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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.

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).

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).

Action Alert: MENA Census Category

The OMB has published a Federal Register Notice calling for public comments on the proposal to add a MENA category. The deadline for public comments is April 30th, 2017After of decades of work, this is an exciting breakthrough! 
 
We are providing sample language here: MENA Action Alert 4.12.17. Please read through it, draft your comment, and sent it to Race-Ethnicity@omb.eop.gov

AMEWS Book Award Now Accepting Nominations!

AMEWS is now taking nominations for it’s annual AMEWS Book Award. Information on the award can be found on their website here:

http://amews.org/amews-book-award/

AANM Travel Grant Application Open

The Arab American National Museum’s summer research travel grant is accepting applications. Deadline: April 14

All information about the grant and application process can be found here: bit.ly/2kk4DHT

TODAY: Waypoints and Watersheds at UM-Dearborn Social Sciences Building room 1500 SSB

Waypoints and Watersheds begins at 5pm today! Join us on UM-Dearborn’s campus in the Social Sciences Building, room 1500 SSB. The full schedule can be found here.

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