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Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University
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IIS organizes inter-disciplinary scholarship on contemporary Iraq
IIS organizes inter-disciplinary scholarship on contemporary Iraq

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The Department of Anthropology at Boston University invites applications for a two semester (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) position as Lecturer in Socio-cultural Anthropology with a focus on modern Turkey. The teaching load is two courses a semester and the position comes with a benefits package. Applicants should have a PhD and teaching experience.

Please send the following documents through Academic Jobs Online:
1) a one page cover letter
2) a current curriculum vitae
3) names and contact information for three references

Any queries can be addressed to Professor Thomas Barfield (barfield@bu.edu).
Application period will be open until the position is filled but submit application before May 30, 2017 to ensure full consideration.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and we seek a diverse applicant pool. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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On November 17, 2016, Dr. Kristian Girling presented a fine talk on "Baghdad College and al-Hikma University." While these Jesuit institutions were shut down by the Iraqi government in 1968, Baghdad College in particular played an important role in educating many members of the Iraqi elite. Listen to the lecture and discussion at the IISBU website goo.gl/Sf7XkQ
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Eric Davis "Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq" now available as a Kindle book
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Now available for free download as a PDF book http://www.bu.edu/iis/
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Coming very soon: "Taking Democracy in #Iraq Seriously" by Eric Davis. Will be available as PDF book.
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http://www.northeastern.edu/bcars/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Call-for-Papers-BCARS-2nd-Annual-Grad-Conference-Jan-6.pdf

BCARS, the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies is hosting its Second Annual Graduate Student Conference on April 18, 2015. Check out the call for papers.  The theme is “The Arab Uprisings, 2010-2015: Local, Regional, and Global Impact”
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My Harvard colleague Roy Mottahedeh delivered an excellent lecture (in 2011) in the Farhat J. Ziadeh Distinguished Lecture series at U. Washington. A PDF version has finally (!) been posted, and it is a splendidly readable and impressively erudite presentation titled "The Quandaries of Emulation". The understated title aside, the lecture is rich discussion of Manuals of Practice, emulation in Shi'ism, influential grand ayatollahs (esp. Sistani), the sharing of legal authority and other fascinating topics. Highly recommended. 
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One aspect of military professionalism is accountability. Prime Minister al-Abadi cashiering of several dozen officers is an important first step, which comes following the revelation that 50,000 non-existent "ghost soldiers" were being paid and listed as part of the security forces. It is also noteworthy that he has closed the Office of the Commander-in-Chief that his predecessor had created in contravention of the constitution. 
Given the egregious corruption that has now been acknowledged by the Prime Minister, one might expect that some fired officers would be subjected to trial as well. We'll see.
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