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JOB POSTING: Associate Professor of Arabic, Arab Diaspora

The Department of Language, Culture, and Communication, Modern and Classical Languages at University of Michigan Dearborn, invites applications for a tenure-track, associate professor Arabic faculty position, starting September 1, 2018. Note: Consideration will be given to advanced assistant professors with high-level research achievements and qualifications. Funding for this position has been approved.The Department of Language, Culture, and Communication has 20 faculty members representing Communication, Comparative Literature, Composition, Film Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, Modern and Classical Languages (Arabic, Armenian, French, German, Greek, Latin, and Spanish), and Speech disciplines.

This position is a full time (6 courses per year), tenure track Associate Professor of Arabic language, literature and culture effective 9/1/2018. Native or near-native language proficiency. Specialization in culture and literature of Arabic-speaking peoples or countries with one or more of the secondary areas: Arabic diaspora, Arab-American and/or Arab literature, multicultural and/or gender issues in the Arab world, mediated cultures/film of Arabic-speaking peoples. Teaching and research interests in any aspect of the cultural and literary production of Arabic-speaking countries required. Candidate must be able to teach all levels (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced) of Arabic language. Candidate must also be able to develop and teach courses on the culture and literature of the Arabic world as well as have experience in building a major in Arabic Studies and in working with Arab and Arab-American communities.

Applicants should upload a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, evidence of teaching performance, and three letters of recommendation to INTERFOLIO position ID 25665 2018 AP Arabic Posting Draft Approval.docx

Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled.  Currently this classification is considered exempt in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

CFP: From “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe”: Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas

From “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe”: Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas
Location: Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina
Date: April 5-7th, 2018

 

Details about the conference and requirements for paper proposal submissions are provided through the link below. The conference is co-hosted by Dr. Akram Khater (NC State-Khayrallah Center) and Dr. Gary Nabhan (University of Arizona-Center for Regional Food Studies). Paper proposals are due Friday, November 3, 2017. Successful applicants will be informed by Friday, November 17, 2017. For more information, see:

NEW DEADLINE: AASA Travel Grant Application

The Arab American Studies Association (AASA) is accepting applications for travel stipends to attend the 2017 American Studies Association (ASA) conference in Chicago (November 9 – 12). AASA will award up to three (3) travel stipends to qualified graduate students, adjunct faculty, and/or independent researchers.

The Award

Travel stipends of up to $250 will be awarded to qualified candidates to participate in AASA-sponsored meetings and panels at the 2017 ASA conference in Chicago. The funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other related expenses. Qualified applicants include graduate students and adjunct faculty members at accredited institutions, as well as independent researchers.

Qualified applicants must be an AASA member in good standing; and must be a participant in an AASA-sponsored event at the 2017 ASA conference as either a panel presenter, chair, or organizer, or an AASA board member. Preference is given to applicants who do not have conference travel funding from their present institution or another source.

How to apply

To apply, please submit an application consisting of the following:

  • Brief C.V.;
  • A brief description of your role in the 2017 ASA conference and why the AASA travel stipend is needed;
  • Proposed budget (including estimated airfare, lodging, etc.).

The deadline to apply is September 29, 2017. Applications may be sent via email to:

Arab American Studies Association

Attn: Travel Stipend

treasurer@arabamericanstudies.org

Going to ASA? Apply for a travel grant TODAY

We have one more travel grant for $250 to award so we’re extending the deadline–if you want it, apply TODAY. Instructions for application are here: AASA travel stipend_2017.

AASA Board Member Umayyah Cable Reviews the Palestinians Podcast Series

Writing for Palestine Square, Umayyah Cable discusses the Palestinians Podcast in the context of Palestinian diasporic connections to culture, history, and memory. You can check out the review here.

Going to ASA? Don’t Miss These Panels and Events!

In addition to AASA-organized panels and events there are a variety of presentations on related topics at the upcoming American Studies Association conference in November. Please plan to join us!

Thursday, November 9

  • 2:00 – 3:45: New Directions in Arab American Studies: How We Read Now
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Dusable, Third Floor West Tower
  • 4:00 – 5:45: Queer and Feminist Dissents: Locating Pedagogies of Refusal in Iranian and Arab Cultural Production
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Haymarket, Concourse Level West Tower

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Friday, November 10, 2017

  • 12:00 – 1:30: Arab American Studies Association Board Meeting
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Stetson BC, Exhibit Level West Tower
  • 1:30 – 2:30: Arab American Studies Association Members Meeting
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Stetson BC, Exhibit Level West Tower
  • 5:00 – 6:30: Connect Chicago: Resistance Movements meet Insurgent Scholarship
    • A conversation and celebration of movement-based scholarship, activism, and performance
    • Location: Arab American Cultural Center, UIC, 701 south Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607, 111 Stevenson Hall,
    • Organized by the Arab American Studies Association, the ASA Critical Prison Studies Caucus, the ASA Activist Caucus, the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC, and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 8:00 – 9:45: Dissent Horizons: The Consequences of Ambivalence for Arab and Muslim Americans
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower
  •  10:00 – 11:45: Arab American Studies Association: Dissenting Pedagogies: Teaching in an Age of Islamophobia
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower
  • 12:00 – 1:45: Arab American Studies Association: Grounded but Unsettled Solidarities: Exploring Strategically Mobile Resistances to US Militarism and Empire
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower
  • 2:00 – 3:45: Arab American Studies Association: Sanctuary and its Radical Futures: Sanctuary Movements in the Framework of Joint Struggle
    •  Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower

Join us at ASA in November!

AASA’s members meeting will be held at ASA this year, and we have a number of events and panels on the schedule. Please plan to join us if you’ll be there!

1.  Arab American Studies Association Board Meeting
Date: Fri, November 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 1:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Stetson BC, Exhibit Level West Tower

 

2. Arab American Studies Association Members Meeting
Date: Fri, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 2:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Stetson BC, Exhibit Level West Tower

 

3. Join us for a collaborative event in conjunction with the upcoming ASA conference in Chicago!

Connect Chicago: Resistance Movements meet Insurgent Scholarship/A Conversation and Celebration of Movement-based Scholarship, Activism, and Performance

Date: Fri, November 10, 2017
Time:  5:00 to 6:30pm
Location: University of Illinois, Chicago (701 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607), Arab American Cultural Center, 111 Stevenson Hall

 

Organized by the Arab American Studies Association, the ASA Critical Prison Studies Caucus, the ASA Activist Caucus, the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC, and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.

 

Extended Deadline for Special Issue of Amerasia

AMERASIA JOURNAL CALL FOR PAPERS – ARAB/AMERICAS 

Extended Deadline of September 30

Guest Editors: Dr. Sarah Gualtieri (USC) and Dr. Pauline Homsi Vinson (Diablo Valley College)

Publication Date: Spring 2018

Paper submissions (6,000 – 7,000 words, inclusive of endnotes) now due September 30, 2017

Arab/Americas: Locations and Iterations

In her introduction to her path-breaking book, Bint Arab, Evelyn Shakir notes that most of the Arab immigrants and children of immigrants of her generation from the 1910s and 1920s called themselves “Syrian,” then repackaged themselves as “Lebanese” in the 1940s, only to recast themselves in the 1960s as “Arabs.” This special issue of Amerasia aims to explore the multiplicity of ways that the category “Arab American” is conceptualized, voiced, elided, or ignored. Specifically, it encourages attention to the multiplicity of ways that Arabness is expressed, mobilized, and disavowed in different Asian American and American contexts, whether political, social, artistic, or legal, and we wish to consider ways in which “Arabness” is configured at different times and in different places across the Americas, including how “Arabness” is configured in relation to “Asianness” in the Americas.

From early twentieth century assertions of the whiteness of Syrians in the United States and Latin America to the most recent racialization and conflation of Arabs and Muslims in the United States, Arabness is at times vilified, at times ignored, but also, and sometimes simultaneously, envisioned in heterogeneous and creative ways. Whether in the locally-inflected Midwest of Mohja Kahf’s work, the Québécois of Abla Farhoud’s plays, or the Brazilian framework of Alberto Mussa’s novels, Arabness is variously articulated and located, sometimes in a mythical or mystical past, sometimes within geographical or cultural boundaries, and at times imbricated in highly localized spaces such as the Brooklyn of Suheir Hammad’s poems. Identifications with Arabness have also aligned with Asian American organizing in interesting and under-theorized ways, most notably around issues of exclusion, internment, and citizenship.

This special issue of Amerasia asks: How have Arab Americans articulated their own visions of America/Amreeka, of Arab locales, and of themselves in relation to others?  How are the dominant images of Arabness subverted and redirected during moments of heightened Islamophobia and global Orientalism, and how do these strategies draw on, ignore, or reconfigure previous iterations of Arabness in relation to others, particularly Asians, in America? What new insights can be revealed by placing Arab American Studies in relation to Asian American Studies?

We encourage submissions that explore these questions from historical, sociological, literary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly interested in new approaches to archival material informed by transnational, race, religion, queer, and feminist studies, as well as critical insights into creative expressions, whether in cinema, literature, or art.

PLEASE SUBMIT PAPERS BY September 30, 2017

Submission Guidelines and Review Process:

The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make the decisions on which submissions will be included in the special issue. The process is as follows:

*  Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff

 Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review

*  Revision of accepted peer‐reviewed papers and final submission.

*  Publication of papers in April, 2018

All correspondences should refer to “Amerasia Journal Arab/Americas Issue” in the subject line. Please send inquiries and manuscripts to Dr. Sarah  Gualtieri (gualtier@usc.edu), Dr. Pauline Homsi Vinson (pvinson@dvc.edu) and Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor (arnoldpan@ucla.edu).

In Memoriam: Dr. Jack Shaheen

The Arab American Studies Association board is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Jack Shaheen. Dr. Shaheen had an immense and enduring impact on our field and touched many of our lives and intellectual pursuits personally. His dedication to illuminating and challenging the pervasive and harmful stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in the media was unwavering. He was full of kindness and generosity. We are holding Dr. Shaheen’s family in our thoughts and prayers.
For a touching tribute to Dr. Shaheen, please read this reflection by our former board member and media specialist, Dr. Evelyn Alsultany:

 

Dr. Jack Shaheen Established an Entire Field of Study

1935-2017

July 11, 2017

My personal experience with Dr. Shaheen is a testament to his generosity and kindness as a scholar and mentor as well as his accomplishments and legacy for the field of Arab American Media Studies.

This narrative itself emerges from a moment during one of two interviews I was fortunate enough to conduct with Dr. Shaheen, once via Skype at an Arab American Civil Rights conference in Dearborn, Michigan, organized by the National Network of Arab American Communities in 2015, and once at the University of Michigan in 2016.

Towards the end of the 2015 interview, I asked him if there was something he wanted to discuss that we hadn’t covered. He smiled and said: “Tell them how we met.” So, let me tell you how we met and how he became such an important figure for me and for the field. My connection with Dr. Shaheen began when I applied in 2003 for the Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award, which I learned about from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The scholarship supports Arab American students working in media or communication.

At the time, I was a graduate student, having started a Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1999 with the goal of studying the field of Arab and Muslim American Studies and putting these groups in conversation with U.S. race and ethnic studies, an unusual undertaking at the time given the common assumption that Arabs and Muslims were to be studied outside of the U.S. context.

After 9/11, my research began to focus on the politics of media representations. Doing my research, I discovered that while little had been written on representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media, two ground-breaking books — both by Dr. Shaheen — had laid what would become the foundation for the field of Arab American Media Studies. In The TV Arab, published in 1984, Dr. Shaheen examined police dramas, sit-coms, and documentaries — more than 100 different popular entertainment programs, on network, independent and public channels in the mid-1970s. He revealed four basic myths about Arabs: they were stereotyped as being fabulously wealthy, barbaric and uncultured, sex maniacs with a penchant for white slavery, and reveling in acts of terrorism. In Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, published in 2001, Dr. Shaheen documented in alphabetical order virtually every Hollywood film that has depicted or referenced Arabs — almost 1,000 films between 1896 and 2001. Yes, he had watched every single one of them — I asked him once. He showed that according to Hollywood, Arab men were “brute murderers, sleazy rapists, religious fanatics, oil-rich dimwits, and abusers of women.” The Arab man on screen usually had a black beard, wore a headdress and dark sunglasses, and had a limousine, harem girls, oil wells or camels in the background. Alternately, he brandished an automatic weapon, prayed to Allah and then committed an act of senseless terrorism. Arab women were usually harem girls, belly dancers, oppressed, veiled women, and, occasionally, terrorists. Out of these 1,000 films, he characterized approximately 50 as evenhanded and only 12 as containing positive representations of Arabs. In this encyclopedic work, he revealed Hollywood’s systematic, pervasive, and unapologetic degradation and dehumanization of an entire people. Reel Bad Arabs, the book, became a documentary film in 2006. It’s a fantastic educational tool that I use in the classroom every year.

I did not get that scholarship, but received a handwritten note in the mail from Dr. Shaheen — yes, a handwritten note. He explained that I deserved the scholarship but did not receive it because I was not majoring in mass communications or media studies and therefore was not eligible for the award. In this kind note, an early sign of his generosity, he also wrote, “If in any way I can assist with the dissertation, please call on me,” and gave me his phone number.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Shaheen traveled to San Francisco, where we met for the first time; we remained in regular contact ever since. He became a mentor, advising me on research, sending relevant opportunities my way, and always reminding me to enjoy life. Over the years, it became apparent that he loved meeting students and discussing with them all the latest films and TV shows that depicted Arabs and Muslims. He also loved mentoring young people in the field and helping them network.

I also had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Shaheen on a project. From 2007-2010, I worked with him when he served as a consultant on the Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes online exhibit at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, for which I served as the guest curator. His expertise in the area was invaluable to the exhibit, and it was a privilege to work with him.

In 2012, nine years after our first communication, Dr. Shaheen recognized me for my work in the field through the Jack G. and Bernice Shaheen Achievement Award, presented at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee annual convention. This moment brought me full circle to that first moment of communication between us. It is an understatement to say that that Dr. Shaheen’s work has been foundational and inspirational to my own and that he is an icon in the field. He provided the foundation for everyone who works on media representations of Arabs and Muslims. It is not possible to write or teach about representations of Arabs or Muslims in the U.S. without his meticulously documented research.

Over the last four decades, Shaheen has created an archive of materials that is housed at the New York University library. The Jack G. Shaheen Archive contains nearly 3,000 moving images, including motion pictures, cartoons, newsreels, and televisions programs, as well as editorial cartoons, advertisements, books, magazines, comic books, toys, and games featuring anti-Arab and anti-Muslim depictions, an incredible resource for researchers. The archive also includes notes on films for which he served as a consultant (e.g. Three Kings, Syriana) and legal cases for which he served as an expert witness. It also contains letters he wrote to television and film producers to make them aware of the stereotypes they were perpetuating, along with some of the responses he received. When I visited this archive, I was overwhelmed by this evidence of his energy and advocacy. In the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, he was a lone force directly taking on the news media for perpetuating stereotypes, and seeking to raise awareness, one letter at a time, and then, one op-ed at a time. In 2008, he published his book, Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11, in which he examined more than 100 movies released after 9/11. He noted that while about a third of these films contain more positive representations of Arabs, many films also rehash the same old stereotypes.

Dr. Shaheen’s legacy of raising awareness of damaging stereotypes is awe inspiring. He traveled the world lecturing, writing articles and op-eds, including more than 300 essays featured in outlets such as Newsweek and The Washington Post as well as in college textbooks. He gave more than 1,000 lectures in nearly all the 50 states and on three continents. He appeared on national network programs such as CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and The Today Show. He received numerous awards throughout his life. I had the good fortune of being present when he was recognized as Arab American of the Year by the community nonprofit organization, ACCESS in 2015. When Dr. Shaheen was to come to the University of Michigan in April 2016, I called him ahead of time to prepare for the interview, but he said that he did not want to know the questions in advance. When I said, “I am thinking that I will ask you about …,” he quickly cut me off with an emphatic “No! Don’t tell me!” He wanted to be in the moment, unrehearsed, and kept on his toes.

Students and colleagues loved meeting him and were struck by his dedication to challenging stereotypes and his incredible warmth and generosity — not to mention his promptness with a good joke. I will remember him for his unyielding dedication and tireless advocacy for Arab and Muslim civil rights — just two weeks ago, he was considering doing a podcast series. I will remember him for his kindness and sound advice. I will remember him for the incredible legacy he has left behind in his books, film, archive, publications, and lectures. I will remember him for his message that stereotypes dehumanize people, that it is important not to remain silent, and that it is possible to create a more just world.

Evelyn Alsultany is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture and Director of Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 (2012). She is guest curator of the Arab American National Museum’s online exhibit, Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes. More recently, she collaborated with colleagues at other universities to create the #IslamophobiaIsRacism Online Syllabus to support others in teaching and learning about Islamophobia. In 2012, she was honored with a Jack G. and Bernice Shaheen Achievement Award.

Originally posted at Arab Stereotypes.

Call for Papers for a special issue of Amerasia

Arab/Americas: Locations and Iterations

In her introduction to her path-breaking book, Bint Arab, Evelyn Shakir notes that most of the Arab immigrants and children of immigrants of her generation from the 1910s and 1920s called themselves “Syrian,” then repackaged themselves as “Lebanese” in the 1940s, only to recast themselves in the 1960s as “Arabs.” This special issue of Amerasia aims to explore the multiplicity of ways that the category “Arab American” is conceptualized, voiced, elided, or ignored. Specifically, it encourages attention to the multiplicity of ways that Arabness is expressed, mobilized, and disavowed in different Asian American and American contexts, whether political, social, artistic, or legal, and we wish to consider ways in which “Arabness” is configured at different times and in different places across the Americas, including how “Arabness” is configured in relation to “Asianness” in the Americas.

From early twentieth century assertions of the whiteness of Syrians in the United States and Latin America to the most recent racialization and conflation of Arabs and Muslims in the United States, Arabness is at times vilified, at times ignored, but also, and sometimes simultaneously, envisioned in heterogeneous and creative ways. Whether in the locally-inflected Midwest of Mohja Kahf’s work, the Québécois of Abla Farhoud’s plays, or the Brazilian framework of Alberto Mussa’s novels, Arabness is variously articulated and located, sometimes in a mythical or mystical past, sometimes within geographical or cultural boundaries, and at times imbricated in highly localized spaces such as the Brooklyn of Suheir Hammad’s poems. Identifications with Arabness have also aligned with Asian American organizing in interesting and under-theorized ways, most notably around issues of exclusion, internment, and citizenship.

This special issue of Amerasia asks: How have Arab Americans articulated their own visions of America/Amreeka, of Arab locales, and of themselves in relation to others?  How are the dominant images of Arabness subverted and redirected during moments of heightened Islamophobia and global Orientalism, and how do these strategies draw on, ignore, or reconfigure previous iterations of Arabness in relation to others, particularly Asians, in America? What new insights can be revealed by placing Arab American Studies in relation to Asian American Studies?

We encourage submissions that explore these questions from historical, sociological, literary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly interested in new approaches to archival material informed by transnational, race, religion, queer, and feminist studies, as well as critical insights into creative expressions, whether in cinema, literature, or art.

PLEASE SUBMIT PAPERS BY September 1, 2017

Submission Guidelines and Review Process:

The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make the decisions on which submissions will be included in the special issue. The process is as follows:

  • Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
  • Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
  • Revision of accepted peer‐reviewed papers and final submission.
  • Publication of papers in April, 2018

All correspondences should refer to “Amerasia Journal Arab/Americas Issue” in the subject line. Please send inquiries and manuscripts to Dr. Sarah  Gualtieri (gualtier@usc.edu), Dr. Pauline Homsi Vinson (pvinson@dvc.edu) and Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor (arnoldpan@ucla.edu).