FLAS Applications now open!



Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.


For details on eligibility and application requirements, visit www.ii.umich.edu/flas or send an email to ii.flasinfo@umich.edu. 


Call for Papers


31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference
The University of Chicago
May 6–7, 2016

Graduate students, affiliated faculty, and independent scholars from a broad range of disciplines are invited 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.

Submissions should be sent electronically to mehat.conference@uchicago.edu no later than Friday, February 12, 2016. You may submit as individuals or as prearranged panels, with the latter strongly encourage. Please include each presenter’s name, institution, and position, and attach a 250-word abstract with a tentative title. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously, so please do not include any identifying information. Selection results will be announced in the middle of March 2016.

For conference details, and for information about special panels, please see the attached Call for Papers.

For updates and announcements, please see the MEHAT website and Facebook page. For specific inquiries, please write to mehat.conference@uchicago.edu.

CFP MidEastHistory UC

CFP Deadline EXTENDED: Grad Student Symposium


The Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies
at the University of Michigan
invites abstract submissions for its
2nd annual Graduate Student Symposium
on the modern Middle East & North Africa
that will take place on
March 17, 2016.

  • 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.


Final decisions will be announced via email by January 14, 2016.

For questions, please contact the chair of the organizing committee at:

The CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium is a forum for graduate students across the University of Michigan and beyond to present original research concerning the modern Middle East and North Africa. Papers selected for presentation will inform one another and contribute to their respective academic fields.

See the CMENAS website for additional information.