GEM – Istanbul Beneath My Wings

Film screening

İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında (Istanbul Beneath My Wings)

Introduced by Onur Usta

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 18th May 2016

Join us for a screening of the 1996 Turkish film ‘İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında’ (Istanbul Beneath My Wings) led by Onur (who will also be giving us a short intro to the film)! 5:15 in the Whitting Room (Arts 436) with snacks and drinks provided. Here is a little plot blurb:

‘The film takes place in the 17th century. Two brothers Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi and his brother Lagari Hasan Çelebi are researching bird flight. The new Sultan Murat IV resists the domination of his mother, the Valide Kösem Sultan and tries to enforce strict law and order in the empire. Meanwhile, a Venetian ship that has been captured by Algerian pirates is brought into Istanbul. One of those on the ship is a girl with a manuscript showing how to fly, the latter of which comes into Hezarfen’s possession. However, this manuscript can’t be deciphered by anyone.’

For the film’s trailer, click here.


Research Associate, University of Manchester

Research Associate Genealogies of Knowledge

University of Manchester

Application deadline: 29th May 2016

  • Closing date : 29/05/2016
  • Reference : HUM-08115
  • Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
  • School / Directorate : School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • Division :
  • Employment type : Fixed Term
  • Duration : Available from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2020
  • Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
  • Salary : £30,738 to £37,768 per annum
  • Hours per week : Full Time

Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space is a 4-year, AHRC-funded project investigating the historical evolution and transformation through translation of key concepts in political and scientific thought that can often be traced back to the ancient Greek world, focusing on translations into early medieval Arabic, Latin and modern English. The research involves compiling large electronic corpora of texts and developing software applications to interrogate them and assist with the presentation of findings to other researchers and the public.

You will work on pre-modern corpora of medieval Arabic, focusing on tracing the development and mutation of key concepts that have become a core part of our academic and public life, including concepts relating to the body politic and scientific expert discourse.

You will have a good command of classical and modern standard Arabic, a Doctorate on a topic that is relevant to the project and previous research experience involving medieval Arabic manuscripts.

Knowledge of classical Greek and Latin including Greek thought and its reception in medieval Arabic texts plus knowledge of methods and techniques of corpus linguistics and translation studies and familiarity of exegetical cultures in Arabic is desirable. Previous experience in the area of the history of medicine and philosophy is also desirable.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Mona Baker or Professor Peter Pormann

General enquiries:

Technical support:

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

For more details or to apply, click here.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2016-17, Tel Aviv University

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the Academic Year 2016-17 in the History and Philosophy of Science

Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University

Application deadline: 15th March 2016

The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, offers one or two Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the academic year 2016–17.  The recipient will spend the academic year at the institute pursuing his/her own research project while interacting with faculty and students.

Fellowship award will be based on consideration of scholarly distinction and academic promise within the area of history and philosophy of science broadly construed. Candidates should hold a PhD degree in a relevant academic field, together with a proven record of outstanding scholarly achievement.

The fellowship awards the sum of US $ 18,000, for one year, with the possibility of extending the fellowship for a second year under similar conditions.

Prospective candidates should apply by March 15th, 2016. They should mail the following:

  1. Cover letter stating how your work adds to or interacts with the work done at the Institute.
  2. Updated CV and publication list.
  3. Current research program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. Writing sample.

Applications should be mailed in digital form to the following E-mail address: . The recipient will be notified by the end of April, 2016. Further information can be requested by contacting

The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas is a research and graduate teaching institute in the Faculty of Humanities of Tel Aviv University. The Cohn Institute has a staff of 11 permanent and 4-5 additional, affiliated and junior scholars. The Institute is the largest and most dynamic center for the History and Philosophy of Science and the Social Studies of Knowledge in Israel. Further information about the Institute can be found at