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  • Leioa

    Study days - History

    Performing Local and Regional Level Administration and Politics

    Ceremonies, Rituals and Routines (16th-18th c.)

    In recent years, ceremonies, rituals and routines have come to form a dynamic field of historical research. This one-day workshop looks at these phenomena in relation to the proceedings of local and regional administrations, law courts, political bodies, and corporations, rather than the court or high administration. The aim of the workshop is to discuss work in progress and to exchange ideas and views about the current state-of-the-art and methodological issues related to research on early modern ceremonies, rituals and routines in local intermediary organizations and in local political settings.

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  • Oran

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Sport in the Arab World in the 21st Century

    Global perspectives and local challenges

    The I3SAW Board and the University of Sciences and Technology Mohamed Boudiaf (Oran) are pleased to announce the 1st International Congress of the International Society of Sport Sciences in the Arab World « I3SAW ». The general theme of the congress is “Sport in the Arab World in the 21st Century: Global perspectives and local challenges”. The I3SAW Congress will be held at the Institute of Physical Education and Sports, Oran, ALGERIA. We invite all researchers, students to join this international congress, where research, knowledge, and ideas can be efficiently presented and shared. The Congress provides a platform to present your research ideas. We connect academics, researchers and professionals from the Arab World and the rest of the World.

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  • Conference, symposium - Asia

    The Role of Women in Work and Society

    French historians are concerned by women’s history since thirty years, but studies are manly dealing with the Occident. For the ancient Near East, there is now a great deal of limited studies on women and gender history, but few syntheses. Furthermore, economic history is well represented in Assyriology, thanks to the good preservation of dozen of thousands of clay tablets recording administrative operations, contracts and acts dealing with family law. Despite these voluminous sources, the topic of work has not been much addressed. The thirty participants of this conference will examine the various economic occupations involving women, in a gender perspective, over the three millennia of Near Eastern history.

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  • Nablus

    Call for papers - Modern

    Living, Consuming and Action in Glocal Palestine

    More often than not, Palestine, characterised by conflict, is analysed through the sole lenses of its political or cultural idiosyncrasy. Yet, new ways of living, consuming and acting that are embedded in the global reality, have emerged in the previous years and remained understudied. This global dimension may be understood as an imposed and inescapable reality, yet it is also adopted, integrated, amended and applied to a local dimension, so as to create a purely Palestinian form of it.This event will gather mostly researchers and PhD students in social sciences specialised in Palestine but will also pursue a comparative approach by resorting to other cases in the Middle East, North Africa or Europe. The conference also aims at confronting various approaches at the crossroads between art and science, research and action; it will create the frame for a dialogue between social sciences and the works of artists, architects as well as the new actions and philosophy of citizen and activist societies.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Religion

    Emerging Moral Economies in Southeast Asia. Exploring the Symbolic & Material Dimensions of “New Economies”

    Like other regions of the world, South-East Asia has, since the mid-1980s, seen the rise of a new “spirit of capitalism”, linked to the growth of a middle class. Various religious mass-organizations have developed new discourses on wealth and innovative techniques of financing. At their helm, we often find charismatic figures who are responding to the demands of those in search of meaning in an increasingly de-structured modern urban life setting. In doing so, these actors operate on a “spiritual marketplace” characterized by great fluidity and competition. This conference is to look at the different ways through which tensions between religious ethics and economic rationalization are negotiated, both ideologically and institutionally.

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  • Call for papers - History

    Movements and flows in the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and the Gulf region during World War I

    Special issue of Arabian Humanities n° 6

    On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of WWI, Arabian Humanities is launching an issue on the history of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and the Gulf during the Great War. Focus on movements and flows in/from/to the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf is meant to question the marginal position and isolation of the region during the war, to assess spatial and territorial reorganizations affecting movements and exchanges, and to give further attention to the region's global connections. What are the exchanges that can be identified during this period both in the region and in a global context? To what extent did the war impact on such flows in a region where borders and frontiers were still porous, ill-defined and fought over?

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  • Call for papers - Political studies

    Action Research Papers : North Africa and West Asia in Transformation Programme

    Cordoba Foundation of Geneva

    The Cordoba Foundation of Geneva within its NAWAT program invites applications for two Action-Research papers from scholars involved in policy research connected to conflict transformation issues in the MENA region. The Action-Research papers aim at producing a collectively shared understanding of conflicts at the intersection of religion and politics and at identifying entry points for potential peace promotion initiatives. The Action-Research Papers will focus on: 1. "Dialogue processes in the MENA region"; 2. "The impact of the war on terror on the MENA region"

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Asia

    Islam and Regional Cultures in Pakistan

    CEIAS conference

    With the hope of throwing new light on the transformations of Pakistani society, this one-day conference intends to move the focus away from two dominant discourses on Pakistan : that is, on the one hand, the security discourse of political and media circles that reduces Pakistan to a state on the fringe of failure, trying to cope with radical Islam and terrorism; and, on the other hand, Pakistan’s official nationalism, which rests on a unitary conception of the nation that disregards the cultural and religious diversity of the country, stressing instead Islam and Urdu as national unifiers while relegating regional cultures to folklore. This conference hopes to partly fill this gap by inviting participants to illustrate the complex, lived experience of Islam in Pakistan, the identity component of religious practices that do not fit in the dominant norm, and their inscription in local political and ethnic relations. Papers would ideally use first-hand observation and/or analyses of cultural productions to examine circumscribed case studies.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Political studies

    Karachi : Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City

    With a population exceeding twenty million, Karachi is one of world’s largest ‘megacities’. It is also one of the most violent. Since the mid-1980s, Karachi has endured endemic political conflict and criminal violence, which revolve around control of the city and its resources (votes, land and bhatta—‘protection’ money). These struggles for the city have become ethnicised. In the process, Karachi, often referred to as a ‘Pakistan in miniature’, has become increasingly fragmented, socially as well as territorially.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Asia

    When Books and Art Hurt

    Censorship, Emotions and Cultural Regulation in South Asia

    This workshop aims at exploring issues of literary and artistic censorship in South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) by focusing on the way anticipated "hurt" often justifies the policing and regulation of the artistic sphere (cinema, visual arts, literature). Our point of departure is, in the words of Arjun Appadurai, the observation that culture is today the field "where fantasies of purity, authenticity, borders and security can be enacted" and that the same censors patrol the boundaries of politics and aesthetics (Coetzee). In the Indian subcontinent "hurt feelings" are often reactivated or cultivated, staged and mass-mediatised to claim recognition and legitimacy in the public sphere, to require compensation or "redressal". Many artists, writers and academics point to a politics of ultra-sensitivity and a thriving "marketplace of outrage". Our objective in this workshop is to question the vocabulary, topicality and tangibility of "hurt" in the public sphere on these issues of artistic regulation in South Asia, and to understand what it means to say that words or images wound.

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  • Saint-Denis | Pierrefitte-sur-Seine

    Conference, symposium - History

    The Cold War and Entertainment Television

    An essential dimension of the Cold War took place in the realm of ideas and culture. A great deal of work, for example, has been done on cinema, especially with regard to the United States although other nations, both East and West, have received increasing attention. But with certain noteworthy exceptions (primarily in the areas of science fiction and espionage series) relatively little has been done on this subject in relation to television. Yet, television was a technology and popular cultural form that emerged during the Cold War. This project hopes to rectify that absence by providing a forum for examining the impact of the Cold War on entertainment television. We intend to underline the comparative aspect by studying programs from both blocs – without forgetting, of course, the outsize impact of American television.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Asia

    Censorship and Women's Resistance in the Performing Arts, from Continental Asia to Insular Southeast Asia

    This two-day conference entitled Censorship and Women's Resistance in the Performing Arts, from Continental Asia to Insular Southeast Asia brings together scholars and artists from Asia, Europe and North America concerned with censorship and the various forms of struggle and resistance that female performing artists from Central, South and South-East Asia have engaged with in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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  • Paris

    Study days - History

    Common Experiences, Common Desires ? Tracing an Intellectual History between China and Africa

    Conférence ANR Espaces de la culture chinoise en Afrique (EsCA)

    In his 1954 presentation to dignitaries from across Asia and Africa, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai acknowledged the differences between the two cultural spheres; nevertheless, Zhou stressed, a more important factor in all future relations should be the “common experiences and desires” of people from across the two continents to create a new world from the ashes of war and colonialism. Building on Zhou’s insight into commonalities of experience, this presentation will trace the cultural intersections that have existed between China and African since the 1920s.

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  • Paris

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Prehistory and Antiquity

    Late Antiquity in the north-western half of the Arabian peninsula: material culture, chronology, exchanges and territorial entities

    PhD fellowhip Labex Dynamite 2014-2015

    The very quick recent development of archaeological and epigraphic work in Saudi Arabia brought deep changes in our knowledge of the Arabian Peninsula — which until the middle of the 2000's was only based on research on the periphery: Kuwait, Bahrayn, Qatar, The Emirates, Oman, and Yemen. That development reveals how wide the gaps are, of the interpretative frame in particular, for broad geo-historical segments. That is true especially for what is generally called Late Antiquity (4th- early 7th centuries AD), and here "Late Pre-Islamic" or even in local religious terms jâhîliyah, "ignorance" — a term which actually reflects correctly the state of knowledge. The amount of data collected within less than ten years within a large North-Western half of the Peninsula makes possible to see that except for the extreme North (current Joradanian border and Jawf Oasis) the Christianity does not penetrate and Byzantiums unifying power is absent. One is even unable to name what the field teams are dealing with. The proposed doctoral work must produce the state of that question, for which there if a rich evidence in stratigraphy, architecture, objects, and even epigraphy due to the recent demonstration of the Nabataean-Arabic continuum. The comparison with the Byzantine and christianized areas of the extreme North must be one of the leading strands but no way the only one, since the heart of the subject lyes, on the contrary, in the currently unnamed culture(s) of the Peninsula itself.

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  • Call for papers - Sociology

    Gender, migration and citizenship

    Revisiting Southeast Asian international marriages

    In the current context of economic crisis, international marriages and family-related migrations are becoming increasingly restricted in many developed countries in the Global North, whereas countries in the Global South are adopting measures to protect local women from the trafficking and sexual exploitation that may arise from international marriages. These regulations of the “marriage market” pose challenges to single men and women looking for partners of a different nationality and for bi-national couples pursuing a family-formation project. For those who successfully immigrated in the country of their partner, social incorporation and cohesive family life are the next challenges in line. To shed light on the multi-faceted life of marriage migrants in the current age of economic crisis and increased border controls, this edited volume will take a closer look at Southeast Asian international marriages. It will also attempt to capture the dynamics of the interaction among macro-, meso- and microsociological factors that shape migrants’ trajectories, while taking into account their subjectivities and agency.

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  • Beirut

    Miscellaneous information - Early modern

    Language, Science and Aesthetics

    Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia

    International Summer Academy, 11-19 September 2014 at the Orient-Institut Beirut. This Summer Academy offers early-career scholars an opportunity to follow up on the debates about modernity, its preconditions and its aftermath by focusing on the multifarious processes in which societies outside Europe have adopted, translated, rejected or produced the global, the modern and tradition since the seventeenth century. It places a specific focus on the notions of subjectivity and objectivity as discursive practices which are intrinsically linked to each other.

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  • Arbil Governorate

    Call for papers - Modern

    The evolving relations between nation-states and Kurdish areas

    What impact on the modes of local governance?

    The departments of contemporary studies of IFEA (Istanbul) and IFPO organize a workshop in Erbil, the 29th of May 2014. This workshop aims at analysing the evolving dynamics of the Kurdish populated areas in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. More precisely, it will focus on the changing interactions between the nation-states and the Kurdish political actors, and on the impacts of these transformations on the modes of local governance. 

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  • Louvain-la-Neuve

    Call for papers - Ethnology, anthropology

    Rush to soil and subsoil : sharing analysis

    2nd workshop of the Belgian Land Research Network (BLRN)

    The Belgian Land Research Network (BLRN) aims to act as a platform for social science research on land related issues conducted at Belgian universities. It intends to become a focal point of discussion and debate for research on land related themes, including control and conflict over natural resources including mining and gas, legal pluralism and land access, agrarian reforms, food security, dispossession and agricultural change, land grabbing, and other related issues.

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  • Call for papers - Economy

    Accounting Professions in the Arab Region

    Beyond Standardization: Professionel Dybnamics and Challenges

    Arab countries are confronted, like other countries, to the pressure of standardization, but each one of them is responding from the back ground of its particular history. In such a framework, accounting professions have developed, are regulated, have built professional organizations and training institutions, and are now pressed to adopt international standards. International audit firms tend to impose their methods and model with the expansion of transnational corporation, the multiplication of joint ventures and franchised colmpanies. Beyond cultural gaps, historical evolution and political-economic features, reforms are being designed universally, under the pressure of the World Bank. A better understanding of the accounting profession, of practitioners aims and stakes, can point a way forward. The aim of this project is to discuss these issues in the Arab countries, and to contribute by so doing to a new vision of what is at stake in the recent upheavals they have witnessed.

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  • Ramallah

    Conference, symposium - Sociology

    Contestations, Emotions! Social and artistic expressions in the Public Space

    A theoretical and practical perspective from the ground

    During the recent movements of contestation in Mediterranean countries different kind of aesthetic gestures using the streets and the public spaces as places for a public manifestation of some social, ordinary -or radical- critic. They proceed from an ordinary culture that is transformed, adapted then spread out upon a new form in artistic tracks taking place in public spaces. These actions have both a critical and aesthetic dimension. They rely on the environment, mobilize cognitive, memorial and cultural or ordinary patterns. They also mobilize a common culture . This is the case of rap, new uses of old music, villages against occupation, graphic art in Palestine, in Egypt or in Syria. The conference will present and analyse some forms of experimentations, and public and critical commitments. What kind of “public spaces” is in use nowadays? How it configures new spaces of critic and public space and a new environment ? The panel will adopt a trans-disciplinary perspective by bringing together social scientists and practicers or activists.

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