Bates College: Faculty Position: Politics Lecturer in Politics (Sep 2017 – Sep 2018). The Department of Politics at Bates College invites applications for a one-year visiting position focusing on Comparative Politics with a specialty in politics of the Middle East starting in the fall of 2017. Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed or nearly complete. The Politics Department has implemented an innovative curriculum that uses concentrations on broad sets of ideas in political science rather than the traditional subfields. Those applying should show a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarly research. Consideration of applications will begin 10 Mar 2017.
Al-Qasimi Chair (Professor/Associate Professor) in Islamic Studies, IAIS, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK). The post holder will be a leading international figure with the ability to attract high quality researchers at doctoral and postdoctoral level to the Islamic Studies research group. Any area of Islamic Studies is an appropriate specialism including (but not limited to) history, theology, philosophy, literature, mysticism, law, jurisprudence, art and architecture, art history, anthropology and sociology, digital humanities, and any period of the study of Islam. Applications due 1 May 2017 . Read more.
Calls for Papers/Conferences
Conference: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Religious Communities and Communities of Knowledge. Hosted by IAS-IIAS Advanced School in the Humanities, June 12-14, 2017. Grad students from Princeton and beyond are very welcome to attend the sessions. Read More.
Call for Papers: Governance and Violence in Islamic Law. A workshop to be held on 14th November 2017 by The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. Funded by the Understanding Sharia Project www.usppip.eu. The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, the University of Exeter, invites paper proposals on the topic of “Governance and Violence in Islamic Law” for this one-day workshop, held under the auspices of the USPPIP project (Understanding Sharia: Past Perfect, Imperfect Present). The workshop covers the specific focus of two elements of the project – violence (studied by Exeter USPPIP research team) and governance (studied by the Bergen USPPIP research team). The workshop is convened by the USPPIP team members Drs Omar Anchassi and Eirik Hovden and Professors Robert Gleave and Knut Vikor. Read More.
Call for Applications: Iran Graduate Student Workshop at University of Pennsylvania. On May 4-5, 2018, the University of Pennsylvania will host the second gathering of this joint workshop, to be followed by similar meetings at the other campuses every two years. This second workshop in 2018 will consist of PhD students that are near ABD status and preparing their dissertation proposals (i.e., typically in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate work). In addition, the first cohort will participate again, as discussants, in the 2018 workshop, as they approach the end of their graduate work. Read More.
Call for Papers: International Society for Islamic Legal Studies Conference 2018 (Helsinki and Tampere, Finland). The International Society of Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS) invites paper proposals for its IX Islamic Law and Society conference, to be held in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, June 6–9, 2018. Unlike previous conferences, the conference will be open topic – presentations on all aspects of Islamic law, from earliest to most recent times, are welcome. Abstracts are due by July 31, 2017. Read More.
Call for Papers: Rethinking Halal: Genealogy, Current Trends, and New Interpretations (24-25 April 2018 | Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). Université Catholique de Louvain’s Research Institute in Religions, Societies, Cultures, Spiritualities invites scholars and researchers to submit abstracts on issues related to halal. Abstracts are due 8 January 2018, 07:00 am (CET). Read more.
Conference: 2018 AALS Annual Meeting: Access to Justice (3-6 January 2018 | San Diego, California). Thousands of law faculty, deans, administrators, and scholars will gather in San Diego from January 3-6, 2018 for the 112th AALS Annual Meeting. Under the theme of “Access to Justice,” the meeting serves as an opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues, discuss critical and emerging legal issues, and attend programs focused on fresh perspectives on law and legal education. Read more.
Call for Papers: American Society for Legal History 2017 Annual Meeting (26-29 Oct 2017 | Las Vegas). The 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Program Committee invites proposals on any facet or period of legal history, anywhere in the world. We also strongly encourage thematic proposals that traverse traditional chronological or geographical fields. Proposals are due 3 Apr 2017. Read more.
Call for Papers: McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Symposium: Islam in Conversation (26-27 Apr 2017 | Montreal). McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council invites submissions on intellectual debates, (inter)religious encounters and dialogue, hermeneutics and semiotics, and materials and methodologies. Islamic law scholars may want to consider their subject for a potentially fruitful hermeneutics and semiotics discussion. Abstracts and CVs due 15 Feb 2017. Read more.
Call for Papers: MESA’s 51st Annual Meeting (18-21 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC). MESA invites submissions from its members for its 51st annual meeting. Submissions may be in the form of pre-organized panels, pre-organized roundtables, or individual papers (to be formed into panels by the program committee). Submissions due 15 Feb 2017. Read more.
Call for Papers: 2017 Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition (1 Jan – 1 Mar 2017). Submissions are now being accepted for Law & Social Inquiry ‘s annual competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of law and social science written by a graduate or law student. Law & Social Inquiry publishes empirical and theoretical studies of sociolegal processes from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Entries due 1 Mar 2017. Read more.
Call for Papers: Islamic Legal Studies Program Prize on Islamic Law (Cambridge, MA). Each year the Law School awards several prizes for the best papers written by Harvard Law School students in particular areas of the law. Graduating prize winners are noted in the Commencement Program and prize-winning papers are eligible to be published in the School’s public paper series. ILSP will award a prize of $1,000 annually to the Harvard Law School student writing the best paper in the field of Islamic law or on the intersection between other religious legal traditions and Islamic law. Papers eligible for consideration will be ones written during the current academic year, addressing any topic in Islamic legal history and theory, Islamic law and society, and Islamic comparative law – including these topics as related to other religious legal traditions. Papers are due in the Office of Academic Affairs (Lewis 208) by 5:00 pm on 28 Apr 2017. Read more.
International Conference on Transnational Families and Divorce: Revisiting Marital Break-Up in Times of Global (Im)mobilities) (27-29 Sep 2017 | Nijmegen). This conference examines transnational divorce, as its causes, processes, and after-effects increasingly take place across national and socio-cultural borders. It takes into account the different socio-legal and cultural contexts within which it occurs, notably how state policies influence the process of marital dissolution. We particularly welcome papers from young scholars in the field of socio-legal studies, sociology, anthropology, history, and other disciplines. We also encourage studies that employ a transnational and/or intersectional approach (Crenshaw 1989) paying attention to structuring factors such as gender, class, race and ethnicity. After the conference, selected papers will be published as parts of an edited volume on transnational families and divorce. Abstracts due 30 Apr 2017. Read more.
Engagement Lab @ Emerson College: MA in Civic Media, Art, and Practice (Boston, MA). For those who have an interest in digital Islamic law/humanities, and want graduate training to better prepare for an academic or industry career in the field, the Engagement Lab is accepting applications for their graduate program. Read more.
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
Cromwell Fellowships. In 2017, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation will make available a number of $5,000 fellowship awards to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project. The number of awards made is at the discretion of the Foundation. In the past several years, the trustees of the Foundation have made five to nine awards. Scholars who are not at the early stages of their careers may seek research grants directly from the Foundation. For more information, see the Grants page at cromwellfoundation.org. Read More.
Temple Bar Scholarships (2-27 Oct 2017 | London). The Temple Bar Foundation is accepting applications for its scholarship program. Selected scholars will have the opportunity to shadow a barrister and observe and discuss English trial practice, spend time with a justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, observe appellate arguments, discuss legal issues with the country’s highest judges. Applications due 30 Apr 2017. Read more.
Harvard Middle-East/Mediterranean Medieval History Fellowship (Cambridge, MA). The Department of History seeks applications for a College Fellow in medieval Mediterranean history. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. Teaching duties will include three undergraduate courses in medieval Mediterranean history, including a course in the history of medieval Islam, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The Fellow will be expected to evaluate senior theses in accordance with Departmental practice and may also advise a senior thesis and help organize workshops. The appointment is for one year. Those with expertise in medieval Islamic legal or social history should also feel welcome to apply. Applications, including letters of reference, are due 17 Mar 2017. Read more and apply here.
Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) 2017-2018 Fellowships (Sep 2017-May 2018 | Cairo or Amman). CASA offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman (pending the security and funding for each location). Applicants to the CASA programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA. Applications due Jan 9 2017. Read more.
Law and Society Association’s International Meeting on Law and Society ( 20-23 Jun | Mexico City, Mexico). Nominations for annual awards are open. The awards will be presented at the annual meeting. Nominations for the J. Willard Hurst Award, the Herbert Jacob Book Award, and the Ronald Pipkin Service Award close 2 Jan 2017. All others close 15 Jan 2017. Read more.
Abdallah S. Kamel Fellowships in Islamic Law and Civilization (Fall 2017-Spring 2018 | New Haven, CT). The Abdallah S. Kamel Center is seeking scholars from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines who have completed or are near completion of an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., J.S.D., D.Phil.) and whose work engages with the intellectual and social history of Islam, Islamic legal and political theory, or law in contemporary Muslim societies. Scholars working or studying abroad are welcome to apply. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the duration of the one-year fellowship and will receive a stipend in the range of $45,000 and $60,000 commensurate with their education and experience. Traveling expenses of fellows coming from abroad will be covered. Applications due 01 Feb 2017. Read more.