1.The Ninth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art (November 2021)
As for the earth, We spread it out… and caused everything to grow there in perfect balance. –Surah 15:19
The Environment and Ecology in Islamic Art and Culture
An eco-conscious ethos is intrinsic to Islamic scripture and culture. This sensitivity profoundly influences the relationship between human beings, deputized as stewards of nature by Allah, and the environment they inhabit. Historical and contemporary Islamic visual traditions have demonstrated this consciousness in urban planning, landscape architecture, water management, and many other art forms. Despite this awareness, in the present epoch of the Anthropocene, human intervention has caused irreparable damage to the planet’s biodiversity and ecosystems. As art history shifts its disciplinary attention to the unfolding global crisis, this symposium considers how an ecological art history can examine objects, materials, and the built environment through the lens of Islamic culture. It also seeks to push beyond binaries of human/non-human and culture/nature in which the human and the cultural are privileged over other species and the natural world. Humans, within this ontological framework, are part of the environment and in possession of unique capacities necessary to address climate change, sustainability, and environmental conservation.
How might the study of the visual, rooted in disciplines such as art history, anthropology, and archaeology of the larger Islamic world, engage with these concerns on practical, philosophical, and methodological grounds? The co-chairs of the Ninth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, scheduled for November 7 and 8, 2021 in Doha, Qatar, invite papers from established and emerging scholars whose research explores these themes through geological time across the arts of the core Islamic lands and the broader Muslim diaspora. Topics to consider might include but are not limited to:
In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Symposium will adopt a hybrid format with both virtual and in-person panels. For speakers interested in traveling to Doha, the Symposium sponsors will cover airfare to and from the city and lodging for up to four nights during the Symposium at the conference hotel in Doha. Regardless of presentation format (virtual or in-person), each speaker will receive an honorarium of $1,500 USD, and will be expected to give a 20-minute presentation as part of a panel. Select papers will potentially be included in the published proceedings following the symposium.
Please submit the following documents as a single PDF: a two-page short CV, presentation title, a 300-word abstract, two related images, and presentation format (virtual or in-person) preference for consideration. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20, 2021.
Radha Dalal, Interim Director of Art History and Assistant Professor of Islamic Art (VCUarts Qatar)
Jochen Sokoly, Associate Professor of Islamic Art (VCUarts Qatar)
Sean Roberts, Lecturer in Early Modern Art (University of Tennessee)
2. EEN PANORAMA VAN CONSTANTINOPEL IN HET HUIS TE HEEMSTEDE VAN ADRIAAN PAUW (A LOST PANORAMA OF CONSTANTINOPLE IN THE HOUSE HEEMSTEDE OF ADRIAAN PAUW)
writers : Hans Krol en Mehmet Tütüncü
Series: CORPUS OF TURKISH ISLAMIC INSCRIPTIONS nr.24
Hardcover, oblong format, 46 pages ISBN 978-90-6921-28-5
Upon his arrival in Istanbul in 1612 Cornelis Haga, the first appointed ambassador of the Netherlands to the Ottoman Empire, received a warm welcome. The treaty which was signed in the same year set out the trade and diplomatic relations between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Seven Provinces of the Netherlands.
In those years, while Netherlands were striving for independence from the Spanish Empire of the Habsburgs known as the 80 Years’ War, they gained the support of the Ottoman Empire and thus the foundation of strong relations was laid, which lasted for centuries.
Cornelis Haga, who settled in Istanbul, corresponded with the Netherlands and constantly informed his country about the Ottoman Empire. Dutch government officials who were curious about the appearance of the city requested a great panorama painting of Istanbul. Haga sent a huge painting to the Netherlands which was painted by a well-known artist. A letter which was written by Haga was sent on 1st of October 1616. with the painting. He wrote “ With the ship called White Arend which goes to Amsterdam, I am sending you the completely accurate paint of Istanbul which is painted under my patronage. When the painting arrived, it was to be delivered by my brother Johan Haga.”
We do not have information about the painting and its dimensions. The only thing that we know is that the painting was hanging on the wall of the Constantinople room of the Castle Heemstede. It was built in 1620 by Adrian Pauw, the general secretary of the Dutch National Council (Raadpensionaris) in the village of Heemstede, which is located 50 km from the capital city of the Hague, the administrative centre of the Netherlands. Some of the writings on the rooms of this castle, which was destroyed due to neglect in 1810, were kept in the archives. It is stated that the painting was sent by Cornelis Haga. . In this book you will find the story of the making, disappearance of this painting and a reconstruction of its contents.
Book is written in Dutch language, richly illustrated, with an English and Turkish summary.
Some sample pages can be downloaded
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SOTA / Research Centre for Tukish and Arabic World
3. ONLINE Webinar: “Mythmaking in Saudi Arabia” with Rosie Bsheer and Robert Vitalis, Brandeis University, 2 December 2020, 12:00 pm EST
This panel will analyze the politics of how history is produced. Bsheer will explore the increasing secularization of the Saudi state since 1991 and how this official history-making project is reflected in documents, buildings, and urban spaces in Riyadh and Mecca. Vitalis will question whether “oil for security” really defines the U.S.-Saudi relationship and will unpack why fears of oil scarcity and conflict remain so widely held.
Information and registration: https://brandeis.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MlrjPp-zRLO1OLsaYP_2AA
4. ONLINE: Conference “Pre-modern Comparative Literary Practice in the Multilingual Islamic World(s)”, University of Oxford, 23-24 July 2021
The premodern Islamic world was multilingual and multicultural, and by necessity was continually engaged in comparative critical practices. Mapping the interconnected trajectories of these practices, everywhere they arose between Urdu, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, and other language traditions of Asia and Africa, is the aim of this conference.
5. Research Associate (Post-doc) for Project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period”, University of Hamburg
Requirements: PhD in a relevant field of Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies; excellent knowledge of Arabic and Persian or another relevant language; comprehensive understanding of early Islamic history demonstrated by relevant publications; etc.
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2020.
6. Post-doc Researcher on “The Qur’an and Aramaic Christianity” (E 13 TV-L, 100%, 4 Years), Department of Religious Studies, University of Tübingen
Requirements: Holding a relevant doctorate; very good command of Syriac and detailed knowledge of the Late Antique East and West Syrian religious literary tradition; knowledge of Qur’anic Arabic and of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies; familiarity with additional relevant classical languages (such as Ancient South Arabian, Coptic, Geʿez, Greek, Hebrew, or Safaitic).
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2020. Information: https://socioloxy.com/postdoctoral-researcher-in-quran-and-aramaic-christianity,i7759.html
7. PhD Position (E 13 TV-L, 65%, 4 Years) Focussing on “The Qur’an and Christian Arabic Poetry”, Department of Religious Studies, University of Tübingen
Requirements: M.A./MPhil or equivalent; very good command of classical and Qur’anic Arabic and detailed knowledge of the classical Arabic literary tradition; good writing skills, and knowledge of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies.
Deadline for application: 20 December 2020. Information: https://socioloxy.com/phd-position-in-jewish-studies,i7758.html
8. Assistant Professor in History of the Islamic Countries, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
The profile required is that of a scholar with in-depth knowledge of the contemporary Arab world, with the ability of a multidisciplinary approach and a prolonged experience in the field. In particular, the researcher must demonstrate original analytical skills regarding the socio-economic and political dynamics of the Arab world, as well as possessing the linguistic and methodological tools necessary to access primary sources.
Deadline for applications: 21 December 2020. Information: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/50559
9. Post-doc Researcher (3 Years) in Turkish and Hellenic Studies, Centre for Asia Minor Studies (CAMS), Athens, Greece
This position is related to the research project “Space, Memory and the Legacy of the 1923 Population Exchange between Greece and Turkey”. Required qualification: PhD in History, Hellenic studies, Turkish studies, Ottoman studies or other relevant field; excellent written and oral communications skills in Greek, Turkish and English; very good knowledge of Ottoman paleography.
Deadline for applications: 18 December 2020. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6825279/position-openings-erc-stg-homeacross-athens-greece
10. PhD Scholarships (1-2 Semesters) for Research on Mediterranean History, University of Haifa
Qualification: Enrollment in a doctoral degree program at an university overseas, the first year of doctoral studies has been successfully completed, and the student is not a citizen or a resident of Israel.
Deadline for application: 10 December 2020. Information: https://hcmh.haifa.ac.il/index.php/opportunities-for-researchers/phd-scholarships
11. Articles for “Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Quran Online”
Edited by Johanna Pink (University of Freiburg), this is the world’s foremost digital historical-critical reference work on the Quran. We are seeking professional scholars with demonstrable expertise in a variety of disciplines for the expansion and updating of the Encyclopaedia.
12. Articles on “Argumentation and Arabic Philosophy of Language” for Special Issue of the Journal “Methodos” (Vol. 22, 2022)
The main objective of this volume of Methodos is to provide a venue for studies of hermeneutics, linguistic analysis, and deductive reasoning (formal and informal) in the theory / practice of argumentation relevant to the Arabic philosophy of language. Accepted languages : French, German, Italian, English.
Deadline for abstracts: 20 January 2021. Information: https://journals.openedition.org/methodos/7556?file=1
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2 December, 2020,
10 : 00 am to 1 : 00pm (salle A07_37, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris)
Fahmida Shaikh, NEDUET (Karachi)
Integrating Historicity of a Place with Planning Process: An Exploration through the case of Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Suneela Ahmed, NEDUET (Karachi)
Achieving localness within the Urban Paradigm: A tool for Urban Resilience to achieve maqamiat for Karachi