1.Conference ”Iran and Europe in the Mirror of History”, Sofia University, 2-3 June 2016
The Department of Iranian Studies, Sofia University ”St.Kliment Ohridsky”, and the Center for Iran, Balkans and Central European Studies are hosting this conference.
Deadline for abstracts: 8 April 2016. Information: http://www.cibce.org/
2. Conference: “Rethinking Social Movements in the Digital Age: Activism, Dissent and Rebellion in the Post-Arab Spring”, Orient-Institut Beirut, 29 July 2016
Theoretical contributions should examine the role of the digital in rethinking social movements and the changing nature of activism, (political) dissent, rebellion and revolutions. Empirical contributions should examine particular venues of the digital or case-studies across the Arab region.
Deadline for abstracts: 8 May 2016. Information: http://www.orient-institut.org/ (click on 29 July)
3. The Ezri Center for Iran & the Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa will be holding a conference on “Iran and Israel – Past and Present” on April 11, 2016.
The program of the conference could be seen in the following link:
The Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies
The University of Haifa
4. She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
on view April 08–July 31, 2016
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
5. Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th Century
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, through July 17, 2016
6. Department of Comparative Religion of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and The Slovak Association for the Study of Religions are delighted to announce a conference titled
Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East and Asia
The conference shall be dedicated to the memory of Professor Rudolf Macúch and will take place in Bratislava on 14th and 15th September 2016.
The relations among majorities and minorities have to a great extent shaped the face of the Middle East and other parts of Asia for millennia. The aim of this conference is to take a closer look at this issue, reflect its current trends and attempt to conceptualize them in both theoretical and practical contexts. Therefore, we welcome contributions in the fields of Religious Studies, Anthropology, History, Oriental Studies and other human and social sciences presenting religious, ethnic or other minorities and majorities in the given context. Since the conference will be dedicated to the memory of world-class orientalist Professor Rudolf Macúch, one section shall focus on his life and work, especially his research of the Mandaeans. This panel will include lectures of invited European and Middle-Eastern experts as well as of Mandaean community itself. The communication languages of the conference are English, Slovak and Czech. Selected papers will be published both in the book which the organizers are currently preparing and the journal of the Slovak Association for the Study of Religions, Axis Mundi. Please fill out the attached registration form, including the abstract, and send it to email@example.com by 15th May 2016. You will be informed about the acceptance of your abstract by the end of May 2016 and receive details about the method of payment of the conference fee and further details about the conference. The conference fee is € 40 (regular) and €20 (student). The conference is free for members of the Slovak Association for the Study of Religions.
7. Workshop: “lslamophobia in the East of the European Union”, Prague, 23-24 October 2016
The purpose of the workshop is to lay the foundations for a possible longer term project that would explore Islamophobia in the countries of the Visegrád Group (the “Visegrád Four”, or “V4”) and in eastern Germany.
8. Fari Sayeed Visiting Fellow in Islamic Art, Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK
Applications are welcome from researchers in any field of Islamic Art, but an emphasis on work that might take advantage of Cambridge’s outstanding holdings of Islamic manuscripts and/or the Islamic collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum will be an advantage.
Deadline for application: 10 April 2016. Information: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANE925/fari-sayeed-visiting-fellow-in-islamic-art/
Research and Teaching Fellow, Middle East Politics, University of Warwick, UK
Candidates should have been or are close to being awarded a PhD in the field of Middle East politics/studies. They should have some teaching experience and experience of writing for publication in English. They must have a good proficiency in Egyptian Arabic and an interest in Egyptian popular culture.
Deadline for application: 6 May 2016. Information: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1546160
Post-doctoral Associate in Islamic Ethics, Yale University – http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=52778
9. Fall School: “Reading Fatwas”, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, University of Bonn, 8-12 August 2016
The purpose of this year’s Fall School is to introduce participants to the methods, sources, and lines of inquiry in studying medieval fatwas. It grows out of the Annual Programming Theme of the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg in 2015-2016, which is Environmental Approaches to Mamluk Studies.
Deadline for application: 15 May 2016. Information: http://www.mamluk.uni-bonn.de/mamluk-events/ask-fall-school-2016.pdf
10. MSc in “Political Islam”, Glasgow University
This one year course has been designed for those who wish to comprehend the main currents of Islamic thinking during the modern period. This will involve investigating a number of radical Islamic movements as well as alternative understandings of Islam. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
Deadline for international applications: 22 July 2016. Information: http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/politicalislam/
11. Lecturer in Persian
The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies within the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland seeks applicants for a position as a full-time (40 hours per week), 9-month lecturer, professional track, beginning Fall 2016. Contract is renewable contingent on performance and availability of funding.
This position will play an important role in the undergraduate program
and its management team. Along with teaching (6-8 credits per semester),
duties include developing and promoting cultural programs, serving as
Persian liaison to the Language House, designing and organizing “beyond
the classroom” activities for students of Persian, and supporting
recruitment efforts. Other duties as assigned.
For information on the mission, programs, and intellectual life of the
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, see http://sllc.umd.edu/persian.
Requirements include: successful teaching record in Persian in a UG
higher education setting (5 year minimum); successful record as
extra-curricular coordinator or other experience with student affairs in
a higher education setting; native/near-native fluency in Persian
language and culture and English. Experience with fundraising a plus.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of three
references through the University of Maryland online employment
application system at https://ejobs.umd.edu/.
For best consideration, materials should be received by April 10, 2016.
The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer.
Eighth and ninth century versions of the Rustam cycle
Stories of the hero Rustam and his trusty steed Rakhsh, immortalized by the tenth century poet Firdawsi in his epic poem the Shahnamah (ʻBook of kingsʼ), are among the best loved in the whole of Persian literature. Not so well-known, however, are unique versions of the same story dating from the eighth and ninth centuries which are currently on display in the international exhibition The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination at the National Museum, Delhi (More on this exhibition in my recent post Celebrating Noruz in Delhi with new ‘Everlasting Flame’).
13. Dānesh Institute
Call for Proposals
Iranians in Diaspora: Ethnic and Religious Diversity
Friday, October 21, 2016
A Conference Sponsored by DĀNESH Institute
Hosted by Indiana University School of Social Work
Historians agree that one of the principal characteristics of enduring civilization of Iran has been cultural and religious diversity of its people. Of the present Iranian population, almost one-half is of Persian origin, while the other half represents several ethnic groups such as Armenians, Azaris, Kurds, Lurs, and Turkmans. The vast majority of Persians as well as Azaris are Moslem Shi’ite. The others are Moslem Sunni, Jewish, Baha’i, Christian, and Zoroastrian. This ethnic and religious diversity is particularly evident among Iranians in diaspora. While sharing many of Persian cultural practices, these diverse groups adhere also to their unique cultures. Thus, the primary focus of this year’s DANESH conference is to recognize and understand the Iranian diverse ethnic and religious groups in diaspora, particularly in the United States.
The Planning Committee for this conference invites submission of proposals for papers and panels related to the above conference theme. Papers may include empirical or conceptual studies, and panels may focus on a single topic or a range of related topics. Paper or panel proposals should include the following information:
The deadline for submissions is August 12, 2016. Proposals should be sent to
Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli at firstname.lastname@example.org or via U.S. mail addressed to her at Indiana University School of Social Work, 902 West New York Street, ES bldg. Indianapolis, IN 46202-5156.
For information regarding DĀNESH Institute, please visit: http://www.daneshinstitute.org.
Planning Committee Members: Cyrus Behroozi, Ebrahim Fakouri, Mohammad Kaviani, Shamsi Javaheri Mansoori, Irene Queiro-Tajalli, Sholeh Shahrokhi, and Bita Zakeri
14. “Contemporary Urban Landscapes of the Middle East,” Mohammad Gharipour (ed.), New York: Taylor and Francis, 2016 (ISBN-13: 9781138849594, 316 pages).
The role of urban landscape projects in the cities of the Middle East has grown in prominence since the mid-twentieth century, with a gradual shift in emphasis from private sphere to projects with an increasingly more public function. The contemporary landscape projects, either designed as public plazas or public parks, have played a significant role in transferring the modern Middle Eastern cities to a new era and also in transforming to a newly shaped social culture in which the public has a voice. This book considers what ties these projects to their cultural and political context and what regional and local design elements and concepts have been used in their development. The book chapters discuss modern and contemporary urban landscapes in Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Israel, UAE, Oman, and Qatar.
The following is the table of contents:
1 Urban landscape: public space and environment in cities of the contemporary Middle East by MOHAMMAD GHARIPOUR
2 Between garden and geography: landscape as an emergent concept in the wider Middle East by JAMES L. WESCOAT JR.
3 In pursuit of a European city: competing landscapes of Eskis¸ehir’s riverfront by KIVANÇ KILINÇ AND DUYGU KAÇAR
4 Inventing the seashore: the Tel Aviv-Jaffa promenade by ELISSA ROSENBERG
5 Sculpted landscape: the unbuilt public square of Islamabad by FARHAN KARIM
6 Paradise reconsidered: the early design history of Pardisan Park in Tehran by KATHLEEN JOHN-ALDER
7 Aspiring masonry: design thinking of experimental vernacularism by HOOMAN KOLIJI
8 Cairo’s urban parks: space, place, and meaning by AKEL ISMAIL KAHERA
9 Beyond greening: approaches to the contemporary landscape in the United Arab Emirates by KEVIN MITCHELL
10 Contemporary landscape as urbanism: emergent ecologies of the Doha Corniche by ANNA GRICHTING
11 The sovereign global city: Omani post-traditional landscape urbanism by HALA F. NASSAR AND ROBERT HEWITT
12 Epilogue: urban landscapes and future sustainable urban qualities in Middle Eastern cities by ASHRAF M. SALAMA