1.Short Course – Islam and Constitutions. The Law and Politics of Sharia Provisions
This is a three-day online course, running on the 7, 14 and 21 November from 13:30 – 16:30 on each occasion.
The Agha Khan University, London.
Why all the hype about Islam when drafting a constitution? Why are constitutions so central, to begin with? And what is the politics around references to Islam in them? What are, in particular, the sharia provisions, and how do they work?
This online course introduces participants to the conceptual foundations of constitutional law, the articulations of State-Islam relations in contemporary constitutions, and the various models of sharia provisions in a comparative perspective. Sharia provisions, in particular, are considered both in terms of their wording and the overall design. A close up on the politics of sharia provisions will provide a useful case study. The course also provides practical training in handling constitutional provisions on sharia in different jurisdictions through the direct involvement of participants in class activities.
For further information, see the link above.
2. Head Librarian – Library of the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to serve as Head Librarian of its library based in Prague, Czech Republic as it undergoes the beginning phases of a planned transition to a new site. The qualified individual’s primary duties will be to oversee day-to-day operations of the library, supervise cataloguing and retro-cataloguing of the library holdings, monitor new acquisitions, and identify and manage special collections. The position is ideal for a self-motivated and self-directed individual who loves books and wishes to implement an exciting and dynamic vision for a 300,000+ volume library housed in one of Europe’s oldest institutes for Oriental Studies. The Head Librarian will supervise the library staff and report directly to the Director of the Oriental Institute.
- Minimum B.A. degree, background or experience in library sciences strongly preferred
- Fluency or near-native fluency in written and spoken English
- Knowledge of library systems and cataloguing
- Ability to manage a team of librarians and external interns
- Ability to communicate clearly with co-workers, researchers, and library patrons
- Knowledge of one or more of the languages, cultures, and histories related to the Oriental Institute’s sub-fields (Middle East, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Central Asia) preferred
- Manage day-to-day operations of library and oversee activities of library staff
- Identify and manage special collections (including possible digitalization)
- Support Oriental Institute researchers in utilizing and accessing library materials
- Pursue grants and other sources of external funding for retro-cataloguing of the library holdings, public exhibitions, and new acquisitions
- Formulate a new vision for the library as it undergoes a phased transition
Salary and Benefits:
1300-1700 EUR/month depending on experience. Full health benefits, 5-weeks annual vacation, travel and research stipends, and support for professional development and further study.
Please send a statement of interest (no more than 2 pages), C.V., and the names of 2 references to Jakub Hruby (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any inquiries related to the position may also be directed to Dr. Hruby. Deadline: November 8, 2020
About the Library:
The Oriental Institute Library (est. 1929) holds around 300,000 books, periodicals, and manuscripts related to the fields of Middle East, South Asian, Central Asian, and East Asian Studies. In addition to the general collection, the library is home to several rare collections: the 70,000 item Lu Xun library containing Chinese sources, a 3,500 item Korean library, which includes rare items from North Korea, the Tibetan Library, which houses the Tibetan Buddhist canon and other unique materials, Coptic and Arabic papyri collection, and a soon-to-be acquired collection on colonial Manchuria funded by the Japan Foundation and Czech Academy of Sciences, among others.
About the Oriental Institute:
The Oriental Institute (www.orient.cas.cz) is a public non-university research institution. The Institute currently employs approximately 30 researchers from across the Czech Republic, Europe, Asia, and the United States. Formally established in 1922, the Oriental Institute is one of the oldest institutions dedicated to the study of Oriental cultures in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1993, it has fallen administratively under the auspices of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), an umbrella research institution similar in function to its counterparts in continental Europe, such as the CNRS in France. The CAS was established in 1992 as the Czech successor to the former Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. It is set up as a complex of 54 public research institutions. The primary mission of the CAS and its institutes is to conduct basic research in a broad spectrum of the natural, technical and social sciences and the humanities. This research, whether highly specialized or interdisciplinary in nature, aims to advance developments in scientific knowledge at the international level, while also taking into account the specific needs of both Czech society and national culture. In a country such as the Czech Republic, where university departments dealing with Oriental studies tend to be small and understaffed, the structure of non-university research bodies with permanent research positions brings numerous benefits. Among other things, scholars are enabled to pursue their specializations according to the needs of relevant fields of study, aiming correspondingly at the highest levels of research quality. The framework of the Institute allows for a flexible and open-ended approach to research initiatives in Asia-related topics, creating, in effect, an ideal environment for interdisciplinary research. The research quality is guaranteed by the Council of the Institute, composed of both internal and external members, and regular – both Czech and international – peer-review evaluations. Currently, the work of our researchers is mainly focused on the Arab world, Iran, Israel, Turkey, India, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Tibet, Japan, and the ancient Near East.
3. Call for Book Proposals: Political Communication and Media Practices in the Middle East and North Africa
I.B. Tauris is seeking book proposals for a new academic book series called Political Communication and Media Practices in the Middle East and North Africa. The popular uprisings that rocked several Arab countries at the beginning of 2011, and the more recent ones in Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq, arose, among other things, in the context of changing media practices and political communication in the region. Beyond visible actions by political elites and institutions, several of these movements were characterised by grassroots communication on social media, and many included creative practises by a diverse range of actors.
Books in this series critically engage with the complex and fluid relationship between politics, communication and culture in the Middle East and North Africa, taking into account the specificities of social and political local contexts, diverse political and media systems, media institutions, media and political actors and populations as well as differentiations along religious, sectarian, ethnic, gendered and racial lines.
4. Locating Afghanistan in the ‘Middle East’ with Moshtari Hilal
LSE Middle East Centre
On this episode of Instant Coffee, Marral Shamshiri-Fard talks to Moshtari Hilal about locating Afghanistan in the ‘Middle East’, as well as her own artistic practice. Moshtari Hilal is a visual artist and researcher working from Hamburg and Berlin.
Listen to the podcast
5. The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)is pleased to announce 2021-2022 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada:
ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. The fellowships support applicants who have completed their academic training. The terms may range from four months to a full year. Stipend per month is $4,200.
ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships (PhD candidate) may be held for various terms, from one month up to one academic year. Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.
Applications for ARIT and ARIT NEH fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2020. The fellowship committee will notify applicants in late January 2021.
6. Online Exhibition – In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding ca 1575-1890, Curated by: Matthew Elliott Gillman, Columbia University
Now online: A Digital Exhibition of treasures of the art of the book from Columbia University’s Manuscript Collection.
In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding ca 1575-1890.
Curated by: Matthew Elliott Gillman — Ph.D. candidate, Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
This digital exhibition reprises a physical one held in Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in the Chang Octagon, between October 2018 and March 2019. Its restaging might pose an irony, given that the show’s concept and title, drawn from a lyric poem, concerns ephemerality. Translating this experience to the web nevertheless offers an opportunity to underscore its very theme.
Few of Columbia’s seven hundred or so Islamic codices have bindings older than 1800, whether the text was copied a millennium or just a century earlier. The exhibition highlights examples of new and especially replacement bindings from the early modern period, supporting practices of collecting and memory.
You are most welcomed to browse by clicking:
7. ONLINE Webinar of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies, Fall 2020 Events, 16 October – 4 December 2020
16 October 2020: “Satan Conquered: The Iranian Revolution and its Demons” by Prof. Alireza Doostdar, University of Chicago
30 October 2020: “The Politicization of the Female Body in the Context of Sigheh Marriages”, Prof. Claudia Yaghoobi, University of North Carolina
13 November 2020: “Hafiz and His Contemporaries: Time, Place, and Dialogue in the Post-Mongol Persian Ghazal” by Prof. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, University of Oxford
4 December 2020: “Re-discovering a Literary Treasure: The Anvar-e Sohayli Written by Vaʿez Kashefi in Fifteenth-Century Herat” by Prof. Christine van Ruymbeke, University of Cambridge
Information and registration: https://iranianstudies.macmillan.yale.edu/calendar/upcoming-events
8. ONLINE: “Second Annual Islamic Philosophy Conference”, American Society of Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Harvard University, 5-6 December 2020
The aim of the conference is to promote the study of Islamic Philosophy, broadly conceived, in its historical and contemporary context. We welcome panel proposals as well as individual proposals. Papers will be eligible for publication in the Journal of Islamic Philosophy.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2020. Information: https://asipt.org/conferences/conference-paper/
9. Assistant Professor of Arabic, Hamilton College, New York
Ph.D in Arabic Language and Literature, Middle Eastern Studies or a closely related field is required. Applicants should have native, or near-native, fluency in Arabic and preferably have a record of excellence in teaching Arabic language, as well as experience in building a successful language program.
Deadline for applications: 21 October 2020. Information: http://apply.interfolio.com/78584
10. Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), History of the Modern Middle East, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
The Research Chair with a focus on the history of the modern Middle East, broadly construed both temporally and geographically, is intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field for fewer than 10 years from their degree at the time of nomination). The thematic focus is open.
Deadline for applications: 1 November 2020. Information: https://hist.air.arts.ubc.ca/canada-research-chair-tier-2-history-of-the-modern-middle-east/
11. Grabar Travel & Post-Doctoral Awards for Ph.D. Candidates and Post-doctoral Scholars in All Areas of the History of Islamic Art, Architecture and Archaeology
The Travel Grant (700 US-$) is open to doctoral candidates who have been invited as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers. The Post-doctoral Fellowship (2000 US-$) is intended to spend up to two months as a research scholar at a university, museum, research institute or similar institution, or to support additional research to aid in preparing the dissertation for publication.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 November 2020. Information: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/grabar-grants-and-fellowships
12. Articles on “Speaking the Unspeakable – The Attributes of God in Islamic Thought” for Edited Volume in the Series “Horizons of Islamic Philosophy of Religion”
Topics include: doctrines of God’s attributes by various thinkers and thought schools; the ontological, epistemological and cosmological significance of the attributes; the political significance of particular attributes such as ʿadl; the influence of Jewish and Christian theologies; the actuality of the doctrine of God’s attributes for contemporary discourses.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2020. Information: https://www.uni-muenster.de/ZIT/Aktuelles/2020/callforpapers_speakingtheunspeakable___theattributesofgodinislamicthought.html
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