Aggregated opportunities for undergraduates interested in the Middle East and North Africa
CMES Undergraduate Digest
New & Upcoming Courses
NES 190D: Islamic Studies- Representation of Islam in Media and Cultural Production
NESTUD R1A: Reading and Composition in Near Eastern Studies- Agency and Transformation in the Literature and Film of Palestine and Israel
NESTUD R1A 002: Reading and Composition in Near Eastern Studies- Which Way Home? Narratives of Pilgrimage from Islamicate Lands
NESTUD 18: Introduction to Ancient Egypt
NESTUD 146A: Introduction to Islam
Persian 20: Intensive Intermediate Persian
ARABIC 10: Intensive Elementary Arabic
ARABIC 30: Intensive Intermediate Arabic
IAS 197: Transboundary Water Conflict Resolution: The Israeli –Arab Case
NES 10: Introduction to the Near East
Townsend Conference & Lecture Grants
Fellowship & Job Opportunities
Summer Internships at MEI
Summer Study Abroad with UC Davis
Al-Quds Bard Summer Language Intensive (AQB SLI)
Calls for Papers
Berkeley Undergraduate Journal
Dr. Hatem Bazian, 4 Units, TuTh 1-4:30 PM, CCN: 15296
Learn more on the Near Eastern Studies website.
N/A, 4 units, M, Tu, W, Th 1:00 pm - 2:59 pm, CCN# 12534
This course examines the way in which Palestinian and Israeli writers and artists develop their own theories of agency and transformation in their projects. Through a diverse collection of readings, videos, lectures, and discussions, students will gain a broad understanding of how cultural production generates change large and small and the limitations of its workings. Using Palestinian and Israeli novellas, short-stories, poetry, film and installation art from 1948 to contemporary works in addition to short theoretical readings, the class will examine the construction of agency, what its modes may be (active, passive, defensive, vulnerable, generative, disruptive, individual, collective, narrative, political, etc.) and the role of agent. This course places a strong emphasis on written assignments and active class participation.
Aria Fani, 4 Units, M, Tu, W, Th 10:00 am - 11:59 am, CCN# 12535
Pilgrimage is a shared practice among all human cultures. Pilgrims embark on arduous journeys to strengthen their faith, define their place in an imagined community, pay homage to a site of national or tribal memory, seek personal adventures, gain access into political and scholarly networks, fulfill an obligatory task, form solidarity with a certain cause, and search for moral and spiritual meaning. Many pilgrims have documented their experiences through arts and composition; these narratives speak to economic, social, cultural, artistic and political facets of their world. In Which Way Home?, we will consider pilgrimage narratives as a genre and subject it to scrutiny: who is a pilgrim? What forces, personal and institutional, sustain the institution of pilgrimage? Upon what terms do pilgrims articulate notions of faith, territory and community? We will narrow our focus to Islamicate lands; by Islamicate (as opposed to Islamic), we refer to a vast ecumene broadly marked by cultural forms of Islam. We will engage documentaries, movies, paintings, nonfiction, stories and poetry. Join us on this exciting journey!
Jessica E. Kaiser, 4 Units, M, Tu, W, Th 11:00 am - 12:59 pm, CCN# 15355
A general introduction to ancient Egypt, providing overview of ancient Egyptian culture and society (history, art, religion, literature, language, social structure), Egyptian archaeology (pyramids, tombs, mummies, temples, cities, monuments, daily life), and the history and development of the modern discipline of Egyptology. Assumes no prior knowledge of subject. Almost all lectures are illustrated extensively by slides. Course includes visits to the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, which has the best collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts west of Chicago.
Amin Ehteshami, 3 Units, M, Tu, W, Th, F 10:00 am - 11:59 am, 15356
This course seeks to introduce major themes of Islam as they developed from the time of its emergence to the contemporary setting. It will explore the ways in which Muslims have interpreted the message of Islam through philosophical, legal, political, mystical and literary writings. Attention will also be given to the controversies that eclipse present-day Islam. The class will emphasize a seminar-style discussion. Lectures will be supplemented with visual materials, music, and movies where appropriate. This course satisfies Philosophy and Values and Historical Studies breadth requirements.
Reza Ghahramani, 10 Units, June 19 - Aug 11, M, Tu, W, Th, F 9:00 am - 1 pm, CCN# 15289
The Persian Intensive is an eight-week intensive course that will strengthen skills in oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of the Persian language. In this course, students will engage with authentic listening and reading materials, learn to speak in detail about a number of topics, learn to offer and support opinions both orally and in writing, utilize important Persian expressions, deepen their knowledge of Persian grammar and become familiar with important features of Persian culture.
This course is equivalent to one full year of intermediate level Modern Persian.
N/A, 10 Units, June 19 - Aug 11, M, Tu, W, Th, F 9:00 am - 12:59 pm, CCN# 10934
An eight-week intensive course intended to teach skills in oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic. Using up-to-date language teaching and proficiency-oriented methodologies, the course also covers the basics of Arabic morphology, syntax, and grammar. In addition, cultural components from Arabic-speaking countries are incorporated into the daily activities.
This course is equivalent to one full year of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. We will cover Chapters 1-13 in Al-Kitaab, Part One.
Course Goals: By the completion of Arabic 10 students should be able to:
1. write the Arabic alphabet, connect letters to form words, and recognize and pronounce Arabic sounds
2. express themselves in the present, past and future tenses both orally and in writing
3. comprehend short printed and audio/video texts on familiar topics
4. introduce themselves to native speakers providing information about where they live, work,
their education and family.
Upon completion of Arabic 10, students are prepared to enroll in Intermediate Arabic.
N/A, 10 Units, June 19 - Aug 11, M, Tu, W, Th, F 9:00 am - 12:59 pm, CCN# 10936
The Intensive Intermediate Arabic is an eight-week course that will strengthen skills in oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will engage with authentic listening and reading materials, learn to speak in detail about a number of topics, learn to offer and support opinions both orally and in writing, utilize important Arabic expressions, deepen their knowledge of Arabic grammar and its rich morphological system, and become familiar with important features of Arab culture.
This course is equivalent to one full year of intermediate level Modern Standard Arabic.
4 Units;; M, Tu, W, Th; 10:00 am - 11:59 am; Dwinelle 183
Much of the Earth’s surface is made up of transboundary basins. The shared nature of these water bodies has been a source of water conflicts in many places while fostering cooperation in others. The aim of the course is to demonstrate the effectiveness, efficiency and political feasibility of a wide-range of technological, legal, and institutional mechanisms to resolve transboundary water conflicts. In particular, the course will focus on the water conflicts between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Students will encounter approaches for addressing water conflicts while accommodating climate and political uncertainty. Taught by Visiting Professor Itay Fishhendler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Dr. John Hayes, 4 Units, MWF 9-10 AM, CCN#
The Middle East extends from Morocco to Afghanistan, a distance of some 3500 miles. Many people who live in this vast expanse resent the simplistic ways they have been portrayed by the American media. By studying the history, politics, and religions of the Middle East— and by reading literature and watching music videos from the region—we will learn about the tremendous diversity of the peoples living there.
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The Townsend Center provides small grants for partial funding of public conferences, lectures, and symposia taking place at UC Berkeley. Events that are closed to the public, require an admission fee, take place off of the UC Berkeley campus, or occur before the deadline for application will not be considered for funding. Ongoing/recurring activities and named lecture series are not funded by this program. The Center will fund meetings of professional organizations that take place in Berkeley on a one-time basis only.
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Monday, May 1, 2017 | 5:00 pm
More information can be found at: http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/funding/conference-lecture-grants
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Application deadline is March 15
MEI offers an array of internship opportunities that engage a wide range of professional interests and talents. On a given day, Charles Lister's research assistant might conduct open-source news analysis of extremist groups on Twitter and YouTube, while our Programs interns might organize and help host a panel to discuss cultural racketeering and antiquities theft in Iraq and Egypt. With over 25 intern positions across 11 different departments, we have a variety of internships that attract a very diverse pool of interns.
Although our internships are unpaid, MEI works to ensure that its interns are compensated for their contributions. We offer a free language class, a SmarTrip card reloaded with $100 each month, a year-long online subscription to The Middle East Journal, and a series of talks, the Intern Development Series, exclusively dedicated to advancing our interns' professional lives and their knowledge of the region.
Find out more information on our website, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Deadline -- 3/10/17
Do you have a social science or humanities paper you’re proud of? Submit to BUJ to try your hand at becoming a published author!
See http://buj.berkeley.edu for details.
Al Noor is the only undergraduate-run publication represented each year at the MESA (Middle Eastern Studies Association) conference, and is archived in the Library of Congress. Our mission is to shine a non-partisan and unbiased light on the myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East. Previous issues have been distributed across the US and Europe, as well as in Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Israel, and Palestine.
Possible topics for submission are any subject pertaining to the Middle East and Islam, including but not limited to history, religion, culture, art, and politics.
Submissions should be sent to: email@example.com. Each paper should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Academic papers should be no more than 8,000 words; features and essays should be approximately 1,500 words. Papers should be formatted with endnotes and a complete bibliography.
Students can also submit a photo essay of at least 10 images from their travel and/or research in the Middle East.
More information can be found at: www.bcalnoor.org
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