1.Call for Papers
The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence
A program of online events held by the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Ethnomusicology, Summer 2020 – Winter 2021
Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2020 (We may accommodate proposals that arrive
after the deadline if possible)
We welcome a variety of formats suitable for online delivery, including
• Individual panels, maximum 2 hours total
• Individual talks
• Film screenings, with an introductory talk
Abstracts for submissions should be no longer than 250 words and should be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2020. (We may accommodate proposals that arrive after the deadline if possible). Notification of acceptance to the conference will be sent in September 2020.
For details and questions related to the conference please contact Mohsen Mohammadi at email@example.com
English language must be used.
2. Webinar: “Freiburg Conversations on Tafsir and Transregional Islamic Networks”, Orientalisches Seminar, University of Freiburg, Summer 2020, Next Meeting 15 July 2020, 10 a.m. CEST
The sessions are hosted by Majid Daneshgar and Johanna Pink.
For information about the program and registration for the meetings see http://www.orient.uni-freiburg.de/islamwissenschaft/konferenzen-vortraege/freiburg-conversations-summer-2020
3. Symposium: “Ottoman Ego-Documents”, Istanbul Medeniyet University, 7-9 April 2021
The symposium will be in English and Turkish. The texts belonging to pre-Tanzimat period are particularly advised to present. The primary sources used in the presentations can be in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, Persian or any other languages spoken/written in Ottoman territories. The main focus would be on the texts written in Ottoman Turkish.
Deadline for abstracts extended until 31 July 2020.
4. 14th Annual Conference: “Global Islamophobia and the News Media, Entertainment Media, and Social Media“, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 8-9 April 2021
Panelists from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds — including, computer science, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, political science, communication, media studies, and psychology — are invited to present their research on Islamophobia in the news media, entertainment media, and on social media.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2020. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2020/07/08/global-islamophobia-and-the-news-media-entertainment-media-and-social-media
5. FSCIRE Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research on “The ribā in Classical Islamic Thought: Theology, Economic Thought and Practices“, Bologna
Candidates may apply for the position of Junior Research Fellow (1 year, renewable once). Applicants must have obtained their doctorate after 15 June 2015. The successful candidate will sign a research contract with an annual gross salary of € 23,500.
Deadline for applications: 25 July 2020. Information: http://www.fscire.it/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Fscire_Fellowship_Postdoc_2020_Islam.pdf
6. Post-doctoral Fellowship for Research on “Occult Beliefs and Practices in the Ottoman Empire before the Tanzimat“, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Candidates must hold a PhD degree in Ottoman history or literature, and have a strong interest in the topic of occult sciences, practices and beliefs in the Ottoman Empire. The position will start on 1st November 2020 at the earliest or upon agreement. Applicants should read fluently Turkish and English; knowledge of other major languages (French, German) will be appreciated.
Deadline for applications: 31 August 2020.
7. Chercheur.euse au sein du Département des études arabes, médiévales et modernes (DEAMM), Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Beyrouth
Activités principales : Développer un programme de recherche impliquant un travail de terrain et s’inscrivant dans l’un des axes de recherche du centre dans le domaine des études arabes classiques et modernes (littérature, linguistique, histoire, civilisation, philosophie, productions culturelles).
Date limite de candidature : 23/08/2020.
8. Directeur.trice scientifique du Département des études contemporaines (DEC), Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Beyrouth
Activités principales : proposer une stratégie de département ; diriger une équipe de chercheurs ; initier des programmes de recherche ; accompagner le pilotage de l’Observatoire urbain du Proche-Orient, etc.
Date limite de candidature : 23/08/2020.
9. Directeur.trice de l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Beyrouth
Description synthétique du poste : Piloter, organiser, gérer un centre de recherche en SHS à l’étranger (UMIFRE), à vocation régionale. Initier et coordonner l’élaboration et la mise en oeuvre de projets individuels et collectifs de recherche en SHS.
Date limite de candidature : 23/08/2020.
10. Fellowships for Research about Oman, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Muscat
The fellowship is open to PhD candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university, and funds one scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.
Deadline for applications: 15 September 2020.
11. Covid-19 et mondes arabes et musulmans : une veille d’articles, vidéos, podcasts, séminaires en ligne, appels et autres initiatives
Suite à la pandémie, de nombreux articles et autres initiatives en lien avec le Covid-19 et les sociétés des mondes arabes et musulmans ont été publiés Depuis fin mars, l’IREMAM a entrepris une veille documentaire, non exhaustive. Celle-ci comprend une sélection d’articles, de podcasts, de vidéos, de séminaires en ligne, d’appels et d’autres initiatives.
12. Arabic Postgraduate Research Conference
Negotiating Arabic Text in Translation
27th – 29th July 2020
4 – 5:30 pm (London Time)
The first Arabic Postgraduate Research Online Conference, Negotiating Arabic Text in Translation will take place on 27th – 29th July 2020. Sessions will be in the form of a Zoom webinar and will run from 4 to 5:30 on the above dates.
The event is organised by Swansea Arabic Research Group (ARG), which is part of the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University.
The event includes research papers and information about studying a postgraduate programme in or related to Arabic at Swansea University. The presentations cover various applications of literary and translation theories on Arabic texts, exploring technical, political and religious questions. The texts being analysed include, film, political speeches, novels and the Qur’an.
There will also be an opportunity to virtually meet academic staff at the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting to discuss research opportunities and learn about the programmes we offer in Arabic and Arabic-related areas of study.
Click on the link to support our postgraduate students throughout the three sessions or at individual sessions, especially if you supervise one of the speakers.
To reserve your place, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-research-conference-negotiating-arabic-text-in-translation-tickets-113010920706
We look forward to welcoming you there.
Swansea Arabic Research Group (ARG)
Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting
1.Open Access Book:
Trajectories of State Formation across Fifteenth-Century Islamic West-Asia
J van Steenbergen, ed. Leiden: Brill, 2020
The Miftāḥ al-Fużalā or Key of the Learned of Muḥammad Dā’ūd Shādiyābādī (BL Or 3299), a multilingual illustrated Persian dictionary written in 1468 gives us glimpses into the ephemeral life of the sultanate of Malwa in Central India.
3. The History Department of Tulane University is seeking a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic/Middle Eastern history, starting August 2020. Research specialization open, teaching experience required. The teaching load will be 3/3. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Fall semester a course on the History of Islam to 1400, an upper-level seminar on the Modern Middle East, and a third course to be determined in consultation with the candidate; and in the Spring semester other courses on the history of Islam and/or the modern Middle East. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to Tulane’s growing interdisciplinary program in Middle East and North African Studies and the vibrant cohort of scholars associated with it. Candidates will be expected to have PhD in hand or to have defended their dissertation by Sept 1. Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.
Candidates should submit a letter of application and CV and at least two letters of reference. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All application materials and inquiries should be sent to:
4. The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Majlis, held periodically in conjunction with the conference of the College Art Association (CAA), offers an opportunity for junior scholars in Islamic art to learn about their colleagues’ work and to connect with more senior scholars.
HIAA invites submissions from graduate students at ABD level or recent PhDs to present at its next Majlis, to take place in New York city on the afternoon of Thursday, February 11, 2021 during CAA’s Annual Conference. [Note: Although we hope that the conference and associated programming will be held in person, in the event of continued restrictions on large gatherings, the Majlis will be held virtually]
We are delighted to announce that the Majlis will be held at Silsila, a research center at NYU dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world.
HIAA invites proposals for 20-minute papers on current research focused on any topic, time period or region related to islamic art, architecture, and archaeology. We especially encourage proposals that highlight research and activism that expands our understanding of race and its representation in Islamic art and culture, and to topics that deal with the way racism or race has played a part in writing about Islamic art.
Proposals should be submitted by email to HIAA secretary Fatima Quraishi at firstname.lastname@example.org as a single document which includes the following:
** a cover sheet with your name, academic status, contact information (postal address, e-mail address, telephone number/s) and title of proposed presentation
** an abstract of no more than 300 words
Proposals are due by August 15, 2020.
Please note that those selected to present at the Majlis must be current members of HIAA.
5. Imago Mundi Ltd. in close collaboration with the National Museum of Maps and Old Books in Bucharest and the University of Bucharestinvite applications for the 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography, July 4–9, 2021 Bucharest.
The conference is entitled ‘Conflict and Cartography’ and proposals for individual papers, poster presentations and workshops are welcomed on various aspects of the history of cartography, under the following themes:
Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 5 October 2020.
For further details see https://ichc2021.com/call-for-papers/
6. British Institute of Persian Studies
Webinar: Iran in Global International Relations
22 July 2pm UK time
In this lecture, Shabnam Holliday (University of Plymouth) talks about her approach to her research. She highlights the importance of Area Studies because it is through Area Studies that it is possible to appreciate the complexity of history and the domestic. These are essential for a better understanding of the international in general, and Iran’s international relations in particular.
Shabnam Holliday is Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Plymouth. She is also the current Director of the British Institute of Persian Studies’ Modern Research Project. Recent publications include ‘Populism, the International and Methodological Nationalism: Global Order and the Iran-Israel Nexus’, Political Studies (2020). She is the author of Defining Iran: Politics of Resistance (Routledge 2011).
Please note, registration is required. Capacity for the webinar is 100 people.
7. Iran’s Reconstruction Jihad
Rural Development and Regime Consolidation after 1979
Cambridge University Press, 2020
8. POSTPONED – American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) has rescheduled its conference for 19-20 March, 2021 at Villanova University.
The original conference was supposed to be held on March 27-28, 2020 at Villanova University. The theme of the conference is “the Influence of Islam in Politics and Society: Civic Engagement, Social Inclusion and Political Participation”. We will stick with the same program and participants.
The venue of the conference is Garey Hall, Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085 USA. Please check our website < acsis.villanova.edu > for more updates.
1.Postponed: Conference: “Islam, Peace, and Justice”, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 21-22 September 2020,
Postponed until 20-21 September 2021
Papers are invited that challenge stereotypes about Muslims, their relationship with cultural and religious pluralism, and the connection between Islam and violent extremism. We are looking for critical articulations of how Islam and Muslims draw on faith-inspired principles and energies to fostering resilient cultures of peace and justice.
Deadline for abstracts: 22 March 2021. Information: https://stmcollege.ca/documents/conferences-and-lectures/islam-peace-justice-call-for-papers.pdf
2. 14th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, Institue for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, 29 March – 1 April 2021
The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and researchers from all areas of Mediterranean Studies, such as history, arts, archaeology, philosophy, culture, sociology, politics, international relations, economics, business, sports, environment and ecology, etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 August 2020. Information: https://www.atiner.gr/mediterranean/call
3. 14th Annual Muslim Studies Conference on “Global Islamophobia and the News Media, Entertainment Media, and Social Media”, Michigan State University, 8-9 April 2021
Scholars in sociology, anthropology, religious studies, political science, communication, psychology, computer science, media studies, and other relevant fields are invited to present work related to Muslim portrayals in the media (e.g., news, entertainment, social media) and evaluate its effects either on publics or on Muslims themselves.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2020. Information: Mohammad Khalil email@example.com
4. “4th Congress of Studies on the Middle East and Muslim Worlds”, Aix-en-Provence, 28-30 June 2021
This event is organized by GIS Moyen Orient et mondes musulmans (MOMM) in collaboration with IREMAM, IDEMEC, CHERPA, IMAF, and SEMOMM. The themes fall under anthropology, archaeology and history of art, law, economics, geography, history, islamology and religious sciences, linguistics, literature, philosophy, sociology, political science, in a global or regional perspective. As in previous years, the congress is an invitation to move beyond disciplinary and institutional compartmentalization, by bringing together contributors from diverse backgrounds, working in France and around the world.
5. Professor of Islamic Studies, Lund University
Requirements: Experience of research focusing on both present-day and historical Islam; Arabic language skills; experience of having initiated and formulated strategically important research applications; experience of educational development that includes digital tools and teaching environments, etc.
Deadline for applications: 30 September 2020.
6. “AMECYS Early Career Article Award“ on the Study of Children and Youth in the Middle East, North Africa and the Diasponic Communities, Association for Middle East Children and Youth Studies
By September 2020, the recipient must have received the doctoral degree in 2014 or later. The articles must be scholarly, non-fiction, based on original research and published in English. Articles must have been published 2017-2019.
Deadline for (self-)nominations: 1 August 2020. Information: https://amecys.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/amecys-early-career-article-award.pdf
7. “Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion“ for the First Book by Early Career Scholars in the Humanities or Social Sciences, Columbia University
Submissions can be on any aspect of the study of religion, including the study of secularism. Prize-winners will be invited to the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life(IRCPL) to participate in a workshop and the books will appear in IRCPL’s series, “Religion, Culture, and Public Life,” published by Columbia University Press.
Deadline for submissions: 14 September 2020. Information: https://www.ircpl.columbia.edu/claremont-prize
We will begin with a keynote discussion on Monday, July 6th between Beatrice Gruendler, Bilal Orfali, and Rima Redwan to discuss the significance of Kalīla wa-Dimna, the project of editing the text, and its manuscript illustrations. On the next three Mondays, we will have academic workshops on various aspects of the project.
You can register for the events through the links below or the event site: https://globalcenters.columbia.edu/events/wisdom-encoded-digital-kalila-wa-dimna
I’ll be moderating each webinar workshop and feeding questions to the presenters via the Q&A function in zoom. Unfortunately, only a very limited number of participants will be visible on video to ask questions and engage with the presenters directly. Please email me at work (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would be interested in being part of the active/visible audience for one of the workshops (July 13th-27th). Apologies in advance if I cannot squeeze you in.
All the very best,
Matthew L. Keegan
Moinian Assistant Professor
Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
Barnard College, Columbia University
9. Early Career Researcher Prize
The British Institute of Persian Studies invites submissions for its Early Career Researcher Prize of £1000. The prize will be awarded for the best dissertation or early career book manuscript in the field of Persian Studies, broadly understood, covering the disciplines of art history, history, literature and religious studies. Submissions may focus on any area of the Persianate world, including Iran, Central Asia, India and Anatolia. Chronologically, submissions are welcome in all fields up to the early twentieth century (c. 1925). The committee is unable to consider submissions in the fields of archaeology, contemporary politics or International Relations. In addition to the cash prize, which is intended to support research expenses for finalising a publishable monograph, the successful submission will be considered for publication in the British Institute of Persian Studies monograph series, published and distributed by Gingko Library and the University of Chicago Press.
The prize is open to scholars who have successfully defended a PhD dissertation in the last 4 years (the viva must have taken place from 1 January 2016 to 1 July 2020). The PhD must either be awarded by a UK university or the applicant must currently have an affiliation to a UK Higher Education Institute; in this case the PhD may be awarded by another institution, but only submissions in English are eligible for consideration. By entering the competition you give the British Institute of Persian Studies first refusal on the right to publish your work should you be successful.
How to apply:
Please send a PDF of either dissertation or equivalent piece of work (e.g. a revised version of the dissertation or a manuscript of another work of equivalent length, c. 80,000 words) to email@example.com by the deadline of 15 August 2020. Please include a cover letter confirming the date of award of PhD and your eligibility. The cover letter should also state in no more than 800 words what you believe is the contribution to scholarship of your submission.
1.Open Call for Editors and Contributors
As we approach the summer holidays, the Digital Orientalist is happy to announce its annual open call for editors, contributors, and team members. As we continue to expand our publication and readership, we are also looking to expand into new fields and as such we are eagerly looking for several new editors for the next academic year (2020-2021) from the following (or related) fields:
These editorial positions will be particularly attractive to graduate students and early career researchers, but are also open to senior academics. Editors will be expected to contribute 5-6 posts between September 2020 and June 2021. In addition to new editors, we are also looking for people who are able to contribute guest posts or series of guest posts on the Digital Humanities in General, Islamic Studies, Japanology, Syriac Studies or any of the above noted fields.
If you have something interesting to say and you wish to reach an expanding global audience, then do not hesitate to get in contact by sending a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(See: https://digitalorientalist.com/2020/06/30/open-call-for-editors-and-contributiors/. And, for a link to the blogposts themselves: www.digitalorientalist.com. )
1.POSTPONED: 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. Postponed to 1 October 2021
This conference will bring together American, Iraqi, and international scholars to present their findings and exchange their ideas in any subject area.
2. Professorship (W3) in “Islam Studies: Arabic“, Heidelberg University
The professorship focuses on intellectual history and religious studies with regard to the Islamic world. The successful applicant is expected to master the full range of the subject as qualified above, and be experienced in the study of classical as well as modern literary and scholarly texts in Arabic, as evidenced by excellent publications. In addition, a good knowledge of Persian is especially appreciated.
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2020. Information: https://adb.zuv.uni-heidelberg.de/info/INFO_FDB$.startup?MODUL=LS&M1=1&M2=0&M3=0&PRO=29033 (English text at the end)
3. Research Fellow (3 Years) for Project “Religion for Peace: Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace”, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg
Requirements: Very good MA in political science, economics, or other social sciences, sound quantitative methodological skills, including advanced statistical skills regarding cross-country time-series, keen interest in the topic of religion, peace and conflict in Africa and beyond.
Screening of applications will begin on 6 July 2020. Information: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/sites/default/files/md_pdf/GIGA-20-05_ResearchFellow_Religion-for-Peace-DFG.pdf
4. Tenure Track Full Professor of Islamic Origins (1.0 FTE), University of Groningen
What we ask: a PhD degree in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Theology, or another field appropriate to the position; experience and proven success in teaching; an exemplary research record demonstrated by publications in monographs and articles in top journals; success in acquiring external funding; fluency in the English language; etc.
Deadline for applications: 31 August 2020. Information: https://www.academictransfer.com/en/292492/tenure-track-full-professor-islamic-origins-10-fte/?utm_source=ATemailalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=job_click
5. Junior Researcher/Researcher on the Geopolitical Situation in the MENA Region, Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), Johannesburg
Requirements: At least a Master’s degree in either International Relations, Political Science, or a related field; Experience in research design, analysis and in writing policy papers on the MENA region; Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Arabic, Turkish and/or Persian will be an advantage.
Deadline for applications: 8 July 2020.
6. Chapters for Edited Book on “Rethinking Islamism beyond jihadi Violence: Fighting Ideas Leaving the Sword Aside“ (Vernon Press)
This volume seeks original contributions investigating the following issues: The origins of Islamism and the differences with jihadism; The evolution of Islamism over time and places; The role played by non-jihadist Islamist organisations in different national contexts and their appeal.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 August 2020. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6203814/call-book-chapters-%E2%80%98rethinking-islamism-beyond-jihadi-violence
7. Open Access – Taliban Sources Repository
The Taliban Sources Project (TSP) is one of few Taliban documentation projects in existence and is the only collection to include the cultural, social, and legal output for the years 1979-2011.
The TSP has transformed a large private collection of Taliban documents into an enduring and usable intellectual resource for scholars of Afghanistan, Taliban and Asian history.
Compiled between 2006 and 2011 by researchers based in southern Afghanistan, the TSP collection is one of only a few such private documentation projects in existence, and is the only collection to include Taliban’s cultural, social and legal output for the years 1979-2011.
Original documents and English translations.
Open Access site:
8. Postponed – The HIAA (Historians of Islamic Art Association) Biennial Symposium, originally planned for October 2020, has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak to April 15–17, 2021.
For the final symposium program and other details, see the symposium website, at: https://lsa.umich.edu/histart/hiaa-symposium.html
9. The International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) invites readers and potential authors – researchers, graduate students, university faculty, and professionals in architecture and related fields (i.e., art history, urban planning, landscape design, sociology, anthropology, preservation, archaeology, etc.) – to join its editorial staff for a conversation and workshop on Friday July 24 12:30–1:30 EST for an open conversation on research and the publication process. The informal session will provide an opportunity for a discussion, questions and answers regarding the state of publication in the field, potential avenues for publishing success, and the journal’s perspective on the future of architectural studies in the Islamic world.
Founded in January 2012, IJIA publishes bi-annually, peer-reviewed articles on the urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture of the Islamic world. IJIA aims to encourage dialogue and discussion between practitioners and scholars. Articles that bridge the academic-practitioner divide are highly encouraged. The journal is specifically interested in contemporary architecture and urban design in relation to social and cultural history, geography, politics, aesthetics, technology and conservation. Spanning across cultures and disciplines, IJIA seeks to analyze and explain issues related to the built environment throughout the regions covered. The audience of this journal includes both practitioners and scholars.
Please use the following URL by July 17 in order to register for this free event and for access to the Zoom session link: https://temple.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuduGtrD0tE9w5F92q_KBbzVyuTxpLlyub
10. Richard Piran McClary, The Medieval Monuments of Central Asia, Qarakhanid Architecture of the 11th and 12th Centuries,Edinburgh University Press, 2020. 344 pages, 184 colour illustrations, ISBN 9781474423977
Nizami, Rumi, Jami, Urfi Shirazi, Tajalli, Ghani Khasmiri, Mirza Jalal Asir, Fighani, Asafi, Ibn Sayyid al-Nas, Ibn Matruh, al-Sharif al-Radi, Mahmudd ibn Fahd al-Halabi,
1.Loyola University – Maryland – Lecturer in Middle Eastern and North African History
The History Department at Loyola University Maryland invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Middle Eastern and North African history, with the possibility of a renewal. The successful applicant will teach four undergraduate courses a semester (ordinarily two preparations), including a survey of modern Middle Eastern history. Basic departmental or university service is expected. We seek candidates who display a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, including an appreciation of or engagement in high impact practices in History. The appointment will begin on August 24, 2020. Ph.D. in hand and teaching experience preferred but not required
Closing date: Sept 16, 2020.
2. MENAdoc has thus far digitized (with open access) 412 out-of-print titles of Schwarz Verlag’s Islamkundliche Untersuchungen.
3. New online pedagogical resource, Teaching Medieval Slavery and Captivity (http://medievalslavery.org/).
This website offers a collection of primary sources in English translation as well as images and selected bibliographies of scholarly work to help those who want to incorporate the history of slavery and captivity into their classes. The scope of the collection is global and covers the 4th through 17th centuries.
4. Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History Volume 16 North America, South-East Asia, China, Japan, and Australasia (1800-1914)
5. Open Access Journal – Anthropology of the Middle East
6. Persianisms: Cultural Encounters in the Anglophone World Call for Papers
We invite proposals for an interdisciplinary colloquium on the topic of Persianisms: Cultural Encounters in the Anglophone World to take place virtually at the University of York across the period 10-12 December 2020.
This colloquium is underpinned by our conviction that relationships between Iran and the West are as important and urgent as ever. It aims to explore the range and depth of the exchanges and encounters that connect Anglophone and Persian cultures across centuries of contact from antiquity to the present-day manifest in poetry, diplomacy, religious polemic, scholarship, travel narratives, material culture, art, and curatorship.
We invite proposals from all disciplines and all career stages, including postgraduate, and early career researchers. We welcome proposals for traditional short papers, or for presentations that exploit the online format in other ways, e.g. short discussions of single images, objects, or texts, or group roundtable discussions. As a guide, the contribution of any individual should not exceed 20mins.
In particular we solicit proposals that speak to, or cross over, our three main themes: literature and language, material culture and political culture, including the following:
Confirmed speakers include Prof Lloyd Ridgeon (Reader in Islamic Studies, University of Glasgow) and Dr Nur Sobers-Khan (Lead Curator, South Asian Collections, British Library).
Please send proposals of no more than 200 words to email@example.com by Saturday 15 August. Proposals should be accompanied by a 50-word biography, and an indication (if known at this point) of your availability between 10-12 December.
Joanna de Groot (History/Centre for C18th Studies/Centre for Modern Studies)
Shazia Jagot (English/Centre for Medieval Studies)
James Williams (English/Centre for Modern Studies)
7. Piety, Politics, and Everyday Ethics in Southeast Asian Islam
Ed. Robert Rozehnal
London: Bloomsbury 2020.
8. Short Course – Manuscripts in Arabic Script, Introduction to Codicology
14-15 August 2020
This online course (2 days) aims to introduce Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view. The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and it role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying the key features of the manuscript in particular. The second session will be dedicated to writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in bookmaking, and the palaeography of book hands. The second day will focus on the importance of manuscripts in research. While the first session will cover the Para-textual features in the Arabic manuscripts, the second session will demonstrate the different approaches in editing manuscripts.
This introductory course is intended for students, researchers and librarians who are working in the field of manuscript studies. In the two-days course, a wide range of aspects will be covered for those who are acquiring basic knowledge in this field.
– Basic understanding of the field of manuscript studies in general.
– Identify the role of manuscripts in knowledge production in different areas studies in Muslim cultures.
Length of course
2 days (4 lectures)
Dr Walid Ghali is the Head of the Aga Khan Library, London, Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and a Chartered Librarian of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Also, he is a member of the Islamic Manuscript Association, University of Cambridge.
Dr Ghali received his PhD from Cairo University, Faculty of Arts in 2012. His current research projects focus on the Islamic manuscript traditions, particularly in Arabic script, and the history of books. Dr Ghali teaches Sufism, Arabic literature and manuscript traditions.
Before moving to London, Dr Ghali worked in various librarian roles at the American University in Cairo. He has also held several consultancy roles in and outside Egypt, such as the Ministry of Endowment, Qatar University and the Supreme Council for Culture in Kuwait.
14-15 August 2020, 11.00-14.00
Tickets and Booking
Tickets: £50 per day, £80 two days. Register as soon as possible.
*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Further details will be provided later upon registration. For any questions about the course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Senior Teaching Fellow in Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies
SOAS University of London
The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LCL) is recruiting a Senior Teaching Fellow in Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies. You will be expected to establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, academic peers and external/professional organisations. Flexibility and responsiveness, particularly to the changing education environment is also a key requirement.
Closing date for applications | 29 June 2020
Language Tutor in Arabic (Fixed-term)
The University of Manchester
Applications are invited for the fixed-term post of Language Tutor in Arabic, which is tenable from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021. You must possess near-native command of both Arabic and English; demonstrate excellent language-teaching skills; and, have an educational background appropriate to the delivery of the specified duties.
Closing date for applications | 8 July 2020
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Queen Mary University of London
A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available in Dr Isabelle Mareschal’s group to conduct a qualitative study of how children’s learning and education are influenced by participation in a non-formal education intervention and to examine how an education intervention can best be developed and implemented in humanitarian crisis contexts. Because the project involves one-on-one interviews in Jordan, fluency in Arabic and a familiarity with Jordanian and Syrian cultural contexts is required. The successful applicant must be willing to conduct one-on-one interviews with adults and children in Jordan in safe but challenging environments with limited supervision.
Closing date for applications | 12 July 2020
10. Other opportunities
CBRL 2020 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)
CBRL have announced the undergraduate dissertation prizes in the field of Levantine Studies for the academic year 2020:
UK based heads of departments, chairs of departmental examination boards or their representatives can nominate up to one final year dissertaion in each of the above subject areas.
Deadline | 31 July 2020
Call for Submissions: 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Submissions are now open for the 15th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. This is one of the world’s leading Arabic book prizes which annually awards outstanding literary and scholarly works written in Arabic or engaging with Arabic culture. Each year prizes are awarded by an independent jury to authors, translators, publishers, and organisations from around the world. Each winner receives 750,000 UAE Dirhams (£166,000 / $204,000) to support their career and create opportunities for greater scholarship and creativity.
Deadline | 1 October 2020
1.Virtual Conference on “Fostering Ethics: Islam, Adoption and the Care of Children”, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, 25 June 2020, 14:00 – 18:30 (BST)
This online conference brings together a number of academics and experts from the UK and abroad, to share relevant research and shed light on the issue from a variety of perspectives, including Islamic law and history, social science, and professional experience in care.
Information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fostering-ethics-islam-adoption-and-the-care-of-children-tickets-107553007942
2. 2nd “International Conference on Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (ICRSH)”, (Including MENA Studies), Budapest, 10-12 December 2020
ICRSH will bring together leading scholars, academics, and researchers in the field. Disciplines include Middle Eastern History, Islamic Law, Globalisation, Sociology of Religion, Inter-Religious Relations, Political Anthropology, Water Law, Media Studies, Economic History, Economic Geography, etc. (Business model of a professional conference enterprise? No academic affiliation?).
Deadline for submission of papers: 15 November 2020. Information: https://www.icrsh.org/
3. Conference: “The Middle East c.1960-1980. Global and Transnational Perspectives“, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 5 March 2021
The Conference will look at the ways in which events in the Middle East were shaped by global and transnational contexts and, in turn, the impact events in the region exercised on other parts of the world.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2020. Information: https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/centre/news/call-papers-middle-east-c1960-1980-global-and-transnational-perspectives-5-march-2021
4. International Conference on “Istanbul Unbound: Environmental Approaches to the City”, Istanbul Research Institute and Pera Museum in Collaboration with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 8-11 April 2021
The Conference brings together innovative studies in the field of environmental history, political ecology, and critical art studies that utilize transdisciplinary methods and transcend predetermined scales and clearly delineated boundaries between the histories and stories of humans, nonhumans, and the built environment.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 September 2020.
5. Interdisciplinary Workshop: “A World of Realms: A Long View of Diplomacy and Spatiality in the Premodern Islamic World”, University of Antwerp, Belgium, 20-21 May 2021
In a world as mobile as the Islamic world, how did diplomatic practices take shape and what meanings were ascribed to “territory” by rulers, administrators and the envoys who moved back and forth between different courts? We welcome papers dealing with the many spatial dimensions of interstate contact. Along with contributions on the various major Islamic states in the Maghreb, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia, we also encourage papers on pastoral nomad and peripheral groups and their interactions with Muslim polities.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 August 2020. Information: https://www.uantwerp.be/images/uantwerpen/container2722/files/CfP%20Workshop%20UAntwerp_Diplomacy%20and%20Spatiality%20in%20the%20Islamic%20World.pdf
6. International Quṭb al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī Symposium, Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, 20-22 May 2021
Topics include: • Linguistics • Logic • Tafsīr • Astronomy • Mathematics • Medicine • Geography • Philosophy • Illuminationism • Sufism • Kalām • Music • Ethics and Political Theory • Shīrāzī in Manuscripts and Book Culture Studies • Commentaries (Shurūḥ, ḥawāshī, taʻlīqāt) • Scholarly Networks and Ijāzatnāmas • Urban Studies; etc.
7. PhD Scholarship on the Topic of “Islam/Muslims in Europe from a Sociological or Anthropological Perspective“, University College Dublin
S/he should have a background in sociology, anthropology and/or religious studies and be interested in undertaking qualitative or mixed methods research. Possible areas of focus include: Islamic revivalist/piety movements; Representation of Muslim minorities; Postcolonial legacies and diversity; Islamic institutions; Ethnic/racial/religious diversity present and past; Refugee migration and placemaking; and Muslim leadership.
Deadline for applications: 7 July 2020. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6195942/fully-funded-phd-position-sociology-islammuslims-eruope
8. Awards and Prices of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA) for 2020
The deadlines for application for the undergraduate and graduate student awards of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA) as well as for the Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish and for the AATT Ottoman Turkish Translation Award have been extended until 30 June 2020.
9. Best Article Award in Kurdish Political Studies, University of Central Florida (UCF)
For this award cycle, articles published in English in peer-reviewed journals in 2019 will be considered. The award is open to all disciplines under social sciences and humanities. The primary author of the article needs to be an untenured scholar at the time of the publication. The winner will be awarded $500.
Deadline for (self-) nominations: 3 July 2020. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11419/discussions/6127501/call-submissions-best-award-kurdish-political-studies
10. Articles and Special Issue Submissions for Journal “Comparative Islamic Studies”
This biannual, peer-reviewed journal aims to publish studies of Islam and Islam-related topics that contribute to the field(s) of Islamic and/or Religious studies. CIS welcomes contributions along these lines from all disciplinary angles, be they political, anthropological, historical, ethnographic, literary, linguistic, etc. Along with standard comparisons between Islam and other religions, cultures, societies and/or civilizations, CIS wishes to encourage creative approaches to comparative studies.
11. Metissage, the Contrapuntal and Heterotopia
The last 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. The event will be held online.
In this presentation, Shezad Dawood will commence by sharing a specially produced film that explores his engagement with how different cultures and systems of meaning intersect and inform each other, generating both consonance and dissonance. Beginning with his celebrated ‘tumbleweed’ works, he will go on to discuss the importance of light, music, textiles and film as mediums through which cultural hybridity can be explored. The film will be followed by a live Question and Answer session with the artist.
Time and Venue
Monday 6 July 2020, 18.00-19.30 (UK time)
This event is free but booking is essential.
1.Overview of Digital Sources For the Study of the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey
2. Thesaurus d’Epigraphie Islamique, Edition 2020
Conceived and directed by L. KALUS, co-directed by F. BAUDEN, developed by F. SOUDAN
New Website : http://www.epigraphie-islamique.uliege.be
This project aims to bring together all the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish (or even in other languages) inscriptions of the Muslim world until the year 1000 AH, that is to say, the period usually identified as the Middle Ages.
The collection and computerization of the inscriptions began in the late 1980s, the whole Muslim world now being covered. Currently, the database contains some 49,500 cards that critically present the text of the inscriptions already published, while certain texts are presented for the first time. Inscriptions known to exist because they are mentioned in publications of all kinds are also taken into consideration. Many of the inscriptions are illustrated with photographs from the Max van Berchem Foundation Photo Library as well as from other collections. It is also now possible to consult the website in English (however the contents of the cards remain in French).
The database continues to be regularly enhanced and supplemented. Please take note that the database has moved to a new website address.
3. Simon Fraser University – TERM LECTURER IN GLOBAL ASIAN STUDIES
5. Part-time lecturer in Arabic (Modern and Classical), University of Chicago
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago seeks to add to the University’s existing program in modern Arabic language. We invite applications for appointment as a part-time Lecturer able to contribute to both Modern Arabic and Classical Arabic course offerings. The start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year, with review and reappointment determined by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. The position is benefits-eligible.
The teaching assignment for this position will be four courses in the Arabic language across three quarters. These courses will typically include a yearlong sequence in High Intermediate Classical Arabic and a fourth course in advanced readings in Arabic, which may include both modern and classical idioms. The selected candidate will also be required to engage in regular professional development.
Applicants should demonstrate previous language teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level, in both Modern and Classical Arabic. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required, and a PhD is preferred. Candidates with specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment are especially encouraged to apply.
To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at http://apply.interfolio.com/76648. An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one sample syllabus for intermediate Classical Arabic, and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders.
Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by 11pm central time July 23, 2020.
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.
6. Shahnameh: then and now (online event)
25 June @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm UK time
7. Saad D Abulhab. Lost in Translation, Presumption, and Interpretation: Adam, Noah, and the Ancient Mesopotamian Mythology of the Creation and the Flood.
Blautopf Publishing. 2020.
8. “Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs) is an AHRC-funded project that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the early interactions between England and the Islamic worlds. Through our pages and our blog we hope to create an accessible space to reveal the exciting discoveries of researchers as they navigate the seas of history and literature, and investigate the intersecting webs of our pasts.
Like the engagements it explores, MEMOs is also a point of engagement. It is a space for researchers, practitioners and anyone with an interest to connect and stay up-to-date with news and events in the field, as well as the work of colleagues and specialists. By this we hope to build a network of knowledge and appreciation around the longstanding global relationships that continue to define our interconnected identities and shape our world.”
9. Interviews with Global Health historians:
https://theglobalhistorypodcast.com/2020/05/12/series-global-histories-of-health-medicine-and-disease-in-the-early-modern-world/. Included thus far in the series are:
1.Iran’s Experiment with Parliamentary Governance
The Second Majles, 1909-1911
By Mangol Bayat
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2020
2. DECONSTRUCTING ISLAMIC STUDIES
Edited by Majid Daneshgar and Aaron W. Hughes
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020
3. Viola Allegranzi & Valentina Laviola (eds.), Texts and Contexts. Ongoing Researches on the Eastern Iranian World (Ninth-Fifteenth C.)[Pubblicazioni dell’Istituto per l’Oriente C.A. Nallino 120]. Roma, 2020. ISBN 978-88-97622-53-6
The volume contains papers presented at the Round Table Texts and Contexts. Ongoing Researches on the Eastern Iranian World (Ninth-Fifteenth C.), held at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” on September 14, 2018. The contributors deal with a variety of topics (textual and manuscripts studies, archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics), and present new researches and little-known data on the history and material culture of the Pre-Modern Persianate world. The Scientific Committee was composed by M. Bernardini (“L’Orientale”), G. van den Berg (Universiteit Leiden), R. Giunta (“L’Orientale”) and M. Szuppe (CNRS-CeRMI, Paris).
4. Youtube international symposium on epidemics June 18 and 19, 2020
THE TESTIMONY OF HISTORY: TO LIVE AND OVERCOME THE EPIDEMIC IN THE PRESENT
June 18-19, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Lisbon time)
The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV 2) and COVID-19 brought unexpected challenges to Humanity. The answer to these challenges is more than a quest for biomedical science and transcends health issues. In this context and seeking complementarity between health sciences and the emerging field of health humanities, this Symposium is promoted, which aims to recourse to historical knowledge to understand and help to live the difficult present time.
This role attributed to the humanities and historical studies has been highlighted in recent months in various initiatives (webinars, online conferences, special magazine numbers, interviews, opinion articles) carried out by various institutions and civil society, and in several countries.
This seminar aims to be a space for knowledge sharing on the theme of epidemics, in different geographical contexts, national and foreign, limited to the Middle and Early Modern Ages, seeking to establish a bridge between the past and the present. It will be held in two days and consists of brief presentations (10 min.) carried out by invited researchers, followed by debate, and open to all those interested in participating.
This proposal is a joint initiative of two ongoing hospital and health history research projects: Hospitalis: Hospital architecture in Portugal (PTDC/ART-HIS/30808/2017) (IR: Joana Balsa de Pinho; European Institute for Culture Sciences Padre Manuel Antunes; ARTIS – Institute of History of Art, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) and Royal Hospital of All Saints: the city and health (IR’s: André Teixeira, Edite Martins Alberto, Rodrigo Banha da Silva; DPC-Lisbon City Council, CHAM – Center for Humanities, NOVA FCSH).
The event will be broadcast on CHAM’s YouTube channel.
Organizers: Edite Martins Alberto (CHAM, NOVA FCSH; DPC, CML) and Joana Balsa de Pinho (IECCPMAL; ARTIS, FLUL)
Institutional partnerships: Artis – Art History Institute, School of Arts and Humanities, Universidade of Lisbon; CHAM – Centre for the Humanities, NOVA FCSH; CIDH – Chair Infante Dom Henrique for Atlantic Island Studies and Globalization, Aberta University; European Institute for Cultural Sciences Father Manuel Antunes; Lisbon City Council.
Information and program: https://projecthospitalis.net/en/
5. 8th Annual MUBIT Doctoral Workshop: “Arab Marxism: The Global History of Revolutionary Movements in the Middle East in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries”, University of Basel, 25-26 September 2020
The workshop will be offered by PD. Dr. Manfred Sing (Leibniz Institute of European History) and Miriam Younes (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung). If the Coronavirus regulations of the University of Basel do not allow workshop participants to meet in person, it will be held online.
Deadline for registration: 10 July 2020. Information: https://nahoststudien.philhist.unibas.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/nahoststudien/CfA_MUBIT_2020_Arab_Marxism_Final.pdf
6. POSTPONED: 21st Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Ohio State University, Columbus, 15-18 October 2020 – Postponed to October 2021
A new call for proposals will be announced in early 2021. Papers are also welcome for Iran, Afghanistan and the Black Sea region.
7. CANCELLED: Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, St. Louis, 18-22 November 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA has cancelled the 119th Annual Meeting in St. Louis.
8. Research Assistant (3 Years) for History of Egypt (19th/20th Century), Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz
The researcher will write a doctoral dissertation within the project “The Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim World”. Requirements: M.A. in History or a related discipline (Islamic Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology or a neighbouring discipline) with a focus on the modern history of the MENA region; excellent command of the Arabic, English, and German language (for non-German speaking applicants: Certificate of sufficient German skills or a strategy to improve them).
Deadline for application: 21 June 2020. Information: https://www.ieg-mainz.de/Ausschreibungen—Ausschreibungen-im-Detail—2020-05-12-Research-assistant–m-f-d——History-of-Egypt–19th-20th-century——-_site.site..ls_dir._siteid.64_nav.9_entryid.134_likecms.html
9. Postdoctoral Researcher in “Ancient Near Eastern Empires”, University of Helsinki
The project covers the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman / Parthian Empires and is focused on the long-term processes by which social group identities and lifeways were negotiated. Applications are welcome from social scientists (anthropologists, sociologists, economists, or political scientists) with expertise in migration, forced labor, and/or identity studies, and ancient historians of any of the relevant empires with similar profiles.
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2020.
10. Fellowship for Studies on “Rethinking Premodern Jewish Legal Cultures”, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2021-2022)
Applications are invited that propose the study of Jewish law or legal thinking within relevant historical contexts; that explore the relationship between law and other aspects of society or culture; that attend to questions of form, genre, and rhetoric; etc.
Deadline for applications: 12 October 2020.
11. PhD Dissertation Award and Graduate Paper Prize of the “Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies” (AGAPS)
Recent PhD graduates and graduate students are invited to apply for these awards for studies focused on the Arabian Peninsula, inclusive of the transnational flow of people, goods and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2020. Information: https://agaps.org/agapsmesa/mesa-awards/
12. Articles and Papers on “Religious Transformations in the Arab World – Spirituality, Religious Doubt, and Non-Religion”, for Special Issue of the Journal “Religion” and for Panel at MESA, Washington, DC, 10-13 October 2020
This special issue and the MESA panel look to compose a cross section of current work in social science, religious studies, and related fields on Islam/religion and non-religion in the Arab World.
Deadline for final article: 1 December 2020.
For panel at MESA contact Karin van Nieuwkerk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1.Violence in Islamic Thought from the Mongols to European Imperialism
Edited by Robert Gleave, István Kristó-Nagy
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
2. The Art Bulletin – seeking Islamic art submissions
The Art Bulletin is actively seeking to increase submissions in certain subject areas, including articles on material from the Islamic world. Please consider The Art Bulletin as a potential venue for your research.The guidelines and process for submitting an article can be found on the CAA website:
All submissions that are sent out for review will undergo rigorous, double-blind peer review.
3. British Library: Asian and African studies blog
In today’s complex and ever-changing circumstances, who wouldn’t want infallible means for interpreting the world around them and even predicting future events? While today’s leaders look to their medical, economic, military and other expert advisers, historically rulers across the world have also consulted astrologers, dream-interpreters and specialists in other forms of divination and occult sciences.
The Mamlūk sultans of late-medieval Egypt and Syria were no different in this regard. Many manuscripts copied within the Cairo Sultanate have survived and a number of them are on various methods of interpreting the present or foretelling the future. Since some of these manuscripts were produced for politically high-ranking patrons, we are in the privileged position of being able to read over the shoulders of Mamlūk sultans and amīrs (military commanders) and get a feeling for the place of prognostication in Mamlūk politics.
4. Late Ottoman History, Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
Job Closing: Jul 08, 2020.
The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMC) in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in Late Ottoman History. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and the anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.
5. Call for Submissions: Syrian Studies Association Prizes for Outstanding PhD Dissertation on Syria
In order to promote and highlight excellence in research, the Syrian Studies Association awards annual prizes for the best writing on Bilad al-Sham until 1918 and on Syria in the period following. This prize alternates between recognizing books, articles, and dissertations.
In 2020, the SSA seeks submissions for the most outstanding PhD dissertation published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020.
In order to be considered for the prize, candidates must join the association. Information about the Syrian Studies Association is available at the following website: http://www.ou.edu/ssa/index.html
Submissions in languages other than English are welcomed.
Submissions should be sent electronically. Dissertations must be completed and deposited.
The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2020. All submissions should be sent to Paul M. Cobb, Chair of the Prize Committee, at the following address: email@example.com Winners will be announced at the SSA annual meeting held in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association in November 2020 and online. Inquiries should be directed to Paul M. Cobb.
6. Research Associate (QNRF) at Doha Institute
The term of appointment will be up to 9 months with possible renewal, approximately starting on September 2020, for work on an externally sponsored research grant.
A full-time highly motivated Research Associate (RA) is being sought for a research project led by Dr. Eid Mohamed and funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) titled, “Computational Study of Culture: Cultural Analytics for Modern Arab and Islamic Studies.” The project will operate within the Research & Grants Department led by the Director at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI).
We welcome applications from scholars in Arab studies with a specialization in literary, rhetorical, cultural, or historical studies. We are particularly interested in those who engage in research areas that bring the field of Arab Literature/Humanities into the digital age and the digital humanities domain. Scholars with research that explores the critical and cultural significance of using digital tools and methods in the context of questions of East-West encounters, representation, culture and politics are highly preferred.
The project’s research at this stage will consist of the exploration and analysis of discrete sets of texts that are relevant for the project’s time, space, and scope. The successful candidate is an innovative scholar who will bring theoretical, methodological, and technical expertise to the QNRF NPRP project on the computational study of Arab culture and history.
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by August 1st, 2020.
For full details and to apply, please use this link: