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Mapping Academic Solidarity with Palestine

We are mapping the experiences of academics who have attempted to organise over the past month in response to what is currently happening in Palestine. This initiative aims to systematically document the experiences of academics trying to organise events, statements, teach outs etc. If you are willing to share what your experiences have been since the beginning of October 2023 or would like to discuss this initiative further, please get in touch.

Algerian Studies Master's Dissertation Prize

The Society for Algerian Studies and the LSE Middle East Centre are delighted to announce the fifth round of a prize aimed at Master’s students in the UK conducting research on Algeria. Launched in 2019, the prize is designed to encourage and celebrate outstanding research, prizes will be awarded to the most innovative and significant Master’s dissertations focussing on Algeria. Entries are invited from students enrolled on  Master’s degree courses in social sciences, arts and humanities at universities in the UK whose dissertation examines Algeria or whose research focuses on Algeria in a comparative perspective. Applicants must have completed their dissertation in the 2022/23 academic year.

Vacancy | Research Fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies invites applications for up to two Research Fellowships open to post-doctoral candidates in any area of the arts, humanities or social sciences which contribute to a more informed understanding of the Islamic world – its history, economy, politics, culture and contemporary life. The Fellowships offer an excellent opportunity for working with world-class colleagues in an intellectually stimulating research environment, and draw on the Centre’s extensive academic links, both within Oxford and internationally. The successful candidates will be expected to play a full part in the academic and social life of the Centre and to undertake research and develop academic projects as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Call for Papers | Kurdish Studies Conference 2024

We warmly invite the submission of papers for the second Kurdish Studies Conference organised by LSE and the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 May 2024.

This interdisciplinary event builds on the inaugural conference at LSE in 2023 and is organised by the Kurdish Studies Series at the LSE Middle East Centre and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. 

The conference welcomes paper submissions with social sciences disciplinary approaches to any aspect of Kurdish studies. The conference seeks to promote, share and celebrate recent research across this growing field and encourage connections between scholars, students, professionals and members of the public. 

Call for Applications | BIAA Masters Dissertation Prize

The BIAA is currently inviting submissions for our annual Masters Dissertation Prize. Now in its second year, the prize will be awarded for a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of a taught Masters course in a UK University or Higher Education Institution on a topic relating to Türkiye and/or the Black Sea, covering any period from prehistory to the present day. The main language of all submissions must be English, and the dissertation must have been examined and graded as part of a Masters Degree awarded in 2022 or 2023.

Call for Applications | LSE-Kuwait Fellowships

The Kuwait Programme wishes to announce the availability of LSE Kuwait Fellowships.

Based in the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre, or in one of LSE’s research centres or academic departments, the Fellowship will enable the successful candidates to pursue research relevant to the Kuwait Programme for three months. Applications are invited from researchers based at academic or research institutions in Kuwait who have a PhD or equivalent experience and wish to develop their research capacity and output.

Vacancy | Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professorship for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World

University of Oxford - Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in association with Magdalen College

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) and Magdalen College intend to appoint to the Khalid bin Abdullah al Saud Professorship in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World with effect from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is a statutory professorship, which is the most senior academic grade at Oxford.

You will be a scholar of the highest international calibre from a Humanities or Social Sciences discipline, with an outstanding record of research and publications in the study of the contemporary Arab world from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Call for Applications | ACSS-FMSH Short-Term Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship Program in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) are pleased to announce the seventh call for applications for their joint program titled “Short-Term Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship Program in the Social Sciences and Humanities.” This program aims to:

  • Support postdoctoral fellows from Arab countries and enable them to conduct research or research-related activities in France.
  • Strengthen research networking and collaborations between Europe and the Arab region.  

Short-term fellowships (2-3 months) will be available to individual researchers who 1) are citizens and nationals of the Arab region, 2) have received their PhD degree within 0-6 years, and 3) and wish to conduct research in France (including field research, networking, library and archival work, as well as other types of data collection.)

Call for Papers | ​Oxford Middle East Review: In Flux

The editors welcome submissions for the eighth issue of the Oxford Middle East Review, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal for discussion and debate on issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa. The theme for this issue will be In Flux

We are currently accepting submissions that reflect on the role of the MENA’s people, civil societies, and governments, not just as subjects of change, but as drivers of local, regional, and global transformations. Papers will be considered for the journal’s two sections: a policy section (shorter pieces up to 2,000 words in length) and a research section (in-depth articles from 7,500-10,000 words).

Call for Papers | 14th Gulf Research Meeting

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.

GRM workshops cover a wide range of topics in the fields of politics, economics, gender, culture, energy, security, and the social sciences as they relate to the GCC states and wider Gulf region.

2024-2025 Tanya Baker-Asad Scholarship for Palestinian Women Pursuing PhDs

The Palestinian American Research Center announces the inauguration of The Tanya Baker-Asad Scholarship for Palestinian women pursuing PhDs in the humanities and social sciences. The Scholarship was established in honor of the late Tanya Baker-Asad, an anthropologist, a feminist, and a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause.

Qualified applicants should either be enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences at an accredited university anywhere in the world.

Call for Submissions | BRAIS Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World

The British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) is delighted to announce that the 2024 round of the BRAIS Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World is open for submissions. 

This international prize is awarded annually to the best doctoral thesis or unpublished first monograph based on a doctoral thesis. The award includes a cash prize of £1000 which will be officially presented at the Annual Conference of BRAIS.

Book Proposals | New Book Series: Peace Politics in the Middle East

Peace Politics in the Middle East aims to present reflective and cutting edge research that provide a forum for critical debate between scholars and politicians from across the Middle East and beyond. The focus is on presenting solutions to seemingly intractable problems and situations, and to explain the ramifications of their potential implementation.

Peace Politics in the Middle East delivers texts which predominantly deal with the prevention, causes and resolution of wars, terrorism, genocide, and gross violations of human rights. The series will aim to provide in-depth understanding that can assist academics and practitioners to work towards building a just and peaceful system. It delves into substantial analyses of constructive relationships across ethnic, religious, class and gender that can contribute to peacebuilding and mutual coexistence.

Book Proposals | Global Ethics

Under the direction of the new series editors, the Global Ethics book series seeks to advance research and conversation around a broad array of ethical issues in international and global matters. The editors are interested in publishing both monographs and edited collections from scholars, practitioners, and those engaged in civil society. These may include topics such as global governance, global health disparities, international intellectual property, climate change, economic sanctions, food security, civil and transnational conflict, and migration. Our particular interest is to provide a platform for scholars and practitioners from the Global South, and to host a dialogue involving diverse perspectives on issues of concern to the Global South.

The editors would welcome submissions of books, book proposals and inquiries about possible projects.

Book Proposals | Contemporary Turkey Book Series

I.B.Tauris and the British Institute at Ankara are seeking book proposals for the Contemporary Turkey academic book series. The Contemporary Turkey monograph series is a joint initiative by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), internationally renowned for its support of independent academic research, and leading publisher of Middle East and Turkish Studies I.B. Tauris, an imprint of Bloomsbury Academic.

The series publishes cutting-edge research monographs and edited collections from a new generation of scholars working on modern Turkey across the social sciences and humanities. In bringing to light new data and insights directly from the field, this series is distinguished by its emphasis on innovative approaches that challenge established ways of examining Turkey.

If you would like to add a vacancy, call for papers or any other relevant opportunity to this page, please email office@brismes.org with the details.

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