1.CFP – Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World invites submissions for the forthcoming volume 38, to be published in 2021.
Muqarnas is a scholarly journal that publishes articles on art, architectural history, and archaeology, as well as all aspects of Islamic visual and material cultures, historical and contemporary. Full-length articles are accompanied by shorter submissions grouped under a separate section titled “Notes and Sources,” for which we particularly welcome studies that introduce textual and visual primary sources.
Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2020.
Manuscripts should be submitted by email to the Managing Editor of Muqarnas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete submission includes five elements:
Any submission that does not include these five elements will be returned to the author, as will articles that do not conform to the Muqarnas style sheet.
Articles must present original research that has not been published in any language previously. Authors must properly credit previous scholarship on the subject and cite the source of each quotation, with full bibliographic details given in the endnotes (no additional bibliography is required).
All articles are subject to review by the Editorial Committee and anonymous external readers, whose comments will be sent to the author only if the article is accepted for publication. Authors may be expected to make revisions based on the feedback of the readers and editors.
Muqarnas follows the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. For further specifications on preparing text and images for publication, see the Muqarnas style sheet (available to download from our website: https://agakhan.fas.harvard.edu/submission-guidelines).
2. Annual Conference of the Academy in Exile on “Dire Times: Critical Thinking Then and Now“, Freie Universität Berlin, 16-17 January 2020
Academy in Exile is a fellowship program for displaced and exiled scholars located at Universität Duisburg-Essen and Freie Universität Berlin. It offers scholars who are threatened in their home countries because of their academic or civic engagement the opportunity to resume their research abroad. The conference assembles international experts and fellows of Academy in Exile to jointly reflect on perspectives for critical thinking in contemporary academia.
For program and registration contact email@example.com
3. Symposium: “Making Home Away: Displacement, Migration, and Resettlement”, University of Reading, 12 June 2020
Inviting academic, practical, political, and personal response to the many challenges faced by refugees in losing and making homes, this symposium intends to cultivate both renewed research efforts and policy action. Funded by the British Academy’s “Tackling the UKs International Challenges” grant scheme, this symposium will focus on the complex ways in which refugees move across regions and nations in pursuit of ‘home’, and asks how attention to refugee experiences might shape and enhance our understandings of migration.
Deadline for abstracts: 2 January 2020.
4. Conference: “Knowledge Systems and Ottoman-European Encounters: Spatial and Social Dynamics” 21-23 January 2021, University of Zurich
The conference will focus on knowledge from or about the Ottoman Empire in the early modern period, addressing two questions: from a spatial perspective, how can the Ottoman Empire be included into a European history of knowledge? From a social viewpoint: how was knowledge inside or about the Ottoman Empire organized and what kind of social functions can there be distinguished?
Deadline for abstracts: 30 January 2020.
5. Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position in the Project “Striking from the Margins: From Disintegration to Reconstitution of State and Religion in the Middle East”, Central European University, Budapest
Applications are invited from researchers whose work falls under this thematic field from any of the following disciplines: comparative gender, policy studies, sociology, anthropology and religious studies. Required qualifications: Eligible applicants should have held a doctoral degree for a period of less than five years, and have a demonstrable record of achievement and promise in a relevant thematic field and discipline; etc.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2020.
6. Three Vacancies in the Project ‘”Source of Life: Water Management in the Premodern Middle East (7th-15th Century)”, Radboud University Nijmegen
This project studies the interrelationship between water installations, governance, and legal and cultural frameworks in five Middle Eastern cities (Basra, Baghdad, Mosul, Damascus and Cairo) from the first Arab conquests to Ottoman rule (7th-15th c).
* A four-year PhD project: History of Middle Eastern Water Management, subproject 1, Cairo; full details: https://www.ru.nl/werken-bij/vacature/details-vacature/?recid=1069298&doel=embed&taal=nl
* A four-year PhD project: History of Middle Eastern Water Management, subproject 2, Damascus; full details: https://www.ru.nl/werken-bij/vacature/details-vacature/?recid=1069326&doel=embed&taal=nl
* A four-year postdoctoral project: History of Middle Eastern Water Management, subproject 3, Basra, Baghdad and Mosul; full details: https://www.ru.nl/werken-bij/vacature/details-vacature/?recid=1069343&doel=embed&taal=nl
Deadline for application: 9 January 2020. Information: Maaike van Berkel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the West, people spend the holiday season taking action to promote their communities- they pay-off layaways and convene to share the spirit of compassion with those less fortunate. This year, however, amidst congratulatory Christmas and New Years’ messages, concerns of human rights violations loom.
1.Short-term fellowships at the LSE’s Kuwait Programme
The application deadline is 2 January 2020, with the successful candidates undertaking their fellowship at the LSE any time between June 2020 and May 2021.
2. EU-Middle East Jean Monnet Network (EUMENIA) Conference on EU Middle East Relations, University of Jordan, Amman
We particularly encourage early career researchers and young scholars to submit an abstract. This interdisciplinary conference will involve different fields and sub-fields, including Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Law and Political Science. Suggested topics: pedagogical issues such as the decolonisation of the curricula and the decentring agenda; EU-Middle East relations; etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2020. Information: http://eumenia.eu/2019/12/call-for-papers-eumenia-conference-on-eu-middle-east-relations-21-april-2020/
3. Professor (W3) for Iranian Studies, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), Universität Marburg
We expect an emphasis on modern Iran and a research focus in one of the following areas: literature, media, or language; society and history; shia, religious minorities, or gender. Experience in the successful acquisition of third-party funds is required.
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2020.
4. Assistant or Associate Professor in Modern Islam and Liberal Democracy, University of Virginia
We welcome candidates whose research interests include religious, social, and political thought in the contemporary Muslim world; Islam’s interactions with various political economies and cultures; and the relationships between Islam, politics, and democracy.
Contact: Jean Blackwell (email@example.com)
Information: https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs (#R0012413)
5. Professorship of Armenian History and Civilization, Columbia University
The department seeks a candidate with a distinguished record in Armenian Studies who will also contribute to the larger intellectual mission of the department.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
1.PhD Scholarship in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh
The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to invite applications for one PhD scholarship in any area within its expertise.
The scholarship will be funded by IMES and will cover tuition fees for the PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Applications for both the Scholarship and the PhD must be made by 14th February 2020.
2. The Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian
Movements (CenSAMM) 2020 conference will be held at the University of
Bedfordshire UK (Bedford Campus) 29-30 June 2020.
The theme of the conference is: “The Study of Apocalyptic and
Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches.”
The aim of the conference is to facilitate critical and
interdisciplinary discussion of apocalypticism, millenarianism and
associated movements across time, place, and culture. The
interdisciplinary scope is broadly understood to include methodologies,
comparative approaches, and showcasing of research more specific to
individual fields of expertise.
Prof. Catherine Wessinger (Loyola University, New Orleans)
Prof. Douglas Davies (Durham University, UK)
Prof. Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University, UK)
We invite individual paper proposals from scholars at all stages of
their career, including postgraduates, and we welcome suggestions for
Please submit proposals to the Academic Directors Prof James Crossley
(St Mary’s University, Twickenham) and Dr Alastair Lockhart (University
of Cambridge) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions for papers should
include a 300-word abstract and short CV.
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2020.
For more information, please see
3. REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS
Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 15-17, 2020
Proposal Deadline: December 31, 2019
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
This is a reminder that the deadline for proposal submissions for the Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2020) is fast approaching, so get your abstracts ready! We invite proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. The Symposium is also host to the 47th Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, the longest-running annual conference in North America. Opportunities for undergraduate submissions are also available via the Tirones Mediaevales sessions – see the website for more details.
The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University, Chicago.
The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2019. Late submissions will be considered if space is available. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.
For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: https://www.smrs-slu.org/
4. Borders, Belonging and Exclusion:
Afghans in Pakistan
By Sanaa Alimia
Pluralism and Plurality in Islamic Cultures
The fourth in a series of eight public events on Pluralism and Plurality in Islamic Cultures, co-produced by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, the Aga Khan Museum and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Education Programme and held in the iconic Aga Khan Centre.
Walls. Fences. Checkpoints. These are the images that spring to mind today when we think about the border. South Asia is also playing a central role in this trend. But today it is not the famous India-Pakistan border, home to military confrontation and Bollywood epics, that is the focus. Now attention is on the borders between India and Bangladesh and Pakistan and Afghanistan. Drawing from ten years of fieldwork in Pakistan, as well as Europe and Turkey, Sanaa Alimia’s lecture discusses the case of “border-making” between Pakistan and Afghanistan and how it relates to regional and global trends. Alongside, analysing the infrastructure and technologies that are a part of this story, she also pays attention the people involved: Afghans in Pakistan. By doing so, she reveals a tension between how the state tries to perform the border “from above” and how this is resisted “from below.”
Dr Sanaa Alimia is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at the Aga Khan University International (London).
Time and Venue
Thursday16 January 2020, 18.00-19.30
Atrium Conference Room,
Aga Khan Centre,
10 Handyside Street,
London N1C 4DN
5. Instructional Professor (open rank) in Modern Arabic:
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago seek to add to the University’s existing program in modern Arabic language. We invite applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (open rank) in modern Arabic. Start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2020. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background. The initial appointment will be for one year, with review and progression schedule determined by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.
Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Arabic language across three quarters, at all levels of the language, in Modern Standard Arabic and potentially in a colloquial Arabic. Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, coordination of the Arabic Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development
details here: https://apply.interfolio.com/72606
To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at http://apply.interfolio.com/72606 An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate modern Arabic, and three letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a video demonstrating classroom teaching,
Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by January 20, 2020. To ensure sufficient time for recommenders to submit letters, applicants are encouraged to request letters of recommendation through the Interfolio system before submitting the complete application.
This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to https://nelc.uchicago.edu. For questions about the position, please contact Amanda Young at email@example.com.
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1.The Routledge Studies in Islam and Human Rights series publishes scholarly monographs that examine the rich and complex intellectual and institutional legacy of Islam relevant to human rights and social (in)justice since the formative period of Islam (7th century CE). The Series aims to integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines employing new and established methodological and theoretical approaches in human rights research, taking into consideration the consequential legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and globalism on Muslim-majority countries in the modern era as well as the impact of Islam, as an idea and event, on indigenous peoples during the rise and expansion of the Islamic civilization. While acknowledging the fact that the human rights discourse is primarily political, the Series is committed to providing space to critical analysis, advocacy-oriented, and public policy research in an accessible form to students, professors, human rights professionals, and publicly-engaged scholars. The Series welcomes works dealing specifically with the topic of human rights theories as well as discoveries that connect human rights to social issues, institutions, themes, ideas, and events.
For more information, please see the series editor’s website.
Ahmed E. Souaiaia, Series Editor
University of Iowa
Yoko Nakamura, Assistant to the Editor
2. Formal opening (opens Dec 15-closes Feb. 20, 2020 ) of the application for the Azar Hatefi Graduate Fellowship for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SFSU which will be awarded in AY 2020-2021.Two awards in the amount of $10,000 will be given to support two incoming graduate students at SFSU in 2020-2021. NOTE: this is for a terminal master’s program only.
Announcement and criteria:
This $10,000 award is renewable after one year for a total of two years and is open to those interested in programs and disciplines at SFSU in arts and humanities, social sciences, as well as within the College of Ethnic Studies. Students must provide two letters of reference, as well as identify the names of two SFSU faculty with whom they intend to conduct research; applications must include a personal statement, as well as a proposal and timeline for the research project. Applicants can apply to this fellowship simultaneously with the application to the graduate program.
Persis M. Karim, Ph.D.
Neda Nobari Distinguished Chair
Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies
San Francisco State University
3. International Workshop: “Nature and the Supernatural in Ottoman Culture”, Istanbul, 14-15 December 2019
4. Conference: „The Intercultural Roots Early Scholasticism: Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin“, London, 23-24 January 2020
Registration closes 9 January 2020. See program at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-intercultural-roots-early-scholasticism-greek-hebrew-arabic-latin-tickets-80013698125
5. International Workshop: “Media Representations of Law and Justice: Middle Eastern Perspectives”, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig, 12–13 March 2020
We invite contributions on Arabic-language cinematic and television formats screening legal system in either contemporary or historical perspective and papers on legal dramas from neighboring countries in the ‘Greater Middle East’, as well as comparative studies to allow for broader transnational perspectives.
Deadline for abstracts: 8 January 2020. Information: https://tinyurl.com/vbqxrvo
6. 2nd International Congress on “Women and Politics in a Global World”, Altinbas University, Istanbul, 17-18 April 2020
The conference will assess the place and significance of women within the spheres of family, law, science, art, politics, culture and socio-economy throughout the ages in context of interdisciplinary studies involving women in throughout Turkey and the world.
Deadline for abstracts: 27 December 2019. Information: http://www.altinbas.edu.tr/wpgw/en/
7. 35th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: “Theorizing Gender and Sexuality in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East”, University of Chicago, 1-3 May 2020
Proposals are invited on the Middle East and spanning the sixth century c.e. to the present day. Topics include history, political science, anthropology, religious studies, geography, literary studies, philosophy, art history, and media studies.
Deadline for abstracts: 7 February 2020. Information: https://mehat2020.wixsite.com/mehat
8. 42nd Annual Conference of Middle East Librarians (MELCom International), University of Marburg, 26-28 May 2020
The local convenor will be Dr Susanne Saker. Papers are invited on: Librarianship, collection development and acquisition policies of Middle Eastern collections as sources for area studies; Cataloguing policies and practices; Current issues in information studies on the Middle East, etc. An excursion will also take place on 29 May.
Deadline for abstracts and pre-registration: 17 January 2020.
9. International Conference of The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII): “From Ancient to Modern: The Current State of Research on Iraq“, Washington, DC, 9 October 2020
This conference will bring together American, Iraqi, and international scholars to present their findings and exchange their ideas in any subject area.
Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2020. Information: https://www.tarii.org/conferences
10. Assistant Professor in Political History (Focus Middle East/Mediterranean), Universiteit Utrecht
Applicants specialised in modern or contemporary European political history, ideally with a focus on the relationship between gender and politics; the history of colonialism or imperialism; Middle East; (post) colonial states.
Deadline for applications: 15 February 2020.
11. Fellowships of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) for Research on Iraq
Proposals are invited from U.S. scholars for feasible research on Iraq-related topics to be conducted outside of Iraq and from post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral Iraqi researchers living in Iraq for fellowships to conduct research related to Iraq in any field of the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2020. Information: https://www.tarii.org/fellowships
12. Faculty Leave Fellowship for Scholars of the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
The fellowship is open to all disciplines, particularly politics, economics, history, religion, sociology, or anthropology for the 2020-2021 academic year. Successful applicants must be tenure track or tenured professors (or equivalent) with a well-established publication record.
Application Deadline: 1 January 2020. Information: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15024
13. MA Islamic Intellectual History (1 Year), MA Islamic Intellectual History & Intensive Language (2 Years), SOAS University of London
Based at the School of History, Religions and Philosophies, this is a programme on historical Islamic studies, which offers in-depth study of the intellectual, religious and cultural history of the Islamic world, past and present, and of wider socio-political contexts. Intensive language programmes include Arabic, Persian, Turkish, South East Asian Languages and Swahili. Convenors: Dr James Caron (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Ayman Shihadeh (email@example.com)
Now open for applications. Information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/programmes/ma-islamic-intellectual-history/; https://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/programmes/ma-islamic-intellectual-history-intensive-language/
14. Special Issue of History and Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History
Volume 58, Issue 4, December 2019
Islamic Pasts: Histories, Concepts, Interventions
Offering new perspectives on the relationship between Shi’is and Sufis in modern and pre-modern times, this book challenges the supposed opposition between these two esoteric traditions in Islam by exploring what could be called “Shi’i Sufism” and “Sufi-oriented Shi’ism” at various points in history.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Indian lawmakers approved an amendment to the nation’s Citizenship Law which, as claimed by proponents, grants dignity and equal opportunity for those facing religious prosecutions in neighboring nations. Through the new legislation, illegal migrants who have lived in India for five years can apply for citizenship.
On Human Rights Day, Systematic Abuses Persist in Bahrain – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
10 December 2019 – Today is Human Rights Day, commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In honor of this occasion, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) reiterates our call for all governments around the world to protect and promote fundamental …
Incidents of Anti-Shiism, November 2019 In November, Shia Rights Watch continues its oversight on anti-Shia incidents all over the world. Events noted in this statement are a collection of violence against Shia Muslims reported by grassroots activists and reporters. The organization notes that ongoing cases that follow up incidents cited in the previous analysis are …