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The Middle East Studies Association’s 57th annual meeting was held in Montréal, Québec, Canada from November 2-5, 2023 at the Palais des congrès.
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Applications Sought for IJMES Editor
The MESA Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the next editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2024. Application review will begin August 1, 2023, and continue until a new editor is identified. For more information, go here.
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Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University
Professor Garrett Davidson will give a talk that offers a preliminary analysis of the recently discovered al-Khānjī papers. The papers, accumulated and preserved by Sāmī al-Khanjī in Cairo, document his and his father’s business and scholarly activities from the 1920s to 1960s and provide an unparalleled window onto the worlds of the Arabic and Islamic manuscript trade in the first half of the twentieth century.
Trinity College - Hartford, CT
The Department of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College invites applications for a renewable long-term Lectureship in Arabic Studies to teach all levels of Arabic language beginning July 2024.
Letter to the University of Pennsylvania protesting its decision to ban the screening of the documentary Israelism
Our letter expressing dismay about the administration’s decision to prevent the screening by Penn students of "Israelism".
Arab American University
The Conflict Studies Research Center at the Arab American University of Palestine plans to hold its annual conference titled “Conflict Resolution Redefined.” scheduled to take place on July 1-3, 2023.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its December Monthly Film Festival, which features its annual InFocus: Middle Eastern & Arab Cinema program, which highlights the work of Middle Eastern and Arab filmmakers in front of and behind the camera.
The Arabic Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Arabic Studies, starting August 2024.
University of Houston
The Department of History at the University of Houston invites applications for the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professorship in Modern Arab History at the advanced associate or full professor level.
University of Rochester
The Department of Religion and Classics at University of Rochester invites applications for a full-time appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies. This is a two-year, potentially renewable, position, anticipated to begin in July 2024.
Central European University
The Department of Historical Studies at Central European University invites applications for an Assistant Professorship position in Historical Studies and Digital Humanities. Regional and chronological specializations are open, but applicants should demonstrate the ability to engage in research on transregional phenomena in Eurasian history between c. 800 and c. 1850, based on expertise in one or more regional/local languages. Scholars working on the Islamicate and/or Persianate world and/or South Asia are particularly encouraged to apply.
Our letter to Israeli government authorities expressing concern about the mounting threats to and repressive measures against Palestinian students in Israeli universities since the Hamas attack of 7 October
Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
The Sociology and Anthropology Program invites applications for an Assistant/Associate or Full professor in Anthropology. The successful candidate must have completed a PhD Anthropology or is scheduled to complete it before September 01, 2023.
Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
The Sociology and Anthropology Program invites applications for a visiting professor in Anthropology for the Spring 2024 term. The successful candidate must have completed a PhD Anthropology. A proven teaching at graduate studies level and research experience in the Anthropology of the Arab world is preferred.
Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme
In view of the economic reforms enacted recently in the Gulf states, what is the future of skills demand there, and how will it affect the trends and patterns of labour and labour migration to the region? The webinar will review the changes and innovations in the Gulf States’ economies over the last decade and assess their impact on the actual structure of the workforce, by nationality (national – non-national) and skill level. The webinar will discuss future trends in the demand for skilled labour, highlight the challenges they pose and measures to address these challenges, and reflect on possible scenarios for the future of migration to the region, concerning the number and characteristics of migrants.
Call for Papers - Workshop - Migration to the Gulf: Possible Scenarios for the Future: A View from the GCC and from Countries of Origin
Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, Population (GLMM) Programme
Against the backdrop of the current transformations of GCC demographics and economies, as well as the socio-political and economic contexts of origin countries, the purpose of the workshop is to assess and forecast future trends and patterns of migration to the Gulf states.
Gulf Research Center (GRC)
The Gulf Research Center (GRC) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 14th annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), the annual academic conference highlighting critical issues of importance to the Gulf region and providing a basis for undertaking and engaging in academic and empirical research. GRM 2024 will take place in Cambridge (UK) from July 9-11, 2024.
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (TRI), Department of Near Eastern Studies
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (TRI) invites applications from outstanding postdoctoral or more senior researchers of modern Palestine and Israel for one or more positions as a Postdoctoral Research Associate or an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University.
Our letter to Israeli government authorities protesting the ongoing targeting and intensification of arrests of Palestinian students at universities in the occupied West Bank, with a focus on Birzeit University
The Committee on Academic Freedom received a response to our 20 November letter requesting clarification about the decision to suspend the George Washington University (GWU) chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for at least 90 days.
Our letter condemning and demanding an end to the ongoing military assaults against the Palestinians of Gaza and Gaza’s educational infrastructure.