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Call for Papers | Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies

Research Workshop, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, 3-5 October 2024 

This annual exploratory and informal workshop offers the opportunity to reflect on methodologies, research agendas, and case studies for investigating history writing in Arabic in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond in any period from the seventh century to the present. We are interested in papers that consider the practical and conceptual challenges of working on history writing in Arabic.

Contributions are invited from scholars at all career levels, addressing any period and any part of the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined. This year we anticipate running the workshop from the Aga Khan Centre in London and in Lisbon, with the possibility to have an online component featuring participants who are unable to travel to the UK or Portugal. 

Call for Applications | Safe Haven Fellowship for Scholars and Cultural Actors Affected by the War in Gaza

The NIAS Safe Haven Fellowship supports scholars and cultural actors at risk. The NIAS Safe Haven Fellowship is intended for scholars, artists, writers and journalists who are not able to do their work in their current location or circumstances, because of the consequences of conflict or war. With this additional Call for Applications for our extended Safe Haven Fellowship we particularly invite reactions from scholars, journalists, writers and artists affected by the war in Gaza. A Safe Haven Fellowship is granted for five months and covers travel to and from Amsterdam, an office, lunch on workdays, subsidized housing and a stipend.

Call for Applications | BIAA-University of Oxford Martin Harrison Memorial Fellowship

With funds donated in memory of the late Professor Martin Harrison, the University of Oxford has instituted a scheme of short-term Fellowships to enable Turkish scholars to come to the United Kingdom and Oxford for a period of research. The Fellowships are open to Turkish citizens resident in Türkiye who are working in any area of the material and visual culture of Anatolia, from the Prehistoric to the Ottoman period.

The Fellowship is to support a stay of up to 60 days and has a maximum value of £1,200. A return airfare to London will be provided by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA).

Call for Submissions | 2025 Annual Palestine Forum

Following the success of the previous two rounds, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and the Institute for Palestine Studies are pleased to invite research proposals for the third Annual Palestine Forum. The Forum will be held in late January 2025 in Qatar (Exact dates to be confirmed).

The third round seeks to create an interactive academic space for presenting new and innovative approaches and exchanging views and ideas related to the study of Palestine. It provides an opportunity for researchers who are already working on papers to present and discuss their work, and to learn about and benefit from new research trends in Palestine Studies.

Call for Papers | State Islam and Authoritarian Rule: Comparing Control Over Religious Institutions in Muslim-majority states

Workshop, SEPAD, Lancaster University, 11 December 2024

This workshop will examine the extent and form of state control over Islamic social and religious institutions by exploring different regional Muslim-majority contexts (MENA, sub-Saharan Africa, Central, South, and East Asia). Interested participants working on state Islam in any Muslim-majority setting are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and recent CV to neil.russell@gcu.ac.uk. Short essays of each selected paper will be published in a SEPAD Report, with full length papers being published as a special issue in an academic journal or edited volume.

Call for Papers | Imagined Geographies: From Past to Future

The New Area Studies Research Centre, the East Centre and the School of Global Development at the University of East Anglia are calling for papers between 5000-8000 words to be presented at a symposium on 2nd and 3rd October 2024 on the topic of Imagined Geographies: from Past to Future. It will take place at UEA, Norwich, UK, in person and online, and will address the topic from a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspective. We plan to publish selected papers from the symposium in a special edition of New Area Studies.#

We are pleased to consider proposals from any disciplinary perspective: Anthropological, Geographical, Literary, Historical, Political Science/International Relations, Sociological, Philosophical etc. We particularly welcome original, cross-disciplinary topics and approaches, showcasing innovation, evolving, or new methodologies.

Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) Master’s Scholarship

SOAS is pleased to announce the new Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) Master’s Scholarship which is generously funded entirely through donations. 

There is one scholarship available for 2024/25 which has been established to support a student ordinarily resident in Palestine to study any taught master’s programme at SOAS. Preference given to students ordinarily resident in Gaza and elsewhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as defined by FCDO (consisting of two separate land areas: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip). 

This scholarship will cover tuition fees in full and provide a stipend of £15,340 minimum.

Roundtable Call for Submissions | Iranian Studies

The journal of Iranian Studies invites submissions for roundtables. Topics may include any subject in the social sciences related to Iran, the Persianate world, minoritized communities, and transnational diasporas. If interested, please submit your proposal by June 17th to Dr Paola Rivetti, the journal's associate editor for the social sciences (paola.rivetti@dcu.ie). More details in the attached document.

Academic Editor(s) of Anatolian Studies (Voluntary position)

The British Institute at Ankara invites applications from qualified persons for the post of Academic Editor of their flagship annual journal, Anatolian Studies. The Academic Editor is usually for a five-year term, reporting to the British Institute at Ankara’s Publications Committee. The Academic Editor works in consultation with the professional Publications Editor, who manages inquiries, submissions, initial reviewer suggestion, copy editing, typesetting and technical issues through the Scholar One submissions platform. The Academic Editor also appoints members of and consults with an editorial board comprising a variety of scholars representing various sub-disciplines and periods. The role-holder is awarded an honorarium of £1,500 pa, split in the case of two co-editors. There may be one Academic Editor or the position may be shared between two co-editors, who should apply as a team.

Call for Papers | Digital British Islam: Experiences, Responses and Impact from Britain and Beyond

Conference, Digital British Islam, Coventry University, 5-6 February 2025

Papers are invited for Digital British Islam: Experiences, Responses and Impact, from Britain and Beyond, the flagship event of the Digital British Islam project, that has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. This two-day international conference will explore the diversity of ways in which diverse Muslim identities are experienced, encountered and catered for within digital spaces. While our research focused on ‘British’ experiences, we are keen to engage with perspectives globally. We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of online Islam, in any geographical context, focusing on a particular tradition, group or movement or on the interactions between different parties, or on broader cultural or political changes impacting upon how religion is expressed online. We hope that the conference will attract a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints.

Middle East Studies Senior Editor needed for Cogent Social Sciences

Fully Open Access (OA) journal Cogent Social Sciences is currently recruiting for a Senior Editor within its Area Studies section, to take the lead on a new strand focusing on Middle East Studies (North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf, and the Arabian Peninsula). This role reports to the Editor-in-Chief, and you will be joining the Senior Editors for African Studies, Asian Studies, and Central Asian, Russian and East European Studies. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in Social Sciences and whose research focuses on the Middle East, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal

BIAA Honorary Deputy Treasurer (Voluntary position)

With the end of the three-year term of the current Honorary Treasurer, the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) seeks to appoint a new Honorary Treasurer to the Council of Management at its next AGM in December 2024. Experience of financial management in the commercial or not-for-profit worlds and an accountancy qualification is desirable, but not essential. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 15th November 2024

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 | Disruptions

The Middle East is experiencing major political transformations, some of which continue from the Arab uprisings of 2011, which invite historical and comparative examinations. The first of its kind, Disruptions publishes studies on the origins, nature, and impact of the ideas, events (uprisings, revolutions, protests), and actors (ordinary people, activists, intellectuals, or leaders) that are now disrupting the social orders in the region.

We welcome monographs and, in exceptional cases, edited volumes that offer novel theoretical and conceptual frameworks and/or empirical material generated from the region. Disruptions fosters the principle of pluralism in knowledge generation in the Social Sciences, and will be open to various theoretical and methodological approaches in Political Science, History, Sociology, Social Psychology and Middle Eastern Studies.

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 | Critiquing Gender & Islam: Transnational, Intersectional and Queer Perspectives

This series approaches gender as a category of analysis, a platform of mobilisation and activism, an essential aspect of governance and a signifier of power relations that intersect with other inequalities. Encouraging interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, Critiquing Gender & Islam mainly features empirically grounded work, including ethnographic, visual and discursive material. Sexuality and queer politics are important aspects of the series’ understanding of the politics of gender.

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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