1.Call for Papers: The Study of Islam and Muslims in the shadow of the “War on Terror”: Complexity, Reflexivity and Decolonising Methodologies
The Alwaleed Centre is delighted to be co-hosting a major online conference later this year entitled The Study of Islam and Muslims in the shadow of the “War on Terror”: Complexity, Reflexivity and Decolonising Methodologies.
Delivered in partnership with the Moray House School of Education and Sport, The Centre for Education for Racial Equality Scotland & RACE.ED, this conference invites academics to critically explore the politics of engaging in research and teaching on Islam/Muslims at British universities through an exercise of self-reflection on their own research and teaching practises.
For further information and to submit your abstract, follow this link: www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk/conference-june-2021
With warmest wishes for 2021,
The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam
in the Contemporary World
University of Edinburgh
16 George Square
0131 650 4615
2. Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam
by Rachel Harris
Indiana University Press, 2020
3. “Extended grammars”: descriptive models of Persian
19th November 2021, Paris
Call for submissions
Pollet Samvelian (Université Sorbonne nouvelle, CeRMI & Labex EFL)
Pegah Faghiri (University of Amsterdam)
A great number of the languages of the world have been described based on grammatical categories initially developed for other languages. Thus, the grammatical tradition of a small set of languages, namely Arabic, Chinese, Greek and Sanskrit, has played a key role in the development of the grammatical descriptions of many thousands of languages known in the world. The transfer of the Latin grammatical model onto European vernaculars and “exotic” languages –called “Extended Latin Grammar” by Sylvain Auroux is one of the best studied cases in the domain.
Modern Persian is an interesting case of study in this respect, since various paradigms have been used for its grammatical description, as noted by Windfuhr (1979: 9) “The two main paradigms with which Persian grammar has been studied and described are the ‘Muslim/Near Eastern and the ‘Western’ paradigm. (A third paradigm, that of Indian (Sanskrit) grammar, is said to have been applied in some grammars of Persian written in India during the time of Akbar)”.
We invite contributions on various aspects of the use of exogenous grammatical traditions for the description of Modern Persian including, but not limited to: the inventory of the parts of speech and grammatical functions (dependency relations), morphological analysis, history of Persian grammars.
The workshop is a part of the Labex EFL workpackage “Extended Grammars”. Selected contributions will be published as a special issue of the Histoire Épistémologie Langage (HEL) journal.
Deadline for abstracts: 18th June 2021
Notification of acceptance: 10th July 2021
All abstracts, in English or in French, should be submitted via Easy Chair https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=egpersian1 ). Please submit an abstract of no longer than 500 words.
Presentations will be allotted 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
4. Digital Catalogue of a Photographic Archive of Cairo – The Photographs of Beniamino Facchinelli (1839-1895)
Note the release of the digital catalogue of views of Cairo’s monumental heritage taken by Italian photographer Beniamino Facchinelli (1839-1895) after his settling in 1875 in the Egyptian capital, where he died twenty years later. The catalogue currently features 726 high-definition reproductions of images identified among the holdings of six libraries and museums across the globe; it is designed to incorporate further ones as they appear in collections willing to share their content in full Open Access mode.
It is estimated that Facchinelli produced about 1200 topographical views during his stay in Egypt, of which 900 have been already listed and located, though not all copyright-cleared yet. All images are authenticated through cross-referencing, and their original captions are listed in the entries, as well as the albums and publications where they were reproduced. The whole represents a unique documentation on buildings which have either disappeared since then, or been radically transformed in course of restoration; it also includes rare views on their furnishings. Because the photographs of the reconstructed corpus were often commissioned by dedicated preservationists and inserted in their publications (although without any credit to their author), one can closely follow through them how a vanishing architectural, visual and material culture was then viewed, valued and defended.
The catalogue can be accessed at:
5. Instructional Professor (open rank) in Persian
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Humanities Division
Jan 11, 2021 – Feb 11, 2021
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago invite applications for appointment to an open-rank position as Instructional Professor in modern Persian. Start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2021. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background.
Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Persian language across three quarters, both elementary and intermediate, as well as a seventh topical Advanced Persian course (Persian of the Media, modern Persian fiction or poetry, Iranian History, etc.). Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, coordination of the Persian Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.
Applicants should demonstrate previous language teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required. Candidates with specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates whose pedagogy integrates multimedia and other modern pedagogical tools in the classroom. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency for teaching Persian in a university context, e.g. through an ACTFL-certified result at the Superior level or higher, or through receipt of an advanced degree earned in a Persian-language context.
To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at http://apply.interfolio.com/82699. An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate Persian, and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review.
Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by February 11, 2021 at 11pm central time.
This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to https://nelc.uchicago.edu. For questions about the position, please contact Amanda Young at email@example.com.