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Israel Academic Travel Awards 2016

Israel Academic Travel Awards Flyer

Deadline: March 25, 2016

UConn Global Affairs, Judaic Studies, and Middle East Studies are pleased to announce a competition for four awards for academic study in Israel in the summer of 2016. The deadline for application is March 25, 2016. The competition is open to UConn undergraduate and graduate students.

Each award of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration costs. Awardees will submit a written summary of their travel experience by September 15, 2016.

Please go to judaicstudies.uconn.edu for application details (coming soon). 

This program is not open to current seniors graduating in May 2016, or to incoming students. Summer is defined according to the UConn calendar (end of May through end of August).

Questions? Contact judaicstudies@uconn.edu.

Hanson Scholarship for International Internships: Due March 15

The UConn Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $1,500 in support of students who are pursuing an internship in an international setting or in an organization deeply engaged in international matters. Undergraduates interested in international relations, international political economy, critical global issues, and international culture and institutions are eligible to apply.

To be eligible to apply:

  • The applicant must be an undergraduate at UConn in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must be applying for, or hold an offer from, an internship with an organization deeply engaged in international matters.
  • The internship must entail at least 126 hours of work.
  • The applicant must enroll in an internship course of at least three credits prior to undertaking the work.
  • Internships done abroad must be approved by UConn Education Abroad. Your internship may be part of an existing study abroad program or you may petition to have your internship approved by Education Abroad.

Application Submission Deadline: March 15, 2016 at 5 pm in Rowe 403

For more information please visit the Hanson Scholarship page of the Individualized & Interdisciplinary Studies website or email iisp@uconn.edu.

For more information, contact: Krista Rogers at iisp@uconn.edu.

3/3/16: Modern Islamophobia: Muslims in Europe and the U.S.

Mehnaz Afridi
Mehnaz Afridi, Assistant Professor of Religion, Manhattan College

UConn and the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut invite you to a community conversation featuring:

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 3 – 5 pm
Where: UConn School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room
1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but RSVP is required: SSWEvents@uconn.edu

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi is an assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College, she teaches courses about Islam and the Holocaust, and is director of the college’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. Dr. Afridi is a Pakistani-born Muslim who devotes her energies to documenting the Nazi decimation of European Jewry and how it relates to other faiths, especially her own. She is a member of the ethics and religion committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and her first book Shoah Through Muslim Eyes was published in December 2015 (Academic Studies Press).

For more on Dr. Alfridi’s journey, hear her tell her story in this video.

Sponsored by UConn Global AffairsJFactUConn School of Social Work.

Generous funding provided by the UConn Zachs Fund for Holocaust Education. 

1/26/16: Resettling Syrian Refugees in the United States

Join us for a dialogue with Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Haven.

Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

The dialogue will be followed by a reception.

Open to the public.

Resettling Syrian Refugees in the US

Co-sponsored by UConn Global Affairs, Human Rights Institute, Middle East Studies, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

1/28/16: Muslim Women, Veiling, and Human Rights

What is Veiling, Sahar Amer
What is Veiling, by Sahar Amer Image: UNC Press

Professor Sahar Amer, University of Sydney
Author of “What is Veiling”

Date:          January 28, 2016
Time:         2:00 pm
Location:  Library Video Theater 2

This talk will focus on several lesser-known aspects of Muslim veiling practices that contribute to the construction of a more balanced and complex understanding of Islamic veiling: Muslim fashion, Muslim beauty pageants, veiled dolls, and progressive interpretations of Islam. Such elements challenge conventional views of Muslim women and remind us that the practice of veiling in Islam is not solely associated with religious convictions or political impositions. Rather, veiling today has become intertwined with global market forces and worldwide economies. By becoming attuned to the multiplicity and complexity of reasons Muslim women veil (or not), we may reconceptualize and expand the very definitions of “choice,” “individuality,” and “human rights.”

Professor Sahar Amer is a specialist in comparative, cross-cultural relations between Arab and Muslim societies and Western cultures from the Middle Ages until today. She has published extensively on gender and sexuality in Arabic and French literature, Franco-Arab and Arab-American postcolonial identities, and Muslim women veiling practices. The main conceptual paradigm underlying her research is the notion of “borders” (cultural, linguistic, historical, and geographic), not as elements of separation and division, but rather as fluid spaces of cultural exchange, adaptation, and collaboration. She is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney.

Questions? Contact UConn Literatures, Cultures and Languages

3/12 – 3/14/16: International Conference on Cross Cultural Encounters (ICCCE 2016)

12-14 March, 2016, in Cairo, Egypt

Under the patronage of: English Language & Literature Department, Faculty of Arts, Alexnadria University, Egypt

Important Dates
Submission: 15 January, 2016 (possible extension)
Notification: Within 4 weeks
Camera Ready: 01 March, 2016
Registration: 01 Feb, 2016

Venue: Intercontinental CityStars Hotel

Call for Papers: http://www.iccceim.org/ 

We seek novel paper submissions to be presented or posted (as a poster paper) in ICCCE’2016 with topics broadly including, but not limited to (themes sorted alphabetically):

(for detailed list, http://www.iccceim.org/?page_id=117)

  •  Coercion and exploitation
  •  Comparative analyses of humanitarian responses
  •  Comparative imagology and representations of the Other in literature, film, song and other media
  •  Cultural identity
  •  Cultures and Sub-cultures
  •  Empire, contact and mobility
  •  English-language translations of literature
  •  Family, children, and migrant mobility
  •  Fiction, film, or nonfictional texts in the study of cross-cultures
  •  Gender identity
  •  Gender, migration, and cross-cultural encounters
  •  History and present of mass mobility
  •  Human rights rhetoric
  •  Identity and Critical theory
  •  Identity and Identifications: theory and methodology
  •  Identity and Memory
  •  Identity and Nationalism
  •  Influences on music, literature or popular culture
  •  Issues of immigration and emigration
  •  Labour, migration and cross-cultural encounters
  •  Literary presentations of culture, politics or literature
  •  Literature and Empowerment
  •  Literature: Space for the Marginalized
  •  Media and Identity
  •  Metaphors of crisis and disaster
  •  Migration, borders, and border securitization
  •  Migration, health, and disability
  •  Minorities and Literature
  •  National and regional governmental responses
  •  Nationality, citizenship, statelessness, documentation, and identity
  •  Public Responses to human mobility
  •  Race, ethnicity and citizenship
  •  Role of imagery, media, social media of mobility and crisis
  •  Role of NGOs and other non-state agents in migration management
  •  Teaching Literature to the Underprivileged
  •  The arts, literature and Identity
  •  The Margin and the Canon
  •  The Margin vs. the Mainstream
  •  The Margin: Negotiating Spaces
  •  The Margin: Spaces within Spaces
  •  The Marginalized in Translation
  •  Ties between literary and political relations in cross-cultures
  •  Voices of the Marginalized
  •  War, migration and cross-cultural contact

Humanities, Cultural Studies, Study of the Language, Poetic Studies, and Literary representation studies are welcomed.
Submission could be in the form of:
1- Abstract (paper not exceeding 300-400 words)
2- Full papers: Prepare your manuscript (maximum 15 pages)
3- Film/Media (needs abstract submission)

Presentation Type: Paper, Abstract. The actual presentation should not exceed 20 minutes, but there is no word limit on the paper to be published.

Submission link : http://edas.info/N21773

Reviewing Process: Each submitted paper will be blindly reviewed by at least two members of an international program committee with appropriate expertise.

31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

19524-580x481May 6–7, 2016

We invite graduate students, affiliated faculty, and independent scholars from a broad range of disciplines to submit proposals on any topic concerning the Middle East and Islamic world from the advent of Islam to the present day. Disciplinary focuses include but are not limited to: history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, literature, philosophy, art history, cinema and media studies, gender studies, and diaspora studies. If you are unsure about the suitability of your topic, feel free to email us (see address below). Approximately 50 papers will be selected and arranged into themed panels of three or four.

Individual submissions and preformed panels are both welcome, though the latter is especially encouraged. Participants should be prepared to deliver a maximum twenty-minute presentation and respond to questions or comments from an assigned discussant. Written papers should be circulated to panel members at least two weeks before the conference.

Application. Please send submissions electronically to mehat.conference@uchicago.edu by no later than Friday, February 12, 2016. Please include each presenter’s name, institution, and position (graduate student, professor, independent scholar, etc.), and attach a 250-word abstract with a tentative title. The best abstracts will summarize the paper’s topic, its relationship and contribution to existing scholarship and specific conclusions. Abstracts will be collated by an assistant and evaluated anonymously by the coordinators; therefore, please do not include names or any identifying information in the abstract. Selection results will be announced in the middle of March 2016.

Sponsored panels. As in previous years, two of our sponsors are offering limited funding to support special panels in the following fields: (1) modern Arabic literature and (2) Central Eurasian studies. Participants chosen for one of these panels may be eligible for a modest travel subsidy. Those interested should submit their abstracts according to the process outlined above, with a note indicating their interest in being a part of one of these sponsored panels. Applicants not placed on a special panel will still receive full consideration for the general conference. Please circulate widely. Updates and announcements will be shared on the MEHAT website and Facebook page.

For all inquiries, please write to mehat.conference@uchicago.edu.

Conference Coordinators:

Mariam Sheibani PhD Student, NELC University of Chicago

Amir Toft PhD Student, NELC University of Chicago