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Our program is a cohort program. This means that applicants are admitted only in the Fall I session to join the academic year’s cohort. However, depending on availability of seats and individual needs, additional students may be admitted to the program in Fall II, Spring I or Spring II sessions.
To ensure satisfactory progress through the program, we require that students obtain a minimum grade of a B and have a strong attendance record in order to continue to the next level. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students with poor attendance or unexcused absences may have their scholarships withdrawn.
Specific goals of SQCC’s Arabic Language program include:
- To develop the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write in Arabic in accordance with ACTFL guidelines.
- To acquaint the student with Arab culture and civilization including art, music, history, and literature.
- To cultivate awareness and appreciation for one’s own language and culture through contrast and comparison.
- To promote an interest in the acquisition of the Arabic language and its usefulness in enhancing career opportunities.
Methodologies and Pedagogics
We apply a variety of teaching methods and styles in our courses. All teaching approaches rely heavily on communication and on using culture as a context for that communication. At the lower levels, students are exposed to concrete examples of cultural usage, and these contexts become more complex as students progress through the program. All levels of instruction offer a keen focus on culture, the arts, and history. In our specialized Arabic courses, we expect students to practice the integration of these four language skills (speaking, writing, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension). They are expected to study, research, and analyze abstract problems, and to think critically in Arabic. At the same time, students need to communicate and manipulate a variety of linguistic structures and learn abstract concepts related to Arab culture. Guided by a proficiency-based assessment, instructors evaluate students based on their ability to use the language. Students’ language progress assessments include listening and reading-comprehension homework, oral exams, research papers and presentations.
The most effective way to measure language proficiency is to use a well-defined and broadly accepted proficiency scale. Our Arabic program standards are based on ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012, developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These guidelines are organized into five levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Distinguished. The levels of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced are subdivided into Low, Mid, and High sublevels.
Distinctive Features of Our Arabic Program: Assets
- Highly dedicated and caring Arabic language Instructors a new classroom facility to meet the needs of 21st century language learners.
- ACTFL standards-based curriculum
- Small class sizes
- Technologically equipped classrooms
- Blended learning methodology and web-enhanced instruction
- Communicative language teaching (CLT)
Our Evening Courses
All courses run for 8 weeks and provide 32 in-class contact hours. The following is a general guide to the courses available in SQCC’s Arabic Language Program.
Our program offers:
- General Arabic Courses
- Specialized Arabic Courses
The S|GNS Summit aims to foster meaningful engagement between science and society while empowering a global community of science supporters in service of equitable and effective science and evidence-based policy.
- The future of science advocacy depends on coordinated action and diverse perspectives, yet few spaces exist for interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue. The S|GNS Summit seeks to change that.
- The S|GNS (Science | Government, Institutions & Society) Summit is a network-wide meeting for emerging and established leaders across fields to share knowledge, build community, and develop their skills as science advocates, educators, and organizers.
- This global networking skill-building retreat is designed for everyone — satellite organizers, educators, artists, scientists — to come together and learn from scholars, experienced activists, and each other. S|GNS will provide tools to support current and future leaders as they advocate for informed change in their communities.
- We are helping scientists and innovators begin conversations with their communities, so that all parties can learn from each other about the importance of science, and its effects on local, national, and international policy. Together, we can work toward a future where science is fully embraced in public life and policy.
The S|GNS Summit empowers those committed to championing evidence-based policy and science for the common good. This is how the Summit will achieve these goals.
- Practical skill and knowledge building
- Each day of the Summit will include workshops, panel discussions, and talks that cover a wide range of topics relevant to the S|GNS mission, such as science communication, civic literacy, and inclusive coalition-building.
- Advocates will be equipped with the skills training to empower their own communities.
- Initiative sharing and collaboration
- S|GNS will provide opportunities to learn about ongoing projects across fields, and resources for effective advocacy, outreach, and grassroots organizing.
- Sharing knowledge about best practices in science advocacy is key to empowering communities.
- As a global networking conference, S|GNS will provide unparalleled opportunity for collaboration and for the development of joint advocacy initiatives. Only through collaboration and partnership can real change be made in science policy.
- Community building and networking
- S|GNS will promote open, effective, and respectful lines of communication between scientists and their communities, and create initiatives that improve access to the nature of science and STE(A)M education.
- By bringing together individuals with different backgrounds and levels of experience, the goal is to build meaningful relationships that spark new ideas and push existing ideas to the next level.
- Empowerment and breaking down barriers
- S|GNS aims to break down barriers between scientists and non-scientists, building a unique, cross-sector global network with the capacity to connect communities, coordinate advocacy, and create programs that bridge these gaps.
- By bringing together representatives from across communities, S|GNS will promote active listening and coalition-building that span fields while amplify voices that have been largely underrepresented in science advocacy.
The S|GNS Summit will focus on three areas:
- Science Advocacy
- Sessions, workshops and panel discussions will focus on organizing, advocating, and strategizing in support of evidence-based systems and policy, institutional and cultural change, and centering the voice of members of marginalized or vulnerable communities.
- Education and Outreach
- S|GNS will explore practical strategies for improving the relationship between scientists and non-scientists through science communication training, storytelling, creative collaborations, and community events.
- Community Organizing
- S|GNS will offer training on highly requested topics such as effective coalition-building, fundraising, digital advocacy, organizational management, and community engagement.
March for Science is pushing for greater accountability this year–not just of public officials, but of ourselves as being catalysts for change. The S|GNS Summit will provide stakeholders with the tools needed to be the best advocates.
- In 2017, we laid the groundwork with a global march. In 2018, we will #KeepMarching and will focus on continued activism in our communities year round.
- The S|GNS Summit will continue the momentum of the second March for Science this past April, by providing resources that support impact at the local, federal, and institutional levels.
- S|GNS Summit is committed to creating lasting and far reaching impact by making the conference resources free and available to all.
Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions: 2018 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society Portland, Oregon
July 26‐29, 2018
MEETING THEME: Science in Society, Society in Science – Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research
Growing public skepticism about the value of science and expert knowledge has been a defining characteristic of the early 21st century. Critiques of science come from many sources – populist anti‐elite social movements, academic studies of conventional scientific methods and institutions, and advocates for a more participatory approach to knowledge production. As the distinction between ‘facts’ and ‘values’ has become blurred, the evidence‐base that informs current policy becomes increasingly contested territory. Notably, social scientists have long relied on evidence and scientific research to challenge popular misunderstandings of social problems like poverty, crime, racism, and sexism. At the same time, they have been at the forefront of critiques of the mainstream scientific enterprise and helped pioneer new approaches to research and engagement.
Professional social science societies (like RSS) have an obligation to support those who are studying and developing effective responses to the challenges faced by rural people and places in a globalized world. New models for scientific research will be increasingly important if our efforts are to inform public discourse and shape the development of effective public policies. To do this, we need to reconcile tensions between the desire to retain the power and insights of rigorous scientific methods, and our awareness of the societal biases associated with conventional scientific institutions. At the 2018 Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, we particularly encourage attendees to present work that explores this vexing and enduring issue, and to provide examples of innovative approaches to applied scientific research on rural topics.
Over the last 80 years, the annual meetings of the RSS have been a venue for the exchange of ideas and information about a wide range of rural issues. Our attendees include faculty and students from diverse colleges and universities, researchers working in government or nonprofit institutions, and rural activists and practitioners. In addition to presentations on the meeting theme, we always invite presentations of research and engagement focused rural people, places and themes from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.
Abstracts: Abstracts should be approximately 350‐500 words and briefly outline the purpose and theoretical framing of the paper, poster, program, or organized session. Where appropriate, include information about methods, data, and preliminary findings. The deadline for submitting papers, posters and sessions is Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).
To submit, visit the “Annual Meetings” tab on the RSS website, www.ruralsociology.org.
Please contact the Program Chair, Kate MacTavish ([email protected]) or the RSS Business Office ([email protected]) with any questions about submission or to explore ideas for special events at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
Research Grants, deadline August 1, 3 pm EST
Since our founding in 1936, the William T. Grant Foundation has worked to further the understanding of human behavior through research. Today, we support high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States.
These grants target researchers at all career stages for high-quality empirical projects that fit one of our two focus areas. Research grants are awarded three times each year and typically range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. See more information at http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants
In this focus area, we support research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, or immigrant origin status. We are interested in research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.
Improving the Use of Research Evidence:
In this focus area, we support research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence reaches the hands of decision makers, responds to their needs, and is used in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries
Teach undergraduate courses. Provide tutorials, assist with student advising and contribute to curriculum development. Contribute to faculty mentoring and training. Give seminars, workshops and public lectures. Conduct research in area of specialization.
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
University of Zambia
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:
Accounting, small business management, financial economics, international finance, international relations, management, marketing, public administration, engineering, leadership and governance, economic and political anthropology or political science, elections, democracy and governance, corruption, education policy, gender issues and agriculture policy.
All teaching and research will be in English; additional language proficiency not required.
Scholars with a Ph.D., at least five years of postdoctoral university or college teaching experience and previous experience in Africa are preferred.
Candidates are encouraged to correspond with the potential host department to determine if their discipline or specializations are of interest. Applicants should have well-developed research projects to which they can devote themselves in the event that university classes are suspended. A letter of invitation from the host institution, submitted as part of the application, is recommended but not required. Grant start dates may be subject to change depending on local conditions and the academic calendar at the host institution.
Call for papers for the international conference
Changing Global Hierarchies of Value? Museums, artifacts , frames, and flows
University of Copenhagen / National Museum of Denmark, 20–22 August, 2018
Museums are said to classify the world; but the world is changing, and so are the museum worlds and the worlds of arts and artefacts. This conference explores how the world is imagined and classified through the presentation, interpretation and classification of artifacts; and how the global hierarchy of value (cf. Herzfeld 2004) might be changing in through these flows and circulations.
In 2007, the German art historian Hans Belting coined the term “global art” to indicate that contemporary art was no longer the province of artists in the Global North, thus signaling a sea change in the international art world (Belting, in Weibel and Buddensieg 2007). Art historians, prior to Belting had long stipulated that the birth of modern art in 19th and 20th century Europe was partially predicated on inspirations from outside Europe in the guise of Orientalism, Chinoiserie, Japonisme, or “primitivism,” yet these modern artists were almost exclusively from Europe and—later—North America. Non-European artists went largely unnamed and unrecognized, as French surrealist poet André Breton’s famous mur d’atelier revealed. Modern art from the Global South or rapidly modernizing states in Eurasia and East Asia, was often dismissed as derivative of Western art, while contemporary traditional art was considered inauthentic (cf. Kasfir 1992).
Simultaneously, anthropologist Michael Herzfeld (2004) coined the term “global hierarchy of value” to denote the global cultural asymmetry that constituted the cultural successor to the political and military domination of European colonial systems. In the arts, early partial exceptions were Latin America, which—as the historical product of creole nationalisms (cf. Anderson 1982) and hence as a “pseudo-Europe” – saw the emergence of successful artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and of movements like Brazilian modernism and neo-concretism; and Japan, which experimented with locally inflected, but modern, architecture. The imbalance in the Euro-centered art world changed when the Magiciens de la Terre exhibition was held in Paris (1989) and featured contemporary art by both Western and non-Western—and named—artists in equal numbers, albeit without implying an equal hierarchy of value.
The Magiciens de la Terre exhibition marked the coming out of contemporary artists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania on the global arts scene, and brought out in their participation in numerous exhibitions such as the Modernités plurielles at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, but also in biennales, art festivals, art fairs, and auctions around the world. Simultaneously, art institutions and events outside of Europe and North America gained in global prominence, by adopting the cultural forms, classificatory devices and exhibitionary technologies developed in Euro-America and applying those in their own contexts and for their own purposes. One could say that while the modern period witnessed the emergence of a global Europe, the current “post-postcolonial” period is marked by the globalization of the other continents—at least in terms of the arts: in that sense it is increasingly possible to speak of global Asia, global Africa, global Latin America as geographic entities that challenge the global hierarchy of value.
At the same time, recent decades have seen the unfolding of increasingly interconnected global networks of production, labor, consumption, and capital accumulation, a process broadly known as globalization. But can we also talk of a globalized taste regime or set of preferences à la Bourdieu? Are recently booming or expanding global players in Asia, Africa, and Latin America reconfiguring the relative value of styles, objects, or traditional artifacts, thereby challenging the old Eurocentric order and organization of the good and the beautiful? Even if the West remains the universal unmarked, attention should be given to the ways in which it is now often amplified, mocked, or ironized by non-Western masters of its artistic, architectural, or artisanal forms. How is globalization affecting existing or emerging museums as economic and commercial players in a world of accelerating mass tourism and brand fixation? How is the complex past of European interaction and Eurocentric notions of cosmopolitanism rethought and exhibited today in postcolonial theaters of historical encounter, exchange, or conflict?
This is the final conference of the project ‘Global Europe: Constituting Europe from the Outside In through Artefacts’ (see http://globaleurope.ku.dk/). The Global Europe project explores how the collection, circulation, classification and museum exhibition of objects define Europe from the outside in during Europe’s present loss of global hegemony—especially in relation to Japan and four non-European BRICS countries (Brazil, China, India, South Africa), in comparison with the early modern period of European ascendancy. This ‘Changing Global Hierarchies of Value?’ conference invites both paper proposals on a range of topics that explore global networks of valuation and validation and their local forms and entanglements in the current period. The papers are expected to be empirically grounded, and may—but do not have to—refer to the five countries targeted by the Global Europe project.
The keynote speech titled Museum Transactions: Negotiating Knowledges, Governing Cultures will be presented by Professor Tony Bennett of the Institute for Culture and Society of the Western Sydney University in Australia. Tony Bennett is the author of—among many other works—The birth of the museum: history, theory, politics (1995), Pasts beyond memories: evolution, museums, colonialism (2004), and Making culture, changing society (2013); and he currently leads the project ‘Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of Social Governance.’ For more information, please see https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ics/people/researchers/tony_bennett.
The conference is convened by Prof Oscar Salemink, Amélia Siegel Corrêa PhD, Jens Sejrup PhD, Caroline Lillelund and Vibe Nielsen, who make up the research team for the Global Europe project.
MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN THE LAW
Historic evolution, current situation and unsolved questions
IV INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAIR INNOCENT III
Murcia (Spain), December 12 -13 -14, 2018
Murcia (España), 12,13,14 diciembre de 2018
PRESENTACIÓN DE PROPUESTAS
IV Congresso Internazionale CATTEDRA INNOCENZO III
Murcia (Spagna), 12,13,14 dicembre 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS
La Cattedra Innocenzo III invita gli studiosi interessati ad apportare il loro contributo scientifico sul tema della mobilità umana e dell’accoglienza dei rifugiati dal punto di vista della Storia del Diritto, del Diritto Canonico, del Diritto Romano, del Diritto Comparato, della Filosofia, della Teologia, della Storia, della Sociologia, e di ogni altra disciplina pertinente al tema proposto, nell’ambito delle seguenti
- dicembre: sessione LA MIGRAZIONE NEL MONDO ANTICO E MEDIEVALE. Approccio storico al tema della mobilità umana.
- dicembre: sessione NAZIONE, STATO, RIVOLUZIONE. La situazione dei migranti e dei rifugiati a partire dalla nascita dello Stato moderno.
- dicembre: sessione TRA EMERGENZA E ORDINARIETÀ. Proposte per la valorizzazione di un fenomeno costante nell’età contemporanea.
PRESENTAZIONE DELLE PROPOSTE
Titolo della comunicazione, affiliazione accademica, breve curriculum vitae e abstract di 200 parole. Lingue: EN, IT, ES, DE, FR, via mail a: [email protected]
15 settembre 2018. Il Comitato scientifico darà risposta a coloro che avranno presentato l’abstract entro il 30 settembre 2018.
Le comunicazioni scelte dal comitato scientifico saranno pubblicate nel numero monografico della Rivista Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) nel primo semestre del 2019.
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds U.S.-based scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics.
Funding: Up to 50,000 USD for one year of research.
Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or affiliated with a U.S.-based university, and either a Ph.D. candidate or university academic.
Dates: Research must be carried out in 2019.
To submit an application or for more information, please visit the SQCC website.
Applications due 16 September 2018.
VANDA Call for Papers – Deadline extended until June 15th, 2018. Submit your paper now!
VANDA is an international conference, taking place in the beautiful capital of Austria on September 19-22, 2018, which aims to bring together scholars from various fields of anthropology, social sciences and humanities.
VANDA is meant to be more than a mainstream conference. It includes an interactive Young Scholars’ Forum, where graduate students can network, receive mentoring and practical advice from experienced researchers. Apart from the classic conference formats session organizers are free to introduce their own creative formats.
VANDA is a green, socially inclusive conference and offers a unique social activity program.
VANDA is a joint effort by three anthropological institutions in town – the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Weltmuseum Wien (formerly the Museum of Ethnology), and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.
Conference on ‘Folk Belief’ and ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’
Why are some places especially prone to associations with the supernatural? Might it be because of liminal geographies, of the complex histories of ancient human landscapes, of fear about what lurks in the darkness? Are communities’ beliefs shaped by the environments in which they live, or does the recurrence of certain belief across environmental and geographic divides suggest that place is ultimately irrelevant? When we read a book or watch a film with supernatural themes, is the setting just window dressing, or can the mountains, the palaces, the forests, the skyscrapers be characters in their own right?
Previous conferences in this series have been held on remote islands (Shetland’s North Isles, 2014), in a hyper-
This conference considers the themes of 1) folk belief, legends, and vernacular religion and 2) the supernatural in literature and film. We will combine academic presentations with explorations of communities in Georgia’s Svaneti and Tbilisi regions. Special emphasis will be given to the question of the role that ‘place’ plays in the conceptions of the supernatural: from folk narratives to local religious traditions; from the monsters, fairies, and witches of cinema to the miraculous in literature. Could these tales and customs occur just about anywhere? Or do they take place in the just the place they need to be?
How to make attend and make a presentation.
Presentations are welcome on all aspects of of either folk belief or the supernatural in literature and film, though we encourage delegates to address the theme of the role of place in conceptions of the supernatural.Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes’ question time. Note that, due to the ‘remote’ location of the conference, audio-
The first deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2018. (Later abstracts may be accepted if there is room available at the conference, but people who submit an abstract prior to the deadline will have the first opportunity to reserve a spot and to take advantage of the early registration rate.) You can submit your abstract here. The deadline for early registration is 30 November 2018.