1. CFP: Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Vol. 1, No. 2, July-December 2016)
Emotions, Humans and Animals
We invite submissions for the second issue of Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Vol. 1, No. 2, July-December 2016), a peer-reviewed, semi-annual research journal published by Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN, USA). The theme for this issue is “Emotions, Humans and Animals”. We are interested in articles that explore the emotional relationships between humans and animals in any region and period. The issue is concerned with but not limited to the study of emotions reflected in social and cultural construction of animals in human societies; the use of animal signs for characterising human experiences and metaphysical and religious ideas; the association and disassociation of humans with animals in agrarian and industrialised societies; and innovative theoretical and methodological approaches for studying the emotions involved in human-animal relationships. We are also interested in works exploring the post-humanist approaches which historicize the emotional behaviour among animals by moving beyond constructionism.
1 June 2016 is the deadline for submitting research articles, review articles and book reviews.
To submit a manuscript for consideration, an account with the journal is required. Please use the following link for registering an account or log-in to your existing account and then click the ‘new submission’ link:
Hussain Ahmad Khan
Associate Editor, Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies,
2. Call for Papers
Roshangar: the Roshan Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
We are currently accepting submissions for the first edition of Roshangar, to be
published electronically in January 2016. We are seeking rigorous undergraduate
research papers (1,500-2,500 words) related to Persianate societies. We are especially
interested in work with an interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial approach.
Roshangar is a peer-reviewed journal working with an academic advisory board from the
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland. The journal serves to
inspire new and original research as well as to promote a broader interest in Persian
Studies within the academic community.
The deadline for paper submissions is December 22 (11:59 pm).
Please include in your application:
- Title page: Name of author and undergraduate institution
- 250 word abstract
- Electronic editable version of paper with bibliography, references, or works cited
list in MLA format
For submissions and additional information, please contact the editorial team
3. The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization at the University of Arizona Presents:
16th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Re-envisioning Boundaries: Navigating Society, Culture, and Sovereignties
Call for Abstracts
The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization (MENA), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 16th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies to be held from Thursday, April 7th 2016 to Saturday, April 9th 2016 in Tucson, Arizona, USA
This conference aims to strengthen ties between academic disciplines by providing a platform for graduate students to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and create a network of emerging scholars spanning a variety of fields. This year’s conference is focused on the idea of mobility and sharing concepts related to the Middle East across fields with boundaries being redefined on various levels. We encourage abstract submissions not only from students within Middle Eastern and North African Studies programs, but also from Linguistics, Literature, Law and LGBT/Queer Studies, Journalism , Gender and Women Studies, Philosophy, political Science, Public health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Translation, Anthropology, Economic, Education, Geography, History, Music, and other studies related to the study of the Middle East and North Africa.
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for individual papers and pre-organized panels. Submissions are due December 11th for International students and January 15th for domestic students. Individual paper abstracts must be 250 words and submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. In the body of email, please include author’s name, paper title, school and department affiliation, phone number, and email address. A panel organizer must submit an anonymous panel proposal that includes the description of the panel and an abstract for each paper it contains. Abstracts and proposals must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, please visit http://menas.arizona.edu/mena-conference or submit your inquiries to email@example.com . Selected papers will be published in the academic peer-reviewed online journal Zaytoon.
We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Asef Bayat will give this year’s keynote address. Dr. Bayat is the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies at the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His current research focuses on the Arab Spring, particularly the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
4. Open Access Journal
CfP: Hadīth and Sīra Studies
The mission to understand Prophet Muhammad and present his message to the world based on primary sources, which Meridyen Association began in 2007 with the launch of the LastProphet.info web portal, is now expanding to a new field.
A peer-reviewed academic journal, Hadīth and Sīra Studies, is the next step in a line of academic activities that include “The Hadīth and Sīra Research Awards”, “Sīra Workshop” and “International Sīra Studies Symposium” conducted under the Lastprophet.info project. With the focus of gathering academic research of the Prophet Muhammad’s life to reveal universal guiding principles applicable to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, this biannual journal seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the field of hadīth and sīra studies.
Hadīth and Sīra Studies recognizes the rigorous intellectual standards set by Western academia and aims to adhere to them from its first issue as part of its long-term goal to become a leading international publication. In line with its interdisciplinary perspective, Hadīth and Sīra Studies welcomes contributions from diverse fields of research.
How primary Islamic sources have been understood and interpreted throughout history shapes the way they are understood by the present generation. It is therefore necessary to both convey the Islamic tradition through a re-evaluation and analysis of the literature written during previous centuries, and to make it relevant to contemporary problems. The critical and philosophical ideas voiced since the 18th century in both the East and West cannot be ignored and must be engaged with by hadīth and sīra studies. Classical Islamic texts should be reread and at the same time rediscovered in light of these intellectual developments. In tackling these significant issues, the importance of adopting both an international and interdisciplinary approach becomes clear. At this current time, Hadīth and Sīra Studies intends to publish articles in Arabic, English, German and French in addition to Turkish.
We welcome your academic contributions addressing the separate or common issues of hadīth and sīra studies, as well as those connecting them to relevant disciplines, for our second issue which will be published in May 2016.
Deadline for submissions: 15th March 2016
5. Spolia Reincarnated: Second Life of Spaces, Materials, Objects in Anatolia from Antiquity to the Ottoman Period
10th RCAC (Koc University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations-Istanbul) Annual Symposium, 5-6 December 2015.
The symposium focuses on various forms and types of reuse in the cultures that developed in Anatolia and Eastern Mediterranean from Antiquity up to the Ottoman period. Through a diverse range of presentations, emerging from the current research in spolia studies, the symposium intends to discuss the reuse of architectural elements, decoration and sculpture, reuse of space and buildings, as well as the reuse of objects (from metal objects to textiles). By bringing together archaeologists, art historians, historians of architecture and landscape, the aim is not only to show the abundance and variety of examples but also to question how, through the process of reuse, space, materials and objects were reworked and changed to fit into their new contexts.
Symposium organizers: Ivana Jevtic and Suzan Yalman (Department of Archaeology and History of Art, Koc University-Istanbul).
10.00-10:40 Finbarr Barry Flood, New York University
Seeing Time: Alteration, Cumulation and the Palimpsest Artwork
“Setting the Stage”: Going Back to the Origins of the Term and the Concept of Spolia
11:15 – 11:40 Inge Uytterhoeven, Koc University
‘Spolia, -iorum, (n): From Spoils of War to Re-Used Building Materials. The History of a Latin Term
11:40-12:05 Philipp Niewohner, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin
Varietas and Spolia in East and West: The Origins of an Aesthetic Concept and Its Application to the Re-Use of Marbles in Late Antiquity and the Early Byzantine Period
Revival or Survival: Spolia, Memory and Legitimacy
13:40 – 14:05 Elif Keser Kayaalp, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir
Spolia and Classicism in the Mosques of Diyarbakır (Amid) and Silvan (Mayyafariqin)
14:05 – 14:30 Livia Bevilacqua, Universita Ca’ Foscari, Venice
Spolia on City Gates in the Thirteenth Century: Byzantium and Italy
14:30 – 14:55 Scott Redford, SOAS, London
Spolia and Ideology: Modes and Motives of Re-Use
15:50 – 16:15 Suna Cagaptay, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul
On the Beaks of the Double-Headed Eagle: Spolia in Re and Appropriation in Medieval Anatolia and Beyond
16:15 – 16:40 Maria Kiprovska, University of Sofia
Plunder and Appropriation at the Borderland: Representation, Legitimacy and Ideological Use of Spolia by Members of the Ottoman Frontier Nobility
16:40 – 17:05 Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Remains of the Day: Converted Anatolian Churches
17:05-17:30 Summary and Discussion
Spolia and Imperial Agenda: Transformation of Monuments and the Image of the City
10:10 – 10:50 Alessandra Guiglia, Claudia Barsanti, University of Sapienza, Rome
Spolia in Saint Sophia in Constantinople from Justinian to the Ottoman Period: The Phenomenon of Multilayered Re-Use
11:05 – 11:30 Nicholas Melvani, Koc University Stavros Niarchos Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, Istanbul
Late, Middle, and Early Byzantine Sculpture in Palaiologan Constantinople
11:30 – 11:55 Unver Rustem, Johns Hopkins University and University of Cambridge
Byzantine Legacies and the Ottoman Baroque: Architectural Consciousness in Eighteenth Century Istanbul
Second Life of Objects: Portable Items as Spolia
14:10 – 14:35 Konstantina Karterouli, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Re-Use of the Byzantine Object in the West c. 1200: Assimilation or Appropriation?
14:35 – 15:00 Elena Papastavrou, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and Nikolas Vryzidis, British School at Athens
“Sacred Patchwork”: The Greek Church’s Patterns of Textile Re-Use During the Ottoman Era
15:15 – 15:40 Pagona Papadopoulou, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
The Afterlife of Coins: The Re-Use of Late Antique and Medieval Coins for Apotropaic, Religious and Ideological Purposes
16:10-16:50 Paul Magdalino, University of Saint Andrews, Scotland
16:50-17:15 Ivana Jevtic, Koc University
General Discussion and Closing Remarks
[Added by H-Islamart Editor: The symposium is open to the public and simultaneous English-Turkish translation will be provided. For more information contact: Şeyda Çetin (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Spolia Reincarnated (Istanbul, 5-6 December 15). In: H-ArtHist,
Nov 28, 2015. <http://arthist.net/archive/11575>
6. International Conference: “Resistance & Empire: New Approaches and Comparisons”, University of Lisbon, 26-29 June 2016
The conference invites students of French, British, Portuguese, German, and other European colonialisms to analytically address the multiple expressions of “resistance” in colonial history by engaging with empirical material and theoretical explorations.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2015. Information: www.ics.ul.pt/rdonweb-recursos/events/2015-12/2015-12-31.pdf
7. W3-Professorship in Oriental Studies (Arabic and Islamic Studies), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
The expected focus of research and teaching activities is the early modern and modern developments of the culture, history, and religion of the Arab and Islamic worlds, combined with experience in working with sociological and anthropological approaches to these fields. Several years of study and research experience in Arab countries and/or other countries of the Islamic world, as well as a second regional field of specialization, are equally desirable. The appointment begins April 1, 2016.
Deadline for application: 2 January 2016. Information: www.stellenwerk-bochum.de/jobs-finden/hochschulinterne-angebote/details/anzeige/bo-2015-11-10-14.html
8. Three LSE Middle East Centre Emirates Master’s Scholarship 2016/17
The LSE Middle East Centre Emirates Scholarship offers financial support for students from Arab states studying for a Master’s degree at LSE and who intend to focus their studies on the Middle East. The scholarship has a value of £30,000 which will cover full tuition fees with the remainder available to support living expenses in London.
Deadline for applications: 29 April 2016. Information: www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/scholarships/Masters/apply.aspx?utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=e976985226-Masters+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79ca332e34-e976985226-318654609
9. Call for Applicants and Scholarships for a Doctoral Program “The Asian Sphere”, University of Haifa and the Hebrew University
The Asian Sphere offers a unique opportunity for outstanding candidates, at the MA and PhD level, to enroll in a multidisciplinary and inter-university graduate program that deals with the Asian continent. Subject Fields: Asian Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Art History, Archaeology, Geography, Political Science, International Relations, Cultural Studies, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, and more.
Deadline for application: 31 January 2016. Information: http://asian-sphere.huji.ac.il
10. M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
The aim of this degree program is to reposition the study of the Middle East and Islam within a global context to help students better analyze particular issues in light of current events and shifting historical paradigms. The program’s core classes provide a solid background in both fields of study; however students can choose to focus their coursework on either Middle East Studies or Islamic Studies.
Deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2016-2017 academic year: 15 February 2016. Information: http://meis.gmu.edu/
How to apply
Email completed paper and panel proposal forms (downloadable below) before the deadline. Please limit your abstracts to 250 words.
Deadline for proposals: 19 February 2016, 5pm.
Panel Proposal Form | Paper Proposal Form | Conference Website
Within the overall theme of ‘Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyber Space’, papers and panels addressing historical or contemporary aspects of the following subthemes are particularly invited:
- Trade, transport and financial networks: ancient and modern economic collaborations and enterprises.
- Geographical networks in urban, regional and international contexts.
- Political and social networks: ruling elites, structures of government, networking in minority and majority contexts, diaspora communities and social movements.
- Migration networks: migrants’ routes, communications and integration.
- Cultural networks: connections within art, architecture, literature, film and music.
- Linguistics and etymological connections and language development.
- Virtual networks: social media, gaming and global communications networks.
- Networks within religion: religious communities (ancient and modern), interfaith connections, religious authority and evolving theological interpretations.
- Networks in radicalisation and counter-radicalisation.
Proposals for complete panel sessions are particularly welcome.
12. ESRC MSc/PhD studentships
ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre MSc + PhD studentships for 2016 are available for students of Language-Based Area Studies at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), University of Edinburgh. Starting date September 2016.
CASAW, Edinburgh, invites applicants under three routes: first, its 2+3 model, which entails a two-year Masters in Arab World Studies (to become Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic), including intensive Arabic, followed by three years of PhD funding; second, its 1+3 model, which entails a one-year Masters in Advanced Arabic or in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, followed by three years of PhD funding; third, its +3 model, which entails three years of PhD funding.
Application Process, 2+3, 1+3 (MSc with Arabic training + PhD)
Applicants for study at CASAW 2+3 or 1+3 funding should send a CV, a 1,000-word outline of the proposed PhD research topic, and the names of two referees no later than Friday 22 January 2016, to Dr Anthony Gorman:
Applicants for 2+3 or 1+3 study at CASAW will also need complete an application to the relevant Masters degree, available at:
For further details about Masters degrees in Language-Based Area Studies of the Middle East at Edinburgh, see:
Application Process, +3 (PhD only)
Applicants for +3 (PhD only) study at CASAW should apply in the first instance for a PhD place at Edinburgh:
They should also write separately to Dr Anthony Gorman indicating their intention to apply for an ESRC LBAS scholarship, attaching their CV, PhD research proposal (c. 2,000-5,000 words) and the names of two referees:
Notification and registration with the Scottish Graduate School, 2+3, 1+3 and +3
Applicants to be put forward for an LBAS scholarship by the University of Edinburgh will then be notified of this on or before1 February 2015, at which point they should then register separately for the scholarship competition. For further details of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre ESRC scholarships, including eligibility criteria see:
13. Simon Fraser University – Comparative Muslim Societies and Cultures Associate Professor/Assistant ProfessorAcademic items
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