Fellowship Opportunities from the American Academic Research Institute on Iraq

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq announces fellowship opportunities for US Scholars to conduct research on Iraq:

TAARII is a consortium of American universities, musuems, and other scholarly institutions dedicated to the furtherance of research in and on Iraq as well as fostering mutual understanding and respect between American and Iraqi peoples.  With the support of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), TAARII focuses on providing fellowships for American scholars to conduct research in any legitimate academic field from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Iraq, giving priority to collaborative projects undertaken jointly by US and Iraqi scholars.

At this time, the institute invites proposals from U.S. scholars for feasible research on Iraq-related topics outside the country.  Such topics could include remote sensing studies of ancient Iraqi landscape, environmental studies, research in Ottoman records related to Iraq, historical research, social science projects that involve interviews with Iraqis living abroad, joint projects involving a US scholar and an Iraqi living in the country, and public health studies.

Proposals are invited from individual American post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers for awards of up to $10,000 to conduct research related to Iraq in anyfield of the humanities or social sciences.  Proposals from researchers working on Iraq-related topics in the biological and physical sciences may also be considered.

Applications must be received by November 15, 2009 and should include five (5) copies of each of the following:

-A completed application for (available from the TAARII office or website)

A curriculum vitae

-A project budget

-A project narrative of no more than 10 double spaced pages

-Two letters of reccomendation (mailed directly to TAARII–only one copy of each is necessary)

-Evidence of official permissions required to carry out the project if applicable

Awards will be announced in January, for projects that should not begin before March 15th, 2010.  Special requests for projects to begin sonner may also be considered.

Eligibility is limited to US citizens who are post-graduate researchers of full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs.  Awards will be made on the basis of merit as determined by a review panel consisting of scholars from member universities.

Support for the program comes from a grant from the US Department of State’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs (State/ECA) through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

For further information on how to apply, visit the website at www.taarii.org.

Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of Insight Turkey on “Turkish Communities and Muslim Citizens of Europe”

Insight Turkey invites manuscripts for its Winter 2010 issue that will explore European policies and debates on “Turkish Communities and Muslim Citizens of Europe” with theoretical reflections and analyses of their social, cultural, political and religious positions. We seek original manuscripts from scholars across the social sciences and humanities, both discipline specific and interdisciplinary, as well as contributions from policy circles. In this special issue, which will be edited by the guest editor Professor Talip Kucukcan of SETA Foundation & Marmara University, our goal is to showcase high-quality single case or comparative studies and stimulate a lively debate on the subject.The topics suitable for inclusion in the special issue include but are not limited to:

–         Identity construction among the Turkish and Muslim communities in Europe

–         Civil society organizations, transnational networks and Turkish-EU relations

–         Representation and political participation on local, national and EU levels,

–         Post 9/11 state policies towards migration, integration and discrimination,

–         Religious groups, institutions, movements and Islam in the European public sphere,

–         Position of Turks/Muslims in education, housing and employment,

–         Impact of the rise of nationalism, racism and xenophpbia on the Turks/Muslims,

–         Cultural and religious practices among host societies, Turkophobia / Islamophobia,

–         Media discourse on Turks, Turkish-EU relations, media consumption among Turks.
Covered by major indexing and abstracting systems and databases, Insight Turkey is a refereed academic journal with a policy-oriented perspective. All submissions are subject to Insight Turkey’s editorial policy and must follow the journal’s style guidelines, which can be obtained from the journal’s homepage. Since the journal’s readership comprises specialists and non-specialists, authors should avoid jargon where possible and use a clear and straightforward language that is appealing to both groups.  Insight Turkey welcomes both full articles (5,000-6,000-word essays that present the findings of research or analysis on a relevant contemporary and
historical problem or phenomenon) and commentaries (2,500-3,500 word pieces that make a short, provocative argument on an actual topic of interest with policy relevance).The deadline for submission of completed papers is December 1, 2009. Interested authors are encouraged to send a 300-word abstract to the journal editors no later than October 15, 2009.

Submissions and any questions on editorial issues should be directed to editors at insightturkey@setav.org. General information regarding Insight Turkey may be obtained from its website: http://www.insightturkey.com/.INSIGHT TURKEY IS INDEXED AND ABSTRACTED BY Index Islamicus, IBR, IBSS, International Political Science Abstracts, Left Index, Middle East & Central Asian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies, Sociological Abstracts and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2010-2011

THE FELLOWSHIPS: The American Research Institute in Turkey takes pleasure in inviting applications for two or three advanced fellowships made possible by the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fields of study cover all periods of history in the general range of the humanities and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history.  The fellowships for research in Turkey may be held for four to twelve continuous months during 2010-2011.  Stipends in the range of $16,800 to $50,400 are available on the basis of individual proposals.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply.  They may be U.S. citizens or three-year residents of the U.S.  Please consult ARIT headquarters on questions eligibilty.  Adavanced scholars also may apply for ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

RESEARCH PERMISSION: Turkish law requires foreign scholars to obtain formal permission to carry out research at institutions in Turkey.  ARIT fellowship applicants are responsible for obtaining the research permission and visa.  In general, researchers should seek permission to carry out research from the director(s) of the institution(s) where they intend to work; this includes researchers who wish to work in libraries housed in Turkish musuems.  Most foreign scholars may enter Turkey on a tourist visa and apply for a research visa from within Turkey, or they may choose to procure a research visa from the Turkish Embassy in advance of their arrival.  Researchers who wish to work with the collections housed in the Turkish archaeological museums, however, should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums.  In addition, if the material they wish to work with is part of an excavation, researchers must submit a letter with their application that is signed by the excavation director giving permission to carry out the research.  The application regulations and format for researchers are posted on the ARIT website.  ARIT reserves the right to withhold payment of fellowship stipends if appropriate research permission is not obtained.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications and three letters of recommendation must be received by November 1, 2009.  Please use the ARIT application format accessible on the ARIT website and submit all materials to the address below.  The ARIT Committee on Fellowships expects to notify applicants of its decisions by January 25, 2010.

For further information, please contact:

The American Research Institute in Turkey

University of Pennsylvania Musuem

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

Phone: (215) 898-3474

Fax: (215)898-0657

email: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu


Job Opening: Associate Professor in Arabic Language and Literature at Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis is seeking candidates for a faculty position at the rank of associate professor with tenure in the field of Arabic Language and Literature to begin in the Fall 2010.  The appointment will be made in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature.  Preferred areas of teaching and research include one or more of the following: Arabic poetry and poetics, theatre, film, cultural studies, and narrative theory and fiction.  The successful candidate will teach Arabic language and literature courses and contribute to the Arabic curriculum development.  Conducting research, publishing in scholarly venues, and serving on departmental committees are among the responsibilities.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those applications received by November 15th, 2009.  Applications should include curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and supporting materials about research and teaching.

Applications should be sent to:

Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, Chair, Arabic Search Committee

Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature

Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1111, One Brookings Drive

St.Louis, Missouri 63130-4899

For electronic submissions, send email attachements to anell@artsci.wustl.edu; Email inquries should be directed to fatemeh@wustl.edu; telephone inquries to (314) 935-5110.  Washington Univeristy in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages women, minorities, and people with disabilities to apply.  Employment eligibility is required upon appointment.

Symposium: “Negotiating Religion Internationally” sponsored by the Lunbar Institute

The Lunbar Institute will be holding a symposium entitled “Negotiating Religion Internationally” on Friday, September 25th from 2pm to 4pm in the Tripp Commons at Memorial Union. The symposium will focus on the role of religion in international negotiations and feature several distinguished speakers:

Kjell Magne Bondevik is the former Prime Minister of Norway (1997-2000, 2001-2005) and founded the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights. He also a Luteran minister and the author of the book Et liv i spenning (A life of excitement/tension).

Thomas Loftus served as Ambassador to Norwayfrom 1993 to 1997. It was during his tenure that the Oslo Accords between the PLO and the State of Israel were signed. He has since served as the Sepcial Advisor to the Director of the World Health Organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights. He is the author of the book The Art of Legislative Politics.

David Morgan is a Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies at UW-Madison. He is the author of Medieval Persia, 1040-1797 and Mongols, the general editor for Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization, and a co-editor for The New Cambridge History of Islam.

Amaney Jamal is an Assistant Professor for Political Science at Princeton University. Her book Barriers to Democracy was awarded ‘Best Book in Comparative Democractization’ by the American Political Science Association (2008). She is also a co-editor for Race and Arab-Americans before and after 9/11.

Prime Minister Bondevik will speak on the initiative of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights that resulted in the Tehran Conference on “Religion in the Modern World” in October 2008. Ambassador Loftus will discuss the negotiations surrounding the Oslo Accords, which took place during his appointment. Professors Morgan and Jamal will offer their comments, followed by questions to the panelists from the audience.

The syposium has been undertaken in partnership between the Lunbar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions at UW-Madison and Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, U.S. Foundation. Additional support provided by the International Institute, UW-Madison, and the Center for Middle East Studies.

Graduate Student International Field Research Awards

The Division of International Studies is pleased to announce the 2009-10 competition for Graduate Student International Field Research Awards. These awards enable Ph.D. students to conduct exploratory summer field research abroad in order to develop their dissertation topics and be more competitive for extramural fellowships. Awards are intended to cover airfare and living expenses abroad, and are expected to average about $3,000 per student.

Proposals should be submitted to the International Institute member program (www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/MemberPrograms) to which the student is applying. Complete applications are due by 4pm on October 16, 2009.

To be eligible students must be enrolled in a University of Wisconsin–-Madison doctoral program and have completed their M.A. or M.S. Dissertation research will be considered, but priority will be given to pre-dissertation exploratory research. Please note that the award is not intended to cover language study. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and international students.

For complete application information, please click here.

For Graduate Students applying through the Center for Middle East Studies, applications may be emailed to cmes@mideast.wisc.edu or dropped off at the Center for Middle East Studies Office in Ingraham 323.

Lecture: “Swedish Perspectives on the Middle East” by Michael Winiarski

On Tuesday, September 22nd at 5pm in 1418 Van Hise Hall, Swedish Journalist Michael Winiarski will be speaking on his experience as the Middle East Correspondent for Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest circulating daily newspaper with a wide range of national and international coverage.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the Department of Scandinavian Studies, the Center for Global Studies, the ILC Nordic and Arabic floors, and the Transatlantic Media Fellows program in Washington, D.C.