1.Catholic Orientalism, Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th Centuries)
Ângela Barreto Xavier and Ines G. Županov
2. Governance and Islam in East Africa: Muslims and the State.
Date: January 17-18, 2018
Location: Aga Khan University, Nairobi.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: August 31, 2017
The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) and East African Institute (EAI) seek to bring together academics, civil society actors and policy-makers to explore the relationship between governance and Muslims in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Recent studies of Muslims in East Africa have tended largely to explore two main approaches. The focus has been either to study Muslims in relation to security issues, or to explore the reforms attempted within the communities and their implications for Muslim theology, rituals and general welfare.
However, a third approach, which has hitherto received less attention, is the relationship between Muslims and the governance of the countries in which they reside as citizens or residents. Such an approach, inclusive also of the other two dimensions, permits us to view the attitudes and activities of Muslims both in relation to themselves and to the various challenges they face in common with their fellow compatriots and citizens.
This approach will be addressed through the broad themes of Institutions, Law, and Politics and discussed in keynote conversations convened by among others Farouk Topan, Alex Awiti, Erin Styles, Hassan Mwakimako, and Kai Kresse.
We welcome paper submissions on a broad range of topics under these themes – see details on the conference web page.
Submission of Proposals
Papers are invited within the conference themes and accepted papers will be grouped into panels, with each speaker having 20 minutes to present their paper. Interested individuals should submit proposals to email@example.com by August 31, 2017. There is no conference fee and all conference meals will be covered. We will inform you of paper acceptance by end September 2017.
3. The newly-formed Great Lakes Adiban Society (GLAS) is holding its first annual workshop on literatures of the Islamicate world (Arabic, Bengali, Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, etc.) and related on 30 September to 1 October at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo:
4. The Fifth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies will be held at Ghent University (Belgium) from July 5-7, 2018.
The conference will be conducted in two parts and will be preceded by a three-
day intensive course on Digital Islamic (Mamluk) Humanities from July 2-4,
The first day of the conference, July 5, will be themed. The theme of this
part of the conference will be Historiography/Adab. The following two days of
the conference (July 6 and 7) will be structured in pre-organized panels.
For more information, please visit the SMS webpage at
5. Open Call: The 2018-2019 Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship
DEADLINE: 15 NOVEMBER 2017
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for its 2018-19 dissertation fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand US dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. One to two fellowships will be granted each year. The fellowship duration must range from 4-6 months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman.
Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun’s cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five to seven page research report that will be made available on Darat al Funun’s website.
Fellowship funding is intended to compensate all travel and stipend expenses. Darat al Funun will in addition provide housing and office space. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.
Darat al Funun is a home for the arts and artists from the Arab world, housed in six renovated historical buildings from the 1920s and 30s, with a restored archaeological site in the garden. We aim to provide a platform for contemporary Arab artists, to support art practices and artistic exchange, to stimulate critical discourse, and to research, document and archive Arab art. Our specialized arts library includes Arabic and English resources and an archive of video and photographic documentation of Darat al Funun’s activities and files on Arab artists. In addition, Darat al Funun hosts artworks from The Khalid Shoman Collection.
For specific questions about the fellowship contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are welcome in Arabic or English by 15 November 2017 with notice of award by 15 March 2018. Applicants should send a research proposal, also specifying their desired period of stay during the academic year 2018-19, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, C.V., and official transcript. Priority will be given to proposals that indicate the role of Darat al Funun’s archive.
Applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the start of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from students enrolled in any university worldwide.
Application materials should either be emailed (in PDF or Word format, with each document clearly labelled with your name) to email@example.com or posted to:
Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation
P.O. Box 5223
Amman, Jordan 11183
6. Conference: “Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism”, Rice University, Houston, 1-2 December 2017
This conference seeks to bring together scholars whose work reflects on different facets of Arab anti-sectarianism. How did Arab political, revolutionary, and intellectual movements, parties, and figures challenge and contest sectarianism? Etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 September 2017. Information: http://antisectarianismconference.blogs.rice.edu/
7. IX Islamic Law and Society Conference, International Society of Islamic Legal Studies, Helsinki & Tampere, Finland, 6-9 June 2018
The conference will be divided into two parts. In the first, which will take place in Helsinki, a keynote address and an invited panel of five speakers will present on “Islamic Law and the Relationship between Ruler and Ruled.” The second part, which will take place in Tampere over two-and-a-half days, will consist of presentations; preference is given to discussions based on primary text analysis or fieldwork.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2017. Information: http://www.isils.net/conferences
8. James A. Bellamy Professorship in Pre-Modern Arabic Culture, Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES), University of Michigan
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment, and have native or near-native proficiency in English and Arabic. It is expected that they will have experience in curriculum development and will be committed to maintaining and enhancing the long-standing excellence of Arabic Studies at the University.
Deadline for application: 15 October 2017. Information: http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55131
9. Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Islamic Studies, Stanford University, CA
The successful applicant must demonstrate substantial evidence of creativity and excellence in research and scholarship as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. PhD required.The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2018 or as soon as practicable thereafter.
Deadline for application: 15 September 2017. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/42228
10. Post-doc to Analyze Medieval Arabic / Persian Historical Materials on China and its Neighboring Areas, Nanjing University, China
The project will fund three to four months to work in Nanjing University. The qualified international scholars may speak English and should have a good knowledge of Arabic / Persian languages.
Information: Professor Hua Tao firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize 2017
The Paper Prize is open to students who are currently registered for doctoral research at a higher education institution, or have obtained their doctoral degree after 1 September 2014.
Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2017. Information: http://www.brill.com/brills-middle-east-and-islamic-studies-early-career-paper-prize-2017
Qatar Museums – Curator for Turkey & Central Islamic Lands
Qatar Museums – Curator for 2019 (EMU) Project
Qatar Museums – Curator for Central Asia & Iran
13. CfP: “Material Culture Methods in the Middle Islamic Periods”
Sponsor: Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, University of Bonn
Venue: Bristol Hotel, Bonn
8-10 December 2017
Deadline for application: 8th September 2017
This year’s international conference is devoted to the study of material culture in the Middle Islamic periods, namely the era of the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman Sultanates and their contemporaries, with a special emphasis on the Mamluk era. Material culture includes the things that people have made and the relationships between people and those things. It is most informative about the realities of daily life, social and economic networks, and the spatial setting of social activities. Rather than focusing on the formal qualities of objects or their “materiality” (dating, provenance, material composition), the conference’s aim is to facilitate the expansion of the kind of questions we can ask about the societies of the Mediterranean in the 12th-16th centuries, through reference to the material record, including “archaeological texts” (papyri, paper documents, and inscriptions recovered from archaeological contexts). The geographical focus of the conference is the Mediterranean and its hinterland.
Participants are challenged to address the explore ways in which “things” fashioned by human hands defined, molded, and reconstituted relationships: the relationships between craftsman and consumer, patron and client, and within social or intellectual groups, for example. What about the relationships between “things”? When objects gained a second life – through reuse, recycling, as spolia – how did these relationships change? How were relationships consolidated or transformed through consumption (or performance), display, or disappearance from public view? What can we learn about the societies of the day in this manner?
We invite both senior researchers and junior scholars using material culture methods in Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman Studies to share and reflect perspectives related to the conference’s topic and aim. Please submit your abstract (no longer than 500 words) and a short vita to Dr. Abdelkader Al Ghouz (email@example.com) before September 8th 2017. Successful applicants are expected to submit a draft paper by November 24th, 2017.
Speakers agree to publish their papers in a conference volume after a review process and confirm that they have not been previously published. For accepted papers, accommodations will be provided and travel costs will be covered. The language of the conference is English. The conference proceedings will be published in a peer-reviewed volume. The publication is planned for October 2018.
For more information, please contact Dr. Abdelkader Al Ghouz.
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