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2019 Fellowship in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics
Dec 12 all-day

Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Ethical, Legal and
Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for its postdoctoral Fellowship in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics. This fellowship seeks to train scholars and future leaders in ELSI research. Appointments will commence in Summer 2019.

ELSI fellows participate fully in the life of the Department, which is among the world’s leading centers of bioethics research and teaching. They have full access to the intellectual resources of the Penn community.

Fellows receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, and funds for academic books and travel. Fellows also receive support to pursue a Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) degree.

Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand, or who will have completed all requirements for their degree by June 2019. Eligible degrees include a PhD, MD, or equivalent. Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, life science, or any of the social sciences. Prior experience in bioethics is not required. Applicants who are members of underrepresented minority groups or who are disabled are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Please visit for more information about the ELSI Fellowship. Application deadline is December 12, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Angela Golub, Administrative Coordinator, by email at [email protected].

Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Fellowships at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Dec 15 all-day

2019-2020 Call for Applications from PhD Candidates

Greenberg Research Fellowship

Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies

Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship

Deadline: December 15, 2018


The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its three research fellowships for advanced-standing PhD candidates: the 2019-2020 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship; the 2019-2020 Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies; and the 2019-2020 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship.

Each fellowship provides $4,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding advanced-standing PhD candidate from any discipline for dissertation research focused on testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources. The recipient will be required to spend one month in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Award decisions for each fellowship will be based on the originality of the research proposal and its potential to advance research with testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive or other unique genocide research resources at USC. Each fellow will be expected to provide the Center with fresh perspectives, to play a role in Center activities, and to give a public talk during the stay.

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research distinguishes itself from other Holocaust and Genocide institutes by offering access to unique research resources and by focusing its research efforts on the interdisciplinary study of currently under-researched areas. (For more information:

USC is the home of internationally unique and growing research resources, which include the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, a collection of over 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Rwandan, Armenian, Guatemalan, Cambodian genocides and the Nanjing Massacre in China; a Holocaust and genocide studies collection at Doheny Memorial Library with 30,000 primary and secondary sources, and a Special Collection containing private papers of German and Austrian Jewish emigrants, including Lion Feuchtwanger, from the Third Reich.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter (including proposed dates of residency), CV, proposal abstract (1-3 pages), writing sample, and recommendation letter from your PhD advisor by December 15th, 2018 to [email protected]. Each submission will be considered for all three fellowships.

To view the CFA on our website, click here.

Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility
Dec 15 all-day

When: April 29 – May 31, 2019

The University of Alberta Anthropology Department offers a 5-week, 6-credit undergraduate and graduate Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia.

Learn how to be a cultural detective through art! Our school uses Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia as ethnographic laboratories where students learn how to perceive the minute details of everyday life through a series of fun exercises modelled on the way fine arts teach novices how to see, listen and feel in a fresh way by training their attention and sensory acuity. Work with an acting coach and take drawing, creative writing or documentary film workshops. Get the feel of urban spaces, pursue the social life of mundane objects, and attend to the nuances of body language in a foreign culture. Learn to become a cultural seismograph and read your own anxieties in unfamiliar surroundings as indicators of cultural difference.

Our fieldschool is a miniature laboratory where we create some of the circumstances of ethnographic fieldwork, let the students experience the dilemmas and paradoxes of empirical inquiry, and guide them in dealing with them. We teach them not to standardize their method prematurely and tolerate ambiguity because we believe that flexibility, or “elastic rigour” is a hallmark of all scientific inquiry. All activities are closely supervised by experts in both the native culture and ethnographic fieldwork methods. In its fourth year, the Fieldschool is aimed at anthropologists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and scientists interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. Accommodation in hostel and local families. Four weeks in Belgrade (including field-trips to the Serbian countryside) will be combined with a week in Pula with field-trips in Istria. No knowledge of Serbian/Croatian required.

Field School for Ethnographic Sensibility webpage:
Contact: Marko Zivkovic, [email protected]

The Tapestry of Health: Genetic Diversity, History, and Cultural Identity
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

The Tapestry of Health: Genetic Diversity, History, and Cultural Identity
Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
Tuesday, December 18
5:30pm – 7:15pm
1200 New York Ave, Washington, DC

Scientific and cultural perspectives on human diversity, including concepts of “race” and ancestry, have shifted dramatically over the centuries. In recent decades, studies of genetic variation at individual and population levels have provided valuable insights for the health sciences. Human genomics, particularly the relationships between genes and expressed outcomes, shapes current and developing approaches in precision medicine. However, human diversity is not a matter of genes alone. It also encompasses a spectrum of cultural and theological concepts of identity, as well as individuals’ lived experiences, that interact in complex and sometimes surprising ways – with profound impacts on health and well-being.

Join the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program for a cross-disciplinary discussion of human diversity through scientific, cultural and theological lenses, with a focus on health and well-being. Reception to follow.

CFP: SAC 38th Annual Conference
Dec 20 all-day


SAC 38th Annual Conference

March 28th—30th, 2019

McMenamins Edgefield Resort Portland, Oregon

We live in dynamic times, witnessing tectonic shifts in our society and the world. Globally, social change and unrest seem to be accelerating and this monumental change has enormous implications for the focus and practice of anthropology, especially the anthropology of consciousness. The 2019 theme for the 38th annual Anthropology of Consciousness conference centers on the relationship between consciousness and social change. We seek to engage contemporary events, exploring the implications for humanity.

How can our understanding of consciousness and human transformation be made relevant, with the aim of a praxis to catalyze a shift toward a more just world? What are the subaltern and scholarly responses to the tribal politics and factionalism we are experiencing? What positive outcomes are emerging? These are hot topics, and we will face them head on as we return to the inclusive McMenamins Edgefield Resort — a place that we all hold dear and now call an organizational home. We invite you to join our inter and transdisciplinary community of practice. AoC is unique in its cultural approach to consciousness, openly and critically exploring consciousness as it is understood and shaped across time and cultures.

We invite papers, panel proposals and workshops on topics including but not exclusive to the following sub-themes:

• Transdisciplinary dialogue on the changes happening around us and their implications
• The impact of migration on social movements and social consciousness
• Empowering change makers with traditional wisdom practices
• The new feminine & women’s movement into political power
• Militarization, globalization and the role of anthropology in helping to shape a more connected and integrated world
• New social movements and perspectives that once again challenge the line between emic and etic anthropological practices and how consciousness studies can help us to bridge the divide between the two
• Voices of youth and subaltern
• The dynamic interplay between compassion and fear
• Social justice or the lack thereof
• The new state order and re/deconstruction of truth
• Ways to engage and enact social change


Workshops & Experientials

AoC also invites submission of artistic works and experiential workshops exploring or cultivating consciousness. We aim to build bridges across scholastic and creative communities, as as well provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Workshops are free for all registered presenters, and are open to single-day attendees for a nominal fee. Workshop leaders will receive a 100% discount on conference registration fees.



Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and special events should be submitted by Dec 20th, 2018 to [email protected]. Presenters then need to create a user account and register on the AAA website, after which they can upload abstracts to be included in the conference program. Non-presenting attendees can register through the AAA system, on-site, or via our website. Links and clarifying instructions will be provided shortly on our website,

If your paper is not accepted, you may request a refund of your registration fees. Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of January, 2019.

Limit: one paper or presentation per person, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Program Chair. Session organizers may submit individual papers for inclusion in their sessions. Please indicate whether you will require audio-visual equipment for your presentation. A projector, screen and laptop will be made available.


Hotel Registration

The 2019 conference will be held at the beautiful McMenamins Edgefield Resort in Portland Oregon.

Address: 2126 S.W. Halsey St, Troutdale, OR, 97060 Phone: (800) 669-8610

McMenamins has a wide variety of rooms available that can suit any budget.
Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with AoC (or the American Anthropological Association) to receive a special room rate.

Questions? Please contact the Program Chair Bryan Rill at [email protected]

Call for Proposals: Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell
Dec 28 all-day

Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell (NSF 18-599) invites researchers to apply to participate in an interdisciplinary Ideas Lab focused on facilitating innovative research projects for designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes. Up to $10,000,000 of funding is available for successful project proposals resulting from the Ideas Lab.

Building a synthetic cell is a grand challenge at the interface between biological, mathematical, computer and physical sciences and engineering.  Meeting this challenge requires simultaneous careful exploration of the social and ethical dimensions of such research as well as educating today’s students to engage in the activities and technologies required to develop and use synthetic cells.

To apply to this program, researchers should:

  • submit preliminary proposals due December 28, 2018,
  • participate, if selected, in the Ideas Lab workshop to be held February 25 – March 1, 2019, and
  • if invited to do so, submit, as part of a team, a full proposal due May 13, 2019.

Full details regarding the specifics of the research ideas, proposal limitations, and the application process can be found in the full solicitation.

AIIS Language Programs in India
Dec 31 all-day


For more than five decades, AIIS language programs in India have been crucial to most U.S.-based scholars of South Asian area studies in the humanities and social science disciplines. Area experts employed in government, NGOs, and the private sector have also benefited. More than 4,000 students have completed programs through the Institute.

The AIIS Language Program offers nine-month academic year, summer and semester courses at elementary to advanced levels in many languages, including several that are rarely taught outside of India. The eligibility requirements vary depending on the particular program. The full academic year program is intended for students who have successfully completed two years of language training and who seek intensive immersion instruction within a target-language environment to work toward an advanced-to-superior level of proficiency. Summer programs are offered at a variety of levels. Applications for AIIS language programs are available in mid-October and are due by December 31; the selection process is finished by late February.

AIIS awards full fellowships, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Group Projects Abroad program, to qualified academic-year and semester program students on a competitive basis; summer program applicants should seek funding from their home institutions or through the Critical Language Scholarship program (for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu), but may also be considered for financial assistance from AIIS.

Undergraduates who complete an AIIS language program can enroll to have their AIIS coursework recorded as transferable academic credit through Indiana University, which serves as the AIIS transcript school of record. Students can earn 12-16 credits per semester and 8 credits for the summer program.

U.S. military veterans, students from community colleges and regional public institutions and non-traditional students are especially encouraged to apply. AIIS makes every effort to accommodate students with disabilities or special needs.

Students participating in the AIIS Academic Year Language Program who are funded through their home institutions with Title VI FLAS Fellowships must take an additional directed readings course with faculty, arranged by AIIS, at a local Indian university or research institute. This course will require a syllabus approved by AIIS, with the concurrence of the relevant faculty and student. Additional tuition charges of $500 will be incurred.

Students who are enrolled in a master’s program and who participate in the summer 2019 programs may request up to $1,175 in funding to complete a one-month capstone project to be carried out upon completion of the language program. Students interested in this funding should add an additional one to two paragraphs to their statement of purpose, describing their proposed project.

AIIS will be holding a Mughal Persian workshop in Lucknow at the end of the 2019 summer program. All Mughal Persian and Urdu students will be welcome to attend. The workshop will provide a venue for the examination of overall themes in studies of the wider Persianate world, and opportunities for conversations and collaborations between scholars studying common or intersecting themes in different parts of the Persianate world: Safavid Iran, Mughal India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Ottoman Empire, larger Indian Ocean, etc. Possible common themes include: intellectual history; Islamic historiography; Poetics and cross-cultural influences on poetry and literature; Sufi studies, Islamic reform movements; center/periphery interactions within empire and crossing across frontiers; diplomacy and diplomatic discourse; discourse around gender and legitimacy; encounters between Islamic literary traditions and other cultures; comparative bureaucratic cultures.

The workshop would also address common challenges involved in archival research in Mughal Persian archives—discussions on how to use archives profitably to address the above topics, how to engage with scholars working in archives in different locations and seeking documents produced in or relevant to different countries within the wider Persianate world. Host archives/institutions can talk about collaboration from their point of view: challenges in collection management, preservation, accessibility, opportunities for Indian archivists and students/scholars from elsewhere to collaborate and further Mughal Persian/Persianate World studies.

To apply for the language programs please click here

For additional information, please go to

Call for Papers: Rurality and Future-Making
Dec 31 all-day

Rurality and Future-Making: Comparative Perspectives from Europe, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean 
May 24–25, 2019
NSG, University of Cologne (organized jointly by the following Regional Working Groups of the German Anthropological Association (GAA) – RG Europe, RG Middle East and RG Mediterranean)



Submission Deadline: 31.12.2018 

The conference language will be English.

If you are interested to present a paper, please send an Abstract (200-300 words) to [email protected] by December 31, 2018.

We are planning to publish the proceedings of the conference in an edited volume.


To facilitate the process, please adhere to the following deadlines:

  • Dec 31st, 2018 – deadline for the submission of abstracts (200-300 words)
  • Jan 31st, 2019 – notification of acceptance
  • May 22-24th, 2019 – Conference
  • Oct 31st, 2019 – deadline for the submission of papers (10.000-12.000 words)



  • GAA Regional Working Group Europe:
  • Jelena Tošić (St. Gallen/Vienna), Andreas Streinzer (Frankfurt/Vienna) GAA Regional Working Group Middle East:
  • Katharina Lange (Berlin)
  • GAA Regional Working Group Mediterranean:
  • Michaela Schäuble (Bern), Martin Zillinger (Cologne)
  • Organizers: Simon Holdermann (Cologne), Christoph Lange (Cologne)

Contact: [email protected]


This conference brings together three GAA regional working groups – Anthropology of Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean – to explore rurality as a reserve and resource for future-making in their interconnected and transnational regionalities. It invites participants to explore situated practices of future-making in order to trace how rurality is achieved, marked and (de-)stabilized in different places. Through concrete ethnographic case studies, we aim at conceptualizing the ‘rural’ beyond wellknown center-periphery dichotomies. Well aware that ‘the rural’ and ‘the urban’ can only be “understood as a continuum irreducible to the polarity of one or the other term” (Chio 2017:362); we use the rural lens to create an anthropological laboratory (Albera 1999) which enables us to “write against established categories” (Horden 2014:9). This conference invites researchers to reflect on the various perpetuated methodological urbanisms, ruralisms and regionalisms, i.e. the persisting preoccupation of ethnographers with urban spaces and research in geographically and/ or politically bounded categories like Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Most of these categories contribute to the construction of our methodological iron cage as Wimmer and Glick-Schiller pointed out in the term methodological nationalism (2002:302). With the focus on rurality as an anthropological laboratory and lens, we aim to challenge earlier essentialist approaches and at the same time emphasize its contradictory and thus productive potential.

While overall, the rural population may be on the decline, it may well increase in absolute numbers in specific places. And while rural population may predominantly rely on agriculture for a living, in various regions its share of GDP is diminishing. Poverty remains particularly pronounced in rural regions. In North Africa, this becomes evident in the inadequate access to education, health services, electricity or clean water (Barnes 2014). Moreover, the demographic exodus out of vast rural areas in parts of Southern Europe challenges not only individual but also communal lives as well as national political agendas. Nevertheless, grand visions of future-making by politicians and entrepreneurs remain geared towards rural regions – whether it be in terms of large-scale agricultural projects for the continuous fragile and fragmented landscapes of the Mediterranean, irrigation and electrification schemes for the exploitation of its natural resources, or in the form of touristic development agencies for purported isolated areas. Also, in various countries along the Mediterranean shorelines, governments continue to rely on networks and patronage systems in the rural hinterlands as its basis of power.

But rurality is not only played out as a resource for large scale politics of modernization, it can also be used as a socio-ecological reserve that people maintain to diversify their opportunities and resources in times of crises. Large-scale modernization schemes and their risks are thus mitigated by individual strategies to provide for alternative options and material foundations in case of failure. One de-centered perspective on rurality is Hauschild’s emphasis on the rural hinterland as material and political reserve which encompasses various available resources to ensure, expand and delimit agency (Hauschild 2008:217f.).

For a long time, Eastern and Southern Europe, the Mediterranean as well as the Middle East have been approached by their presupposed outstanding rural character in anthropological inquiry; like the notorious ‘honor-and-shame’ complex, ‘the rural’ can be seen as a “gatekeeping concept” for anthropologists who had been working in these areas (Appadurai 1986:357). This is apparently present in classical anthropological studies on ‘Mediterranean countrymen’ (Pitt-Rivers 1963, Davis 1977) as well as in the rich corpus of peasant studies from Southern Europe to the Middle East – a body of research and literature that has provided essential impulses in the formation of anthropological theory.

Arguably, anthropological research in recent decades has shifted away from the countryside to the metropoles, predominately exploring the rural through the lens of the urban, bureaucratic elites, cultural entrepreneurs and tourists’ promises (Deeb/Winnegar 2012:539). Against this background we want to promote a symmetrical anthropology of the rural, which opens up new perspectives for research.

Finally, we invite scholars to expand and multiply Horden and Purcell’s (2000) perspective on the Mediterranean to Europe as a whole and the Middle East. Their emphasis on the ruptures and connectivities of “human micro-ecologies” (Horden 2012: 28) pervading the karst landscapes of the Mediterranean and encompassing Southern Europe, parts of the Middle East and North Africa, can help us comparatively zoom in on webs of microregions in which rurality takes on different forms and meaning and is played out differently at different locales.

Research topics and questions for the conference may entail:

  • How and for whom does the rural/hinterland/landscape figure to be a meaningful space of social relations and livelihoods?
  • The ‘rural’ as backdrop for processes of globalization or the recursive rural impact on globalization
  • What are spatial and power implications of the Mediterranean as an imaginary category?
  • What are the perceptions of “rural Europe” and what kind of histories and future-making imaginaries do they imply?
  • The ‘mediatized Mediterranean’: rurality, infrastructures and media
  • How can we conceptualize local/global, rural/urban and periphery/center binaries in a more productive way?
  • The ‘rural’ in development practice and discourse and in changing modernization narratives
  • Migration and other rural (im-)mobilities?
  • Rurality, Scale and Migration
  • Rethinking the ‘rural’ with reference to Horden/Purcell’s historical ecology and its defining features of rupture and connectivity
  • The ‘rural’ as cultural identity and heritage – the entrepreneurial potential and imaginary for ‘the touristic gaze’


Albera, Dionigi (1999): The Mediterranean as an anthropological laboratory, Anales de la Fundacion Joaquín Costa 16, 215-232.

Appadurai, Arjun (1986): Theory in Anthropology: Center and Periphery, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 28(2), 56-361.

Barnes, Jessica (2014): Cultivating the Nile The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt. Durham: Duke University Press.

Chio, Jenny (2017): “Introduction: Rural as space and sociality.” Critique of Anthropology 37 (4):361-363.

Hauschild, Thomas (2008): Ritual und Gewalt: Ethnologische Studien an europäischen und mediterranen Gesellschaften. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Horden, P. (2014): Introduction. A companion to Mediterranean history. P. Horden and S. Kinoshita.

Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell: 1-6.

Horden, P. (2012): Situations Both Alike? Connectivity, the Mediterranean, the Sahara. Saharan frontiers space and mobility in Northwest Africa. J. McDougall and J. Scheele. Bloomington, Indiana University Press: 25-38.

Horden, Peregrine and Purcell, Nicholas (2000): The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean history. Oxford: Blackwell.

Deeb, Lara and Winegar, Jessica (2012): Anthropologies of Arab-Majority Societies, Annual Review of Anthropology, (41), 537-58.

Davis, John (1977): People of the Mediterranean: An Essay in Comparative Social Anthropology Pitt-Rivers, Julian (1968): Mediterranean countrymen: Essays in the Social Anthropology of the Mediterranean, Paris: Mouton.

Wimmer, Andreas, and Nina Glick Schiller (2002): “Methodological nationalism and beyond: nation– state building, migration and the social sciences.” Global Networks 2 (4):301-334.

SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program
Dec 31 all-day

SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2019 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2019 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. 

Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Students will be housed in shared student housing. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and onsite laundry and gym facilities. 

Funding decisions will be made based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC’s mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman.

Program Cost
 SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase travel insurance, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Participants will be required to meet in Washington, D.C. for orientation, prior to departure to Oman, and will be responsible for their transportation to and from Washington, D.C. 

Program Dates
14 June – 8 August 2019


  • U.S. citizen;
  • Enrolled in a degree seeking program (undergraduate, MA or PhD) in spring 2019;
  • Completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework by the end of the spring semester;
  • Passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.


  • Application
  • Resume
  • Essays
    • Write an essay discussing what you hope to accomplish during the SALAM program and how you plan to incorporate this experience into further academic or career plans. (500-750 words)
    • Describe a time, either abroad or in the U.S. when you interacted with a person/people from a different culture than your own. What was your experience like? What challenges did you face, and how did you resolve them? (200 words)
    • Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the SALAM program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
  • Unofficial transcripts

Expectations and Follow-up

Recipients of a SALAM scholarship will be required to participate fully in all classroom and SALAM-organized activities while in Oman. Please note that the focus of this program is Arabic language study, and that Manah is a small town with limited recreational activities beyond those organized by the program.

Upon return to the U.S., participants are expected to share their experiences from their time in Oman through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Public presentations
  • Articles
  • Publicizing the SALAM program at your home campus
  • K-12 school visits
  • Outreach to Omanis and other Arabs in your community/on your campus
  • Participating in forums about Oman, the Middle East, and Islam

Code of Conduct and Program Policies
You are a representative of your university, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers, and the United States while you are in Oman. You must abide by the laws of the U.S. and Oman while you are in the program, the rules of the College, and the points listed below. You will conduct yourself professionally and to a high standard, both in the classroom and in public.

  • No recreational drugs or alcohol use; no smoking on the school property
  • No religious proselytizing
  • Students must adhere to a conservative dress code while in public (for women: floor-length skirt or long tunic over pants, with at least ¾ shirt sleeves; for men: pants and long/short sleeved shirt)
  • Students will treat their peers, faculty, and staff with respect, and will not verbally insult anyone
  • Students will respect school property, including their living space, and will not intentionally damage or destroy school property in any way
  • Students will obey the College staff and instructors
  • No traveling outside of the country
  • Participants agree to have their likeness used in promotional material, SQCC website, and social media.

Failure to follow these rules and guidelines, or any laws, may result in expulsion from the program. 

How to Apply
1) Submit completed application form and supporting materials via this website.  
2) Have references also submit their letters of recommendation on this page. IMPORTANT: you will receive a confirmation number upon submitting your application. You must give this confirmation number and the link to the reference page to your references, who will need both in order to upload their letters of recommendation. Your references will not be contacted by SQCC; you need to instruct them to upload their letters.

Deadline for submission of all application materials is 11:59pm EST, December 31, 2018. Submission deadline for letters of recommendation is 11:59pm EST, December 31, 2018. 

CHRÓNOS: an International Multi-Disciplinary Percussion Symposium
Jan 4 all-day

CHRÓNOS is an International Multi-Disciplinary Percussion Symposium bringing together scholars, performers, pedagogues, and health and wellness professionals in an inclusive environment aimed at delving à l’intérieur of percussion studies and percussive processes.


Organization: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Location: School of Music, Brownsville, TX
Dates: April 4 & 5, 2019
Abstract Deadline: January 4, 2019


Call for Presentations

UTRGV School of Music invites abstracts for its international, multi-disciplinary percussion symposium with keynote address by Dr. John Parks IV. We invite proposals for paper presentations, interactive sessions, or posters/exhibits addressing the following theme and perspectives:


The Art of Noise

In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century. With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility. —Luigi Russolo (1913)

Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.”

Current: “To excite our sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater variety of instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparing the ground for musical noise.

Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds.”


Submission Guidelines

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to [email protected] by January 4. The abstract should include title of the paper, name of the author, institutional affiliation, short bio, and any A/V requirements. Invitations to present will be sent via email by January 21, 2019.