1.The Sixth International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
Comparative Philosophy of Religion: Basics and Issues
– Nature of Comparative Philosophy of Religion
– Possibility of Comparative Philosophy of Religion
– Methodology of Comparative Philosophy of Religion
– Presuppositions of Comparative Philosophy of Religion
– Type of Religion and its Influence on Issues of Philosophy of Religion
– Definition of Religion in Different Philosophies of Religion
– Concept of God/Ultimate Reality/the Holy
– Arguments of the Existence of God/Ultimate Reality/the Holy
– Religious Experience and Revelation
– the Afterlife (Immortality)
– The Problem of Evil
– Reason and Faith
– Relationship between God and Nature (Universe)
– Language of Religion (Religious Language)
Time: 6-7 February 2018
Venue: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Conference website: http://philorconf.org/
Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 250-300 word abstract, at least 3 keywords, and the author’s affiliation.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 21 November 2017
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2. CFP: Medievalists Without Borders: Cooperative Projects on Popular Culture in Islamic and Christian Lands
International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 10-13, 2018
This session came about when we the organizers discovered that we each work on very similar topics in medieval popular culture, one of us primarily in Arabic and one of us primarily in Latin. We seek to build a roundtable at Kalamazoo as a kind of collaborator matchmaking site, finding scholars working on popular culture east and west who could benefit from knowing one another, and asking these pairs to present the results of their collaboration at the conference.
In so doing, we aim to break down some of the artificial barriers between the popular cultures of different civilizations during the European medieval period. Despite the artificial disciplinary boundaries within which we commonly work, these societies were actually quite mobile and intertwined, and their folklore and popular culture shows a great deal of overlap and influence. Our title, “Medievalists Without Borders,” is a gesture toward this breaking down of walls and barriers between scholars, an act we find especially needful at a time when we are witnessing an intensification of disciplinary borders, of disparities between tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, and of cultural isolationism.
We propose to set up a coterie of collaborations between scholars working primarily in Latin or in the vernacular languages of “Western” Europe and scholars working in Arabic, Persian, or other languages of North Africa and the Middle East, all in the field of popular culture. We will accept proposals both from pairs of scholars who wish to use this as a forum to collaborate and from individual scholars whom we will match with other applicants. The session is open to literary, artistic, historical, folkloric, and musical forms of non-elite production. Because the elite / non-elite divide of “popular culture” has been challenged, we also welcome proposals for work which pushes at this boundary. We are especially seeking inclusivity in our group of participants: not only do we wish to encourage proposals from scholars at all stages and from all types of academic careers, but also from scholars who are marginalized or who work on marginalized populations.
We will accept proposals in two forms:
A joint proposal from two scholars, no longer than 300 words, suggesting a collaboration, or
A request to be paired with a like-minded scholar, consisting of a CV and/or short bio, and a brief description of your interest in popular culture.
Please send materials to Amanda Steinberg (email@example.com) and Kaitlin Heller (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Sept. 1, 2017. Proposals should be accompanied by the Participant Information Form, available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions.
3. Media Transitions and Cultural Debates in Arab Societies:
Transhistorical Perspectives on the Impact of Communication Technologies
International Conference of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)
Tunis, 24-26 November 2017
Call for Papers
In the last decades, the Arab world has witnessed the emergence and broad diffusion of ʻnewʼ media, most prominently the Internet. The opportunities provided by these new communication technologies have not only inspired and empowered a new generation of youth for political dissent, but have also fostered the emergence of new modes of cultural expression, literary styles and genres as well as new layers of readers and writers.
Digital media, however, is not the first ‘new media’ to appear in the Arab world. The adoption of Internet technologies in recent times could be compared to the transition from oral to script culture that took place in the 9th century, the spread of print technologies after several centuries of a flourishing manuscript culture in the 19th century, or the emergence of audio-visual media (radio, TV, photograpy, film) in the 20th century. The transhistorical perspective has proven useful in the field of media studies in general, but requires further exploration with specifics to the Arab region.
With regard to different media at different historical moments (9th-21st century), the conference aims at exploring how the emergence and diffusion of ‘new media’ or communication technologies in Arab societies have affected the (conditions of) literary and cultural production, distribution, and reception and how cultural debates are shaped by the use of different media.
Organizers: Barbara Winckler (University of Muenster), Teresa Pepe (University of Oslo), Carola Richter (Freie Universitaet Berlin), and Bilal Orfali (American University of Beirut).
Speakers will be requested to give a 15 minutes paper presentation, followed by a 15 minutes discussion. Travel and accommodation expenses of invited speakers will be fully covered by AGYA.
Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a short CV to email@example.com by 31 August 2017. Do not hesitate to contact us for general inquiries.
For further information, see the complete Call for Papers: http://agya.info/upcoming-events/?tx_calendarize_calendar%5Bindex%5D=8&cHash=2abf1299651b0f6fd885b4c17f1ddcae
4. The Al-Hikmah Institute of Al-Mustafa International University Organizes Conference on Islam in Europe.
7 February 2018 Al-Mustafa International University, Qom, Iran.
The areas of interest include:
Potentials of Islam and Muslims to Interact with Europe
- Potentials of Religious and Cultural Centers in Europe to Promote Positive Interaction
- Impacts of Islam and Muslims on Europe
- Contributions of Muslim Emigrants in European Countries
- Potentials of Islamic Teachings for the Establishment of Peace and Security in Europe
- Morality and Spirituality in Islam and its Role in Positive Interaction with Europe
Europe’s Potentials in Interacting with Islam and Muslims
- Islamic Studies in Europe; History and Pathology; the Role of Academic Studies in Understanding Islam and Muslims.
- Admission of Muslim Immigrants into Europe; Opportunities and Challenges
- Minorities’ Rights in Europe and its Impact on Peaceful Coexistence of Muslims and non-Muslims
- The Role Scientific and Technological Advances in Europe in Constructive Interaction Between Islamic World and European Countries
Prospects and Challenges in the Relation between Islam and Europe
- Racism and HostilityToward Muslim Minorities in Europe
- Limitations of Islamic lifestyle in Europe
- Extremism; The Common Threat of Islamic and European countries
- The Role of Islamic leaders in controlling the Radical Extremists.
- The Return of Terrorists to Europe; a Challenge for security.
Islamophobia in Europe
- European Media and Portrayal of Islam and Muslims
- The Role of Takfiri Movements in Creating Negative Image of Muslims
- The Role and Position of Islamic Centers in Europe in Making Peace and Reducing Extremism.
- The Role of Academic and Cultural Centers of Islamic and European Societies in Creating a Positive Approach oward Both Sides.
For more information and registration, please visit:
5. Conference: “Makkah and the Hejaz in Emerging Pan-Islamic Thought: Imperial-era South-South Networks, Migration, and Evolving Scholarly Demographics, 1800-2000”, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyad, 5-6 December 2017
The conference will focus on: Scholarly Networks in the Ottoman Hejaz on the Eve of European Imperialism (1500-1800); Imperial Hajj, Exiled Ulema, and Emerging Muslim Internationalism; Merchants, Minorities & Muhājirūn; Identity Politics & The Holy Cities in the 20th-21st Centuries, Between Religious Establishments & Religious Oppositions.
Deadline for abstracts: 17 September 2017. Information: http://www.facebook.com/research.kfcris/photos/pb.178104892527405.-2207520000.1493213561./447714255566466/?type=3
6. BRISMES Conference “New Approaches to Studying the Middle East”, King’s College London, 25-26 June 2018
The organizers encourage proposals that take up the theme in original ways, exploring not only new approaches, but bringing different new approaches into dialogue with each other, including across disciplines and across regions. In addition, proposals on any topic related to Middle Eastern Studies are invited, regardless of their fit with the conference’s main theme.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2017. Information: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/conference/call-for-papers/
7. Two-year Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Massachusetts
Applications are invited from outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.
Deadline for application: 1 October 2017. Information: https://academy.wcfia.harvard.edu/programs/academy_scholar
8. Associate or Full Professor in Modern Iranian Studies, Princeton University
Research expertise and teaching interests may concern any aspect of modern Iran, from the 19th century to the present; we particularly welcome applications from historians and social scientists.
Deadline for application: 15 November 2017. Information: https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=2781
9. Assistant Professor, Modern Middle East and/or Modern Africa, Gonzaga University, Washington
We seek a teacher-scholar of the Modern Middle East and/or Modern Africa (1800 to present) with experience teaching History of World Civilization II. Qualifications: Ph.D. in History, with specialty in the Modern Middle East or Modern Africa.
Deadline for application: 16 October 2017. Information: https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/postings/10685
10. Assistant Professor in Ottoman History, University of Pennsylvania
We welcome a range of scholarship in Ottoman history, including transnational and imperial perspectives as well as approaches that address the political, ethnic, and religious diversity of the Ottoman world. Specialists from any period in Ottoman history may apply.
Deadline for application: 15 September 2017. Information: https://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1146
11. Persian Literary Studies Journal(PLSJ), a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary periodical designed to comparatively explore literary, artistic and cultural issues, is seeking book reviewers to write essays about the publications it receives.
We also kindly invite publishers to send their publications of interest to the PLSJ office at Farideh Pourgiv, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Linguistics, Eram Campus, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.
For inquiries about titles, our stylesheet and preferred format please contact the book review editor at < firstname.lastname@example.org > and < email@example.com >. Also, please visit us at <http://plsj.shirazu.ac.ir/ >.
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