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Date Posted Description Deadline
10/26/17 International Institute of Islamic Thought Winter Student Program in Islamic Studies  
10/26/17 Representing Muslim Women: Muslim Women and the Media: Call for Applications: Training Institute November 10, 2017
10/10/17 Hoover Institution Library & Archives: 2018 Winter Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown November 28, 2017
09/21/17 American Political Science Association: Call for Leadership Proposals for 2018 MENA Workshops October 29, 2017


American Political Science Association

2018 MENA Workshops: Call for Proposals

The American Political Science Association announces a Call for Leadership Proposals from faculty interested in co-leading the 2018 MENA Workshops. APSA's MENA Workshops are a multi-year effort to support political science research and networking among early-career scholars across the Arab Middle East and North Africa. The annual program brings together 20 scholars from the region for two weeks of lectures, research presentations, and professional development, hosted at a regional university or institute. Workshops are led by a team of four senior scholars (associate or full professor; two based at universities in the MENA region and two based in the US or Europe) who serve as academic directors of the program. The deadline for submission is Sunday October 29, 2017. Prospective leaders interested in discussing their ideas and/or receiving feedback on a draft proposal are encouraged to e-mail well before the deadline. For a full description of the program and application process, see the project website:

Hoover Institution Library & Archives

2018 Winter Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University are pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 winter Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown will be accepted from October 10 to November 28, 2018.  Application forms and guidelines can be found on the Hoover Library & Archives website.  The 2018 winter workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution on Stanford’s campus from January 21 to 31.

Democratic breakdown has not been as amply studied as democratization.  How and why do democracies fail?  What facilitates the onset of authoritarianism?  What role, for example, is played by propaganda and information warfare, populist politics or economics, internal subversion of institutions, the nature of the international system?  The workshop’s goal is to provide researchers on these subjects time in the unique and fast-growing holdings of the Hoover Archives as well as a group forum for exchange of views.

The workshop is aimed at young scholars (advanced PhD students doing dissertation research and others no more than 10 years beyond the PhD), and open to applicants who work on and come from any world region.  Historians, political scientists, sociologists, economists, or scholars in any field who would benefit from the Hoover collections and group exchange are welcome.  All junior scholars have an opportunity to present their work.  The workshop also includes foundational seminars led by senior scholars.

Transportation costs and lodging at Stanford are covered.  The selected scholars will also be awarded a $500 honorarium.

Application Requirements
All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

  • Contact information
  • Brief CV
  • A proposal of no more than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you intend to use and why they are necessary for your project
  • One letter of recommendation

Application deadline: November 28, 2017
Applicants will receive notifications by December 12, 2017
Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English

International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

Call for Applications: Winter Student Program in Islamic Studies

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is inviting applications from undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to apply for the 2018 IIIT Winter Student Program (WSP) in Islamic Studies. WSP is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate students, regardless of their major or program of study. The program provides a 10-day intensive study of major topics in Islamic studies.

IIIT will provide a hotel accommodation, on a shared basis, and a $250 stipend to every admitted participant. Students are expected to cover their transportation costs and provide evidence of health insurance. The program will be held at IIIT offices in Herndon, Virginia. 

Participants are required to attend all sessions. They should plan to arrive to Herndon on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (if out-of-town), and may depart any time after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018. Hotel check-in is on January 2, 2018, while the check-out is on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Learn more at:

Representing Muslim Women: Muslim Women and the Media

Call for Applications: Training Institute

The media is the most powerful vehicle for representing or misrepresenting Islam, Muslims in general and Muslim women in particular. Distorted images of Muslim women and Islam circulate widely in many media outlets. The past several years has witnessed a massive escalation of Islamophobia in the United States and Europe. Muslim women have been the iconic subject of Islamophobia as well as the central subjects in the (mis)representation of Islam and Muslims. A disproportionate number of the attacks on Muslims in the United States and Europe have been on Muslim women. “Most victims of UK hate crimes were Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45 in traditional Islamic dress. The perpetrators were mainly white males aged 15 to 35". Similarly the Huffington Post reported that Muslim women across the USA faced an increase in attacks following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016.

This Institute brings together leading experts on women and Islamic cultures and leading journalists and faculty from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, to engage participants in the diverse and global histories and cultures of women and Islamic cultures. The goal is to foster accurate reporting, representation, and public discourses related to Islamic cultures and to Muslim women in a variety of media outlets. The Institute is committed to the principle that knowledge is power; to the recognition that media are powerful molders of public opinion; and to the deep belief that evidence/facts/accuracy, when presented by respected public agents, can generate healthy public debates and constructively transform public discourse.

Institute participants will engage in two three-day seminars, Winter and Fall 2018. The first seminar will take place on February 2-4th, 2018. Participants will work with leading faculty and journalists through lectures and discussions on the histories and cultures of Islam and women in Islamic cultures. In between the two seminars, participants will be given reading and writing assignments to submit to their appointed mentors. Mentors will respond with comments and feedback for improving the assignments. The final assignment will be a publishable or near publishable report or opinion piece or visual presentation to be submitted to a media platform.

The trainers include leading experts on women and Islamic cultures – editors of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures: Suad Joseph, Zeina Zaatari, Sarah Gualtieri, Elora Shehabuddin and Annelies Moors. Leading journalists from the United States and Arab and Islamic societies will join training and mentoring. Costs of travel, accommodations, and catering are paid by the Institute, which is funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The Institute is open to graduate students in schools of journalism and communication, and to early career journalists within five years of degree completion. To apply, submit a CV, one letter of recommendation from a professor or employer, a short sample of writing, and a statement of purpose no more than 600 words addressing your interest, qualifications, and commitment to this year-long Institute (two seminars–Winter and Fall 2018) to Suad Joseph: For more information, see:

DEADLINE for Applications: November 10, 2017 LOCATION OF SEMINAR: Berkeley, CA



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