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H-ASIA March 27, 2001 ******************************** From: becker <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Awards for Summer Institute "Public Spheres and Muslim Identities" European and American Young Scholars’ Summer Institute 2001/2002: “Public Spheres and Muslim Identities" Berlin (Germany), July 15, 2001 to July 28, 2001 and Dartmouth College (USA), August 4, 2002 to August 17, 2002 Apply by April 30, 2001 for awards that include travel and accommodation costs at both workshops <color><param>0100,0100,0100</param>The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is sponsoring this two- year Summer Institute through the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council (New York) and the institutes for advanced studies in Princeton (USA), Research Triangle Park (USA), Stanford (USA), Uppsala (S), and Wassenaar (NL). The Summer Institute is designed to support the development of scholarly networks and collaborative projects between young scholars in the US and Europe. Twenty Fellows (PhD candidates and recent PhDs), in addition to invited senior faculty participants, will present their research and collaborate on new projects at the two workshops and between the two meetings. The goals of the Institute are (1) to discuss theoretical, methodological and empirical issues; (2) integrate approaches and interpretations from various disciplines; (3) review the state of the research field; and (4) identify promising areas for further research. Awards cover transportation, food, and lodging for both the German (2001) and US (2002) workshops, and assume participation in both workshops. Program Description: The convenors of the Institute on "Public Spheres and Muslim Identities" are Dale F. Eickelman (Dartmouth College) and Armando Salvatore (Humboldt University Berlin). The focus of the Institute is the emerging sense of public, and the changing practices and identities associated with it, in Muslim- majority societies and Muslim communities elsewhere. Religious and political authority is being fragmented and redefined within emerging public spheres. Increasingly rapid means of communication and rising levels of education are major factors in this process. Forms of identity - including family, gender, religious, ethnic, class, and language - are renegotiated and challenged in the context of shifting boundaries among the local, national, and global dimensions of public spheres. Public competition over the interpretation of symbols and control over the formal and informal institutions and discourses that produce and sustain them, has become increasingly fluid. The idea of a public sphere has been mainly associated with Western societies and with modernity. However, it has counterparts throughout Islamic history. The goal of the Summer Institute is to explore the combinations of ideas and practices by which public spheres are constituted and changed in the Muslim world and among Muslims elsewhere. How have the competing forms of social, legal, and political thought been expressed at various times throughout Islamic history and in the present, as well as in language, literature, and the arts? How are these competing forms expressed and by whom? In what contexts and conditions do certain ideas become dominant? And which practices, forms of association, and "habitual" understandings and actions do Muslims and other social actors use to reconstitute their identities and reshape the public sphere? Application procedure: Applications are invited from PhD candidates and recent PhDs (degree received after May 1996) in the US or in Europe whose research relates to the topic of the Institute as described above. The working language of the Institute is English. A complete application requires submission in English of the following materials: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of up to 2000 words (not counting cited references) detailing current research interests and past research and writing related to the topic of the Institute; (3) the names and addresses of two potential referees familiar with the applicant's work; (4) a list of not more than 5 background readings potentially relevant to all participants of the Summer Institute. Completed applications must be received by April 30, 2001. Send queries and applications to: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Michael Becker, Wallotstrasse 19, D-14193 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 30 / 89001 – 267, Fax: +49 30 / 89001 – 200, e-mail: email@example.com Web Link: http://www.wiko-berlin.de/Information/eyssi_i.htm#Awards <color><param>0000,0000,0000</param> <color><param>0100,0100,0100</param>------- End of forwarded message ------- -- Michael Becker Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Wallotstrasse 19 D-14193 Berlin Tel.: (0049-30) 89001-267 Fax: (0049-30) 89001-200 e-mail: becker@wiko-berlin.DE