1.3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies
Historical discourse has long concerned itself with patterns of change and discontinuity to demonstrate and validate models of periodisation and the compartmentalisation of the wider historical field. Building on these themes, this conference has chosen to focus on the opposing view by concentrating on inertia – how history, material culture, ideas and communities can be seen to maintain a stayed course or deviate if a significant force is exerted upon it. Inertia, a concept that has yet to be applied to mainstream Late Antique studies, introduces perspectives and frameworks that permit new approaches to traditional processes.
This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on the 22-23 November 2019 and will tackle the notion of inertia and the implications accompanying it for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine history from 500-1500 CE. Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Dame Averil Cameron (Oxford), Dr. Yannis Stouraitis (Edinburgh), Dr. Lucy Grig (Edinburgh) Prof. Eberhard Sauer (Edinburgh) and Dr. Paul Reynolds (Barcelona).
The organising committe particularly encourages contributions on the following topics:
- Dynastic and Political Changes: Patterns of continuity across ruling classes, court-life and dynastic succession.
- A View from Below – Story of the Common Masses: The role of perceived ‘minority’ groups (religious, ethnic or cultural) that constituted the numerical majority of the population but are ignored or omitted in sources written for/by the dominant group.
- Patterns of Trade and Economic Infrastructure: ‘domestic or foreign’.
- Forms of Expression and Transmission: Listening through language, art and ideas.
- Frontiers (and beyond): Military, diplomatic or cultural interactions across linguistic and political delimitations.
Also, papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines (Archaeology, Art History, History, Theology etc.) which take advantage of interdisciplinary source-critical approaches are strongly encouraged.
There will be a special poster session held during the conference of 1 hour, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, allowing for discussion with the authors. The posters will be left up for the duration of the conference so they can also be visited during the breaks and during the reception.
The committee strongly encourage submissions from undergraduate as well as graduate students. The poster size cannot exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height)
Deadline for abstracts is 3 June and notification of acceptance will be confirmed by mid-June. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words, and a 100-word professional biography to email@example.com. Please indicate on your abstract if you are submitting for poster or paper, and submissions from individuals or groups are welcome. There will be a small registration fee of £15 and lunch will be provided on both days. The committee aims to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.
The organising committee: P Harrison, A Nayfa, S Nwokoro, L Pecorini Goodall and A Stockhammer.
2. The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art
8th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art
November 10-11, 2019 in Doha, Qatar
Conference registration is now open at www.islamicartdoha.org.
From medieval trade routes to the contemporary migrant crisis, the seas have served as both connective tissues and barriers between intellectual, political, and artistic traditions. Nowhere, perhaps, is this dual role more evident than within the visual cultures of the Islamic world. Stretching from centers around the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, to the coasts of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and with tendrils extending across the Pacific and Atlantic, these ethnically, linguistically, and socially variegated traditions were both united and divided by the seas and those who crossed them.
Inspired by Qatar’s distinctive location as part of international trade routes linking the Central Islamic lands, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean, the eighth biennial Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, to be held in Doha November 10-11, 2019, will foster a lively, engaged, and critical discussion touching upon some of the most vital questions raised by these vibrant and rich interchanges of the arts. How did exposure to imported materials and ideas transform formerly local artistic traditions? What role did travel, diplomacy, and gift-giving play in crafting seemingly discrete forms and practices? How are the movements of people, shifting markets for labor, and the uneven distribution skills and techniques, bound up with the formation and metamorphosis of styles? How did the shipment of commodities and curiosities from distant places shape and change social, cultural, and religious institutions? What role do the objects created from such interactions have in enhancing cultural understanding or generating enmity and mistrust? And how has the ever-increasing pace of globalization effected such developments?
Panels will explore these themes, with an eye to interconnectivity across geographic boundaries both within the world of Islam and beyond, embracing the full span of their visual and material cultures. For more information, write to Marisa Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radha Dalal, Assistant Director of Art History and Assistant Professor of Islamic Art, VCUarts Qatar
Sean Roberts, Interim Director of Art History and Associate Professor of Pre-Modern Mediterranean Art, VCUarts Qatar
Jochen Sokoly, Associate Professor of Islamic Art, VCUarts Qatar
3. Conference: “The Near Eastern Saddle Period: The Formation of Modern Concepts in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian”, University of Bern, 12-14 June 2019
Deadline for registration: 31 May 2019. Information & program: http://www.islamwissenschaft.unibe.ch/unibe/portal/fak_historisch/dkk/islamwissenschaft/content/e101652/e784868/e800167/TheNearEasternSaddlePeriod_Programme_ger.pdf
4. “Congrès des études sur le Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans”, SEMOMM, IISMM, GIS MoMM, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, 3-5 July 2019
Les thèmes proposés peuvent relever d’un ou plusieurs domaines des sciences humaines et sociales (anthropologie, archéologie et histoire de l’art, droit, économie, géographie, histoire, islamologie et sciences religieuses, linguistique, littérature, philosophie, sociologie, science politique), dans une perspective globale ou régionale (Maghreb, Proche-Orient, Turquie, Iran, Asie Centrale, Islams en Asie, Afrique, Europe et Amérique), historique et/ou centrée sur le contemporain.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2019. Information: https://www.semomm.fr/congres-gis-moyen-orient-mondes-musulmans-2019-appel-a-contributions/
5. Workshop: “Islamic Perspectives on Organ Donation after Death”, University of Bedfordshire, 3-4 October 2019
The workshop welcomes and encourages proposals for papers dealing with issues pertaining to organ donation, including but not limited to: the perceptions and opinions of Muslims regarding organ donation; the determination of death in Islam and its implications for both heart-beating donation and donation after controlled and uncontrolled cardiac death; etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 26 July 2019.
6. 10th Annual Conference “Diversities of the Arab World”, during the Arab Week in Mexico, Mexico City, 19-25 November 2019
We encourage submissions on research projects focusing on the Middle East and North of Africa from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, in English or in Spanish. The overarching conference theme will be Gender and Sexuality, though submissions on other topics are also welcome.
Deadline for abstracts: 14 July 2019. Information: https://www.cide.edu/semanaarabe/en/
Link for submitting abstracts: https://www.cide.edu/semanaarabe/en/registro/
7. Lecturer in Arabic Language, University of Bayreuth, Germany
75%-position commencing on 15 October 2019. Candidate profile: native or near-native proficiency in Arabic; knowledge of German or English/French; A. degree or higher in Arabic language and/or linguistics; specialization or certificates in TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Second Language) are especially welcome; university-level teaching experience.
Deadline for applications: 15 June 2019. Information: https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/de/universitaet/arbeiten-an-der-universitaet/stellenangebote/nicht-wissenschaftliches-personal/SZ-1undengl_/index.html
8. Lecteur de langue arabe à l’Université de Lorraine, Nancy
L’arabe doit être la langue maternelle du candidat ou une langue qu’il pratique à l’égal de sa langue maternelle. Les candidats aux fonctions de lecteur de langue étrangère doivent justifier d’une année d’études accomplie avec succès après l’obtention d’un titre ou d’un diplôme français ou étranger d’un niveau équivalent à celui du diplôme national de licence (Bac+4).
Dossier de candidature à envoyer avant le 15 juin 2019 par mail à email@example.com
9. Enseignant contractuel de langue arabe à l’Université de Lorraine, Nancy
Le candidat sera détenteur de préférence d’un doctorat français d’études arabes (civilisation, littérature, linguistique ou langue) ou au moins d’un niveau master. Il devra faire la preuve de sa maîtrise de la langue arabe et de la langue française.
Dossier de candidature à envoyer avant le 15 juin 2019 par mail à firstname.lastname@example.org
10. 1st Annual Muslim Minorities and Human Rights Conference
This conference aims to encourage academic and quality research on Muslim minorities’ issues, and trying to provide academic and practical solutions to the problems and challenges of social, political, educational aspects that are faced by Muslim minorities in Britain. Aiming also to create a forum of dialogue on related issues for researchers and stakeholders.
Centre for Arab Progress – London is pleased to invite researchers and academics to participate in the 1st Annual Conference, to be held on (5th September 2019), entitled: “Islam, Muslims in Britain: radicalisation, deradicalisation, islamophobia and human rights”.
The conference aims to become an important academic and research platform in the UK on Islam and Muslim minorities and related matters. In addition, the papers that are accepted and presented in the conference will be published as hard copy and in electronic format.
For further information on the conference please visit the conference website on the following link: http://mmhrc.co.uk/
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- May 21, 2019
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