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George Mason University Event: Mediating the Arab Uprisings (26 November 2013)

The Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University Presents: Mediating the Arab Uprisings Featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editors Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad Co-Sponsored by The Global Islamic Studies Center at GMU and the Arab Studies Institute. 4:30pm on Tuesday 26 Novemeber  Plaentary Hall, Room 129 George Mason University Fairfax, VA From “Facebook revolutions” to “Al-Jazeera uprisings,” the outburst of popular activism across the Arab world has either ...

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Blasti – C’est ma place

[Blasti Postcard. Image by @Robert Hampicke via SocialVisions]

Blasti –C’est ma place is a cultural and social photography project about women’s and young girls’ perspectives on public places in Tunis and Tunisia. The project seeks to give women a voice, and simultaneously enhance dialogue between women from different backgrounds and with different visions. Women are asked to upload photos about places in Tunisia on the Blasti website which forms the basis for further discussion and intervention. Between 3 and 10 November 2013, a ...

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Open Positions at OSF: Higher Education, Rights and Governance, Policy and Advocacy

Position 1: Program Officer, Higher Education Support Program
 The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. The Open Society Foundations’ Arab Regional Office (ARO) was established in 2006 to support local civil society in its efforts to protect human rights and build vibrant and tolerant societies. Based in Amman, Jordan, the office supports a diverse group of civil society ...

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Call for Papers: Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Graduate Student Conference (New York, 27-28 February 2014)

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Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Conference 2014 27-28 February 2014 Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Columbia University in the City of New York Abstract Deadline: 1 January 2014 The organizing committee of the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University is pleased to invite paper and panel submissions addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following: ...

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The Israeli Government Insists on Challenging the International Will and Approves (The National Park) Settlement Plan in Jerusalem

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[The following report was issued by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on 17 November 2013.] The Israeli Government Insists on Challenging the International Will and Approves (The National Park) Settlement Plan in Jerusalem The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the decision of the Israeli government to approve the “National Park” plan, which would confiscate 740 dunums of Palestinian lands in the villages of al-Tur and al-Issawiya in East ...

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Position Announcement: 2014-2015 Aga Khan Visiting Professorship in Islamic Humanities at Brown University

The Middle East Studies Initiative at Brown University invites applications from early career scholars (assistant professors or other recent PhDs) for the 2014-2015 Aga Khan Visiting Professorship in Islamic Humanities. Geographical focus and chronological period are open.  Academic specialization can be in any discipline in the humanities, including history, as well as the humanistic dimensions of anthropology and sociology. The Visiting Professor will be required to ...

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2014-15 Fellowship Competition for US Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 15th annual competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies. Fellowship awards from $6,000 - $9,000 Full proposals due January 6, 2014 Awards announced March 10, 2014 Important Information About the Fellowship Competition Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (November 12)

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[This roundup can now be accessed by clicking here.]

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Event: Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings (17 November, New York City)

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Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings Sunday, Nov. 17, noon-6pm NYU Silver Center, Room 405   Join leading Syrian and other Middle East scholars and activists at an afternoon teach-in on the Syrian uprising. Hear from activists on the frontlines in Syria and Palestine as well as from writers and scholars who've lived and studied there. Learn, discuss and debate what led to the uprising, who are the forces on the ground today and why Americans should defend ...

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Cairo Event: From Hero to Public Enemy? Human Rights Workers in Egypt (November 13, AUC New Cairo)

From Hero to Public Enemy? Human Rights Workers in Egypt A presentation by Heba Morayef Wednesday 13 November, 1pm MESC Conference Room 2715 AUC New Cairo The Middle East Studies Center is honored to be hosting Heba Morayef on Wednesday 13 November at the American University in Cairo’s New Cairo campus. Heba Morayef is the Egypt Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. She investigates human rights abuses in Egypt and conducts ...

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Hundreds of Academics Declare their Support to METU

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[This statement was released on 6 November 2013. It has been lightly edited for stylistic purposes.] Hundreds of academic across the world have shown their solidarity with Middle East Technical University (METU) in its fight against the unlawful and destructive highway construction project passing through the campus forest. There are 857 signatories from 278 academic institutions and twenty-six different countries. The statement emphasizes that METU resistance has turned ...

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Rethinking Gezi Through Feminist and LGBT Perspectives

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On 4-5 October 2013, The New School's Historical Studies Department convened various scholars, activists, and artists to address critical questions about history and contemporary politics in Turkey under the rubric of the Talk Turkey Conference: Rethinking Life Since Gezi. One of the panels of the conerence was entitled "Rethinking Gezi through Feminist and LGBT Perspectives," and featured presentations by Cihan Tekay (Co-Editor of Jadaliyya's Turkey Page), Zeuno ...

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Solidarity with Nusaybin Mayor Ayse Gokkan

[Construction of the wall at the Nusaybin border. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Solidarity with Nusaybin Mayor Ayşe Gökkan As the social scientists who conduct research on the borders of Turkey: We know that states ban access to borders and consider people who live in these areas as potential threats or enemies in the name of sovereignty and national security. We observe that you consider state violence legitimate. You use foreign threats as an excuse to deploy state violence in its most brutal form on the borders to oppress your own citizens. Yet, ...

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Texas A&M in Nazareth? Apartheid & More

[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) on 7 November 2013.] When far-right Christian Zionists as infamous as John C. Hagee and Rick Perry and Israeli leaders accused of war crimes like Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu propose a project, any project, it cannot be good for Palestinians or for humankind. The recently revealed project for establishing an Israeli branch of Texas ...

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Research and Travel Fellowships by Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces two research fellowships competitions: Research Scholarship for US Scholars For US doctoral students and post docs who are US citizens, any field of study. Applications due January 6, 2014. Post-Doctoral Fellowship for US Citizens For post-doctoral study in the Humanities by US citizens and professors who have lived in the US for the last 3 consecutive years. Applications due January 6, ...

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MESA 2013 Academic Freedom Recipients: Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) and the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Program

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[The following press release was issued by the Middle East Studies Association on 11 October 2013.] For Immediate Release                                                                                                       ...

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Call for Applicants: Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Syrian Students

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Due to the difficult situation in Syria, The Swedish Institute has decided to allocate up to 15 scholarships for Syrian students on an annual basis for two years.  The scholarships are for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden for the academic years of 2014/15 and 2015/16, i.e. a total maximum of 30 scholarships. The scholarship offer is within the scope of the regular scholarship process for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships. Scholarships are granted ...

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License to Kill: Why the American Drone War on Yemen Violates International Law

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[The following report was issued by Alkarama. It is based on field investigations carried out by Alkarama representative in Sanaa throughout 2012 and 2013, which were aimed at gathering witness accounts and victim testimonies about US drone strikes in Yemen. Interviews were also held with government officials and members of the civil society. The report was released prior to the presentation of UN expert Ben Emmerson's report   on targeted killings before UN General ...

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Cairo Event--Islamists in Turkey: From the Rule of Law to the Law of Some (10 November, AUC)

Islamists in Turkey: from the Rule of Law to the Law of Some Koray Çalışkan Sunday 10 November 2013 7-9:30pm AUC - Tahrir Square   Koray Çalışkan will be presenting on Sunday 10 November 2013, a talk titled “Islamists in Turkey: from the Rule of Law to the Law of Some,” in Oriental Hall at the Tahrir American University Cairo campus. The Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Law is hosting this important event. Ruled by the AKP (the Justice and ...

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Improving Access to Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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[The following recommendations were issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).] The Government Must Improve the Access to Education for Syrian Refugees Roundtable Discussion Series The LCPS, CLS, and KAS discussion group recommends that the government takes the following six actions to provide better access to education for Syrian refugees:  Create an extensive database for Syrian refugees of school-going age Train extra teachers and ...

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