Sijal is more than a language institute; it is a scholarly and creative community. We serve a unique function in the local intellectual scene by hosting a vibrant series of seminars, events, and exhibitions on a range of topics that are both Arab and global in scope. While addressing issues pertaining to Jordan and the Arab world, our program is not restricted to them; it also features events dedicated to international history, politics, and culture, from North America to East Asia. This allows intellectual and cultural figures from across the world to be introduced to our local community and vice versa. As such, Sijal acts as a meeting place, where ideas flow from multiple sources and in different directions.
The encouragement of South-South, as well as North-South intellectual connections, lies at the heart of our vision. These connections do not only occur through formal events. Indeed, Sijal affords visiting and local academic and cultural figures as well as research students a space for informal interaction. Our comfortable common room is open to all, featuring complementary coffee, tea, and biscuits. Our terrace and garden offer a place of reflection, study, and relaxation. Scholars and creative figures are encouraged to use our house to read, write, or simply meet each other.
Sijal offers doctoral and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to apply for temporary research affiliation, as a means of supporting them in their pursuits. Affiliation is intended to assist researchers to access specific areas or archives, and develop contacts relevant to their work. It is open to researchers in all disciplines, whether based in Jordan or abroad.
To apply for affiliation with Sijal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The number of affiliations awarded varies each year. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-base basis, and are supported by a CV, a statement of research, and a letter of recommendation from a doctoral supervisor.
As part of our commitment to graduate student development, we are also home to the Sijal Scholar program. Each year, we host a scholar, whose role is to complete a research project relating to the Mashriq region, as well as contribute to the administration of the Institute. We provide mentorship to the fellow as well as Arabic language support and a host of other resources. The Sijal Scholars for 2015-2016 are Ms. Susan MacDougall and Mr. Ali Hamdan.