Call for Papers – 7th Annual GCES Symposium

The Seventh Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium
Innovation and Transformation: Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC

Arab Open University – Kuwait Branch
April 5-7, 2016

The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) is a not-for-profit society formed in 2008 to enable professional and academic educational discourse on the Gulf region from a comparative stance.

The 2016 GCES Symposium calls for papers that focus on the use of innovation to transform education, at any level, across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Papers that utilize a comparative perspective are particularly welcome, as this is the focus of the society. Comparisons can be made across various dimensions including, but not limited to: time, space, or level of education. Papers might explore how education innovation can be conceptualized by scholars and policymakers as an alternative paradigm to traditional educational methods and what the implications are. A critical approach, which looks at both the promises and pitfalls of embracing innovation or of rapid transformations, is encouraged in order to provide a comprehensive examination of the topic. Relevant topics could include Open, Flexible, Online (OFO) education, changes in pedagogy, use of new technologies, the role of non-governmental organizations, etc.

We also welcome papers that take the alternative perspective and examine how conventional/traditional K-12 and tertiary education systems endure in the face of pressure to innovate and change, and what mechanisms these resistors to change use to maintain the status quo in the GCC. Perspectives from any education-related discipline are encouraged as are all methodologies.

This year’s theme was inspired by a 2015 UNESCO ‘Call for Action’ to governments, institutions, faculty members, and students around the world to address the need for recognizing and reinforcing the practices of OFO as fundamental to the UN goals of Education for Sustainable Development and Education for All. OFO education, which is marked by the usage of e-learning technologies in the process of teaching and learning, is one example of innovative approach to increasing access to education. Independent, life-long learning skills are characteristic of OFO educational outcomes. Still, OFO education has been criticized for its laxity, particularly in relation to entry points as a requirement for higher education, and its considerable reliance on e-technologies for communicating information with students. The Arab Open University, where this year’s symposium is to be held, is the first of its kind in the GCC countries and the broader Middle East, and as such is changing the higher education landscape in the region and is the ideal setting for a symposium on education innovation and transformation.

Both quantitative and qualitative research is welcome. Additionally, all abstracts should include the following:

1. Background: Explains the purpose of the work and provides a brief description of the problem/research question addressed

2. Methods: Indicates the theoretical-methodological approach used

3. Results: Clearly presents primary findings of the study

4. Conclusion: Briefly discusses the main outcome of the study in relation to the research question

5. Relevance to the GCC

Abstract Submission Details
Abstracts proposals should be submitted online at:
http://gulfcomped.ning.com/page/abstract-submissions-1

Deadline: December 14th, 2015
Notification Date: February 2016

Doctoral Student & Faculty Travel Grants
The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research will offer one travel grant to a doctoral student presenting results from their research at the 2016 GCES Symposium. Additionally, the Arab Open University – Kuwait Branch will sponsor one travel grant to a professor presenting research at the 2016 GCES symposium. The grants will each be up to $1,000 and will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract. It can be used for travel, accommodation, or other related expenses.

To apply, visit: http://gulfcomped.ning.com/page/travel-grant-application. The deadline is December 14th, 2015.

Registration Fees
Conference registration and annual membership fee: 32 KWD ($108)*
Conference registration and annual membership fee (student): 20 KWD ($68)*

*Presenters at the conference will receive a 50% discount.
Registration fee includes light refreshments, lunches, and access to all speaker presentations and workshops during the symposium.

For more information about GCES or the 2016 Symposium, log onto our website at: http://gulfcomped.ning.com/

PRESIDENTIAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, 2016-2017

The American University in Cairo

Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt.

PIP 2016-2017 Brochure

Work and Available Offices:

Participants intern full-time in one of eight university offices, working in a range of fields including University administration, sustainability, finance, student development, advancement, communications, and more. A detailed list of these offices can be found on the website. This program provides recent graduates the unique opportunity to begin their professional careers while abroad.

Benefits:

Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, furnished faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, access to AUC faculty and staff programs, community-based personal development, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.

Application:

We look for a diverse array of applicants from a wide range of American universities, including students with no background in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies. Potential applicants should view the attached brochure and visit our website for more information on the program and how to apply. In addition, visit our Facebook page and blog to learn more about living and working in Egypt.

The application is due January 22, 2016.

Call for Applications

Sixth Annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestine Studies

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod  (IAL) Award in Palestine Studies.

This post-doctoral fellowship seeks to recognize and foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The award will support a scholar working on a book project in any field of the humanities or social sciences. The Fellow will spend one semester at Columbia University in New York, pursuing her or his research and writing, and participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Palestine Studies.

The international competition is open to all post-doctoral scholars who share the mission of the Center for Palestine Studies to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics through outstanding scholarship. The one-semester fellowship at Columbia carries a stipend of $25,000 and the status of post-doctoral research fellow or visiting scholar, as appropriate.

Previous IAL fellows include Lena Meari, who spent Spring 2012 working on her book, Interrogating “Painful” Encounters, an ethnographic, historical, and philosophical study of the encounter between Palestinian political activists and interrogators from the Israeli General Security Service. Leena Dallasheh spent Fall 2012 working on her book manuscript entitled Contested Citizenship in Nazareth: Palestinians’ Transition from the Mandate to Israel. Mezna Qato, the third IAL Award recipient, spent Spring 2014 working on a book project, a social history of the Palestinian educational experience in Jordan.Omar Tesdell, spent last Spring 2015 working on a book project based on his dissertation, Shadow Spaces: Territory, Sovereignty, and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation, a spatial history of Palestinian environmental and agricultural practice. The current fellow Areej Sabbagh-Khoury is working on a book project based on her dissertation research, Colonization Practices and Interactions at the Frontier: Ha-Shomer Ha-Tzair Kibbutzim and the Surrounding Arab Villages at the Margins of the Valley of Jezreel/Marj Ibn ‘Amer, 1936-1956.

This award has been made possible by the generosity of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, through the A.M. Qattan Foundation, in honor of his friend, the Palestinian scholar and intellectual, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (1929-2001). Their close friendship began in the aftermath of the nakbah of 1948 and evolved into a shared commitment to justice for Palestinians to be realized in part through support for excellence in higher education and scholarship. In later years, upon the establishment of the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod helped found the Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development; one of the Foundation’s core programs.

The application deadline is February 15, 2016. More details and application information for 2016-17 are available on the Fellowships page.

Please e-mail palestine@columbia.edu with any questions.