CFP: MEHAT Conference, May 2016, University of Chicago

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 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 updates and announcements, please see the MEHAT website and Facebook page. For specific inquiries, please write to


QFI Teacher Fellowships – Now Accepting Applications

Qatar Foundation International is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Teacher Fellowship Program for current or prospective K-12 teachers to become certified in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.

This program provides to $25,000 toward tuition and fees for programs that will lead to licensure or certification to teach Arabic in U.S. public or public charter schools.

Detailed information on the program and application instructions can be found at:

For any questions please contact

H-Net: Job Announcement

Permanent Instructor in Modern Middle Eastern History (after 1800)

The Department of History at Florida International University is hiring a permanent Instructor in Modern Middle Eastern History (after 1800) beginning fall semester, 2016.

The preferred candidate will examine the wider interactions between the Middle East and the Mediterranean world and will offer some online courses for which FIU will provide full design and technical support. The teaching load will be four 3-credit courses per semester.  Two shall be lower division courses and the other two upper division courses in the candidate’s general fields or graduate courses.

The person to be hired will be expected to interface with the Wolfsonian-FIU, the Initiative for Muslim World Studies Program, and the Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program in the Steven J. Green School for International and Public Affairs.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD in hand by August 19, 2016 and are encouraged to  attach a cover letter discussing both teaching and research interests, Curriculum Vitae., sample syllabi, an article-length writing sample, and unofficial transcripts, in a single pdf file.

Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon submission of the application. Review will continue until position is filled.

The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s previous career and achievement. Email questions to Dr. Gwyn Davies, Chair Search Committee: or call 305-348-2328. For more information on the FIU History Department, visit

To apply, please visit

About FIU
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU @ I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

Tovah Bender
Department of History
Florida International University

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Identity, Memory, and Diasporas”

The 6th Annual Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference
University of California, Santa Barbara
May 20-22, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Sherman A. Jackson, University of Southern California

The external and internal frontiers and definition of Islam are constantly being contested and negotiated, particularly through the movements of diaspora communities. When individuals and groups move from one place to another, how do identity and memory affect their understanding of origin and destination? What kind of communal practices do they retain, acquire or exchange, and what factors influence these decisions? To what extent do they maintain ties to their previous Islamic communities, and what does this suggest about the process of identity formation and preservation within diaspora groups?

This conference hopes to interrogate the relationships inherent to identity formation, diaspora, and migration of Muslim communities, understood both in terms of geographies and abstract communal concepts. The theme aims to explore the diverse manifestations of identity, pluralities of religious content, patterns of diaspora, and ways in which memory ispreserved in private and public practice.

We invite a diverse array of proposals from graduate students of all academic disciplines at U.S. and international colleges and universities. Proposals that employ interdisciplinary methodologies are encouraged.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Communal practices, rituals, and aesthetic expressions of belonging within diaspora groups
  • The effects of diaspora on textual translation, interpretation, and communication
  • Memory formation and cultural appropriation within diaspora communities, including shared narratives, nostalgia, and adaptation
  • Constructions and transformations of spaces and built environments (real and imagined) by diaspora groups
  • Implications of residency, social status, and labor for the identity of diaspora populations
  • Inter-community connectivity, including through foodways
  • The politics of Muslim diasporas


Submission Guidelines 

This conference is open to all scholars of Islam, pre-modern and modern, whose research connects to the conference theme.

To apply, please submit your name, email, university, and department affiliation with your abstract of 250-300 words, and a two-page CV by January 15th, 2016.

Ph.D. students in advanced stages of research and dissertation writing are especially encouraged to apply. Speakers will have 20 minutes to present their papers.

Email abstracts to

Summer Programs For High School Students

Travel abroad to the Middle East this summer!

Offered through the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, this 3-week immersion program offers high school students a chance to:


  • Expand your understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.
  • Visit natural, historical, and cultural landmarks throughout Jordan.
  • Develop writing, research, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in college.
  • Earn a Columbia University Statement of Attendance and written evaluations from Columbia-affiliated teachers.

This program combines substantive reading and coursework with firsthand experience in an Arab country. Students will live and study at King’s Academy in Manja, Jordan, and travel extensively throughout Jordan with a variety of local guides and organizations. Participants emerge with a working knowledge of the history and cultures of the modern Arab world, phrases in conversational Arabic, valuable skills applicable in any academic context, and unforgettable experiences of life in Jordan.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2016

The $80 application fee is waived for students who apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 3, 2016.


Click here for more information and to apply.