1. The Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), invites applications for Resident fellowships (Post Doc). The fellowships should start in 2021 and have a duration between 1 and 12 months.
Fellowships are available for scholars at all stages of their academic career who have completed their doctoral degree and established an independent research profile. Applicants should be engaged in a research project in any relevant discipline that is related to the Center’s interests in Romanization and Islamication in the period and area in question. The Center also welcomes applications from scholars working on comparative empire and transcultural studies in a broader historical (or contemporary) perspective whose research has a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues. The second year (2021) theme is ‘Imperial Religions and Local Beliefs’, i.e. the relationship between state authority and religion. Which forms of local religious practice remained in place, despite the dominance of eastern salvation religions, and which forms changed as a result thereof?
Applications should be in English, including a CV, a research proposal for the project pursued at Hamburg, including the project’s relation to the topic (2000 words), and an indication of the months the applicant wants to spend at the Center and the kind of financial support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf document to Dr. Rocco Selvaggi email@example.com November 30, 2020.
For more information see: https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/center/fellowship-program.html
2. OPEN CALL FOR PAPERS “Occhialì -Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico”is a semi-annualscientific journal concerned with the publication of studies, researchesand reflections on Islam and the Mediterranean.
Active since 2017, it has promoted over time a broad discussion on transversalthemes from different perspectives: historical, linguistic, political, economic, juridical, sociological, psychological or pedagogical, trying to represent the heterogeneity that characterizes its area of interest. For issue 7/2020, it has been decided not to limit the contributions to a specific theme, but to open it to the proposals of scholars, so as to leave an open space and cast light on emerging horizons of study and research. Therefore, essays, analyses and translations concerning the Islamic Mediterranean are all acceptable: from religious forms to histories, from institutions to languages, social movements, changes, cultural representations, migratory flows, in ancient times as well as today.
The articles, written in English, French, Italian or Spanish, must be sent by 15 December 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org a format compatible with the procedure of blind review: a file will have to include the author’s name and surname, email address, a short biographical note, title and abstract (150 words in English), 3-5 keywords; the other file will have to include the contribution without any reference to the author or to their known works that might point back to them. The articles, formatted according to the norms indicated on http://phi.unical.it/wp34/occhiali/norme-redazionali/, shall not exceed 30,000 characters including spaces and excluding the bibliography.
3. Call for Papers – Online conference (Centering Race in History: Antiquity to the Present)
International Centre on Racism, Edge Hill University, UK.
MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism magazine, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy (EUI).
Department of History & Civilization, EUI.
What should be the place of race in historiography and historical practice? The last few decades have witnessed a flowering of the historical study of race. Yet most of this scholarship has been confined to late modern colonial, global, and postcolonial histories, with little interest from other fields. In medieval and early modern studies, the bulk of writing on race has been produced by those working in literature rather than history. And if we look to the big treatments of history that have been growing in popularity in the profession and the book trade in recent years, race barely features.
The aim of our conference is to confront this marginalization of race in history, and to consider how we can centre race in our discipline: theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. We are interested in submissions concerning every period of human history, and all fields in our discipline.
The conference will begin at 15.00 CET each day to facilitate participation from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
‘Allegedly Race: Rethinking the Political History of Early Mesopotamia’: Professor Xianhua Wang, Shanghai International Studies University, China.
‘The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages’: Professor Geraldine Heng, University of Texas at Austin, USA.
‘Racism Before Racialized Capitalism’: Professor Satnam Virdee, University of Glasgow, UK, who will deliver the inaugural PKC Millins Lecture.
‘Archives of Black Life and Histories of State Violence in Britain’: Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University, UK.
4. The Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Arizona has admitted a select number of graduate students at M.A. and Ph.D. levels since 2016.
This year, too, the program will admit new students.
Students benefit from the close attention of the program’s faculty with high interest and expertise in interdisciplinary research projects.
For more information visit
5. UCLA: The Indo-Persian Confluence Symposium
“Indo-Persian Musical Connections: Modal Negotiations”
Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 10:00am Pacific via Zoom
The panel, consisting of Taees Gheirati (UBC), Deepak Paramashivan (University of Alberta) and Behzad Namazi (Ohio University), examines these transregional cultural connections by comparing underlying modal structures, analyzing previously undiscussed descriptions of mode, and considering reflexive perspectives on mode from musicians across all three regions. By utilizing the transregional framework that musical modality provides as a primary category of analysis, this panel opens up new discussions on how to think about both historic and contemporary cross-cultural alignments in music that are clearly central to defining multiple music traditions in multiple places. This allows researchers to read specific concepts of musical modality as aspects of cultural production that relate to larger regional contexts.
For more information, including the link to RSVP, please visit: https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/event/indo-persian-musical-connections-modal-negotiations/
UCLA Mohindar Brar Sambhi Chair of Indian Music
UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
UCLA Center for Musical Humanities
UCLA Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies
UCLA Iranian Studies Program
UCLA Center for India and South Asia (CISA)
6. ‘Muslim Female Religious Authority’: online roundtable, Thursday 12th November, 5pm GMT
Alwaleed Centre, Edinburgh
All are welcome to our forthcoming roundtable discussion exploring ‘Muslim Female Religious Authority’ taking place on 12th November at 5pm via Zoom.
For further information and free registration click here: https://femaleauthority.eventbrite.co.uk
The roundtable will feature contributions from Amina Inloes (The Islamic College), Joseph Hill (University of Alberta), David Kloos (KITLV) and Safia Shahid (Women’s Muslim College) with Mulki Al-Sharmani (University of Helsinki) kindly chairing.
This is the third event in our ‘Authority in the Globalised Muslim World’ series. For further information about the series click HERE.
With very best wishes,
The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam
in the Contemporary World
University of Edinburgh
16 George Square
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