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1.Expectations of justice and political power in the Islamicate world (ca. 600-1500 CE) (Leiden University, October 2021)
Participants are asked to present a case study discussing how just rule was defined and what actions and reactions it precipitated in specific historical, geographical and cultural contexts (local, regional and imperial). How was just rule or, conversely, the abuse of political power understood and defined? What solutions were at hand to redress unjust rule or to institute just rule? Etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2021. Information: https://emco.hcommons.org/events/event/799/
2. ONLINE: Interdisciplinary Conference on “Living in the End Times: Utopian and Dystopian Representations of Pandemics in Fiction, Film and Culture”, Cappadocia University, Turkey, 14-15 January 2021
Topics: Plague, pandemic & epidemic representations in fiction & films; Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/pandemic fiction; Pandemic politics & praxis; Capitalism and biopolitics; Constructions of post-pandemic worlds; Post-humanism/post-anthropocentrism and multispecies interactions: etc.
3. Four Postdoctoral Fellowships in Middle East History, Tel Aviv University
The fellowships, $30,000 each, are available for the academic year of 2021-2022, with a possibility of a one-year renewal. Fellows will conduct their research under the supervision of a senior faculty member from Tel Aviv University.
Deadline for applications: 11 February 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6940474/postdoctoral-fellowships-2021-2022-zvi-yavetz-school-historical
4. 2021-22 Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards from the American Center for Research (ACOR), Jordan
ACOR promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. We encourage you to share these opportunities widely with your networks.
Deadline for applications: 1 February 2021. Information: https://orcfellowships.smapply.org/
5. Articles for “Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World”, Vol. 39, 2022
Muqarnas is a scholarly journal that publishes articles on art, architectural history, and archaeology, as well as all aspects of Islamic visual and material cultures, historical and contemporary.
Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6931259/call-submissions-muqarnas-39-2022
6. Articles on “Geopolitical Shifts and Ethnic Conflicts: The Transnational Kurdish Conflict in the Contemporary Middle East” for “Special Issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence”
Topics include: The Kurdish conflict through the lens of the geopolitics of Kurdistan in past and present; The rise and transformation of modern Kurdish nationalism; Intra-Kurdish relations: political, military, economic, social (tribes, sects, NGOs, associations); Cross-border mobility of the Kurds: etc. Guest Editors are Gülistan Gürbey (Freie Universität Berlin) and Arzu Yilmaz (University of Hamburg)
Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2021. Information: https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/blog/ikgblog/resource/IJCV/CfP_2021-3_final.pdf
7. CfP : Canon and Censorship in the Islamic Intellectual and Theological History
Conference and volume
The conference welcomes papers that focuses on certain texts, ideas or individuals that were perceived by Muslim communities as canon, authorities, or constitutional ideas and texts. In order to reach broad conclusions from the various papers, we encourage case studies that cover a wide range of disciplines (Sufism, Islamic law, Islamic theology, Islamic Philosophy, hadith-studies etc.) as well as focus on texts, ideas and individuals from different regions and time periods ranging from early Islamic history to modern times. It is particularly important to highlight the plurality of Islamic intellectual and theological thought by focusing on different schools of thoughts (e.g. Sunni, Shii, Zaydi schools of thoughts and others). The conference wants to offer valuable insights into a wide variety of studies and aims for an increased exchange with other disciplines. Therefore, in addition to studies from the Islamic Intellectual and Theological History, papers from humanities and social sciences as well as historical science are welcomed. Papers from the field of Islamic manuscript studies in various regions and historical periods can also be submitted.
The following research questions shall guide the contributions: What do the concepts of ‘canon’ and ‘censorship’ mean in the context of the case study? How did the canon become authoritative? How were contradicting ideas suppressed or censored? What stages did a text or an idea pass through with regard to the reception history to become a canonical text or a constitutional idea? What scholarly community stood behind this development who has fostered and supported a certain text or idea? What other historical, social or political factors favored the dominance of certain texts, ideas or individuals over others?
The conference will be organized and the proceedings edited by Mohammad Gharaibeh (Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Bacem Dziri (Institute for the Study of Islamic Culture and Religion at the Goethe University of Frankfurt) and Amir Dziri (Swiss Center for Islam and Society, University of Fribourg) in cooperation with the Academy for Islam in Research and Society (AIWG). The conference will take place in Berlin from October 8th–10th 2021. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. If international travelling will not be possible in Oct 2021, the conference will take place virtually. The papers will be peer reviewed and published in a collective volume.
– Please submit a short academic cv and a proposal by January 15th, 2021, including the title of your contribution and an abstract of about 400 words. Please send this via mail to the address below.
– Once the paper has been accepted, you will be asked to participate in one or two preceding workshops in Berlin in which we will discuss the theoretical and methodological framework as well as your papers more detailed. If travelling will not be possible at that time, we will offer an online workshop.
– The first draft of the full article after the conference will be due January 31st 2022 (7.000–15.000 words)
For more information please contact Iman Zayat at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Call for Papers:
Issue 31, Winter/Spring 2021 on “Media & Health”
Arab Media & Society, the biannual journal of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, is seeking submissions for our next issue on “Media & Health”.
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the publication of our Summer/Fall 2019 special issue on “Media & Science”, this next edition will examine broader issues relating to communication, and human health and medicine. For years, scientists sounded the alarm that the world was long overdue for the outbreak of a global pandemic, but in most cases the media and policy makers were ill-prepared for what has become the most catastrophic health crisis in a century. The pandemic has illuminated both successes and failures of our communication and media systems; expediting changes in how we use, receive, and understand information communication technology (ICT). The media has played a pivotal role in keeping the public protected and informed, but it has also been a vector for panic and misinformation. In the Arab world, health communication in general has its own sets of variables dictated by social, cultural, and religious factors, not to mention socioeconomic status and the political mechanisms governing the nations of the region. With this in mind, we are compiling a special issue dedicated entirely to “Media & Health” in the Arab region. More information is available here.