December 07, 2011

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

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

About the Conference

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the call of papers, please visit the conference website;

For other questions, please contact the conference administrator, Matthew Dank (email:; tel: 212-484-1367) or Conference Co-Chairs, Professors Joshua Freilich ( or Michele Galietta (

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November 11, 2011

HERITAGE 2012 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

HERITAGE 2012 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

June 19-22, 2012 * Porto * Portugal

Conference Overview

Heritage 2012, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development follows the path of the previous editions: it aims at establishing a state of the art event regarding the relationships between forms and kinds of heritage and the framework of sustainable development concepts.

Environment, economics, society and culture, the four dimensions of sustainable development, are brought here to define a singular approach on how to deal and go beyond the traditional aspects of heritage preservation and safeguarding. On our today’s world, heritage is no longer just a memory or a cultural reference, or even a place or an object. Heritage is moving towards broader and wider scenarios, where it becomes often the driven forces for commerce, business, leisure and politics.

HERITAGE 2012 is a peer reviewed conference.

Visit the conference website for full details about the conference scope, topics and submission procedures at:

Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract via the conference website: or contact the Conference Secretariat below.


-Heritage and governance for sustainability
-Heritage and society
-Heritage and environment
-Heritage and Economics
-Heritage and culture
-Heritage and education for the future

Special Chapter: Preservation of historic buildings

Conference Secretariat

Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377 S12
4750-106 Barcelos, PORTUGAL

Telephone: + 351 253 815 037

Other Information

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: November 30th 2011
Organised by: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development

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September 15, 2011

Fasting and Beyond: Ramadan as a Multidimentional Phenomenon

Fasting and Beyond: Ramadan as a Multidimentional Phenomenon
Ümraniye Municipality 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
13th-15th July

Aims and Scope

Ramadan appears as one of the most dynamic social phenomena of our age, whether it is considered as a time period, a realm of religious experience, a cultural practice or an area of social interaction. Its dynamism, growing out of historical, cultural and religious sources, has extended to take on a much broader social significance by nourishing new practices of communication, interaction, solidarity and purification.

The objectives of the symposium are: to evaluate Ramadan as a modern social practice flourishing through the experiences of different cultures; to portray how Ramadan works as a social network; to make a critical analysis of the ways in which Ramadan is being Orientalized through its historicization and exclusion from daily life; to comparatively explore the experience of fasting with the practices in different religions; to examine the visual, auditory and textual representations of Ramadan as a scientific phenomenon from the perspectives of different disciplines; to study the political, psychological, and spiritual impacts of Ramadan on different social classes and groups; to question Ramadan’s effect on identity formation of individuals; to distinguish constants and variables by means of comparing the Ramadan experiences of traditional and modern Islamic communities; and to compare the perspectives of different disciplines on the meanings of fasting.

We welcome articles or proposals in Turkish and/or English from all perspectives and on all subjects in social sciences, humanities and theology.

Abstracts Deadline: 15th October 2011
The Assessments of Abstracts and Announcements: 30th November 2011
Submissions Deadline: 15th February 2012
The Assessments of Texts and Announcements: 15th March 2012

Symposium organizers:
Assist. Prof. Fahrettin Altun
Assist Prof. Berat Açıl
Dr. Mustafa Demiray
Halis Kaya
Zeynep Merve Uygun

Please submit your abstracts and address all inquiries to

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September 13, 2011

International Youth Leadership Conference

International Youth Leadership Conference
United Arab Emirates, December 10th - 15th, 2011


Join students from around the world for the leadership experience of a lifetime! Our week-long youth forum on world politics,international relations and justice will give you an opportunity to; test your leadership skills, debate current issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions and realize through experience the complexities of international relations.

The main objective of the International Youth Leadership Conference is to facilitate an exchange of ideas across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders. Their interaction provokes communication and dialogue that, throughout the week, provides an unparalleled learning experience and cross-cultural adventure.

The International Youth Leadership Conference in the United Arab Emirates will welcome over 120 students from more than 35 different countries for an open-minded exchange of diverse perspectives on contemporary global challenges. This week-long forum on world politics, international relations and justice will bring together prominent university students from across the globe for an open-minded exchange of ideas concerning the future of world leadership.

Our goal is to facilitate dialogue and cooperation across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders. The Conference is designed to encourage social interaction and networking in a cross-cultural learning environment.


DAY 1 (Sunday)
Arrival and Welcome
• Check-In
• Registration
• Opening Ceremonies
• Gala Dinner
• Keynote Speeches
• First Group Meeting
• Getting to know everybody

DAY 2 (Monday)
The Middle East and the Wider World Day
• Breakfast
• Panel Discussion: Using new media as a tool for resistance
• Planning, development and strategy session – Arab League Crisis Meeting: Introduction and preparation
• Group Debate
• Lunch
• Site Visits (Cultural)
• Dinner
• Simulation (Arab League Summit)

DAY 3 (Tuesday)
Law and Legislation Day
• Breakfast
• Panel Discussion: Arab Spring
• Group Debate: ICC Preparation
• Lunch
• Reception with partners, speakers and diplomats
• ICC Simulation
• Dinner
• Culture Night

DAY 4 (Wednesday)
Leadership and Policy Day
• Breakfast
• Leadership workshop
• Round Tables: Regional projects
• Planning Development and Strategy Session – WTO Introduction
• Group Discussion: Political Forces
• Lunch
• Planning, Development and Strategy Session (WTO)
• Desert Safari
• Dinner
• Final preparations for WTO

DAY 5 (Thursday)
Plenary Day
• Breakfast
• Plenary Session (DIFC)
• Lunch
• Time to see Dubai
• Final Group Session
• Assessments and Evaluations
• Closing Ceremonies and Gala Dinner

DAY 6 (Friday)
Goodbye and Farewell
• Breakfast
• IYLN presentation
• Check-out & Departures


IYLC UAE fee is 1140 EUR

Conference fee includes:
- 5 nights accommodation at the conference venue
- All meals
- All local transportation
- Airport greeting
- All field trips, site visits, guest lectures, panel discussions and workshops
- All receptions and networking events
- membership to social network
- Certificate of Achievement

Currencies other than Euro will be converted in accordance with the exchange rates indicated by on the day of the payment receipt. Any questions regarding the payment arrangement should be directed to Official invoices will be made available upon request.

Please use one of the following methods to make your conference fee payment:

1.Wire Transfer (SWIFT or IBAN)**

Ceskoslovenska Obchodni Banka, a.s.
Radlicka 333/150, 150 57, Praha 5
Czech Republic

Please see more details below under important notes
-For Payments in USD:
CZ 78 0300 0000000235312148
-For Payments in EUR:
CZ 96 0300 0000000235311727

Youth Leadership Europe
Ripska 24, Praha 3 130 00, Czech

IYLC-Dubai Participant – “Your Name”

2. American Express Card

There is no surcharge on AmEx payments. To make your payment by AmEx, please provide the following details:
- name of the card holder as it appears on the card
- number of the card
- expiration date
- billing address

By e-mail:
By phone: +420 222 363 269

3. PayPal To:

(Please follow these instructions carefully!)

1) Please put your full name in the payment when you submit your wire transfer. This enables us to verify that the payment was made on your behalf. If someone else is making the payment on your behalf they must indicate the same as above so that we can apply the payment to your attendance and thereby reserve your spot 100%. If we are not able to identify the payment as being yours we cannot apply it to your attendance.

2) A. You are responsible for any wire transfer fees from your bank. We are responsible for the fees in-curred from our bank, but yours will charge a fee as well. We reserve the right to ask you to pay us the outstanding amount in cash upon your arrival if you do not pay for your bank’s fees at the time of the transfer.
B. Please make sure your bank sends the payment in the respective currency of the account you’re sending it to, i.e. that payments sent in USD are sent to our USD account, EUR amounts sent to EUR account, etc. Otherwise, you might be facing a high fee for the currency exchange the bank has to per-form. (We mention this especially as we’ve had participants before who lost money on banking fees for this specific reason.) In other words, we have more than one account so that applicants can choose to at least some degree what currency they want to send their fee in.

3) Please pay special attention to the use of the IBAN. When submitting your payment via wire transfer, the beneficiary’s account number in the IBAN (International Bank Account Number)format is more or less COMPULSORY. If you don’t use it, the bank or an intermediary bank that sends the payment may charge a considerable additional transfer fee for having to look the number up. Using the IBAN will thus also speed up the transfer process. When inquiring with your bank as to how to make a wire transfer abroad, it is best to give them both formats, though the IBAN itself should suffice.

The regular formats of our account numbers are as follows:
-EUR account: 235311727-0300
-USD account: 235312148-0300
-CZK account: 235284132-0300

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refund requests made more than 120 days prior to the conference will receive a 75% refund. Refund requests filed more than 90 and less than 120 days before the conference will be honored with a 50% return of fees. If you file your refund request more than 60 and less than 90 days before the conference, you will be honored with a 25% return of fees. We are unable to honour any refund on requests made less than 60 days before the conference. If you must defer your attendance to the following session we will simply move your attendance and no refund will be necessary.

Youth Leadership Europe o.s.
Řipská 24, Prague 3
130 00, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 222 363 269

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February 02, 2011

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Association at The University of Arizona present: Current Trends in the Study of the Middle East, North Africa & their Diasporas. Conference will 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.


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 and must include paper title, description, author name and affiliation (school and department), and contact information (phone number and email address).

Deadline Extended to Monday, Feb. 21st

For further information, please visit or submit your inquiries to

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October 11, 2010

Patronage and the Sacred Book in the Medieval Mediterranean


Sacred books (including Jewish Bibles, Christian Bibles, Qur´ans, prayer books, psalters, haggadot, translations of and commentaries on Scripture, etc.) were at the center of book production for Jews, Christians and Muslims throughout the Middle Ages. This conference will investigate issues in the patronage, production, circulation and consumption of sacred books in the Western Mediterranean during the High and Late Middle Ages (roughly 10th-15th Century). In what ways did the demands of patronage nurture, determine, or constrain areas of intellectual and artistic engagement? How did patronage in the royal court differ from patronage in other contexts (the Church, religious orders, the madrasa, the university, the circles of learned elites, non-institutional settings)? What role did women play in the patronage, production or circulation of books? The interest of this conference is twofold: the patronage of sacred texts in comparative contexts and the role of inter-religious elements in the production of sacred texts. The participants will address the adoption of book-making techniques across religious boundaries, Jewish/Christian/Muslim collaborative translations of art/text productions, interest in reading, producing, or interpreting the sacred texts of other religious traditions, and other related questions.


Monday, October 18

-Jonathan Decter (Brandeis University) and Esperanza Alfonso (CCHS-CSIC, Madrid)
-Models of Patronage and Book Production
-Chair: Jonathan Decter (Brandeis University)
-Katrin Kogman-Appel (Ben-Gurion University), “The Illuminated Manuscript in Medieval Jewish Society: The Current State of Research”
-Marina Rustow (Johns Hopkins University), “Patronage in the Context of Solidarity and Reciprocity: The Islamic East during the 10th-12th Centuries”
-Eleazar Gutwirth (Tel Aviv University), “Models of Patronage in Medieval Spain”

11:00-11:30 – Coffee break

11:30-1:30 The Production and Consumption of Sacred Books
-Chair: Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard University)
-Houari Touati (EHESS, Paris), “Scribes and Commissioners of the Early Qur’anic Codices”
-Ana Suárez González (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela), “On the Origin of Transition Romanesque Bibles: Reality and Fiction”
-Walid Saleh (University of Toronto), “Reading as Piety: The British Museum Qur’an Manuscript OR 13002”
-Javier del Barco (CCHS-CSIC, Madrid), “Ibn Gaon’s Hebrew Bibles and the Circulation of Books in the 14th Century”

1:30-3:00 Lunch

3:00-4:30 The Courtly Context
-Chair: Charles McClendon (Brandeis University)
-Nuria Silleras-Fernández (University of Colorado at Boulder), “Moralizing for Queens and by Queens: Adaptation, Translation and the Transmission of Eiximenis in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberia”
-Sarah Bromberg (University of Pittsburgh), “King Manuel I of Portugal’s Postilla: A Case Study in Luxury Manuscripts”
-Lucia Finotto (Brandeis University), “Jewish Exegetical Works and the Construction of Kingship in Medieval Naples”

4:30-5:00 Coffee break

5:00-6:30 The Secular in the Sacred
-Chair: Daniel J. Lasker (Ben-Gurion University)
-Russel Hopley (Bowdoin College), “Abū Bakr al-Turtūshī: An Andalusian Jurist in Fatimid Egypt”
-Deirdre Jackson (The British Library), “Sacred Book, Secular Court: Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa María”
-Tzvi Langerman (Bar-Ilan University), “The Prayers of the Philosophers”

Tuesday, October 19

9:30-11:00 Transitions (geography, iconography, taste)
-Chair: Esperanza Alfonso (CCHS-CSIC, Madrid)
-François Deroche (EPHE, SHP, Paris), “Use and Re-use: Qur’anic Manuscripts and Patronage between the 9th and 11th Centuries”
-Susannah Fisher (Rutgers University), “Byzantine Ivories, Western Covers: Patronage of Treasure Bindings from the 10th-12th Century”
-Sonia Fellous (IRHT-CNRS, Paris), “The ‘Siddurello’ of the Norsa Family: A Masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance”

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-1:00 Original, Translation, Conversion (1)
-Chair: Thomas Glick (Boston University)
-Ángel Sáenz-Badillos (Colegio Real Complutense/Universidad Complutense, Madrid), “Luis de Guzmán’s Patronage and the Spanish Translation and Commentary of the Bible by Arragel”
-Ronny Vollandt (Cambridge University), “The Arabic Old Testament Preserved in MS Paris BNF Arabic 1: Codicology, Textual Affinities and its Role in Making the Paris Polyglot”
-Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), “Translating the Qur’an into Romance: Two 16th-Century Morisco Renditions”

1:00-2:30 Lunch

2:30-4:00 Original, Translation, Conversion (2)
-Chair: Deeana Klepper (Boston University)
-Thomas Burman (University of Tennessee), “Patronage, Translation, and Uncertainty: Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada and Mark of Toledo's Latin Qur'an”
-Marc M. Epstein (Vassar College), "Patrons Unknown, Artist Anonymous: Internal Evidence for Knowledgable Jewish Constellations of Authorship in the 14th Century"
-Michela Andreatta (University of Tennessee), “The Translator and His Patron: Flavius Mithridates, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and the Hebrew-Latin Translation of Gersonides’ Commentary on the Song of Songs”

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September 22, 2010

Engaging the Middle East

Milford Sound in New Zealand


OCTOBER 14 –15, 2010

On June 4, 2009, President Obama delivered remarks at Cairo University entitled “A New Beginning.” The President stated that he went “to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.” Since that speech, a number of developments have taken place for example in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Pakistan, and Yemen that affect American interests. Participants in the conference are asked to expound on the challenges facing the United States in the Middle East today and to evaluate how the Obama Administration’s policy of engagement has progressed a little more than a year after his major address.

“Is There a Workable U.S. Strategy for the Middle East? No! Then What?”




WEBCAST KEYNOTE ADDRESS--General (Ret.) John P. Abizaid
“Strategic Directions in the Middle East”




Please find program details at

TO ATTEND, PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE at There is no registration fee.
PHONE: 617.627.3568
FAX: 617.627.3856

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April 07, 2010



Deadline: 2010-07-01

OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA, Istanbul) and the Institute for Islamic Research and Intercultural Dialogue, Near East University (Nicosia/Lefkoşa) will jointly organise an international conference on “Islamic Civilisation in the Mediterranean” to be held at Near East University, on 1-4 December 2010.

Conference themes:
I. History of expansion of Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean: political administration, inter-state and inter-regional relations
II. The role of Islam in civilisational process: theological and philosophical aspects, relations with other religions in the Mediterranean
III. Science and technology in Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean
IV. Architecture and urbanism in Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean
V. The development of Islamic arts in the Mediterranean and relations with the arts of other cultures
VI. “Islamic civilisation in the Mediterranean” as an area of research and teaching: promoting the studies and sources

Scholars and researchers wishing to present a paper at the conference are requested to send a brief CV along with an abstract of 200 words in English, Turkish or Arabic by 2 May 2010. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the conference.

i) Submission of paper abstract proposal by 2 May 2010.
ii) Notification of acceptance of abstracts by 15 May 2010.
iii) Submission of full paper by 2 September 2010.

Correspondence and abstracts should be addressed to: Conference on Islamic Civilisation in the Mediterranean Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) E-mail:
Organising Committee Conference on Islamic Civilisation in the Mediterranean Near East University Institute for Islamic Research and Intercultural Dialogue E-mail:

IRCICA, an international research centre with fifty-seven Member States, is a subsidiary of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The Centre works in the fields of research, publishing, library and documentation, organises congresses, research awards, competitions of art ad architecture. Its areas of interest include the Islamic civilisation and Muslim cultures, the history of Muslim nations, history of arts and sciences in Islam. Its activities help to promote academic studies and cooperation in these areas, make the Islamic cultures and civilisation better known around the world and promote mutual understanding between peoples and cultures.

The Institute for Islamic Research and Intercultural Dialogue, Near East University, has the objective of studying of Islam and its relationship with other religions in order to promote a closer understanding between them. The Institute is located in Cyprus, which historically has been a cradle of Mediterranean as well as Islamic civilisation.

Accommodation will be available in hotels in Nicosia (Lefkoşa) and Kyrenia (Girne) at special rates to be announced in the second announcement. The University will also provide accommodation at the Guest House (on Campus) and the Dorana Hotel in Kyrenia (Girne) for paper presenters.

The papers of the conference will be distributed in a printed version and CD-ROM format to all participants

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March 12, 2010

Arab American Identity Symposium

A Discursive Approach to the Formation of Arab American Identity: Literature, Politics, and Archival Evidence

A free symposium, open to the public

Monday, March 15, 2010
3:30 - 8:00pm
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery in the Mardigian Library

This mini symposium, sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies, seeks to introduce neglected strands of early Arab American life in a public forum. The growing scholarship on the early Arabic-speaking immigrants to the United States often relies on settled assumptions about their political life, and barely scratches the surface of their massive literary output in both the English and Arabic languages. Two salient misconceptions of the current discourse are that the early immigrants exhibited rampant sectarianism in the press, and indifference toward homeland political issues. Pioneering scholarship in this symposium proposes a new perspective of the formation of Arab American identity based on new theoretical and historical foundations.

Reception to follow.

More information at under Events.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Wail Hassan explores the representations of that identity by examining Abraham Mitrie Rihbany's autobiography, A Far Journey (1914).

Dr. Lawrence Davidson is the first scholar to describe the political activities of a number of Arab immigrant authors and reporters.

Dr. Hani Bawardi bridges the two discussions by chronicling representations of nationalism in the literature from the same period.

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March 10, 2010


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:

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:

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Compassionate Listening Delegation--Israel and Palestine

The Compassionate Listening Project is planning its next citizen delegation to Israel and Palestine this spring, and has six spaces available.

The trip dates will be May 25 – June 5, 2010. If you are interested in joining our delegation or learning more about Compassionate Listening or the work we do in the Middle East, please visit website at or contact:

Discussion Circle

Cathy Keene
Administrative Director
The Compassionate Listening Project
P.O. Box 17
Indianola, WA 98342

See program description below:

We will begin our delegation in the Old City of Jerusalem (at a Christian Guest House in the Muslim Quarter) with Compassionate Listening training, and then practice each day in the field with Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life, as well as with one another. Our time will be divided between Compassionate Listening training, listening sessions with Israelis and Palestinians, group reflection, and touring. Listening sessions will take place in homes, offices, villages, refugee camps, and settlements. Participants will enjoy touring well-known and off-the-beaten track ancient sites with a professional Israeli tour guide.

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January 29, 2010

4th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference

REMINDER: Deadline January 31

4th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference
April 23-25, 2010
University of Michigan
Keynote speaker: Susan Bernofsky

We are seeking graduate student translators to participate in the
4th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference to be held
April 23-25, 2010, as part of the University of Michigan's Year of
Translation. We hope to gather emerging and established translators
for a weekend of workshops and roundtables, as well as a keynote
address and reading by Susan Bernofsky, recipient of multiple awards
from the PEN Translation Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We encourage graduate student translators translating from any time
period and any language into English to apply for a place in a
translation workshop. Workshops may include but are not limited to:
post-colonial literature, feminist literature, humor, drama,
translating dead authors, Jewish languages, Classical literatures,
literature from South Asia, East Asia, from the Middle East, from
South America, from Africa, from Europe.

Workshops will be limited to six participants. Each member will have
one text workshop and will be expected to comment on the texts of
the other workshop members.

To apply for a workshop place, please send 5-10 poems or 5-10 pages
of prose, a scan of the original text, as well as a one-page
statement about your motivations for translating the text and
specific challenges it presented you as a translator. In your
application, please indicate at least one or two workshops (from the
list above, or suggest a new one) in which you would be interested
in participating with your work. Please also attach a CV.
Submissions should be emailed to

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. Applicants will be
notified of the organizers? decision by February 22.

Please note: a limited amount of financial assistance for travel may
be available in certain circumstances; contact the organizers if you
would not be able to attend without some support. Every effort will
be made to provide accommodation for successful applicants from
> outside the Ann Arbor area; however, we can't guarantee accommodation.

Inquiries may be directed to the conference organizers, Emily Goedde
( or Corine Tachtiris (

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December 03, 2009

PARC - Development Seminar on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center

U.S. Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine
May 20-31, 2010 in Jerusalem

Application deadline: January 30, 2010
Awards announced: March 16, 2010

PARC announces its inaugural faculty development seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC will select 10 to 15 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include lectures, workshops and visits to local universities and other related institutions in the West Bank. Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.

Applicants must:
•Be U.S. citizens.
•Be full-time faculty members at recognized U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants may come from any academic discipline, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health, and science.
•Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
•Have little travel experience to Palestine.
•Be willing to integrate their experiences from the seminar into their own teaching and/or pursue a joint research project or publication with a Palestinian colleague.
•Be a member of PARC.

PARC will make all arrangements for seminars, workshops, tours and meetings with Palestinian academic colleagues. PARC will also cover all expenses for group air and ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. Personal expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member. For more information about this new program, please visit PARC on the web at or send an email to (Program contingent upon funding.)

This program is funded by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State through an agreement with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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November 13, 2009

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference & Call for Papers

A joint effort of the Jewish Academic Network for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (JANIP), the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP) and the Geneva Initiative North America, my institution, Central Connecticut State University, will be hosting the Second International Academic Conference on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace, called "Pathways to Peace", April 16-17, 2010

You can see more information on the conference web site:

The deadline for submissions the Second International Academic Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference is January 31, 2010.

Submissions can be posted at

There are two great keynote speakers for the conference, Dr. Hussein Ibish, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership and a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, and Gadi Balinsky, the General Director of "Education for Peace", at the Geneva Initiative headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Additionally, the edited volume from the First International Academic Israeli-Palistinian Peace Conference is available, and you can find the information at (Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Perspectives on the Peace Process)

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November 06, 2009

Michigan University Model Arab League

The Michigan University Model Arab League will be held February 18-20, 2010 at Grand Valley State University. Please see the attached documents and our website ( for more information.

What is the Model Arab League?
Since its founding in 1983, Model Arab League has been the leading program in the United States for giving students hands-on experience with the regional and international politics of the Arab World. Tens of thousands of students have graduated from the program, and many have gone on to leading positions in business, government, and academia. During this upcoming school year more than 2,000 students representing over 220 schools will participate in the University and High School Model programs.

A highly competitive academic activity, the Model Arab League simulates meetings of the League of Arab States. Participating delegations become diplomats for the weekend and represent one of the League’s 22 member states in both general and specialized councils. Students draft resolutions addressing the important regional and global issues outlined in an Agenda that closely mirrors real world Arab League issues. These resolutions are debated in moderated council sessions following rules of parliamentary procedure. If passed, these council resolutions are presented to the entire conference during a Summit Session for closing debate and a final vote.

What do students gain from competing in the Model Arab League?
The Model Arab League provides students an in-depth understanding of the world’s oldest regional body and deepens their knowledge of the history, culture, religion, economics, and politics of both their assigned country and the region as a whole. Through active participation in a model, students develop and sharpen skills in debate, consensus-building, critical thinking, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking. By arguing the positions and foreign policy objectives of the Arab States, model participants gain personal insights and a meaningful understanding of the issues underlying U.S.-Arab relations.

Throughout a model, participants are evaluated both their peers and by judges. Awards are presented to outstanding participants based on their individual accomplishment and overall team achievement. In addition to our awards, outstanding Model Arab League participants are given preferential consideration for National Council internships in Washington, D.C. and for participation in our study abroad programs to Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, and Yemen.

Where do Model Arab Leagues take place?

There are currently 10 University and 2 High School Model Arab League simulations across the country. In addition, a National University Model and a National High School Model are held in Washington D.C.

Can I get my school involved in Model Arab League?
Absolutely! Starting a team does not have to be overwhelming. Some teams function as small student clubs while others exist within school sponsored organizations with year round activities. You might even find your school able to offer course credit for participating. Please feel free to browse our Web site or contact the National Council for more information and suggestions on how to start a team.

How do I prepare for the Model Arab League?
As a start, the National Council’s Web site,, contains many helpful resources. From our site you can obtain the Model Arab League Handbook, which contains our rules of parliamentary procedure, links to help you begin your research, and topic guides provided by the secretariat of the National University Model. You should also consult your faculty advisor on where to locate resources with current information on your assigned country’s background and major foreign policy objectives.

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October 30, 2009

National Defense University - Conference on Changing Strategic Landscape for Missile Defense

The National Defense University is delighted to announce registration has begun for the Transforming National Security Series event entitled, “The Changing Strategic Landscape for (Sea-based) Missile Defense.”

Major topics of discussion will include:
* SM-3/AEGIS: Overview and Key Issues for the Navy
* SM-3/AEGIS: Operational Capabilities Panel
* Threat Assessment: Forecasts and Timeline
* Theater Defense & Extended Deterrence
- North Atlantic/Arctic
- Asia (North Korea, Taiwan Straits)
- Middle East (Iran)
* Legal/Diplomatic/Economic: UNCLOS, START, ABM Treaty, NATO

This conference will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd in Marshall Hall, Room 155, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

To register, please complete a brief web form at Registrants will begin receiving regular news of the event and additional logistical details as they become available. Agenda will be posted on the program website at

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