1.Call for book proposals
I.B.Tauris is seeking book proposals for a new academic book series: Political Communication and Media Practices in the Middle East and North Africa.
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. Topics and themes include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
-Political communication and crises (wars, conflict, unrest).
-Digital activism in the Middle East and North Africa.
-Social networks as spaces for political communication.
-Gendered political communication in the Middle East and North Africa.
-Political communication and popular culture.
-Affective political communication.
-Journalism as political communication.
-Ethical political communication practices
-Media and emerging political alliances.
-Religion and political Communication
-Hate speech/racism as political communication.
The series publishes monographs and edited collections. All proposal and manuscripts are subject to rigorous peer review.
To submit a proposal, please fill out the form on our website here and submit it to series editors Dr Dina Matar – firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr Zahera Harb – email@example.com, or Rory Gormley, Commissioning Editor at I.B.Tauris – firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The Contemporary Turkey book series is open for submissions.
The Contemporary Turkey monograph series is a joint initiative by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), internationally renowned for its support of independent academic research, and leading publisher of Middle East and Turkish Studies I.B. Tauris, an imprint of Bloomsbury Academic.
The series publishes cutting edge research monographs and edited collections from a new generation of scholars working on modern Turkey across the social sciences and humanities. In bringing to light new data and insights directly from the field, this series is distinguished by its emphasis on innovative approaches that challenge established ways of examining Turkey.
The series is seeking proposals on the following topics:
- Society and politics
- Political economy
- Alternative histories
- Gender studies
- Contentious politics
- Nationalism and politics of identity
If you have a book project or idea that you’d like us to consider for the series, please contact the lead editor Dr Ceren Lord at the University of Oxford, UK – email@example.com, or Rory Gormley, Commissioning Editor at I.B.Tauris – firstname.lastname@example.org – both of whom will be pleased to give you feedback on your idea.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Curatorial Assistant, Art of the
Colgate University – Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
University of Alabama – Birmingham – College of Arts and
Sciences-Visiting Assistant Professor- Art and Art History
specializing in either the Islamicate World or Africa, with a research focus on transcultural exchange. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, and begins in August of 2021.
4. ‘A Mughal Queen and her Manuscript: The Ramayana made for Hamida Banu Begum’
12 April 2021
6 pm (Doha, GMT+3)/ 11 am (EST)
MIA is delighted to welcome our former curator Dr. Marika Sardar, Prof. John Seyller, and Prof. Audrey Truschke for a webinar about the publication of our new book – the Ramayna of Hamida Banu Begum.
To book, please visit https://www.qm.org.qa/en/mughal-queen-and-her-manuscript-ramayana-made-hamida-banu-begum . This webinar will be delivered in English.
5. The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce that our intensive summer Arabic programs will be offered online between June 14 and July 30, 2021.
CAMES offers two separate seven-week programs that provide intensive online instruction in Arabic through a rigorous academic curriculum, complemented by an integrated series of films, guest lectures, and other online activities:
Arabic Language and Culture Program: this program is designed for learners who want to develop their overall proficiency in Arabic in both its Standard and Lebanese varieties. The program emphasizes the development of various skills within a communicative, proficiency-based framework that considers Arabic in all its varieties as “one language”. To this end, it integrates Standard Arabic and Lebanese Arabic within the same course, and gives special attention to the development of intercultural competence in Arabic.
Lebanese Arabic Program: this program is designed for learners who want to develop their proficiency in Lebanese Arabic. The program focuses on speaking and listening skills, as well as building/enhancing intercultural competence in Lebanese Arabic.
Each program provides nine credit hours of instruction at various levels of proficiency. Students may transfer the credits earned to their home institutions.
The application deadline is April 14, 2021. For detailed information about the academic content of our programs, application forms, costs, and financial support, please visit our website.
Contact us on email@example.com if you have any questions.
6. ‘Plague and the Fall of Baghdad (1258)’
Nahyan Fancy and Monica H. Green
Medical History 65/2, April 2021
7. University of Edinburgh – Research fellow in Coptic papyrology:
European Research Council (ERC) project: The Finances of the Caliphate: Abbasid Fiscal Practice in Islamic Late Antiquity (CALIPHAL FINANCES)
UE07, £33,797 – £40,322 – Full-time fixed-term position (35 hours per week) – available from 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2025 (4 years).
The Research Fellow in Coptic Papyrology will be studying the published corpus of Coptic documents relating to fiscal practices, publish new material in this language and research a topic of fiscal history based on that documentation.
Deadline: 23rd April 2021, 05:00 PM (GMT).
For questions, contact:
Dr Marie Legendre
Lecturer in Islamic History
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES)
Queen Mary University of London – School of Languages, Linguistics & Film
Closing date: 29.4.21
9. Gramsci in the Middle East and North Africa Conference
9-10 May 2022, LSE
Receipt of abstracts: Monday 13 September 2021
10. The Social Science Research Council’s Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean was established in 2019, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to catalyze research into the intersections of social and environmental change in the region.
Drawing together scholars and institutions from across the globe, the program funds cutting-edge social inquiry about the Indian Ocean region. It also supports the development of new models of international research partnerships, grounded in principles of ethical collaboration and equity in the production and dissemination of knowledge in and about the Global South. The Collaboratory’s inaugural funding phase, in 2020, focused on the collaborative research planning process, and supported the work of eight interdisciplinary research teams through the Transregional Planning Grants initiative.
This year, the Collaboratory invites proposals for 12-month collaborative research grants to conduct fully conceptualized research projects that deepen understanding of the effects of political, economic, and social processes in contexts of profound climate and environmental change in and across Indian Ocean countries. This competition is open to research teams intending to embark on new research projects or to expand research in progress in novel directions.
The deadline for applications is April 26, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time.
11. Understanding the Middle East: The unfinished Arab revolutions: Power, Politics and Governance in the Middle East
Turin, 5-9 July
Application deadline: 17.6.21
The 8th edition of the summer school “Understanding the Middle East” critically unpacks power, politics and governance, exploring the role they have in re-defining the trajectories of Arab states
12. 10 years So-called Arab Spring – a critical perspective
Online Lecture Series | KIARA, University of Leipzig | Wednesdays, 19:30 (CET)
The Critical Students of Islamic and Arabic Studies (KIARA), part of the University of Leipzig, was founded last summer by students from various disciplines. The programme for upcoming lectures in the series ’10 Years So-called Arab Spring – a critical perspective’ is now available. These lectures are intended to offer
a space for critical reflection. The main questions will be the following: What happened in West Asia and North Africa 10 years ago? Which critical perspectives should be included?
Edited by Colin Imber
Between April-June 2021 the British Library and Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, will co-host Histories and Archives of Arabic Publishing: an online series of talks exploring publishing practices in Arabic as a site for unfolding intellectual networks, artistic practices and political imaginaries from the 1960s until the present.
15. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: PRINT MEDIA IN THE MODERN ISLAMIC WORLD
Mira Xenia Schwerda, Harvard University
Hala Auji, American University of Beirut
Yasemin Gencer, Indiana University
Aditi Chandra, University of California-Merced
Elizabeth Rauh, American University in Cairo
Friday, April 9th, 12:00pm ET
[Webinar]Silsila Spring 2021 Lecture Series, Translations
The first examples of print in the Islamic world, in the form of block print amulets and scrolls, date to the tenth century. From those early productions until the present, various printing technologies and practices have played an important role in Islamic art and visual culture, particularly during the 19th-century when lithography and new engraving methods shaped the technologies of image making. Despite the central role printing plays in producing, circulating, and disseminating visual material and expressions in the Islamic world, studies of print culture rarely feature in textbooks or surveys on Islamic art. One reason is the medium’s resistance to traditional fine art categories: print is a mechanical technology as well as an art form. It also crosses media borders in other ways. As print operates in multiples, the old art historical model centered on the “original” artwork does not apply in studies of printed images and texts.
In Islamic art history, studies of printing and its spread largely focus on surviving medieval examples, cross-cultural encounters, and the introduction of the modern press, and less on the persistent evolution and generative power of this artistic technology. This panel proposes a reframing of how the field addresses the medium of printing by centering the art form as a driving force in image production and artistic developments in the modern Islamic world. The papers will discuss different examples of printing visual culture, from engraved portraits, to photographic postcards, lithographed illustrated periodicals, and examples of contemporary printmaking and popular devotional prints. Such printed images offer new insights into the visual materials and cultural practices of the modern Islamic world.
Full details of the event and a link to register as an attendee can be found at:
Only registered attendees will be able to access this event.
16. BIPS ONLINE LECTURES 22 APRIL 2021, 5PM BST
‘The Unheard Voices from Eastern Iran and the Eastern Islamicate World’
Dr Arezou Azad (University of Oxford)
For further information and to register, see: https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/unheard_voices/
17. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University seeks applications for a preceptor in Persian Language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2021. The preceptor will be responsible for teaching five courses per academic year, participating in curricular development, and training and supervising teaching fellows.
The position is three years, renewable for a term of up to five years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization.
The successful applicant should have an Advanced degree in Persian, Applied Linguistics, or foreign/second-language acquisition and pedagogy, and native or near-native proficiency in Persian.
Extensive experience and demonstrated excellence in college-level Persian language teaching at all levels (novice to advanced) is preferred.
Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10183).
- Cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two sample syllabi
- Link to a 20-minute teaching demo by URL through the ARIeS portal
- Names and contact information of three to five referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.
Minimum Number of References Required: 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed: 5
Applications must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
Soma Roy, Search Administrator
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, and to apply : https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10183
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