[Editor’s note: I will continue to circulate this ‘academic items’ list but please note that I am unable to know if any of the events listed or other items are going to happen, be postponed or even be cancelled. My advice is to check the website/email address(es) given for each. Stay healthy!]
1. LUCIS Summerschool on Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World
From August 24 to September 4, the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) will offer its fourth Summerschool on philology and manuscripts from the Muslim world, with lectures by experts, hands-on classes and much practice with manuscripts from its famous oriental collection. The course is meant for graduate students and researchers. For more information please go to https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2020/08/lucis-summer-school-philology–manuscripts-from-the-muslim-world or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The deadline for application is June 22.
2. Due to COVID-19 emergency some publishers are now offering free access to their content. These publishers offer significant amount on content for the study of Islam and the Middle East.
“Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak. Over 700 textbooks, published and currently available, on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased.”
[Update 3/19/2020 : Due to unprecedented demand and reported misuse publisher temporarily removed the free access to textbooks. They are working to address these concerns plan to reinstate free access as soon as possible.
“Project Muse: Free Resources on MUSE During COVID-19”
“Access to the digital Loeb Classical Library will be free to schools and universities impacted by COVID-19 until June 30th. From Harvard University Press International @HarvardUPLondon In these uncertain times, sometimes you need to look back at the classics.
Access to the digital Loeb Classical Library will be free to schools and universities impacted by COVID-19 until June 30th. Librarians: email email@example.com for access.
3. Interdisciplinary Colloquium for (Post)doctoral Students on “Postcolonial and Gender Studies”, University of Trier, 18-19 June 2020
The aim of the colloquium is to offer the young researchers who work in these two fields a platform for exchanging content and interdisciplinary networking.
4. 54th Seminar for Arabian Studies of the “International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA)”, Casa Arabe, Cordoba, 15-18 July 2020
5. 21st Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Ohio State University, Columbus, 15-18 October 2020
Papers are also welcome for Iran, Afghanistan and the Black Sea region.
Deadline for abstracts (extended): 30 April 2020.
6. International Seminar: “End-of-Life Care and the Islamic Moral Tradition”, Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), Doha, 20-22 October 2020
This seminar aims to critically address the key EoLC ethical questions, by engaging a wide range of scholarly disciplines, including those within the field of Islamic studies (e.g., Theology, Philosophy, Jurisprudence & Legal Theory, Sufism, and Adab) in addition to other disciplines like social sciences and legal studies.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2020. Information: https://www.cilecenter.org/resources/news/call-research-papers-end-life-care-eolc-and-islamic-moral-tradition
7. 4th Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies on “Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE)”, 19-20 November 2020
This conference focuses on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies. Memory plays a crucial role in the way events are perceived, understood and narrated by different groups and elites: locals might see the conquest of their city as a catastrophe, while the conquerors portray the same as glorious or divinely inspired.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 June 2020.
8. Research Assistant for Three-years Doctoral Research Project “The Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim World”, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz
Requirements: Master degree in History or a related discipline (Islamic Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology or a neighbouring discipline) with a focus on the modern history of the MENA; excellent command of Arabic, English, and German (for non-German speaking applicants: Certificate of sufficient German skills or a strategy to improve them).
Deadline for application: 17 April 2020. Information: http://bit.ly/2WpjO4U
9. Two CESS Awards for Books on the “History and the Humanities” and on “Social Sciences” in Central Asia, Including Iran, Afghanistan, Black Sea Region
Books must be scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English in 2019.
Deadline for nominations: 31 May 2020. Information: https://www.centraleurasia.org/awards/book/
10. Nominations for Various MESA Book Awards
Nominations can be made by the publisher or the author. Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. Authors need not be members of MESA. Winners for each of the awards receive $1000 and a certificate of award.
Deadline for nomination: 1 April 2020. Information: https://mesana.org/awards/category/mesa-book-awards/mesa-book-awards-nomination-guidelines
11. New Masters Program in “Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations”, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
This is a year-long, taught Masters which offers a rich and broad study of the Islamic intellectual traditions of scripture, law, theology and philosophy in conversation with Christian thought, ethics and political theology.
12. 3rd Intensive Course “Ottoman Palaeography and Diplomatics”, Institute for Islamic Studies, University of Heidelberg, 28 September – 9 October 2020
The course will enable the participants to read, date, and contextualise Ottoman documents and other handwritten sources in a methodologically founded manner. The course will be held in German and is free of charge.
Applications deadline: 15 May 2020. Information: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/fakultaeten/philosophie/ori/islamwissenschaft/sommerkurs.html
13. Articles on “The Politics of Religious Dissent (Focus on Islam)” for Special Issues of the “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 abstracts: 30 April 2020. Information: https://ijor.tplondon.com/index.php/ijor/announcement
14. Two New Resources by H-Net for Scholars Affected by the Coronavirus
A) “Resources for Teaching Online” is designed to be a space where we can share resources with each other about how to repurpose face-to-face course materials in an online format.
B) “Remote Conference Presentations” is a space created to give scholars an opportunity to share papers or presentations that were intended for now-canceled conferences.
15. The Arab Studies Institute’s Open Access Resources for Teaching the Middle East
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- March 24, 2020
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