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Call for Applications :: Islamicate Digital Humanities for Scholars in Manuscript Studies (14-18 Aug 2019 | Hamburg, Germany). This summer course is for graduate (MA and PhD) students and researchers who work with manuscript materials in Arabic script and want to learn how to apply digital technology in their research. It includes both theoretical and practical sessions on digital encoding and editing of manuscript texts, data annotation, search, and visualization. Limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-serve. There are some grants available to help cover travel costs. Please send CV, motivation letter, and some background about your technical skills to and Details.

Call for Applications :: Introduction to Islamic Codicology (23-27 Sep 2019 | Cambridge, UK). This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. The lectures will provide an overview of writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in book making, the palaeography of book hands, and writing Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) manuscript descriptions. During hands-on sessions, participants will examine Islamic manuscripts from Cambridge University Library’s collections and complete a series of practical exercises on codicological description. Limited to 15 participants, first-come, first-serve. Please submit online registration form. Details.

Call for Papers :: Teaching Comparative Civil Rights Law (Jan 2020 | Washington, DC). This panel will take place during the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and will consider questions such as, Why and how do we learn the civil rights laws of multiple jurisdictions, and more specifically, identify the areas of comparison most relevant to properly evaluating competing projects of legal harmonization and national difference? How does our engagement with comparative civil rights laws uncover the conditions of possibility for promoting a race to the top or exacerbate the forces pushing us further toward the bottom? How do we teach in this challenging field? Are team teaching methods particularly useful? Is this a rich area for experiential learning? Can we leverage the power of the internet to teach more effectively? We welcome emailed submissions of one-page proposals (500 words or fewer) addressing innovations in teaching comparative civil rights law by Jun 28. Details.

Call for Applications :: Wallace Johnson Program for First Book Authors. This fellowship, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History (ASLH), is designed to provide advice and support to scholars working toward the publication of first books in legal history. Participants will learn about approaching and working with publishers, and will develop and revise a book proposal and one to two sample chapters. Emailed applications from early career, pre-tenure scholars (consisting of project description, CV, and two letters of recommendation) are due by Jun 30. Details.

Call for Applications :: AUC Summer Course on Islamic Law (14 Jul-8 Aug 2019 | Cairo, Egypt). Designed specifically for students interested in Islamic law, this program brings together a group of specialists in different areas of the law to explore new ways of thinking about Islamic law. Some important themes of the program include: bridging the divide between theory and practice, the question of modernity, and the role of Islamic law in today’s world. Each content area is covered for one week, with content presented every morning for three hours. Arabic lessons take place in the afternoon, with primary source texts and content-relevant readings, as appropriate to level. Tuition and fees are $2,500 (exclusive of airfare and visa). This includes 150 hours of instruction, in addition to accommodation, food, local transportation, lectures, and cultural visits. Please register online by Jun 30. Details.

Call for Applications :: Middle East Studies Association 2019 Awards. MESA is inviting nominations for dissertation awards (Jul 1); graduate student paper prize (Aug 31); and undergraduate education award (Aug 31). Details.

Call for Submissions :: Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition. The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University invites submissions from law and graduate students for its 10th annual writing competition. Scholarly papers relating to the topic of domestic or international religious liberty, consisting of 9,000-13,000 words, can be emailed to by Jul 1. Seven cash prizes between $1,000 and $4,000 will be awarded. Details.

Call for Papers :: Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies (31 Jul-2 Aug | Oxford, UK). This symposium, held at colleges in the University of Oxford, is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers or commentaries by scholars, students, religious leaders, and others who have an interest in issues related to religion and ethics. We accept abstracts on a rolling basis and send notifications within a week of submission. Presenters are allocated 20 minutes to present followed by a ten-minute question session. Papers presented will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in symposium books or journal articles. Please submit a 300-word abstract through the website by Jul 12. There is also a fall session (Dec 2-4) and spring session (Mar 26-27, 2020). Details.

Call for Papers :: American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium (20-21 Nov 2019 | Boston, MA). Immediately preceding the ASLH’s annual meeting, this colloquium annually enables eight PhD and law students to discuss their in-progress dissertations and articles with distinguished scholars. Participants will pre-circulate a 20-page (double-spaced) paper to the entire group. Papers can be on any historical period or geographic region. Partial or (in most cases) total reimbursement will be provided. Please send cover letter, CV, 2-page research statement, and letter of recommendation to by Jul 15. Details.

Call for Papers :: Association for Iranian Studies 2020 Conference (25-28 Aug 2020 | Salamanca, Spain). AIS members are invited to submit proposals for a paper, panel, roundtable, or special session (such as an exhibit or performance) by Jul 15. Registration costs $100, or $60 for students. Details.

Call for Papers :: Islamic Law and the Idea of Mass Incarceration (5 Jan 2020 | Washington, DC). The Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is organizing a panel to address topics relating to Islamic criminal law from any historical period or geographic region. Particular interest will be in papers that focus on the range of issues raised by contemporary discussions of mass incarceration in the United States. The idea would be to explore how Islamic law might respond, react, embrace or reject mass incarceration and its associated topics. We anticipate papers might explore ideas on theories of punishment in Islamic law, juristic responses to the rise of prisons, notions of disparate treatment in sentencing, the role of race, challenges of overcriminalization, etc. Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Adnan Zulfiqar ( by Aug 1. Note that presenters will be expected to pay the membership and registration fees to attend AALS. Details.

Call for Nominations :: Harold Berman Prize for Excellence in Law & Religion Scholarship. This annual award, presented by the Association of American Law Schools, Section on Law and Religion, recognizes a paper that “has made an outstanding scholarly contribution to the field of law and religion.” To be eligible, a paper must be published by a faculty member or fellow at an AALS Member School with no more than 10 years’ experience between July 15, 2018 and July 15, 2019. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations should include the name of the author, the title of the paper, a statement of eligibility, and a brief rationale for choosing the paper for the award, and should be sent to Christopher Lund at by Aug 15. The winner will receive an award plaque at the AALS annual meeting in January 2020. Details.

Call for Papers/Posters :: Digital Methods and Resources in Legal History (19-20 Mar 2020 | Frankfurt, Germany). We invite researchers to present collections, databases, gazetteers, and similar resources of relevance to legal history, but also to show how they have been put to use in concrete project contexts. Note that we explicitly invite reports about research questions, projects, or approaches that have failed to find or create digital means to work with in a satisfactory manner, too. Please email proposals for papers (up to 1,200 words) and posters (up to 500 words) to by Sep 15. Details.

Call for Papers :: Women and Gender Studies in the Middle East (Mar 2021 | Beirut, Lebanon). The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) is inviting submissions for an international conference, in partnership with local universities. A variety of topics are welcome, including politics, economics, history, sexualities, culture, arts, and digital humanities. Please email abstracts (250 words) to by Oct 30. Details.