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Israel Academic Travel Awards 2015

Israel-CollageMiddle East Studies, Global Affairs, and Judaic Studies are pleased to announce a competition for four awards for academic study in Israel in the summer of 2015.

Deadline for application is Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5 pm.

Eligibility: 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, 2015.

The following application materials should be emailed to

  • Name, contact information, and status at UConn, including major(s) or field of study
  • A resume or summary of activities
  • The name, dates, and cost of the academic program the student will attend in Israel. Please indicate whether you have applied and been accepted to the program. If not, indicate when you expect to hear from the program about your application.
  • A statement of up to 300 words as to why you want to attend the program and how it would help advance your academic interests.

This program is not open to current seniors graduating in May 2015, or to incoming students.  Summer is defined according to the UConn calendar (end of May through end of August).

Download poster with details.

04.18.2015 Attar of Nishapur

04.18.2015 Attar Poetry EventThe Iranian Cultural Organization of UConn is hosting a seminar on Attar of Nishapur, the famous Iranian poet and theoretician of Sufism.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT

RSVP through email:

Two distinguished speakers, Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak from Maryland University and Dr. Michael Barry from Princeton University, both engaged in Persian literature and history, will give lectures on life and mysticism of Attar. In addition, two Iranian music ensembles will perform poems from Attar, aimed at leading the listeners to a state of Sufi ecstasy.

Who is Attar? Farid al-Din ‘Attar (d. 1221) was the principal Sufi poet of the second half of the twelfth century. Best known for his masterpiece Mantiq al-tayr, or The Conference of Birds, his verse is still considered to be the finest example of Sufi love poetry in the Persian language after that of Rumi
Details of the event:

Food and refreshments: Iranian pastry, tea and coffee, served during the event.

At the end:

Q&A panel

Quick tour of the special Persian exhibition room, set up for the seminar

03.11.2015 Living with a Dual Identity

Second Person Bookcover - Sayed KashuaPublic lecture with Sayed Kashua

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Laurel Hall 101, Storrs

Reception to follow

Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular (all published in English by Grove Atlantic)

Sponsored by Middle East Studies, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Global Affairs, the Department of English, the Human Rights Institute, and the Humanities Institute.

Kashua’s books may be purchased in advance via the UConn bookstore.

Questions? Email

8th Annual ASMEA Conference: Call for Papers & Panels

October 29 – 31, 2015

Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Eighth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or untenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 30, 2015.

REGISTER for the Eighth Annual Conference.

ASMEA offers the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES to its Members in conjunction with the Eighth Annual Conference.

ASMEA Research Grants
The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants of up to $2500 to qualified professors and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015. Find out more information, HERE.

Moroccan Studies Research Grant
ASMEA and the Moroccan-American Cultural Center (MACC) are pleased to offer research grants for scholars and students whose research is focused on the Kingdom of Morocco. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded to qualified applicants. Application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015. Find out more information, HERE.

Conference Travel Grant
ASMEA is pleased to offer travel grants of up to $500 to attend the Eighth Annual Conference for qualified members whose paper proposal is accepted for presentation and have not been awarded any other grant from ASMEA. Applications will be available in the Spring.


Any questions or for more information, contact ASMEA at 202.429.8860 or<>.

Call for Proposals: Grants for Postdoctoral Fellows for research in the fields of

Post Doctoral Fellowship for research in the fields:

  • The Persian Gulf Today
  • Iran since the Islamic Revolution
  • Contemporary North Africa

See the Truman Institute website for application instructions:  (Hebrew)  (English)

Closing date for applications: February 15th, 2015

Call for Papers: BRISMES International Annual Conference 2015: ‘Liberation?’

Date and time: 24 – 26th June 2015, LSE Middle East Centre

Conference website:

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 20 February 2015

BRISMES Annual Conference 2015 will explore the theme of ‘liberation’ in the Middle East. We invite paper and panel proposals on any aspect of liberation – and will also welcome papers on any other theme. We will include panels on as wide possible a range of disciplines, including:

  • politics
  • religious studies
  • history
  • law
  • economics
  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • literature
  • linguistics
  • geography
  • translation studies
  • language teaching.

Please submit paper and panel proposals through the conference website (

Call for Papers: CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan invites abstract submissions of no more than 300 words for its inaugural Graduate Student Symposium to be held April 9, 2015. Papers must address the modern Middle East or North Africa in some way and be the product of graduate research, either at the MA or PhD level.

Panels will be organized into themes based on accepted papers. Such themes may include, but are not limited to (1) country-specific considerations, (2) gender and society, (3) visual or material culture, (4) post-colonial studies, and (5) literature.

Abstracts, along with a short CV, should be sent to the organizing committee at

Abstract Due: January 15, 2015
Final decisions will be announced via email before February 1, 2015.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies

The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies. Fellows may come from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities, as long as their primary substantive specialization is in the Middle East/North Africa (to include Iran and Turkey). Candidates should receive their Ph.D. on or before September 1 of the fellowship year, and must be in
residence at IMES for the duration of the fellowship period (September 1 – May 31). Fellows are expected to take an active part in the intellectual life of the institute, including giving a research presentation and attending other institute events. This position offers a salary of $45,000, medical benefits, access to the GW library system, a computer, and office space. The fellow may also be invited to teach an M.A. level course at the Elliott School in an area related to his/her research.

To Apply: The candidate is required to submit the following materials in PDF format to

– CV (not to exceed 2 pages)
– Statement of Research (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Writing Sample (an article or a chapter of the dissertation)
– Three letters of recommendation

Deadline: For full consideration, please submit the complete application by January 31, 2015. The successful candidate will be notified via email by 1 March, 2015.

Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2016

The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2016:
Lent term: 12 January–11 March 2016
Easter term: 19 April–10 June 2016

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research, public education or of the arts in an area relevant to the Institute’s work.

The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and round-trip travel from their country to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work, or an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc.) and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to: Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

Deadline for the submission of applications is 20 February 2015.