1.The Grabar Travel Grant competition is open to graduate students (doctoral candidates) who have been invited or accepted as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers, chairing sessions or moderating discussions. The maximum amount of the award is $700 US.
The Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to support post-doctoral scholars at 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. 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.
Applicants should have completed their PhD within the last five years or have submitted their dissertations by the start of the fellowship. The fellowship is open to scholars of all nationalities; however applicants are responsible for obtaining required visas for residence and research in the country specified in their application. For further details on both competitions and for application forms, please see the HIAA webpage:
2. The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at the University of Hamburg, Germany, is pleased to announce a workshop organised by Stefanie Brinkmann (Universität Hamburg) and Ali Zaherinezhad (CSMC, Universität Hamburg) on “The Study of Ḥadīth Commentaries: Uncovering an Important Genre of Islamic Scholarship”, taking place on 1-2 December 2017.
Research on ḥadīth commentaries in general, and those in manuscripts in particular, has been neglected by contemporary research. This workshop seeks to engender intensive discussion of various aspects of this genre and to uncover distinctive features of individual commentators, periods, and localities. We intend to highlight the rich tradition of commentary methods and offer new perspectives on the purpose and social function of commentary practice.
For the programme and registration (limited), please go to https://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/register_hadith2017.html.
For further information, please contact the organisers at email@example.com.
3. International Workshop: ‘From Oriens Christianus to the Islamic Near East: Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity’. The workshop seeks to shed new light on the crossroads at which the Late Antique world of the Eastern Mediterranean heralded diverse exchanges between Oriental Christendom, Byzantine culture and the Islamic world. Furthermore, how these exchanges impacted the development of diverse regions, cultures, languages, and religions.
The workshop will provide an inter-disciplinary overview of the various perspectives emerging from the Christian Oriental, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Archaeological approaches to this area of research. The key objective of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of a unified and holistic approach to understanding the “Sattelzeit” (R. Koselleck) – i.e. the period between 500 and 750 CE. While the scope of the workshop has been intentionally left broad, the papers will primarily focus on the following areas:
- The role of Eastern/Oriental Christians in the relationship(s) formed between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
- Scripture and Arts as a medium of interchange between Christians and Muslims.
- The historical narratives and administrative reality of the expansion of the Islamic Empire.
The workshop will take place on 7th – 8th December, 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) and is the collaborative effort of the Chair of Byzantine Studies (FU Berlin), Radboud University, and Gorgias Press.
We hope that the workshop will encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future inquiry. We further expect the workshop to provide a platform for both established researchers in the field and early-career academics (including advanced Ph.D. students). The workshop proceedings will be published in an edited volume by Gorgias Press.
For further information about the workshop, please contact Manolis Ulbricht: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manolis Ulbricht, Berlin Byzantine Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)
Adam Walker, Radboud University / Gorgias Press
Date: 7th – 8th December, 2017
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Topoi Building Dahlem, Hittorfstraße 18, D-14195 Berlin
Admission: Free and open to all interested specialists and Ph.D. students
4. The Orient-Institut Istanbulis pleased to invite applications for Ph.D. research grants for 2018 and for the academic year of 2018/19. The purpose of the grant is the support of field research in Istanbul/Turkey for Ph.D. students not living in Turkey. Grants are available to support research in one of the research areas of the Institute including the following research fields:
- Musicological research on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey
- Narrative sources on Istanbul and the late Ottoman Empire
- Historic and contemporary forms of religious expression in Anatolia since the 11th century
- Manuscript cultures in the Ottoman Empire and Iran, in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center 950 of the University of Hamburg
- Human, medicine, and society, in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (ITAS)
The award consists of a monthly stipend of € 1,100 for the duration of usually six months. Travel expenses to and from Turkey will be reimbursed.
Prospective applicants are expected to hold an M.A. degree in a related academic discipline. A complete application must specify the necessity of conducting research in Istanbul or elsewhere in Turkey and include a detailed time frame for the envisioned research.
A good command of Turkish or other source languages necessary for the proposed project is expected. As the Orient-Institut Istanbul aims at creating an open and supportive academic environment, stipend holders are expected to attend colloquia and conferences organized by the Institute and to give a public presentation of their research. Research stays outside of Istanbul must be coordinated with the director.
Applications must be submitted by January 8, 2018 in electronic format (PDF) to the following address:
Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika
Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul
Susam Sokak 16-18, D. 8
34433 Cihangir – Istanbul
5. The draft programme for a conference on Islamic Law and Sexuality, 9-11 January, 2018, hosted by the University of Exeter, is now online: http://www.usppip.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Islamic-Law-and-Sexuality-Draft-Programme.pdf
6. The Art, Art History and Film Department at Boston College seeks to hire someone to teach two courses (one each semester) in Islamic art and architecture during the 2018-19 academic year. One class should be an introduction to Islamic art and/or architecture; the other should be a more specialized undergraduate lecture course that fits into the existing offerings. Topics might include urbanism, the art of the object, the Islamic book, the arts of Islamic Spain, etc. Courses meet twice weekly for 1 hour 15 minutes and normally have 20-25 undergraduate students from across the university. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, along with a CV and the names of three references to the department chair, Prof. Claude Cernuschi, email@example.com.
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- November 18, 2017
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