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Date Posted Tour/Excursion Details
03/15/16 Oklahoma State University: Hands on Camera: Applied Course in Visual Research Methods and Documentary Filmmaking for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, June 13-24, 2016.
01/25/16 Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) 2016 Media Development Seminar

Oklahoma State University

Hands on Camera: Applied Course in Visual Research Methods and Documentary Filmmaking for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies

June 13-24, 2016

Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program, School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University

in collaboration with

Filmmaking For Fieldwork (Manchester, U.K.)
The Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center (Tehran, Iran)

The Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program at the Oklahoma State University is presenting its first applied course in visual research methods and documentary filmmaking for Iranian Studies in collaboration with “Filmmaking For Fieldwork” (Manchester, U.K.) and in association with “the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center” (Tehran, Iran). The IPGS visual program is a theoretical and practical visual study course, which is open to all who have a background in human and social science, cross-cultural visual studies, film studies, documentary production, and with special interest in contemporary Iran. This course maps on theoretical and practical aspects of ethnographic film by using documentary film as a medium for area studies (Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies). It exposes the different ways in which Iranian culture can be represented visually and the cultural interpretations of its visual representations.

We are pleased to announce that the Hands-on-Camera 2016 program has been awarded travel grants from School of International Studies at the Oklahoma State University. Registered applicants (deadline April 15th, 2016) will receive a $ 500 travel grant to help cover their travel costs. For more information, please contact Dr. P. Khosronejad.

For more information, please visit:

Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)

2016 Media Development Seminar

July 14-July 25, 2016 in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Awards announced March 11, 2016

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its second Media Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine.

PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. journalism/media faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include visiting university media departments and local media outlets as well as meeting with Palestinian scholars and members of Palestinian media community, civil society and government.

Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of media in and about Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian colleagues both in academia and the media sector.
Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Be faculty members at recognized U.S. colleges or universities.  Applicants should be professors in media, journalism, or other related departments at their universities.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
  • Have little previous travel experience to Palestine.
  • Be willing to integrate their experiences from the seminar into their own teaching and/or pursue a joint research project or publication with a Palestinian colleague.
  • Be a member of PARC. Visit the PARC membership page for more information.

PARC will make all arrangements for seminars, workshops, tours, and meetings with Palestinian colleagues. PARC will cover all expenses for in-country group ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. Round trip international travel from the U.S. to Tel Aviv will be the responsibility of the participant and/or his/her university. In the case of demonstrated need, there is limited funding available to cover partial costs for international travel. Personal and free day expenses will be the responsibility of each participant.

To apply, please visit our website:


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