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  • Global South Languages Fellowships to support Quechua, Persian, Wolof, Zulu, Swahili, Hindi, Turkish, Portuguese, and Arabic

    Click here for information on the Global South Languages Fellowships.

  • Global South Languages Fellowship

    Global South Languages Fellowship

    The Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, through support from the Provost Office, are proud to announce a call for applications for the Global South Languages Fellowship. The goal of this fellowship program is to provide support for graduate students interested in the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages of the Global South, including Arabic, Hindi, Quechua, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu. These fellowships will offer academic year support (AY 2019-2020) to graduate students at the MA or PhD level. Successful applicants will receive a $15,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and some fees. As cultural and language training go hand in hand, fellows will be required to take one language course and one relevant area studies course each semester that they hold a fellowship. Additional requirements may be listed in awards letters.  Academic advisors at each center will assist fellows in selecting the appropriate language and area studies courses.

    Eligible Languages by Center

    Center for African Studies• Arabic• Swahili• Wolof• Zulu

    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies• Quechua• Portuguese

    Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies• Arabic• Hindi• Persian• Turkish

    Applicant Eligibility• This fellowship supports study of eligible languages (see list above) at all levels, from elementary to advanced.• Applicants must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Illinois.• Incoming graduate students are eligible to receive a fellowship if they are accepted for enrollment and matriculate for the 2019-2020 academic year or are already enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Application MaterialsAll applicants must submit to the relevant center the following:• a cover sheet• A two-page and double spaced personal statement explaining your rationale for studying a particular language, experience with the language (if any) and/or any other foreign languages, how the proposed language study fits in with your field of study and relates to the specific area studies you are apply to, as well as how the study of the language will advance your academic/professional goals.• Unofficial transcripts• Two letters of recommendation (one must be from your current advisor)Applications are due by Friday, January 25th, 2019 . All materials, with the exceptions of letters of reference, should be bundled into a single PDF and uploaded at should be named using the following convention LastName_Language_Center_AY1920 (i.e. Szremski_Quechua_CLACS_AY1920. Recommenders should also upload their letters at the same website.

    ContactsCenter for African Studies: Dr. Maimouna Barro []

    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Dr. Kasia Szremski []

    Center for Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern Studies: Dr. Angela Williams []

    Click here to download cover sheet


  • Professor Eric Calderwood (CWL) Awarded 2019 Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize in North African Studies

    Professor Eric Calderwood's book, Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture (Harvard University Press 2018), has been awarded the 2019 L. Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize in North African Studies.  This prize, sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, is awarded annually to the best book on North Africa.

  • Country Resource Sites

    In summer 2019, a CSAMES research assistant developed a website devoted to the history and current affairs of Yemen.  The website offers text as well as multimedia sources and references-- including media, academic, and humanitarian. The goal of the site is to be a hub of a variety of reputable sources for the reader/viewer to consult.

    Click here for information.

  • "70 Years of US-Pakistan Relations" Conference

    For complete information, click here.

  • Updated List of Language Programs

    Click and to see the CSAMES updated list of language programs.

  • How Illlinois is Transforming Architecture

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  • Space & Meaning(s) in Contemporary Social Movements

    The 4th Annual Amber Buckley-Shaklee Sociology ConferenceEvent TypeLectureSponsorSociology Graduate StudentsDate Apr 20, 2018   4:00 pm   Views81Originating CalendarDepartment of Sociology

    Keynote Address: A Critical Global Sociology: Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and Its Aftermathby Atef Said, University of Illinois-Chicago

    Open to Students and Faculty of U of I Social Sciences Community

    Conference will include: • Undergraduate Poster Session• Graduate Student Paper Presentations• Research Panels

  • Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

    This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of their first public correspondence, “‘Our Revolution Is Civil’: An Interview with Asef Bayat on Revolt and Change in the Arab World,” that was published in The Hedgehog Review five years ago. Dr. Bayat is professor of Sociology at the Universit of Illinois.

  • Ganga River Symposium 2015 examined the river's past and future

    The Ganga (Ganges) River embodies the continuity of the Indic civilization, its religious ethos, and its rich cultural traditions. On October 9, 2015, CSAMES presented The Ganga (Ganges) River Symposium, which brought together presentations on the Ganga's multi-faceted heritage, threats to its sustenance, and planning initiatives to conserve it.
    For full details on the symposium, click here

  • Urvashi Butalia Keynote Speaker at CSAMES Partitions and Empire Conference

    Urvashi Butalia, Publisher and Co-Founder of Kali for Women and Founder of Zubaan Books, was the keynote speaker for CSAMES' Empire and Partitions Conference, Sept. 22-23, 2016. She gave a MillerComm lecture at Knight Auditorium, entitled Partition: Histories, Stories, Memories.

    The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the post­colonial nation­state and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people. With these considerations in mind, CSAMES' Partitions conference explored the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames.

    For details on Partitions speakers and topics, see the conference web site:

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  • Man Booker International prize: Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies, shares the prize equally with her translator, American academic Marilyn Booth

  • How Does Iran View The Nuclear Deal?

    Middle East Expert Behrooz Ghamari-Tabriz  discusses the view from Iran with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain: Click here for the story.  Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi is Interim  Director of CSAMES.