1.2 PhD Studentships (Home/EU Fees Only) in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh, for Autumn, 2018 start
The deadline for the application is 28th February 2018.
2. Symposium on the Digital Persianate
Date: January 12, 2018
Location: UC San Diego
The symposium explores the “Digital Persianate” as a late twentieth century and early twenty-first century phenomenon rooted in the technological transformations of this period. The notion assumes that since the 1990s digital technologies have changed the Persianate as a transcultural phenomenon across the Middle East, Central Asia, the subcontinent, and beyond. The concept also interrogates how competing practices of the Persianate, as one of Eurasia’s former great lingua francas, have shaped digital technologies in a variety of localities throughout the globe, including among diaspora communities. The relevant technological practices under consideration include the inscriptions, insertions or designs, ranging from software programs to the production of computer keyboards and the use of digital platforms to (re)produce audio, visual and textual contents in Persian. The digital Persianate, therefore, has also entailed material practices that encompass consumption and production of computational and digital media. Such processes have enabled new digitized ways to configure, archive, disseminate, and recirculate textual, visual and media contents, primarily embedded in local institutional settings and tied to broader global processes. From migratory diaspora to “indigenous” spaces, emerging digital Persianate practices are increasingly becoming redefined by participatory cultures revolving around decentralized networks of interaction. But in what ways has the digital changed the Persianate? By asking whether in its digital manifestation the Persianate has undergone major changes, the symposium seeks to assess the limits of technological change and its impact on both local and global scales. Has the widespread use of new technologies enabled the reinvention of the new “Islamicate” expression in Persian? Moreover, what are the emerging digital Persianate cultures in regions beyond Iran, especially Afghanistan and Tajikistan, but also within diaspora communities and transnationally? What might the digital Persianate look like as a global network phenomenon?
By addressing such questions the conference aims to assess the social realities and imaginaries of the Persian in the digital age.
We welcome symposium topics exploring, but not limited to the following:
1) Digital forms of art, cinema, literature and theater, especially in regions beyond Iran
such as Afghanistan and Tajikistan
2) Social media between interaction and cultural representation, especially
in diaspora communities
3) Digital humanities: archives and libraries
4) Mobile Apps culture: Instagram; Telegram
Abstract Submission: please send abstracts (200 to 300 words)
to Babak Rahimi: email@example.com
Abstract submission: November 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: November 30, 2017
Registration deadline for presenters: December 15, 2017
Keynote speaker: Professor Nile Green (UCLA)
Presenters with accepted papers will be provided with two nights of
accommodation in San Diego, California.
Organizers: Babak Rahimi (UCSD) and Roxanne Varzi (UCI)
Sponsored by University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI);
Division of Humanities, Program for the Study of Religion, Third World Studies,
Middle East Program, Department of Literature at UCSD
3. University of St Andrews – The School of Modern Languages PhD Funding
The School of Modern Languages provides a number of awards to support postgraduate studies, at both Masters and PhD level. Information on how to apply to study a postgraduate degree at the University of St Andrews can be found here.
The School of Modern Languages is home to a lively international postgraduate community. At the moment around 50 students from all over the world are reading for taught or research degrees in an exceptional variety of areas, including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Comparative Literature, as well as Language and Linguistics, Medieval Studies and Cultural Identity Studies.
Information on potential supervisors and staff research interests can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/people/. Enquiries about PhD supervision and funding may be made to Prof Mary Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should follow instructions given on the University website: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/research/ and administrative contacts can be found on the School of Modern Languages pages: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/prospectivepostgraduates/apply/
PhD Funding Opportunities, 2018/2019
The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews welcomes applications from outstanding PhD candidates in all areas of research currently offered by the School – from Medieval to the Contemporary and periods between – to join our vibrant international postgraduate community. Information on potential supervisors and staff research interests can be found at: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/
All applications to study for a PhD with us are made via the University portal:
For 2018-19 entry, we offer the following scholarships:
Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities (History, Literature, Languages)
This scheme is open to International as well as EU/Home applicants. Full details of the application process here:
Applications must be submitted with all required supporting documents no later than 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 15 November 2017.
Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities
St Andrews belongs to the Scottish Graduate School, a consortium of Higher Education institutions which awards AHRC funding to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland: http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/dtp/
AHRC scholarships cover both fees and a stipend for successful applicants who satisfy the UK eligibility criteria.
There is an internal selection process leading to nomination by St Andrews to the SGSAH. The deadline for applicants in Modern Languages wishing to be considered for nomination is Friday 5 Jan. 2018, and you must also have made an application to study for a PhD with us by then.
Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships
The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. Further information is available at: http://www.carnegie-trust.org/schemes/postgraduate-schemes/carnegie-caledonian-scholarships.html
St Andrews conducts an internal selection process leading to nomination to the Carnegie Trust. The deadline for applicants in Modern Languages wishing to be considered for nomination is Friday 26 Jan. 2018, and you must have made an application to study for a PhD with us by then.
School of Modern Languages PhD Scholarships
We invite applications for TWO fully-funded PhD scholarship (EU/Home fees plus £10k per annum maintenance) via the standard University application route at the link above. Please specify that you wish to be considered for these scholarships.
The closing date is Friday 5th January 2018.
International PhD student applicants to the School of Modern Languages Scholarships, and for PhD study independently of this scheme may also be eligible for the University’s St Leonard’s Scholarships, covering the difference between home and international fees. The strategic fit of the proposed research to the School is a core selection criterion.
The closing date for St Leonard’s Scholarship applicants is 30 January 2018.
Additionally the School of Modern Languages proactively welcomes interdisciplinary PhD applicants – in the cross-cultural nineteenth century, in the literatures of science and medical humanities, in the contemporary among others.
The contact for enquiries for St Leonards Scholarships and Interdisciplinary PhD study is Professor Mary Orr, Director of Postgraduate Research: email@example.com
4. Principles, Cosmology, and First Philosophy in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
This Conference is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Midwest region (and elsewhere) to present and discuss their current work on Aristotle and his interpreters in ancient and medieval philosophy.
Presented by the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy with the support of the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University
Submission deadline: March 1, 2018
Thirteenth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on
Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
25-27 June 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881
5. British Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies
2017 Winners Announced
The Prize was founded thanks to an endowment from the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation. Now in its 19th year, this is an annual prize for the best scholarly work on the Middle East published during the previous calendar year.
The prize attracts around 50 nominations from both academic and independent publishers. The annual prize is £10,000 (which may be divided at the discretion of the judges).
Deadline for nominations to the 2018 prize | 31st January 2018. NB. this is for books with a 2017 publication date.
6. Bodleian Libraries, Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book 2017-18
Applications are invited for Fellowships at the Bodleian Libraries of up to 6 months, for research into the Persian Arts of the Book. Research areas may include but are not limited to studies in Art History, Codicology, Calligraphy, Miniature Painting, the History of Islamic Book Production and Scribal Practices, Manuscript Cataloguing, and the Editing and Translation of Texts. Academics or university staff of at least postdoctoral level or equivalent (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library) are welcome to apply. The main focus of any research proposal should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian’s Persian and Islamic Collections. Applications should include details of the Collections to be consulted and of the larger project that the research visit will support, including planned outcomes.
For a description of the collections, please see:
A glimpse into the collections can be viewed in our online exhibition, Love and Devotion. Basic records of a large part of the Bodleian’s Islamic Manuscript Collections may also be found on the Fihrist website, http://www.fihrist.org.uk/
Deadline for applications: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please see ‘How to Apply’ on the Bodleian Visiting Fellowships website
7. The Global Center for Persian Studies at Shiraz University invites applications for an intensive workshop on the ideas of Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush. The workshop will begin on December 23 and end on December 27, 2017.
The ability to read and discuss the original texts in Persian is essential for attending the workshop. At this time, we are unfortunately unable to offer simultaneous translation facilities to those unfamiliar with Persian.
Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted. Please send a short CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will support all admitted applicants in the visa application process.
8. New Open Access Journal: Journal of Muslim philanthropy and civil society
9. Conference: „Modern Arabic Historical Scholarship on the Ancient and Medieval Periods“, University of Trier, Germany, 21-23 November 2017
The conference will bring together an international group of specialists in a variety of pre-modern historical disciplines ranging from Assyriology to Mamluk Studies who will discuss contemporary Arabic-language scholarship in their respective fields.
10. Conference: “Religio, Religare, & the Capacities of Religion in the Modern World”, University of Florida, 16-17 March 2018
The conference aims to bring together scholars and graduate students from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives to discuss theoretical frameworks, present research and receive collegial feedback.
Deadline for abstracts: 9 December 2017. Information: http://religion.ufl.edu/2017/11/01/religio-religare-and-the-capacities-of-religion-in-the-modern-world-cfp/
11. Lecturer in Modern Iranian History, University of Oxford
The successful applicant will hold a doctorate within the field of modern Iranian history. He/she will show ability to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in this field. An excellent command of New Persian is essential
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2017. Information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55955
12. Assistant or Associate Professor in Comparative Politics/Methods, American University in Cairo
The five-year fixed term contract position will start in Fall 2018. Teaching responsibilities will include a combination of courses in comparative politics, using examples outside as well as inside the Middle East and North Africa.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2017. Information: https://aucegypt.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=74098
13. Lecturer in Arabic Language, Department of Middle Eastern South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University
We are seeking a professional language teacher with a serious commitment to teaching languages for academic purposes while developing pedagogical materials and incorporating technological innovations into the curriculum.
Deadline for application: 1 December 2017. Information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=56005
14. PhD Research Grants 2018/2019 by the Orient-Institut Istanbul
The purpose of the grant is the support of field research in Istanbul for Ph.D. students not living in Turkey. Grants are available to support research in one of the research areas of the Institute, especially: Musicological research on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey; Narrative sources on Istanbul and the late Ottoman Empire: Historic and contemporary forms of religious expression in Anatolia since the 11th century; Manuscript cultures in the Ottoman Empire and Iran; Human, medicine, and society.
Deadline for application: 8 January 2018. Informationen: https://www.oiist.org/stipendien/
15. Articles for “Oxford Middle East Review”
The editors invite article submissions, on any topic of relevance to Middle Eastern and North African studies in the Research Section and the Policy Section where papers aim at influencing contemporary debate or policy-making.
Deadline for submissions: 20 November 2017. Information: https://omerjournal.com/
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