1.The British Association for Islamic Studies is looking for a BRAIS Projects Coordinator to help drive forward its work over the coming year. The post would be ideal for a UK-based PhD student whose academic interests intersect with any aspect of Islamic Studies, broadly understood.
This is a Guaranteed Hours post available from October 2021 for a period of one year, working a minimum of 250 hours over the fixed-term period (more hours may be available by negotiation).
Further details, including how to apply, can be found here: http://www.brais.ac.uk/home/brais-projects-coordinator
The post holder can be based anywhere in UK. Work will be undertaken remotely, with meetings and catch-up taking place online.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted via email to BRAIS Secretary, Tom Lea (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 5pm on Friday 3rd September 2021.
2. Persian Language Course – Starting: 20th Aug 2021
Mondays & Wednesdays
The Islamic College has organized a Persian Language Course for those who want to learn modern Farsi. The Course has three semesters.
This course offers an excellent opportunity to master a very important language which provides an entry into a rich and diverse culture. Since Persian has not changed significantly in over a millennium, the basic grammar for the classical and modern forms of the language is virtually the same and is relatively easy to learn.
One of the benefits of learning Farsi is the ability to access a huge body of literature and sources of Islamic knowledge.
The Course Registration Fee is £50/semester.
The registration deadline is 20th Aug 2021.
An attendance certificate would be granted at the end of the course.
We welcome any scholars engaging all manner of traditions and texts from across the pre-modern Islamicate world. Abstracts are due Sept. 15, 2021 via the ICMS submission portal.
Please see our brief panel descriptions below, and for further details and directions on how to apply, follow this link.
Panel 1: Sociability between Justice and Tyranny
This panel considers Islamicate ambivalences toward sociability and despotism to better understand the competitive nature of friendship and the seductive pull of absolutist rule by closely reading and contextualizing a wide variety of pre-modern texts.
Panel 2: Medieval Islamicate Paratexts in Contexts
This panel will explore the nature of the paratext in the lettered traditions of the medieval Islamicate world and ask how developments in textual technology (manuscript, lithograph, print, digital) as well as practices of reading and editing have changed how such works are understood and valorized.
Please feel free to widely circulate this CfP and remember to apply for our regional conference coming up this fall.
Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Starting: 9th September 2021
The Islamic College has organized an Arabic Course for those who want to learn the language of the Islamic revelation.
The course has three semesters which are designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Arabic to read and understand Quranic and classical Islamic texts.
At the end of the course, students would have developed the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and grammar. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded an Islamic College Certificate of attendance.
What will you learn?
This course focuses on the Arabic language which is ideal for anyone interested to learn how to read, write and speak Arabic. The course dives deep into Classical Arabic vocabulary and basic grammar rules. It’s designed to provide a solid foundation of the most common vocabulary and will enable you to go through daily life, navigate a variety of situations, and have significant conversations with speakers of Arabic.
We will start with learning the alphabet and how to read and write the letters with their different shapes. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the basics, including word and sentence formation, and how to use and form pronouns, verb patterns and tenses, adjectives, and plurals.
You’ll learn how to ask questions, use common greetings, talk about your family and introduce yourself. You’ll also learn essentials such as using numbers, telling the time, and setting dates.
You’ll be introduced to the language from the ground up and work your way to being capable to read and write basic Arabic texts and feeling comfortable having a simple conversation with native Arabic speakers.
There will be weekly Kahoot activity, homework, and translation time which can solidify and enrich your ability to talk Arabic confidently.
5. Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Exeter
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in the Writing the Future project, which has explored metadiscourse in Arab students writing in both English and Arabic. It is a corpus study, creating a unique Arab-English corpus of writing, and complemented by interviews with the authors. The post will include preparing the corpus for archiving on a website, literature reviewing, as well as general research duties linked to the final year of the project, such as assisting with conference presentations and publications, as appropriate.
Closing date for applications | 6 August 2021
6. Decades of Fire: A Special Issue on Middle East and North Africa
Call for Submissions | The Michigan Quarterly Review
The Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR) is seeking contributions to a special issue on the Middle East and North Africa focused on the region’s political, social, and cultural transformations in the last three decades. MQR invites articles, essays, memoirs, fiction and poetry in English translation that examine the impact the multiple tensions and conflicts of the last three decades have had on the people of the Middle East and North Africa. Submissions are encouraged from migrant voices in the region, LGBTQIA+ voices, and writing from voices typically underrepresented in anthologies on the Middle East and North Africa.
Deadline for Submissions | 1 November 2021
7. 22 and 29 October 2021 Short Course – Religious Cultural Heritage: Concepts and Issues in the Modern Middle East – Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
This is a two-day introductory course on the theme of religious cultural heritage (RCH) in the Middle East. It aims to contextualise RCH as the living cultural heritage of its community of users. In addition, the course attempts to present RCH as a contemporary construct of its socio-political and religious context through its connections to ethnicity, gender, nationalism, as much as religion.
Date and Time
22 and 29 October 2021, 13:30 – 16:00 (London Time).
Tickets and Booking
Tickets: £75 professionals | £45 students, AKU alumni and staff. Book as soon as possible.
*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Readings and further details will be provided later upon registration.
*The course will not be recorded.
1. Colloque : « La formation des imams, des aumôniers et des islamologues : état des lieux, en-jeux et perspectives », Strasbourg, 8-9 October 2021
Nous avons privilégié trois axes : Etat des lieux des formations et des acteurs; Enjeux; Perspectives.
2. Coordinateur/trice d’activités archéologiques de l’Institut français d’études anatoliennes, IFEA Istanbul
Le coordinateur/trice sera amené à travailler avec le directeur de l’IFEA, la responsable des publications de l’institut et les autres collègues, mais aussi en coordination avec les autres établissements du dispositif fran-çais basés en Turquie.
Candidature : Date limite 1er août 2021. Information : http://www.ifea-istanbul.net/index.php/fr/an-nonces/3306-offre-d-emploi-charge-e-de-mission-chercheur-e-pole-archeologie-crsp
3. Part-time (50%) Senior Academic Positions in Iranian History, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies (ACIS), Tel Aviv
The University is seeking research applicants for a part time faculty position in Iranian History and/or Persian-speaking world research track, within the following areas: society, culture, politics, religion, nationalism, minorities, economy, environment, and international relations.
Deadline for applications: 8 August 2021. Information: https://en-humanities.tau.ac.il/acis.kolkore-eng.june2021
4. Part-Time Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago
We seek applicants with prior teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level, preferably at a North American institution. Experience working with MA students or advising BA theses is desirable. Appli-cants are required to have completed a PhD in a field related to the history, literature, culture, linguistics, religion, or philosophy of the Middle East.
Review of applications will begin on 20 August 2021. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/90706
5. Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East & North Africa, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in Political Science or a closely related discipline. Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered. The position requires the ability to design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in MENA Studies and in Political Science, and the ability to men-tor students. Target Hire Date: 15 August 2022.
Open until filled. Information: https://cmes.arizona.edu/assistant-professor-human-rights
6. Iran Deserts Summer School, Institute of Geography, University of Tehran, 30 August – 6 September 2021
This summer school intends to provide knowledge of human and physical geography (especially desert land-forms and landscapes) as well as some cultural aspects of Iran for international early career scientists (well-motivated advanced graduate students, PhDs, and post-docs) from the fields of geography, geomorphology, geology, archeology, geoarcheology, orientalism, etc.
Deadline for applications: 20 August 2021. Information: https://ut.ac.ir/en/news/18454/iran-deserts-summer-school-call-for-applications
7. Publications for the Book Series “Gulf Studies” (Springer Nature)
The series accepts proposals for monographs, edited volumes, and handbooks that provide an understand-ing of the Gulf societies’ contemporary social, economic, and political landscapes.The four main topics are: Social and Cultural Issues in the Gulf; Politics and Security in the Gulf; Energy and Economics in the Gulf; The GCC and the World. Information: https://www.springer.com/series/16417
8. Music and Musicians in the Medieval Islamicate World
A Social History
9. The Hugh Goddard PhD Studentship, University of Edinburgh
The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh is offering The Hugh Goddard PhD Studentship in Inter-Religious Relations in a Globalised Muslim World, for a January 2022 start. The studentship is named in honour of the Founding Director of the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre in recognition of his ground-breaking work on Islam and inter-religious relations.
This is a fixed term, three-year studentship, ideal for students who have recently completed a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Politics and International Relations, Area Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Human Geography).
The theme of the research is contemporary interactions between Muslim religious actors, or Muslim communities more generally (be they the majority population or a minority), and other religious or non-religious actors or communities. We are particularly looking for projects that can link up local community dynamics to global, international or transnational actors, ideas or practices circulating in the contemporary context. The empirical cases and themes of the study are for you to chose and define.
The supervisory team will be led by Professor Frederic Volpi at the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre with additional supervisors from other Schools and Departments with relevant expertise on the selected research project. The award of the Studentship is conditional on the successful candidate applying and being accepted onto a relevant PhD programme in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.
The studentship will cover the required tuition fee and an annual stipend £15,690 for the 2021-2022 academic year, increasing in line with UKRI rates.
The award is open to UK and Overseas students commencing their studies in the 2021-2022 academic year, starting their programme of study in January 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to be Edinburgh-based and, in addition to undertaking their research, contribute to the full range of the Centre’s activities, including its outreach programme. Subject to satisfactory progress, the Studentship will be awarded for a maximum of three years.
Applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com by 5pm BST on Friday 3rd September 2021 and should include the following:
Candidates invited for interview will be required to make a 15-minute presentation on their proposed research project and also outline the wider contribution which they would hope to make to the Alwaleed Centre.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 3 weeks of the application deadline. Applicants who have not heard from the Centre by this time can assume that their application was unsuccessful.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Mr Tom Lea, General Manager of the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre.
The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Edinburgh associated to the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre is committed to encouraging a better understanding of contemporary Islam and the globalised Muslim world through cutting edge research and innovative outreach projects. The Edinburgh Centre is part of a unique network of Centres at prestigious universities around the world; four in the UK and the USA (Edinburgh, Cambridge, Harvard, Georgetown) and two in the Middle East (Cairo and Beirut). For more information see here.
1. Sinews of War and Trade. Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula
2. Asst Prof, Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Chicago
The Department of History at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Modern Middle Eastern/North African History (loosely defined, 18th-20th centuries) to start on or after July 1, 2022. We welcome applicants with any specialization within that broader field.
Candidates must have earned the PhD degree prior to the start of the appointment.
Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at http://apply.interfolio.com/91017 and include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement, 4) a teaching statement, 5) a dissertation abstract, 6) an article or chapter-length writing sample, and 7) three letters of reference. Consideration of applications will begin on September 1, 2021.
1.Call for Chapters: The Making of Contemporary Saudi Arabia
“The Making of Contemporary Saudi Arabia: From Social Salafism to the search of Liberalism”
Mahjoob Zweiri & Farah AlQawasmi
The Book, “The Making of Contemporary Saudi Arabia: From Social Salafism to the search of Liberalism” will capture the evolvement of the Saudi state during the 21^st Century. The main aim of the book is to capture the two major shifts that occurred in Saudi Arabia in recent years, and that would be the shift in the authoritarian political regime, as well as the shift that occurred on a social level, taking the Saudi society from Salafism to liberalism. The two shifts in the political regime and the Saudi society branched out to further evolvements and developments that will be presented through a group of academic chapterswill be covering issues of history, governance, foreign policy the Islamic state, political economy, energy, society and gender issues and more.
The book will start by paving the way for the development of a historical understanding of the contemporary Saudi Arabian State, and its relationship with its society. The relation between the Saudi State and Society is the focal point of the case study at hand, and it is the first step into understanding the being of this unique state. This book will contextualize and present an understanding of the application of historical and political trends and the current deterrence of them in search for a contemporary ideology for the Saudi State . Following on from that, the book will offer the reader a section on governance, which will demonstrate the evolvement of the policies applied by the Kingdom’s monarchy in regards to the evolving regional and international events. Subsequently, the book will ensure categorizing the remaining chapters into a political category that will present chapters on the governance, the role of the Islamic state within the greater Saudi Arabian State, and the role of the Saudi Arabian foreign policy, and possible military application and practice, on neighboring states, such as Pakistan, Yemen and the GCC states.
The book will investigate the local, regional and international factor that played a role on the development of the Saudi political, regime, society and the Saudi Arabian economy. Furthermore, book will combine prestigious scholarly work from a group of the top academics on the region from within the region. Finally, this book will not cover one category or area of research; instead, it will take an interdisciplinary approach, and offer the reader a cohesive understanding on a number of the most significant pillars to that make up today’s Saudi Arabia.
Chapter Abstract _due on the30th of August 2021, and can be sent to GSPublications@qu.edu.qa_
First draft of the paper: 6000- 8000 words is due on the 30th of January, 2022
Final Draft: 10,000 word chapter due on the 27th of March, 2022
The Gulf Studies Center has selected Springer to be the publisher of the book.
2. Colloque international en présentiel : « Les prophètes itinérants – Réécritures, appropriations et métamorphoses des figures prophétiques dans les textes religieux, littéraires et historio-graphiques de l’Islam prémoderne », Institut du monde arabe (16 sept. 2021) et Sorbonne Université (17-18 sept. 2021)
Organisation : Mehdi Azaiez (UC Louvain), Rémy Gareil (Université Lyon 2, CIHAM), Iyas Hassan (Sorbonne Université, Orient & Méditerranée).
Information : http://ciham.msh-lse.fr/node/1926
3. Conference: “Narrating Exile in and between Europe and the Ottoman Empire/Modern Turkey”, University of Amsterdam, 11-12 November 2021
The conference seeks original contributions that unsettle traditional narratives on exilic experiences: how to narrate refugee flows, which stories do we tell, which voices remain unheard? Our focus is on exile between Europe and (in) the (post)Ottoman lands. We welcome papers by historians, art historians, political scientists, ethno-musicologists, sociologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and literary scholars.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2021. Information: https://www.turkeystudiesnetwork.org/events/cfp-interna-tional-conference
4. Workshop on “Typologies in the Islamic Ethical Discourse”, Orient-Institut Beirut & American University of Beirut, 10-11 March 2022
Through discussions on how exemplary and stereotypical characters are used, modified and redefined in pre-modern Islamic texts, this workshop aims to investigate a range of typologies in the ethical discourse in light of its historical and intellectual developments across all relevant genres.
Deadline for abstracts: 26 September 2021. Information: https://www.orient-institut.org/events/event-de-tails/call-for-papers/
5. Conference of the Maghreb Review and the Maghreb Studies Association: “Empire in the Middle East and the Maghreb: The Shaping of Hopes and Perspectives”, Oxford, 28-29 March 2022
The aim of this conference is to examine how European colonialism and great power rivalry in the Middle East and North Africa have shaped the perspectives of the peoples in these countries and their hopes for their future. Special significance should be given to the means by which Muslims affirmed in this period their attachment to Islamic norms and pride in Islamic civilisation.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 December 2021. Information: https://www.maghrebreview.com/en/home.html
6. Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies (W3), Oriental Institute, University of Leipzig
We are looking for an internationally renowned scholar with extensive teaching and research experience. The prerequisite is outstanding expertise in the study of the Arab-Islamic world with a focus between the 18th and 21st centuries from a literary, philological and/or cultural studies perspective with a strong interdiscipli-nary and transregional comparative focus.
Deadline for application: 20 August 2021. Information: https://www.uni-leipzig.de/en/university/working-at-leipzig-university/job-opportunities/detailed-view-job-description/artikel/professur-fuer-arabistik-und-islamwissenschaft-w3-2021-06-21-1/
7. Program Officer Working on Religion and Mediation, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
The successful candidate will have a relevant MA degree and a minimum of two years of work experience related to mediation or conflict transformation. She or he has expertise relevant to peace mediation and ideally a background in religious studies, sociology of religion, or similar. Experience in working on conflicts with religious dimensions is an asset. Excellent English and working knowledge of French or German is required.
Deadline for application: 10 August 2021. Information: https://www.jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_ri08jnsnb0PBWPoX4i?mw_source=academicpositions
8. PhD Student in Turkic Languages, Focusing on Linguistic Turcology, Department of Linguis-tics and Philology, Uppsala University
We are seeking a candidate with a solid background in Turkic Studies (hold a master’s degree or equivalent in Turkic languages), who is highly motivated and interested in theoretical and/or descriptive linguistics.
Deadline for application: 30 August 2021. Information: https://professorpositions.com/phd-position-in-turkic-languages,i23719.html
9. Chercheur.euse au sein du Département des études arabes, médiévales et modernes (DEAMM) à l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) – antenne de Beyrouth
Conditions particulières d’exercice : Forte disponibilité, très bonne capacité d’organisation et d’animation scientifiques, capacité à conduire ses propres recherches tout en souciant du collectif du centre d’accueil. Bonne connaissance de la recherche et des réseaux universitaires et scientifiques au Proche Orient, en France et à l’international.
Date limite de candidature : 23/08/2021. Information : https://www.ifporient.org/appel-a-candidature-cher-cheuse-chercheur-deamm/
10. James A. Bellamy Professorship, Department of Middle East Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
We seek a professor or advanced associate professor with a substantial publication record in the fields of early Arabic language or literature, textual traditions and Islamic culture, starting at Fall 2023.
Deadline for applications: 1 November 2021. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/90190
11. Grant for Academic Study Related to Yemen by the British Yemeni Society
Applications for the £500 grant annually are invited from anyone carrying out research in, or on Yemen, at a British or Yemeni University. Applicants’ nationality is irrelevant. Applications may be made to assist with study in any subject or field, so long as it is concerned with Yemen, and is for a specific qualification (e.g. BA, MA, PhD etc.).
Deadline for application extended to 15 August 2021. Information: http://b-ys.org.uk/activities/bys-academic-grant
12. Visiting PhD Scholarship for Research on a Project Relating to Mediterranean History, University of Haifa
The scholarship criteria are as follows: A. The student is enrolled in a doctoral degree program at a non-Israeli accredited institution of higher education. The scholarship will be open to students from all countries. B. The student has completed their first year of doctoral studies successfully. An approved PhD prospectus is recommended.
Every application will be considered upon submission. Information: https://mailchi.mp/mediterraneansemi-nar/visiting-phd-scholarship-mediterranean-history-university-of-haifa?e=82aeb6c61d
13. Chapters for Book on “Social Change in the Gulf Societies: Social, Economic, and Political Dimensions”, edited by Mizanur Rahman and Amr Al-Azm, Qatar University (Springer Nature Gulf Studies Book Series)
This book attempts to document how economic transformation, educational reforms, social media, rapid urbanization, and a growing expatriate population have brought about deep changes in Gulf societies of the GCC, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen, focusing on their directions, magnitudes, and appropriate policy options.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2021. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Re-launching of Book Series: “Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam” (SLAEI), Editors Jens Scheiner, Lawrence I. Conrad, Robert G. Hoyland (Gerlach Press)
Works are invited on the political history of the Middle East and North Africa, on social history, history of culture, ideas or economics, as well as on archaeology, numismatics or papyrology in the period in question. In addition to monographs, anthologies, conference proceedings, editions, translations, commentaries or reference works are planned.
1.Conference programme and registration links: comparative literary practice in the multilingual Islamic world(s), 22-24 July, 2021
The final programme of the conference: “Pre-modern comparative literary practice in the multilingual Islamic world(s)”. The virtual conference is co-organized by Huda Fakhreddine (University of Pennsylvania), David Larsen (New York University), and Hany Rashwan (University of Birmingham), with a special thanks to Rawad Wehbe (University of Pennsylvania). The conference is hosted by the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Research Centre (OCCT), University of Oxford, 22-23-24 July 2021.
We are honoured to announce our two keynote speakers who will open and close the conference.
Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, Maryland University: “Multilingual Poetry: the Information Superhighway of the Medieval Muslim World” on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Professor Michael Cooperson, The University of California, Los Angeles: “Learning Arabic in Pre-Modern Times” on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Please ensure to register for the conference three days, so you can receive the zoom link of each day.
For the convenience and security of our participants and attendees, we will be hosting the conference panels using passcode protected Zoom meetings. We kindly ask you all to register for each individual session prior to the respective dates.
Day 1 (Thursday 22 July) Registration
Day 2 (Friday 23 July) Registration
Day 3 (Saturday 24 July) Registration
2. AMBULO – Arabic Manuscripts in the Bologna University Library Online
Project of the King ‘Abdulaziz Chair for Islamic Studies – University of Bologna (Italy)
3. Browsing through the Sultan’s Bookshelves, Towards a Reconstruction of the Library of the Mamluk Sultan Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 906–922/1501–1516)
4. In the Sultan’s Salon: Learning, Religion, and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 1501–1516) (2 vols)
5. Princeton-UCLA Arabic Manuscripts Workshop: Webinar Signup
23–27 August 2021
This week-long workshop will be taught by leading authorities in the historical, philological and material study of Arabic manuscripts.
Co-organized by Princeton and UCLA, which house the two largest repositories of Islamicate manuscripts in North America, the workshop will equip emerging scholars with the basic tools to conduct research using original handwritten texts in Arabic script.
Over the course of four days, participants will learn the basics of codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production and circulation, and receive exposure to an expansive vision of current debates in Arabic manuscript research. Topics include:
Organizers: Marina Rustow (Princeton) and Luke Yarbrough (UCLA)
Sponsors: UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies; UCLA Islamic Studies; UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies Initiative at Princeton; Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; Firestone Library, Princeton University; UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Schedule and registration links
Aug 23, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Evyn Kropf | Introduction to Arabic Manuscripts: Overview, Terms, Methods, Special Challenges
Register in advance for this webinar:
Aug 23, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Nur Sobers-Khan | Manuscripts Remote and Digital: What to do with Digital Manuscripts?
Register in advance for this webinar:
Aug 24, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Nuria de Castilla | The Importance of Codicology: Manuscript Production, Support & Bindings
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Aug 24, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
François Déroche | Codicological Structures: Pages & Quires
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Aug 25, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Konrad Hirschler | Transmission of Arabic Manuscripts: Production & Usage Contexts, Transmissions/Ownership Notes & Readers’ Notes
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Aug 25, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Kristina Richardson | Formal & Informal Copies: Commissioned, Personal, Ordinary & User-Produced Manuscripts
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Aug 26, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Alain George | Scripts & Styles: Canonical Scripts, Informal Scripts & Limit-Cases
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Aug 26, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Naïm Vanthieghem | Paleography & Documentary Hands: Strategies & Resources for Decipherment
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Aug 27, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Jan Just Witkam | From Codicology to the History of the Islamic Book
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6. ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY – VIRTUAL LECTURE
by Professor Roger D. Long
Liaquat Ali Khan, Jinnah’s “Right Hand”: Politics and the Creation of Pakistan, 1895-1947
20th July 2021 at 6.30pm
If you would like to attend, please contact Matty Bradley by e-mail:
and the Zoom link will be provided.
7. The Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS), Busan University of Foreign
Studies (BUFS), Republic of Korea.
IMS is looking for a presenter of the 2021 International Mediterranean
Conference. The conference will be hold from 1st-2nd of October, 2021, with
title of “Renaissance and the Civilizational Exchange in the Central
Mediterranean ”. For further information, please refer below.
“2021 International Mediterranean Conference”
▶ Title : Civilization-Exchange in the Central Mediterranean and the
▶ Topic : General topics relevant to the central Mediterranean region
▶ Date : 1st-2nd of October, 2021. (Korean Standard Time)
▶ Venue ( Adjusted) : BUFS (Busan University of Foreign Studies)
▶ Host : Institute for Mediterranean Studies,
Busan University of Foreign Studies
▶ Application : Please send abstract within 200 words to email@example.com by
30th of July (Fri), 2021
▶ IMS provides 1night of accommodation for foreign presenters
▶ Informations will be keep updated on IMS website
▶ Please note that this conference may change into blending conference
according to pandemic situation.
▶ Online Registration (by 30th, July) : https://forms.gle/1hPLyBFq7vsWkySp8
(click to move)
* Please do note that online registration should be completed in advance of
* Online Registration will no longer be accepted after 30th of July (Fri),
* For further information, please contact to : firstname.lastname@example.org
8. The Military-Peace Complex, Gender and Materiality in Afghanistan
1.ONLINE Conference: “Studying Islam and Muslims: Trajectories and Futures of South African Scholarship”, University of Cape Town, 13-15 July 2021
The aim of this conference is to trace past and potential trajectories of Islamic studies scholarship in Southern Africa. It also seeks to honour the associated scholarly legacies that have developed in the last 40 years.
For information and program contact email@example.com. Registration: https://forms.office.com/pages/re-sponsepage.aspx?id=jIuayqM-mUekPlUQOY56O3ILwTEa18pPlyQUTiom31BUR-jNHRDA0MjFSNkE3Nk5KUFFHR1ZTNVdSMC4u
2. ONLINE Lecture: “From Neighbors to Foreigners: Iranians in Bahrain in the Early 20th Cen-tury”, Arab Center Washington DC, 15 July 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
This talk by Lindsey Stephenson will discuss some of the ways that economic and political transformations of the early 20th century changed the meaning of itinerancy in the Gulf. It will look specifically at the position of Iranians in Bahrain to explore the unfolding of new conceptions of space, identity, and belonging.
Information and registration: https://dohainstitute-org.zoom.us/webinar/regis-ter/WN_VSv53shtQ0WjtTTiGLnFvw
3. International Colloquium: “Rewritings, Appropriations and Metamorphoses of Prophetic Figures in the Religious, Literary and Historiographical Texts of Pre-modern Islam”, Paris, 16-18 September 2021
This colloquium (in French, English and Arabic) will seek to grasp these itinerant figures, from the spaces in-between: the prophets of the pre-modern Arab world, between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, between sacred model and familiar figure of popular literature, between mythical authority and historical hero.
4. ONLINE and In-Person: International Conference on “Hermeneutics of Quranic Norm Change”, Department of Islamic-Religious Studies, Erlangen, 14-15 October 2021
5. Professorship for Islamic Studies (Open Rank), Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Stud-ies, University of Bern
Qualification: Ability to cover in German the entire field in teaching. A research profile situated within the fields of history, cultural or social studies with a temporal focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. The geographical focus should lie on the Arab world. Required are excellent knowledge of Arabic, familiarity with current theo-retical approaches and research stays in the region.
Deadline for applications: 19 September 2021. Information: https://www.phil-hist.unibe.ch/about_us/now_happening/call_for_applications_islamic_studies/index_eng.html
6. Arabic Course Program by the “Département des Études Arabes, Médiévales et Modernes”, l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) in Amman, Beirut or Online, October 2021 – June 2022
The program offers in-depth language and cultural training to trainees (students or non-students) who have already completed Modern Standard Arabic (MSA/fuṣḥā). The classes are taught in Arabic by Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian professors.
Deadline for applications: 10 September 2021. Information: https://www.ifporient.org/stage-annuel-2021-2022-a-beyrouth-amman/
7. Chapters for: The making of contemporary Oman: The Sultan, the People and the Legacy of Peace
The book will capture the unique identity of the existing state, and the state-society dynamics through a group of critical chapters, each representing a piece of the puzzle. The book chapters will be covering issues of history, governance, foreign policy, political economy, energy, society and gender issues and more.
Deadline for abstracts: 8 August 2021. Information: GSPublications@qu.edu.qa
8. Chapters for Transnational Generations in the GCC Countries and Beyond
The project elaborates how migrants’ multiple belonging, orientations, and strategies give birth to today’s migration phenomenon in the Gulf. This project intends to understand and explicate the phenomenon of migration in the Gulf from the Gulf perspective with its probable complexities and varieties.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2021. Information: Contact Kyoko Matsukawa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9. CFP, UPDATED – Monsters, Hexes, Nightmares: An Exploration into the Dark Side of Islamic Art, RSA 2022 Sponsored Session – Deadline August 5
This panel invites papers that investigate the visualizations of horrors, terrors, and malevolence in early-modern Islamic art (c. 1400-1800). From individual depictions of various “monsters” (jinns, divs, Iblis, etc.) to narrative cycles, from treatises on the occult to astronomical texts, a darker realm lurked in the arts of the Islamic world. Although not necessarily produced to evoke fear, nor defined and understood as dark, images of this invisible and other dimension had a potent presence that operated at the juncture of religion, science & medicine, superstition, and fantasy. Rather than descriptive accounts, the panel seeks papers that employ theoretical lenses (monster theory, affect theory, philosophy of horror, posthuman / inhuman studies, etc.) and innovative methodologies, addressing questions beyond style, genre, taxonomy, and representation. If a jinn from pre-Islamic Arab mythology could find its way simultaneously into the Quran, and into a constellation drawn from Greek mythology, all normative categories and modes of analyses fail. Hence, the primary aim of the panel is to highlight how images from / of the “dark side” performed in their individual contexts, what affects they activated, what boundaries they crossed, and what worlds they connected. Particularly welcome are comparative (within and beyond the Islamic world) and/or multidisciplinary studies, and papers that work across media.
Please submit a title, a 150-word abstract, a current CV, PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected), and primary discipline (as listed at https://www.rsa.org/page/DisciplineReps) to Saygin Salgirli (email@example.com), by August 5, 2021.
10. The British Library
11. The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to support public-facing historical projects related to the theme of “Turning Points” in history.
The Center will fund up to 5 projects that creatively engage with how the study of past turning points have affected the course of history, and how historical study can further public understanding of the present times.
We welcome applications that are original and imaginative in content and form. Proposals can include (but are not limited to) a series of blog posts, a series of podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative with a local newspaper to write a series of op-eds, a mapping project, a multimedia resource, and other creative ideas.
Each grantee will receive up to $5,000 depending on the scope, size, and need of the proposal. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2021, at 11:59 pm (EST).
Visit our website for more information about eligibility and requirements. https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/lepage/resources/turning-poi…
12. AMECYS Early Career Article Award Call for Submissions 2021
The Association for Middle East Children and Youth Studies
invites nominations for the 2021 AMECYS Early Career Article Award
The AMECYS is a private, non-profit, international association for scholars with an interest in the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. Through interdisciplinary programs, publications, and services, AMECYS promotes innovative scholarship, facilitates global academic exchange, and enhances public understanding about Middle Eastern children and youth in diverse times and places.
The recently established AMECYS Early Career Article Award recognizes and promotes good scholarship of young researchers for their exceptional contribution to the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities.
Both self-nominations and nominations of others will be accepted. Each candidate should submit only one article that should meet the following criteria:
Nominations must include an up-to-date CV and a one-page summary of the contribution written by the nominee. The summary of the contribution would ideally address the following areas: (1) quality of research; (2) relevance / contributions of research to child and youth studies in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. All materials should be sent in one email to the committee chair Fruma Zachs (firstname.lastname@example.org ). The articles and submitted materials will be reviewed by three scholars. Materials must be received by August 1st, 2021.
The author of the AMECYS Early Career Article Award will receive $150 and a certificate of award. In the event of co-winners, prize money will be divided evenly among the winners. Honorable mentions also receive a certificate of award. Winners will be announced at the 55th MESA Annual Meeting. The results will also be posted on the AMECYS and MESA website and in other publications, as deemed appropriate by AMECYS.
*** No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.
13. CERAMICS FROM ISLAMIC LANDS CONFERENCE
Hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum – taking place online!
The conference is free to attend.
Conference papers will be available to view to conference attendees from two weeks before and two weeks after the conference. The conference will then take the form of live online panel discussions, in the mornings and afternoons of 20th-23rd July, with the keynote lecture a live event on the evening of 19th July. All times are in BST.
14. The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies Presents:
The Unsung Poetry of Kurdish Women
Dr. Farangis Ghaderi, University of Exeter
Friday July 16, 4:00 P.M. EDT
Zoom Registration: https://bit.ly/3hjVoEo
1. Call for Paper Proposals: The 5th Great Lakes Adiban Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Great Lakes Adiban Society (GLAS) invites submissions for its fifth annual workshop, scheduled to take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on October 9–10, 2021. We welcome works in progress that would benefit from extensive discussion and feedback, and especially encourage graduate students to participate. This workshop might also prove beneficial for those planning to present at the MESA conference on October 28–31.
The Society aims to provide a regional forum for scholars of Islamicate adab, particularly of the medieval and early modern periods, to meet and share their work. We leave our parameters of language and genre intentionally open in order to invite as wide a collaboration as can be useful, but as a group we are generally interested in the literary production of the broad complex of premodern Muslim societies across the Eastern Hemisphere. This naturally includes the major Islamicate languages of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu, as well as many others (Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Spanish, etc.) that participate in similar literary conventions.
In light of the continued travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Workshop will take place in a hybrid format: scholars who can make the trip to Ann Arbor are encouraged to do so, but those who cannot may participate remotely via Zoom. Applicants may indicate their preference on the application below.
Those who wish to participate can apply by filling out our online application by August 16, 2021. Please note that each accepted participant will be given 45 minutes to present and discuss their work; because of this, we have limited space and may have to turn down some submissions if we get too many. In such an event, preference will generally be given to graduate students, regional scholars, and works in progress. All in-person participants should plan to cover the costs of travel and lodging, but graduate students should note that we may (funding permitting) be able to offer small grants to help offset these expenses.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
2. International Conference on Literature and Humor: The Trickster and His Subversive Tales
We are pleased to invite you to attend the online International Conference on “Literature and Humor: The Trickster and His Subversive Tales,” on November 4-7, 2021. The conference is organized by the Journal of Arabic and World Literature: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (AWL), published at Andromeda Publishing and Academic Services, UK (http://journals.andromedapublisher.com/index.php/AWL).
We invite scholars to explore interdisciplinary themes related to multiple humorous and satirical narratives, presenting the various sets of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish treatment of the trickster character in order to identify cross-temporal and trans-local conceptualizations of the comic manifestation in samples of high literature as well as in folk narratives. Applying a comparative approach the conference aspires to facilitate a dialogue between classical and modern conceptualizations of the comic while questioning their boundaries.
Topics include but are not limited to the following:
For more information, please visit:
We look forward to meeting you in the conference.
The Organizing Committee
3. Autofiction: A Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile
8 September 2021
Antonia Wimbush (Liverpool)
Leslie Barnes (Australian National University)
Amaleena Damlé (Durham)
Natalie Edwards (Adelaide)
Chair: Joseph Ford (IMLR)
All are welcome to attend this free conference, which will be held online via Zoom at 12:00 BST. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/24520
Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing
Institute of Modern Languages Research
School of Advanced Study | University of London
Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK
4. Grabar Travel Grant
Deadline: August 15, 2021
This competition is open to graduate students (doctoral candidates) who have been invited or accepted as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers, chairing sessions or moderating discussions.
The maximum amount of the award is $700 US.
Applicants must be HIAA members in good standing at the time of application. Grabar Travel Grants must be used within 12 months of the award date.
Applications must include the following five components and be submitted in a single pdf to the Grabar Travel Committee Chair, Matthew Saba (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 15, 2021:
In addition, a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary supervisor should be sent directly to the Grabar Travel Committee Chair, Matthew Saba (email@example.com) by the deadline.
Applicants from outside the United States are responsible for meeting the requirements for and obtaining any visas necessary for visits to or residence and research in the United States. Upon request, HIAA will supply documentation of the grant and/or fellowship award, the dates of the award, and financial support.
For further details and to apply, please visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/grabar-grants-and-fellowships
5. Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661–1257
6. Between Sea & Sky
Blue and White Ceramics from Persia and Beyond
Fine Arts Museum, Houston (TX)
BBC Persian TV’s Pejman Akbarzadeh reviews the exhibition (+ Interview with Gary Tinterow, director of the Fine Arts Museum, Houston and Aimée Froom, curator)
https://youtu.be/CH0CDX5X6KY (in Persian)
7. Revealed Sciences: The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth Century Morocco
1. ONLINE Book Talk: “Saudi Arabia and Indonesian Networks: Migration, Education and Islam”, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, 8 July 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm SGT
Based on in-depth interviews, Dr Sumanto Al Qurtuby identifies the “Indonesian legacy” in Saudi Arabia and examines how the host country’s influential Islamic scholars have impacted Indonesian Muslims. The re-search sheds light on the dynamic history of Saudi Arabian-Indonesian relations and the intellectual impact of Indonesian migrants in Saudi Arabia.
Information and registration: https://mei.nus .
2. ONLINE Conference: “Conflict on Crusade”, California State University, East Bay, 3-9 August 2021
Hostile encounters were a fundamental component of the crusades and life in the Latin East. Combatants strategized, confronted, and defended against their opponents, often recording their military endeavours in writing or, occasionally, within the landscape itself. This virtual conference will investigate some of these elements.
Information and registration: https://csueb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SQJkeqgGTPufZN1dH_P74A
3. Conference on “Translation and Transfer” of the Network “Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics”, University of Marburg, 6–9 October 2021
The conference will stress the pragmatic implications of the translation of texts in its narrower sense and the translators involved in activities across or within the Transottoman focus region. For a closer look at this and the multiple projects within this framework, please visit our website at www.transottomanica.de
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
4. International Symposium: “Yavuz Sultan Selim and His Era”, Turkish Historical Society, Istanbul University, 4-6 November 2021 Sultan Selim I was son of Sultan Bayezid II. He ruled the Ottoman Empire until 1520 when he died. During his reign, the territories of the empire expanded; and Yavuz became the leader of Islamic world. In addition to military-political affairs throughout his rule, public works, architecture, cultural-literate activities developed, too. Deadline for abstracts: 19 July 2021. Information: https://tamga.gov.tr/UluslararasiYavuzSultanSelimVe-DonemiSempozyumu2021
5. Colloquium: “What Does It Mean to Be Nomadic in the Past, Present and Future?”, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, 25-27 November 2021
Nomadism is one of the rare ways of life that can question and link pre-history to current societal and global crises (environmental, health, governmental, economic). How are nomads defined, and defining themselves? Howhave these populations adapted and still adapting to their natural, cultural and political environments? What future can they envision?
6. “4th European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (Turkologentag 2023)”, Vienna, 21-23 September 2023
The conference is orgnanized by the Society for Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT) and the Chair of Ottoman and Turkish Studies, University of Vienna.
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7. Trois post-doctorants, Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans (GIS MOMM), CNRS Pour une durée de quatre mois renouvelable une fois pour six mois, pour un recrutement au 1er septembre 2021 :
– Post-doctorant en appui à la préfiguration et à l’animation d’un consortium en humanités numériques aréales. Pour postuler : https://bit.ly/2UaFfHH
– Post-doctorant en appui à la structuration des études turques et centre-asiatiques en France. Pour postuler : https://bit.ly/3h9euwf
– Post-doctorat en appui à la coordination scientifique du programme HoRÉA (Horizons de Renouvellement des Études Arabes). Pour postuler : https://bit.ly/364oFf8
Date Limite Candidature : 22 juillet 2021
8. Teaching Fellow in Islamic Theology and Ethics, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham
Qualification: Higher degree relevant to research or teaching area or equivalent qualifications; High level analytical capability; Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully; Ability to design and deliver effective undergraduate and taught postgraduate module materials successfully.
Deadline for applications: 11 July 2021. Information: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CHA475/teaching-fellow-is-lamic-theology-and-ethics?uuid=6cd8da94-d886-11eb-949d-064da8edb92a&cam-paign=jbew20210629&source=jbe
9. Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester
Ph.D. in Religion or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and with demonstrated potential and/or excellence in research and publications in the candidate’s field.
Deadline for applications: 15 July 2021. Information: https://www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting/posi-tions/show/11942
10. ONLINE ENIS/MIDA Summer School 2021: “Spoken Images of/in Islam: Languages and Trans-lations in Texts and Images”, 5-9 July 2021
This is organized by the Innovative Training Network “Mediating Islam in the Digital Age” (MIDA) and the European Network for Islamic Studies (ENIS). It will bring together advanced academics and lecturers from different disciplines with doctoral and MA students to explore how the transfer of texts and images move from one culture to another in Muslim societies and beyond; and in what ways language functions as a me-diator in this process.
11. Summer Course: “Glocal Ummas: Content Creation and New Media in the Arab-Islamic Sphere”, Casa Árabe, Madrid, 2-4 September 2021
Casa Árabe, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and the IEXCUL research group are organizing this summer course which will allow participants to delve into issues such as digital creation, new media, freedom of expression and feminism, among others.
12. Articles on “Producing the Middle East” for Special Issue of the “Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication”, Edited by Hatim El-Hibri and William Lafi Youmans
We are particularly interested in papers that will be in dialog with media industries studies, production studies, and current theoretical debates in critically-oriented cultural and communication studies. Studies of any in-dustry, cross-industry formation, or scale of analysis are welcome.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 August 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announce-ments/7882834/call-papers-producing-middle-east
13. The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC):
Music in Islamic Contexts
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Date and Time
20, 21, 27 and 28th September 2021
13:00 PM till 15:30 PM BST each day – 4 x 2.5 hour sessions
Tickets and Booking
£75 professionals | £45 students, AKU alumni and staff.
*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Readings and further details will be provided later upon registration.
*The course will not be recorded.
14. Online Lecture – “Archaeological Research in Bustan Nassif (Baalbek): A Glimpse into Urban History from Late Antique to Mamluk Period”, by Heike Lehmann (Technische Universität Berlin) and Valentina Vezzoli (Ifpo)
July 8th at 3 pm CET / 4pm in Amman and Beirut
1. New Book Series Announcement:
‘Critiquing Gender & Islam: Transnational, Intersectional and Queer Perspectives’,
edited by Nadje Al-Ali & Kathryn Spellman Poots
2. CALL FOR PAPERS ON IRANIAN HISTORY (SEPTEMBER 15, 2021)
The quarterly Journal of Iranian History of the Islamic Period is an academic journal recognized by the Ministry of Science of Iran. It is affiliated with the Department of History of Tabriz University and has appeared since 1945. Until 2020, the journal was published only in Persian. Since then, we have added a quarterly bilingual issue in English. Our third English quarterly is scheduled for Fall 2022. We are hereby inviting scholars whose work focuses on the post-Islamic era of Iran and the Persianate world (including modern Iran and up to 1953) to submit English-language articles for consideration. The articles many be in any related field addressing historic, political, social, economic, and cultural issues of Iran and the Persianate world. As our journal is a peer-reviewed publication, there will be no charge for the authors.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is September 15, 2021. Authors who are invited to submit their articles should do so by November 15, 2021. For guidelines on submission, including length and formatting, please see: https://tuhistory.tabrizu.ac.ir/journal/authors.note?lang=en ).
Please send abstracts to:
Professor Alireza Karimi
Associate Professor of Iranian History
Department of History
Faculty of Laws and Social Sciences
3. CfP: Oriental Manuscripts in Germany – Collection History Between the Academic Thirst for Knowledge, Antique Trade Across the Globe, and Imperial Claims to Power
International Conference at the Berlin State Library, 29 June – 1 July 2022
International scholarship has recently intensified its focus on collection history, as current debates about Orientalism, colonial pasts, and provenance demand a more nuanced view on the processes that led to the transfer of knowledge contained in manuscripts from Asia and Africa to European libraries. The importance of the study of the development of collections in libraries and research institutions for understanding the history of the “Oriental disciplines” and intercultural relations is slowly beginning to be acknowledged.
During the past few years, digital databases have made Oriental manuscripts in Germany increasingly accessible while also bringing into focus collections of medium and small size. This enhanced visibility enables new perspectives on the historical development of these collections as well as on potential cross-connections.
Topic area 1: Collection history
We welcome contributions that approach collection history from different perspectives. Not only institutions, but also agents, objects, a collection’s reception, or its cataloguing process can serve as starting points for an investigation of the subject. Questions such as whether clear objectives or coincidences played a role in building a collection, handling the acquisition of scholars’ libraries, or accepting donations will be of interest.
Closely related to collection research are matters of acquisition records, provenance documentation, and the accessibility of such information in catalogues and databases, as well as their survey and analysis for research on collection and provenance.
The call covers the entire range of African and Asian script cultures and also allows for contextualising European manuscript culture. All time periods of collection will be considered. The focus is on developments in Germany in a broad international context.
Topic area 2: Contexts
This area takes as its starting point social- and cultural-historical questions that go beyond the focus on actual historical collections. This includes market development on a global and local scale and its political and economic catalysts. The differentiation of the Oriental disciplines, scholarly networks, and development of scientific methods (including technological developments such as photography) present further factors that merit study as regards their impact on the development of collections and the market situation. To afford an objective assessment of the mechanisms of transfer of cultural assets from Asia and Africa, it seems worthwhile to also consider antique trade in general and the dynamics of the European art market in particular.
We welcome contributions on networks or individual agents of manuscript trade, different forms of manuscript translocation, and on the (virtual) reconstruction of historical collections.
Interested participants are invited to submit a proposal (email only) including a title, a brief abstract and a short CV by 10 August 2021 to email@example.com.
Pending funding agreement, the participants’ travel expenses will be covered.
Successful applicants will be notified by September 2021.
Torsten Wollina and Christoph Rauch (Berlin State Library, Oriental Department / DFG Project „Orient-Digital“)
Ute Pietruschka and Tilman Seidensticker (Cataloging Oriental Manuscripts in Germany, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
4. Online Lecture – Storytelling in the Great Mongol “Shahnama,” Robert Hillenbrand – Freer and Sackler July 13
Register here: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F6hiOem5RuKLtdbYRIXZEQ
5. You Can Crush the Flowers, A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution
A panel discussion on the art of revolution with
Bahia Shehab and Mark LeVine
Chair, Jonas Otterbeck
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London
21 July 2021 | 18:00-19:30 (London time) | Online
6. OAJournal: Medieval Worlds
1. De l’ascèse au libertinage : les champs de la poésie mystique persane
Sanā’ī (1087 ?-1130 ?) et `Aṭṭār (ca 1145-ca 1221)
De Eve Feuillebois-Pierunek
2. ONLINE Seminar: “Continuity and Creativity in Persian Poetry” by Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (UCLA), Iran Heritage Foundation, 7 July 2021, 5:00 pm GMT
Starting in the tenth century, the initial language gave way to perceptions based in discourses of Islamic mysticism. Various mystical discourses took over Persian poetry to the extent that it rendered it almost im-possible to assume a posture based on negation of diverse belief systems. With the advent of modernity through the nineteenth century and the gradual realignment of the poetic language, contemporary discourses began to make themselves visible.
Information and registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kg6TH-09RRCbI_7L4Sxblg
3. Conference: “Contemporary Iranian Studies Conference”, University of Tehran, 1-2 November 2021
The conference aims to investigate new approaches and methods to this field of study. Panel proposals and abstracts related to all major fields of Iranian studies in four general categories of politics, sociology, culture, and economics are welcomed.
4. ONLINE & IN-PERSON Summer Course: “Romanization and Islamization in the Western Med-iterranean”, Córdoba, 19-23 July 2021
The course will take place from Monday, 19 July to Thursday, 22 July in Casa Árabe Córdoba´s head office, while the class of 23 July will take place in the Umayyad palatine city of Medina Azahara.
5. PIMo 1st Training School: “Diasporic Communities in the Mediterranean: Between Integration and Disintegration”, El Museo Canario, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1-4 September 2021
The program aims to explore the “visible and invisible networks” between cultures in the Mediterranean area, from the 15th century to the present and to show the ways such connections were artificially separated by ideological and literal borders; it offers an opportunity for research development for PhD and postdoc students in Mediterranean Studies, Migration Studies, Cultural Transfers and History of Emotions.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2021. Information: http://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/wp-con-tent/uploads/2021/06/Canarias-Final-1.pdf
6. Chapters for Volume on “Gulf Women’s Lives: Voice, Space, Place”, Co-edited by Emanuela Buscemi, Shahd Alshammari and Ildiko Kaposi
This volume will consider Gulf women’s lives by looking at the interrelated fields of writing, gender, and the body, broadly defined. The submissions will emphasize embodiment, conflicts, resistance, agency, identity, disability, and other central notions as experienced in women’s lives and expressed in their narratives.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2021. Information: https://gsc.gust.edu.kw/content/gulf-wo-men%E2%80%99s-lives-voice-space-place
7. The British Library
8. The 3rd International Conference
on Teaching Persian Language and Literature
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Cambridge. 13-14 December 2021 (provisional)
This third conference addresses teachers and lecturers of Persian and
examines developments and innovations in Persian language and literature
teaching and particularly focuses on the importance of using Persian literature
and culture in teaching Persian language. The organisers welcome abstracts
related but not limited to the following topics:
Using literary texts in teaching Persian
Iranian cinema and teaching Persian
Culture and teaching Persian
Cross-cultural issues in teaching Persian
Cultural challenges of teaching Persian as a heritage or second language
The language of the conference is English and the papers are allocated 20
minutes each. Would interested teachers and lecturers of Persian language
and literature send their English abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) by
Monday 05 July 2021 to Dr. Mahbod Ghaffari firstname.lastname@example.org . The
successful applicants will be informed by 19 July 2021.
Depending on the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the third conference may be
partially or totally online; however, we encourage successful applicants to
approach their institution to cover their travel and accommodation costs if the
conference goes on in-person.
Deadline: 05 July 2021