CMES Graduate Digest

Aggregated opportunities for graduate students interested in the Middle East and North Africa

New & Upcoming Courses

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Funding Opportunities

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Research Fellowship Program

New Scholarship for Intensive Arabic Study

Fellowship & Job Opportunities

2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Seeking TA/Activity Coordinator: Summer Intensive Language Program at the Middlebury Institute

Calls for Papers

Narratives of Progress: Global and Local Perspectives

Volume VI, Issue 2 of LIGHTS: The MESSA Journal (From the University of Chicago)

American Institute for Maghrib Studies

CFP Brecht in the Middle East (Modern Language Association, New York, 4-7 January 2018)

Call for proposals for International Conference on Gender and Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: The Road to Sustainable Democracy and Democratization

Other

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

MOVE 2017

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Funding Opportunities

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Research Fellowship Program

This fellowship awards up to $51,000 annually to a scholar, or team of scholars, to conduct research in Oman for up to one year. SQCC is accepting applications for the 2018 Research Fellowship Program. For more information on the Research Fellowship Program please visit this page.

New Scholarship for Intensive Arabic Study

I'm writing to let you know about a new scholarship to support advanced, immersive Arabic studies. Details below:

 

About the Scholarship

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2017. For more details and how to apply, visit:  http://www.industryarabic.com/scholarship

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Fellowship & Job Opportunities

2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

 

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in the Middle East and North Africa. We invite you to consider applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, and also invite you to encourage your colleagues to be a part of this important international experience. Below you’ll find some ways you can get involved.

·        Consider applying to teach or research – Explore the Catalog of Awards (http://awards.cies.org) and contact us with any questions regarding specific opportunities. Highlights to the region include:

o   Oman: All Disciplines (8367-MU)

o   Jordan: All Disciplines (8358-JO)

o   Tunisia: All Disciplines (8372-TS)

o   Israel: Postdoctoral Fellowship (8357-IS)

 

·        Refer your U.S. colleagues to receive information about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. IIE/CIES will contact all referrals, providing valuable information about the award offerings and application process. You can also list your colleagues’ primary discipline or preferred country, which will allow us to tailor our guidance.

 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for the 2018-19 competition is August 1, 2017. Please reach out with any questions or concerns; we’ll be glad to assist.

Seeking TA/Activity Coordinator: Summer Intensive Language Program at the Middlebury Institute

JOB TITLE: SILP Tutor/Activity Guide - Russian
DEPARTMENT: Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)
LOCATION: MIIS at Monterey Main Campus
DATES: June 11 – August 9, 2017

POSITION SUMMARY
Under the direct supervision of Language Program Coordinators, Tutors/Activity Guides assist Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) students in their academic coursework outside of class (10+ hours/week) and facilitate co-curricular activities (5-10 hours/week). We are looking for qualified candidates to perform the combined role of Tutor/Activity Guide in all five SILP languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education
B.A. with a foreign language major or equivalent; M.A. in foreign language teaching or equivalent (in progress or completed) preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Advanced-level fluency in the target language

Experience
• One to three years experience tutoring and/or working with foreign language learners
• Experience organizing and facilitating group events

Physical Demands
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey maintains a smoke-free workplace and complies with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Essential job functions require ability to sit for extended periods of time, walk, bend, climb, push/pull, lift and carry up to 25 pounds occasionally. Also requires fine dexterity and ability to grasp, i.e. for writing and word processing/data entry.

TO APPLY
Submit CV and cover letter:
https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/14913

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Calls for Papers

Narratives of Progress: Global and Local Perspectives

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute is calling for proposals.

We invite interested participants to send proposals that deal with these or related questions. We also encourage approaching these questions by examining specific case studies, or by examining specific figures relevant to either of these dimensions (e.g., Hegel, Franz Fanon, Muhammad Abduh, to name but a few).
We suggest three formats of proposals:
Round-table discussions of an article or book chapter related to one of the above topics
Panel discussions
20-minute papers

More information can be found here.

Deadline: April 30,2017

Volume VI, Issue 2 of LIGHTS: The MESSA Journal (From the University of Chicago)

We invite graduate students from all departments to submit academic papers related to Middle Eastern Studies. Submissions from all relevant disciplinary approaches and subject areas are encouraged. Book reviews, critical and analytic pieces, and photography submissions related to the Middle East are welcome.

Submissions must be in Microsoft word .doc(x) format or PDF form for photographs.We also request that submissions be limited to 6,000 words or 17 pages double spaced.

The extended submission deadline is 5pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Please send submissions to: uchicagomessalights@gmail.com

American Institute for Maghrib Studies

The Maghrebi/North African Cultural Studies Reader aspires to bring together some of the top researchers in the North African/Maghrebi area studies, and aims to introduce the international student to

 

  1. engage with and debate the evolution of cultural studies,
  2. assess the different strands within the subject, and
  3. project on new directions. 

Covering different historical periods, geo-strategic grounds and pluri-disciplinary fields, contributors to the book will provide an assessment of North African/Maghrebi cultural studies, advance an account of the field’s historical formation, and suggest an outline of its significant ideological trends and theoretical controversies. With a special edition appearing in English for the first time, the collection offers a comprehensive view of the specific challenges, multi-disciplinary philosophies and appropriate methodologies that characterize ME-di-NA cultural studies.

For the full call, go to: https://goo.gl/Q6HZTA 

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CFP Brecht in the Middle East (Modern Language Association, New York, 4-7 January 2018)

4-7 January 2018

Modern Language Association Convention  * New York City

This panel seeks to examine and discuss the legacy of Bertolt Brecht in the Middle East. What are specificities in the translation, appropriation, and staging of Brecht’s work? How did dramatists introduce, implement, adopt and transform Brechtian dramaturgical concepts in relation to existing theatrical practices and traditions? How did dramatists draw on Brecht to develop new theatrical forms while addressing and responding to national issues, politics, and histories? How did Brecht’s theory and practice of theater translate into the multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, transcontinental, geo-political region referred to as Middle East, defined by never-ending conflict, upheaval and uprisings? What are differences, divergences, and/or intersections in the interpretation of Brecht within the Middle East? How have Brecht’s methods possibly influenced the role of theater in and against oppressive regimes?

Please submit 200-word abstracts by March 10, 2017 to Ela Gezen, egezen[at]german.umass.edu and Hatem Akil, hatem[at]akil.org. Presenters whose papers are chosen for the MLA convention must become members by 7 April 2017.

Call for proposals for International Conference on Gender and Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: The Road to Sustainable Democracy and Democratization

Organized by: Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, IbnZohr University (Morocco); In collaboration with: University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
Proposals due: April 20, 2017
Venue: Kenzy, Farah Azghor. Ouarzazate

The Conference is hosted and organized by the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, Ibn Zohr University in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
        The conference venue, which is Kenzy, Farah Azghor in the city of Ouarzazate Morocco, is located in a charming town in southeastern Morocco, 205 kilometers from Marrakech and at the edge of the Sahara. Referred to as the “door of the Desert,” Ouarzazate is known internationally for its historic kasbah fortresses and its studios, where many Hollywood films were made.
This conference is unique in three ways. First, its cutting-edge content deals with the prospects of sustaining women’s rights and empowerment in an age of uncertainty, where more nations in many parts of the world seem to be rolling back hard fought democratic freedoms. It provokes many new challenging research questions which clearly show that the old boundaries of concepts dissolve and that new approaches and fresh thinking are needed. Second, its international scope aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform and a stimulating international academic forum including all sorts of stakeholders, create many opportunities for networking and socializing with the participants. Third, it is being held in a charming location called Ouarzazate; a city in southeastern Morocco, known internationally for its historic kasbah fortresses and its studios, where many Hollywood films have been made.
        Additionally, the conference affords spaces and times for less formal discussions, which are an important factor supporting the transfer of knowledge and the exchange of experiences so needed in one’s academic life. Our esteemed keynote speakers are well-known for their dynamic, informative and thought provoking speeches. ICGP’17proudly presents the following keynote speakers: Professor Fatima Sadiqi from the University of Fez in Morocco, Professor Dahlerup Drude from University of Stockholm in Sweden; Professor miriam cooke from the Duke University in USA and Professor Aili Mari Tripp from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA. ICGP’17 welcomes young researchers, the next generation of experts in our field, and invites them to contribute and meet with the seniors.
Please examine our call for papers and consider joining us in Ouarzazate October 24-26, 2017. ICGP’17 is a very promising international meeting place and a stimulating venue for presenting research on the future of women’s rights.

http://www.icgp.fpo.ma/

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Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

The Arab Center DC is collecting information from Arab/Middle Eastern graduate students studying in North America/Europe who might be interested in future networking, grants, and conference opportunities. We are also putting together a workshop opportunity, slated for March 2018, in which students can participate and get feedback on their work. Currently, we are focused on students in the social sciences and humanities. For those who may be interested in such opportunities, we are sending out a survey (link below), which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

https://goo.gl/MymF2B

MOVE 2017

MOVE 2017 is a first-of-its-kind national gathering that will provide space for artists, activists, scholars, philanthropists, organization staff, youth, and others from the Arab American community to connect, learn and exchange ideas. MOVE 2017 will encourage attendees to explore intersectionality in a safe environment that is conducive to networking, discovery and the facilitation of critical conversations on a wide range of issues impacting our community.  Join us in Dearborn on November 16 – 18 as we work to Mobilize, Organize, Vocalize, and Empower Arab Americans.

 

Summit workshops will provide tools and resources to address issues impacting the Arab American community and strengthen the work your students are currently doing every day, including:

 

MOVE 2017 will bring together Arab Americans and allies across disciplines and backgrounds to discuss the most important issues facing our community. Student voices are essential to these discussions. I hope you can attend, help spread the word among your students, and even consider sponsoring a group of students to attend.

 

Here’s the full MOVE 2017 schedule, and here’s where you can register. Check out the attached student sponsorship form for more information if you’re interested in sponsoring registration fees for some students from your College. Please let me know if you have any questions, or want to discuss further.