1.HYBRID Lecture “Invisible Hands: Forgery and Finance in a Colonial Art Market” by Margaret Graves, Center for Middle East Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 9 November 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This project re-encounters ceramics faking and forgery in the Middle East during the late 19th-/early 20th-century as an economically logical, indigenous form of skilled craft participation in modern global capitalism, where the structures of antiquities collection derive ultimately from colonial-era resource extraction and inter-national banking.
Information and registration: https://watson.brown.edu/cmes/events/2023/margaret-graves-invisible-hands
2. ONLINE Seminar “Constructing Culture: Art and Racial Capitalism in the Gulf” by Maia Holtermann Entwistle (QMUL), Centre for Gulf Studies, Exeter, 14 November 2023, 17:00 – 18:30, GMT
Since the early 2000s, a bumper crop of new or transformed museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, herit-age sites, arts festivals, and cultural districts have opened their doors to the public. Artists, curators, cultural institutional managements, and dealers working in the Gulf are keenly aware of how the cultural production occurring across these new spaces is shaped by censorship and underpinned by the exploitation and dis-possession of migrant construction workers.
Information and registration: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/events/details/index.php?event=13228
3. ONLINE Lecture “Brigand Poets (Sa’ālīk) in Ancient Arabia: Social Outcasts and Ascetic Rebels” by Nora Schmid (University of Hamburg), SCORE Lecture Series, Hamburg, 12 December 2023, 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm CET
Information and registration:
4. Professeur-e ordinaire, professeur-e associé-e en études arabes
de la période moderne (18e siècle à nos jours)
Le/la candidat-e idéal-e sera spécialisé-e dans le monde arabe depuis le 18e siècle, idéalement en histoire intellectuelle et/ou en productions culturelles (arts, littérature, cinéma) ainsi qu’avec une expertise sur les questions de religion, globalisation, immigration/émigration, ou minorités, et pouvant faire état d’une excellente maîtrise de l’arabe, attestée notamment par des travaux et publications sur la base de sources dans cette langue.
Délai d’inscription : 30 novembre 2023.
5. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of the History of the Middle East/North Africa, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
We invite applications from scholars with disciplinary backgrounds in History or historically-informed scholars working in the fields of Anthropology or Middle East Studies – especially in the history of the modern or early modern Middle East, North Africa, or the Persian-speaking or Turkic-speaking worlds. We welcome applica-tions from scholars working on a broad range of thematic and topical areas, including the history of science, technology, environment, or medicine in the region.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2023. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/134185
6. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art/Architecture of the Middle East, North Africa, and Iberia, 600-1500 CE, Northwestern University, Illinois
We particularly welcome scholars whose work engages with transregional and intercultural contexts within and beyond the Islamic world; visual and material culture; architecture, urbanism, and the environment; ar-chaeology, heritage, and preservation; or technical art history.
Deadline for applications: 15 November 2023.
7. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in International and Global Studies (Focus Middle East), University of the South, Sewanee
Areas of expertise could include (but are not limited to): the capitalist world system, international media and the arts, migration, postcoloniality, transnational social movements, urbanization, environment and sustaina-bility, and digital and technology studies. We have a preference for individuals who work on Asia or the Middle East but are excited to consider anyone who works in a non-US field and is committed to interdisciplinarity.
Deadline for applications: 10 November 2023. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2023/10/23/international-and-global-studies-assistant-professor
8. ‘The Natural World and the Making of the Modern Middle East’
with Peter Frankopan,
British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)
27 November 2023, 6pm-7pm (UK time)
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
This is an in-person only event.
Please register in advance, at:
9. CfP: 2024 BRISMES Annual Conference
Lancaster University, Lancashire • 1-3 July 2024
Submissions are now open for our 2024 Annual Conference – Proliferating Entanglements: Matter and Meaning in the Middle East
Recognising the challenges of these devastating times, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the value of knowledge sharing and community building, which our annual conference has long championed. With this commitment in mind, we announce that submissions for the 2024 BRISMES conference, hosted by the Richardson Institute, SEPAD, and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, are now open. Please take a look at our full call for papers and submit an abstract for an individual presentation, panel and/or roundtable by 14 December 2023. BRISMES warmly welcomes submissions on any topic or area related to the MENA region. In addition to the main theme and focus of the conference, which changes annually, areas of relevance to BRISMES include (but are not limited to): politics, culture & society, language, literature, history, linguistics and translation studies, in and related to the MENA region.
More info at:
10. Museum am Rothenbaum. Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK), Hamburg, Germany – Full-time Curator for the East and South Asia Collections
Closing Date: Dec 4, 2023.
11. Meriem Ben Ammar (University of Cagliari) will present “The Study of the Sābāt in the Islamic City: Relationships between Architecture and Jurisprudence,” Nov 3, 2023
The next VIAHSS lecture will take place on Friday, November 3, 2023. Please note the time carefully!
Due to the time change in Europe, this talk will take place at noon EDT/4PM UK/5 pm France/7PM Turkey.
Meriem Ben Ammar (University of Cagliari) will present “The Study of the Sābāṭ in the Islamic City: Relationships between Architecture and Jurisprudence.”
To attend, please make sure to register in advance here: https://wellesley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdu2tqz8pG9yy15JOtkAh9_V8UC_XJVur
Upon registration, you’ll receive the link to access the lecture.
As always, you can find a full schedule of upcoming talks and register for our list-serv on our website at viahss.org. Although not every talk is recorded, we also have recordings of several recent talks available on the VIAHSS Vimeo page at vimeo.com/viahss. Lastly, you can follow us on X at @viahss and on Instagram at @theviahss to stay up to date on upcoming events!
Dr. Alexander Brey and Rachel Winter
12. CFP – Creating Holiness: Books, Scrolls and Icons as Carriers of Sacredness, Interdisciplinary Conference in Mainz – deadline: December 15
Every written culture has its sacred texts. Through the regular reading of these texts, which is usually guided by a fixed rite in the same direction, a group of people reassures themselves of their community and constructs a place of cultural identity beyond the profane. The sacred text not only defines the respective beliefs, but also represents the physical expression of divine revelation, and is often itself revered as a representative of the divine in ritual. Such a text has a special quality as a manuscript, since its value can be increased not only by the high quality of the material and decoration, but also by the extraordinary virtues of the scribe and the circumstances of the act of writing itself. There are notions of what requirements such a scribe should fulfill and what rituals writing itself is subject to. The process of writing becomes a sacred act, a divine service, or an ascetic practice.
This conference will address the questions of what turns a book – or an icon of the Eastern churches – into a sacred object in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist cultures, and how is sacredness connected to the material.
Please send your abstract (150-200 words) to PD Dr Annett Martini by December, 15th 2023. (see contact address below)
Travel and accommodation costs can be covered by the organizers on behalf of the ToRoll project.
Visit our website for more information about the research project ToRoll: Materialized Holiness
ToRoll: Materialized Holiness (Freie Universität Berlin)
Principal investigator: Annett Martini
Recruitment Opportunity: Fully Funded PhD Studentship
Department of English, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Term of Employment: 4 Years (Full Time)
Start Date: 1st February, 2024, or as agreed
The University of Fribourg seeks to recruit a PhD student to join the project “Women, Martyrdom, and Religious Drama in the Abrahamic traditions.” The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and is headed by PI Professor Elisabeth Dutton, with the collaboration of Professor Babak Rahimi, University of California San Diego, who will jointly supervise the doctoral student. The team will also include two postdoctoral researchers based at the University of Fribourg, one of whom (Dr Lucy Deacon) is a Persianist. The project will commence on 1st February 2023, and will run for 48 months. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary. They will be based at the University of Fribourg, and will spend a 6-month period at the University of California San Diego as a visiting student.
“Women, Martyrdom, and Religious Drama in the Abrahamic traditions” is an ambitious project that will carry out comparative research on the dramatic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Shi’i Islam, through both the study of their scripts and the staging of performances. Understanding these traditions as historically independent, yet intrigued by their common characteristics, the project seeks to offer new insight into religious drama’s impulses, purposes, and interactions with secular forces. It will include the editing and translation of plays pertaining to the Jewish purimshpil and Iranian ta’ziyeh tradition to be studied alongside examples of European biblical drama. An essential aspect of the PhD student’s job will be to work on the transcription, editing and translating of Persian language plays from manuscript sources.
Requirements of the role
• High level of spoken and written fluency in both Persian and English
• Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject field
• Experience using handwritten historical texts in research
• Demonstrated interest in the field of drama; performance traditions; popular religious practices/cultural production
• Strong commitment to delivering a high standard of work within stipulated time frames
• Excellent inter-personal and collaborative skills
• Ability to work independently
• Comfortable adapting to new environments
• Creative and critical thinking
• Language abilities in French, German, and/or Italian
• Publication record in relevant field
Key dates to note:
The closing date for applications is Sunday November 26th
Unless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm CET.
Interviews will be held online on Monday Dec 18th
How to apply
To apply please send your CV (maximum 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) to
Over-length applications will not be considered.
1. CFP : Mediterranean Review Vol.16, No.2 (Extended)
Mediterranean Review, issued by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies,
Busan University of Foreign Studies, is calling for papers.
Mediterranean Review (MR) is an official journal of Asian Federation of
Mediterranean Studies Institutes (AFOMEDI), and the Association of History,
Literature, Science and Technology (AHLiST).
MR widens the scope of Mediterranean Studies by publishing academic articles
on the diverse ‘mediterraneans’ distributed all around the world where
civilization exchange occurs, including the Baltic Sea, the Yellow Sea, or the
Caribbean Sea area.
We welcome the submission of articles that covers all fields of the
Humanities, Social Sciences as well as Science and Technology Studies in
relation to a Mediterranean setting.
A special emphasis is on the past and present modes of interactions and
exchange in global mediterraneans.
* Date of Submission : November 15th, 2023. (Wednesday)
* Address to submit : email@example.com
* Date of publication:
No.1) 30th of June
No.2) 31st of December
Before submitting your paper, please refer to our code of research ethics as
well as to the text formatting and citation rules on our website:
– Published Articles :
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– Submission Guide : http://imsmr.or.kr/go/bbs/content.php?co_id=Guidelines
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– Please notice that we only accept manuscripts in the English language.
– All submitted papers will be evaluated under a strict and fair peer review
– Please notice that there is no guarantee for a submitted article to be
The Editorial Board, Mediterranean Review
Institute for Mediterranean Studies
Busan University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea
Institute for Mediterranean Studies
Busan University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea
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2. The Circle for Late Antique and Medieval Studies
is pleased to present:
Fiscal Regime and Social Conflict
in the Early Islamic Near East:
Or, a New History of the Abbasid Revolution
A lecture by:
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan University London
Wednesday, November 8, at 12:00 pm EST.
The event will be held virtually only.
This talk maps out the outlines of a research project to revisit the nature of the fiscal regime and social change in the early Islamic Near East. Bringing together untapped literary, papyrological, and other evidence, it argues that the seventh-century conquerors who established themselves in garrison towns all across the territories of the Caliphate self-identified as members of a new ruling elite who called themselves muhājirūn and inscribed themselves as such in registers called dīwān for the purpose of receiving stipends. Over time, however, this initially workable system became increasingly imparticable as growing numbers of converts demanded to join the ranks of the conqueror class but were turned away by the government. The failure of successive attempts at reform (notably by the caliphs Sulaymān and ʿUmar II) left these converts a constituency to be courted by the opposition, and many of them were recruited into various rebel causes, including the Hashemite movement that brought down the Umayyad regime in 750. Having attained power with the help of this constituency, the Abbasids saw to a revision of the fiscal system whereby it was Muslimness (rather than muhājir status) that entitled one to membership of the ruling classes and taxes were assessed on the basis of religious status, thus giving shape to classical Islamic fiscal law as we know it.
3. 10th IDHN Conference on November 9, 2023.
We will hear four exciting presentations:
Joshua Little (Independent): Revolutionising Hadith Diagrams: A New Resource for the Field
Ali Aghaei (Paderborn University): Digital Edition of Early Quranic Manuscripts: Methodological Considerations from the Irankoran Project
Ali Cebeci (Georgetown University): Do Transmitters Leave Fingerprints? Profiling Hadith Transmission through Mass-Data Analysis
Salwa Alahmari (University of Leeds): ChatGPT for identifying Saudi Dialects
In order to attend the conference please register at: https://georgetown.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpdeCoqzksHdXWpday6cDQsnsnVJFJfERc
4. CallFront Seminar, Calligraphy on the Frontiers of the Islamic World, Umberto Bongianino – November 8
We are pleased to welcome Umberto Bongianino (Oxford University) for the next session of the seminar CALLFRONT Calligraphy on the Frontiers of the Islamic World, which will take place on November 8th, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (Paris), salle Walter Benjamin :
“De la calligraphie à l’uranographie : concevoir et dessiner le firmament au Maghreb médiéval” – Umberto Bongianino (Oxford University)
Abstract : Deux manuscrits peu connus du Kitab Suwar al-kawakib al-thabita (Livre des étoiles fixes) de Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi nous permettent de réfléchir sur la façon dont les constellations ptolémaïques étaient représentées au Maghreb médiéval, au confluent de diverses traditions iconographiques asiatiques et européennes. De plus, la haute qualité calligraphique et artistique d’un de ces manuscrits, achevé en 1224 à Ceuta pour un savant philanthrope d’origine andalouse, révèle plusieurs aspects fascinants de la culture bibliophilique de l’époque.
5. JOB – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Assistant Professor, East Asian or South Asian Art History
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor, East Asian or South Asian Art History
The Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship in East Asian or South Asian Art History. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. by the start date of July 1, 2024. We seek a dynamic scholar with a strong commitment to teaching and research in either East Asian Art History or South Asian Art History who will contribute to our vibrant academic community while expanding our current fields of art historical expertise. A demonstrated engagement with evolving directions in the field will be of particular interest. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in East Asian or South Asian art; to maintain an active and productive research profile; and to contribute to departmental and university service. The University of North Carolina has substantial resources to support this position including the extensive collection in the Ackland Art Museum, one of the strongest collections of Asian art in the southeast, the Sloane Art Library, the Carolina Asia Center, and the academic programs in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The teaching load for tenured and tenure-track faculty members is two courses per semester. Our service responsibilities include membership of departmental committees, advising, and participation in shared governance.
Closing date: Nov 16, 2023
6. JOB – Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Art/Architecture of the Middle East, North Africa, and Iberia, 600-1500 CE
Closing date 1.1.24
7. Le CeRMI a le plaisir de vous convier à laprochaine séancedu séminaire “Sociétés, politiques et cultures du monde iranien”, qui se tiendra le vendredi 10 novembre 2023, 17h-19h, en salle 3.03 à l’INaLCO (65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris XIII, 3e étage).
Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir Mme Maryam Nourzaei, chercheuse rattachée au Département de Linguistique et de Philologie à l’Université d’Uppsala, pour une conférence intitulée: “Mamabies ritual tradition among African diaspora in Balochistan“.
The goal of this presentation is to examine the content and themes found in the ritual Mamaby songs performed within the Afro-Baloch communities residing along the coast in Sistan and Balochistan. The term “Afro-Baloch” refers to individuals of African descent who were brought to Balochistan from Africa. Over time, they abandoned their original language and adopted Balochi. What sets them apart from other regional groups is their practice of unique traditions (Nourzaei, in print and prep).
The term “Mamabies” (coined for this study) pertains to songs sung by women specifically for a pregnant women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. The data used for this study is derived from a growing collection of songs performed by four elderly Afro-Balochi female singers from the towns of Dashtiyari, Chabahar, Negor, and Konarak. These singers range in age from 38 to 80 years and have not received formal education. The ritual songs are characterized by their brevity and frequent repetition, and they are exclusively sung by women. Typically, a group consists of one lead singer and seven ordinary women.
The data reveals that the forms and themes of these ritual songs have become entirely intertwined with their Balochi counterparts.
Pour rappel, vous retrouverez ci-joint le programme 2023-2024 du séminaire mensuel de recherche “Sociétés, politiques et cultures du monde iranien” au format pdf. Pour plus de détails, veuillez vous reporter au site web du CeRMI :
Au plaisir de vous retrouver à l’occasion de ces séances, qui se déroulent en présentiel sur le site de l’INaLCO (65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris XIII).
8. Call for Applications: 2 Year Postdoc in South Asian Literary Cultures at Hamilton College
2 year postdoc in the field of South Asian Literary Cultures and their Languages at Hamilton College starting 1 July 2024. The search is particularly interested in teacher-scholars whose research and teaching engages with Persian, Hindi, and/or Urdu. Candidates should also indicate their experience in language instruction. For application details please see this link.
Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) a writing sample, and (4) at least one course syllabus (for a course already taught or for a proposed course) via interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/132491. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Abhishek Amar, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023.
9. Qur’ān Translation as a Modern Phenomenon
El-Hussein A.Y. Aly
10. The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Fellow in Contemporary Muslim Societies in a Globalised World.
This is a three-year, fixed term position ideal for a scholar who is established in their field and looking to further develop their research, teaching and outreach skills and experience.
Further information about the role, including how to apply, can be found here: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/DDL185/alwaleed-fellow-in-contemporary-muslim-societies-in-a-globalised-world
Closing date: 10 Nov 2023
11. Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation:
The Translation Movement Between East and West
For information and to register:
12. 14th Jaleh Esfahani Poetry Prize
Jaleh Esfahani Foundation and SOAS Iranian Society in association with the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS
2.30pm-5.30pm, Sunday 29 October 2023
The Persian language bonds the three neighbouring countries of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan and the Diaspora. Young poets, under the age of 30, from the region and all over the world, compete annually for this reputable prize.
The winners will be announced at the event and read their poems, while talks by famous speakers from the three countries, intertwined with music and dance from their countries will inform and entertain the audience.
Please note that all of this event’s proceedings are in Persian language.
For further information please email:
13. Figurations and Sensations of the Unseen in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Contested Desires
Birgit Meyer and Terje Stordalen (eds)
Now available open access:
14. The SCORE research team at Hamburg is delighted to announce the CfP for our second conference, which will take place at the University of Hamburg (Germany) on 12-13 September 2024! The conference theme is ‘How Rebellion Ends’, and we aim to bring together scholars of late antique and early Islamicate societies for a fruitful interdisciplinary engagement with (shared?) cultures of conflict resolution.
Interested parties should submit an abstract (300 words) and a short biography to email@example.com by 15 December 2023. We welcome submissions from established as well as junior scholars, advanced PhD students, and independent researchers. Travel and accommodation will be covered.
You can find all the details, including a broad range of research questions we hope to address over the course of the conference, in the CfP on our website: https://www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/voror/forschung/score/news/conferences/conference-2024.html. If you’d like to know more about our research group, please visit www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/score.
15. ACP is the first open-access project aimed at unlocking the potential of Arabic audition certificates (سماع, طبقة السماع or إجازة) for our research community. ACP 1.0 has now been launched, https://www.audition-certificates-platform.org/, and will be regularly updated. The data set underlying ACP is available open access in the Research Data Repository at Universität Hamburg, https://www.fdr.uni-hamburg.de/record/13525. The data set is published under a CC BY 4.0 license allowing it to be reused for other projects.
16. Call for Papers: International Workshop for Early Career Researchers
Decline and Transition in the History of the Fourteenth Century’s Chinggisid Khanates
University of Bonn, Department of Sinology
Friday-Saturday, 7-8 June 2024
Convener: Dr. Ishayahu Landa
We are happy to announce the convening of an international workshop, dedicated to the transition and decline periods in the history of the Chinggisid Khanates of the fourteenth century. The primary aim of the workshop is twofold. On the one hand, the goal of the workshop is to highlight the various aspects of the mid-fourteenth century’s transformation of Eurasia under the Mongol rule, known otherwise as the “Great Chinggisid Crisis”. We invite papers in all fields of research, encouraging early career researchers in the fields beyondthe “classical” text-oriented humanities corpora (e.g.numismatic, climatic research, history of medicine, archaeology etc.) to submit their proposalsas well. On the other hand, this workshop is explicitly thought to engage early career researcherfrom all over the field and give them an opportunity to share their findings and approaches.
Thus, beyond one or two keynotes of senior scholars, to be announced later, all participants of the workshop should belong to this target group.
Practical details: Please send the abstract of individual papers (up to 250 words) along with a short (1-2 pages) CV by 1 December 2023. The abstracts and the CV must be sent to Dr. Ishayahu Landa (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Participants will be notified of acceptance not later than 1 January 2024.
Remote participation is not possible.
Accommodation and transportation: Accommodation in Bonn will be covered for up to max. 3 nights, meals during the two days of the conference will be also completely covered. Unfortunately, our funding is limited. However, we will be able to offer at least a partial refund for the transportation to some or to most of the guests (depending on the way of traveling and the number of participants).If you wish to be considered for travel funding, please state so when submitting the abstract.For queries, please contact Dr. Ishayahu Landa (email@example.com ).
17. The Virtual Islamic Art History Seminar Series (VIAHSS) is pleased to announce the launch of our Call for Proposals for the 2024 program of VIAHSS.We are now inviting proposals for paper presentations on topics related to the history of art, architecture, and visual culture of any time period from the Islamic world for spring and fall of 2024. We welcome submissions from current graduate students, faculty, curators, and independent scholars.
The virtual seminar series will take place on Zoom from mid-January onwards. Each session will include a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a 20 minute discussion in a constructive and friendly manner. In addition to individual proposals we are also open to workshop proposals, which might include moderated discussions of pre-circulated papers, roundtables, discussions with practicing architects or artists, or other formats.
If you are interested, please send an abstract detailing your topic (not more than 500 words) and your CV or resume by Friday, December 1, 2023,to Dr. Alexander Brey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rachel Winter (email@example.com) with the phrase “VIAHSS 2024 proposal” in the subject line. Please include information about your location and time zone in your email as we will have to find a time that works well for most participants. You may also express a preference or dispreference for a specific month based on your anticipated activities in the spring.
Founded at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in May 2020, the Virtual Islamic Art History Seminar Series (VIAHSS) has brought together a diverse community of researchers from around the world through its virtual seminars and workshops, thereby filling a new niche in academic discourse.
While travel has resumed and in-person events have begun again, the need for a forum which brings together international and intergenerational audiences in an inclusive and supportive fashion still continues to exist. We believe that this is the time to encourage researchers to connect in different ways and to include and pay attention to voices that have been heard less.
We hope to expand our understanding of Islamic art history and discuss those geographical areas and time periods that have previously been defined as marginal.
18. Online: Yale Persian Writers’ Conversation: Homeira Qaderi and Aliyeh Ataei, Nov. 15, 11:30am EST
For further information and to register:
19. The Islamic College:
Monthly Seminar: Mohammad’s Message for the 21st Century
A Talk by Professor Juan Cole
Wednesday, 8 November 2023,
6 pm to 7:30 pm UK time
Meeting ID: 885 5362 5514
Register at: https://islamic-college.ac.uk/event-registration/
20. The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago invite applications for a Professorship in Ancient Near Eastern Art, with appointment beginning July 1, 2024, or July 1, 2025.
For information, and to apply, visit:
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023.
1. ONLINE Book Introduction “The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923-38” by Murat Metinsoy (İstanbul University), Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, 26 October 2023, 12:00 EDT
The co-winner of the 2022 OTSA Book Prize will introduce his book. Burak Gürel (Koç University) will be the discussant and James Ryan (Foreign Policy Research Institute) will moderate the session. This text reveals a historian who seemed to conceive of the historical Egypt as a core territory of the Roman empire by virtue of the province’s role in Christian history.
Information and registration: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvdeyupj0rGdabaMGF7XE8G7KXkDRG9F7N#/registration
2. “6th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-6)” Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre in Cooperation with New York University Abu Dhabi, American University of Beirut and University of St Andrews, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17-21 February 2025
The International Advisory Council of WOCMES has just decided that the next World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies will take place in Abu Dhabi. By planning other conferences, the organisers should avoid the period 17-21 February 2025 when up to 3500 scholars of Middle Eastern Studies are expected in Abu Dhabi.
The Call for Papers with detailed information is expected in early 2024.
3. University Assistant (PhD Position), Department of Islamic Theology and Religious Education, University of Innsbruck
Main tasks: Dissertation in the field of Islamic religious education; independent research in the field of Islamic religious education; independent teaching; training and further education; administrative tasks. Required qualifications: completed relevant Master’s degree; please include written reflections on your dissertation project (max. 5 pages) with your application; ability to work in a team. Language skills German C2 is required.
Deadline for applications: 22 November 2023.
4. Instructional Professor in Northwest Semitics, University of Chicago
We invite applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (open rank) in Northwest Semitics, particularly Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Syriac, and related dialects/languages.
Deadline for application: 1 November 2023. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/131663
5. Articles for “Al Noor, the Undergraduate Middle Eastern Studies Journal of Boston College”
We are accepting submissions for the Fall/Spring 2023-2024 issue. We are looking for original research papers about the politics, history, culture, religion, or art of the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa. Academic papers should typically be approximately 8,000 words. We will also consider features and photo essays with a word count of approximately 1,500.
Deadline for submissions: 3 November 2023.
1. Free online course “Learn Persian through Qabus-Nameh,” offered by the Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM. This course will start on February 5, 2024, and run until February 9, 2024. The application deadline for this free course is October 31, 2023.
For more details and to apply, please visit https://aspirantum.com/courses/learn-persian-through-qabus-nameh
2. The submission process for themed day papers for the 10th School of Mamluk Studies Conference in Kuwait has closed; we are extending the deadline for panel submissions to October 31.
Reminder – the deadline to register for the Intensive Course: To What Degree Can Mamluk Artifacts be Interrogated? is November 30.
We are pleased to announce The Tenth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies that will be held at Kuwait University, Kuwait, March 5-7, 2024.
The conference, which will be exclusively in person (no online presentations will be accepted), will be conducted in two parts (March 5-7, 2024), and will be preceded by a three-day (March 2-4, 2024) intensive course on Mamluk archaeological material taught by Professor Bethany Walker, University of Bonn.
Paper Panels: The remaining two days of the conference (March 6-7) will be structured in preorganized panels, which may focus on any aspect of the intellectual, political, social, economic, and artistic life of the Mamluk period. The panels will be organized into presentations of three to four papers of twenty minutes each. Time allotted to each paper will be twenty minutes with a discussion at the end of each panel. Panel proposals must be made by a representative, who will be responsible for the panel’s organization. Please note that in case of cancellation of two papers out of the three (or three out of the four) composing the panel, the panel will have to be withdrawn from the program.
Language: The official languages of the conference will be English and Arabic.
Proposals: Panel proposals must be submitted electronically through the conference webpage (http://mamluk.uchicago.edu/school-of-mamluk-studies.html) by October 31, 2023. No proposal will be accepted after the deadline. Those who would like to express their intention to attend the conference as listeners must fill in the registration form by October 31, 2023.
Paper proposals require the name and a one-page CV of the speaker, a provisional title, and an abstract of a maximum of 300 words per paper. Panel proposals must be submitted as such, including the relevant information for each component paper as well as the name of the panel’s chair (the chair can be one of the panelists).
Acceptance: Panel proposals will be peer-reviewed. A first circular will be sent by December 2023 to those whose proposals have been accepted, and to those who have expressed interest in attending the conference as listeners.
Fees: The conference registration fees will be $60 for all participants and attendees. A farewell dinner will take place on the last day (March 7) at a cost to be determined. Payment of the fees (registration and farewell dinner) must be received by January 15, 2024 (information on the method of payment to be used will be provided in the first circular, which will be sent in December 2023).
Cancellations received in writing by January 31, 2024, will secure a full refund, minus 20% of the registration fee. Refunds of fees (registration and farewell dinner) will not be made under any circumstances for cancellations after January 31, 2024. Participants must make their own travel arrangements; information and suggestions for accommodation will be provided in the first circular.
Intensive Course: To What Degree Can Mamluk Artifacts be Interrogated?
A three-day intensive course in Mamluk archaeology intended for advanced graduate students and other qualified participants will be offered by Professor Bethany Walker (University of Bonn) and will be held immediately before the tenth conference of the School of Mamluk Studies at Kuwait University, in collaboration with Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (March 2-4, 2024). The course will serve as an introduction to what is now a mature discipline within Mamlukology: Mamluk Archaeology. It is also a venue for exploring ways in which archaeology could serve as a primary source for historical studies during the Mamluk period. Participants will be exposed to both theory and methods, and emphasis is placed on “learning by doing”, making use of the Mamluk-era holdings of the unique al-Sabah Collection of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah and artifacts from excavations.
Since the number of the participants will be limited (a maximum of 20), those who desire to take part in the course are requested to submit a CV, a statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation by someone familiar with your work to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2023. Those who are selected for the course will be notified by the end of December 2023, at which time information about the method of payment for the course fees will be provided.
The course fee is $350, which also includes the registration fee for the subsequent conference (March 5-7). The fees must be paid by January 15, 2024. Registration and participation will not be confirmed until payment is received. Cancellations received in writing by January 31, 2024, will secure a full refund, minus 20% of the course fee. Refunds of course fees will not be made under any circumstances for cancellations received after January 31, 2024.
Participants must make their own travel arrangements. Information and suggestions for accommodation will be provided in the first circular.
We look forward to meeting you in Kuwait.
Amenah Abdulkarim, Kuwait University (local organizer) – email@example.com
Frédéric Bauden, Université de Liège
Antonella Ghersetti, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
Marlis Saleh, University of Chicago
Amenah Abdulkarim, Kuwait University (local organizer)
3. CFP: The Female Voice in Philosophical Conversations
Location: Australian Catholic University’s Rome Campus (Villa Maria)
Dates: May 30-June 1, 2024
Confirmed Speakers: Virginia Cox (Cambridge), Jana Matuszak (University of Chicago), Katarzyna Jażdżewska (Warsaw), Julia Hairston (Rome)
Organizer: Dawn LaValle Norman (Australian Catholic University)
At various times and places in history, it was attractive to write philosophy as a conversation between characters. Only very rarely are any of the philosophical speakers female. When the female voice was used by male or female authors, it frequently leaned on gendered associations, such as women’s expertise in certain ‘female’ topics such as love and reproduction.
Yet, the story is not always so simple. This conference will explore when the female voice was used, how it was deployed, and what it can illuminate about changing gender norms and views about the definition and limits of philosophy.
The conference will bring together scholars on philosophical dialogues (as either genre or discourse mode within other genres) from various time periods and languages, from the 2nd millennium BCE to the modern day, who are working on theoretical issues around the use of the female voice in philosophical discussion and drama. The concept of a philosophical dialogue is meant to be an inclusive one, encompassing conversational literature dedicated to intellectual inquiry and wisdom across cultures and periods.
We welcome papers dealing with the use of the female voice in philosophical dialogues especially outside of the area of Classical and Renaissance literature, for which we already have some coverage (although abstracts about these areas will certainly be considered). Non-western topics are especially welcome, as are papers dealing with the 18th century and later.
We expect to be able to cover housing and meal costs during the conference for accepted participants but are unable to subsidize travel to Rome. We hope to gather approximately fifteen scholars together for the workshop, and plan to publish the papers as a special issue of a journal, subject to peer review.
This conference is sponsored by Dawn LaValle Norman’s Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) on ‘The Female Voice in Ancient Philosophical Dialogues’.
For consideration, please send your name, affiliation, and a 200-300 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 15th.
Professor Dawn LaValle Norman
4. Call for Papers for an upcoming edited volume, “Latin and Eastern Catholicism in Ottoman Anatolia: social, economic, and religious inquiries from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries.”
While recent years have seen an increase in scholarly interest towards the history of Catholicism in the European provinces of the Ottoman Empire, with emphasis on Hungary, Bosnia, Istanbul, and the Greek Archipelago, Anatolia (Asia Minor) remains a less explored setting. With the forthcoming 300th anniversary of the Melkite Catholic Church of Antioch, it is time to examine more closely the history of Catholicism in places such as Antakya, Iskenderun. This is also a perfect occasion to examine the history of Catholic Churches and communities across Anatolia, from Izmir to Trabzon, and from Mersin to Samsun across the longue durée. With original and innovative interdisciplinary perspectives from established as well as early-careers scholars and postgraduate researchers, this volume will go beyond a simple positivist history of the Communion of Eastern Churches with Rome and to provide in-depth social, economic, and religious inquiries into the Catholic communities of Asia Minor from the late Byzantine to the early Republican periods.
We invite contributions from a variety of perspectives and fields that include but are not limited to:
Submission Guidelines and Deadlines
Vanessa R. de Obaldía, MAMEMS – JGU of Mainz
Radu Dipratu, Institute for South-East European Studies
Anaïs Massot, EHESS, Casor
Padraic Rohan, Quincy University
5. Registration Open: Online Workshop, ‘Armenian Society under Caliphal Rule’, 7–8 December 2023
Dear colleagues, the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group ‘Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period’ (SCORE) at the University of Hamburg is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the online workshop ‘Armenian Society under Caliphal Rule’, 7–8 December 2023.
This workshop will consider the social history of Armenia in the period between the first Muslim invasions and the establishment of the Bagratuni Kingdom, i.e. seventh to ninth centuries AD/first to third centuries AH. Contributions will cover a diverse range of topics including church councils, epigraphy, the environment and cross-cultural marriage.
Confirmed participants include Stephanie Forrest (Cambridge), Tim Greenwood (St Andrews), Ani Honarchian (Saint Louis), Nik Matheou (Edinburgh), Leone Pecorini Goodall (Edinburgh/St Andrews) and Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Vienna). Each talk will be followed by a response from a dedicated discussant and a public Q&A.
To register, please contact the convener, Alasdair Grant, at email@example.com . Registration will be open until the end of the event, but advanced registration is encouraged. The workshop will be hosted on Zoom and will take place in the afternoon only (CET). The finalised programme will be published soon.
For more information on our research group, please visit http://www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/score
6. Medieval Academy Summer Research Program for graduate students (deadline: 22 Jan 2024)
|About: The Medieval Academy of America (MAA) is excited to announce the 2024 Summer Research Program for PhD-track students. Organized by the MAA’s Mentoring Program Committee, the Summer Research Program is designed to foster the growth of essential skills and mentorship relationships and improve educational experiences and outcomes for graduate students in fields intersecting with Medieval Studies. Our primary goals are to facilitate the development of successful dissertation projects, foster networking and community-building, and improve competitiveness for grants and academic positions.
Format: The 2024 Summer Research Program will convene via Zoom over the course of six weeks in June, July, and August and culminate in a hybrid event in early August. Participants will learn about the range of available grants, develop successful strategies for securing these funding opportunities, and begin to work with mentors and one another to produce their own grant proposals (with specific attention on identifying the broader contributions of their research, developing budgets, and proposing viable schedules). In the latter sessions, participants will break into two cohorts, and leaders will help them each develop a targeted written work relating to their dissertation project: ideally a dissertation prospectus, a grant proposal, or an introduction to an article addressing and contextualizing the broader goals of the project. The workshop series also will feature guidance on library and archival research, writing strategies and techniques, networking, community-building, and other vital professional skills.
The in-person event for US, Canadian, and Mexican participants will take place at the University of California at Berkeley on August 1-4. During this long weekend, participants will continue their collaborations, meet and learn from mentors and other invited experts, and finalize and ultimately present the work they have been developing and sharing virtually in their workshops. Participants from other countries will attend this event virtually.
Eligibility: We seek twelve graduate students who are currently enrolled in U.S., Canadian, or Mexican PhD programs, and five graduate students from other countries, who will have finished their second year but not yet completed or defended their dissertations. There are no disciplinary or geographical limitations. The only restriction is that the applicant’s research project intersects somehow with Medieval Studies. The MAA seeks to incorporate and enable access to resources for people from underrepresented groups. We especially encourage applicants from communities and backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented or marginalized within Medieval Studies. Preference will also be given to applicants who do not already have access to the resources this program provides.
Funding: Participants from the US, Canada and Mexico will receive a stipend of $1000 and reimbursement for round-trip travel costs up to $500 to attend the in-person culminating event. Those from other countries attending only via Zoom will also receive a stipend of $1000. All participants will receive a one-year free membership to the MAA.
Application: Applications are due by January 22, 2024. Use this link to access and submit the application. Applicants will be notified of decisions via email by April 1, 2024. For help with any questions or further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. The Allard Pierson has launched a new fellowship programme to promote academic research into the unique and extensive collections of the University of Amsterdam, including its very rich collection of maps and atlases. As of 2024, the Allard Pierson will be offering several stipends each year for national and international researchers, for a maximum of three months. Applications for the year 2024 are now open; the closing date is 1 December 2023.
Please feel free to contact one of the members of the Explokart research group if you would be interested to apply for an Allard Pierson fellowship. It replaces the former Explokart fellowship, whose call is now closed.
Guidelines and application form can be found here.
8. Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to People, Power, and Place
Thursday 18th – Friday 19th April 2024
The world of Antiquity is vast. It encompasses Greco-Roman, Near Eastern, Asiatic, African, and ‘Celtic’ cultures, across centuries of history, spanning geographical regions traditionally stretching from the western Mediterranean to the far reaches of China. It is therefore critical that historians do not limit themselves to understanding it through a single perspective.
For this reason, the organising committee is looking for papers that tackle the topics of people, power, or place ranging from the Archaic period until the end of Late Antiquity.
Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
Those wishing to have a paper considered, please send a title, 300-word abstract, short bio, and their institution to email@example.com by Friday 1st December 2023.
As with previous conferences, selected papers will be published in an edited volume. Submissions should aim to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.
The conference will have a hybrid format, with papers delivered at the Cardiff University John Percival Building and livestreamed for a remote audience. Online papers will be accepted.
Keep up to date:
9. Fellowship – Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship, HIAA – deadline: December 15, 2023
Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship
Deadline: December 15, 2023
The Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to support post-doctoral scholars at an early stage of their careers in advancing their research. Fellowship funds may be used in one of two ways:
* To spend up to two months in residence as a visiting professor or fellow/research scholar at a university, museum, research institute or similar institution outside their usual country of residence or employment.
* To support additional research to aid in preparing the dissertation for publication.
Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. within the last five years or have submitted their dissertations by the start of the fellowship.
The Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship will provide up to $2000 US per month, for a maximum of two months. An additional $1000 may be requested for travel or for supplies.
All materials should be submitted by email to the chair of the Grabar post-doctoral fellowship committee chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 15, 2023. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transferred by FTP.
For further details and to apply, please visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/grabar-grants-and-fellowships
10. Award – The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture Deadline, HIAA – deadline: December 15, 2023
The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture
Deadline: December 15, 2023
Every year the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) sponsors a competition and awards the Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished essay written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation graduate student to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. This competition is open to HIAA members only. The Ševčenko Prize recipient receives an award of $500 and a citation, generally presented at HIAA’s annual business meeting. The Prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long-serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. The winning essay will be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
Submissions must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). Papers should not exceed 10,000 words in length (including footnotes) and can be accompanied by up to 15 low-res illustrations.
Please note that submissions cannot be in press or under review with any publisher.
A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.
All materials should be submitted by email to the Ševčenko committee chair (email@example.com) by December 15, 2023. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transferred by FTP.
For further details, please visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/the-margaret-ševčenko-prize-in-islamic-art-and-culture
11. Association of Iranian Studies (AIS)
21 – 22 October 2023
The Association of Iranian Studies (AIS) is holding its inaugural online symposium this weekend, which a number of colleagues at SOAS are participating in.
Please note that registration is only open to members of the AIS, and that the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS is not involved in this event.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries about the symposium.
12. Lecturer (Education and Research) in Arabic Studies
University of St Andrews
The School of Modern Languages is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Arabic Studies. You will be a scholar with a growing international research reputation and commitment to delivering high quality in Arabic language studies and the broader field of Arabic literary and cultural studies. The position is available for a period of 3 years to cover a staff secondment.
Deadline | 2 November 2023
13. Research Fellowships
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies invites applications for up to two Research Fellowships open to post-doctoral candidates in any area of the arts, humanities or social sciences which contribute to a more informed understanding of the Islamic world – its history, economy, politics, culture and contemporary life.
Deadline | 30 November 2023
14. Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professorship for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World
University of Oxford
The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) and Magdalen College intend to appoint to the Khalid bin Abdullah al Saud Professorship in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World with effect from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is a statutory professorship, which is the most senior academic grade at Oxford.
Deadline | 4 December 2023
15. Call for Applications | BIAA Study, Research and Large Research Grants
The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) is offering a range of grants for UK Higher Education Institution-affiliated scholars at all stages of their career from postdoctoral researcher to senior academic:
Deadline | 29 October 2023
16. CBRL Andrea Zerbini Awards 2023-24
CBRL is delighted to announce the call for applications for CBRL Andrea Zerbini Awards. Applications are invited for grants of up to £4,000 from registered doctoral students (up to a maximum of 12 years since the completion of their Master’s degree) at EU and UK Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to travel to the countries of the Levant. Two awards are available in 2023/24.
Deadline | 31 October 2023
17. Call for Leadership Proposals – 2024 APSA MENA Workshop
The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 2024 MENA Workshop program. This research development workshop will be a 6-day in-person program held in the MENA region in summer 2024.
Deadline | 5 November 2023
18. Call for Proposals – International Writing Workshops
Funding | British Academy
The British Academy is inviting proposals for Writing Workshops in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam and/or Least Developed Countries. These workshops should aim to develop the skills of early career researchers, including supporting and promoting the uptake of their research in journals and publications.
Deadline | 6 December 2023
19. 2024-2025 Tanya Baker-Asad Scholarship for Palestinian Women Pursuing PhDs
The Palestinian American Research Center announces the inauguration of The Tanya Baker-Asad Scholarship for Palestinian women pursuing PhDs in the humanities and social sciences. The Scholarship was established in honor of the late Tanya Baker-Asad, an anthropologist, a feminist, and a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause.
Deadline | 08 January 2024
20. Nahrein Network-UCL Graduate Studentship
The Nahrein Network is pleased to announce our next fully funded MA/MSc + PhD studentship for Iraqi nationals, to be held at University College London in the Department of History, the Institute of Archaeology, or the Bartlett Institute for Sustainable Heritage. The scholarship covers full university tuition fees plus an annual maintenance grant of £23,995.00 and access to research funds.
Deadline | 15 January 2024
21. Autumn School – Arab World Institute
Workshops | Arab World Institute (IMA) | 23-27 October 2023
The Arabic Language and Civilization Center (CLCA) of the Arab World Institute (IMA) is organizing its first Autumn School, EDIMA, a series of conferences and workshops around didactics and teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The Autumn School’s full content will be given in Arabic.
22. Iran’s Struggle for Sovereignty, 1828-1928
Gholam-Reza Nikpay Lecture | LSE International History Department | 26 October 2023
This year’s speaker will be Professor Houchang Chehabi. This talk will explore questions like: Was Iran a fully sovereign country in the age of empires? How did the Iranians preserve their independence when much of Asia was colonised?
23. New Area Studies: Under Construction
Symposium | University of East Anglia | 8 November 2023
This one-day conference will bring together international leaders of the discipline to spark an important discussion about New Area Studies, how we understand and conceptualise the field in theory and action, and how we imagine it will evolve in coming decades.
24. Assistant Professor of Literature
New York University: NYU – NY: Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Location New York; Open Date: Oct 17, 2023
The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University (NYU) invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Literature focusing on the literary cultures of global antiquity in periods before approximately the 7th century CE, including the literatures of Ancient Iran, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Tibetan Himalayas. Linguistic expertise could include Sanskrit, Old Tibetan, Old and Middle Persian, or Iranian languages such as Bactrian, Saka, and Parthian. Successful candidates for this position will present strong evidence of excellence in interdisciplinary teaching and research and will have the Ph.D. in hand by the start date of September 1, 2024.
We seek a scholar with a Ph.D. in Literature or a related discipline committed to teaching and studying works across genres—epic, drama, oral literature, commentaries, or sacred texts—and across languages, traditions, and historical contexts.
The teaching load for this position is four courses per year (two in the fall and two in the spring). Additionally, faculty carry an advising load up to 20-25 students. Successful applicants will have evidence of an ongoing research program, teaching effectiveness, and commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in academia.
Candidates must be eager to teach courses in the literature of ancient cultures that encourage students to engage with these topics and to guide them in thinking about how studying this literature can historically and globally deepen their individual and interdisciplinary concentrations.
Founded in 1972, NYU Gallatin is a liberal arts college of 1,600 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students who are part of New York University. Its innovative B.A. and M.A. Programs in individualized study encourage students to develop an integrated, interdisciplinary program of study that combines courses taken in the various schools of NYU with independent studies, internships, and Gallatin’s own interdisciplinary seminars, writing courses, and arts workshops. The School emphasizes excellent teaching, top level faculty research, intensive student advising and mentoring, and a unique combination of program flexibility and academic rigor. To learn more about the Gallatin School, please visit our website at gallatin.nyu.edu.
In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 to $110,000.
Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.
For questions, please contact Gallatin Human Resources at email@example.com.
Candidates should have a comparative and interdisciplinary research program, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in academia.
Applicants should include a CV, a cover letter that outlines their research, teaching, and service experience, a research statement of no longer than two pages, and a list of three referees. Applicants should upload material to the Interfolio link by November 10 (https://apply.interfolio.com/134353) to receive full consideration. We will ask selected candidates for further material including a writing sample, a description of three dream courses, teaching and diversity statements, and reference letters. For questions, please contact Gallatin’s Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the chair of the search committee, Professor Gregory Erickson, at email@example.com.
25. The Pourdavoud Center, UCLA
Legacies of Ancient Persia: New Episode Available
We are excited to announce the release of a new podcast episode of Legacies of Ancient Persia! A legacy consists of three critical elements: a past, a present, and a future. Join the Pourdavoud Institute as we explore elements of the many legacies of ancient Persia and their relevance to global patrimony. Learn how the ancient Iranian civilization impacted its neighbors and how the interconnectivity of ancient cultures influenced Persia. Featuring interviews with thought leaders in academia, conversations with specialists in the entertainment industry who reimagine ancient worlds for modern society, and round-table discussions that bring together a multiplicity of perspectives, we highlight Persia’s interactions with the wider ancient worlds and explore how this entangled history is received in the modern era.
Episodes will air bimonthly on Thursdays, and are available wherever you listen to podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
26. Workshop | Persian Manuscripts between East and West
| 3 November 2023; from 9AM |
Ancient India and Iran trust, Cambridge
This workshop, financed by BIPS with the support of the Sufi Manuscript Cultures research project, is part of the project Persian Manuscripts between East and West: Britain, India and the Circulation of the Persianate Literary Heritage led by Prof Andrew Peacock, Dr Ursula Sims-Williams and Dr Mahmood Alam.
More information about the project and the workshop, including how to register, can be found at this link.
Register by 30 October 2023.
1. HYBRID International Conference “The Sanctuary of the Kaʿba and Its Symbolism”, MMSH, IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence, 19 October 2023, 9h – 17h
This workshop will demonstrate that it is possible to sketch an intellectual landscape by taking the sanctuary of the Kaʿba and its sacredness as entry points. Theoretical approaches, particularly symbolic ones, contributing to the sacralization of the sanctuary of the Kaʿba will be discussed. This hallmark of Islamic identity is indeed the locus of esoteric, occult and/or metaphysical speculations stemming from various intellectual cur-rents in Islam, among which Sunnism, Sufism, and Shiisms (“exaggerating” Shiism (ghulāt), Ismailism, Nuṣayrism).
Information, program and registration: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/87534
2. ONLINE Workshop “Creative Ethnographic Methods in the Middle East”, Center for Middle East Studies, Brown University, 20 October 2023, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Hosting four panelists working with different communities of the Middle East, this webinar will unravel diverse uses of creative and experimental methods in anthropology beyond the conventional modes of academic writing – such as poetry, graphic novel and documentary. Through examples from the panelists’ works, the webinar will explicate how using such methods facilitate and complicate ethnographic knowledge production. It will also provide insights to people interested in utilizing creative methods in their analytical thinking.
Information and registration:
3. HYBRID Conference “Iberian History as Global History”, American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS) and CMRS Center for Early Global Studies (CEGS), Los Angeles, 20-21 October 2023
Our participants will consider how the Global Middle Ages paradigm might inspire new inroads for exploring the interrelationship of variegated societies and cultures within the Mediterranean context. Pushing beyond geographical boundaries in this way and eschewing Eurocentrism implicitly destabilizes ingrained periodizations, such as medieval/early modern and premodernity/modernity.
Information, program, abstracts and registration:
4. HYBRID Lecture “Catalin-Stefan Popa: Syriac Christianity and the Holy City of Jerusalem: En-tangled Histories in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages” by Catalin-Stefan Popa (Romanian Academy), Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), Princeton, NJ, 25 October 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The lecture introduces the process of interaction of Syriac Christianity with the Holy City and the Holy Land. At the end of Late Antiquity and beginning of the Middle Ages, the Holy City acted in Syriac Christian canon as a matrix for encountering holiness, and a standardized process of pilgrimage became part of a recurrent devotional custom of monks and lay people.
Information and registration: https://www.ias.edu/hs/islamic-world/events
5. ONLINE Webinar: “The Challenges of Universal Fraternity”, PLURIEL University Platform for Research on Islam, Lyon, 27 October 2023, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CET
In 2019, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayeb signed the Document on Human Fraternity and the coexistence between Christians and Muslims. The webinar is designed as an introduction to the international conference in Abu Dhabi (4-7 February 2024) on the socio-legal and geopolitical impacts of the document. Speakers are Laurent Basanese (Rome), Wael Saleh (UAE), Franziska Honsowitz-Friessnigg (Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Information and registration: https://pluriel.fuce.eu/27-october-2023-at-3pm-the-challenges-of-universal-fraternity-webinar__trashed/?lang=en
6. HYBRID Conference: “Islam and Fraternity”, PLURIEL University Platform for Research on Islam, Abu Dhabi, 4-7th February 2024
The 4th international PLURIEL congress examines the impacts and prospects of the Document on Human Fraternity, signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayib in February 2019. The congress features three main areas of analysis: The socio-legal impacts of the document, its geopolitical aspects, and the consequences for coexistence and dialogue between Christians and Muslims. A focus will be on the question of citizenship in multicultural and multi-religious societies, with particular emphasis on the legal protection of religious minorities.
Information, program and registration: https://pluriel.fuce.eu/du-4-au-7-fevrier-2024-congres-islam-et-frater-nite-a-abu-dhabi/
7. ONLINE Book Talk “Arabic Printing for the Christians in Ottoman Lands. The East-European Connection” by Ioana Feodorov, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, 10 November 2023, 4:00 pm, Romanian Time
8. Conference “Being Muslim in Europe – Orienting Oneself in the Context of “Good” and “Bad” Diversity”, Academy for Islam in Research and Society, Goethe University Frankfurt, 17-18 November 2023
Looking at discourses on diversity and orientation in the fields of public discourse, education and youth as well as Islamic theology the aim of the conference is to discuss the questions of how diversity is constructed in present time, what allocations are attributed from internal and external perspectives and along with this what boundaries and belongings are constructed. PhDs and Postdocs can apply for travel-accommodation funds by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 October.
Information and program:
9. Atelier international « La protection diplomatique et consulaire en Méditerranée moderne, XVIe-XVIIIe siècle », Institut National Universitaire Jean-François Champollion, Albi, 20-21 sep-tembre 2024
L’atelier entend aborder les multiples questions liées à la protection, à travers des études de cas clairement situées dans l’ensemble de l’espace méditerranéen. Les contributions prendront en compte les dimensions politiques, économiques, sociales, matérielles et institutionnelles de la protection, dans une perspective qui favorise les comparaisons et les échanges entre les différents terrains.
Date pour propositions : 15 janvier 2024. Information: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/91026
10. Hybrid Conference: ‘Rethinking Texts and their Contexts in Muslim Societies: Interrelations between Textual Practice, Human Agency and Technological Shifts’
23rd and 24th October at Aga Khan Centre, London.
The conference seeks to explore the diverse trajectories and contexts of texts
in Muslim societies from oral cultures to the digital age. Over two days,
scholars from a variety of disciplines will discuss how texts have shaped
knowledge production, dissemination, and consumption in Muslim societies. The
conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Wendy Doniger, a
leading scholar of the history of religions.
For registration to attend in-person and online, please visit:
11. Announcing the BRAIS 2023 Prize Winner & Honorable Mentions – 2024 Prize now open for submissions
The British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to announce that Dr Naz Yücel (George Washington University) has been awarded the 2023 BRAIS Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World.
Dr Yücel’s submission ‘Sustaining the Empire: Transformation of Property Regime in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1876-1913’ was praised by the Prize committee and reviewers as a truly outstanding study. We offer our sincere congratulations to Dr Yücel and wish her well as she prepares her manuscript for publication.
You can read more about Dr Yücel’s winning submission here: http://www.brais.ac.uk/prize/brais-prize-2023/brais-2023-winner
We would also like to congratulate this year’s two honorable mentions: Dr Dominik Krell for his submission ‘Islamic Law in Saudi Arabia: Concepts, Practices and Developments’ and Dr Meia Walravens for her submission ‘Networked Diplomacy: Maḥmūd Gāwān’s Bahmani Sultanate and the Fifteenth-century Islamic World’.
We received a record number of submissions for the 2023 Prize and would like to offer our sincere thanks to all those who reviewed submissions and the Prize Committee who gave so generously of their time. A particular thanks to Prize Chair, Dr Saeko Yazaki, and Prize Coordinator, Adam Ramadhan, for overseeing the process.
BRAIS PRIZE 2024 NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
The 2024 round of the BRAIS Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World is now open for submissions and further information can be found here: http://www.brais.ac.uk/prize/brais-prize-2024
Please do circulate the call to anyone who might wish to submit their manuscript and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all. The deadline for submissions is 5pm GMT on Friday 12 January 2024.
12. Christelle Jullien, Les liens du sol. Images du pouvoir et identités des chrétiens sous Khusrō Ier, collection des Cahiers de Studia Iranica n° 63, VIe volume de la sous-série “Chrétiens en terre d’Iran”, Leuven: Peeters, 2023, 348 p. ISBN: 9782910640491.
13. Worldview and the Theory of Knowledge: An Islamic Perspective
14. Assistant Professor, Full-Time Tenure Track
New York University: NYU – NY: Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS): Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Closing date: 12.1.23
15. Online Lecture – The Glory of European Narratives and Themes in Qajar Tiles from Nineteenth-Century Palaces of Tehran, Kianoosh Motaghedi, VIAHSS – October 20
The next VIAHSS lecture will take place on Friday, October 20, 2023, at noon EST/5PM UK/7PM Turkey/7:30PM Tehran. Kianoosh Motaghedi (Independent Scholar, Tehran) will present “The Glory of European Narratives and Themes in Qajar Tiles from Nineteenth-Century Palaces of Tehran.”
To attend, please make sure to register in advance here:
Upon registration, you’ll receive the link to access the lecture.
You can find a full schedule of upcoming talks on our website. You can also follow us on X at @viahss and on Instagram at @theviahss. Although not every talk is recorded, we also have recordings of several recent talks available on the VIAHSS Vimeo page.
16. Award – Call for the Ernst Herzfeld Award for MA Theses in Islamic Art History and Archaeology – deadline: November 13
The Ernst Herzfeld-Gesellschaft für Islamische Kunst und Archäologie | Ernst Herzfeld Society for Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2023/24 call for the Ernst Herzfeld Award for Master Theses in Islamic Art History and Archaeology.
The aim of the Award is to encourage and support emerging scholars in Europe who are working on visual and material culture of Islamic countries in the fields of Art History, Archeology, and Historical Building Research. The Ernst Herzfeld Award highlights the diversity and innovation of current research in these growing fields.
The successful candidate is honored at the annual colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society, offered a full travel grant to present her/his master thesis at the colloquium, and is granted publication of the presented paper in the series of the Society, Beiträge zur Islamischen Kunst und Archäologie (BIKA).
Eligibility: – Outstanding master thesis (MA, Master, M.phil., and similar) on a topic situated within the research fields of History of Islamic Art and Architecture, Islamic Archeology, or Historical Building Research on Islamic Architecture.
– The thesis must have been written and supervised at a European university. Reviewing and grading the thesis must have taken place within the last two years, between January 1, 2021 and November 13, 2023.
– Accepted languages of the thesis are: German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. – A thesis can be submitted only once to an Award Call. Application procedure: – An applicant is proposed by the supervisor of the MA thesis.
– Applications include: 1) the complete MA thesis as it was submitted to the university (PDF); 2) a summary in English (5 pages); 3) the recommendation form filled out by the proposing supervisor in English; and 4) the original official review/evaluation of the thesis for/by the university, at which it was submitted.
Review Procedure: – The review procedure is jointly organized by the Award and the Steering Committees as well as the Advisory Board of the Ernst Herzfeld Society.
– Proposing supervisors are excluded from the review procedure and the peer-review.
– Applications fulfilling the criteria of eligibility will undergo peer-review by the Award committee and by external reviewers. Submission: Please send the complete application by November 13, 2023 to email@example.com The recommendation form to be filled out by the proposing supervisor is available here: https://ernst-herzfeld-gesellschaft.com/wpcontent/uploads/2023/10/EHG_Award_Supervisor_Recommendation_Form_2023_updated.docx
17. Lecture – National Museum of Asian Art: Freer Medal Honoring Gülru Necipoğlu – October 27
Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, DC on Friday, October 27, 6–8 p.m. for The Charles Lang Freer Medal lecture and award ceremony honoring Gülru Necipoğlu.
The Freer Medal is a lifetime achievement award that honors individuals who have made substantial contributions to the understanding of the arts of Asia throughout their career. This fall, the honor will go to Gülru Necipoğlu, the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University’s History of Art and Architecture Department, for her lifetime work in the arts of the Islamic world. The lecture and award ceremony will be held in the Meyer Auditorium. A reception in the Freer courtyard will follow.
Gülru Necipoğlu earned her doctorate from Harvard University in 1986 and has served there as the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture since 1993. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and a master of arts degree from Harvard University. Necipoğlu specializes in the arts and architecture of the pre-modern Islamic lands, with a focus on the Mediterranean world and the cross-cultural and artistic exchanges between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Grounded in rigorous archival research, her multidisciplinary studies have addressed the aesthetic interconnections of Byzantium and Renaissance Europe, pre-modern architectural practices, and the role and function of ornament in the Islamic world and beyond, offering new and highly original perspectives on the arts and architecture of the region. Throughout her illustrious career, Necipoğlu has also trained and mentored numerous students who have continued to transform the field.
Since 1993, Necipoğlu has also served as editor of Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World and its supplements, the preeminent publication in the field, which has transformed the study of the arts and architecture of the Islamic world. Her own publications comprise a range of subjects, from studies in monumental architecture to intricate designs on portable objects, and have changed the understanding of the arts of the Islamic world. They include Architecture, Ceremonial, and Power: The Topkapı Palace (1991), The Topkapı Scroll–Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture (1995), The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire (2005, 2011), Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3–1503/4) (2 vols, coedited by Cemal Kafadar and Cornell H. Fleischer, 2019), The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures (2017), A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, in the Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History (coedited by F. Barry Flood, 2017), and Histories of Ornament: From Global to Local (coedited by Alina Payne, 2016).
In recognition of her distinguished scholarly career, Necipoğlu is an elected member of the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, Italy.
Lizzie Stein, Scholarly Programs and Publications
National Museum of Asian Art
18. Call for applications – Bahari Visiting Fellowship in the Persian Arts of the Book at the Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Libraries are now accepting applications for Visiting Fellowships to be taken up during academic year 2024-25. Fellowships support periods of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries, across a range of different subjects. Of particular interest might be the Bahari Visiting Fellowship in the Persian Arts of the Book
Details of the Fellowship terms and application process can be found on our Fellowships webpage: Bodleian Visiting Fellowships | Bodleian Libraries (ox.ac.uk).
Applications for these Fellowships should be made by the deadline of Friday 1 December 2023, 5pm GMT.
For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
19. Open Access: New Publication: Living Communities and Their Archaeologies in the Middle East
Helsinki University Press is pleased to announce the publication of ‘Living Communities and Their Archaeologies in the Middle East’, edited by Rick Bonnie, Marta Lorenzon, and Suzie Thomas. The book is freely available in open access: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-19
20. CfP: Objects of Law in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
Proposals Due: November 1, 2023
International Conference at the University of Bern, Switzerland, August 29-30, 2024
Organized by Corinne Mühlemann (University of Bern) and Fatima Quraishi (University of California, Riverside)
Materials and texts function in a variety of ways in legal contexts, they forge diplomatic ties, grant gifts of land, levy taxes, and regulate markets. In the medieval and early modern worlds, these objects took on many different guises. Some were highly ornate objects, such as Fatimid marriage contracts where text was embroidered on woven silk, or tablets of authority produced in gold, silver or wood which allowed travelers to cross the Mongol Empire with ease, or wax seals imprinted with imperial images protected in textile bags. Other objects facilitated the execution of law in everyday life; glass weights, stamps for marking loaves of bread, length standards embedded in architecture, volume standards, etc. The connection between the materiality of these artefacts and the law are multiple, their very nature conveyed information, performed authority, and communicated authenticity.
Legal objects fall between disciplinary categories and their texts have been the main subject of scholarship. The conference, Objects of Law, proposes thinking more deeply about the artistic practices that shaped the materiality, iconography, and texts of legal objects in the medieval and early modern period. What forms did these objects take? How did their form confer authenticity and legal authority? What training or knowledge are evident in the objects? Objects of Law seeks dialogue between scholars working in art history, history, archaeology, legal history, and related disciplines that deal with legal objects. We welcome contributions from all geographical regions that relate to the medieval and early modern period. We invite contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Proposals should consist of an abstract in English for 30-minute papers (max 2000 characters incl. spaces) and a brief biography (max 1500 characters incl. spaces) in a single document (pdf or word). They should be submitted to: Corinne Mühlemann (email@example.com) and Fatima Quraishi (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1, 2023. Graduate students are highly encouraged to apply. Conference participants will be provided with accommodation in Bern for 3 nights and some travel expenses will be covered.
1.Short Course: Islamic Manuscripts & Digital Codicology at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 26-27 October 2023
For more information and to book:
2. Second Biannual Conference of the Persian Manuscripts Association on “Timurid and Safavid Music in Manuscripts”, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, 24-24 February 2024
This conference aims to bring together scholars from various fields, working on music, philosophy, theology, mysticism, history, literature and art history, as reflected in Persian and Arabic manuscripts. We would love to hear about your studies and discoveries about music, musicians, instruments, court repertories, performance practices, musical patronage, music circles etc., during the Timurid and Safavid periods in Greater Iran, Central Asia, South Asia and the Ottoman world.
Deadline for abstracts: 20 October 2023. Information: https://persianmanuscripts.org/news/
3. ACHAEMENIDS AND SELEUCIDS
In honour of the work of Amélie Kuhrt
Convened by Lindsay Allen and Mark Weeden. Mostly Mondays, 6.15pm in Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK, except the last lecture in the series, see below.
Mon Oct. 16th Kathryn Stevens (Oxford): Hellenism revisited: the case of Babylonia
Mon Oct. 30th Mateen Arghandehpour (Oxford): Persian religion in the Greco-Persian Wars: the case of Athens
Mon. Nov. 20th Josef Wiesehöfer (Kiel): Cyrus, Mirrors of Princes, and Christoph Martin Wieland
Mon. Dec. 4th Eleanor Robson and Parsa Daneshmand (UCL): Debts, dates and donkeys: exploring the archives of Achaemenid Kish
Thurs. Dec. 14th Wouter Henkelmann (Paris): Achaemenid Babylonia and the building of Persepolis LOCATION: Senate House, G 35 – in collaboration with the Ancient History Seminar, Institute for Classical Studies. www.lcane.org.uk , https://www.facebook.com/groups/LCANE/ , @londoncentrene
4. Assistant Teaching Professor – Horn of Africa Languages and Cultures
University of Washington, Seattle
The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures is hiring an assistant teaching professor in Horn of Africa languages and cultures.
The successful candidate for this position:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by November 17, 2023.
5. Journée d’étude “Canons, règles et pénitences dans les mondes monastiques (IVe-XVIe siècles)” – 18 octobre 2023
Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer qu’une Journée d’étude sur le thème :
Canons, règles et pénitences dans les mondes monastiques (IVe-XVIe siècles)
aura lieu mercredi prochain 18 octobre à la Maison de la Recherche de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (4 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris), de 9h–16h en salle Claude Simon.
Vous trouverez en pièce jointe le programme détaillé de cette Journée.
Informations sur le site du CeRMI : https://cermi.cnrs.fr/canons-regles-et-penitences-dans-les-mondes-monastiques-ive-xvie-siecles/
6. ONLINE Webinar “Slavery in Eastern Iranian Regions: The Case of Late Antique Bactria” with Reza Huseini (Cambridge University), Invisible East Programme, University of Oxford, 16 October 2023, 5:00 pm BST
Information and registration:
7. ONLINE Lecture “Daughter, Healer, Soldier, Spy: Finding Communities in the Medieval Middle Eastern Countryside” by Reyhan Durmaz (University of Pennsylvania), Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Harvard University, 17 October 2023, 12:00 pm EDT
The medieval Middle Eastern countryside was a dynamic space populated by groups uniting around powerful patrons, distinct religious practices, and a variety of languages. These groups were often destabilized, negotiated, dismantled, and reconfigured. As a way to capture this dynamism, in light of literature and epigraphy, this talk explores a group of demographic categories that are often sidelined in our conventional taxonomies of the medieval Middle Eastern society – such as rulers and subjects, clergy and lay people, elite and non-elite.
8. ONLINE Lecture “Cyrenaica on the Eve of the Islamic Conquest through Epigraphy and Nu-mismatics” by Khaled ELHADDAR (University of Benghazi, Libya), The Mediterranean Semi-nar, 18 October 2023, 18.00 h CET
This is part of the Webinar “Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th Centuries) Sources, Analyses, Projects”.
9. ONLINE Lecture “The Archaeology of the Past and the Future of the Bedouin in the Late Otto-man and British Mandate Levant” by Maggie Freeman (MIT), W.F. Albright Institute of Archae-logical Research, 18 October 2023, 9:30 pm EDT
In the eyes of both late Ottoman authorities and their British Mandate successors, the nomadic pastoralist Bedouin tribespeople of the Levant posed a threat to state legitimacy and security. Authorities looked to the past for solutions to a contemporary “problem,” seeking to emulate earlier imperial modes of “Bedouin control.” This talk identifies how archaeologists and archaeological knowledge informed state solutions for “the Bedouin problem.”
Information and registration: https://mailchi.mp/aiar/announcement-maggie-freeman?e=4b7f78b915
10. Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Virginia Tech
Qualification: At least three years of experience teaching Arabic to non-native speakers at the university level; familiarity with contemporary second language teaching methodologies; knowledge of instructional technologies; and OPI or other types of assessment, such as the Flagship reading and listening tests.
Deadline for applications: 24 October 2023. Information:
1.HYBRID “Christian Theological Engagement with Islam: A Study Day at PISAI”, Rome, 26 October 2023, 14:30 h – 19:00 h
Topics covered included current academic debates about Islamic origins, Muslim approaches to the Bible, and the death and resurrection of Jesus in the Qur’ān. The first session will feature a panel discussion involving Muslim and Christian scholars on “Muslims, Christians and Law” prompted by Joshua Ralston’s “Law and the Rule of God: A Christian Engagement with Sharīʿa” (Cambridge University Press, 2020). In the second session Gavin D’Costa will deliver a lecture.
Information and registration: https://pluriel.fuce.eu/christian-theological-engagement-with-islam-a-study-day-at-pisai/?lang=en
2. “Afghanistan Regional Symposium: Confronting the Impasse”, Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Georgetown University Qatar, 11 November 2023, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
The symposium gathers leading experts, scholars, and policymakers in a collective pursuit of exploring and addressing the intricate challenges surrounding Afghanistan and its neighboring region. Through insightful panels, including discussions on the Afghan peace process, climate change, food security challenges, education, and humanitarian concerns, the symposium fosters a nuanced understanding of ongoing challenges and paves the way for informed impactful solutions.
Information, program and registration: https://cirs.qatar.georgetown.edu/afghanistan/
3. Journée d’études ReLRace 6 « Lexique racial et religions. Traduction des textes sacrés, encyclopédisme, textes normatifs contemporaines (XVIe-XXIe s.), Le Mana Université, 18-19 mars 2024
Le premier axe consiste à travailler sur les traductions en langues vernaculaires de la Bible et du Coran. Afin de scruter précisément les phénomènes de translation, un travail lexicologique et philologique pourra être effectué à travers un corpus numérisé de traductions de la Bible et du Coran étalé du XVIe au XXIe siècle, et pris dans plusieurs milieux (catholique, protestant, juif, musulman) et plusieurs langues (espagnol, portugais, anglais, allemand, français, italien, arabe).
Limite des propositions de communication: 10 décembre 2024.
4. Visiting Fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 2024-2025
We welcome fellowship applications from scholars conducting research on a diverse range of topics: Muslim Societies Past and Present; Identity and Citizenship: Muslims in Britain and the West; Classical Islamic Sciences; Economic and Human Development and Islamic Finance; Science, Technology, Environment and Muslim Societies.
Deadline for applications: 9 January 2024. Information: https://www.oxcis.ac.uk/visiting-fellowships
5. Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies/Islamic Humanities, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane (AUI), Morocco
Qualification: Ph.D. in Islamic Studies or a closely related field. – The ability to teach in English. – Experience in the US and US-inspired global liberal arts system. – A good working knowledge of Arabic and other Islamic languages. – Regional research interest in Africa and the Middle East, or the Global South.
Deadline for applications: 23 October 2023. Information: https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=178559012&Title=Islamic%20Studies%20%2F%20Islamic%20Humanities
6. ADF Fellowship in Druze and Arab Studies (9 Months), Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
The fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral graduate (Ph.D.). The fellowship is based on an international competition. Applicants must have a record of relevant research in the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology. Applicants will be assessed on the originality of their scholarship and the high quality of their academic record.
Deadline for applications: 5 January 2024. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/133436
7. Associate Professor / Professor in “Arabic Language or Linguistics”, Georgetown University in Qatar
ideal candidate should have stature and experience in programmatic leadership with qualifications in applied linguistics or language pedagogy and experience in an American university context. Candidates should have native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic; experience in proficiency-based, communicative approaches to teaching the language; and be familiar with proficiency testing and ACTFEL standards.
Deadline for applications: 15 October
8. New Journal of Reviews “Orientalia Antiqua et Nova”, A Different Look at Eastern Issues
The ambition of the review is to propose a different look at both the ancient and modern history of the Middle East, and the current developments occuring in these regions.
9. Saints hommes de Chiraz et du Fārs
Pouvoir, société et lieux de sacralité (Xe-XVe s.)
10. Faces of God: Images of Devotion in Indo-Muslim Painting, 1500–1800
M K Mumtaz
11. Bahrain 1975/76 – 2020
Editors: Anthony Axon and Susan Hewitt
12. Call for Papers: Femininity and Masculinity in Persian culture and literature
On 11 and 12 April 2024, we are organising an international conference on Femininity and Masculinity at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The conference is part of the ERC Advanced Grant Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 20 October 2023.
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Zhinia Noorian, Arash Ghajarjazi, Leila Rahimi Bahmany, Maarten Holtzapffel, Amin Ghodratzadeh, Alexandra Nieweg, Fatemeh Naghshvarian
Why a Conference on Femininity and Masculinity in Persian Classical Romances?
Gender and sexuality are among the most controversial yet understudied areas in Persian culture and literature. As an indispensable part of Persian culture, poetry has played a major role in shaping concepts such as femininity and masculinity. For example, one of the major genres of Persian poetry in which male Persian poets have created their masterpieces is the genre of romance. This genre centres around the two key concepts of masculinity and femininity and the interplay between them. Such literary heritage informs us about the male poets’ perspective about gender and power dynamics. The other players of the arena of poetry, female poets, bring in a different perspective into the scene. One example is the Īnjūʾīd princess, Jahān-Malik Khātūn (d. about 1393). With a Dīvān of 15 thousand couplets, three times larger than that of her contemporary world-renowned poet, Ḥāfiẓ (d. 1390), she complained about being ostracised. In the preface she wrote to her Dīvān, she excused herself for entering the craft of poetry as a woman. Parvīn Iᶜtiṣāmī (d. 1941) is a more contemporary example of being subject to gender bias in the world of Persian literature. Being disbelieved as a female poet, she wrote a poem to assert that she was a woman. The paradoxical overview of gender in the Persian literary tradition brings to mind questions such as: How does this imbalance crystallise in Persian poetry? How do Persian poets incorporate the patriarchal gender construct into their narratives? How does such a liminal gender construct influence the particular dynamics of genres such as the romance in Persian poetry? How did male Persian poets contribute to perpetuating the biased gender construct of femininity in their work? How did female poets deal with gender-biased power dynamics? If the patriarchal gender norms promote leaving women out of the arena of poetry, how does the communication of the genders take place in a genre like romance?
Aim of the Conference
This conference brings together scholars who have worked or are working on various aspects of Persian poetry, and the problem of gender and sexuality. The conference is organised to encourage discussion on understudied the formation of concepts such as femininity and masculinity in the Iranian-Muslim cultural context through Persian poetry.
Call for Abstracts
We would like to invite abstracts of maximum 300 words together with one paragraph CV (maximum 250 words) by 20 October 2023. Research master and PhD students are encouraged to apply as we would like to create a mixture of early-career and mid-career scholars. Accepted contributions will be asked to submit the draft paper of about 2000 words before 15 February 2023. After the conference, we shall invite a selected number of scholars to submit their papers for publication in a peer-reviewed university press.
20 October 2023: Deadline abstract submission
15 November 2023: Decision on accepted abstract
15 February 2024: Submission of the draft papers (2000 words)
15 March 2024: Submission of the final paper
11-12 April 2024: Conference at Utrecht University
How to submit
Please send your abstract and CV in one document to Femininity@uu.nl
If you are interested to join the conference online or on location, please contact us via
For more information see Beyond Sharia – The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam
13. The Invisible East programme in Oxford is looking for a new Programme Coordinator to join the team!
We are looking for a driven and organised individual who can help us grow an exciting academic project with direct links to the wider public. The job description can be seen at this link. The deadline to apply is 26 October 2023. We look forward to receiving your application!
14. Open Access – The Cooing of the Dove and the Cawing of the Crow: Late `Abbāsid Poetics in Abū al-`Alā` al-Ma`arrī’s Saqt al-Zand and Luzūm Mā Lā Yalzam
15. 2024 Critical Language Scholarship Program Application Now Open!
The application is now open for the U. S. Department of State’s 2024 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and its virtual initiative, CLS Spark! We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical language on a funded virtual or overseas summer program. The application is available at https://clscholarship.org/apply. The deadline for applications is 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
The CLS Program provides intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Depending on language and level, U.S. students can either apply for the overseas CLS Program or its virtual initiative, CLS Spark. The CLS Program offers in-person cohort-based programs at partner institutions abroad that provide instruction at various levels for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students in 13 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
The CLS Program, through its CLS Spark initiative, provides beginner-level virtual instruction for Arabic, Chinese, and Russian for competitively selected U.S. undergraduate students whose home campuses do not offer these languages. More information on eligibility is available at: https://clscholarship.org/applicants/eligibility.
The CLS Program will host webinars, Q&A sessions, and alumni panels for students and advisors throughout the fall. A full calendar with these events and corresponding registration links is available at: https://clscholarship.org/events.
The CLS Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education. It is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security, economic prosperity, engagement with the world.
If you have any questions, please contact the CLS Program team at: email@example.com.
16. Open Rank Professor of Native and Indigenous Feminisms & Colonial Studies Application Deadline: Jan 5 2024
Location: Occidental College: Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice
The Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice at Occidental College is committed to fostering critical and interdisciplinary scholarship that engages with pressing issues of social justice, inequality, and power dynamics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to our vibrant academic community, work alongside dedicated colleagues, and shape the future of our department.
We seek an outstanding scholar who specializes in Native and Indigenous Feminisms and Colonial Studies. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to research, teaching, and community engagement. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field and have a proven track record of excellence in both research and pedagogy.
At Occidental College, we are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive academic environment that values equity and fosters a sense of belonging for all members of our community. We encourage applications from candidates who share our commitment to these values and who will contribute to the diversity of our department.
Should you have any questions or require further information about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact the Search Committee Chair, Mary Christianakis, firstname.lastname@example.org .
17. Female Bodies and Sexuality in Iran and the Search for Defiance: Book Talk with Author Nafiseh Sharifi, Soraya Batmanghelichi and Rassa Ghaffari
Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2023
Time: 16:00-17:30 (BST)
Location: Online via Zoom (registration essential)
More information and registration: www.brismes.ac.uk/events/nafiseh-sharifi-book-talk
18. ‘”COCO-DE-MERKASHKULS, MATERIALITY, AND OCEANIC JOURNEYS”
Peyvand Firouzeh, University of Sydney
Webinar, Silsila, NYU, Wednesday, October 11th, 6:30pm EDT
The coco-de-mer nutshell, native to the islands of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, is an object of various mobilities. This talk follows the real and imagined journeys of the coco-de-mer from miraculous mythological journeys to those driven by natural sea currents, as well as the trans-oceanic trade networks of the early modern world, in order to focus on the adoption of the nutshells for kashkuls (beggars’ bowls), an attribute of Sufis. Shifting the focus of Eurocentric histories of the nutshell, I explore how the materiality and metaphorical meanings of the coconut shell collided with those of the kashkul. The coalescence of coco-de-mer and kashkul, which swayed between buoyant, drifting objects, bulky containers, and monumental metaphors, brings allegories of wine and drinking vessels, boats and sea travel, light and mosque imagery into dialogue with monsoon winds and broader material histories of the Indian Ocean.
For full details and to register to attend online please visit the Silsila website:
19. Acquisitions and Provenance of Islamic Art between 1933-1945: Current Research and Networking, Berlin, October 13-14 2023
The Museum für Islamische Kunst in cooperation with the Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin and the Institute of Art History and Musicology at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz will host a workshop entitled, “Acquisitions and Provenance of Islamic Art between 1933-1945: Current Research and Networking.”
This workshop represents a pioneering initiative among researchers both within and beyond public collections in Germany. It aims to facilitate discussions about the challenges associated with tracing the provenance for objects of Islamic art history and to present ongoing projects in the field. The workshop seeks to identify parallels in collecting practices and object biographies in comparison with non-European collection contexts.
We cordially invite you to participate in this two-day workshop to be conducted in German.
A detailed program can be found here: https://kulturgutverluste.de/sites/default/files/2023-09/Workshop_Programm_13%2614.10.2023.pdf.
Please note that due to limited seating capacity, we kindly request your registration by the 10th of October 2023, via email@example.com.
For Yuka Kadoi’s public evening lecture “Lost, Found or Vanished. Three Cases of Persian Carpet Provenance in the Lands of the Former Habsburg Empire”, no prior registration is necessary.
Further information can be found here: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/museum-fuer-islamische-kunst/events/detail/lost-found-or-vanished-2023-10-13-180000-139506/
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20. International conference: Interiors Reconfigured
Vitrocentre Romont, the Swiss research center on stained glass and the art of glass, is organizing, in collaboration with French research center InVisu, an international conference on the decorative arts of the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on material aspects and local practices. In the course of profound changes since the 18th century, local tastes and craftmanship began to mutate under Ottoman and Western influence. The conference will address these changes and emphasise the growing importance of material-based analysis in the field of Middle Eastern and Maghrebi décors.
The conference will take place in Romont on 2 and 3 November 2023.
The participation is free of charge, registration is required by 30 October 2023 at email@example.com
The programme can be accessed here: https://vitrocentre.ch/international-conference-interiors-reconfigured/
21. From Konkan to Coromandel: Cultures and Societies of the Deccan World,Autumn 2023
Webinars co-organized by the Center of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, and Art, Resources and Teaching Trust, Bangalore, presenting the pioneering scholarship across various fields of knowledge from both the Northern and Southern Deccan regions of India.
Performance, Poetry, and Painting: Towards a History of Music in the Deccan Sultanates
Richard David Williams (SOAS, University of London) on October 20th at 1 PM London (8 AM New York, and 5:30 PM Mumbai)
Penning Poetry: Prevalence of the Naskh Script in Early Modern Dakani Literary Manuscripts
Namrata Kanchan (University of Texas at Austin) on November 17th at 2 PM London (9 AM New York, and 6:30 PM Mumbai)
Transformation at the heart of tradition: Cheriyal paintings from Telangana India
Anaïs Da Fonseca (University College London) on December 1st at 1 PM London (8 AM New York, and 5:30 PM Mumbai)
All webinars will take place on Zoom. Free and open to the public. Prior registration is mandatory.