University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carnegie Fellowships in Support of Arab Region Social Science

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications from early-career social scientists affiliated with universities in the Arab world for semester-long fellowships in Fall 2015.

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the fellowship offers advanced doctoral candidates or post-doctoral scholars within five years of their Ph.D. an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor at UNC-Chapel Hill, participate in ongoing research groups, and, if they desire, audit graduate seminars. The program is intended to provide an intensive intellectual experience, including advanced methodological training, for Arab social scientists at a formative stage of their career. The selected fellows must be physically based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the full semester of their fellowship. Fellows will participate in the scholarly activities of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, including the presentation of their research at the Center’s colloquium series.

While any research subject will be considered, applicants working on issues related to food and food security, broadly conceived, may also be considered for a fellowship at UNC’s Global Research Institute and awarded additional privileges at the university, including access to research clusters. Continue reading

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The School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University invites applicants for a tenured position as full Professor with research and teaching interests in conflict studies broadly defined. Anticipated start date: August 16, 2015.

We are particularly interested in scholars conducting innovative research in areas related to interstate conflict and intrastate conflict, including civil war, non-state actor violence, insurgency-counterinsurgency, and the intersection of interstate and intrastate conflict. The position is open with respect to methodology, though methodological sophistication, such as advanced statistical, experimental, formal or computational modeling skills, is expected.

The School of Politics and Global Studies grants a Ph.D., M.A., B.S. and B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Global Studies with plans for a Global Studies M.A. The successful candidate will contribute scholarship and teaching to support these programs. The School of Politics and Global Studies values interdisciplinary scholarship, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate and collaborate with other schools and centers at Arizona State University. The School is also home to vibrant interdisciplinary faculty working groups on conflict and human rights as well as ethno-national and religious politics in which the candidate may choose to participate.

Required qualifications: candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Economics); demonstrated excellence in research commensurate with appointment at the level of full professor; demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Desired qualifications: evidence of a promising research agenda in the area of conflict studies; a demonstrated past and promise of future ability to generate external funding; strong record of graduate student mentoring.

The application deadline is October 15, 2014; if not filled then every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A complete application must include the following: a letter of application stating qualifications, experience, research plans, and teaching interests; a complete curriculum vita; and contact information (name, phone number, and email) for three references. All application materials must be received by the deadline and sent to We will not accept any mailed applicant material, including reference letters; this is an online, paperless search. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar of Islam for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies to begin August 2015. Candidates are expected to have command of the classical texts of Islamic religion as well as competence in the study of religious thought and practice. Candidates must possess a record or promise of scholarly publishing, relevant linguistic proficiency, and a Ph.D. prior to appointment. Also relevant is a demonstrated ability to teach theoretical and comparative topics in the academic study of religion. The normal teaching load is four courses annually distributed between the Department’s Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts course offerings. Salary, research support, and benefits are competitive. The University of Colorado Boulder is an AAU member institution with a strong commitment to the liberal arts tradition and an emphasis on broad interdisciplinary teaching and research. Applications are accepted electronically at, posting #F01646. Please include a letter of application, CV, graduate school transcripts, samples of publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, sample syllabi, and at least three letters of recommendation. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For inquiries about this position, please contact Tyson Martinez at Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Haverford College solicits applications for a Sociocultural Anthropologist with a specialization in Environmental Anthropology or Political Ecology, to fill a tenure-track opening in the Department of Anthropology. Specializations can include but are not limited to: urban movements, rural sustainability, political ecology, infrastructure, climate change, food and agriculture, natural resources, electricity, water, mining and resource extraction, disasters and trauma, the politicization of environment, history of environmental movements. While an appointment is anticipated at the beginning assistant professor level, we will also consider strong candidates at the advanced assistant professor level. The successful applicant should have completed the Ph.D. by August, 2015, and have a strong record of research, publishing, and teaching in Environmental Anthropology. S/he will be expected to take a leadership role in our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program as well as in the Anthropology Department. The successful candidate will train a diverse student body in the use of ethnographic methods for the study of environmental issues, create opportunities for faculty-student research collaboration, teach courses in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, and maintain an active research profile as a sociocultural anthropologist who specializes in environmental issues. The ethnographic region of research is open with preference for Asia, Middle East, or the Americas. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, one writing sample, and names and contact information for three recommenders to

The writing sample should be article or chapter length. For best consideration please submit applications by October 15, 2014.
Candidates will be interviewed at the AAA Meetings in Washington, D.C. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Georgia Davidis Malone at

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Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the Colleges educational mission.


Assistant Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology to teach undergraduate courses, pursues an active program of field research, and contributes to existing programmatic strengths. Successful candidate must have the desire and ability to teach at the undergraduate level. Geographic specialization in Africa, Middle East, or North America preferred. Scholars who research addresses questions of economic/political or urban/applied anthropology as well as the ability to demonstrate depth of ethnographic knowledge and the ability to speak to larger issues of theoretical and comparative significance is preferred. Job ID: # 11209.


PhD position Mecca in Morocco: Negotiating the Meanings of Hajj in Everday Life

(vacancy number: 214261) University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Job description

The research project consists of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco to investigate the meanings and sociocultural embeddedness of pilgrimage to Mecca in contemporary Moroccan society.

The PhD study is one of the subprojects in a larger NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Researchl) funded cooperation between the University of Groningen and the University of Amsterdam for a project that studies modern articulations of pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj/Umra). Approaching pilgrimage from the perspective of ‘lived religion’, the project in which the PhD student will participate addresses the question how references to religiosity, social identifications and self-identity in personal pilgrimage accounts reflect the ways in which the habitus of narrators is informed by various cultural discourses simultaneously.

The PhD student is expected:

· to have an excellent master’s diploma (preferably a Research master) in Cultural Anthropology or another relevant discipline (by 1 November 2014 at latest)
· ample experience with ethnographic fieldwork
· to be ambitious, highly motivated and wishing to make a career in research
· to be fluent in English (both oral and written)
· to have an excellent profiency in (oral) Arabic, preferably the Moroccan-Arabic dialect
· to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment
· to have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in four years; i.e. good skills in planning, taking initiatives, academic writing.

For more information, please contact:
dr. Marjo Buitelaar:
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The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering one-year fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, or social developments for the 2015-2016 academic year. This fellowship can be either a post-doctoral position for new PhDs or a research fellowship for assistant professors during a year off from teaching. It would allow junior scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East. About the Crown Center: The Crown Center’s research interests encompass the twenty-two members of the Arab League, stretching from Morocco to Iraq, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The Center’s research focus extends well beyond Arab-Israeli tensions to include Middle East politics and history, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, and regional security and arms control. Eligibility The 2015-2016 junior research fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position) and assistant professors in Middle East related fields. PhD must be completed by September 1, 2015. Terms This fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. The stipend for these 10 months will be $45,000. In addition, funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the appointment period. For more information: or email


In this two-part interview (below),  African American studies professor at Duke University Mark Anthony Neal offers his insights on public scholarship, academic blogging, and leveraging social media.


Why Professors Should Disseminate their Knowledge and Share Opinions to Public Audiences EXCERPT: Professors have a megaphone to the world. There are incredible opportunities for academics to communicate their knowledge with the general public through traditional and social media. While many don’t for various reasons, there are a number of professors who are doing this incredibly well. One such individual is Mark Anthony Neal, an African American studies professor at Duke University and author of the book New Black Man. The term “incredibly well” is quite a superlative, yet this is probably an understatement. As I noted in a previous post, Mark Anthony Neal’s blog featured 1063 posts in 2012. That’s not a typo! He averaged almost three different posts per day. In 2013, this number shrank to a “disappointing low of” 821 – that’s still more than two posts per day over the course of a year!

I had the opportunity to sit down with Mark and will be doing a series of blog posts with him on various aspects of his “media empire” and the best practice he can share with other professors. Here is part 1 focused on his strategy, goals and why he does this. FULL INTERVIEW

Leveraging Social Media as an Academic EXCERPT: Imagine writing or editing over 1,000 blog posts in a year. Or what about engaging with over 28,000 followers on Twitter. For Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal, this is not a dream but a reality.

In a previous post, Mark outlined why he considered external communications important as a professor. So if you are not sure why you should blog, revert back to that post first! In this follow-up Q and A, he shares some of the lessons learned from his years of blogging and using social media.

How did you first get involved with blogging?
I started my blog in 2006 in part to promote my new book: New Black Man. I quickly realized that I could connect my content to my book and generate more visibility and also use the blog to promote radio and television interviews.

What does it take to be a successful blogger?
I never thought of myself as blogging. In fact, I work hard not to describe myself as a blogger. When I write on my site, I am writing. It might be shorter and pitched to a different audience, but it follows the same kind of sensibilities if I was doing a piece for The Atlantic Monthly or some other outlet. FULL INTERVIEW

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DATE : 14-15 January 2014
VENUE : Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

How have state and non-state efforts to distribute Muslims in time and space allowed for the containment of religious populations, or contributed to new manifestations of diversity and mobility? Did the contests between containment and connection generate new social, political, and ethical frameworks that might be construed through the explanatory framework of “Islamic cosmopolitanism”?

Islamic groups and individuals have long conceived of their faith as reflecting ideals of a broader universal community, a global umma. However, the actual practices and perceptions of what is considered the relevant boundaries and horizons of the Muslim community have varied across time and place. This international and interdisciplinary conference is designed to explore the interplay between projects of enclosure and the fashioning of cosmopolitan Islamic subjectivities in Asian contexts, historically and ethnographically. With the term “enclosure” we refer to those “productive” state and non-state projects designed to organize local populations within discrete geographic formations and homogenous religious communities. The term “Islamic cosmopolitanism” is used to broadly denote a broad range of open-ended identities, affiliations, and engagements that allowed Muslims to stake out positions in a wider, global frame. The larger goal of the conference is to explore the relationship between efforts to control Muslims in the lightly regulated “wild spaces” of Asia, and paradoxically, the subsequent mobilities, connections, and ethical frameworks of mutual obligation that grew out of such efforts. This workshop will bring together established and early-career researchers together to explore how faith-based identities are negotiated. Contributors may address spaces anywhere in Asia, and no temporal constraints apply. Continue reading

Outside view of Aurangzeb's tomb: During his rule, 1658 to 1707 C.E., Aurangzeb expanded the Mughal empire through prolonged wars of conquest, mostly in the Deccan. In 1707, at the age of 88, Aurangzeb was buried in the Deccan town of Khuldabad in a simple tomb. A staunchly religious man who disavowed the more tolerant policies of his ancestors (see below), Aurangzeb enforced Sharia law for all, forbade drinking and gambling, and reinstated the hated jizya tax on all non-Muslims.(photo and description courtesy
Outside view of Aurangzeb’s tomb: During his rule, 1658 to 1707 C.E., Aurangzeb expanded
the Mughal empire through
prolonged wars of conquest, mostly in the Deccan. In 1707, at the age of 88, Aurangzeb was buried in the Deccan town of Khuldabad in a simple tomb. A staunchly religious man who disavowed the more tolerant policies of his ancestors (see below), Aurangzeb enforced Sharia law for all, forbade drinking and gambling, and reinstated the hated jizya tax on all non-Muslims.(photo and description courtesy

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Carl Ernst
Carl Ernst

UNC-Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Carl Ernst was in India this summer as principal academic organizer of an international *workshop on “Practice, Performance, and Politics of Sufi Shrines in South Asia and Beyond,” held August 1-4, 2014 in Ellora-Khuldabad, Maharashtra State. Dr. Ernst has shared with TIRN the following write-up (below) on this workshop by Prof. Philip Lutgendorf  (President of the American Institute of Indian Studies), as well as details on a series of lectures Ernst delivered at Indian universities subsequent to the workshop.

AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies) and Five Centers Join for “Sufi Shrines” Workshop by Philip Lutgendorf

On August 1-4 2014, fourteen scholars from eight countries met near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, in a workshop sponsored by six American Overseas Research Centers (AORCs), organized and hosted by AIIS. The theme of the workshop, “The Practice, Performance, and Politics of Sufi Shrines in South Asia and Beyond,” was collaboratively conceived by four South Asian AORCs (the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and American Institute of Sri Lanka Studies, together with AIIS), and its proposal was written by Carl Ernst, noted Islamic studies scholar at UNC Chapel Hill. The Centers provided modest seed money from their Council of American Overseas Research Centers programming budgets, which was then supplemented by a generous grant from the Cultural Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Delhi, whose Cultural Counselor, David Mees, took enthusiastic interest in the workshop, eventually attending it in its entirety.

Aurangzeb's tomb: (photo and description courtesy:
Aurangzeb’s tomb: (photo and description courtesy:

In planning the workshop and inviting presenters, Prof. Ernst was assisted by two other organizing committee members, Dennis McGilvray (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Scott Kugle (Emory University). Participants included scholars from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, as well as five South Asia specialists based in the US and Canada. A welcome comparative perspective was offered by scholars from Morocco and Senegal, whose participation was sponsored by two other AORCs, the American Institute of Maghrib Studies and the West African Research Association. Conceived as an intimate workshop for the exchange of new research, the event was held at the small Hotel Kailas, a group of cottages set in a garden and located near the entrance to the Ellora Caves, one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the workshop schedule offered time for attendees to visit its extraordinary Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain rock-cut shrines created between the sixth and twelfth centuries. (As a generous gesture, the Archaeological Survey of India waived the foreigner’s admission fee for all workshop participants during the four days.)

But equally important, the ridge into which these shrines are carved is topped by hundreds of Sufi tombs, hospices, and mosques that constitute Khuldabad, also known as the “valley of the saints,” for the reputedly fourteen hundred Sufis who came here in the early fourteenth century. Their shrines represent a number of spiritual lineages, but particularly document the spread of the Chishtis, India’s most influential order, into the Deccan and South.

Ellora Caves-- UNESCO World Heritage Site  These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. (photo: courtesy UNESCO)
Ellora Caves– UNESCO World Heritage Site
These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. (photo: courtesy UNESCO)

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