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Join us for Waypoints and Watersheds THIS WEEKEND

Waypoints and Watersheds starts on Friday, and we would love for you to join us! The schedule is here, and registration is here.



Join us for Waypoints and Watersheds!

AASA’s conference will be held March 24-26 in Dearborn, MI. Please join us for this triennial convening of Arab American scholars as we share the latest scholarship in the field and hear from a roundtable of Arab American activists. Most meals are included, and Saturday night will feature DJ Salar Ansari. Check out the schedule here, and register here.


Deadline Extended for AASA Travel Stipends

The deadline for  Arab American Studies Association Travel Stipends has been extended to Monday, February 21, 2017.

Travel stipends of up to $250 will be awarded to qualified candidates to participate in the 2017 AASA conference in Dearborn, “Waypoints and Watersheds: Arab American Activism and Memories, A Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War.” The funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other related expenses.

For more information: 2017-aasa-travel-stipend

Apply for an AASA travel stipend

Call for Applications: Arab American Studies Association Travel Stipend 2017

Travel stipends of up to $250 will be awarded to qualified candidates to participate in the 2017 AASA conference in Dearborn, “Waypoints and Watersheds: Arab American Activism and Memories, A Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War.” The funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other related expenses.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

For more information: 2017-aasa-travel-stipend

Announcing AASA’s 2017 conference

Please join us for our upcoming conference–check out the schedule and register today!


Arab American Panels at MLA

If you will be at the MLA conference this weekend, please see below for information about Arab American Panels.

Session 200: States of In/Security: Global Palestine in Literature, Culture, Art, and Activism
Friday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Program arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American Forum

Presiding: Karim Mattar, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Speakers: Salah Hassan, Michigan State University; Helga Tawil-Souri, NYU Steinhardt; Dana Olwan, Syracuse University; Olivia Harrison, University of Southern California

Session Description: This roundtable gathers scholars, writers, artists, and activists to discuss how the question of Palestine has shaped literary, artistic, and cultural representations of in/security in Israel/Palestine and around the world; the politics of global solidarity and activism in response to the security state; and the insecurity of lives subject to various technologies and discourses of state control.

Session 473. Beyond Bounds: The Refugee in Global Arab Literary Studies
Saturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 406, Philadelphia Marriott

Session arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American Forum

Session Description: This panel explores concepts of forced migration, exile, and globality as shaped by literary discussions of the Arab refugee across textual, epistemic, disciplinary, and geographical boundaries.

Presiding: Carol N. Fadda, Syracuse University


Charlotta Salmi, Univ. of Birmingham, “At the Border/In the Gutter: the Graphic Refugee

Narrative and the Limits of Global Anglophone Studies.”

Anna Ziajka Stanton, The University of Texas at Austin, “Precarious Bodies: Translating Iraq in America,”

Danielle Haque, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato, “Humans and Citizens: Resisting Humanism in Refugee Narratives”

Session 735. Writing Migrant Selves in Transnational Arab Contexts
Sunday, 8 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Franklin 6, Philadelphia Marriott

Collaborative Session arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American and Life Writing Forums

Presidential Theme panel. This panel has been approved by the MLA current president, Kwame Anthony Appiah for inclusion as one of the sessions that will be listed under the 2017 MLA presidential theme “Boundary Conditions.”

Session Description: This panel examines Arab constructions of selfhood in terms of nation, religion, sexuality, and migration. It aims to expand our thinking about both Arab migrant literatures and the genre of autobiography by exploring how narrative constructions of different kinds of Arab migrant selves—queer, feminist, religious, oppositional—intervene in both Arab and Euro-American traditions of life writing.

Presiding: Georgia Kathryn Johnston, Saint Louis University and Pauline Homsi Vinson, Diablo Valley College


Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and Violence in Contemporary Arab Women’s Diasporic Writing”

Mootacem Bellah Mhiri, Vassar College, “Transnational Constructions of Muslim Feminist Selfhood in Mernissi’s Scheherazade Goes West”

Carolyn Ownbey, McGill University, “(Non)Citizenship and Narration: Anton Shammas’ Arabesques”


MUSLIM AMERICAN STUDIES. The University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture and its program in Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS) seek qualified applications for an open-rank tenure-track faculty appointment in Muslim American studies.

We seek a theoretically sophisticated, rigorous, and interdisciplinary scholar with a strong commitment to contribute to the governance and development of the AMAS program. Candidates with scholarly expertise and teaching interests in Muslim American studies using intersectional approaches, such as frameworks of race, gender, and sexuality, are particularly of interest. Preference will be given to candidates who specialize broadly in Muslim American studies and examine multiple communities or issues – African American, South Asian American, Arab American, Latino/a/x, etc. The search will consider candidates who focus on the U.S. as well as those who incorporate comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the U.S.

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2017. A Ph.D. degree in any relevant field in the humanities or social sciences is required prior to appointment.  Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and research.

Applicants should submit a digital dossier via email attachments to and include the following components (please submit each component as a separate PDF file):

All applicants should provide:

  • Cover letter addressed to Chair, AMAS Search Committee
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  • Statement of current and future research
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, syllabi of courses taught, teaching awards)
  • Sample syllabus for a course on Introduction to Muslim American Studies
  • A list of 3 or 4 potential courses offerings in Muslim American Studies

In Addition:

  • Untenured applicants – please provide three letters of recommendation, which should be sent to directly from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address
  • Tenured applicants – please provide names and contact information of suggested reviewers.

Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is January 15, 2017.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Call for Editor of The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies



The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) is now accepting applications for an editor or co-editors for the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS)( ). JMEWS, the official publication of AMEWS, was first published in 2005. As an interdisciplinary journal, JMEWS advances gender, sexuality and women’s studies through the contributions of academics, artists and activists from around the globe in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. JMEWS is a venue for region-specific research informed by transnational feminist, gender, and sexuality scholarship on women and gender in the Middle East.

JMEWS includes feature articles, book reviews, review essays, dissertation abstracts, and a “Third Space, highlighting the theoretical innovations on gender and sexuality related to the Middle East and its diaspora. JMEWS is published three times annually, and had an acceptance rate of 17% in 2015. Subscription includes membership in AMEWS. Previous editors of JMEWS include Marcia C. Inhorn and Mary Layoun; Marcia C. Inhorn; Nancy Gallagher and Sondra Hale; Marcia Inhorn. Current editors
are miriam cooke, Banu Gokariksel and Frances Hasso. JMEWS is published by Duke University Press. The term of office for JMEWS editors is normally four years and will begin on May 1, 2018. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate institutional support for JMEWS at their home institutions (funds, space, personnel). Duke University Press provides some support as well.

The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies ( ) was founded in 1985. It is the leading professional association for scholars and individuals with an interest in women and gender studies in the context of the Middle East and beyond, including transnational and diasporic communities around the world. AMEWS is affiliated with the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. and works with academic networks around the world. Membership in AMEWS is open to anyone with an interest in Middle East/Muslim women and gender studies.

JMEWS is indexed/abstracted in the following: EBSCO Current Abstracts, EBSCO Current Citations Express, EBSCO Education Research Complete, EBSCO Education Research Index, European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH Plus), Feminist Periodicals, Humanities Index, Index Islamicus, Index to Jewish Periodicals, Project Muse, ProQuest Genderwatch, ProQuest Research Library, Sociological Abstracts, Thomson Reuters Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports/Social Science Edition, Thomson
Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index, Wilson Omnifile.


For questions about JMEWS and the application process, contact: Dr. Suad Joseph,

Applicants for the editor or co-editorship of JMEWS should include the following:

  • CV’s of applicant(s)
  • Statement of journal editing philosophy and approach
  • Institutional statement of support – including funding support, staff support, and space
  • Work plan and timetable for the transition of the editorship to the institution of the editor(s).


Kindly send the applications to:

Suad Joseph, Chair, JMEWS Editor Search Committee

Department of Anthropology

One Shields Ave, University of California, Davis

Davis, CA 95616

AASA Events at MESA 2016

Below is a list of all AASA related events taking place at MESA this year (November 17-20, 2016).

AASA-Arab American Studies Association

▪   Board Meeting, Thursday, 11/17, 3-4pm, MIT (3)

▪   Members Meeting, Thursday, 11/17, 6:30-7:30pm, Salon C (4)

▪   Open Reception Honoring Elaine Hagopian, Thursday, 11/17, 7:30-8:30pm, Salon C (4)

[C4699] Thematic Conversation: Global Arab America: Cosmopolitanism and its Discontents (Friday, 11/18/16 3:45pm)

Organized by Suad Joseph and Pauline Homsi Vinson

Chair: Pauline Homsi Vinson

Participants: Sarah Gualtieri, Carol Fadda, Bassam Haddad, and Lisa Hajjar


This thematic conversation aims to look at current trajectories in Arab American studies through the lens of cosmopolitanism. It asks: How do Arab American engagements with questions of belonging, diaspora, and transnational affiliation intersect with concerns about world citizenship, moral obligations, and globalization? What are the tensions as well as productive overlaps between such terms as “Arab” and “American”; “America” and “the Americas”; “Arab” and “Global Arab”; “Middle Eastern American” and “Arab American”? How does the figure of the refugee at once expand and add stresses to notions of mobility, exile, transnationalism, the nation, and the very concept of cosmopolitanism?

A full description of this session is available at:

[S4713] Professional Development Workshop: Proposal Writing and Research Design: How To Fund Your Ideas (Saturday, 11/19/16 12:00nn)


Those embarking on academic careers must master the art of writing proposals for research funding. Whether you are conducting research for a dissertation or book or seeking support for a special project-locating and securing funding is critical. This workshop will provide expert guidelines on how to write compelling proposals from the initial phrasing of the research question, step by step, to the research outcomes, significance, dissemination, and public outreach. It will also address such issues as identifying and working with funding agencies, effectively communicating research methodology and goals, preparing budgets, and planning for the dissemination of results.

Presiding: The workshop will be led by Suad Joseph, Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, University of California at Davis.

A full description of this session is available at:



This panel will explore how the 1967 June War impacted the lives and identities of Arab-Americans, Arabs and non-Arab identified organizations in the U.S. from the late 1960s into the 1970s. We will bring together scholars of modern history and cultural studies from a variety of institutions to discuss the impact the war in the Middle East had on Americans, recent Arab immigrants and Arab Americans, some of whom had been living in the U.S. for generations. This panel sets out to create a conversation on the evolution of perceptions of Arabs in the U.S. and on the ripple effects of the war on people as well as emerging and existent institutions.

Chair: Evelyn Alsultany


▪       Remembering the 1967 War: transnational politics, memory and identity by Randa Kayyali

▪       Transnational Alliances: The AAUG’s Advocacy for Palestine and the Third World by Suraya Khan

▪       From 1967 to Operation Boulder: The Erosion of Arab Americans’ Civil Liberties in the 1970s by Pamela Pennock

▪       A Widening Circle: Arab American and Non-Arab-Identified Activist Groups, 1967-1980 by Salim Yaqoub

A full description of this session is available at:

University of Michigan LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

University of Michigan LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Fellowship Period: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: November 7, 2016

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan is excited to announce the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, a major initiative aimed to promote a diverse scholarly environment, encourage outstanding individuals to enter academia, and support scholars committed to diversity.

This two-year fellowship program provides early career faculty with dedicated research time, mentorship, travel funding, and professional development opportunities to prepare scholars for possible tenure-track appointments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Fellows will teach one course each year.

LSA hopes for multiple fellows to be selected each year and placed throughout the College, so we encourage wide dissemination of this announcement to networks in any LSA discipline.
Candidates whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA are encouraged to apply.

Program Description:
See a full description of the program on our diversity, equity, and inclusion website:–equity-and-inclusion/lsa-collegiate-postdoctoral-fellowship-program.html

Review committees will evaluate applicants in all eligible fields according to their potential for success in an academic career and potential to contribute to higher education through their demonstrated commitment to diversity in scholarship and service. Applicants who will have completed the doctoral degree no later than July 1, 2017 and no earlier than July 1, 2014 are eligible to apply. Applicants in the fields of Economics and Political Science must complete their doctoral degree by July 1, 2018. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from U-M or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position at U-M are not eligible. Candidates from any discipline within LSA’s academic units are eligible to apply.

LSA invites scholars to apply beginning October 6, 2016, with the application closing November 7, 2016.
The application and instructions are available at:

The LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. Inquiries may be sent to:

Devin Walker, National Center for Institutional Diversity,