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Innovative Training Network : MIDA “Mediating Islam in the Digital Age” 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action // Deadline 1st of June 2019

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Innovative Training Network programs (ITN) are designed to combine scientific research with an intensive training trajectory for young scholars in order to equip them with the necessary comprehensive knowledge and skills. These researchers work in an inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary and international environment to deepen their knowledge and to find answers to pressing contemporary societal issues. An international consortium of research institutes, universities and non-academic partners has been awarded with a research grant from the Department for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in June 2018. MIDA is coordinated by the ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS) in Paris.

The MIDA project rests on the premise that digitisation and technological innovations have a tremendous impact on Islam, the effects of which are diverse and ubiquitous. They include first and foremost modes of expression and communication of religious messages and traditions and modes of engagement with society. Digitisation and concurrent innovations as they emerged in the past decades belong to the list of comparable fundamental technological transformations in human history such as the invention of paper, printing technology, steam power, electricity and telecommunication, which constituted major upheavals, even if these were not experienced in all societies and by everyone at the same time, in the same way.

It is commonly recognised that the digital revolution will indeed deeply transform human societies, much as the industrial revolution did in the nineteenth century. However, the rapid changes that are currently taking place generate a sense of loss of control and instability among the general public, politicians, journalists, academics, and, not least, among Muslims themselves. The spread of modern digital media and new technologies of communication, production and dissemination, prompts researchers and social actors, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to make sense of, and understand these developments. Consequently, they have shaken up Islam as a field of academic study and have impacted on the ways Islam is to be studied in the future. The specificity of the current digital revolution calls for a re-evaluation of past situations and reflection on future prospects.

MIDA assesses these developments in all their dimensions by formulating three major questions: How does digitisation (1) shape Islam (i.e. beliefs, practices, societies, activism, political organisations, social institutions, and outlooks); (2) modify the relation Muslims have with their past; (3) modify and reorganise scholarship and research on Islam.

The MIDA project is to train 15 creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative researchers in social and human sciences through an interdisciplinary research programme, whose main objectives are to understand the tremendous influence that digitisation and technological innovations have on Islam.

The location is depending on which project the candidate applies for.

A summary of the available positions includes :

  • ESR 1 – From oral command to written memories. A case-study: the first Arab Muslim autobiography, ‘Abd Allâh b. Buluggîn’s Memoirs, 11th century.
  • ESR 2 – ‘In/out of the closet’ testimonials: online performance of secret lives in the Middle East and among Muslims in the West.
  • ESR 3 – Art activist (artivist) and non-celebrity clips as expressions of self in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • ESR 4 – Islamist movements in Morocco in their ‘other languages’: uses of the Arabic and Berber vernacular varieties in the digital spheres.
  • ESR 5 – Arab-Muslim encounters with Orientalism in the colonial age.
  • ESR 6 – Dubbing or subtitling? The socio-cultural context of exported Turkish television series.
  • ESR 7 – Mosque architecture and scripture in the contemporary Muslim world.
  • ESR 8 – The commodification and displacement of waqf portable assets from the 18th c. onwards.
  • ESR 9 – Wartime photography and portraiture in Khomeini’s and post-Khomeini Iran.
  • ESR 10 – Constructing and deconstructing Islamic authority and knowledge online and offline: competing Muslim discourses in the Moroccan diaspora in Europe, in particular the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
  • ESR 11 – From pulpit to Facebook: the digitisation of religious communication, authority and knowledge production.
  • ESR 12 – Networks of transmission of Islamic knowledge and mobility patterns of scholars in the pre-modern world.
  • ESR 13 – Mecca between photography, phonography and motion picture in the colonial period.
  • ESR 14 – Reactions of the European public after the rise of terrorist attacks perpetrated by Islamists since 2015: assessing the role of the digital media.
  • ESR 15 – Loss, memory and mobilisation: al-Andalus on the Internet.

Successful applicants cannot have resided in the country of PhD matriculation or of recruitment institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding the engagement date.

The positions may be equivalent to a PhD position and are not restricted to EU citizens. Refugee status under the Geneva Convention are NOT counted ‘as period of residence / activity in the country of the enrolment University or Employer.

The gross monthly salary will be more than € 2,000 gross per month (depending on the University or Employer and on local tax regulation).

For any information, please contact info@itn-mida.org

Each applicant may apply for up to 3 individual projects.

Download the file of the position(s) you are interested in :

https://www.itn-mida.org/callforposition

Application forms are available on:

https://www.itn-mida.org/applicationform

The successful PhD candidates will participate in the network’s advanced training activities and work in academic and non-academic partner organisations’ premises. Regular meetings and workshops within the EU-funded MIDA Innovative Training Network will supplement the training and support provided at the host organizations.

Practical training (secondments) will be complemented by a personal career development programme that will prepare the ESRs for their future careers.

The closing date for this position will be 1st of June 2019.

Interviews will take place in the University of enrolment or at employer premises (or via Skype/Zoom) in June 2019. The final decision for each project will be made by the MIDA consortium and communicated to the remaining candidates on 8th July 2019.

The starting date of the ESR will be 1st September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

CALL FOR PAPERS : IQSA Annual Meeting 2018

The International Qur’anic Studies Association has opened its Call for Papers for its Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado from November 17-20, 2018. Paper proposals should be submitted through SBL’s automated online submission system via the affiliate form by March 7, 2018 (note: SBL membership is NOT required for proposal submission). Please feel free to contact the chairs specified by each program unit to which you’d like to apply if you require further information or experience difficulties with the submission process. Abstracts should be written in English, have a length of around 400 words, and include the name and affiliation of the author. IQSA welcomes all submissions and looks forward to an exciting program in Denver.

CALL FOR PAPERS: IQSA Annual Meeting 2018

The Annual Meeting includes panels for each of IQSA’s six program units:
  • Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
  • The Qur’an: Surah Studies
  • Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
  • The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
  • The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
  • The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
PROGRAM UNIT 1
Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
Program Unit Chairs:
Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau
Sarra Tlili
The Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus unit invites proposals for papers that engage with the Qur’an at the thematic (as opposed to the stylistic or the structural) level. Proposers may for example address themes such as Qur’anic prophetology, eschatology, cosmology, ecology, and social status, or may investigate the meaning of certain Qur’anic words.
PROGRAM UNIT 2
The Qur’an: Surah Studies
Program Unit Chairs:
Shawkat Toorawa
Marianna Klar
The Surah Studies unit invites proposals for individual papers on any aspect of the five surahs known collectively as al-Musabbihat (Q 57, 59, 61, 62, and 64). Although traditionally considered to be a group, there is a dearth of secondary scholarship on their form, their structural parallels, their implied unity, or indeed their many differences. Barely mentioned in Neuwirth 2010, these five surahs are excluded from analysis altogether in Cuypers 2016, and garner only a small handful of references in Sinai 2017; and yet Paret (in his 1977 Konkordanz) includes a long list of internal parallels and correspondences for these surahs, hitherto uninterpreted, while Bazargan, intriguingly, considers only surahs 57, 61, and 64 of the Musabbihat to be diachronically coherent wholes (Sadeghi 2011).
A varied blend of a number of qur’anic genres, encompassing sections of hymnic praise, punishment stories, assertions of the resurrection and the truth of God’s message, eschatology, commandment passages, both inter- and intra-community polemics, and references to contemporary events and community practice, the striking similarity of their opening verses nonetheless commands attention. Proposers might also wish to explore the relationship of rhyme to structure, or assess further evidence of the presence of textual borders throughout any or all of the Musabbihat. Presenters might focus on the surahs’ use of rhetorical devices, the presence of Leitwörter, the placement of hapax legomena, the use of repetitive lexical patterns, or recurring images. The surahs’ distinctive theological concepts–God’s Light, for instance, His Balance, or the matter of Divine doubling–might be deemed worthy of individual attention. In sum, proposals are invited on any aspect of the Musabbihat, their reception, their structure, their relative surah-ness, their relationship to other surahs, their composition, their lexicon, their rhetorical features, or their style.
PROGRAM UNIT 3
Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
Program unit chairs:
Karen Bauer
TBC
This unit aims to understand and contextualise the methods and hermeneutics applied to the Qur’anic text, both historical and contemporary. The Methodology and Hermeneutics unit addresses questions that might implicitly govern other units, such as: What is Qur’anic Studies, and how does the study of the Qur’an differ from the study of its interpretation? What are the methodological differences between descriptive and normative approaches to the text? How does context (intellectual, social, ethical, historical) affect hermeneutical approaches to the text? The unit welcomes papers addressed to the hermeneutics and methods of particular schools of interpretation or thought, and also on hermeneutics as applied to specific subjects or concepts such as social justice and gender.
This year the Methodology and Hermeneutics unit invites papers from any aspect of the methods and hermeneutics in the study of the Qur’an. We will also be convening a pre-arranged roundtable discussion on bias and identity politics in the field of Qur’anic Studies.
PROGRAM UNIT 4
The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
Program unit chairs:
Alba Fedeli
Shady Hekmat Nasser
The aim of this unit, originally founded and curated by Keith Small, is to provide a cross-disciplinary setting to address the variety of interconnected issues that arise when questions concerning the Qur’an’s text are explored in relation to its manuscript tradition. Manuscript tradition refers to the transmission of the Qur’anic text in Qur’anic manuscripts, marginal notes to the text, and citations of the Qur’anic text as found in other works of Islamic literature, such as commentaries and particularly the qira’at literature. This will provide a forum to explore the relationship between Qur’anic manuscripts and Qur’anic citations, focusing on textual variants and the historical context of the Qur’an in various historical periods. In addition to the analysis of textual data, the unit also examines other topics, such as palaeographic, codicological, and art-historical features in the study of the Qur’an’s manuscript tradition, the application of textual criticism to manuscript texts, as well as the phenomenon of textual variants as found in the Islamic qira’at literature. It is hoped that bringing together scholars from the subdisciplines of Qur’an manuscript studies, Qur’anic commentaries and qira’at studies will serve to enrich and strengthen these fields.
This year the programming unit will schedule a thematic session entitled “Reading and Accessing Manuscripts of the Qur’an and of Qur’anic Commentaries”. We invite papers that deal with all eras and regions of the manuscript tradition encompassing manuscripts of the Qur’an, Qur’anic commentaries, and qira’at works, as well as the variety of palaeographic, art historical, codicological, philological, historical, and text-critical issues that one encounters in this discipline in terms of access to collections and new technologies for manuscript study. For example, papers may focus on presenting a particular manuscript or collection of manuscripts, on introducing future and past projects for accessing, digitising and displaying collections or on describing new technologies for reading or analysing manuscript texts and exploring issues of textual criticism. Papers on any topic within the range of the interests of The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism programme unit are welcome. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of approximately 400 words.
PROGRAM UNIT 5
The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
Program unit chairs:
Holger Zellentin
Cornelia Horn
For the 2018 meeting in Denver, we invite papers on exegetical, narrative, legal, or any other interaction between the Biblical and Qur’anic traditions for an open session.
PROGRAM UNIT 6
The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
Program unit chairs:
Michael Pregill
TBC
For the 2018 IQSA Annual Meeting, the Qur’an and Late Antiquity program unit invites proposals for two open panels. We seek papers that utilize various types of evidence, whether literary, documentary and epigraphic, or material/visual/archaeological, to illuminate the historical context in which the Qur’an was revealed and the early Islamic polity emerged. We are especially interested in papers that utilize comparative methodologies to contribute to a better understanding of the Qur’an’s place in its cultural, political, social, and religious environment.

Doctoral and post-doc grants awarded by the IFAO

Qualification requirements
  • The applicant for a doctoral grant must be a registered PhD student.
  • The applicant for a post-doctoral grant must be within five years of defending the dissertation.
  • The applicant must reside outside Egypt and undertake research that requires residence in Egypt.
  • Applications should be sent to the director of the IFAO by email: direction AT ifao.egnet.net
  • The application must include a curriculum vitae, the detailed presentation of a clearly defined research project for the stay, accompanied by a letter of reference and recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor (for PhD students) or his/her research director (for post-docs).
  • Deadline for applications is 9 November 2017 for stays between 1st September and 22 December 2018.
  • The director of the IFAO, after consultation with the director of studies, the scientific members and the scientific council of the IFAO, will announce the recipients.
Grant procedures
Grants are awarded for one month. The grant-holders can apply for the following years. The total duration of the stay can not be less than a month and should not exceed the duration of the awarded grant. The IFAO can accept no administrative responsibility for grant-holders beyond their allocated period of stay.
The grant awarded will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The monthly stipend (1000 euros) has been determined by the IFAO administration board. On condition of availability of space on the premises and for the requisite fee, the IFAO can provide lodging for grant-holders. Grant-holders who need to stay in other parts of Egypt must find lodgings on their own.
At the end of their stay, grant-holders will submit a progress report to the director of the IFAO or to the director of studies.
Any person coming to the IFAO as a grant-holder must have personal health and social security coverage and medical repatriation insurance.
Pre-registration form
After acceptance of your application, if you wish to stay in IFAO during your stay, please fill in and return to direction@ifao.egnet.net the following form (French) and contact the relevant departments if needed. In order to prepare your mission, you are invited to read carefully this page on the IFAO website: http://www.ifao.egnet.net/pratique/sejourner/
 
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The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Visual Culture

The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Visual Culture

Submission deadline: December 15, 2017

The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) is pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished article written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. Awarded annually by HIAA, this prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long‐serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. Papers should not exceed 7000 words in length and can be accompanied by 15 low-res illustrations maximum.

The competition is open to HIAA members only. As well as receiving an award of $500, the recipient of the prize will be announced at HIAA’s next business meeting in 2018. The winning essay will also be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
Submission must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.

All materials (under 5 Mb) should be submitted by email to mercedes.volait@inha.fr by December 15, 2017. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transfered by FTP.
 

Call for application Summer School Beirut August 2017

Summer School

Reading and analysing Ottoman manuscript sources

27th to 30th of August 2017

Beirut, Lebanon

The French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo), the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences), the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Centralasian Studies (CETOBaC), the Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, the İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, and the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) with the support of the Open Jerusalem project are organising a summer school devoted to reading and analysing Ottoman manuscript sources. This is the second edition, following the summer school of 2016 in Amman, Jordan.

During the four-day programme we will introduce young researchers (mostly MA and PhD candidates, but postdocs may also apply) to reading, combining and analysing manuscript sources from various archives of the Ottoman era, produced at local, provincial and imperial levels. We concentrate mainly on materials from the 16th and 20th centuries, but welcome also explorations into earlier archives. Our summer school offers future researchers introductory presentations of the archival situation, various types of sources and basic research tools and workshops with a focus on the actual work with texts. The aim is to overcome the initial difficulties researchers often face when working with archival material from the Ottoman period, one of which is an administrative terminology no longer in use today.

Our programme emerged from several observations. First, young historians often feel helpless when faced with difficult Ottoman archival material in Ottoman Turkish or other languages used in the Empire if they have not had proper training in palaeography and philology. Moreover, there is not enough dialogue and exchange between the different schools of Ottoman history, particularly between those focusing on the analysis of imperial dynamics (who are generally specialists in the Ottoman language) and those who concentrate on the provinces of the Empire and who therefore work on sources produced in local languages. Our summer school will focus on the study of archives in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, in case also in Armenian and other languages, so as to provide future historians with the skills necessary to use such sources within the framework of their research projects.

The objective of including these three languages of the empire in one summer school is two-fold: firstly, to foster an exchange around theory and methodology among specialists of different regions of the empire. Secondly, the three languages are important for a comprehensive analysis of local dynamics in various provinces, either for administrative, economic and social dynamics or more specifically in religious studies and belles-lettres. An additional aim is to encourage the use of source materials in different languages by facilitating the identification and understanding of diverse archival holdings. Bringing together specialists of different regions and subjects will encourage the exchange of information on archival holdings, their history, catalogues and finding aids.

How?

This summer school is an initiative of the Ifpo, the OIB, the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences), Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, the CETOBaC, the JaCMES and other Lebanese partners to be defined.

The focus of the summer school are practical workshops in small groups allowing trainees to read and discuss archival documents with specialists familiar with different types of documents. These workshops will make up more than half of the training, the other part including visits of archives in and around Beirut, presentations of Ottoman archives and research aids in palaeography, and discussions about methodology.

In a workshop, the students will be asked to read and analyse a document of their choice.

The summer school will accept up to 20 students. About ten researchers and professors from Arab, Turkish, German and French universities will attend the summer school as instructors.

The main working language of the summer school is English.

Who?

Students enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. programme as well as researchers in an early post-doctoral stage, regardless of nationality, can apply for this summer school, provided that his or her research project necessitates the use of Ottoman source materials in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic or Armenian (or other relevant languages).

The students selected for the summer school will be offered the following free of charge:

  • summer school fees
  • lunch and dormitory accommodation during the summer school
  • round-trip air transportation from their country of residence
  • excursions and visits.

In order to be considered, the applications must include:

  • a proposal outlining the candidate’s research project and archival sources (two pages maximum)
  • a curriculum vitae, mentioning language skills (two pages maximum)
  • name and contact of 2 referees that may be contacted for a recommendation

Around fifteen students will be selected for participation in this summer school. The applications must be submitted in English and sent to this address: ottomansummerschool2016@gmail.com

Calendar

The applications must be submitted before 15 June 2017 (midnight Beirut time).

You will receive a reply by 25 June 2017.

The summer school will take place from 27 to 30 August 2017. Arrival day in Beirut is 26 August, departure is foreseen for 31 August at the earliest.

Where?

The summer school will take place in Beirut and Balamand, Lebanon.

List of potential instructors:

Simon Abdel Massih (Lebanese University), Metin Atmaca (Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi), Marc Aymes (CETOBaC), Fatih Çalısır (Ibn Haldun University), Antranig Dakessian (Haigazian University Beirut), Aylin De Tapia (IFEA), Vanessa Guéno (Ifpo), Mahmoud Haddad (University Balamand), Astrid Meier (OIB), Serife Memis Eroglu (Hacettepe University), Falestin Naili (Ifpo), Norig Neveu (Ifpo), Abdallah Said (Lebanese University), Souad Slim (University of Balamand), Faruk Yaslıçimen (Ibn Haldun University) and others.

Call for application