1.The department of Religion at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2018. Ph.D. degree is expected prior to or shortly after the start date. Candidates with expertise in Islam in any period or region are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with the wider discipline of Religious Studies and issues in the Study of Religion is desirable.
All Colgate University faculty are also expected to maintain an active research agenda and participate in all-University programs, which include the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Many faculty also serve in off-campus study and interdisciplinary programs, such as Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Africana and Latin American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s Studies, among others. An annual five-course teaching assignment may include an introductory course in Religion and a course in the Core Curriculum.
A cover letter, CV, three current reference letters, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample must be submitted through: http://academicjobsonline.org/.
Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, November 18-21, 2017, or via remote technologies, as needed.
Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching and scholarship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at http://www.upstatenyherc.org .
Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university with an ambitious study-abroad program. It comprises 2900 students and is situated in rural New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Religion department can be found at http://www.colgate.edu/.
2. After a hiatus of more than 10 years, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Textile Museum Journal. Returning November 7, 2017, the journal’s publication is made possible by generous support from the Markarian Foundation.
Learn more at http://museum.gwu.edu/tmjournal
Table of Contents
The Textile Museum Journal, Volume 44
Toward a Grammar of Textiles: A Reconsideration of Medieval Textile Aesthetics and the Impact of Modern Collecting
Nomad Textile Bags from Central Asia in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Geographic Distribution, Decoration, Semantics
Through the Renaissance Frame: Carpets and the Beginnings of ‘Islamic Art’ in Nineteenth-Century Vienna and Berlin
Pope Innocent VIII’s Mamluk Carpets from Cairo in Context: Their Manufacture and Acquisition
Rosamond E. Mack
Rethinking Mamluk Carpet Origins
Tentage at the Calico Museum and its Patterns, by Peter Alford Andrews and Mugul Andrews
Imprints of Culture, by Eiluned Edwards
Pattern and Loom, by John Becker
Textiles of the Banjara, by Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin
Cristin McKnight Sethi
3. Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference to be held in Philadelphia from 12 to 15 October 2017, will bring together scholarly professionals who are poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The Bibliography Among the Disciplines program, supported by Rare Book School and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations. The project will culminate in 2019 with a volume of essays contributed by conference participants. Both the conference and subsequent volume will seek to build on the ongoing series of symposia conducted by Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, established in 2012 through funding from the Foundation.
Among the panels is this plenary session featuring François Déroche and Anthony Grafton:
Historicizing Critical Bibliography
Friday, 13 October, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)
“Bio-Bibliography in Early Modern Europe: Towards a History of Practice”
François Deroche (Chair in the History of the Qur’an, Text and Transmission, Collège de France)
“From One Giant to Another: Bio-Bibliographical Practice in the Islamic World (10th–17th Centuries)”
Session Organizers: Vera Keller (University of Oregon), Yael Rice (Amherst College)
For more information, including registration details and the full conference schedule: http://rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017/
4. Comparative Persianate Aesthetics Symposium
September 28-29, 2017
154 Bay State Road, Second Floor Ellis Room
Free and open to the public
Middle Eastern and South Asian studies in the last decade have been energized by the idea of the “Persianate” cultural realm in which the Persian language and courtly conduct (adab) played a central role in societies from the Balkans to Bengal, giving rise to a transnational Muslim cosmopolitanism. This intellectual framework has enabled scholars to examine modes of cultural exchange between powerful polities such as Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran and Mughal India, as well as with Europe. Gift-giving between the different courts resulted in a unprecedented movement of objects in this cultural region. Until today important paintings and manuscripts of literary and historical works are preserved in far-flung libraries from Sarajevo to Patna as scholars retrace their early modern itineraries.
Our symposium will focus on the changing relationship that literary and historical texts and paintings had to Persian cosmopolitan models in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and how they themselves became starting points for distinctive traditions that drew inspiration from local and regionally-specific cultural practices, including the non-courtly. We will also examine the ways in which vernacular production in turn transformed Persian culture. We will approach this topic through a variety of conceptual frameworks: translation, imitation, hybridity, and innovation, across various humanistic disciplines. Individual papers will discuss textual genres such as epic and love lyrics, images in illustrated manuscripts and albums, practices and performances, in their cultural contexts, but also comparatively.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 (4-5 pm)
Poetics of Influence: Diverse Origins and Diverging Paths of Persianate Cosmopolises / Selim Kuru (University of Washington)
Friday, September 29, 2017
Panel 1 (9:30-10:30 am)
Persianate Royal Biographies in Verse / Sunil Sharma (Boston University)
Heroic Verse and History-Writing in the Deccan: Nusrati Responses to the Shahnamah / Subah Dayal (Tulane University)
Coffee break (10:30-10:45 am)
Panel 2 (10:45 am-1 pm)
Safavid Shahrashub: Literary Form and City Experience in Seventeenth-century Isfahan / Farshid Emami (Oberlin College)
The Persianate in Paris: Mughal Manuscript Culture and French Knowledge Production in the Eighteenth Century / Chanchal Dadlani (Wake Forest University)
Branding Iran: Persian Art and Culture in the Age of Global Early Modernity / Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University)
Lunch (1-2:15 pm)
Panel 3 (2:15-3:15 pm)
‘Calligraphers Renowned in the Lands of Rum and Ajam’: Ottoman nastaliq in the Seventeenth Century / Emine Fetvaci (Boston University)
Two Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Sakinames in Persian / Sooyong Kim (Koc University)
Panel 4 (3:30-4:30 pm)
The Persian Sources of Mem û Zîn the First Kurdish Love masnavi / Amr Ahmed (Harvard University)
Dastan literature in late Mughal Bengal: Shah Garibullah’s Dobhashi Amir Hamjar puthi / Thibaut d’Hubert (University of Chicago)
5. The Institute of Ismaili Studies cordially invites you to attend the lecture Pluralism and Perennialism: A Historical Investigation of Two Key Concepts
By: Professor Mark Sedgwick, Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Date: Thursday, 15th June
At: 16:00 (GMT)
To attend the event or view the live webcast, please ensure you pre-register by clicking on : http://iis.ac.uk/events/pluralism-and-perennialism-historical-investigation-two-key-concepts
For further information, email: email@example.com
Pluralism and Perennialism: A Historical Investigation of Two Key Concepts
Approaches to the plurality of religions vary from exclusivist monism to all-inclusive universalism.
Mark Sedgwick will examine these approaches from a historical perspective. He will discuss perennialism, an approach that in the West has its origins in the Renaissance concept of the prisca theologia, an ancient universal revelation.
Sedgwick will follow the development of perennialism alongside other approaches such as Deism and Pantheism during the Enlightenment, through the nineteenth-century, to the modern perennialism of René Guénon and Aldous Huxley and thence into contemporary Traditonalism, in and beyond Islam.
He will close with a comparison between these forms of perennialism and contemporary universalism.
6. A team is coming together to translate and edit an Ottoman sourcebook of readings in Ottoman History.
We have our editors set, but there are specialized texts that we would welcome the help of contributors with, with no commitment needed to the more extensive responsibilities of editorship. Those able to fluently translate texts bearing upon Ottoman history from less-commonly used languages among Ottomanists, such as Bulgarian, Romanian, Hungarian, Armenian, the Balkan languages, Georgian, Farsi, and Russian are particularly sought after. The general chronological division of the work is likely to be 1300-1520, 1520-1699, 1699-1837, and 1837-1923.
7. The Department of History at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of late antique or medieval history. Our search encompasses all fields and areas of medieval European, Mediterranean, and/or Near Eastern history, ca. 200 – 1400 CE.
Position starts August 2018.
Preferred qualifications: ability to teach a range of undergraduate lectures and seminars in late antique and/or medieval history, as well as contribute to one or more of our graduate program thematic clusters (Global connections, empire, capitalism; Health, science, environment; Race, citizenship, migration; Religion, gender, cultural identity; States, nations, political cultures). We also welcome interdisciplinary candidates whose historical work addresses social, cultural, economic, and/or political processes; who engage with material and/or visual cultures; and/or who can participate in Stony Brook’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (in hand or expected by August 2018) in late antique or medieval history, medieval studies, or related field.
Application Procedure: Interested individuals should apply through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9802.
A complete application consists of the following:
1) cover letter,
2) curriculum vitae,
3) teaching statement,
4) research statement,
5) three letters of reference, and
6) a completed State employment application form.
Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Sara Lipton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To receive consideration, applications must be received no later than December 1, 2017.
Professor of History
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348
8. Starting from 2016, Koç University Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center and the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge agreed to start a joint three year project on the Socio-Economic History of Anatolia in the Ottoman Period.
The Project consists of three symposiums on three themes, Disease and Disaster (both man-made and natural disasters), Trade and Production and Social Life. The first symposium was held at Newnham College, University of Cambridge on 18-19 March 2016. The second symposium, Trade and Production in Ottoman Anatolia will be held on September 28-29, 2017 at the premises of VEKAM in Ankara Turkey.
We are pleased to announce the sympoisum and believe that it will contribute to new research on Ottoman Studies.
for detailed information please see https://vekam.ku.edu.tr
9. University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa – Associate/Full Professor, Middle
Eastern Culture and Islamic Religious Studies
Connecticut College – Assistant Professor, Continuing Part-time,
Mughal India and the Islamic World
American University – Beirut – Assistant/Associate Professor of Media Studies – Arab Media Studies
University of California – San Diego – Assistant Professor: Early Modern Mediterranean and the World
10. The School for Advanced Research Seeks Nominations for the Linda S. Cordell Prize for Outstanding Books in the Field of Archaeology
This award recognizes innovative books in archaeology or anthropological archaeology that best exemplify excellence in writing, significantly advance archaeological method, theory, or interpretation, and inform other subfields of anthropology or related disciplines.The research approach may be grounded in archaeology or another field where archaeological data, method, and theory are brought to bear on a broader anthropological problem.
Past awardees are Dr. Julia A. Hendon for her book, Houses in a Landscape: Memory and Everyday LIfe in Mesoamerica; and Dr. Scott G. Ortman for his book, Winds from the North: Tewa Origin and Historical Archaeology.
Deadline for the 2019 prize is January 15, 2018
Go to sarweb.org for more information on this program, including eligibility criteria and nomination guidelines.
11. The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Visual Culture
Submission deadline: December 15, 2017
The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) is pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished article written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. Awarded annually by HIAA, this prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long‐serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. Papers should not exceed 7000 words in length and can be accompanied by 15 low-res illustrations maximum.
The competition is open to HIAA members only. As well as receiving an award of $500, the recipient of the prize will be announced at HIAA’s next business meeting in 2018. The winning essay will also be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
Submission must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.
All materials (under 5 Mb) should be submitted by email to email@example.com by December 15, 2017. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transfered by FTP.
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