1.The School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for a range of Masters scholarships for entry in 2016-17.
The scholarships are open to new Masters students who will be based in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, which includes Asian Studies, Celtic & Scottish Studies, English Literature, European Languages & Cultures, and Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies. The School has a vibrant international community of 480 postgraduate students and 160 academic staff. We have regular research seminars, and postgraduate students run and edit the peer-reviewed journal Forum, which publishes contributions from postgraduates working on culture and the arts.
We invite applications to the following schemes:
1) The School will be awarding two Arthur Kitchin Scholarships. These awards cover tuition fees for a maximum of one year at the Home/EU rate for the chosen taught or research Masters programme of study (up to a maximum of £8,500). Successful Overseas applicants will be liable for the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas fees rates. Applicants to two-year programmes or part-time Masters programmes including distance learning are eligible to apply, but they will be liable for any tuition fees in excess of £8,500.
Deadline: 15 March 2016 (application for a Masters place); 1 April 2016 (scholarship application).
2) The School will also be awarding 7 University of Edinburgh UK/EU Masters scholarships for entry in 2016-17. One of these awards will be worth £10,000, and the remaining six will be worth £4,500.
Deadline: 2 May 2016.
3) IMES is delighted to invite applications for a fees only MSc Taught degree scholarship for any of its programmes (IMES, Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic, Advanced Arabic, Persian Civilisation). The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (£8,500 p.a. for 2016-2017).
Applications for both the Scholarship and the MSc must be made by 15th March 2016.
The UK government will be introducing a new Postgraduate Loan Scheme for students starting Masters study in 2016-17. These £10,000 loans can be spent at Scottish universities, and students ordinarily resident in England are eligible to apply. Further details of the residence and eligibility criteria will be announced shortly, and updates will be announced via the first link below.
For further details on these schemes, please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/graduate-school/fees-and-funding/funding/masters-students.
For information about taught and research Masters degrees in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/graduate-school
Contact for general PG admissions enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Hammed Shahidian Paper Award
Hammed Shahidian (1959-2005): Hammed Shahidan’s premature death has left us with a total sense of loss; loss of a dear friend, a committed academic, a gentle male soul who dedicated his scholarly and political life to the enhancement of women’s rights and feminism. Hammed’s voluminous contribution on the struggle of Iranian women, in general, and secular and leftist women, in particular, was unique and outstanding. He began his research and activism in feminist sociology at a time when ‘feminism’ was going through theoretical turns, which left very little space for the bold and daring scholarship that Hammed was engaged in. As an Iranian male scholar, he took feminism earnestly. Those of us who were in touch with him witnessed his unwavering personal, political, and intellectual commitment to secular feminist scholarship. He did not want to leave this world without finishing his books. His love for life and desire to leave behind critical and emancipatory scholarship will keep his memory alive. Hammed is sadly missed, but his commitment to change the oppressive status quo will inspire generations of women and men.
In memory of Hammed and in continuing his scholarship, the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation has established the Hammed Shahidian Critical Feminist Paper at the 2006 Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation at Montreal Conference.
Deadline: The paper must be submitted to email@example.com by March 18, 2016.
The paper may be about Iranian women’s studies in the social sciences, humanities and the arts.
The paper should be unpublished.
The paper must be submitted and written in Persian or English.
The paper must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words.
The paper should follow a consistent way of writing, stating the problem, presenting evidence, analysis of evidence and conclusions, organized under proper subheadings with a bibliography.
The paper should not exceed 5000 words (excluding the bibliography).
The paper should be submitted double spaced online or in print. Please have your name clearly marked on all documents. Papers will not be returned.
Level of Competition: Applicants should identify in their cover letter the following categories: Student (undergraduate or graduate), independent writer, researcher or activist and submit a short biography.
Evaluation: Papers will be reviewed by two or three reviewers.
The Award: The name of the winner will be announced during the annual IWSF conference. The winner is encouraged, but not required, to attend and present the paper. The amount of the award is 500 US dollars.
The awarded paper will be published in the IWSF Conference Proceedings..
3. A position as Associate Professor in Modern Arabic Language and Culture is available at the University of Oslo.
Application deadline is 4 April.
Associate Professor in Modern Turkey: History, Language and Culture, University of Oslo
Deadline for application: 18 May 2016. Information: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1513033/62042?iso=no
4. Call for Papers: The East and Europe Conference, University of Amsterdam
This conference invites researchers from various disciplines within the humanities to share their scholarly interest in the cultural interaction and exchange that has taken place since antiquity between ‘the East’ and ’Europe’, and in the processes of societal transformation and identity construction involved. Through critical, multidisciplinary, diachronic and comparative approaches this conference intends to explore the dynamics between the two geographical and conceptual constructs: ‘the East’, whether identified with Byzantium, Islam, Eastern Christianity, Asia, or other characteristics, and ‘Europe’, as the perceived counterpart of the variously defined ‘easts’ or as in itself the embodiment of western cultures’ self-ideal? The deadline for abstracts is 11 March 2016.
Please be so kind to send your abstract (300 words max.) before March 11th to Inge Kalle-den Oudsten: firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll inform you further in the beginning of April. All other correspondence to Mirjam Hoijtink, coordinator of the UvA Research Group The East & Europe: email@example.com
We will try to meet you in travel costs and help to logistically facilitate your stay in Amsterdam.
5. Call for papers: Translation and Religion: Interrogating Concepts, Methods and Practices
University of Edinburgh, 1-3 September 2016
Abstract Submissions Deadline: April 15, 2016
What is the relationship between ‘translation’ and ‘religion’? While all ‘religions’ travel and engage in translation of one kind or another, what gets translated? How do the different components of what is currently understood as ‘religion’—texts, practices, experiences, inner faith or belief systems—translate differently? How can we analyze such commonly held beliefs that some languages simply are sacred and should not be translated? And what are the implications of such questions for understanding religious conversion? What can translation concepts and methods tell us about the way religions and the study of religions are constructed?
While both disciplines have evolved and grown rapidly over the past half century, each has also engaged, in the past few decades, in a re-evaluation of its basic ideas and terms, including fundamental categories such as ‘religion’ and ‘translation.’ It can no longer be taken for granted that there is one definition for what comprises the ‘sacred’ or indeed a ‘correct’ or ‘good’ translation. Such re-assessment provides an excellent context within which to creatively engage the two to generate forward-looking theoretical perspectives.
This three-day AHRC-funded conference aims to bring together scholars from the two disciplines to investigate theories, concepts and methods with comparative and critical tools in order to evaluate areas of mutually creative overlap. For instance, ‘religion’ and ‘translation’ are often taken to be universal and given categories. Instead, we hope to engage scholars in a dismantling of these categories to analyze their conceptualization as evaluative categories within different intellectual histories. Such a focus will allow us to re-evaluate the role of language and translation in the construction of religious concepts and identities as well as enhance current understandings of the nature and function of translation processes.
We invite papers that investigate any aspect of conceptual frameworks (i.e. evaluating the usefulness and limits of conceptual categories, the role played by conceptions of the sacred in developing translation concepts and practices, how and to what extent processes of translation interpret, evaluate or transform religions or the ‘sacred’/’secular’ dichotomy); practices (such as, translations of the sacred involving censorship, retranslation, mistranslations, compensation; role of power, status and ideologies of translators, institutions and faith communities; translations influencing the sacred status of texts; function of translation in the spread of religions and religious conversion); or methodological approaches (What can translation studies bring to the study of religions?, Can examining translation methods and practices contribute to the comparative study of religions or how religions function? What light can the study of the reception of sacred texts or practices of ritual reading throw on translation concepts and strategies? Can studying translation history (both history of translation practice and discursive statements) tell us about changing attitudes to the sacred over historical time?).
Associate Professor and S.C.S.B Endowed Professor of Sikh Studies, LSA, University of Michigan
Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Manchester
For more details, please see http://www.ctla.llc.ed.ac.uk/translation-and-religion-interrogating-concepts-methods-and-practices/
6. New Book Series: Islamic History and Thought
Gorgias Press is delighted to announce the launch of its new inter-disciplinary book series Islamic History and Thought. The series will provide a platform for original scholarly research on any geographic area within the expansive Islamic world and dated to any period from the eve of Islam until the early modern period. Scholars are invited to submit proposals for original monographs, translations (Arabic, Persian, Syriac, Greek, and Latin) and edited volumes (including proceeding volumes) related to these broad areas of research. Manuscripts can be written in English, German or French. The series is open to established and early career academics, as well as postgraduate researchers intending to publish revised doctoral theses. The series is overseen by two distinguished editorial boards and all accepted submissions will be peer-reviewed by two leading specialists.
Series Editorial Board
- PD Dr. Isabel Toral-Niehoff, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
- Professor Peter Adamson, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Professor Jan Just Witkam, Universiteit Leiden
- Dr. Jack Tannous, Princeton University
- Ahmad Khan, Universität Hamburg
Advisory Editorial Board
- Professor Binyamin Abrahamov, Bar-Ilan University
- Professor Asad Q. Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley
- Professor Abdulhadi Alajmi, University of Kuwait
- Professor Mohammad-Ali Amir-Moezzi, École Pratique des Hautes Études
- Professor Massimo Campanini, Università degli Studi di Trento
- Professor Agostino Cilardo, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘‘L‘Orientale’’
- Dr. Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
- Professor Godefroid de Callataÿ, Université Catholique de Louvain
- Professor Beatrice Gründler, Freie Universität Berlin
- Professor Wael Hallaq, Columbia University
- Professor Konrad Hirschler, SOAS, University of London
- Professor Maher Jarrar, American University of Beirut
- Professor James Howard-Johnston, University of Oxford
- Dr. Harry Munt, University of York
- Professor Marcus Milwright, University of Victoria
- Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds, University of Notre Dame
- Professor Walid Saleh, University of Toronto
- Professor Jens Scheiner, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
- Dr. Delfina Serrano, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid
- Professor Georges Tamer, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
- Mr. Manolis Ulbricht, Freie Universität Berlin
To submit a proposal, kindly send the following information about your mansucipt to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Abstract of the book.
- Table of contents.
- Sample chapters (or the full manuscript).
- A copy of your C.V.
- Contact details of two scholars familiar with your work (for PhD students only).
7. First ‘Great Lake’ Ottoman Symposium:
Bringing together scholars from South-Western German-language universities
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, February 26-27, 2016
Ottoman Typologies of Identities
FRIDAY (26 Feb)
11:00 – 11.30 – Welcome and Opening Remarks (E. Lelić, J. Büssow)
11:30 – 12:00 – Introductory Discussion: “Identity”
– Christoph Herzog, “Identity: Conceptual thoughts”
12:00 – 12:30 – Coffee break
12:30 – 14:00 – Panel I: Early Modern Ottoman Typologies
Panel Chair: Mehmetcan Akpinar
– Emin Lelić, “The Seven Ways of Physiognomy: An Ottoman typology”
– Felix Konrad, “Gesellschaftliche Kategorisierung in politischen Texten des frühen
– Hedda Reindl-Kiel, “Living between Two Worlds (16th-18th centuries): ‘Upper-class’
converts in the Ottoman capital”
14:00 – 15:30 – Lunch (SchloßCafé)
15:30 – 17:30 – Panel II: Modern Ottoman Identities
Panel Chair: Maurus Reinkowski
– Henning Sievert, “Typisierung und Praxis im osmanischen Libyen”
– Ellinor Morack, “‘Can the immigrant speak?’ Klasse, sozialer Status und Narrativität
in Dokumenten frührepublikanischer Austauschmigranten”
– Evelin Dierauff, “Negotiating imperial identities in Late Ottoman Palestine:
Modernism, patriotism and civic society in the Arab-Palestinian press, 1911-1914”
– David Suber, “Intermediaries of late-Ottoman Identity: The Jews of Salonika”
17:45 – 19:00 – Panel III: Ottoman Census & Identity
Panel Chair: Erdal Toprakyaran
– Johann Büssow, “The Identification of Individuals in the Ottoman Census of 1905”
– Jörg Baten & Rima Ghanem, “Identification in Ottoman Census Records as a Tool for
Economic Development Studies”
19:00 – Dinner (Neckarmüller)
SATURDAY (27 Feb)
9:00 – 11:00 – Panel IV: Early Modern Scholars and Litterateurs
Panel Chair: Heidrun Eichner
– Gül Şen, “Power and Astrology in the Ottoman Historiography”
– Ferenc Csirkes, “The Man of the Pen, the Sword and the Brush: Sadiqi Beg and self-
fashioning in early modern Persia”
– Muharrem Kuzey, “Ibn Kemal als Šayḫ al-islām zwischen Gelehrsamkeit und Politik
– Fatih Şahan, “Die Kaside-i Nuniye von Hızır Bey”
11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 – Panel V: Current Projects in Ottoman and Middle Eastern Studies
Panel Chair: Kurt Franz
– Christoph Herzog, Bamberg
– Maurus Reinkowski, Basel
– Henning Sievert, Zürich
– Johann Büssow, Tübingen
– Kurt Franz, Tübingen
12:30 – 13:30 – Discussion Forum: The ‘Great Lake’ Symposium as a new exchange
format for scholars from South-Western German-language universities
Forum Chairs: J. Büssow, E. Lelić, M. Reinkowski
13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch (SchloßCafé)
[ optional ]
16:00 – 18:00 – Linden-Museum, Stuttgart
Guide: Dr. Annette Krämer
– Typologies of the shadow theater
8. Bahari Associate Professorship of Sasanian Studies, University of Oxford
Deadline for applications: 1st April 2016
This is a new post, and represents an exciting new development for Oxford, complementing its existing strengths in Persian and Iranian studies, Indo-European philology, the study of the religions and cultures of the Near and Middle East, and Late Antique and Byzantine studies. The Associate Professor will carry out research and give lectures, classes, and tutorials in Sasanian Studies, and will be offered a Governing Body Fellowship at Wolfson College.
The successful candidate will, by the start of the appointment, hold a doctorate within the field of Sasanian studies. She/he will be able to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students, being capable of lecturing in an interesting and engaging manner. With an excellent command of Middle Persian and Parthian, she/he will be able to carry out research using primary sources in these languages, as well as teaching students in them. The Associate Professor will be able to establish links with colleagues working on related subjects in the University and to contribute to teaching and supervision of interested students in other faculties; she/he will have a commitment to and established record of research of the highest calibre in the field, and to publishing this research at the level expected by international journals and major presses. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills; be able and willing to undertake administration in the Faculty and the College, and to participate in Faculty and College affairs, including undertaking pastoral responsibilities.
9. LABEX EMPIRICAL FOUNDATIONS OF LINGUISTICS
Strand 6 – Language Resources
Automatic acquisition of lexicon
Automatic acquisition of Persian compound verbs (complex predicates) and their semantic and syntactic properties from available online corpora (Wiki, etc.), with the possibility of extension to other related languages (ex. Pashto, Kurdish, etc.)
Job rank: Post Doc
Duration: One year
Job Location: Paris
Salary: 2000 to 2400 euros per month (according to the applicant’s experience), net of taxes
Application deadline: 18 March 2016
Starting date: From May 1st on
The project consists in automatically enriching the PersPred database (http://perspred.cnrs.fr/), the first online syntactic and semantic multilingual database dedicated to Persian compound verbs (complex predicates). PersPred currently has 1600 entries. We aim at considerably improving the coverage of the database (by tripling the number of entries). We are also interested in the possibility of applying the methods elaborated for enriching PersPred to develop similar resources for other Iranian languages, Kurdish or Pashto, for instance, which like Persian resort to compound verbs.
Although Persian complex predicates (compound verbs) have been a focus of interest in theoretical studies, little attention has been paid to the necessity of the elaboration of a rich lexicon of these combinations. Computational studies have mentioned the lack of large-scale lexical resources for Persian and have developed probabilistic measures to determine the acceptability of the combination of a verb and a noun as a CP (Taslimipoor et al., 2012). PersPred aims to contribute to fill this gap by proposing a framework for the storage and the description of Persian CPs. Based on Samvelian’s (2012) theoretical and descriptive survey, PersPred provides a syntactic and semantic classification of Persian complex predicates. Its first version was developed within the PERGRAM project (ANR-DFG) and included around 700 entries with the verb zadan `to hit’ (Samvelian & Faghiri 2013, 2014, to appear). PersPred2 was obtained by semi-automatic enrichment of PersPred1 using the valency information encoded in the database.
Applicants should have a PhD in computational linguistics or computer science with an excellent knowledge in natural language processing. Familiarity with methods of automatic acquisition of lexical knowledge about multiword expressions is desirable.
Knowledge of Persian or at least familiarity with the Arabic script would be highly appreciated.
The project is a part of the work package LR41 (Morphological and syntactic resources for Iranian languages), of the strand 6 of the Labex EFL. It will be carried out under the joint supervision of Pollet Samvelian (for the linguistic component) and Benoît Crabbé (for the computational component).
- A cover letter
- A CV including their list of publications
- The name and the contact of two referees
- A link for downloading their publications
10. Symposium – The Politics of Dress and Identity in Eastern Mediterranean Societies (24-26 March, Amsterdam)
The NWO project Fitting In/Standing Out (FISO), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, together with the University of Salento, Lecce, and the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, is proud to present the international symposium The Politics of Dress and Identity in Eastern Mediterranean Societies, Past and Present, organized by Tineke Rooijakkers and Rosita D’Amora. This symposium will take place from 24 March to 26 March 2016 in the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.
This symposium takes an interdisciplinary, diachronic, and comparative approach to explore the interplay between dress and identity in the greater Mediterranean basin, with a special focus on Muslim societies and interconnected cultures. It brings together scholars from different disciplines, using a wide spectrum of methods, with the aim of putting perceptions of dress in the past and present into a broader perspective. Themes that recur throughout the papers are dress as part of the representation of the Self and the Other – both in itself and in depictions – and the entanglement of sartorial indicators of culture, status, and religion.
The programme can be found online at: http://fgw.vu.nl/nl/research/onderzoeksprojecten/fitting-standing/events/index.aspx
11.CFP – Historians of Islamic Art Association Majlis at MESA 2016 (17–20 Nov, Boston)
The Historians of Islamic Art Association invites proposals from junior scholars (advanced graduate students or those within 3 years of completion of the PhD) to present at its Majlis, to be held at the Middle East Studies Association Meeting, November 17-20, 2016, in Boston. The HIAA Majlis, held periodically in conjunction with MESA or CAA, offers an opportunity for junior scholars in Islamic art to learn about their colleagues’ work and to connect with more senior scholars. It will take the form of a panel of four papers, followed by comments from more senior colleagues and discussion. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on current research focused on any topic, time period or region related to Islamic art. Proposals should be submitted by email to Abigail Balbale at email@example.com as a two-part attachment and should include:
- a cover sheet with your name, academic status, contact information (postal address, e-mail address, telephone number/s) and title of proposed presentation; and
- an abstract of no more than one page.
Please note that all those selected to present at the Majlis must be current members of HIAA. Proposals are due by April 1, 2016.
12. Full professorship in Iranian studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, starting on Sept. 1, 2016.
All fields of Iranian studies are eligible, but with a strong preference for Classical, Medieaval or Modern periods, due to the profile of the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. For further information, see:
The teaching is in French.
The applications are opened now, until March 30th.
The applications are to be made electronically only.
All informations on the procedure the University recruitment page:
Procedure in two steps:
1) Register as candidate on the Galaxie national education server
(position reference: Galaxie 4171)
2) Apply through the Sorbonne Nouvelle recruitment application
13. *Title*: Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor of Arabic Language, Oberlin College*Job Summary*:The Arabic Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-timenon-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Appointment to this position will be for a term of 2 years, beginning fallsemester of 2016, with the possibility of renewal up to two additionalyears, and will carry the rank of Visiting Instructor or AssistantProfessor.The Arabic Program enjoys strong student interest and the support of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures and the College’s Middle Easternand North African Studies Program. Incumbent may also have shared academicinterests with colleagues in the Department of History and Department ofReligion.
The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of
Arabic language and culture.
Among the qualifications required for appointment is an M.A or Ph.D. degree
(in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2016) in teaching
Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) or a related field, familiarity with
the integrated communicative approach that integrates the teaching of both
standard and spoken Arabic (preferably Levantine), native or near-native
fluency in Arabic, excellent English skills, and at least three years of
teaching experience at the university level (preferably in the U.S).
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits
To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at
https://jobs.oberlin.edu. A complete application will be comprised of 1) a
Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching
philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4)
Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders* All application materials
must be submitted electronically *through Oberlin College and
Conservatory’s online application process at:* https://jobs.oberlin.edu/
**By providing three (3) Professional References** (names and email
addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web
portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic
Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this
time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio
Review of applications will begin on March 21, 2016, and will continue
until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the March
21, 2016 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.
Questions about the position can be addressed to: * firstname.lastname@example.org *
< email@example.com > or Steven Wojtal, Senior Associate Dean and Acting
Chair of Arabic, at 440-775-8410.
14. Workshop: “Feminism and Theory in the Arab World”, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 18-19 March 2016.The workshop focuses on how scholars who have long been observing feminist endeavors, while being themselves women’s rights activists, interpret the present situation beyond ideological fault lines. Deadline for registration: 10 March 2016. Information: http://www.asienundeuropa.uzh.ch/events/conferences/feminism.html
15. University Lectureship in Ottoman History and Culture, Leiden University, Netherlands
- Requirements are, among others: specialist knowledge of Ottoman history and culture, including the ability to work with primary Ottoman source material; survey knowledge of the Middle East at large; a PhD degree in a relevant field, research experience in Turkey or other locations relevant to the study of Ottoman history and culture; an excellent command of Ottoman Turkish, Modern Turkish and English.
Deadline for application: 21 March 2016. Information: http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/wetenschappelijke-functies/16-052-vacature-universiteit-leiden-university-lectureship-in-ottoman-history-and-culture.html
16. Summer School: “Understanding Islamist Movements: Historical Roots and Current Realities”, Université de Genève, 20 June – 1 July 2016
This course asks how we should understand the various political movements that claim to act in the name of Islam. We will examine the historical roots of political Islam, trace the origins of the movement known as Salafism and the changing uses of the term “jihad”. Scholarships in the form of tuition reduction may be available.
Deadline for registration: 1 May 2016. Information: http://www.genevasummerschools.ch/courses/courses-2016/understanding-islamist-movementsPosted in: Academic items
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