1.Ten student travel grants of 100€ to attend the Avicenna Study Group.
This group will come together for its third meeting from 03–05 June to discuss the relations between and among Avicenna’s eight main works. The conference bears the title “Surveying the summae: Comparisons and Contrasts among Avicenna‘s Eight Main Works” at Trier University, Germany.
Ten travel grants of 100€ each will be given to interested BA, MA or PhD students to support them and cover some of the costs to attend the Avicenna Study Group meeting.
Interested students are asked to submit a short letter of motivation of 200-300 words together with a CV via email to email@example.com by 28 February 2020. Selected students will be informed by 01 March 2020.
Fourteen papers will cover different philosophical disciplines (e.g., logic, physics, psychology, metaphysics) across the eight main works of Avicenna (al-Ḥikma al-ʿArūḍiyya, ʿUyūn al-ḥikma, al-Hidāya, al-Šifāʾ, al-Naǧāt, Dānešnāme-ye ʿAlāʾī, al-Ḥikma al-mašriqiyya, al-Išārāt wa-l-tanbīhāt).
They will investigate and asses the relations between these eight works, their intended readership and Avicenna’s intentions in them alongside his style, terminology, and arguments as well as his personal and scientific development.
The confirmed speakers are: Asad Q. Ahmed, Tommaso Alpina, Silvia Di Vincenzo, Dimitri Gutas, Jules Janssens, Yuta Komura, Olga Lizzini Wahid Amin, Amos Bertolacci, Nadja Germann & Mostafa Najafi, Shahrzad Irannejad, Dustin Klinger, Alexander Lamprakis and Jon McGinnis
2. CfP: 2nd Symposium on Translation
Friday November 6, 2020
The Iranian Studies Initiative
University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Franklin Lewis
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
The University of Chicago
This symposium looks at the role of translation in bridging the growing political gulf between the Middle East and the United States. Our goal is to create a transnational conversation between the two regions, specifically translations of texts from Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Kurdish into English, and the reverse. Although in recent years, border politics have been restricting the physical movements of people, as Lovejoy has stated, “Ideas are the most migratory things in the world.” In the age of Internet and Facebook, images, beliefs and speeches have become more mobile than ever before and no border or boundary can reverse this process. We welcome a wide array of papers across all relevant disciplines that would shed light on the ways in which the act of translation has become a radical project, building bridges between people and not “walls.” The symposium is interested in papers that would explore the following issues:
- How have major historical events of the 20th and 21st centuries impacted the choice of texts to be translated?
- Is translation a political and/or literary act?
- How has globalization impacted the choice of texts for translation?
- How has migration, and the creation of Middle Eastern diaspora communities, impacted the reception of translated texts?
- Do translators create a utopian vision of the unseen culture through their work?
- What role does ideology play in selection of texts for translation?
- Do the tastes and needs of an American audience impact the choice of texts to be translated? If so, how does a translator address this issue?
Please send a 250-word proposal for a 20-minute individual presentation exploring one or more of the above issues. Please send your abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2020. Include the title of your presentation, any academic affiliation, and a brief (100-150 words) bio.
3. Conference: “Iraqi Studies: Past, Present, and Future“, Columbia University, New York, 28-29 February 2020
4. Graduate Student Conference of the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, 5-6 March 2020
The conference brings together graduate students working on the social and intellectual traditions of those three regions related to political economy and social history; study of mysticism; devotional traditions; imperialism and colonialism; law and political structures; etc.
5. 2nd Mid-Atlantic Ottoman Studies Workshop on “Global Ottoman Empire”, Hagop Kevorkian Center for the Near Eastern Studie, New York University, 27-29 March 2020
The workshop will emphasize the connectivity not only between the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding polities, but also among communities, individuals, and many other groups within and beyond its imperial boundaries. Submissions are from history, literary studies, manuscript studies, art & architectural history.
6. Conference: “The Influence of Islam in Politics and Society: Civic Engagement, Social Inclusion and Political Participation”, American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS), Villanova University, PA, 27-28 March 2020
The conference puts particular emphasis on socio-political dimensions of Islam and covers a vast range of topics and areas from Sufism, the so-called apolitical dimension of the faith to economic and financial aspects of Islam, both in Muslim and non-Muslim societies.
7. 11th Western Ottomanists’ Workshop, California State University Sacramento, 10-11 April 2020
Scholars and graduate students interested in Ottoman studies will present work in progress, and engage in broad dialogue with colleagues in different fields and disciplines.
8. 16th Convention of the “Great Lakes Ottomanist Workshop”, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, 25-26 April 2020
See program and abstracts at
9. Academic Roundtable: “Jerusalem in Memory and Eschatology: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Visions of the Past and Future of Jerusalem”, Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem, 25-28 May 2020
This conference will reflect on how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions of the religiously remembered past and the religiously anticipated future shape understandings of Jerusalem within each tradition. It also aims to apply these reflections to an analysis of current views of Jerusalem within diverse religious traditions, through an investigation of how these sacred histories and eschatologies shape the way that Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities understand the significance of the complex and conflicted city of Jerusalem today.
10. 42nd Annual Conference of Middle East Librarians (MELCom International), University of Marburg, 26-28 May 2020
The local convenor is Dr Susanne Saker. Papers focus on: Librarianship, collection development and acquisition policies of Middle Eastern collections as sources for area studies; Cataloguing policies and practices; Current issues in information studies on the Middle East, etc. An excursion will also take place on 29 May.
11. 4th International Conference on Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter, 18-20 June 2020
Thematic areas include Kurdish literature, women’s participation in politics, cultural production, history, political international relations, governance, civil society, civil rights, diplomacy, conflict and democratization, forced displacement, internal and external interference, internal colonialization and rewriting Kurdish history.
12. 4th Australasian Conference on Islam: “Muslim Youth in the West: Social, Religious, Political Challenges and Opportunities”, Deakin University, Melbourne, 9-10 July 2020
This conference aims to explore the social, religious and political challenges affecting Muslim youth in Western societies and the ways in which Muslim youth have responded to these issues.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 March 2020. Information: email@example.com
13. Annual Conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington, DC, 10-13 October 2020
MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the 7th century to modern times. Other regions including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which these territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization.
14. Conference: “Knowledge Systems and Ottoman-European Encounters: Spatial and Social Dynamics”, University of Zurich, 21-23 January 2021
The conference will focus on knowledge from or about the Ottoman Empire in the early modern period, addressing two questions: from a spatial perspective, how can the Ottoman Empire be included into a European history of knowledge? From a social viewpoint: how was knowledge inside or about the Ottoman Empire organized and what kind of social functions can there be distinguished?
15. Full PhD Scholarship (Fees and Maintenance) in any Area of Law, Politics, or International Relations, Dublin City University
Outstanding PhD candidates will be offered a fee waiver and a tax-free scholarship of €16,000 per annum for four years. The School operates a full-time four-year PhD programme with a range of taught courses in the first year and further professional training offered in other years. The school provides a supportive atmosphere for research postgraduates with dedicated supervisory teams, weekly research seminars in both law and politics, and opportunities to teach.
Deadline for application: 29 March 2020. Information: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BYR192/phd-research-in-any-area-of-law-politics-or-international-relations
16. Invitation for New Members of the “Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)”
Excellent young scholars (3-10 years after PhD) from Germany and all Arab countries are invited to apply for membership in AGYA.
Deadline for application: 29 March 2020. Information: www.agya.info/cfm2020
17. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Curatorial Assistant, Art of the Islamic Worlds
18. University of Southern California – Postdoctoral Scholar – Teaching Fellow in Middle East Studies
19. CfP | Second Annual Armenian International Congress on Oriental Studies – ACOS’20
The Department of Oriental Studies at the Yerevan State University (Armenia) invites you to the Second Annual Armenian International Congress on Oriental Studies – ACOS’20 – to be held on October 23-24, 2020 in Yerevan (Armenia). The First Congress was held in 2018 and around 70 scholars and researchers participated from more than 10 countries.
The Armenian International Congress on Oriental Studies is a bi-annual conference, which aims to provide a unique platform to discuss the most critical problems of contemporary studies in the broad field of Middle Eastern studies.
We invite proposals for papers and pre-arranged panels from graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars working on the Middle East from the ancient times to the present day, including but not limited to history, religious studies, geography, anthropology, political science, literary studies, linguistics, philosophy, art history, and media studies.
Theme. We also encourage submissions related to the theme of this year’s conference, Sovietization of the Caucasus and the Greater Middle East. Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Consequences of the Sovietization of Southern Caucasus: demographic change, formation of identity, cultural transformations, new border identity.
- Communism in the Middle East in 1920s: from internationalism to nationalism?
- The perception of the sovietization of South Caucasus in the Middle East: a threat, an inspiration or ideological transformations?
Application. Please send submissions electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Friday, July 31, 2020. Please include each presenter’s name, institution, and position, as well as a separate file including a 250-word abstract with a tentative title. For pre-arranged panels, please send a single email with an overall panel description plus individual paper abstracts. The best abstracts will summarize the paper’s topic, its relationship and contribution to the existing scholarship and preliminary conclusions. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the organizing committee; therefore, please do not include names or any identifying information in the abstract. Please feel free to email us for any inquiry at the above address. Accepted abstracts will be announced by August 17, 2020. Accepted papers should be sent by September 25, 2020.
Best papers will be published in the special issue of the “The Problems of Oriental Studies”.
A limited number of funding is available for accommodation in Yerevan (based on needs).
Please circulate widely!
20. Roshan Lecturer in Persian Studies
College of Arts and Humanities, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland seeks applications for a position as a full-time lecturer, professional track, beginning Fall 2020. Candidates should have a track record in teaching Persian language as well as the ability to offer undergraduate courses taught in English in one or more of the following areas: Iranian art, society and culture, and social media. Through teaching both upper- and lower-division language and culture courses, the Roshan Lecturer will play a key role in attracting talented undergraduates to UMD’s Persian program and familiarizing them with contemporary Iran. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in teaching; native or near-native fluency in Persian and English; and a Ph.D. in hand by August 2020. Experience with fundraising is a plus.
To apply, please submit a copy of your CV, personal statement, and two syllabi (one for a language course, and one for a content course) designed, and preferably already taught, by the applicant, along with contact information for three references who will be asked to provide a confidential letter of recommendation, all through the University of Maryland online employment application system at: https://ejobs.umd.edu.
Priority will be given to applications received by March 27, 2020. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. This position is contingent on the continued availability of funds.
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures seeks to investigate and engage with the linguistic, cultural, cinematic, and literary worlds of speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as questions surrounding language learning itself. Its 15 units are organized into 7 Departments (Arabic; East Asian Languages and Cultures; French and Italian; Germanic Studies; Persian; Russian; Spanish and Portuguese); 4 independent programs (Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Film Studies; Hebrew; Second Language Acquisition); the Center for East Asian Studies; Roshan Institute for Persian Studies; the Language House Living-Learning Program, and the Summer Institute. To learn more about the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, please visit our website at: www.sllc.umd.edu.
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