1.Information on ESRC MSc/PhD studentships in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Edinburgh, for an October, 2018 start can be found at:
Information on eligibility is available at:
2. A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, edited by Finbarr Barry Flood and Gülru Necipoğlu has just been published by Wiley-Blackwell in their Blackwell Companions to Art History series. The two-volume set contains over fifty especially commissioned essays, many written collaboratively, by seventy authors.
3. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill invites applications for an Arabic language instructor for the spring 2018 semester. We are seeking a skilled language instructor with a commitment to a proficiency-based approach to language teaching. This instructor may teach introductory through advanced Arabic classes. Other responsibilities will include holding office hours, organizing cultural enrichment activities, and participating in program development. The pay is $5500-6500 per course section. The position may be for one to three course sections, depending on enrollment needs. This is a temporary position that carries no benefits. Classes meet 3 or 4 days a week for 50 minutes.
4. U of Michigan (Islamic Arts) LECTURER I – RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE: ARTS AND IDEAS PROGRAM
How to Apply
Combine into one document a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for two references. All applicants must upload the document to UM career website.
The Residential College Arts and Ideas in the Humanities major program, http://www.rc.lsa.umich.edu/, is seeking to hire a full time Lecturer I to teach courses starting in the Fall 2018 semester. The courses should focus on the scholarly study of Islamic arts, including the visual arts, music, dance, theatre, film, or literature. We expect this person to have a Ph.D. in the scholarly study of one of these art forms, with expertise in any part of the world outside of North America where Islamic arts are practiced. This position will be a 100% position for teaching three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the winter semester.
The primary focus for this position is to be able to teach in the Residential College Arts and Ideas Program, though other program teaching may be available depending on the candidate. Although the Residential College is open to applications from a range of disciplines and specialties, of particular interest would be a specialist in art or music, such as an art historian or ethnomusicologist. The latter could specialize in either music or dance. Though we will prioritize scholars of the modern period, we expect the candidate to have a deep understanding of the historical and cultural context of the art form, and its development over time. Ideally the candidate will be a scholar familiar with large temporal and geographical relationships, and the histories of dialogue, exchange and influence between North and South, East and West. The candidate should also be willing to conduct conversations concerning struggle, misunderstanding, and the imbalances of power. The courses envisioned should encompass a complex and varied field, not limited to a single religion or art form. A multidimensional perspective would demonstrate how Islam has interacted historically with other religious or cultural traditions. The candidate should be prepared to integrate at least two art forms (e.g. literature and painting) in at least one course.
Teaching in the First Year Seminar writing program is also highly desired. The primary purpose of the FYS is to prepare students for expository writing at the college level. A further aim of the FYS is to introduce students to the intellectual life of the university through small class size and emphasis on discussion.
The successful candidate will find a vibrant scholarly community within the university dedicated the Islamic Studies. The RC, in seeking to broaden its curricular offerings, remains committed to being an active participate in that campus community.
The candidate will provide instruction for classes of approximately fourteen undergraduates in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Additional duties include participation in college- and program-wide activities, including attending student exhibitions and program meetings. The instructor will provide written evaluations for Residential College students enrolled in the course.
PhD. with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
Previous teaching experience is highly desirable.
100% appointment for Fall and Winter semesters
This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
- Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
- Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
5. Conference: Venice Biennale and the Arab World
October 19-20, 2017
Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy
The 2-day conference ‘Venice Biennale and the Arab world’ will be held at the Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Italy) on the 19th and 20th October 2017. The conference will bring together an international group of academics, artists and professionals and will feature Prof. Silvia Naef (University of Geneve) as keynote speaker. The conference wants to investigate where contemporary art from the Arab world is heading to and the role played by Venice as a long-term showcase for the international art scene. Placing the Biennale at centre-stage and taking the artworks and installations of artists from the Arab world as a source of inspiration, the purpose of the conference is to create an intellectual platform. The conference will take place in Venice, a city whose past has been deeply intertwined with the Arab world and whose present, and perhaps future, still is.
Among the cases to be considered are Collecting Arab art; Art and Politics; Critical analysis of artworks by a single artist and/or a group of artists and Artistic movements in the Arab world; Modern Art at the Biennale and Arab women artists and the international scene.
Please join us to be part of this important event. Attendance is free, but registration is essential.
You can register at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the conference programme and the full list of speakers and their bios at: http://www.unive.it/data/agenda/4/10495
6. Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
The Department of Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, the City University of New York (CUNY), invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Arabic at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the fall semester of 2018.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate Arabic language and literature courses at all levels, courses in Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies, and contributing to Queens College’s liberal arts curriculum. Applicants must provide evidence of an active research program. The successful candidate will also be expected to share responsibilities for departmental activities.
Our department offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses. In addition to language courses in ancient Greek, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Hebrew, we offer courses, taught in English, on both ancient Western and non-Western classics and on modern Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and literatures.
A flagship college of the CUNY system, Queens College is an urban school that offers a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences to a large and diverse student body.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. degree in Arabic literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies or comparative literature is required. Also required is native or near-native competency in Arabic and English. Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. in hand at the time of application.
COMPENSATION: CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health insurance, pension and tax-deferred retirement savings plans and paid parental leave. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development
HOW TO APPLY: Please follow the instructions below:
– Go to www.cuny.edu and click on “Employment”;
– Click on “Search Job Postings”;
– Click on “More Options To Search For CUNY Jobs”;
– Enter the Job ID 17425 in the box for “Job Opening ID” and click on “Search”;
– Click on the “Posting Title,” then on “Apply Now” and follow the instructions.
The candidate must upload his/her cover letter, CV, writing sample into CUNYfirst in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format. (Please use simple names for the documents you upload, for example, JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.)
Important Note: You need to provide three reference letters. Please ask your references to send their letters to Yunzhong Shu (email@example.com) by the closing date of November 19th, 2017.
7. Poste de Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor Position – for French-speaking candidate)
Histoire des mondes musulmans (mondes ottomans, turcs et iraniens) du XVIe au milieu du XXe siècle à la Faculté des Sciences Historiques de l’université de Strasbourg, dans le cadre de la nouvelle Licence « Histoire et Civilisation des Mondes musulmans ».
Date limite de candidature: 9 octobre 2017 à 16h.
8. The deadlines for proposals for the Fifth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Ghent, July 2018, are fast approaching:
(themed day: deadline 31 October, and panels: deadline: 30 November).
Please see the conference website:
9. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago seeks to appoint a distinguished senior scholar of Ancient Iranian Studies to begin in the autumn quarter of 2018 or as soon thereafter as feasible. The exact specialization is open as long as the candidate focuses on the pre-Islamic cultures of Iran; the successful candidate may concentrate on the archaeology, languages, religion, art, or history of ancient Iran, or a combination of these. This is a tenured faculty position and will entail a joint appointment in the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
For details, please see: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp
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