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Friday, April 11, 2014

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Middle Eastern History

Department of History,
Williams College

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Middle Eastern History

The Department of History at Williams College seeks to appoint a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the history of the Middle East, beginning in the fall of 2014. Period and specialization are open. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester and be expected to offer a survey course on the Modern Middle East as well as a specialized course based on their interests. Ph.D. in hand or expected by September 2014; new Ph.D.s are especially encouraged to apply.

The Fellow will be included in the activities of the History Department as a regular junior faculty member. They will work closely with a faculty mentor; participate in Williams’ new faculty development program, known as First3; and receive feedback on pedagogical skills and teaching effectiveness through our standard evaluation procedures.

The fellowship includes a salary of $42,500 plus benefits and funds to support research and travel. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career in the United States.

Please e-mail a letter of application, c.v., summary of current research, and short description of suggested courses as one PDF document to Professor Eiko Maruko Siniawer, Chair, Department of History at: emaruko@williams.edu. Three letters of reference should be e-mailed separately. All material must be received by April 18, 2014.

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts that has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Arabic & Persian Summer Institutes, April 15 deadline

Program highlights

  • All levels taught: beginning, intermediate, & advanced
  • Ten week program runs June 2 - August 8, 2014 (Arabic testing begins May 29)
  • Program includes over 150 contact hours, consisting of 3 - 4 contact hours per day
  • Qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship
  • Earn 9 - 12 credits of foreign language in only 10 weeks
  • Priority application deadline: April 15, 2014
More information can be found at http://cola.connect.utexas.edu/redirect.aspx?linkID=98754&eid=1243570.

Who should apply?

  • Current UT students
  • Students at other colleges, universities, & high schools
  • Community members
  • Business professionals, military personnel, teachers
  • Anyone interested in the languages & cultures of the Middle East

Ready to apply?
Apply to the Persian Summer Institute: http://cola.connect.utexas.edu/redirect.aspx?linkID=98752&eid=1243570
Apply to the Arabic Summer Institute: http://cola.connect.utexas.edu/redirect.aspx?linkID=98751&eid=1243570

Arabeya Arabic Intensive Summer Courses in Egypt

The Arabeya Institute, an Arabic language school located in Cairo, is offering a wide range of courses for those wishing to learn or improve their Arabic, whether in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). The Arabeya Institute offers classes and courses for every level in proficiency, as well as programs specially tailored to subjects of interest, such as media studies, diplomacy, business communications, literature, and calligraphy.

Additionally, the Arabeya Institute also offers online Arabic classes via Skype, an integral part of their program that began several years ago in cooperation with Northeastern University’s Arabic department, and which is available to the students.

For several years, they have hosted large groups of students from the Maryland, Northeastern, Harvard, Boston, and Cambridge universities, alongside many ROTC programs, for the Institute's Summer Study Abroad programs, which were designed to introduce students to the rich language, culture, and history of Egypt.

Outside of their summer programs, the Arabeya School offers a number of intensive seasonal courses throughout the year, which enterprising students can attend during semester breaks to enrich their knowledge of the language and culture. Scholarships and discounts are available for several of these programs.

Please take a look at the website (www.Arabeya.org) for information on upcoming spring and summer programs. Contact the Arabeya Institute directly at: info@arabeya.org


Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Scholars are invited to apply to this Summer Research Lab to utilize the University Library’s resources on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and/or to attend two workshops, as well as obtain assistance from the Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa and the staff of the International and Area Studies Library.


  • May 19 – August 8, 2014

Why Illinois:

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest public university library and the second-largest university library in North America, with 13.3 million volumes, 135,389 serial titles, 645,398 e-books, more than 400 electronic databases, and 26 service locations. As of December, the Library had 56,395 books in Arabic and 3,599 Arabic serials. The Library has 30,341 books and 2,776 serials on Islamic studies. The Library also features the Sultan Qaboos Collection on Oman and Ibadi Islam, thanks to a grant from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. For more information on the Middle East and North Africa Collection, visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/ias/middleeasterncollection/courses_centers.html.


  • July 14 - “Ibadi Islam: History and Bibliography” will be taught by University of IllinoisFees/Amenities: The cost of registration for the Summer Research Lab is $50. Housing will be provided at a Registration: To register, complete the online form and submit payment at professor Valerie Hoffman and Florida State University professor Adam Gaiser. This workshop will introduce scholars to the doctrines, terminology, history and major sources on Ibadi Islam, utilizing sources in the Sultan Qaboos Collection in the University of Illinois Library.

  • July 16 - “The Arab Spring (al-Rabīʻ al-‘Arabī)” will be taught by Laila Hussein Moustafa, University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa. This workshop will introduce scholars to Arabic sources on the Arab uprisings and will help them learn how to search and find books, articles and films on this topic. cost of $46 per night at Presby Hall, on the campus of the University of Illinois. Breakfast will be provided free of charge during the workshops, and each workshop will conclude with a group dinner. Graduate students and others who do not have research funds from their home institution may apply for travel grants of $300 each and up to five nights of free housing. http://go.illinois.edu/2014SummerResearchLabregister.

Deadline to apply:

  • April 15, 2014


Monday, March 24, 2014

TRAVEL GRANTS 2014: Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference

Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference

Searching for Balance in the Middle East and Africa

October 30 - November 1, 2014 Key Bridge Marriott Hotel
Washington, D.C.

ASMEA is offering travel grants of up to $500 to professors and students who wish to attend our upcoming Seventh Annual Conference. To apply for the ASMEA Travel Grant:

  • Applicants must be engaged in ongoing study of the Middle East or Africa and enrolled in a Ph.D. program (preferably with M.A. complete), or serve in a post-doc capacity, or serve as a visiting/ adjunct/ assistant professor teaching a minimum of two courses per semester
  • Each grant may be used to cover hotel, conference registration, transportation, and related costs.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a one page paper proposal for the conference. Paper proposals must be relevant to the regions of study and represent new and un-published research. Students may submit research poster proposals.
  • Professors/post-docs must submit a brief letter of reference from their department chair. Students must submit proof of enrollment.
  • Applicants must be ASMEA members in good standing.
  • The application deadline is April 1, 2014.
Download the 2014 Travel Grant Flyer here.

For questions about ASMEA, the travel grants, or the Annual Conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at 202-429-8860 or info@asmeascholars.org.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa www.asmeascholars.org

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Intercultural Program in Israel: Coexistence in the Middle East - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2014

Through a series of academic field trips and encounters, Coexistence in the Middle East (CME) offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel and to engage with different national, religious, and ideological groups that converge at this crossroads for humanity.

Thanks to your help and the collaboration of many academic institutions around the world, CME has been the most popular summer study abroad program at the Rothberg International School for two consecutive years. Last summer it hosted an incredible, diverse group of students, professionals, and diplomats from 6 continents who shared unique experiences.

Following this success, our upcoming summer program, from July 2-31, 2014, will be expanded into a 6-credit program that is comprised of the following two 3-credit courses:

  • Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
  • Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East

A 12-day intensive session will be also offered from Dec. 28, 2014 - Jan. 8, 2014 for students, faculty members, diplomats, policy makers, and other professionals. For further information please refer to the website and 2014 brochure:


Monday, March 10, 2014

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: Spring/Summer Political Exchange Conferences

Mideastwire.com and its partners are pleased to announce a series of Political Exchange Conferences this Spring & Summer:

  • The Fifth Tunis Exchange June 10-June 22 (Deadline I for applications, April 20)
  • The Third Istanbul-Ankara Exchange June 22-July 4 (Deadline I for applications, April 20)
The Exchanges will immerse our participants in the politics of the specific country as well as the region, with a particular emphasis on direct engagement with high-level academic, political, intellectual and religious figures active across the spectrum.


Note that tuition discounts are available for those applicants with demonstrated need as well as for alumni of our previous Exchanges. Furthermore, we can and will facilitate logistics for those students who wish to attend both the Tunis Exchange and the Istanbul-Ankara Exchange consecutively. For more information, please email info@mideastwire.com


Background on Six Years of the Exchange in the MENA Region:

The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to promote direct engagement and understanding through a variety of city-focused politics conferences.

The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 300 students from 45 different countries have participated in 20 different Exchange programs across the region, with many going on to work as diplomats in their home countries, for NGOs serving the region and as social entrepreneurs.

The Exchange welcomes applications from current students as well as professionals and post-professionals interested in better understanding the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and, we hope, their own country's involvement in MENA.

To view previous Exchange itineraries in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Tunis and the Gulf, as well as media coverage of our efforts, visit www.thebeirutexchange.com

LEARN ARABIC IN TUNIS! To inquire about this summer's Arabic courses convened by our partner, Mohamed Labidi (labidim.tn@gmail.com) and the Bosphore Academy in downtown Tunis, visit: http://bosphoreacademie.com/summerprogram.htm


The Fifth Tunis Exchange Conference

June 10-June 22, 2014
Application Deadline I April 20/Deadline II May 10
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

As with our other Exchanges, the twelve-day program will engage students from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing Tunisia and the wider region. The Tunis Exchange program specifically rests on three tracks this Summer.

Track 1: Academic Seminars. Participants will attend a series of lectures with leading professors and public intellectuals in Tunisia. Topics will include, among others:

  • The history and internal transformations of Ennahda, including organizational and ideological evolution since the revolution;
  • The post-revolutionary evolution of the UGTT, Tunisia's powerful labor union, and its role in politics (including implications of its role as primary mediator in the National Dialogue of late 2013);
  • Composition, platforms of, and alliances between major opposition parties (including Jebha Chaabia, Nidaa Tounes, Hizb Joumhouri, and Afeq Tounes) with a view toward the next elections;
  • Prospects for the next elections, including composition and current activities of the elections commission board, expected timeline of, and possible challenges for the upcoming elections;
  • State of the Tunisian economy, including regional inequalities, budget transparency and decentralization, etc.;
  • Institutional and legislative reform needs following the passage of Tunisia's constitution, focusing particularly on reform of the Ministry of Interior (security sector) and Ministry of Justice (judicial sector), Tunisia's two most problematic ministries;
  • Human rights in the new Tunisia (addressing issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, status of women, use of torture and the terrorism debate);
  • Salafism, its composition (political, quietist, jihadi) in Tunisia and its relationship to and implications for party politics, stability, and governance moving forward;
  • Taking stock of what Tunisia has done regarding transitional justice, what steps are planned to realize the recently passed transitional justice law, and what more needs to be done;
  • The role of the media and civil society organizations;
  • Youth politics and activism within and outside formal party structure.

Track 2: Dialogue with Leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political, religious and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Tunisia.

(To view previous schedules for the Tunis Exchanges, visit www.thebeirutexchange.com)

Track 3: Two-Day Conference and Cultural Day June 13-15. Included in the tuition for the program, Tunis exchange students will participate in a two-day conference at the Ambassadeurs Hotel focusing on the upcoming elections in Tunisia and the wider political situation in the region. The conference will feature speeches and discussions led by a range of Tunisian politicians, activists, intellectuals and academics, including but not limited to (preliminary confirmations): Hamadi Jbeili, Kamal Morjane, Maya Jreibi, Adnan Hajji, Lubna Jreibi, Meherzia Laabidi, Youssef Seddik,Sihem Ben Saddrine, Hama Hammami and a number of other figures. Alumni of previous Exchanges, as well as selected members of the general public, will be invited to register for the two-day conference.

In order to encourage the most open discussion possible, the conference will be held under Chatham House rules and will therefore be off the record and closed to the press.

On Sunday June 15, Alumni of our previous programs are also invited to join our current Tunis Exchange students for a cultural day organized with one of the main arts/youth associations as well as the office of Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Meherzia Laabidi, the highest ranking, female elected official in MENA. Alumni and Tunis Exchange students will be hosted in a traditional Tunisian house in the government district for a lunch and a series of performances together with the government, NGO and diplomatic community.


Program Format: The Tunis Exchange will be held over twelve days total at the conference room of The Ambassadeurs hotel in downtown Tunis. Students are expected to stay at our hotel, Villa 78 (www.villa78tunis.com), located within five minutes walking distance of The Ambassadeurs Hotel, or at The Ambassadeurs Hotel itself (www.ambassadeurs-hotel.net/), unless permission for offsite stay at alternative hotels or accommodations is requested, since most meetings will take place in the conference room at The Ambassadeurs Hotel.

Off-site meetings during the twelve days will entail bus travel as a group in and around Tunis, including to the National Assembly. At least three days of the program (June 19, 20 and 21) will entail travel to other cities and regions in Tunisia for meetings with local activists, intellectuals, academics and political/religious leaders, including in Sidi Bouzid and Sfax. The program will close at 12pm on Sunday, June 22 in Tunis.

Costs: Tuition - $1600; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need as well as alumni of our previous programs. All bus travel, transportation from the airport on arrival and other program costs associated with the full 12-day Exchange are included.

Accommodation - $540; Ten nights of the program will be spent in downtown Tunis, while at least two nights will be spent at hotels outside of Tunis. Room rates vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $45 per night, per student for a shared double room (breakfast and taxes are included). Alternative accommodation, including in a single room, is available upon request. Note that the $45 room rate is for stay at our hotel, Villa 78, and at hotels in the south. A shared, double room is priced at approximately $55 per night, per student at The Ambassadeurs Hotel.

Airfare - $450, approximate from the European Union.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com About the Exchange Co-Directors Nicholas Noe & Monica Marks (See Below)


The Third Istanbul-Ankara Exchange Conference

June 22-July 4, 2014
Application Deadline I April 20/Deadline II May 10
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via: info@mideastwire.com

VIEW THE LAST ISTANBUL-ANKARA EXCHANGE PROGRAM (2013) via: http://www.politicsinthefield.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/TurkeyExchange_January2013.pdf


Mideastwire.com and Politics In The Field are pleased to announce the Third Istanbul-Ankara Exchange. The twelve-day conference June 22-July 4 will be held over 10 days in Istanbul and two days in Ankara, immersing students and professionals from around the world in some of the key issues facing Turkey and the surrounding region. This year, there will be also be an optional two-day cultural excursion July 5-6 to Edirne,* the former capital of the Ottoman Empire.

The Istanbul-Ankara Exchange rests on two tracks: Track 1: Academic Seminars. Participants will attend a series of seminars with leading academics, journalists, business people and public intellectuals. Topics will include (among others):

  • Gezi Protests and social movements;
  • AK Party and the Gulen Movement conflict;
  • Political atmosphere ahead of the upcoming presidential and national elections;
  • The future of Turkey-EU and Turkey-US relations;
  • Turkey and the Syrian Civil War;
  • The Kurdish question and the Peace Process;
  • Economic reform challenges now and on the horizon;
  • Turkey's role in energy politics in the region;
  • The AK Party in domestic and regional politics;
  • Turkey's constitution and justice system;
  • The status of women;
  • Human rights and Internet/press freedoms under attack?
  • Refugees in Turkey;
  • Role of opposition parties.

Track 2: Dialogue with Leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and engage social, political, religious and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Turkey.


Program Format: The first nine days of the Exchange will take place at a hotel in downtown Istanbul (program opens at 6pm on June 22), although there will be several bus trips to meetings arranged outside the conference center. After that, two days of the Exchange will be spent in the capital, Ankara, where a series of meetings with political and diplomatic leaders will be convened. The final day of meetings on July 4 will be held in Istanbul at the hotel (program closes by 6pm on July 4).

Costs: Tuition - $1800. Partial financial aid is available for those students and professionals that can demonstrate need, including being a current recipient of financial aid.

Accommodation - $780. Our group rate is $65 per night, per person for a shared double room, breakfast and all taxes included. Students residing in Istanbul have the option of off-site stay during the duration of the program. The hotel will be announced to those students accepted in the program.

Airfare - $400 approximately from the EU. Bus travel to and from Ankara is included in the overall tuition cost.

* Optional Cultural Excursion - $200. Participants will have the option of joining us on a trip to Edirne, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire before Istanbul located at the intersection between Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The additional cost for the excursion is $200 which includes bus transportation, one hotel night stay and all meals and taxes. The group will leave Istanbul early Saturday morning on July 5th and will return to Istanbul by the early afternoon on Sunday, July 6th.

For more about all of our programs, visit: www.thebeirutexchange.com and www.politicsinthefield.com

TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION email info@mideastwire.com


About The Exchange Co-Directors:

Baybars Orsek (Istanbul-Ankara) holds his Bachelors degree in International Relations from İstanbul Bilgi University and obtained a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabancı University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Political Science at Yeditepe University. After serving as a coordinator at Istanbul Bilgi University's Platform for Global Challenges for two years, Orsek is currently acting as the Founder & CEO of the Istanbul Solution Center and is General Coordinator of Politicsinthefield.com.

Monica L. Marks (Istanbul-Ankara & Tunis) is a Rhodes Scholar and doctoral candidate at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Her work, which focuses primarily on Islamism, youth politics, and security reform in Tunisia, has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post, as well as academic publications. As lead Tunisia researcher for the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) in 2012-2013, Ms. Marks drafted "Inside the Transition Bubble," a report analyzing international technical assistance flows to four key sectors of Tunisia's transition. She is also the author of the Brookings Doha Center's February 2014 analysis paper "Convince, Coerce, or Compromise? Ennahda's Approach to Tunisia's Constitution."A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Ms. Marks returned there to work as an instructor at Istanbul's Bogazici University in 2013 and again in 2014. Despite frequent trips to Oxford and to Turkey, Ms. Marks is based in Tunisia, where she has also moonlighted as a freelance journalist for the New York Times, covering the September 2012 attack on the US Embassy, the February, 2013 assassination of Chokri Belaid, and other breaking stories.

Ferdi Ferhat Özsoy (Istanbul-Ankara) was born in New York City, in 1985. He received his undergraduate diploma from City University of New York at Brooklyn College where he triple majored in History, Political Science and Education. He is currently completing his MA on International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University and is working at the Platform for Global Challenges at Istanbul Bilgi University as an Organization Coordinator, organizing seminars, conferences and panels on foreign affairs. He is also a member of the Politics in the Field team.

Nicholas Noe (Istanbul-Ankara, Tunis & Beirut) is currently co-editor of the Heinrich Boell Foundation's journal on the Middle East, Perspectives, the editor of the 2007 book, Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah (Verso), Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the Beirut-based news translation service Mideastwire.com covering the Middle East media and the Director of The Exchange program which now counts more than 300 student alumni from 45 different countries. He regularly provides commentary for Al-Jazeera International, BBC, CNN and several US and European publications and is the author of a White Paper for the Century Foundation entitled: "Re-Imagining the Lebanon Track: Towards a New US Policy." His Op-Eds on the region have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy Magazine, Asia Times, The National and The National Interest.

Yamen Soukkarieh (Tunis & Beirut) is the co-founder of the Beirut Exchange program. Since graduating in 1999 with a Communication Arts Degree from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, he has worked as a producer and cameraman for numerous Lebanese and international films, media productions, documentaries and journalists including CNN, Arte and Al-Jazeera among others.