1.Call for papers
International conference on ‘Social Policy in the Islamic World’
Tehran, Iran, 12-13 May 2018
Allameh Tabataba’i University (the largest public university specialized in humanities and social sciences in Iran) will hold the first international conference on ‘Social Policy in the Islamic World’ (http://spiw.atu.ac.ir) in May 2018 in partnership with a group of well-known academic institutions from around the world. Lack of a comprehensive social policy agenda is seriously felt amid profound political upheavals in Muslim countries; hence this conference represents a timely response by the academic community.
With a population of about two billion people, Muslims are predominating in nearly 40 countries around the world from Morocco and Algeria through Iran and Tajikistan to Malaysia and Indonesia and still form a considerable part of other mixed societies. One of the most outstanding features of Islamic social teachings revolves around social welfare concepts, principles, as well as strategies and solutions. However, it is not possible to portray a single picture of social policy in Muslim societies given the vast diversity of historical, political, and economic circumstances they have experienced as well as various cultural characteristics they possess. Despite these diversities they have to respond to more or less similar issues and problems with regard to family and gender, inequality and poverty, education, employment and health, housing and social care, as well as juvenile delinquency and criminal justice, etc. Hence, there is an important question on how do they deal with these issues and what is the status and role of Islamic teachings in such social policies. This international conference is aimed to address these broad questions and therefore welcomes papers dealing with a wide range of issues outlined in the conference themes. While focusing on this specific agenda, the conference themes have been designed in a way to cover a broad range of related topics from a multidisciplinary perspective and therefore welcome both individual papers and closed panels from researches engaged in various aspects of social policy.
- Historical developments of social policy in Muslim societies
- Dominant social policy approaches in various policy domains (social security, family and gender policy, inequality and poverty reduction, employment, education, health, housing, social care, environment, social problems and criminal justice policy, etc.)
- Social policy arrangements regarding the main social policy target groups (children, youth, women, old people, people with disabilities, laborers, immigrants)
- Emergent patterns of social policies as a consequence of recent political developments (like the Arab Uprising) in Islamic countries
- State and non-state (NGOs, Charities, Social movements, etc.) forms of social welfare action in Muslim societies
- Eclectic adoption of elements in mainstream welfare ideologies (social democratic, conservative, neoliberal, etc.) and its relationship to Islamic culture and thoughts regarding social policy and welfare
- Comparative perspectives between Islam and other religious approaches to social welfare
- The relationship between social policy failure and the rise of extremism
- Public attitudes toward social policies among Muslims
- Globalization and role of international organizations in social policies of Muslim societies and local reactions
- Status of Co-operations and collaborations in the field of social policy among Muslim societies
- Appraising systems of financing social policy in Muslim societies
- Evaluation of successful and unsuccessful social policies in Muslim societies
- Social entrepreneurship and social innovation for social welfare
- Local social policies in capital cities of Muslim countries
- The relation between social policy values, principles, and instruments and Islamic teachings
- Linkages of social policy interventions with the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
- Social policies towards Muslim minorities in Western countries
- Social policies towards non-Muslim minorities in Muslim majority countries
- Influence of local and transnational Muslim social actors on shaping social policies towards Muslim minorities in the West
Deadline for Submission of abstracts (and proposals for closed panels) is 2017-10-10
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2. Illumination and decoration in Chinese Qur’ans
3. ART IN TRANSLATION is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue Spain and Orientalism, vol. 9:1 (2017), co-edited by Claudia Hopkins (University of Edinburgh) and Anna McSweeney (Warburg Institute). For a limited time only the entire issue has been made available for free at this link:
This is the first English-language journal issue dedicated to Spanish Orientalism in art and visual culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. The peer-reviewed articles, drawn from a panel at the Association of Art Historians conference in 2016, examine Spain’s complex relationship with her Islamic past and with Morocco, through art, architecture, photography and material culture. They address a range of topics including patterns of collecting, the reproduction of Islamic art and architecture for private and public spaces, the role of Spain’s Islamic heritage in the construction of a national identity as exemplified in Spanish exhibition pavilions, the intersections between art and colonialism, and the role of Spanish art and visual culture in the wider debates about Orientalism.
4. National Chengchi University – Assistant Professor and above,
Department Of Turkish Language and Culture
5. 4th International Conference of the Transatlantic Research Group
In partnership with
Global Institute of Commerce and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria/Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Gregory University Press, Uturu, Nigeria
Africa and Asia Encounters: Historical and Contemporary Perspective
28-30 June 2018
Venue: Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Abuja.
Please submit a 250 to 300-word abstract and a 150-word biography latest by 1 February 2018. The biographical information should mention the presenter’s name and title, affiliation, email address, relevant publications.
6. Conference: “Re-thinking Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Ethno-Religious Mobilisation in the Middle East”, University of Oxford, 26-28 January 2018
There will be a focus session on “Religion and Sectarianism in the Islamic World” in addition to other themes: New theoretical thinking on ethno-religious borders and boundary making, including processes of minoritisation and majoritisation, and the role of religion in ethnic mobilisation and conflict; impact of new technologies and media, etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2017. Information: http://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/content/call-papers-re-thinking-nationalism-sectarianism-and-ethno-religious-mobilisation-middle
7. Assistant Professor, History of the Islamic World, Baruch College, City University of New York
The position is to begin in August 2018. Specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on the Middle East and/or North Africa. Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.
Review of applications will begin 16 October 2017. Information: http://www.aaihs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Assistant-Professor-Islamic-World-History-August-2017.pdf
8. Assistant Professor and above, Department of Turkish Language and Culture, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Qualification: Ph.D. in Turkish Turkology teaching or related fields. Applicants should be able to offer courses either in Turkish, English or Chinese.
Deadline for application: 1 November 2017. Information: http://turkish.nccu.edu.tw/news/news.php?Sn=443
9. Research Associate for Project on the Theoretical Reconfiguration of Arab Identities, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
A full-time Research Associate with Ph.D. is being sought for a research project on “Transcultural Identities: Solidaristic Action and Contemporary Arab Social Movements.” At least 2-3 years work experience related to the field of research required.
Deadline for application: 30 August 2017. Information: http://www.dohainstitute.edu.qa/EN/Careers/Pages/Apply.aspx?JobId=DIAC35
10. Professor Peter Sluglett passed away on 10 August 2017
The Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore announced the death of Prof. Peter Sluglett, the former president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA):
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Professor Peter Sluglett on August 10, 2017. Prof. Sluglett served as Director at the Middle East Institute from 2014-2016. A historian of the 19th and 20th century Middle East, he joined the Institute as a Visiting Research Professor in September 2011, having spent much of his career at the University of Durham (1974-1993) and subsequently at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (1994-2011).
Prof. Sluglett will be remembered most fondly by all of us. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”Posted in: Academic items
- August 21, 2017
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