1.Workshop: “Ibadi Manuscripts in European and North American Libraries,” Lviv, Ukraine, 24-25 April 2020
This workshop aims to investigate critically the histories and politics of these collections, with special attention to their acquisition and subsequent use by scholars from both outside and inside Ibadi communities.
2. 35th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: “Theorizing Gender and Sexuality in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East“, University of Chicago, 1-3 May 2020
The conference will study the Middle East from the sixth century c.e. to the present day. Topics include history, political science, anthropology, religious studies, geography, literary studies, philosophy, art history, and media studies.
3. 7th Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, 2-4 July 2020
The conference will be preceded by a three-day (29 June – 1 July 2020) intensive course on Venetian sources concerning trade in Mamluk territories and Cyprusy. The first day of the conference will focus on Mamluk-Cypriot relations in a wider Euro-Mediterranean perspective under the title “Commerce and Crusade: The Mamluk Empire and Cyprus in a Euro-Mediterranean Perspective.” The following two days of the conference will be structured in panels, which may focus on any aspect of the intellectual, political, social, economic, and artistic life of the Mamluk period.
4. 16th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society: “The Arts and Archaeology of Funerary Cultures in Islam”, Sapienza University, Rome, 2-4 July 2020
The colloquium discusses Islamic funerary cultures through art history and archaeology as well as related disciplines and subfields.
5. Conference: “Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity,“ Leiden University and King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, Leiden, 26-27 August 2020
The conference will address key themes in religious, intellectual, and cultural history in Arabia in the period between 570-1000 AD. Central topics include: transmission of ideas and texts; religious and philosophical doctrines and beliefs in Arabia; devotional piety and theology; etc.
Information: https://diwan.hypotheses.org/17079 and the English version of the Call for Papers: https://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/678/files/2019/12/call-.pdf
6. International Conference of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII): “From Ancient to Modern: The Current State of Research on Iraq“, Washington, DC, 9 October 2020
This conference will bring together American, Iraqi, and international scholars to present their findings and exchange their ideas in any subject area.
7. Conference: “Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East: The Silk Roads and Beyond”, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 8-10 April 2021
The conference examines the relationship between China and the Middle East, both ancient and modern. Papers that incorporate additional regions, such as Europe, Central Asia, or South/Southeast Asia are also encouraged, provided they are also incorporate both China and a country in the Middle East, broadly construed.
8. Postdoctoral Research and Outreach Associate in Islamic Art, Aesthetics and/or Material Culture, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge
The associate will be involved in researching Arabic and Persian manuscripts. Expert knowledge of the two languages and Islamic codicology are two essential requisites.
Deadline for applications: 19 April 2020.
9. Visiting Assistant Professor in African or Middle Eastern History, Loyola Marymount University
The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses on “State, Society, and the Citizen in the Modern Middle East”.
Deadline for applications: 20 March 2020. Information: https://jobs.lmu.edu/postings/44126
10. Fellowship Program to Support Emerging Displaced Scholars (Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences), Columbia University, Global Center, Amman
Eligible candidates have been forcibly uprooted from their home countries and respective academic institutions. They could be graduate students who have had their education disrupted or post-doctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers. Creative writers, artists, and curators may also apply.
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2020. Information: https://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/fellowship-program-emerging-displaced-scholars?fbclid=IwAR0wAWVxs8iSSlh-r8asDdHjibNRGCMxUZGVW0T-1TLhOZ1FcwhiTK_fV40
11. Articles on “The Politics of Religious Dissent” for Special Issue of New “International Journal of Religion”
Three questions frame the topic in the special issue: – How do religious leaders respond to dissent within their faiths? – How does the state respond to religious dissent? – How do religions react to dissent from feminist and gay activists?
Deadline for manuscripts: 31 July 2020. Information: email@example.com
12. New “Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World”
The Journal aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the archeology, (art) history, architecture, anthropology and ethnography of the Muslim world. Material culture includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts and archaeological field surveys.
13. Chapters for Edited Book on “Diasporic Political Communication: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives” (Focus Middle East)
We invite theoretical chapters Mediatisation, Diaspora, Multimodality, Contentious Action Formation, and how each of these concepts relates to political communication among diasporas; and empirically-based chapters that examine Middle East diasporas, and how they use traditional and digital media to politically mobilise and transnationally connect.
Abstract deadline: 15 April 2020.
14. Chapters for the New “Handbook of Non-Violent Extremism: Groups, Perspectives and New Debates” (Routledge)
The Handbook will provide an up-to-date picture of the most active non-violent extremist groups in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the US and the Middle East and discuss the ideological foundation of their ‘war of ideas’, their claims and perspectives. Chapter proposals are invited about Islamist extremism, feminist extremism etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 March 2020.
Information: Dr Elisa Orofino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
15. POSTPONED: BRAIS
The British Association for Islamic Studies and the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations have today taken the decision to postpone the BRAIS 2020 Conference, due to take place at the Aga Khan Centre on 6 and 7 April, in response to the escalation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
Many of our delegates are facing increasingly stringent travel restrictions and the situation is developing very quickly. As disappointed as we are to be postponing this much-anticipated conference, continuing would not be in the best interests of our delegates and we feel the decision to postpone is therefore unavoidable. If you had registered as a delegate, you will have received a separate email regarding the refund of delegate fees.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the conference thus far, and it goes without saying that we are incredibly disappointed that such a wonderful programme of papers, panels and keynotes has had to be postponed. BRAIS and the Aga Khan University will discuss rescheduling the conference in due course, and we will be in touch with updates as soon as we know more. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your understanding and very best wishes from us all,
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