1.First Biennial International Conference of the Society of Iranian Archaeology: “Cultural Interactions, Continuity and Disruption”, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, 4-5 December 2019
The conference is dedicated to gather archaeologists focusing on Iran as their major field of research and to discuss their most recent findings and interpretations of past Iranian societies. Recent changes of socio-political perspectives especially in the Near East, encouraged the organizers to dedicate the conference specifically to past cultural interactions within Iran and between Iran and surrounding regions.
Deadline for abstracts: 21 May 2019. Information: http://congress.soia.org.ir/en/
2. Research Scholar on the History of the Pre-Modern Arabic World, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Junior and senior scholars with excellent knowledge of classical Arabic, and with suitable experience in the history of science, history of philosophy, history of medicine, or other relevant fields are invited to apply. Candidates should hold a doctorate in one of the above-mentioned fields and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience at the time the position begins (PhD awarded in 2017 or earlier).
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2019.
3. Summer Course: “Art Treasures of Konya: Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture II”, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, 1-26 July 2019
The course will combine lectures and many field trips to monuments and museums in and around Konya, taking full advantage of the opportunity to study art in context. By the end of the course, students will have obtained an understanding of the stylistic, historical, and social importance of the medieval Islamic art and architecture of Konya and of its place in the broader framework of Islamic art history.
Deadline for application: 7 June 2019
4. Two Summer Courses: “Intensive Arabic Language”, Noor Majan Arabic Institute in Ibri and Muscat, Oman, 9 June – 1 August or 18 August – 12 September 2019
Both locations represent a unique experience of the Sultanate and are equally rigorous in nature.
5. The 26th I.R. Iran World Award for Book of the Year
On Tuesday February 5, 2019 an Award Ceremony was held in Tehran Iran, in which all the selected distinguished works and their authors were honored. This year, after the primary selection of more than 2,700 books in different fields of Islamic and Iranian Studies, 244 books were assessed, from which 9 books were selected as winners. The evaluated books have been written in English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Georgian, Chinese, Greek, Turkish, Bengali and Finnish languages. The winners are from Germany, Russia, Lebanon, Italy, Ireland, Turkey and the USA.
The “World Book Award of the Year” winners are:
Gülru Necipoğlu. The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
Allessandra Lazzari, Masasimo Vidale. Lapis Lazuli Bead Making at Shahr-I Sokhta: Interpreting Craft Production in the Urban Community of the 3rd Millennium BC. Rome: ISMEO (Italian Institute for Middle and Far East), 2017
Alexander Knysh. Sufism: A New History of Islamic Mysticism. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017
Maurice A. Pomerantz. Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Sahib b. Abbad (d. 385/995). Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
Moya Carey. Persian Art: Collecting the Arts of Iran for the V&A. London: V&A Publishing (Victoria and Albert Museum), 2018
George Archer. A Place Between Two Places: The Quranic Barzakh. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2017
Hussein Ali Abdulsater. Shi’i Doctrine, Mu’tazili Theology: al-Sharif al-Murtaa and Imami Discourse. Edinburgh University Press, 2017
Yousef Casewit. The Mystics of al-Andalus: Ibn Barrajan and Islamic Thought in the Twelfth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2017
Juliane Müller. Nahrungsmittel in der arabischen Medizin: Das Kitab al-Aiya wa-l-asriba des Naib ad-Din as-Samarqandi. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
6. DEADLINE EXTENDED: CFP Vol. on theme Slavery in the Middle East and North Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries
We are pleased to invite contributions to an edited volume on the theme of Slavery in the Middle East and North Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The volume will be edited by Janet Afary and Eric Massie and will be published by I.B. Tauris as part of its series on Sex, Marriage, and the Family in the Middle East (Series Editors: Janet Afary and Claudia Yaghoobi).
Articles addressing the following themes are particularly encouraged, but all articles related to slavery in the Middle East and North Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries will be considered:
- The social construction of mastery and slavery in slaveholding-enslaved relationships
- The social construction of freedom and dependency in the process of manumission
- The gendered experience of slavery and use and abuse of the enslaved’s sexuality
- The familial and social lives of enslaved and manumitted persons.
- Legal and customary practices regulating the familial and social lives of the enslaved
- Theorizations about the enslaved’s vulnerability in Middle Eastern contexts
Please notify us of your intention to contribute by April 15th. The article itself should be received by August 30th, 2019. It should be in English and not exceed 10,000-12,000 words. Additional information about formatting will be sent after we receive your notification.
Please direct any inquiries to:
7. Call for Papers: Cambridge Graduate Middle East Conference: Languages of Legitimation in the Middle East
Conference Date: 6 – 7 June 2019
Conference Venue: Woolf Institute, Westminster College, Cambridge
Submission Deadline: 17:00 (GMT) 12th April 2019
This graduate conference is an opportunity for PhD students to share and discuss their original research employing primary sources in Middle Eastern languages on the question of legitimacy and legitimation in the Middle East across different disciplines, periods and localities. We are delighted to announce that Dr Yossef Rapoport will be delivering the conference’s keynote address on the topic of Tribalisation, Conversion and Tribal Genealogy as a ‘Language of Legitimation’ in the Egyptian Countryside.
Throughout history, communities in the Middle East have negotiated various networks of legitimation. A Weberian analysis maintains that political legitimacy may be categorised into traditional, legal-rational and charismatic legitimacies. The use of tradition to explain how various societal formations, from tribes to merchant guilds, sought to legitimise their practices has come under increasing criticism from scholars of the Middle East such as Roy Mottahedeh and Aziz al-Azmeh who emphasise the performative and prosaic nature of legitimation.
Paper proposals that consider legitimation as articulated through a plurality of everyday practices, beyond the formal political arena where discussions of legitimacy conventionally reside, are particularly encouraged. The conference aims to discuss these phenomena across time, place and through a wide variety of source materials. Beyond linguistics, we are open to the ways in which legitimacy is communicated through different modes of expression from poetry, liturgy, and laughter, to rhetoric, architecture and fashion.
To be considered for participation in this conference please submit the following in single PDF document to email@example.com by 17:00 (GMT) Friday 12th April 2019:
- A summary of the paper (max 300 words) including a provisional title, the research topic, the primary sources, theoretical framework, methodological approach, any preliminary results and further directions.
- A brief biography (max 100 words) detailing academic affiliation and research interests.
Please direct any enquiries to the aforementioned conference email address. Participation at the conference is free and open to all, but prior registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/languages-of-legitimation-in-the-middle-east-university-of-cambridge-conference-2019-tickets-58530042934 .
The organisers are grateful for the support of the School of Arts and Humanities, Cambridge, The Woolf Institute and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge.
Conference Organisers: Calum Humphreys, Cora Kyler, William Ryle-Hodges, and Christopher Cooper-Davies.
8. The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the final East of Byzantium events for 2018–2019.
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Armenian Merchant Patronage of Early Modern Iran
A lecture by Amy Landau, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, discussing the patronage of New Julfa’s Armenian merchant community.
Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Image-making and Anxiety among New Julfa’s Armenian Artists, Theologians & Merchants
A workshop for students exploring how Armenian artists, theologians, merchants, among others, thought about images and image-making in early modern Iran. Led by Amy Landau, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution.
Advance registration is required for the workshop. Registration closes April 9. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/image-making-and-anxiety/
East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.
For questions, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9. CfP: Call for Papers: “Words Laying Down the Law: Translating Arabic Legal Discourse”
7-8 October 2019, Aga Khan Centre, London
The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) invites papers in the disciplines of legal anthropology, law and comparative law, legal pragmatics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, politics and translation studies for a two-day conference on translations of legal discourse in Arabic-speaking contexts.
Please send abstracts of 500 words (excluding bibliography) to email@example.com by 31 May 2019. Notifications of acceptance decisions will be sent out by 30 June 2019.
A limited fund to support scholars who do not have access to institutional funding will be available to cover travel and accommodation costs. Please indicate if you need this financial support when applying.
For further information, see: https://www.aku.edu/govprogramme/conferences/Pages/home.aspx
10. PRIX MICHEL SEURAT
APPEL À CANDIDATURES 2019
Sociétés contemporaines du Proche-Orient
et du Maghreb
Le Prix Michel Seurat a été institué par le CNRS en juin 1988 pour « honorer la mémoire de ce chercheur du CNRS, spécialiste des questions islamiques, disparu dans des conditions tragiques.
Ce programme vise à aider financièrement chaque année un jeune chercheur, ressortissant d’un pays européen ou d’un pays du Proche-Orient ou du Maghreb, contribuant ainsi à promouvoir connaissance réciproque et compréhension entre la société française et le monde arabe ».
Depuis 2017, l’organisation du Prix a été déléguée au GIS « Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans », en partenariat avec l’IISMM-EHESS et Orient XXI.
D’un montant de 15 000 € en 2019, le Prix est ouvert aux titulaires d’un master 2 ou d’un diplôme équivalent, âgés de moins de 35 ans révolus et sans condition de nationalité, de toutes disciplines, travaillant sur les sociétés contemporaines du Proche-Orient et/ou du Maghreb.
Il a pour vocation d’aider un (ou une) jeune chercheur (ou chercheuse) à multiplier les enquêtes sur le terrain, dans le cadre de la préparation de sa thèse.
Les enquêtes doivent avoir lieu sur le terrain. La maîtrise de la langue du pays concerné est une condition impérative.
Date limite de dépôt des candidatures :
Lundi 15 avril 2019 (minuit, heure de Paris)
Constitution du dossier impérativement en langue française :
- un plan et un projet de recherche détaillés précisant de manière claire les enquêtes qui seront menées sur le terrain (10 pages maximum) ;
- un curriculum vitae ;
- une copie des diplômes obtenus, assortie le cas échéant de leur traduction en français ;
- une ou plusieurs attestations de personnalités scientifiques : attestations récentes et en rapport avec la candidature au Prix.
Adresser votre dossier uniquement par voie électronique impérativement aux deux adresses suivantes :
Règlement du 30 janvier 2018 à consulter, en annexe.
Conformément au Règlement européen général sur la protection des données (RGPD/GRPD) qui est entré en vigueur le 25 mai 2018, nous vous confirmons que vos données personnelles ne seront en aucun cas délivrées à des tiers et que la gestion se fait uniquement en interne.
Nous vous rappelons qu’il vous est possible de vous désabonner en nous envoyant un simple courriel à firstname.lastname@example.org
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