1.Art in action
Politics and social engagement in art
Akbank Sanat Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, September 19, 2015
Art in action
Politics and social engagement in art
Workshop at AKBANK Sanat Beyoglu, Istanbul
Concept by: Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi
Organised by: Akbank Sanat
We can trace the origins of the relationship between art, politics and
social engagement from the Ancient Near East and Classical Antiquity
onwards. However, in modern times, especially after Romanticism,
artists started to be more openly and directly critical towards the
condition and situation of their times, and in many cases became the
living “conscience” of the society. The workshop aims to analyse both
historical and current questions related to “art in action”. How art
can be and should it be political? Is the social engagement a limiting
or enriching feature of the arts? Should art stay “art for art’s sake”,
or be(come) more and more radically political? These and other
questions will be examined in the workshop, from an inter- and
multidisciplinary perspective, with the participation of Turkish and
14:00 First session
Opening remarks by Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi, initiator of the workshop
Dr. Jale Erzen (Professor, Middle East Technical University, Ankara and
Izmir University, Izmir)
Art and architecture for and against ideologies
Dr. Jacob Lund (Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark)
Reframings of the present moment and the experience of contemporaneity
in the work of Alfredo Jaar
Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi (Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, United
Memory and politics through art. Contemporary examples from the Middle
East and beyond
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Second session
Ipek Duben (artist, Istanbul)
Art as engagement and conversation
Bedri Baykam (artist and writer, president of UPSD – Turkish Plastic
Arts Association, Istanbul)
Art and politics. The art of constant repositioning and risk taking:
The cost of freedom
Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Politics & Social Engagement in Art (Istanbul, 19 Sep 15). In:
H-ArtHist, Sep 6, 2015. <http://arthist.net/archive/10907>.
2. Porta Linguarum Orientalium. New Series
Edited by Lutz Edzard, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and University of Oslo,
and Stephan Guth, University of Oslo
The Porta Linguarum Orientalium series, founded in 1864 by Julius Heinrich Petermann, later in the 20th century published under the editorship of Franz Rosenthal and Werner Diem, since 2014 edited by Lutz Edzard and Stephan Guth, constitutes a scholarly forum for grammars, pedagogical manuals, chrestomathies, and comparative manuals of the most important languages in the Middle East and Central Asia. In this capacity, the series has an important role within the publishing portfolio of Harrassowitz Verlag. In particular, the series comprises volumes on Semitic languages (Akkadian, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Gəʿəz, Amharic), Coptic, Ottoman Turkish, modern Persian, Bahasa Indonésia, and Mongolian. The series also comprises comparative reference works on Semitic and the languages of the Islamic cultural area. All contributors to the series are leading scholars in their respective fi elds. The volumes of the series are subject to periodical review and, where appropriate, new editions. In individual cases, English versions of monographs originally published in German are in preparation. The volumes of the series are of interest to scholars and students alike, and are conceived both as pedagogical manuals and reference works.
The volumes are published in German or English, and they should encompass not more than 450 pages. Interested authors are expressly encouraged to approach the editors or Harrassowitz with publication ideas:
Prof. Dr. Lutz Edzard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Stephan Guth: email@example.com
Dr. Barbara Krauß: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the series: http://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/category_280.ahtml?NKLN=86_B
3. CALL FOR PROPOSALS. www.MPSAnet.org
74th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference. April 7-10, 2016. Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Complete Panel Proposal Deadline: September 24, 2015
Paper and Roundtable Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2015
Poster Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2015
The 2016 MPSA Conference Program Co-Chairs and Section Heads invite proposals in over 80 sections which represent all subfields in political science; the deadline for paper proposals is 10/1/2015. You must log in at MPSAnet.org to submit a proposal. If you do not have an account for the website, register for an account here. If you have an account (e.g. past conference attendee, past member), but forgot your username or password, just retrieve your existing username and password. In particular, you might consider submitting a proposal to our sections on Area Studies:
- Section 9: European Politics
- Section 10: Latin American and Caribbean Politics
- Section 11: Politics in Asia, South Asia & China
- Section 12: African Politics
- Section 13: Politics of the Middle East
- Section 14: Communist/Post-Communist Countries
The MPSA conference has more papers and panels than any conference in the discipline, and yet all sessions can fit in the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. In addition to standard research panels or poster sessions, the MPSA also has innovative and interactive presentation formats like the Junior Scholar Symposia, Symposia and Research Blitz.
Conference participants are not required to be MPSA members, though all participating presenters are must register for the conference; members do receive a significant registration discount. The conference includes a number of open-bar receptions, formal networking opportunities and organized mentoring opportunities, as well as several dozen professional development sessions on topics of interest to academics including: Journal Editing, Blogging in the Academy, Experiments, Mentoring Students, Promotion to Full Professor and more.
Questions about the content of proposals should be directed to the Program Committee Co-Chairs or section heads. Questions about policies, presentation formats, and the electronic submissions process should be directed to MPSA staff at email@example.com.
The MPSA was founded in 1939 and has members in over one hundred countries; the flagship journal of the MPSA is the American Journal of Political Science (www.ajps.org). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 101 W. Kirkwood Ave, Suite 207, Bloomington, IN 47404. www.MPSAnet.org
You must log in at MPSAnet.org to submit a proposal. Paper proposals are due 10/1/2015. If you do not have an account for the website, register for one here. If you have an account (e.g. past conference attendee, past member), but forgot your username or password, just retrieve your existing username and password.
Useful Links to Help You Prepare for #MPSA16
4. Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East is devoted to the most recent scholarship concerning historic and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design of the Middle East and of regions shaped by diasporic communities more globally. We invite interdisciplinary studies from diverse perspectives that address the visual characteristics of the built environment, ranging from architectural case studies to urban analysis. The series will illustrate a range of approaches to the commission, design, construction, use, and reception of buildings and landscapes throughout the region; concurrently, it will illuminate the region’s diverse architectural cultures and traditions. The series intends to present the history, theory, practice, and critical analyses of historical and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design, as well as the interpretation and conservation of the region’s existing cultural heritage. It will include surveys, monographs, and edited volumes.
Series editors: Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber
Please submit your book proposals to the series editors. The following is the link to the book proposal template: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/repository/index/
5. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Persian Literature, to begin Fall 2016. Applicants’ primary research focus should be on modern Persian literature and culture. Candidates with additional demonstrated competence in teaching pre-modern Persian literature and in Persian language pedagogy are especially sought. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced undergraduate, as well as graduate, courses. Ph.D. is expected by July, 2016.
Applications are to be submitted on-line athttp://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/697. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, statement of research interests, and the contact information for three individuals who will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015 and the process will continue until the position is filled. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see:
The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).
6. The Religion Programme at the University of Otago, New Zealand, invites applications for a three-year, fixed-term position as Lecturer in Religion. We welcome applicants from a range of disciplines and specialties, but applicants should have research expertise that speaks to one or more of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, and/or Christianity) and be able to demonstrate sophistication in using social-scientific and/or historical methods. The successful candidate will teach an introductory 100-level paper on Judaism, Christianity and Islam each year, plus one or two more papers (courses) of their own design (an average of two and a half papers per year). We particularly encourage candidates whose own papers would address aspects of Islam and/or Christianity outside Europe and North America. Applicants should have an energetic and enthusiastic commitment to teaching and an active research profile.
Applicants should have completed a PhD by June 2016 and should have knowledge of languages relevant to their area of research expertise. It is hoped that duties will commence on 13 June 2016.
Further details are available from the University of Otago website at https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1501430
Specific enquiries may be directed to Dr Will Sweetman, Head of Department, Department of Theology and Religion, Tel 00 64 3 479 8793, Email email@example.com
Applications quoting reference number 1501430 will close on Monday, 2 November 2015.
Dr Will Sweetman
Head of Department / Tumuaki
Theology and Religion / Te Tari Whakapono
University of Otago / Te Whare W?nanga o Ot?go
+64 3 479 8793
7. Tenured or tenure-track faculty position in History – Medieval and Persianate World (Rank open)
|Ashoka University’s Department of History seeks to hire a scholar of the Medieval Persianate World, rank open. Must have the ability/willingness to teach a survey course in Medieval Indian History, with research level fluency in Persian, and/or Arabic, or any language relevant to medieval history, and ability to mentor students in the same.|
|Teaching load is two courses per semester. Compensation and research support unparalleled in India. PhD must be in hand by time of appointment.
Candidates will require (1) a coverletter / CV, (2) statement on teaching philosophy, (3) statement on research, (4) research portfolio sample, and (5) three references.
For questions or more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For full consideration all materials should be submitted at
http://ashoka.edu.in/facultypositions by October 16, 2015.
Ashoka University is a private, nonprofit university providing an international-quality liberal arts and sciences education, the first of its kind in India. We have attracted the brightest students and the highest-quality faculty to our world-class campus on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. Ashoka’s Young India Fellowship, in its fifth year, has become the top destination for Indian postgraduates and our growing Undergraduate Programme consists of 360 of the brightest students in India.
Ashoka is supported by partnerships with top universities around the world and an academic council of eminent scholars, all of whom are invested in building a new model of higher education in India through excellence in teaching and research. Our faculty is very diverse and consists of world-class researchers from premier universities (Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and others) who have made a mark in their respective fields, from computer science to philosophy, and are working to shape minds of India’s future leaders.
8. Manar al-Athar (http://www.manar-al-athar.ox.ac.uk/)
The Manar al-Athar website, based at the University of Oxford, aims to provide high resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, and publication. These images of archaeological sites, with buildings and art, will cover the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain. The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e., from about 300 BC) through, the Islamic period to the present. It is the first website of its kind providing such material labelled jointly in both Arabic and English. We will also be publishing related material, both online and on paper, in English and Arabic.
Aims of Image Archives
a. to provide freely-downloadable images at high resolution for research and publication, as well as at low resolution for powerpoint slides for teaching;
b. to make images freely available for publication simply by acknowledging the source (no form-filling); (see Copyrigh
c. to have simple labels with a concentration on accurate and standardized labels, using metadata (explained under Photo Archive) for easy searching and organizing, with bilingual text in Arabic and English to facilitate the use of the images for both teaching and research in the Arab world, where most of the monuments are located.
d. to present the images in a structured way that is simple and easy to follow, moving from the whole building to details, to show their context.
9. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN IRANIAN OR TURKISH STUDIES
The Program in Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in modern Iranian studies or Turkish studies, in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Candidates should work within an established discipline, and also engage with interdisciplinary conversations in Middle East studies. The position is anchored in the interdisciplinary Program in Middle East and North African studies, which offers an undergraduate major and minor and a PhD certificate program and a growing community of scholars and students. The successful candidate will need to qualify for a joint appointment in a partner department, including but not limited to anthropology, art history, a literature department, history, philosophy, religious studies, or sociology. Expertise and extensive engagement with primary documents, archives, and/or fieldwork in the language(s) of the region is expected. While this search names both Iranian and Turkish studies, candidates need not engage both fields, nor work exclusively in one or the other. The committee will be considering applicants in both subfields, which are areas of growth within the MENA Program. Job to begin September 1, 2016. PhD expected to be completed no later than spring 2016.
Applications should include: a cover letter including description of current research project, future research areas, and teaching experience or philosophy; curriculum vitae; names and electronic addresses of three referees, and a writing sample of 20-25 manuscript pages or a published academic article. In order to receive full consideration, materials must arrive by Monday Oct 10. Interviews will be conducted at the Middle East Studies Association meetings in Denver (accommodations made for semi-finalists not able to travel to MESA).
The Program in Middle East and North African Studies is committed to a diverse faculty, both in terms of gender diversity and ethnic and racial diversity, as understood both in the United States and the Middle East region. We encourage women and ethnic, racial, and religious minorities to apply.
AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
For further information and to apply, see: http://www.mena.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/faculty-search.html
10. BRAIS 2016 Call for Papers
Third Annual Conference
Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 April 2016
Senate House, University of London
Call for panels and papers
Following BRAIS’s successful conferences in Edinburgh (April 2014) and London (April 2015), the organisers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic Studies, for the Third Annual Conference of BRAIS. Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts as well as historical, textual, contemporary anthropological and sociological approaches.
Pre-arranged panels are particularly welcome on themes within the subject area, such as:
- Qur’anic studies
- Sociology of Islam
- Muslims in Britain/Europe/North America and other minority contexts
- History, Medieval and Modern
- History of Science
- Philosophy and theology
- Muslims in Africa and Asia
- Intellectual History
- Islamic Art and Architecture
- Diversity within Islam
- Economics and Finance
- Gender Studies
- Islam in the Media
- Interreligious Relations
Individual proposals will also be considered, and, if accepted, will then be grouped with similar submissions by the conference organisers.
For panels, a 200-word outline of the theme of the panel, together with 200-word abstracts of each paper and a short biography of each presenter, should be submitted using the form which is available HERE.
For individual papers, a 200-word abstract of the paper, with a short biography of the presenter, should be submitted using the form which is available HERE.
All completed forms should be sent by email attachment to email@example.com by 5pm (UK time) on Monday 30th November 2015.
Notification of accepted panels and papers will be circulated in January 2016.
Further details about the Association, including how to join, can be found at www.brais.ac.uk. Registration for the conference will open in February 2016, and early registration is recommended as limited space is available. The deadline for registration for the conference will be 5 pm (UK time) on Monday 21 March 2016.
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