1.York University, Canada, Assistant Prof of Middle Eastern Diasporic Literatures and Cultures
The Department of English, in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional
Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track Professorial Stream
appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern
Diasporic Literatures and Cultures to commence July 1st 2020. We are
particularly interested in candidates whose research can be situated
within the fields of Postcolonial and World Literature in English within
and across periods, genres, and regions. Interdisciplinary and
intermedial approaches are especially welcome. Salary will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University
positions are subject to budgetary approval.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in English Literature or a
related field with a specialization in Middle Eastern Diasporic
Literatures and Cultures; a dynamic, substantial, and ongoing research
portfolio; an innovative scholarly profile; and a track record of
experience and demonstrable excellence in university teaching. We are
particularly interested in candidates who engage Middle Eastern
Diasporic Literatures and Cultures from a variety of global perspectives
that may include but should not be limited to North America, with
demonstrated expertise in theoretical and critical paradigms in
Postcolonial and/or World Literature. The successful applicant will
direct courses in World Literature and Postcolonial writing at all
levels, contribute to curricular development in their area of
specialization, and participate actively in the graduate program. The
successful applicant shall be eligible for prompt appointment to the
Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in such priority
areas as experiential education and technology-enhanced learning is
To be guaranteed full consideration, completed applications must be received by January 25, 2020.
2. Asst Prof in Arabic Language, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait
Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is Kuwait’s first private, American-model university. GUST currently offers programs in Arts and Sciences, and Business-including an MBA. GUST is internationally accredited by various bodies including ABET/CAC (Computer Science), ACA (Mass Communication), AACSB (Business), NOSS (Foundation Program Unit) and CEA (Foundation Program in English).
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at GUST invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Arabic Language and Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor to start Fall 2020. The Research area is open but preference will be given to candidates with an experience in teaching both language and literature courses. English fluency is a must.
Qualified candidates are expected to:
- Have completed all the requirements for their doctorate from a reputable international University at the time of appointment.
- Maintain an increasingly significant professional and/or scholarly practice.
- Have a native fluency or a near native-like fluency
- Have an experience teaching for Arabic native speakers or for Arabic majors at the university level
- Have at least three years of teaching experience at the University level
- Have at least published three good quality publications
The University is committed to lively teaching, integrating educational technology, and to active research and other forms of scholarship. Candidates must have completed, at the time of appointment, all requirements for their doctorate in the advertised fields. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Although preference will be given to candidates who qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor those who qualify for appointment at higher ranks are also encouraged to apply.
GUST offers generous salaries and an excellent benefits package including a housing and transportation allowances, educational allowances for dependents, private medical and dental plan, as well as annual airfare return tickets home. Kuwait is also an income-tax-free country. Interested applicants are requested to visit our vacancies page at www.gust.edu.kw/vacancies and fill out the online form and upload supporting documents including a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications begins in December and will continue until the positions are filled.
3. Persian Language and Culture, University of British Columbia
The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Persian Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and developing curriculum in Persian language and culture.
Requirements include: advanced proficiency in Persian; a Ph.D. in Persian Language and Linguistics, Persian Applied Linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, or a closely related field; exceptional organizational and leadership skills; evidence of substantial experience and excellent teaching ability in Persian for both heritage and non-heritage learners at the post-secondary level in North America; experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs. Individuals with experience in community outreach, program coordination and design, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners of Persian are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended) prior to the starting date. The normal teaching load of an Instructor is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. Courses will range from first- to third-year undergraduate courses and the bulk of the annual teaching load will be courses in Persian Language for both heritage and non-heritage learners, with occasional content courses taught in English. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with tenure-stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian and Persianate and Islamic history and culture, and with any future hires in the area of Persian/Iranian Studies.
Application closes on December 18, 2019
4. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Virginia Military Institute invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Arabic beginning 1 August 2020.
VMI faculty teach six courses per year and participate in academic advising, committee work, research, and mentoring of undergraduate research.
VMI is a state-supported four-year undergraduate military college of liberal arts, engineering and the sciences located in the southern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lexington, population 7,000, is also home to Washington and Lee University and offers a stimulating cultural atmosphere in a pleasant, rural setting. Please see our website at http://vmi.edu for more information.
Faculty members at VMI wear uniforms and adhere to military customs, but military experience is not required.
Position open until filled; review of applications begins immediately. To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by 15 December 2019.
5. The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
at The George Washington University invites applications for a Teaching
Assistant Professor position in Arabic language and Modern Arabic
Literature to begin as early as Fall 2020. This is a non-tenure accruing
three-year position with the possibility of renewal.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Position entails teaching Arabic at all levels, including Modern Arabic
Literature in the original language and in translation, under the
oversight of the Arabic program director as well as the department chair.
All applicants must have PhD in hand in Arabic or a closely related
field, teaching excellence at the university level as demonstrated by
course evaluation summaries, potential for curricular development,
native or near native fluency in Arabic as well as in English, and
experience in use of instructional technology.
Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
6. Tübingen Hadith Studies Workshop: „Intersecting Perspectives on Texts, Methods and Interpretation in Hadith Studies“, Tübingen University, 13-14 December 2019
7. International Workshop: “Multilateral Dynamics between the Middle East and Asia in the Mongol Era“, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 15 December 2019
See program at
8. Workshop: “Historiography of the Perception of Islam through Manuscripts, Korans and Their Displacement”, Naples, 11 February 2020
The aim of this workshop is to approach the question of the relationship between Christianity and Islam through the study of the production, circulation and uses of Arabic manuscripts, and mainly Korans, in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean Europe.
9. Islam Section of the AAR Midwest Regional Conference, Muncie, Indiana, 27-28 March 2020
Papers are invited which focus on any aspect of the Islamic tradition, including its texts, history, or practices and on any time period and be from any disciplinary approach, so long as the topic is capable of engaging scholars of Islam.
Deadline for abstracts: 10 January 2020. Information: https://sites.google.com/site/aarmidwestregion/call-for-papers
10. Conference of the Collaborative Research Group Africa in the Indian Ocean: “New Gulf Streams – Middle East and Eastern Africa Intersected”, Lisbon, 23-24 April 2020
The conference will be organised in interdisciplinary thematic panels focussing on the interconnections between Horn of Africa & Eastern Africa societies and the Middle East countries, with a special focus on the challenges of recent geopolitical, religious and economic ties between these regions.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2020.
11. Workshop: “Travelling Practices and the Emergence of Tourism in the Middle East (16th-20th Centuries), Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna, 12-13 June 2020
This workshop will analyse travel literature (travelogues and guidebooks) from the 16th to the 20th centuries with regard to the practices, patterns and significations of travel. In shifting the focus to routine and mundane aspects of travelling, it will serve to place travel narratives in a relational framework combining basic questions of infrastructure and transportation with the movements and pathways of individual travellers.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2019. Information: https://travelmena.univie.ac.at
12. Conference of the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA): „Seminar for Arabian Studies“, Cordoba, 15-18 July 2020
This is the only annual international forum for the presentation of the latest academic research on the Arabian Peninsula. The subjects covered include archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, etc. from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2020. Information: https://www.theiasa.com/2020-seminar/
13. 27th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Associatiion (DAVO), University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020
Papers are invited in all fields of social sciences and humanities related to the Middle East and North Africa as well as the impact of this region on the development of other parts of the world.
Deadline for proposals of open panels: 30 April 2020.
Deadline for abstracts of papers and closed panels: 30 June 2020.
14. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East, SOAS University of London
The appointee will strengthen and work with the Department’s group of Middle East scholars, and they will actively contribute to and shape the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Knowledge of Northern Africa (the Maghreb) is an advantage to complement existing expertise in the Department. We are open as to thematic specialism, but particularly welcome applications from candidates with a background in comparative and/or international politics of the Middle East.
Deadline for applications: 15 December 2019. Information: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BWS394/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-politics-of-the-middle-east
15. Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics of the Middle East / North Africa, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Required qualifications: a Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field is required by the time of appointment. Candidates must have a research focus that involves comparative political analysis in the MENA region and demonstrated excellence in research. They also must have evidence of teaching effectiveness to meet the Department’s key teaching needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs.
Screening of applications will begin 21 January 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Information: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/511605/asst-professor-comparative-politicsmiddle-eastnorth-africa
16. Articles on “Human-Animal Encounters in the Middle East” for Special Issue of Journal „Diyâr – Journal of Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies
Submissions should consider the interplay between human and non-human animals and provide a lens to analyse the Middle East in an innovative, creative, and not exclusively anthropocentric way. We welcome contributions from political science, history, sociology, anthropology, literary studies, religious studies and art history.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2019. Information: https://mea2019.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/k_mea2019/Cfp_Diyar_Special_Issue.pdf
17. Article for Edited Book on “International Response to Domestic Violence in the Middle East“ (Routledge Publication)
Special attention is devoted to the evolution of anti-domestic violence laws, the way that law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations and/or health agencies deal with domestic violence, and how all these initiatives influence women’s rights and interests.
Expressions of Interest due by 15 January 2020.
18. Aimée Froom, ed., Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands ~ Selections from the Hossein Afshar Collection. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2019. ISBN 9780300247022.
This book examines more than 100 extraordinary works in the Hossein Afshar Collection, one of the world’s finest collections of Persian art. Celebrating the beauty that Persian art bestows on its beholders, the featured treasures in a variety of media span centuries—from the eve of the Islamic period in the sixth century to the end of the nineteenth century—and include exquisite miniature paintings; rare Qur’an pages; precious inlaid metalwares; an impressive range of innovative ceramics; sumptuous velvet embroideries; and monumental silk carpets. The collection underscores subjects and themes that resonate across cultures, such as faith and piety, the art of the word, love and longing, banquets and battles, kingship and authority, and earth and nature. These themes offer the scholarly framework for a lavishly illustrated presentation of masterworks from the collection elaborated with extended, meticulously researched catalogue entries and focused essays by renowned international art historians. These thoughtful, original reflections on works that, by and large, have never been published before are accompanied by original translations of the numerous inscriptions that appear on a variety of the objects.
19. A new podcast entitled “DAWLA: New Histories of the Medieval Middle East”. The podcast is inspired by the research being carried out on the historiography of fifteenth-century Egypt and Syria at Ghent University. You can read more about it here.
Our first two episodes are now available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Spotify.
These episodes introduce the context of our research and challenge the use of the term “Mamluk Sultanate” to refer to the political formation which dominated Egypt and Syria between 1250 and 1517. Instead, we argue for the use of the term “Cairo Sultanate”.
From January 2020, we plan to release new episodes every month focusing on the individual historians we are studying, their lives, and their works.
Any and all comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated. You can contact us at email@example.com
20. Arizona State University – Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, with specialization in Islamic Studies and Classical Arabic Traditions
Application deadline is January 19, 2020.
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