[Editor’s note: I will continue to circulate this ‘academic items’ list but please note that I am unable to verify if the events listed herein are going on, postponed or even cancelled. My advice is to check the website/email address(es) given for each. Stay healthy!]
1. Jordan Language Academy is pleased to announce that we will be offering our intensive summer Arabic programs ONLINE as scheduled in our calendar (please click HERE to view our 2020 summer calendar).
In our courses and programs we teach all skills of MSA, Media Arabic, Levantine dialect, translation, paragraph and essay writing, Arabic literature, Arabic music, etc. These subjects are offered according to the language proficiency level. For example, literature, essay writing and translation are offered only for those who are intermediate level and above. All programs provide intensive online instruction in the language and culture through a rigorous academic program that is complemented by an integrated cultural components.
If you decide to join any of our programs , please fill out our online registration form.
We have no application deadline, registration stays open until seats are filled. Therefore, please try to secure a seat as early as possible .Please feel free to share our calendar with anyone who might be interested in Arabic.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best regards ,
Jordan Language Academy
Mobile: +962 779502220
2. Conference: “Reading the Gospels in Islamic Context”, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford (or online if not possible in person), 7- 9 September 2020
Papers which explore different aspects of how the canonical gospels have been, are, and can be interpreted in Islamic contexts. Themes might include: Muslim references to the gospels in classical literature; How the gospels are interpreted in current Muslim-Christian dialogue and debate; etc. Selected papers will be published as a volume in the ‘Routledge Reading the Bible in Islamic Context’ series.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2020. Information: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ab2686bcef37284f39cbe8b/t/5dee5dd15e5ce97f94fec893/1575902673690/Reading+the+Gospels+in+Islamic+Context_SH.pdf
Additionally, CMCS is hosting free online public seminars via Zoom, which some of you might be interested in attending. For a list of upcoming seminars, please visit:
3. Conference: “Islam, Peace, and Justice”, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 21-22 September 2020
Papers are invited that challenge stereotypes about Muslims, their relationship with cultural and religious pluralism, and the connection between Islam and violent extremism. We are looking for critical articulations of how Islam and Muslims draw on faith-inspired principles and energies to fostering resilient cultures of peace and justice.
4. 2020 Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE): “Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 24-26 September 2020
The aim is to consider the relationship between Islam and esotericism, and Islamic esotericism, in a global context, shifting the emphasis not only from Western perspectives, but also being more inclusive of the experience of Islam beyond the Arabo-Persian domains.
5. 49th Annual Conference of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS): “Diverse Approaches to Qur’anic Studies in the Western Academy”, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 25 September 2020
Papers might address the following questions: What Determines the Course Outline for Qur’anic Studies in the Western Academy and the Curricula for Qur’anic Studies in Muslim-Majority Nations? What Roles do Social Media Platforms Play in Understanding the Qur’an? How has Digitization of Texts Affected the Field of Qur’anic Studies? Etc.
6. Conference: “Christian-Muslim Missionary Encounters, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”, Mission and Modernity Research Academy (MiMoRA#3), Leuven, Belgium, 3-10 November 2020
Contributions are invited on: Reactions to Christian/Muslim missionary activities in the fields of education, literacy, health care, etc.; Space-settings of Christian/Muslim encounter-interaction; Muslim responses to (Western) Christian missions; The agency of Islamic activism in transforming the practices and thinking of Christian missionaries; Muslim responses to Christian interventions into Islamic religious practice; etc.
7. Panels for the “4th Congress of Studies on the Middle East and Muslim Worlds”, Aix-en-Provence, 28-30 June 2021
This event is organized by GIS Moyen Orient et mondes musulmans (MOMM) in collaboration with IREMAM, IDEMEC, CHERPA, IMAF, and SEMOMM. Researchers and university teachers (from PhD level upwards) are invited to send their proposals in French or English for thematic panels.
Deadline for abstracts of panel proposals: 1 July 2020. Deadline for final panels: 15 December 2020. Information: http://majlis-remomm.fr/63296 (see link to English and Turkish invitation).
8. Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships of the Orient-Institut Beirut in 2020/21
The OIB awards visiting fellowships of up to 12 months for the academic year beginning in September 2020 to doctoral candidates in support of excellent research projects in the humanities and social sciences. We are particularly interested in research projects that fit our annual topic of “the global movement and exchange of ideas and norms”.
Deadline for applications: 17 May 2020. Information on Doctoral Fellowships: https://www.orient-institut.org/support/scholarships/doctoral-fellowships/; Information on Postdoctoral Fellowships: https://www.orient-institut.org/support/scholarships/postdoctoral-fellowships/
9. Research Assistant for Book Project on Islamic Contract Law, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar
The ideal candidate will be fluent in Arabic and English and will possess a thorough knowledge of the primary and secondary sources of Islamic contract law.
Interested applicants should contact Prof. Ilias Bantekas at: email@example.com
10. PhD in History at Koç University in Istanbul
The History PhD program seeks to provide students with a strong grounding in the advanced study of history, especially in Ottoman history and the following areas: the Arab World (Greater Syria and Egypt), Europe (East and Southeast Europe including Russia and the former Soviet Union), the Eastern Mediterranean, and Turkey.
Deadline for application: 29 May 2020. Information: https://gsssh.ku.edu.tr/en/academics/history/program-overview/
11. Online Summer School Course: “The Middle East in Global Politics”, SOAS University of London, 29 June – 10 July 2020
This course will help students place the modern Middle East in its global context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, alongside themes of hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, identity and foreign policy. The course is exceptionally moving fully online with reduced tuition fees and 15 transferable UK credits.
Deadline for application: 25 May 2020. Information: Course convenor https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff94526.php at firstname.lastname@example.org and https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/the-middle-east-in-global-politics/
12. Articles on “Historizing Islamophobia” for Special Issue of “The Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam”
We seek articles that present counter-hegemonic analyses, approaches and concepts, examining Islamophobia as a longer and more complex phenomenon. We are especially interested in papers which examine how settler-colonial projects against Indigenous communities and colonized communities have informed Islamophobia formations across varying national, social and political contexts.
Deadline for submissions: 20 February 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6142269/special-issue-%E2%80%9Chistorizing-islamophobia%E2%80%9D
13. Articles on “Travel to, in, and from the Ottoman World and Turkish Republic” for Special Issue of “Turkish Journal of History (Tarih Dergisi)”
We particularly welcome studies of travel works in any format – books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, journals, reports, log-books, cartography, web-blogs – by Ottoman, Turkish, Arab, Asiatic and African travellers of any period.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11419/discussions/6137376/travel-and-ottoman-world-and-turkish-republic-special-issue
14. Articles on “Alcohol in the Muslim World: History, Geography, Practices and Policies (15th – 21st Centuries)” for Special Issue of “Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée” (REMM)
Contributions may consider the construction of alcohol consumption norms based on a co-construction of usage and consumption norms by different groups, not simply as a fiat decision “from above”.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 September 2020. Information: https://journals.openedition.org/remmm/13379
15. Chapters for Edited Book on “Monarchies in Contemporary Global Affairs” (Focus MENA!) Published by Academia Press
Chapters may concentrate on any country, region, or time period from 1945 to present. Monarchy should be interpreted broadly, to include individual other members of royal families. The primary focus should be on the role or impact of the monarchy on foreign or international, as opposed to domestic, affairs (i.e. the Gulf monarchies are pioneers in sustainable development and renewable energy).
Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2020. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6103962/call-papers-monarchy-global-affairs
16. Contributions for New Page of “Jadaliyya” on “Environmental Issues in the Middle East”
As both the stakes of and interest in environmental questions in the Middle East grow, this page will provide a platform for activists and scholars to experiment with new approaches and to transform this conversation.
17. In partnership with Climate Change and History Research Initiative and with the support of the Humanities Council, the Program in Medieval Studies launches a new virtual seminar series that examines the historical context and the social, cultural, and environmental impact of pandemics through the ages. The virtual series entitled “Pandemics in the Past: from Prehistory to (almost) the Present” features guest scholars from across U.S and Europe and is coordinated by John Haldon, Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History, Emeritus, and the Director of the Program in Medieval Studies Helmut Reimitz.
The series will be introduced on Thursday May, 14 by John Haldon. Click the links below to register for each seminar and to receive the Zoom meeting link.
Thursday, May 14, 13:30 – 15:00 EST
“The Story of Pandemics in Scholarship and Popular Culture, 1890-2020”
Merle Eisenberg, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, MD, and Lee Mordechai, Hebrew University
Thursday, May 21, 13:30 – 15:00 EST
“Plague: From the Late Neolithic to the Black Death”
Phil Slavin, University of Stirling
Thursday, May 28, 13:30 – 15:00 EST
“The ‘Plague of Cyprian’: Sources, Problems, Origins and the ‘Crisis of the Third Century’”
Sabine Hübner, University of Basel
Thursday, June 4, 13:30 – 15:00 EST
“Avoiding Plague like the Plague: Some Pathogenic Context for Late Antique Pandemics”
Tim Newfield, Georgetown University, Washington
Thursday, June 11, 13:30 – 15:00 EST
“The Justinianic Plague: Apocalypse or Overblown?”
Lee Mordechai, Hebrew University, and Merle Eisenberg, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, MD
Thursday June 18, 13:30 – 15:00 EST
“From Healthscaping to Disease Tracing: Plague and Public Health After the Black Death”
Abigail Agresta, George Washington University; Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Washington
Followed by a general discussion: comparative perspectives, and the way forward
18. The Journal of African History has just brought out an open-access virtual edition which collects previously published essays and book reviews relating to the history of epidemics: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-african-history/covid-19-virtual-special-issue.
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