EURAMES 12/12

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Dear Madame, dear Sir, dear colleague and friend,

Please find below the following announcements:

CONFERENCES

1. Conference: "Conciliating Revelation and Science in the Abrahamic Traditions", King's College London and Heythrop College, 17-21 June 2012

2. Workshop: "Lingua Franca: Explorations of the Literary Geography of the Mediterranean World", Berlin, 24-26 May 2012

3. One-day Conference: "The Messages of Hizbullah: Communication Forms and Political Contexts"; Centre for Media and Film Studies, SOAS, University of London, 25 May 2012

4. Two Research Seminar Conference on Thomas d´Aquin and "the Arabs", Paris and Leuven, 30 May - 5 June 2012.

5. Workshop: "Fragmentation and Compilation: The Making of Religious Texts in Islam. A Comparison with Ancient Mesopotamia, Judaism and Christianity Workshop", The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, 29-30 May 2012.

6. International Conference: "Turkish Migration in Europe - Projecting the Next 50 Years", Regent's College London, 7-9 December 2012

POSITIONS

7. Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate, OECUMENE 'Citizenship after Orientalism'

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

8. The Mohammed Arkoun Doctoral Scholarship

9. Call for Papers on "Russian Policy towards the Middle East", The Maghreb Review

Best regards,

Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW), University of Mainz, http://www.ceraw.uni-mainz.de
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CONFERENCES

1. Conference: "Conciliating Revelation and Science in the Abrahamic Traditions", King's College London and Heythrop College, 17-21 June 2012

While contemporary discourse on reason and faith have oftentimes been productive and illuminating, it has frequently been lacking in two areas where greater attention to the historical traditions proves invaluable. The first dimension is of a methodological nature and concerns precisely the common historical grounds on which thinkers of all three Abrahamic traditions have long operated. Conceived as a re-discovery of common scholarly foundations, this gathering of minds will be ground-breaking in shaping an innovative globalized academic practice for the 21st century based on intercultural and interdisciplinary values.

The second dimension is of a practical nature and concerns a wider academic and societal discourse. While it is not at all uncommon for people in Western societies to think that there are insurmountable differences and breaks between the three Abrahamic traditions, the historical evidence shows quite the opposite. Our conference on the shared and enduring reconciliation between revelation and faith in the three traditions is therefore intended to initiate a fresh direction of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

For further information and a detailed schedule, see webite: abrahamictraditions.org

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2. Workshop: "Lingua Franca: Explorations of the Literary Geography of the Mediterranean World", Berlin, 24-26 May 2012

The Berlin-based project "Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship" is organising a workshop on the possibility of a Mediterranean context for philological and literary analysis. In recent years, a wealth of scholarship has attempted to reframe the geographical grounds of literary analysis. Where previously the nation-state was the category through which texts would be contextualized, scholars have begun focusing trans-nationally on literary geography, shifting from national territories to consider maritime regions, trade routes, and intersecting zones of cultural interaction.
The Mediterranean world literalizes many of the concepts now integral to literary study, especially as it overlaps with transnationalism, transregionalism and ocean studies. By emphasizing the shifting relations of the Mediterranean and placing translation, transformation and transculturation in the foreground of textual analysis, this workshop aims to supplement strictly philological discussions of language and literature with considerations of the intercultural dynamics of textual encounters. How are texts not just linguistically but also culturally transformed during their travels? How have translations contributed to the transnational standardization of certain key concepts, values and texts? The workshop questions specific texts in terms of what they tell us about the possibility of a Mediterranean context for philological and literary analysis.

The Conference is convened by Elisabetta Benigni (Zukunftsphilologie-Fellow 2011-2012) and Michael Allan (EUME-Fellow 2011-2012). For more information: http://www.forum-transregionale-studien.de/en/revisiting-the-canons-of-textual-scholarship/workshops/lingua-franca.html, and/or contact: Islam Dayeh ( این نشانی پست الکترونیک دربرابر spambot ها و هرزنامه ها محافظت می شود. برای مشاهده آن شما نیازمند فعال بودن جاواسکریپت هستید ).
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3. One-day Conference: "The Messages of Hizbullah: Communication Forms and Political Contexts"; Centre for Media and Film Studies, SOAS, University of London, 25 May 2012

The conference will explore the communication strategies of Hizbullah in addition to its messages and epistemology from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. It brings together eminent scholars working on aspects related to the evolution of Hizbullah, its communication strategies and cultural practices in the formal and informal spheres.The conference will provide an opportunity for question-and-answer sessions with the speakers, as well as a more general discussion on aspects of Islamist politics and mobilization that are pertinent in the contemporary political and social climate in the Middle East.
Information: Dr. Dina Mater: این نشانی پست الکترونیک دربرابر spambot ها و هرزنامه ها محافظت می شود. برای مشاهده آن شما نیازمند فعال بودن جاواسکریپت هستید or Dr. Atef Alshaer این نشانی پست الکترونیک دربرابر spambot ها و هرزنامه ها محافظت می شود. برای مشاهده آن شما نیازمند فعال بودن جاواسکریپت هستید
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4. Two Research Seminar Conference on Thomas d´Aquin and "the Arabs", Paris and Leuven, 30 May - 5 June 2012.

"Thomas d'Aquin et ses sources arabes / Aquinas and 'the Arabs'" Paris 30, 31 May & 2 June 2012
Website: http://www.AquinasAndTheArabs.org and click on Research Seminar Conferences.

Translation and Transformation: Albert, between Aquinas and 'the Arabs' Leuven 4-5 June 2012
Website: http://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/Translation_&_Transformation_Leuven_2012/Translation_and_Transformation_2012.html

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5. Workshop: "Fragmentation and Compilation: The Making of Religious Texts in Islam. A Comparison with Ancient Mesopotamia, Judaism and Christianity Workshop", The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, 29-30 May 2012.

During this workshop, we will deal with two aspects in the history of sacred texts: fragmentation and compilation. We will discover the reshaping process that comes before and after compilation and the impact of interaction between the text-fragment and the compilation process. Our aim is to reflect on the role of creativity within the transmission process in religious textual history, that is to say we will define the rhetoric of the sacred using comparative elements. Convenor: Asma Hilali.

For a full description, programme, abstracts and participants' biographies visit: http://iis.ac.uk/view_article.asp?ContentID=113412
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6. International Conference: "Turkish Migration in Europe - Projecting the Next 50 Years", Regent's College London, 7-9 December 2012

Organized by Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS), London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS), Turkish Migration Studies Group at Oxford University (TurkMIS)

The enlargement of the European Union resulted in new and complex forms of human mobility while also triggering more cautious policy making and reaction to immigration in general. Turkish immigrant groups have been adversely affected by these shifts. As a case for other immigration-bound minorities in Europe, the study of the Turkish case retrospectively and projections for its future are likely to help deepen our understanding of human mobility and its place in future Europe.

The conference aims at elaborating the patterns of Turkish migration, future prospects, and potential challenges in a changing Europe. We also aim to open up the discussion by including the internal and international migration nexus as well as diverse and potentially competing destination countries as part of the broader Turkish transnational migration experience. Hence we aim to bring new perspectives on mobility and possibilities of (re-)configuration of policies.

For further information please see conference website http://www.turkishmigration.net/ Deadline for abstract submissions 15 May 2012
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POSITIONS

7. Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate, OECUMENE 'Citizenship after Orientalism'

We are delighted to announce that OECUMENE, http://www.oecumene.eu ERC funded project at the Open University UK, is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate (duration 18 months starting 1 October 2012).

We are looking for a motivated graduate with a PhD in social sciences to join the existing research team of 4 Research Associates and 3 PhD students.

The purpose of the Oecumene project is to redefine European citizenship by developing, without the assumptions of orientalism and occidentalism, comparative insights on citizenship understood as political subjectivity in Africa, Asia, Australia or the Americas. Expertise in any one of these areas is required but applicants with a focus on Africa especially in relation to indigenous citizenship would be beneficial.

Closing date: 24 May 2012. For detailed information and how to apply go to http://www.open.ac.uk/employment.
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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

8. The Mohammed Arkoun Doctoral Scholarship

In recognition of the late Professor Mohammed Arkoun’s contribution to the the field of Islamic Studies and allied disciplines, the Institute of Ismaili Studies has established a new scholarship entitled “The Mohammed Arkoun Doctoral Scholarship”. This Scholarship will cover both tuition fees and personal expenses , up to the amount of GBP 25,000 per annum, for a maximum of 4 academic years.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2012; further information: http://www.iis.ac.uk/view_article.asp?ContentID=113402
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9. Call for Papers on "Russian Policy towards the Middle East", The Maghreb Review
Original papers are requested in English or French for a special issue on any topics related to Russian policy towards the Middle East, Iran, Turkey and the Maghreb from the earliest time to the present. Original articles on Arab, Iran and Turkey relations with Russia and Soviet from the earliest time to the present are also welcome.

The deadline for submission is: 30 September 2012. Further information: http://www.maghrebreview.com or from Mohamed Ben-Madani, email: maghreb@Maghreb Review.com