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February 18, 2013

Arabic Language Study Opportunity

Announcing Arabic and Tunisian Cultural Studies in Tunis, Summer 2013!

For over 15 years, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) has been a leader in intensive summer Arabic language study in North Africa.

In the summer of 2013, AIMS invites students of all levels of Arabic to participate in an intensive language and culture experience in the vibrant suburb of Tunis, Sidi Bou Said. The seven-week program (June 14-August 2) offers over 150 contact hours in Modern Standard Arabic and Tunisian Dialect, including enrichment classes and homestays with local families that provide students with opportunities to immerse themselves in the dynamic culture and history of Tunisia and North Africa.

Tuition is $6500.00.


Application Deadline: March 15th, 2013 ... To obtain an application, write to Arabic@AIMSNorthAfrica.org today!

For more information, please visit: http://aimsnorthafrica.org/arabicprograms/summer-arabic.cfm

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February 11, 2013

Study Abroad Opportunity - Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco

Applications are now open for the global health study-abroad course:

MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH IN MOROCCO: WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND FAMILY IN ISLAM

6 credits (3 of Moroccan Arabic, 3 of History/Global Studies/Women's Studies/Religious Studies)

3 weeks in urban Rabat (with trips to Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca)

1 week in rural Zawiya Ahansal in the High-Atlas Mountains, for hands-on global health fieldwork

This global health program is designed to provide students with an integrated linguistic, cultural, and public health experience in the Islamic African country of Morocco. Students will also gain a basic knowledge of Islamic religion, Moroccan traditional (Islamic) medicine, and medical anthropology.

The course introduces students to maternal and infant health issues in the third world and considers a range of social, religious, epidemiological, economic, technological, legal, and family issues that impact birth, pregnancy, motherhood, and the health of newborns and children in Morocco.

In the urban component (3 weeks), students will learn about the social determinants of health, the array of social factors that affect women's reproductive health and infant and child health. Students will learn about:
*tuberculosis and HIV morbidity, and national policies for their prevention in Morocco, from the National Institute of Hygiene
*violence against women, marital rape, child abandonment, and unwed motherhood
*visit feminist, Islamic, and international NGO's that support women and children.
*AIDS prevention and the work of the AIDS NGO "Association de Lutte Contre le SIDA," which advocates for AIDS infected persons, studies AIDS prevalence, and trains prostitutes, MSM, and illegal sub-Saharan African immigrants as AIDS peer educators.
*US health interventions in Morocco (Peace Corps, USAID).
*Students will live with home-stay families.
*Students will learn Moroccan colloquial Arabic at AMIDEAST--no previous Arabic knowledge necessary. The Arabic instructors also teach for the US State Department Arabic program and have taught for the Peace Corps.
*Site visits to ancient Islamic cities, shantytowns, and industrial areas will introduce students to health determinants of the built environment and traditional Islamic forms of sanitation, water provision, etc.

In the rural component (1 week), students will have a hands-on fieldwork experience that focuses on community health, the challenges of providing maternal and infant health care outside the state support structure, and the environmental determinants of health. Students will:
*hike out to remote villages that do not have water systems, and bivouac/camp
*interview midwives and local NGO leaders through a translator
*study water sources, water usage, conduct water quality testing in homes and rivers, help local women gather water, study the relationship between water and girls' schooling
*learn about traditional birth practices and beliefs about nursing, childcare
*consider nutrition, especially for infants, pregnant women, and nursing mothers
*help to plan a Community Health Day, a popular health exercise for local people.
*lodge with the shaykh of the Hansali Sufi order in his home, and enjoy all meals with his family.
*To learn about the Atlas Cultural Foundation, the NGO which receives students in Zawiya Ahansal, visit their homepage:
http://atlasculturalfoundation.org/

All expenses, all airfare, all meals, all travel, all tuition is included.

To register, visit the Center for International Education Website at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

https://uwmilwaukee.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10098


The course leader, Dr. Ellen Amster, is associate professor of Middle East History at UW-Milwaukee and has fifteen years of medical fieldwork experience in Morocco.

*She is the author of "Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956," from University of Texas Press: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/amsmed.html

*Dr. Amster was interviewed on the PBS program "International Focus" about the program.
To see the interview, visit the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vREWTVN-Yqw

*For further information about the course, please contact Dr. Amster: eamster@uwm.edu

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Call for Proposals - Language Symposium 2013

We encourage you to submit a proposal for the annual Language Symposium 2013 co-sponsored by Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University. Language instructors at all levels (high school and college/university-level) as well as researchers are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome.
This year's symposium topic is "World Languages and the Roles They Play in Academia" and will be hosted by Northwestern University (Evanston campus) on April 12-13, 2013. Our keynote speaker will be Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of the MLA.
For more information, please check out our website: http://languagesymposium.northwestern.edu/
For a direct link to the submission info, please go to: http://languagesymposium.northwestern.edu/request-for-proposals/
Presentations will be twenty minutes long, plus ten minutes for discussion.
Proposed topics may include/ be related to:
The place of global languages across the science and liberal arts curriculum
The link between foreign languages and the global citizen
Multilingualism
Multiculturalism
Cultural competence
Interdisciplinary approaches in language learning and teaching
Promotion of team-taught courses with a foreign language component
Service learning
Language for special purposes
Quantification of learning outcomes

Deadline: February 14, 2013 at midnight.
Early registration deadline: Sunday, March 31st, 2013
And please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: symposium@mmlc.northwestern.edu

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Study Abroad Opportunity at Hebrew University

Take part in a unique study abroad opportunity in Israel and participate in the intercultural academic program: "Coexistence in the Middle East" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from June 30 to July 28, 2013.

Experience the challenge of human diversity, where nations, civilizations, and religions converge. Visit the sites beyond the headlines, gain first-hand exposure to multiple narratives and perspectives, and receive academic credits at one of the World's Top 100 Universities.

For more information about the program, please refer to our website: www.coexistencetrip.net.

Participants in this course will also be able to enroll in InnovNation, a special program that sparks innovation by exposing participants to the high-tech industries and entrepreneurial nature of the Start-Up Nation. Learn more at: www.innovnation.net/pdf.

Register Now! Join students, diplomats, and professionals coming from more than 20 countries across 5 continents who have already participated in our programs.

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Announcing Arabic and Tunisian Cultural Studies in Tunis, Summer 2013!

For over 15 years, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) has been a leader in intensive summer Arabic language study in North Africa.

In the summer of 2013, AIMS invites students of all levels of Arabic to participate in an intensive language and cultural experience in the vibrant suburb of Tunis, Sidi Bou Said. The seven-week program (June 14-August 2) offers over 150 contact hours in Modern Standard Arabic and Tunisian Dialect, including enrichment classes and homestays with local families that provide students with opportunities to immerse themselves in the dynamic culture and history of Tunisia and North Africa.

Tuition is $6500.00.


Application Deadline: March 15th, 2013
To obtain an application, write to Arabic@AIMSNorthAfrica.org today!

More information is on our website at:

http://aimsnorthafrica.org/arabicprograms/summer-arabic.cfm

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Call for Papers - Middle East History and Theory Conference

Call for Papers
28th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, University of Chicago, May 3-5, 2013

We are pleased to invite students and faculty to submit papers for the 28th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, to be held May 3rd to 5th, 2013, at the University of Chicago.

We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, or any other topic concerning the Middle East from the advent of Islam to the present day.

Those wishing to participate should send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at mehat.chicago@gmail.com by February 15, 2013. We will accept both individual papers and prearranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged.

More information about the conference and submission process can be viewed at our Conference page: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/mehat/conference/.

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MA in Transnational American Studies

The Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at American University of Beirut is now accepting online graduate applications for Fall 2013 admission to AUB’s new MA program in Transnational American Studies. Although the program is still pending final approval from the State of New York Board of Higher Education, we are able to accept applications immediately and will make admissions decision pending final approval of the degree program.

The Center for American studies and research offers an MA in Transnational American Studies. We conceive of transnational American Studies in terns of the cultural, political, and social relations between, among, and across the United States and the MENA region. CASAR’s goals are to increase understanding of the interdependencies between the United States and the MENA region, as well as to understand how American culture and U.S. geopolitical power circulate beyond the borders of the U.S. The MA program aims to assist students in acquiring an academic grounding in the theories and methods of the discipline of American Studies, as well as to foster transnational scholarship at the intersections of interdisciplinary U.S. and MENA Studies. The Center offers some of its own seminars in transnational American Studies.

CASAR is an interdisciplinary unit and the MA program draws on other departments to provide elective coursework and thesis advising for its students. To complement students’ course work and to promote scholarship related to transnational American Studies at AUB, the Center sponsors visiting lectures and conferences and holds occasional events such as film screenings and readings.

Students structure their own course of study in such areas as Arab and Middle East Studies, contemporary politics, international relations, history, anthropology, sociology, fine arts, media studies, and literary studies. The courses and the thesis and project requirements encourage students’ critical and independent thinking and the undertaking of analytical in-depth research.

The CASAR MA program offers a thesis option and a project option. Students are strongly encouraged to select the project option.

Project Option
Students following the project option are required to complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, in addition to a three-credit project. In addition to the 9-credits of CASAR MA courses and a 3-credit final project, students will select electives in consultation with the director of CASAR. No more than 3-credits of the program of study can be in Arabic language study, unless the student petitions to include in their program of study additional Arabic credits.

Thesis Option
Students following the thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, in addition to a nine-credit thesis. In addition to the 9-credits of CASAR MA courses and a nine-credit thesis, students will select electives in consultation with the director of CASAR. No more than 3-credits can be in Arabic, unless the student petitions to include in their program of study additional Arabic credits.
All CASAR students are required to take the three Transnational American Studies core courses, AMST 300, AMST 301, and AMST 302.

Offered
AMST 300 Introduction to Transnational American Studies 3.0; 3 cr.
This graduate seminar introduces students (1) to current theories and methods in the field, (2) to the history of American Studies nationally and transnationally, and (3) to the participating faculty in the program. It is the required introductory seminar for all Transnational American Studies graduate students and is open only to those who have been accepted into the M.A. Program. During the course of the term, other affiliated American Studies participating faculty members will visit the seminar to introduce themselves and their fields of specialization.

AMST 301 America in the Middle East 3.0; 3 cr.
Although the United States' encounter with the Middle East may appear to be a relatively recent phenomenon, this course illustrates that America has imagined the Middle East ever since the beginning of North American colonization. Moreover, America, has been in the Middle East for a period that extends long before U.S. military and diplomatic presence in the region. In addition to documenting various moments of encounter between America and the Middle East, this course also problematizes the very terms “America” and “Middle East” by introducing each region as a geographic imaginary. In this way, the course first asks what are the borders and limits of “America” and “the Middle East” and how and when are these borders and limits produced?

AMST 302 Theories and Methods of Transnational American Studies 3.0; 3 cr.
This seminar introduces students to interdisciplinary approaches to the study of transnational American culture and social history. During the semester, we will examine the history of American Studies, as well as focus on contemporary scholarship in the field. This course explores the political and social meanings of cultural conflict, national identity, and transnational culture and politics through close analysis and classroom discussion of various research methodologies that employ primary source material such as historical documents, literature, ethnography, and visual and popular culture. We will focus on how ideas about race, gender, sexuality, class, region, and nation have shaped contests over the meaning of citizenship and belonging. The seminar will be framed around the following questions: What is distinct about interdisciplinary scholarship? What kinds of questions do American Studies scholars ask and why? What does a comparative and transnational framework require and offer in terms of methodology?

AMST 375 Special Topics in Transnational American Studies, 3.0; 3 cr.

AMST 397 American Studies Graduate Tutorial, 3.0; 3 cr.

AMST 398, Final Project in Transnational American Studies, 3.0; 3 cr.

AMST 399, MA Thesis in Transnational American Studies, 9.0/9 cr.

If you would like information about the new MA program please send an email to casar@aub.edu.lb

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Graduate Workshop in Ottoman Studies at the University of Oxford, May 11th, 2013


Rethinking the Long 19th Century in the Ottoman Empire


The Ottoman Studies Group at Oxford (OSGO), in cooperation with Ertegun House and the Middle East Center (MEC) at St. Antony’s College, is organizing a one-day graduate workshop in Ottoman Studies at the University of Oxford on May 11th, 2013. This one-day workshop aims to provide a forum for graduate students who focus on the Ottoman Empire from the late 18th to the early 20th century to present their research, exchange ideas and develop scholarly networks. Keynote speaker Professor Benjamin Fortna will open the workings of this workshop.

We invite applications by all graduate students, who work in the humanities and social sciences. We particularly welcome applications that explore new approaches to Ottoman Studies in the following themes:

- Policies and reforms

- Global transference of knowledge / intellectual history

- Identity (ethnic, religious, gender, etc.)

- Culture

Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes.

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) for a paper along with your CV to OSGO2013@gmail.com, stating your university, department, degree you are studying for, the year you are in and contact details in your e-mail message.


The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, March 8th, 2013.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out within three weeks of the abstract submission deadline.

The exact programme of the workshop will be announced by April 12th, 2013.

For additional information, please, contact us at OSGO2013@gmail.com

Location: Ertegun House
St. Giles 37A
Oxford
http://www.ox.ac.uk/ertegun/

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