1. Aquinas and ’the Arabs’ International Working Group
Related Events 2020
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Conference websites & Calls For Papers / Panels:
Eighth Annual AAIWG On-Line International Live Video Graduate Student Workshop, Milwaukee, 20-21 March 2020:https://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/Aquinas_and_the_Arabs/Grad_Student_Workshops.html
AAIWG annual meeting London 11-13 June 2020: “ Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions: Structures of Being, World and Mind” : https://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/Aquinas_and_the_Arabs/Summer_2020_London_AAIWG.html (Deadline 15 December 2019)
Fifteenth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 22-24 June 2020: “Causes and Causality in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition:
Thirteenth Annual Summer Conference on Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions, Marquette University 17-19 June 2020: “Apophaticism in Maimonides and the Latin Tradition”:
2. The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography will hold its 8thInternational Symposium from 21 to 23 April 2020 in Istanbul, partnering with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Istanbul Department.
The theme is ‘Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists’. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for long (25 min) and short (10 min) oral presentations focusing on one of two main themes: “the cartography of the Ottoman countries in Europe, Asia and Africa” or “the mapping of archaeological sites, landscapes and excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries”. More information about the symposium (including the abstract submission system) can be found here: https://history.icaci.org/istanbul-2020
3. Call for applicants
Interdisciplinary Masterclass on:
Ali ibn-Musa al-Reza’s Sacred Mortuary Complex:
Shiite Pilgrimage, Devotional Practices, and Religious Healing
18-24 April 2020- Mashhad, Iran
Majid Fouladiyan (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran)
Pedram Khosronejad (Adjunct Professor, Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University, Australia)
Ali ibn-Musa al-Reza’s shrine and its related mortuary complex have been used for centuries by devotees as one of the most important healing sites of the Muslim world. Although pilgrimage to Imam Reza’s shrine should be considered as one of the oldest religious rituals in Shiite Iran, it remains and continues its vibrant movement in the twenty-first century. Pilgrims to this sacred site have and combine different traditional and modern motivations, but most importantly seeking healing for physical disease or spiritual issues. The existence of a huge number of national and international pilgrims to the city of Mashhad for the visitation of this holy Shiite saint’s shrine is testimony to the power that Imam Reza continues to hold for those devotees who undertake these sacred journeys.
In this masterclass, for the first time, through the use of anthropological and interdisciplinary research methods, we aim to examine different and persistent forms of Persian Shiite rituals and practices to expand our understanding of the role of Imam Reza and his holy shrine in the traditional and modern practices of Ziyarat (physical and digital). By focusing on the different dimensions of pilgrimage to the shrine of the eighth Shiite Imam, we aim to perform selected case studies grounded in different research methods to help participants to understand the many ways in which pilgrimage provides help and support to the pilgrims.
During the seven-day program (30 h) participants will be introduced to:
- The history of the martyrdom of Imam Reza and the establishment of his shrine,
- The importance of Imam Reza’s shrine and related sacred sites in the construction of a holy Shiite site,
- Methodologies for studying Imam Reza’s shrine from different aspects of Shiite doctrine,
- The importance of pilgrimage to Imam Reza’s shrine and its social, cultural and political influence at the personal, local, national, and international levels,
- Rituals and ceremonies related to Imam Reza’s shrine and its sacred and religious sites.
The entire masterclass will be organized under the governance of the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and will primarily be held in the shrine of Imam Reza and its research institute.
Complementary to the theory classes and fieldwork will be the private visitation of the research institute, library and archive of Imam Reza’s shrine (Astan-e Qods), visitation of other saints’ shrines and cemeteries of Mashhad and neighbouring cities for further comparative studies.
This program is only open to university-based scholars, registered students, and official researchers.
The Ferdowsi University will issue an official invitation for all participants, who should apply for their own visas individually. The Ferdowsi University has no responsibility in this regard and cannot guarantee the result of related applications.
For the duration of the masterclass, all participants will stay in the hotel booked by the Ferdowsi University.
The registration fee (including: program fee, accommodation, food, and transportation for the duration of the masterclass)
- Registered students: $ 600
- University scholars and researchers: $ 1000
* The registration fee should be paid in cash during the first day of arrival at the university campus.
Deadline for preliminary registration:
15th January 2020.
For further enquiries, to complete your preliminary registration and reserve your place, please contact Dr. P. Khosronejad (P.Khosronjead@westernsydney.edu.au).
4. MESA free access collection of De Gruyters until December 15
5. CFP – Decolonizing Islamicate Manuscript Studies Roundtable at BRISMES 2020
The theme of annual conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2020 is Knowledge, Power and Middle Eastern Studies. The conference organizers have invited participants to “reflect on the concept of decoloniality and practice of decolonization of knowledge and pedagogy in relation to the study and teaching of the Middle East.”
In that vein, please see our call for participants below:
Decolonizing Islamicate Manuscript Studies Roundtable
Shephard (2006) contends that a French man coined the term “decolonization” with regard to Algeria in 1836. While the meanings of the term changed according to context, it no longer means (simply?) the withdrawal or decline of imperial powers, but also mandates a challenge to white supremacy. As Tuck and Yang (2012) have pointed out, its use cannot be metaphorical.
How, and should decolonization be operationalized in the field of Islamicate manuscript studies?
For this roundtable discussion at the 2020 BRISMES, we invite participants to critically engage with the possibilities for the decolonization of Islamicate manuscript studies.
Discussants could speak on, but not be limited to, the following areas:
Neocolonial uses of manuscript digitization projects
How politics and social forces shape access (intellectual and physical) to manuscripts
Custody and the repatriation /rematriation of Islamicate manuscripts
Colonial confiscation of manuscripts / Colonial book collecting
Critical provenance of manuscripts in western libraries
Use of Islamicate mss in graduate study
The idea of (some) Islamic manuscripts as sacred texts
Biographies/social histories of specific mss and
Over emphasis of codicology in the study of Islamicate texts
Reading Islamicate manuscripts through an orientalist lens
Differences between western and indigenous scholarship of Islamicate manuscripts
The role of the critical edition as a (de)colonial practice
The appropriateness of the term “decolonization” for the field of Islamicate manuscript study.
Participants are asked to submit a 250 word abstract of their roundtable discussion along with a recent CV to email@example.com by November 18, 2019.
Roundtable organizers: Nadirah Mansour, Princeton University, USA
Sumayya Ahmed, University College London- Qatar
6. International Conference “Imperial Mysticisms: Piety and Power in Early Modern Empires from a Global Perspective”, Central European University Budapest, 27-30 November 2019
The conference aims to explore the political and social impact of mystical movements of different religious traditions on the formation of empires in early modernity. Employing a global comparative approach, it addresses a wide range of imperial settings, such as the Ming Chinese, the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman Empires, and the Austrian and Spanish Habsburgs.
See conference program at https://religion.ceu.edu/imperial-mysticisms-2019-program
7. Conference of the Islamicate Graduate Student Association: “Who Speaks for
Islam?: Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond”, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 29 February 2020
In light of recent attempts at intimidation by the state, we are particularly interested in thinking through the politics of power. As such, we are seeking papers that interrogate questions of authority and power. Potential topics include, but are not limited, to the following: who gets to speak for Islam and Muslims? What landscapes of authority exist in the Islamicate world? For example, what geographies constitute the Islamicate world? Etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 November 2019. Information: https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40033
8. Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Middle Eastern Diasporic Literatures and Cultures, York University
We are particularly interested in candidates whose research can be situated within the fields of Postcolonial and World Literature in English within and across periods, genres, and regions. Interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches are especially welcome. The successful candidate will have a PhD in English Literature or a related field with a specialization in Middle Eastern Diasporic Literatures and Cultures; a dynamic, substantial, and ongoing research portfolio; etc.
Deadline for applications: 25 January 2020.
9. Assistant Professor in Gender, Post-Colonialism, and the Islamic World, York University
A PhD by the start of the appointment in Political Science or an appropriate related field is required. The successful candidate’s research should complement the present scholarly profile of the Department of Politics in the study of gender, post-colonialism, anti-imperialism, and the Islamic World, conceived to encompass not only “Islamic countries” but in a diasporic sense, and to develop the conception in new and innovative ways.
Deadline for applications: 25 January 2020.
10. Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC), American University in Cairo
Requirements: PhD degree in a discipline relevant to MESC’s field of study. Candidates should have well established and extended experience in policymaking and implementation related to the Middle East. They should have research and publications records showing interest and contributions to the field of Middle East studies. They may also bring evidence to contributions to negotiations, policymaking or policy advice in the Middle East at a high level in government, international organizations and/or think tanks.
Deadline for applications: Open until position is filled.
11. Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Qatar
Required qualifications: PhD in art history; well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications; university teaching experience.
Deadline for applications: 15 December 2019. Information: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/94363
12. Tenure-Track Instructur in Persian Language and Culture, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Requirements: advanced proficiency in Persian; a Ph.D. in Persian Language and Linguistics, Persian Applied Linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, or a closely related field; evidence of substantial experience and excellent teaching ability in Persian for both heritage and non-heritage learners at the post-secondary level in North America; etc.
Deadline for applications: 18 December 2019. Information: https://asia.ubc.ca/department/careers/
13. Assistant Professor of Arabic (Tenure-Track), Virginia Military Institute, Lexington
Specialization open; Ph.D. in Arabic, Arabic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies or related field required. Native or near-native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and at least one dialect of Arabic required. The successful candidate should provide evidence of excellence in teaching Arabic language, literature and culture at the college-level using the integrated approach.
Position open until filled; review of applications begins immediately. To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by 15 December 2019. Information: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/168558
14. Teaching Assistant Professor of Arabic, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Requirements: All applicants must have PhD in hand in Arabic or a closely related field, teaching excellence at the university level as demonstrated by course evaluation summaries, potential for curricular development, native or near native fluency in Arabic as well as in English, and experience in use of instructional technology.
Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
15. New Professional One-year Master Program in English on “Contemporary Art in the Arab World, Iran and Turkey”, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Collaboration with the University of Geneva
Starting in February 2020, the Program balances theory and practice. It starts from a global perspective and focuses on modern and contemporary artistic production in the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. The training course includes a six-week internship at one of the partner institutions and concludes with the completion of a project or a final paper.
Registration deadline: 11 December 2019. For further information see https://www.unive.it/pag/33862/
16. Request to Answer a Questionnaire on “Emotional Stress among MENA Researchers”
The questionnaire has been designed for a qualitative assessment of stress-induced emotional difficulties of researchers working in (or on) the Middle East and North Africa after many colleagues have reported about deteriorating working conditions, not only in terms of actual research possibilities, but also concerning psychological challenges. You are invited to answer the 24 questions at https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/HR3KF5Z until 30 November 2019.
Information: Dr Jan Claudius Völkel, Senior Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, University of Freiburg, firstname.lastname@example.org
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