CFP Social Media in the Middle East

Social Media in the Middle East
Call for Chapter Proposals
Deadline: September 20, 2014

Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia/Shanghai International Studies University
Adil Nurmakov, Ph.D., International IT University, Kazakhstan
Ehsan Shahghasemi, University of Tehran, Iran

Publication information: to be published in late 2015 or early in 2016 by Dignity Press.

The Middle East is a challenging and highly provocative region today, and many countries and regional or local groups have a vibrant/fractured social media in interaction or opposition. The editors believe that Social Media in the Middle East will be a valuable scholarly book which will provide greater insights into the historical and contemporary events in the rapidly changing Middle East.

Seeking online chapter proposals of 200-300 words and a resume, for intended scholarly analytical chapters of 22-25 pages on topics related to social media in the Middle East: historically, politically, militarily, geographically, economically, religiously, culturally, and/or cross-culturally,  the chapters including an abstract of about 200 words; key words; an analytical framework; with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method methodology; discussion; appropriate charts and graphs; and generous citations and references according to the sixth edition of the APA Guidelines. A maximum of three coauthors for each chapter is allowed.

Interested scholars of the Middle East seeking to submit a high quality chapter proposal of 200-300 words, plus a resume, should send it all of the editors (emails in links above) by September 20, 2014.

Decisions about accepted chapters will be made in between mid-September to early October, 2014. Selected authors will have four months from acceptance to complete their chapters (not later than February 1, 2015).  All finalized chapters will be reviewed by the three coeditors for recommended revisions, additions, or changes.  Social Media in the Middle East will also include authors’ 200-250 word biographies in the third person, and thumbnail photos as an attachment, with at least 300 pixils. It is intended that Social Media in the Middle East will be in the range of 500+ pages with a preface, introduction, 14-15  high quality chapters, biographies and thumbnail photos of authors, and an index.

In the meantime, already planned  tentative chapters include:
*Dr. Haneen Mohammad Shoaib, Jeddah College of Advertising, University of Business  and Technology, Saudia Arabia:  social media in Saudia Arabia and immediate  environs, with Dr. Samar M. Shoaib as coauthor;  *Adil Numakov, International IT University, Kazakhstan: a cross-cultural study relating to social media in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan as they border the Middle East; and
*Ehsan Shahghasemi, University of Tehran:  social media in Iran.

These tentative chapters do not exclude other possible proposed chapters relating to similar topics.

The editors have an interest in additional topics, as illustrative, among other possibilities: Cross-cultural study of social media in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank; Social media historically and contemporarily in Egypt; Cross-cultural study of social media in Sudan and South Sudan; Cross-cultural study of social media in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Dubai; Cross-cultural study of social media among the Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Turkey; Cross-cultural study of social media in the Syrian government and opposition groups in Syria; Social media in Iraq; Social media in Turkey; Social media in Lebanon; Social media in Kuwait; Social media of ISIS, the Levant, proposed Caliphate; etc.

Study international reporting in Jerusalem 2014

June 24-July 24, 2014
IEI Media * Hebrew University of Jerusalem
3 credits
Contact: Dr. Susan Jacobson

A meeting place of ancient and new, holy and secular, Jerusalem is a gathering spot for foreign correspondents from around the world. Get a taste of the global journalist’s life by studying with veteran Middle East correspondents; then go into the community to report your own stories. Learn international reporting techniques from a team of journalists, including NPR correspondent Linda Gradstein and former Christian Science Monitor reporter Ilene Prusher.

Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and a holy place for three of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Included in the program are trips to some of the most important sites in Jerusalem and Israel.

Students will live and learn at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a modern campus on Mt. Scopus. Undergraduate student will earn 3 transferable credits from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. GRADUATE CREDIT IS AVAILABLE.

IEI Media will offer other programs on various media-related topics in summer 2014 based in Italy, France, Northern Ireland, China, Spain, and Turkey.


Northwestern U Qatar job ad

Associate Dean for Research

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), Northwestern University’s only international campus, seeks an Associate Dean of Research to join and help lead this exciting educational experiment in Education City of Doha, Qatar. This is a tremendous opportunity to participate in leading a high-quality endeavor, serving as part of a one-of-a-kind media school that is a world-class entity.

As a result of creative collaborations between the universities within Qatar Foundation, Northwestern University is one of six leading American universities that have established campuses in Education City, Doha. Each of those American universities brings to Qatar educational programs for which those institutions are especially renowned. Northwestern accepted the invitation to leverage its excellence in journalism and communication and establish this school as the university’s first independent degree program overseas and created a unified media-centric school with degree programs in journalism and communication as well as collaborative work in Liberal Arts.

NU-Q has launched an ambitious institutional research program with major projects especially relevant to Middle East media, and other topics of global interest as well. Projects are organized to create new knowledge especially relevant to the School’s mission. Reporting to the Dean and CEO of NU-Q, the new Associate Dean will provide leadership in developing a strategic plan for research with the objective of increasing both faculty and student research opportunities and developing partnerships across the departments and disciplines, supporting global and digital research related to media in all its forms. To that end, the new Associate Dean will lead NU-Q’s program of institutional research of school-wide projects involving collaboration of faculty and staff and occasional outside researchers aimed at developing a research profile for NU-Q; support and assist individual faculty on research matters, including mentoring and strategic advice; steward the research office including grants administration both for NU-Q projects and others involving NU-Evanston projects, including regular relationships with the Qatar National Research Fund and other local sources; and coordinate NU-Q collaborations with the World Internet Project and local partnerships as needed.

This is a high impact position for an institutionally ambitious and creative professional. Qualifications for the position include commitment to the mission of NU-Q and to the quality of its programs and their representation; a doctorate in a media field or the social sciences along with an interest in and commitment to research in media and related fields; demonstrated leadership and administrative ability; a documented record of funded research and significant successful experience in facilitating research, developing partnerships, and addressing critical issues for the research community; and cross-cultural experience and a willingness to work within the cultural traditions of the Middle East.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications is under way and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a professional resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the NU-Q’s consultants Robin Mamlet and Ann Yates at email address

Northwestern University in Qatar values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


New York U job ad

Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Assistant Professor

The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the cultural study of the Middle East at the assistant professor level, to begin September 1, 2012, pending budgetary and administrative approval. We seek a scholar who can contribute to the department’s graduate track in Culture and Representation, which focuses on the history, politics, and theories of representation as they relate to Middle Eastern cultures within an interdisciplinary framework. The department welcomes candidates from different disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and from across the broader geography of the Islamic world (interest in Turkey or the Maghrib is desirable). Candidates must have the Ph.D. by the time of appointment, demonstrate potential for superior scholarly accomplishment, and be prepared to teach a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses and to supervise doctoral dissertation research.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2011. To apply see the NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies web site at via the “Employment” link to submit a detailed cover letter describing research and teaching experience, c.v., writing samples, and the names of three referees.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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