1. Call for Paper Proposals: The 5th Great Lakes Adiban Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Great Lakes Adiban Society (GLAS) invites submissions for its fifth annual workshop, scheduled to take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on October 9–10, 2021. We welcome works in progress that would benefit from extensive discussion and feedback, and especially encourage graduate students to participate. This workshop might also prove beneficial for those planning to present at the MESA conference on October 28–31.
The Society aims to provide a regional forum for scholars of Islamicate adab, particularly of the medieval and early modern periods, to meet and share their work. We leave our parameters of language and genre intentionally open in order to invite as wide a collaboration as can be useful, but as a group we are generally interested in the literary production of the broad complex of premodern Muslim societies across the Eastern Hemisphere. This naturally includes the major Islamicate languages of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu, as well as many others (Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Spanish, etc.) that participate in similar literary conventions.
In light of the continued travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Workshop will take place in a hybrid format: scholars who can make the trip to Ann Arbor are encouraged to do so, but those who cannot may participate remotely via Zoom. Applicants may indicate their preference on the application below.
Those who wish to participate can apply by filling out our online application by August 16, 2021. Please note that each accepted participant will be given 45 minutes to present and discuss their work; because of this, we have limited space and may have to turn down some submissions if we get too many. In such an event, preference will generally be given to graduate students, regional scholars, and works in progress. All in-person participants should plan to cover the costs of travel and lodging, but graduate students should note that we may (funding permitting) be able to offer small grants to help offset these expenses.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
2. International Conference on Literature and Humor: The Trickster and His Subversive Tales
We are pleased to invite you to attend the online International Conference on “Literature and Humor: The Trickster and His Subversive Tales,” on November 4-7, 2021. The conference is organized by the Journal of Arabic and World Literature: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (AWL), published at Andromeda Publishing and Academic Services, UK (http://journals.andromedapublisher.com/index.php/AWL).
We invite scholars to explore interdisciplinary themes related to multiple humorous and satirical narratives, presenting the various sets of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish treatment of the trickster character in order to identify cross-temporal and trans-local conceptualizations of the comic manifestation in samples of high literature as well as in folk narratives. Applying a comparative approach the conference aspires to facilitate a dialogue between classical and modern conceptualizations of the comic while questioning their boundaries.
Topics include but are not limited to the following:
For more information, please visit:
We look forward to meeting you in the conference.
The Organizing Committee
3. Autofiction: A Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile
8 September 2021
Antonia Wimbush (Liverpool)
Leslie Barnes (Australian National University)
Amaleena Damlé (Durham)
Natalie Edwards (Adelaide)
Chair: Joseph Ford (IMLR)
All are welcome to attend this free conference, which will be held online via Zoom at 12:00 BST. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/24520
Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing
Institute of Modern Languages Research
School of Advanced Study | University of London
Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK
4. Grabar Travel Grant
Deadline: August 15, 2021
This competition is open to graduate students (doctoral candidates) who have been invited or accepted as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers, chairing sessions or moderating discussions.
The maximum amount of the award is $700 US.
Applicants must be HIAA members in good standing at the time of application. Grabar Travel Grants must be used within 12 months of the award date.
Applications must include the following five components and be submitted in a single pdf to the Grabar Travel Committee Chair, Matthew Saba (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 15, 2021:
In addition, a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary supervisor should be sent directly to the Grabar Travel Committee Chair, Matthew Saba (email@example.com) by the deadline.
Applicants from outside the United States are responsible for meeting the requirements for and obtaining any visas necessary for visits to or residence and research in the United States. Upon request, HIAA will supply documentation of the grant and/or fellowship award, the dates of the award, and financial support.
For further details and to apply, please visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/grabar-grants-and-fellowships
5. Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661–1257
6. Between Sea & Sky
Blue and White Ceramics from Persia and Beyond
Fine Arts Museum, Houston (TX)
BBC Persian TV’s Pejman Akbarzadeh reviews the exhibition (+ Interview with Gary Tinterow, director of the Fine Arts Museum, Houston and Aimée Froom, curator)
https://youtu.be/CH0CDX5X6KY (in Persian)
7. Revealed Sciences: The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth Century Morocco