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Dear Madame, dear Sir, dear colleague and friend,

Please find below the following announcements:

CONFERENCES

1. 19th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), Erlangen, 4-6 October 2012

2. International Symposium: "Islam in Interwar Europe and European Cultural History", Leiden University, 13-14 December 2012

3. 14th Mediterranean Research Meeting: Workshop (10) “Women, Social Change and Development in the New Middle East”, Mersin (Turkey), 20-23 March 2013

4. Conference: "Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds", Indiana University Bloomington, 28 February - 2 March 2013

5. International Conference: "Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia", Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 29-30  March 2013 

6. Symposium: "Ottoman-Persian Exchanges, 16th – 20th Centuries"; The Middle East Center;  University of Pennsylvania, 26 April 2013

7. Interdisciplinary Workshop: “Minorities of the Modern Middle East,” Portland State University,  Portland, Oregon,  26-27 April 2013

8. Colloquium: "Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran", The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, 2-4 September 2013


POSITIONS

9, PhD Research Fellowship on the Iraqi Diaspora in Europe, University of Warwick -Politics and International Studies

10. Visiting Fellowships for 2013-2014 at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

11. Visiting Research Fellowships for 2013-2014 at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

12, Articles for Edited Volume: "Middle East Studies after September 11: Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia"

13. Articles for Journal "Arab Studies Quarterly"

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Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW),  University of Mainz, Germany
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CONFERENCES

1. 19th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), Erlangen, 4-6 October 2012

Papers presented during this international conference focus on  issues in all fields of contemporary Middle East studies, especially in anthropology, cultural studies, economics,  gender studies, geography, international relations, law,  literature,  modern history, media studies, migration studies, politics and sociology.  Middle East studies are understood to include disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all members of the League of Arab States, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel and the Muslim states of Central Asia. For further information and the detailed program see http://davo2012.de/en/


2. International Symposium: "Islam in Interwar Europe and European Cultural History", Leiden University, 13-14 December 2012

On behalf of the BMBF Research Group "Europe from the Outside" - Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of Bonn, in cooperation with the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), we would like hereby to invite papers to the this  international symposium:

If you are interested to participate, please send us your short CV and a 300 words abstract by August 25, 2012. Final date for the submission of the full paper will be November 20, 2012. For further information:
http://www.ioa.uni-bonn.de/abteilungen/islamwissenschaft/europava/veranstaltungen/call-for-papers-islam-in-interwar-europe-and-european-cultural-history

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3. 14th Mediterranean Research Meeting: Workshop (10) “Women, Social Change and Development in the New Middle East”, Mersin (Turkey), 20-23 March 2013

This workshop aims to critically explore women’s changing status and role in the New Middle East. The launch of the United Nations Millennium Project in 2000 led to most Arab countries adopting ambitious targets for the empowerment of women in all fields of society. This, together with globalization processes, the Arab Spring and pressures for new forms of governance, social and democratic reform has heightened the need to assess women’s current role in shaping the development of the region. While it is acknowledged that current revolutionary pressures have heightened debates about inequalities, poverty and social exclusion, and that women featured prominently among the masses of people who took to the streets during the Arab Spring, concerns are growing that previously institutionalized women’s rights could erode under new political leaderships.

How have women (and men) responded to new economic and political changes, and how have women collectively organized and re-visioned agendas for feminist activism and reform across the region? By attracting novel and innovative research, the workshop aims to offer a platform for developing new knowledge on women’s development in the social, economic and political spheres in the Middle East and North Africa.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15 September 2012. For more information please visit the MRM conference website:

http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/RobertSchumanCentre/Research/InternationalTransnationalRelations/MediterraneanProgramme/MRM/Mrm2013.aspx
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4. Conference: "Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds", Indiana University Bloomington, 28 February - 2 March 2013

The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University invites advanced graduate students and recent PhDs (those who received their degrees in 2009 or after) to submit proposals for this conference.  The aim of this conference is to examine common assumptions about the limits to democratic practices in societies that are largely Orthodox or Islamic. Papers will focus on:
• the roles that religious institutions, religious movements, and their leaders play in civil society and democratic processes; • the ways that religious tradition and beliefs impact ideas about and practices of democracy; • the significance of religious rituals in shaping the practices of the public sphere.

Deadline for proposals 15 September 2012; information http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196389&keyword=Middle&keyword=East
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5. International Conference: "Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia", Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 29-30  March 2013 

The conference will  examining intersections between Islam, political Islam, Islamophobia, and human rights. How does Islamophobia resemble other forms of social prejudice, and in what ways does it differ? What is the political function of Islamophobia? To what degree and in what ways is Islamophobia fed by the actions of political Islam? To what degree does the politicization of Islam exacerbate the victimization of Muslims? This conference invites all scholars of relevant disciplines for an in-depth theoretical, analytical, conceptual, and historical examination of Islamophobia.

Deadline for proposals:1 November 2012. Information http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196253&keyword=Middle&keyword=East

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6. Symposium: "Ottoman-Persian Exchanges, 16th – 20th Centuries"; The Middle East Center;  University of Pennsylvania, 26 April 2013

Call for papers on cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual exchanges between the Ottoman and Persian empires 16th through 20th centuries. Traditional historiography had portrayed the Ottoman and Persian histories as a narrative of struggle against European encroachment and attempts at “modernization” that derived inspiration from Europe since the early 19th century. Until recently, such a portrayal had overlooked the rich historical interactions between the two empires, including but not limited to trade, smuggling, pilgrimage (or religious tourism), intellectual exchanges, nomadic border tribes, and expatriate communities that inhabited the Ottoman-Iranian territories.

Deadline for abstracts  1 November 2012.  The papers presented in the symposium will be published in an edited volume. Information: http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196211&keyword=Middle&keyword=East
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7. Interdisciplinary Workshop: “Minorities of the Modern Middle East,” Portland State University,  Portland, Oregon,  26-27 April 2013

Submissions are encouraged on the  following questions:
•    Conceptual: How are minorities in the Middle East defined by themselves and others?
•    Historical: What political, colonial, social, economic, or demographic factors have given rise to various “minorities”?
•    Political: How and for what purposes do religious, ethnic, or linguistic minorities become politicized?
•    Transnational: In what ways does the “endangered minority” status privilege certain ethno-religious groups legally?
•    Current: What are the conditions under which today's ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities live in the Middle East?

We plan to publish selected essays arising out of the workshop as an edited volume or special journal issue. Funds for travel and accommodation may be available to participants. Deadline for abstracts 15 September 2012. Information http://www.pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/minorities

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8. Colloquium: "Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran", The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, 2-4 September 2013

Papers are invited for this colloquium, which seeks to examine the plurality of approaches to the Qur’an in contemporary Iran. Deadline for abstracts 1 October 2012. Information http://www.iis.ac.uk/view_article.asp?ContentID=113552
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POSITIONS

9, PhD Research Fellowship on the Iraqi Diaspora in Europe, University of Warwick -Politics and International Studies

Fixed Term Contract from 1 October 2012 until 30 September 2016 to do research on the Iraqi diaspora in Europe within the Project "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty" sponsored by the European Research Council. The project will be conducted at Warwick University under the supervision of Dr. Maria Koinova. A team of four researchers (PI, post-doc, two PhD researchers) will investigate the transnational mobilisation of conflict-generated diasporas in Europe and their impact on polities experiencing contested sovereignty in the Balkans, the Caucuses, and the Middle East.

You will possess a masters degree (awarded or near completion) or equivalent in a relevant discipline. The ability to act as an independent researcher is essential, as is evidence of a clear research agenda. You will ideally have an academic background in international relations, comparative politics, conflict studies, foreign policy analysis, transnationalism, and migration and diaspora studies. Very good linguistic skills in Arabic are essential. Prior qualitative and/or quantitative methods training is highly desirable. You will be expected to do multi-sited research both in Europe and Iraq, publish academic articles, and assist with the organisation of project-related events.

The position offers four-year PhD training at the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, field research subsidy, and opportunities to travel to academic conferences. £27,578 - £35,938 pay.

For more information on how to apply: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEV088/phd-research-fellow/
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10. Visiting Fellowships for 2013-2014 at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

These are offered to support research in any area of the arts, humanities, or the social sciences that has relevance to the study of Islam or the Muslim world (particularly anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, law, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology).

Applications would normally be scholars or writers at the postdoctoral or equivalent level, but senior researchers are also eligible. An academic affiliation is not a necessary requirement.

Each Fellowship carries a stipend of £4000 and membership of the Common Room. The stipend is intended as a supplementary award and may be held in conjunction with other research grants, stipends, or sabbatical salaries. Fellowships are tenable from 1 October 2013 for nine months, though shorter periods will be considered. Webpage: http://www.oxcis.ac.uk/fellowships.html
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11. Visiting Research Fellowships for 2013-2014 at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Applications are invited for the Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellowships. Applicants should be citizens of countries in Asia or Africa. Preference will be given to those studying classical Islamic sciences, although other areas in the humanities and social sciences will be considered. These Fellowships each carry a stipend of £3000 and membership of the Common Room. The stipend is intended as a supplementary award and may be held in conjunction with other research grants, stipends, or sabbatical salaries.

The Fellowships will be tenable from 1 October 2013 for a minimum period of three months. These Fellowships are intended to encourage interaction among academics from various traditions of learning. The Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmizi Research Fellows will be expected to devote their time to research and writing and to participate in the Centre’s academic activities.

Webpage http://www.oxcis.ac.uk/ibit11-12.html. The closing date for applications is 7th December 2012.
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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

12.  Articles for Edited Volume: "Middle East Studies after September 11: Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia"

In this book, we will look at and attempt to understand Middle East Studies through the lens of Sociology, Political Science, Social and Political Theories. Topics include:  Orientalism and Turkish, Arabic, Persian/Iranian, Pakistani and Central Asian Studies -  Orientalism and Area Studies (Muslim Societies) - Middle East Studies, and Think-Tanks, NGOs, MESA, etc., - Comparisons of Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism across US and European academic cultures, or elsewhere.

Deadline for abstract submissions is September 10, 2012; information http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196056&keyword=Middle&keyword=East
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13. Articles for  Journal "Arab Studies Quarterly"

Arab Studies Quarterly is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles about the Middle East. It is printed four times a year by Pluto Journals on behalf of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (CIMES), California State University, San Bernardino. ASQ welcomes submissions in the areas of the social sciences and humanities. Articles are to be sent to the Editor, Ibrahim Aoudé: این نشانی پست الکترونیک دربرابر spambot ها و هرزنامه ها محافظت می شود. برای مشاهده آن شما نیازمند فعال بودن جاواسکریپت هستید

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