1. International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iran
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 March 2020, Sigmund Freud University Vienna
The objective of the conference is to:
- Explore the experiences of the ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, such as Jews, Yarsani, Christian, Sabean, Mandaean, Bahai, Zoroastrian, Baluch, Kurd, Turk, Gilaki, Arabs and others
- Provide an historical overview of their position in society before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution
- Delve into the minorities’ rich history and explore their contribution to the country’s history, diversity and development
- Identify the historical, socio-political and economic factors that affected the minorities’ development during the course of the last century.
Abstract Submission Deadline – 30 Dec 2019
Notification of Acceptance – 1 February 2020
First draft of full article – 1 March 2020
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2. Conference: “Eastern Questions: New Perspectives on British Orientalism”, Watts Gallery and Royal Holloway, University of London, 16-17 October 2019
This interdisciplinary symposium, a collaboration between Watts Gallery Artists’ Village (WG-AV) and Royal Holloway (University of London), aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection between Orientalism and visual culture across the nineteenth century. This two-day conference coincides with John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame, the latest exhibition at WG-AV.
3. Seminar: “Internationalism, Anti-Authoritarianism and Anarchism in the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean (1860 – 1920)”, UCLouvain, Belgium, 21-22 April 2020
The objectives of this meeting are: To question why historians of radical movements have forgotten about this geographical area; to reconstruct the history of individual or collective, anti-authoritarian and anarchist internationalist experiences in this region; to adopt a transnational perspective that considers travel, contacts and exchanges between individuals and groups at the local, regional and international levels; etc. Interventions will be in French and English.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2019.
4. Postdoc Position, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
The call is open for recent postdocs (not more than four years after award of the doctoral degree) in Arabic Studies; Asian and African Studies; Central Asian Studies; History of Islamic Art; Human Geography; Islamic Studies; Political Science; Semitic Studies; Social and Cultural Anthropology. The successful applicant will be employed on a full position for two years.
Application deadline: 4 November 2019.
5. Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC), American University in Cairo
Requirements: PhD degree in a discipline relevant to MESC’s field of study. Candidates should have well established and extended experience in policymaking and implementation related to the Middle East. They should have research and publications records showing interest and contributions to the field of Middle East studies. They may also bring evidence to contributions to negotiations, policymaking or policy advice in the Middle East at a high level in government, international organizations and/or think tanks.
Deadline for applications: Open until position is filled.
6. Coordinator of the Middle East Studies Program and Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language and the Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in related. Master’s degree preferred. Excellent written skills in English. Good command of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish or Hebrew). Excellent organizational skills in performing a variety of administrative tasks. Excellent time-management skills and ability to adhere to deadlines. Ability to work independently and with others. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required.
Deadline for applications: 3 November 2019. Information: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/503025/mesp-and-aptli-coordinator
7. Articles on “Islam and/or Tradition? Traditional Islam and Islamic Traditions in the Eastern Europe” for the First Issue of the Journal “Modern Islamic Studies”
Taken in a broad geographical sense, we are seeking for the papers addressing history and modernity of Muslims in the area from Balkans and Crimea on the South, Baltia on the North and Caucasus on the East, where indigenous Muslim population and traditions are represented.
Deadline for full papers: 15 November 2019. Information: https://journals.oa.edu.ua/Islamic/
8. New Book Series: “Ecclesiastica Ottomanica”
The series welcomes contributions beyond the confines of grand theories such as dhimmitude and the millet system, and of traditional binaries such as toleration and persecution. It has a cross-disciplinary perspective involving the fields of Ottoman history, Middle Eastern studies, Balkan studies, African studies, religious studies, church history, missiology, the history of interactions, connected history, and diaspora studies.
9. The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Program for Comparative Literature and Theory, Department of South Asia Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Middle East Center, and South Asia Center of the University of Pennsylvaniaare pleased to invite submissions to our 2020 graduate student conference Troubling Translation(s) to be held on February 21 and 22, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA.
We invite graduate students of all stages to consider translation as concept, practice, andmethod.
Our discussions will be oriented around the constructive consideration of written work submitted by presenters prior to this conference. They will be driven by the following questions:
1.How do we move beyond the familiar conceptualisation of translation as a logo-centric, singular,uni-directional event to discern its multidirectional, multiform, and processual dimensions?
2.How does the multidirectional quality of translation as process involve its subject and object? Howdoes subjectivity shape translations, and how do subjects translate themselves?
3.In what ways do translations form and become formed by their spatiotemporal context? How do they challenge contemporary notions of sociopolitical and cultural formations?The conference is interested in expansive interpretations of translation across space and time. Scholarship across the disciplines has challenged and moved beyond frameworks of hybridity, multiculturalism, andsyncretism for exploring processes of change and exchange. How have broader spatial, temporal, andmaterial contexts shaped the practical and conceptual concerns of translation?
Finbarr B. Flood has conceived translation as a dynamic and multivalent framework capable of accounting for material and intellectual transformation and exchange in the premodern period. More recently, Francesca Orsini hasshown how translations within “multilingual locals” generate “worlds” specific to them. How do theseconcerns lead into the contemporary context?
Scholars such as Stuart Hall and Saba Mahmood haveconsidered translation’s relationship to conceptions of racialization and liberal certitude respectively. While Lawrence Venuti has addressed the question of the translator’s invisibility apropos their text, Talal Asad questions the hermeneutical exercise of interpretation and translation, drawing our attention, among otherthings, to “untranslatability.”
We welcome papers that critically examine translation in and across forms, bodies, languages, media, thevisual and performing arts, and religions. Papers may address a range of practices, themes, or concerns. How, for example, did translation figure in the Islamicate and Indic cultural systems of the premodern period? What has been the role of translation, broadly understood, in negotiating relations between non-hegemonicand hegemonic forms across history and geography? In what ways have translations, as events, been put topolitical or social use, for example in Latin America or in the present North American context? Moreover,how have agents and bodies relied on translation and/or untranslatability to trouble the larger socioculturalsystems of which they are a part? Such questions constitute some of the broad spectrum of concerns theconference intends to address.
Guidelines for submissions:
Please submit a 350-word abstract outlining your topic along with a title andyour name, institution, and year of study by November 4, 2019. Limited grants may be available to supplement travel costs and can be requested via a Google Form during abstract submission. Accepted presenters should submit their final drafts by February 7th, 2020 so as to provide sufficient time for review prior to the conference.
Conference applications should be submitted via this Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/PennTT2020 .
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
10. Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford
Research Seminars, October-December 2019 (Michaelmas Term)
Thursdays, 17:15-18:30, KRC Lecture Room, 3 St John Street, Oxford OX1 2LG, UK
For further details and abstracts, please visit: https://krc.web.ox.ac.uk/homekrc
17 October: Marijn Van Putten, Leiden University. “The Language of the Qur’an in Light of the Arab Grammarians and Early Qur’anic Manuscripts”
24 October: Beatrice Leal, University of Oxford. “The Great Mosque of Damascus and the Medieval Islamic Mosaic Industry”
31 October: Eléonore Cellard, Collège de France. “The Archaeology of the Ṣanʿāʾ Palimpsest: New Reflections from the Perspective of Codicology”
7 November: Doris Behrens-Abouseif, SOAS. “The Management of Architectural Heritage in the Mamluk Sultanate”
14 November: Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. “Origins of Hebrew Calligraphy: From Abbasid Baghdad to Fatimid Cairo”
21 November: Constant Hamès, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. “Manuscrits coraniques de l’Afrique, une étude comparative”
28 November: Dr Aila Santi, American University of Beirut. “The ‘Mosque of the Prophet’ and Beyond: A Tentative Reconstruction of the Early Islamic Topography of Madina al-Munawwara (622- 750) Based on Written Sources”
5 December: Gulfishan Khan, Aligarh Muslim University. “Artistic and Architectural Patronage of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan”
Convenor: Umberto BongianinoPosted in: Academic items
- October 16, 2019
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