The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce the opening of admissions for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs.

CLI offers intensive courses in 10 critical languages and study-abroad programs in 7 locations. Participants earn 8–13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material.

Participants pay a flat fee of $900 (plus study-abroad fees if applicable) instead of tuition.

CLI also offers generous financial support, including:

  • Title VIII Fellowships for graduate students;
  • Project GO Scholarships for ROTC students;
  • Melikian Scholarships for Undergraduates and non-students;
  • ASU Jewish Studies Scholarships for Hebrew;
  • Birks Scholarships for Polish; and
  • Berkowitz Scholarships for Albanian.

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Priority admission and funding application deadline: January 27, 2017.

Languages include:Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian,Polish, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek


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.

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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.

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 or send an email to 

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:

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: 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:

Arabic Second Language Acquisition Conference at U-M: September 24-25, 2016

You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the International Conference “Investigating Arabic Second Language Learning: Empirical Findings and Trends” to be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically the different aspects of Arabic second/foreign language learning within current approaches, including:

Formal (generative, functional, typological)
Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness)
Input-based (input processing, input, interaction and output)
Frequency and usage based
Language socialization
Discourse, Conversation, or Pragmatic

Languages of the conference
English and Arabic

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts

February 28, 2016

Notification of abstract acceptance
March 30, 2016

Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published in a book under contract with Routledge.

Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary: