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Thursday, February 26, 2009

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1. Two PhD fellowships on Arabic Media Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen
The Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for 2 PhD fellowships expected to begin on September 1st 2009 within the following areas:

a) Syrian TV-serials: Since the early 1990s, a private Syrian TV industry has emerged producing serials for Arab satellite TV. The PhD project proposal should be centered on this new phenomenon. The project can analyze the production environment, the production and content of the serials themselves, or the reception of the serials by Arab audiences.

This PhD fellowship is co-financed by the new Islamic Public Sphere Programme (CNIO), the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute in Damascus, Syria. The selected candidate will primarily be affiliated with the Danish Institute in Damascus where most of the allotted work that the candidate has to fulfil will take place. The selected candidate will also be affiliated with and receive supervision from the staff at CNIO.

b) Islam in Arab Media: The project proposal should have a special emphasis on how various expressions of Islam affect the Arab Media. Potential studies could take up production environments, e.g. specific TV channels or web portals. It could also be centred on particular genres, media-personalities or audiences.

This PhD fellowship is financed by the New Islamic Public Sphere Programme (CNIO) at the Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen. The selected candidate will be affiliated with and receive supervision from the staff at CNIO.

It is expected that the applicants for both fellowships have a thorough knowledge of Arabic and English. The thesis may be written in Danish or English. The PhD program is a three year program.

Both PhD candidates will be employed at the Faculty of Humanities and will be enrolled at the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities.

For more information on CNIO see
Contact person is Professor Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (

For more information on the Danish Institute in Damascus see .
Contact person is Director HC Korsholm Nielsen (
2. 16th International DAVO Congress on "Contemporary Research on the Middle East", Bonn, Germany, 8 - 10 October 2009

The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) is calling for papers for its 16th International Congress. The conference will be held at the University of Bonn.

Papers on all fields of contemporary Middle East studies and the impact of this region on other parts of the world are welcome. Middle East studies are understood to include disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all members of the League of Arab States, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel and the Muslim states of the former USSR.

Deadline for registration of papers and panels including abstract of 300 words: 1 July 2009.

Conference languages: English and German

For registration form and further information see or contact Mrs Amke Dietert, e-mail:


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