Announcements of Interest

 MECARC’s Annual International Conference

 The Middle East Central Asia Research Center (MECARC) at Ariel University launches its first Annual International Conference, exploring the various aspects of identity and its construction in the Middle East and beyond. The event is expected to take place during 16-18 May, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Tel Aviv) and at Ariel University.

 Over the recent decade, the Middle East has undergone a formative period, during which it has experienced a myriad of ideational, political, and social shifts and developments. A core aspect of this series of transformations is the notion of collective identity (group identity, tribal identity, national and pan-national identity) and the way these have allowed the deepening complexity of regional architecture. 

Rapidly shifting identities had also deeply influenced international players (e.g., the UN, the EU, the US and Russia), their perception of the region, and their interactions within its borders.

The conference will bring together Israeli and Global researchers with expertise in Middle Eastern Studies (including the Arabic language), Political Science and International Relations, Sociology, Law, and other relevant fields. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies (JIMES) and the Journal of National Resilience, Politics, and Society (NRPS).

The registration fee includes admission to all sessions, lunches and refreshments, the reception & banquet and the conference proceedings.

For more information and updates on the conference, please contact the Organizing Committee: [email protected]

Accommodation: All attendees are responsible for arranging their own accommodations.

Members of ASMEA receive a special discounted rate.

Registration fee:
Member of MECARC – 156 ILS (~ 45$)
Member of ASMEA – 207 ILS (~ 60$)
Non-Member of MECARC – 311 ILS (~90$)

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Call for Papers for Community Change

Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that explores multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce social and political change at all levels of society. 

The journal seeks submissions that speak to the what, why, and how of transmission and transition in community change. 

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • How communication and media reduce, sustain or expand social inequalities. Who are the gatekeepers of these communication channels and what influence have they exercised in shaping messages that mobilize community change? What messages successfully shift the attitudes, behavior, and policy of a community, and why?
  • How do real, imagined, and digital communities respond, adapt, and challenge racism, class inequality, political polarization, sexism, homophobia, and the power of the neoliberal project in the COVID-19 era and beyond?
  • Decolonization/decoloniality movements, or how individuals and communities are advancing efforts to shift ownership of material resources and/or onto-epistemological paradigms to redress sustained oppression that was illuminated or accentuated during the pandemic.
  • Reflections on subjects like misinformation, censorship, sensationalism, bias, and corporate influence, among others, are encouraged.

Final submission deadline - February 14, 2023

For more information about submission requirements, please visit this site.

Schusterman Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Available to doctoral candidates focusing on Israel who have been accepted into the Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in departments such as history, politics, anthropology, sociology, and Near Eastern & Judaic studies.

  • Full tuition scholarship
  • $36,000 stipend
  • Individual health insurance coverage
  • Funding package is renewable for up to five years
  • Opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Come study with our distinguished faculty! Use the code SCIS23 when applying and we will waive your application fee. You can find Instructions for redeeming your fee waiver code on our website. Learn more and apply:

 Beren Summer Fellowship

Study Jewish history, texts, and political thought with world-class teachers and develop your own research project to help America and the Jewish people to thrive.

Accepted students will receive a stipend of up to $5,500 to live in NYC for the eight weeks of the program. Our Beren Summer Fellows have the option of receiving housing from Tikvah in New York's Upper West Side. The Beren Fellowship is open to current college students and recent graduates. Applications are due February 12 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply here.

Grants Available: Develop a New Course About Israel

The Israel Institute offers Faculty Development Grants for creating new university courses about modern Israel in many disciplines. Learn more.

Sign up for Information about Grant Opportunities.

Deadline: February 8, 2023

Contact: Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director [email protected]

Apply Now.