibition
University of Exeter
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
IAIS Building
Stocker Road
Exeter, EX4 4ND

Call for Papers Flyer Link: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=1267aba9ccbf18c0&mt=application%2Fpdf&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3D2%26ik%3D956b775129%26view%3Datt%26th%3D1267aba9ccbf18c0%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbTCRLZO5SD3g4mp-biDf_zC5OUJ5A

Registration Form Link:
https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=1267aba9ccbf18c0&attid=0.2&disp=vah&zw

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January 13, 2010

Michigan Journal of International Affairs - Call for Writers

The Michigan Journal of International Affairs is a student-run UM magazine focusing on coverage and analysis of global affairs. We would like to distribute the journal and membership information to students concentrating in faculties connected to our work (political science, international affairs, public policy, area studies, etc.)

Students interested in writing for us can contact us at mjia-eboard@umich.edu. All are encouraged to join, regardless of experience or major.

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January 08, 2010

University of Notre Dame - Conference on World Literature - Call for Papers

Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries

An Interdisciplinary Conference on World Literature

Call For Papers

The PhD in Literature Program at the University of Notre Dame announces a conference entitled “Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries,” in tribute to its objective to encourage and develop research on the place of world literature. In the last few years an increasing number of eminent scholars have been drawing attention to the manner in which the institutional division of literatures into an archipelago of disciplines enclosed in national boundaries hampers and even distorts literary studies. The publication of books like Gayatri Spivak’s Death of a Discipline and Emily Apter’s The Translation Zone demonstrates increasing dissatisfaction with the traditional model of comparative literature, and various alternate approaches to literature have surfaced: “global literature” (Jameson), “cosmopolitanism” (Robbins, Brennan, Appiah), “transationalism” (Spivak), “world literature” (Damrosch). The motivation for this event comes from Goethe’s idea of Weltliteratur: “National literature is now a rather unmeaning term; the epoch of world literature is at hand, and everyone must strive to hasten its approach.” Professor David Damrosch, Chair of Literature and World Literature at Harvard University and author of What is World Literature? and How to Read World Literature, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.

Goethe’s conception of world literature allows us to recognize that national and cultural boundaries still exist, but that literature circulates across these boundaries, helping to reshape relations among peoples. This conference is dedicated to considering literature as a space that extends beyond historical, linguistic, and traditional disciplinary boundaries and welcomes papers that approach literature as an alternative and/or minority discourse across cultural, political, national, institutional and social limitations. Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following ways in which literature crosses boundaries: Transmission, Translation, Transference, Transaction, Transgression.

The conference organizers invite abstracts for individual 15-20 minute papers on any related theme in literature ranging from classical to contemporary. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by January 15, 2010 to gbusl@nd.edu. Please include your name, affiliation, and paper title in your email; and attach an abstract with title ONLY in PDF or Word format for blind review.

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October 29, 2009

Cairo University - Call for Papers 2010

Call for Papers

Department of English Language and Literature, Cairo University
The Tenth International Symposium on Comparative Literature
December 7-9, 2010

“The Marginalized”

Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2010
Replies will be posted by April 30, 2010
(No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline)

In a globalized world, which is, paradoxically, also a world of growing dissent, marginalized groups with diverse ideological mindsets are likely to emerge on various levels. Women find themselves at the periphery of an oppressive patriarchal society, ethnic groups endure diasporic mobility to flee political subjugation, and the wretched at the bottom of the social ladder lack their bare necessities, to mention but a few of the groups. In such instances, the marginalized is relegated to the periphery of the dominant authority, against which s/he struggles so as to assert his/her position.

The Symposium seeks to explore the dynamics of various marginalized voices, as it is concerned with what Bill Ashcroft et al. call “discourses of marginality.” It is interested in readings of marginality in both literary and linguistic studies. Papers submitted must be original, unpublished, and not previously presented at any other conference.

Proposed topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:
§ Literature of the diaspora
§ Resistance literature
§ Prison literature
§ Immigrant literature
§ Hybridity in language and literature
§ 'Englishes’
§ Gender studies
§ Oral literature
§ Children’s literature
§ New forms & the mainstream (e.g. graphic novels, blogs, e-literature, etc.)
§ Popular culture
§ Visual culture

Presentations may be in one of the following forms: papers (20 minutes), workshops (45 or 90 minutes), and poster sessions.

The languages of the Symposium are English and Arabic.

Fees:
USD 300 for non-Egyptian participants
LE 300 for Egyptian participants and foreign residents

The above fees include registration, 2 social and cultural events, and—if paper is accepted—publication in The Proceedings.

§ LE 50 for attendance only
§ Free admission for students.

Please complete the following below and send it to the following address: cairosymposium@yahoo.com.

The Tenth International Symposium on Comparative Literature

Topic area:
Title of presentation:
Presenter’s biodata (50 words):
Address:
E-mail:
Equipment needed (if any):
Abstract (300 words):

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The American Research Center in Egypt - CALL FOR PAPERS

The American Research Center in Egypt - CALL FOR PAPERS

ARCE members who wish to present papers at the 61st ARCE Annual Meeting, April 23-25, 2010, in Oakland California, may begin submitting abstracts to the Review Committee electronically via the All Academic web site. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2010.

The Review Committee will be comprised of scholars in both ancient and modern Egyptian studies. Please carefully read the Submission Guidelines on the All Academic home page for new information on 2010 proposals.

All presenters must be ARCE members.

Visit our web site at www.arce.org for more information on the 2010 Annual Meeting. We look forward to receiving your abstract.

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October 21, 2009

The Gulf Research Meeting - Call for Papers

Call for papers – Workshop on “The Impact of Migration on Gulf Development and Stability”

Directed by Philippe Fargues and Nasra Shah

The Gulf Research Meeting 2010
July 7-10, 2010
Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Call for Papers now issued
Deadline December 15, 2009

The Gulf Research Center is proud to announce the First Annual "Gulf Research Meeting", which is to be held in July 7-10th 2010. The GRM is an activity of the Gulf Research Foundation in collaboration with the University of Cambridge where the meeting will be held. It seeks to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to promote scholarly and academic exchange among scholars working and/or having familiarity with the Gulf region - i.e. the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. 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.

For more details, visit http://grcevent.net/cambridge/index.php

To download the workshop description, visit http://grcevent.net/cambridge/pdf/workshop12_proposal.pdf

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October 08, 2009

MPSA Political Science Conference - Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the 68th MPSA Political Science Conference
April 22 - 25, 2010, Chicago

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 9, 2009.
Submit a proposal today - http://www.mpsanet.org/submitproposal

* More research papers are presented here than any other political science conference - 5,000 presenters can't be wrong.
* Over 1,100 panels in all fields of Political Science, including African Politics, Asian Politics, Canadian Politics, European Politics, Latin American Politics, and Politics of the Middle East.
* Huge Exhibit Hall featuring academic and textbook publishers, acquisition editors and more.
* Job Placement services available to all registered attendee.
* New Opening Reception on Wednesday night, as well as the Exhibitor Reception on Thursday evening and the President's Reception on Saturday night.
* A truly international experience - 55 countries were represented at the 2009 conference.
* Everything happens in the newly restored Palmer House Hilton in Downtown Chicago, a centrally located accessible city for travelers.

Founded in 1939, the MPSA is located in Bloomington, Indiana (320 West 8th Street, Suite 218). http://www.mpsanet.org

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July 29, 2009

Call for Papers: Literature & History: Middle Eastern Perspectives- International Workshop

Call for Papers

The 15th Annual International Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Literature and History: Middle Eastern Perspectives

May 31 – June 2, 2010

Coordinators: Dr. Yair Huri & Dr. Ariel M. Sheetrit

Scholarly discussions about the intricate relationship between belletristic literature and history have long haunted literary criticism, historiography, cultural studies and literary practice. In recent decades numerous studies have addressed the question of belles lettres as a possible source for social, cultural and political history, while shifting the focus away from the study of aesthetics towards the study of literature as a narrative space that often represents forgotten, silenced or repressed histories.

By focusing on fiction, poetry and plays written by Arab, Turkish, Iranian, and Israeli writers (as well as by writers of other Middle Eastern ethnicities), our annual international workshop will provide a broad forum for practitioners coming from the distinctive vantage points of both disciplines – literary criticism and history writing – to explore issues of common concern in Middle Eastern scholarship: nationality, post-colonial narratives, religion and secularism, gender and sexuality, class, social discourse, changing sensibilities and language.

Papers should address the complex, multifaceted relationship between literature and history, and can include some of the following issues:
• Autobiographies and history writing
• Writing and remembering lives
• Reclaiming lost and repressed lived experiences in literature
· The use of historical events in literary creativity
• Temporality – literary and historical time
• Ficto-historical writing / historical fiction
• Political and social resistance through fiction
• Manifestations of oppression and censorship
• Portrayal of the Other
• The interaction between a text and its historical and political contexts
• Political, ethical and cultural implications of historical fiction
• Revisiting the literary significance of ‘history from below’
• Literary history and its mediations (gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, etc.)
• Aestheticism and anti-historicism in literature

The workshop will be held at Ben Gurion University of the Negev from May 31 through June 2, 2010. All participants will be expected to submit in advance a working paper to be distributed among the other participants. This will enable us to dedicate the meetings to discussions on original papers rather than to lengthy presentations.

Those interested in participating in the workshop are asked to send a one-page proposal in English, along with their C.V. by January 1, 2010. The proposal should briefly state the topic, and outline how the paper contributes to the aims of the workshop. Authors will be notified by February 1, 2010 whether their proposal was accepted for presentation at the workshop. Authors whose proposal is accepted will be expected to submit a full-length version of the paper by April 1, 2010.

Participants from abroad will be offered round trip airfare and lodging.

Proposals should be addressed by e-mail to:
Dr. Yair Huri: yairhuri@bgu.ac.il
Dr. Ariel M. Sheetrit: arielmb@bgu.ac.il

For further details regarding our annual departmental workshop, please see the workshop website at: http://web2.bgu.ac.il/mideast/workshop/main.asp?page=about

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June 23, 2009

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

CALL FOR PAPERS – Journal of NCOLCTL

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 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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April 20, 2009

Call for Papers - Mediterranean Research Meeting

The Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Italy) has issued a Call for Papers for the eleventh session of the Mediterranean Research Meeting that will take place from 24 to 27 March 2010.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 15 July 2009.

All relevant details are available on the Mediterranean Research Meeting web page at http://www.eui.eu/RSCAS/Research/Mediterranean/mrm2010/

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October 02, 2008

Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

The Most Important Global Event in Middle Eastern Studies in 2010!
Barcelona, July 19-24 2010

To find out more on the Congress, please visit our website www.wocmes.org where you will soon be invited to submit online your proposals for activities.

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