1.CALL FOR PAPERS:
Narrating the pilgrimage to Mecca: experiences, emotions, and meanings
Conveners: Prof. Dr. Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen) & Dr. Richard van Leeuwen (University of Amsterdam).
Date: 12 & 13 December 2019.
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Key note speakers:
- Professor Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds)
- To be announced
Professor Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)
For more information: https://www.rug.nl/ggw/news/events/2019/190401callforpapers-conference-hajj
2. The Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA) has been launched end of March 2019.
The MIDA-project rests on the premise that digitisation and technological innovation do have a tremendous impact on Islam, the effects of which are diverse and ubiquitous, and they are reminiscent of technical revolutions in the past such as print technology. The rapid changes that are already occurring are generating a sense of loss of control and instability among the general public, politicians, journalists, academics, and, not least, among Muslims themselves. The spread of modern digital media and new technologies of communication, production and dissemination, prompts researchers and social actors, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to make sense of and understand these developments.
An international consortium of research institutes, universities and non-academic partners in six European countries will conduct research in the next four years and address a broad spectrum of issues related to the general theme. MIDA is coordinated by the ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS) in Paris.
We are now searching for young researchers for all 15 research positions within the lager project. For more information about the positions and the conditions, please check the following websites:
3. The VI ARABIC CODICOLOGY Intensive Summer Course is in El Escorial in June 2019. You can apply until the 15th of April.
The VI edition of the course Arabic Codicology: the Islamic manuscript heritage in the El Escorial Collection will provide the students with the basic codicological knowledge and the research procedures needed to study and analyze Arabic manuscripts. Moreover, it will familiarize them with the libraries of the Arabic-Islamic world in Medieval and Modern times, particularly with the library that belonged to the Moroccan sultan Muley Zaydān.
The course is designed on an eminently practical dynamic. In the evenings, the students will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge previously acquired in the mornings to the actual manuscripts hosted at the Royal Library of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (RBME). This is the most important Arabic Manuscript Collection of Spain and one of the most relevant in Europe.
The venues of the summer courses are a privileged location due to the proximity to the Library. The course will be taught entirely in English by leading experts in Arabic Codicology Prof. Nuria de Castilla (EPHE, PSL, Paris) and Prof. François Déroche (CdF, PSL, Paris). It is sponsored by the European project SICLE (“Saadian Intellectual and Cultural Life”, ERC 670628) and is designed for historians, art historians, philologists, documentalists, antiquarians, curators, bibliophiles, conservation specialists, etc., preferably with a Master’s degree.
4. United States – Washington, DC – George Washington University – Middle East Metadata Specialist
GW Libraries seeks a temporary, part-time Middle East metadata specialist for a six month term.
The metadata specialist will:
– Create descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata for digital resources in Arabic, Persian, and other Middle Eastern languages
– Romanize non-Latin scripts following ALA-LC Romanization Table
– Work with Resource Description Coordinator to improve metadata schema and quality
– Establish and analyze metadata description workflow
– Strong reading knowledge of Arabic script languages, especially Arabic and Persian
– Experience in metadata creation of digital formats using standards and schema, such as RDA, AACR2, CCO, Dublin Core, and MARC 21 Standards
– Ability to romanize following ALA/LC Romanization Tables
– Familiarity with applying subject thesauri, including Art & Architecture Thesaurus and FAST Subject Headings
– High proficiency with using PC-based applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet searching
– Excellent problem solving and effective oral and written communication skills
– Ability to work under pressure, pay attention to details, and meet deadlines
– Master’s degree in library science or similar areas
– Experience of working in an academic library environment
Application package should include a current resume, and a brief letter addressing your qualifications for the position.Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Please email the application package to: TJ Kao (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
5. The Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna has now established the Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship in Turkish Studies.
Applicants may write their applications in English or German. We recommend using the language in which you are most proficient. Please send your application as a single PDF file via e-mail to Dr. Onur İnal (email@example.com) by 1 May 2019. Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately one month after the deadline. If you have any questions about the application procedure or the fellowship programme in general, please contact Dr. Onur İnal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For full details, see: https://tietzefellowship.univie.ac.at/
6. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Visiting Research Fellowship program.
Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage. Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of premodern manuscripts from around the world (https://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren), with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections. SIMS also hosts the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (https://sdbm.library.upenn.edu/) and the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (http://www.library.upenn.edu/about/exhibits-events/ljs-symposium).
The SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships have been established to encourage research relating to the premodern manuscript collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection. Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, located near other manuscript-rich research collections (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Science History Institute, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among many others), and linked to the local and international scholarly communities, SIMS offers fellows a network of resources and opportunities for collaboration. Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.
Applicants can apply to spend 1 month (minimum of 4 work weeks) at SIMS between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. To be considered, applications are due May 15, 2019. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://schoenberginstitute.org/visiting-research-fellowships-2/
7. Entangled Literatures and Histories in the Pre-Modern Ottoman World
Call for Papers for Short Articles:
This special issue of The Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA) invites short think-pieces (5,000 words including footnotes) that provoke reevaluations of the ways in which we understand the relationship between ‘literature’ and ‘history’ during the pre-modern Ottoman Empire. In particular, we invite contributions that seek to raise theoretical questions that might resonate in broad ways with scholars in both history and literary studies. We also welcome case studies from the diverse literary and historiographic traditions of the Ottoman Empire (Turkish, Armenian, Greek, Persian, Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, etc.) which might unsettle the binary between the literary and the historical in different ways.
For instance, how might literature be used in fresh ways to shed light on how Ottoman subjects lived, worked, or conceptualized their world? In what ways do ‘historical’ sources utilize literary techniques, if not draw on actual literary texts as their models, and what might this tell us about pre-modern practices of reading and composition? How did pre-modern subjects implicitly or explicitly understand the difference between the ‘literary’ and the ‘historical,’ and to what extent does this in turn provoke less prescriptive understandings of genre? And how might ‘literary’ and ‘historical’ sources be juxtaposed, and fruitfully compared, in a manner that prompts different ways of reading both?
Or, more simply: in what ways does literature inform, and historiography entertain?
We ask interested contributors to submit an initial abstract (approximately 350 words) to email@example.com by April 26, highlighting the critical questions the article will raise. Selected contributors will have until August 15, 2019 to submit a first draft for the initial review of the editors.
Please email the editors of the special issue, N. İpek Hüner-Cora and Michael Pifer, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Aims of the volume:
-To prompt new methodologies, and fresh theoretical approaches, to reading literature and history from the Ottoman world
-To mark, and call for, a shift in how Ottoman and Turkish studies conceptualizes the boundaries between the literary and the historical
-To challenge previous models of reading ‘literature’ and ‘history’ as fundamentally separate and incongruent
-To shed new light on literary and historiographic production as part of the same cultural ecosystem
-To showcase and promote new comparative grounds between ‘literary’ and ‘historical’ texts
-To engage with broader scholarly debates on the relationship between literature and history, but from the unique perspective of Ottoman and Turkish studies
8. Second Conference on the Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: “Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century”, University of Bonn, 12-14 April 2019
While the Ottoman conquest of the Mamluk Sultanate in 1516-17 doubtlessly changed the balance of political power in Egypt and Greater Syria, we will study the extent of continuity and change in various fields over time. We aim to examine a multitude of situations during the 15th and 16th centuries and determine how the reconfiguration of political power affected both Egypt and Greater Syria.
9. 48th Annual Conference of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies on “Muslim Communities in Europe and North America: Contemporary Developments and Challenges”, Boston, 27 September 2019
We invite papers from professors and advanced Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. Questions the papers might address include the following: Consequences of Post-war European Labour Shortage of the 50s & 60s: Guest-workers from Pakistan, the Maghreb, and Turkey; Muslim Immigration, Populism, and Popularization in Europe and North America; etc.
Extended deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2019. Information: http://www.bu.edu/cura/48th-annual-conference-of-the-north-american-association-of-islamic-and-muslim-studies/
10. Workshop: “Acts of Rebellions and Revolts in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000)”, Leiden University, 7-8 November 2019
This workshop aims to examine the act of rebellion and its related categories (revolts, resistance, armed negotiation, contention) as moments of breakdown of social expectations and dependency that were embedded in society. As such, we are mainly interested in the dynamics between social, political, and religious groups and institutions, how rebellions influenced the social and political structures of the caliphate, as well as its everyday life.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2019.
11. First Biennial Conference on “Contemporary Iranian Studies”, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, 10-11 November 2019
The themes include contemporary history, sociology, political science, religions and theology, art, international relations, new media and communication studies, diaspora studies, etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 10 June 2019. Information: https://iranianstudies.ut.ac.ir
12. Five Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Program “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe”, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program, which seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years.
Deadline for applications: 22 April 2019. Information: https://www.eume-berlin.de/call-for-application-ausschreibung.html
13. Assistant Professor or Associate Professor for the History of the Ottoman Empire, University of Virginia
This is a one-year salaried part-time appointment (renewable for up to one additional year), starting 25 August 2019, through 24 May 2021.
The position will remain open until filled. Information: Karen Parshall (email@example.com).
14. GTOT Prize 2020: Awards for Outstanding M.A. Theses and Dissertations in the Field of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies
Anyone who completed a thesis/dissertation in this fields of studies between 1 September 2018 and 1 May 2020 is eligible to apply. Papers in German, English and French are accepted. The authors of the top three M.A. theses will receive 500 Euros each; the best dissertation will be awarded 1,000 Euros. Abstracts of the awarded works will be published in “Diyâr – Journal for Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies.
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2020. Information: http://www.gtot.org/award/2020_en/?lang=en
15. Articles on “Religions and Acts of Violence” for Special Issue of “Violence. An International Journal”
This issue will examine different religious traditions and geographical and historical contexts (including the Arab-Muslim world) and analyze phenomena of violence and the exiting from violence that involve religious elements (actors, discourses, imaginaries, etc.).
Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2019. Information: http://www.fmsh.fr/en/research/30104
16. Proposals for the “Classical Islamic Texts Series” as First Part of the “Library of Arabic and Islamic Heritage”
Gorgias Press and The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies invite proposals for single-volume translations of renowned classical Arabic works, showcasing texts that are of central importance to the fields of Qurʾānic studies, Islamic law, Ḥadīth, Theology, History, and Philosophy. Each proposal should be for a text that is or will be used as an important reference work. The Arabic text will sit side-by-side with the English translation.
17. “Journal of Law & Islam / Zeitschrift Recht & Islam” is Now Accessible Online
The complete text of Issue 9 (2017) is now accessible at http://ul.qucosa.de/api/qucosa%3A33661/attachment/ATT-0/
18. Course announcement- Islamic Codicology at MUST, Cairo 15-18 April
The Islamic Manuscript Association—in partnership with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the Archaeology and Conservation Research Centre and College for Archaeology and Tourism Guidance at Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST)—is pleased to announce that it will hold a short course titled Introduction to Islamic Codicology at MUST’s campus in 6th of October City in Cairo, Egypt from 15 to 18 April 2019.
This four-day course will introduce participants to the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book; and will appeal to art historians, bookbinders, codicologists, conservators, curators, and anyone else researching or working with Islamic manuscripts.
All instruction will be in Arabic.
Registration form at: http://www.islamicmanuscript.org/coursesar/201904_cod_cai.aspx
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