1.Position: Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies (Islam in Asia/Asian Religious Traditions), University of Glasgow
Job purpose: To undertake high-quality research and research supervision, to make an active and high level contribution in the School of Critical Studies in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Islamic Studies and/or Asian Traditions, and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Deadline for application: 31 August 2017.
2. Position, Assistant Professor of History (South Asian History
specialization), Salisbury University
For details, see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55345
Salisbury University, History
Assistant Professor of History (South Asian History specialization)
The Department of History at Salisbury University is accepting applications
for the position of Assistant Professor of History. This is a full-time
Area of Specialization: South Asian History. Ideal candidate will
complement existing strengths of the department.
Primary Job Duties: Teaching load is 3-3 to include World Civilizations,
upper-division undergraduate, and graduate courses for our M.A. in History
program. Salisbury University faculty members are expected to engage in
appropriate levels of scholarly activity, student advisement, and service
as well as utilize an effective teaching style that supports a diverse
Posting Date: 08/21/2017
Closing Date 11/01/2017
3. Lecturer in Islamic History
The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Islamic History, based in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) (http://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/islamic-middle-eastern) and teaching within IMES.
The lecturer will provide teaching and dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and will commence in January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will have expertise in the study of Islamic history, 500-1500 CE.
The role open-ended, is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £39,992 to £47,722 for 35 hours, each week.
The closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 5.00pm (GMT) on Friday 22nd September 2017. We anticipate presentations and interviews will be held on Thursday 9th November 2017.
Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, at email@example.com.
4. The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS), the policy
research institute of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS),
is *hiring a Director of Research.*
We would be very grateful if you could circulate the job posting within
your networks. This is an excellent field opportunity for academics and
analysts with an interest in the Middle East, Iraq, and the Kurdistan
The complete job posting is available here:
The Director of Research will be expected to manage and contribute to
ongoing research projects and events and to develop its research
portfolio. The Director of Research will also be in charge of IRIS’s
fellowship program. Finally, depending on interest and qualifications,
upon request candidates for Director of Research may receive
consideration for a joint faculty appointment at AUIS.
Ideal candidates would have:
* A graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) degree in a relevant field (Middle
East Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics,
Sociology, History, etc.)
* Minimum 1 year of experience in research project coordination/
management (including management of a research team)
* Knowledge of Iraq and/ or Iraqi Kurdistan and the main policy
issues and debates
* Prior field experience in Iraq and/or the Middle East region
* Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, in English
(Kurdish and/or Arabic are assets)
* Experience in donor reporting
* Teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant or Lecturer in a
relevant field (if the candidate wishes to be considered for a faculty
Interested candidates should submit CV and cover letter via the AUIS
online application system <http://auis.edu.krd/content/apply-auis-job>.
Questions about the position can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Call for Papers: “Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe”
University of Cambridge, 30th November – 1st December 2017
Call for Papers
We invite scholars to present their work for a two-day inter-disciplinary workshop, “Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe”.
This workshop offers a much-needed opportunity to evaluate questions of space within the study of Islam in Europe. It will take place at the University of Cambridge on 30th November – 1st December, bringing together established academic speakers and postgraduate researchers.
The workshop will be inter-disciplinary in character, connecting fields such as religious studies, geography, politics, anthropology, and architecture. We will look to tackle the subject both in breadth (in terms of content and concepts under discussion) and depth (with particular, but not exclusive, interests in German and UK contexts).
Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Kim Knott (Lancaster University), Professor Riem Spielhaus (University of Göttingen), and Dr Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig).
From identity-framed accounts of territory to contests over mosque construction, questions associated with Islam and space underlie major academic and public sphere debates in contemporary Europe (Fadil 2013; Hopkins and Gale 2008; DeHanas and Zacharias 2011; Baker 2017). The extent of these enquiries is broad, affecting scholarly topics such as place, networks, and the dynamics of identity, as well as familiar policy issues such as values, migration, and political participation (Amir-Moazami 2018; Knott 2005; Minkenberg 2014; Walters 2010). Most recently, both the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and supporters of Brexit have made the presence of Muslims in Europe a key point of their rhetoric. At the same time, ever more sophisticated studies of “local Islams” try to point out the differences of Muslim life worlds varying not only depending on national and ethnic backgrounds, but also with regards to spatially refined levels of analysis such as neighbourhoods, networks, or single mosques (Schiffauer 2014).
The premise of this workshop is that the place of “space” within the study of Islam in Europe has lacked systematic examination. We are therefore looking to bring together researchers tackling questions of space in this field from a range of disciplinary and thematic perspectives, in order to explore challenges and suggest solutions for theoretical, conceptual, and methodological debates associated with the topic.
We invite proposals that engage with one or more of the following questions:
– What theories, concepts and methods are most useful in order to investigate the intersections of Islam, secularism/secularity and different dimensions of space in Europe?
– What are the benefits and limitations of utilising space as an analytical lens in the study of Islam and Muslims in Europe?
– How does space connect with other topics associated with the study of Islam in Europe, such as conversion, the state, ethnicity, or the family?
– How should researchers analyse the spatial implications of major scholarly challenges such as debates over Islamic exceptionalism, or the contestation of binaries (e.g., “religious”/”secular”, “public”/”private”)?
– How do particular research contexts require the use of different space-related concepts, such as territory, network, scale, dispositif, or assemblage?
– How can researchers navigate methodological challenges in the study of Islam and space in Europe?
– Why might symbolic and material contestations and/or collaborations be framed in terms of notions of space, and is space an adequate analytical tool in these instances?
– How should we study the role(s) of governmentality in spaces marked as “religious” and “non-religious” (e.g., spheres, publics)?
– How can a critical evaluation of the categories of “Islam”, “Religion”, “Secularism”, and/or “Europe” inform the study of space?
– What can material and sensory approaches (e.g., architecture, media, and orality) to the study of Islam and space reveal?
– How do insights gained within Gender Studies and Postcolonial Theory with regard to agency, power and (subversive) knowledge production relate to a space-sensitive analysis of Islam in Europe?
The format will involve distributing workshop papers (c. 2500-3000 words) two weeks ahead of the workshop (16th November), in order to ensure in-depth engagement with every contribution. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to submit developed papers for a special issue of a leading journal.
To apply, please send an abstract (max 400 words) and biography (max 200 words) to email@example.com. Abstracts from postgraduate students and early career researchers are especially welcome, and there will be some expenses available towards speakers’ accommodation and travel. The closing date for proposals is 17th September, with decisions communicated by 25th September.
We are most grateful for the sponsorship of DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies (www.daad.cam.ac.uk) and Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies (http://ciris.org.uk/).
Adela Taleb (Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin), Tobias Müller (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge), Chris Moses (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge).
For any queries, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. New Online Resources on the History of Kuwait
A series of archival documents that contain a wealth of information about Kuwait during the 1930s and 1940s have recently been digitized and uploaded on to the Qatar Digital Library. These documents are preserved in a file from the archive of the British Political Agency in Kuwait (now a part of the India Office Records) and consist of several reports covering a broad range of topics including Kuwait’s geography, history, flora and fauna, climate, leading personalities and political structure. In addition to what the files themselves discuss, as colonial records, they also illustrate the extent of British influence in Kuwait at this time, as well as provide a rich illustration of how Kuwait was conceptualised and recorded by British officials that were based in the country
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