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 2017Read more.

Calls for Papers/Conferences

Call for Papers for 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 for 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 2017Read more and apply here.


The Law and Society Association Dissertation Award Committee is pleased to accept your nominations for the 2017 award.  Please see below for details and instructions on how to nominate a dissertation.

The Law and Society Association presents one award to the dissertation that best represents outstanding work in law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretive, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship. 

The selection committee welcomes international submissions (in English). The award carries a cash prize of $500. 

Nominations require: 

  • The dissertation must have been filed with the institution of higher education (U.S or non-U.S) during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.

  • One letter of nomination from a regular member of the Law and Society Association. No self-nominations or student-member nominations are accepted.

  • The full dissertation in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.

  • An abstract of the dissertation, also in English.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous Dissertation Award winners

Submit your nomination for the 2017 Dissertation Award

2017 Committee: Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University (chair); Onur Bakiner, Seattle University; Michael Campbell, University of Missouri-St.; Louis Paul Collins, UMass Amherst; Elaine Draper, California State University Los Angeles; Corey Shdaimah, University of Maryland


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.