1.The first workshop of the Persianate Subalterns project – on pre-Safavid subalterns – took place on 7-8 November, 2015 in Edinburgh, UK.
The presentations from the workshop are now uploaded on YouTube and can be viewed at:
The workshop’s programme can be viewed on same page.
2. Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
3. The Workshop on Complex Predicates in Iranian Languages will be held on September 10-11, 2016 at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam (Professor, Allameh Tabataba’i University)
Simin Karimi (Professor, University of Arizona)
Pollet Samvelian (Professor, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle & CNRS)
Gholamhosein Karimi-Doostan (Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Tehran)
Negin Ilkhanipour (PhD student, Department of Linguistics, University of Tehran)
Vahide Tajalli (PhD student, Department of Linguistics, University of Tehran)
Meeting URL :
4. XVIIIème Journée Monde Iranien
25 mars 2016
Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations (BULAC) Auditorium du Pôle Langues et Civilisations 65, rue des Grands Moulins 75013, Paris
Organisatrice : Samra Azarnouche
5. Open Access Journal
The Journal of the Middle East Librarians Association
6. The Frontiers of Persian Learning: Testing the Limits of a Eurasian Lingua Franca, 1600–1900
The Epistemological Frontiers of Persian Learning
—organized by Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Program on Central Asia and the Irving & Jean Stone Chair in Social Sciences
Friday, April 8, 2016: 10:15 a.m.–5:20 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2016: 10:15 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
314 Royce Hall, UCLA campus
For the program, please link to:
Anyone who would like to attend should kindly register using a link provided in the program, so that the organizers may accurately plan for seating and catering. Please note that for students from any institution, or for UC faculty or staff, there is no charge to attend the conference.
7. Call for Papers
MLA Annual Convention 2017, Philadelphia, PA
Arabic in Europe: Medieval Connectivity and “Contamination”
Problem/Significance: In the post-Cold War era of the 1990s, two major American paradigms for understanding the world gained traction: One, popular among conservatives, posits a “clash of civilizations” (Huntington), where conflict between nations will stem not from disputes over resources and justice, but from civilizational identities and animosities. In particular, proponents of this paradigm have capitalized on a seeming clash between “Islam” and “the west.” The other paradigm, popular among liberals, posits “the end of history”, meaning the conclusion of major conflicts of ideology or culture in the post-Soviet era (Fukuyama, drawing on Hegel), largely because of the success of the liberal democratic model, exemplified by American politics and culture, which the people of world will eventually adopt and imitate. These two paradigms – “clash” or “westernization” – have alternatively driven much of American public discourse, policy making, and foreign policy for the last 25 years and counting, leading the US into seemingly endless surveillance and militarism. The underlying premise of these two paradigms suggests the separateness of cultures and the centrality of “the west”. But, what if “civilization” leaks and morphs? What if cultures and civilizations around the Mediterranean have been interconnected (deliberate) and inter-contaminated (un-deliberate) for millennia through trade, war, treaties, inter-marriage, conversion, translation, representations of the bizarre or fascinating “other,” and the circulation of discourses and ideas?
Scope: We invite papers that probe that separateness and purity, and explore those inter-connectivities and inter-contaminations by examining the myriad ways that “Arabic” culture has found reception in premodern Europe. It should be noted though, that “Arabic” here is defined as a metonym for Europe’s many constructed “others” (the Jew, the Turk, the Persian, the “Moor,” the “Mohamatan,” the “Saracen,” etc.) and “Europe” is a likewise constructed space to stage interaction. Thus, since identity relies on (mis)perception and performance (passing as …), the panel remains open to the fluidity of labels in cultural-rhetorical praxis and imagination that may well mistake, conflate, or liken “the Jew” and “the Mohamatan,” for example. This panel proposal invites scores of avenues of investigations, including the reception of Arab(ic) texts, images, objects, and ideas in southern Europe, particularly Iberia and Sicily/Italy.
Please send 300-word abstract by 20 March, 2016 to Samer Ali <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Co-Organized by the Forum on Arabic Language, Literature and Culture
and on Medieval Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
8. The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) are pleased to announce the second year of the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship, beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Scholars applying to the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship will be attached to the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.
Theme of Research: The selected scholar will carry out research in the domain of Deccan-Persian Relations/Indo-Persian Culture of the Deccan.
Duration of the Award: Six months
Further details at:
9. Symposium- New Studies in Islamic Painting (April 14-15, Northwestern University)
New Studies in Islamic Painting
A Symposium at Northwestern University, April 14-15, 2016
Organized by Bilha Moor, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Islamic Art and Architecture, Department of Art History, Northwestern University.
For more information, please contact me at email@example.com
The Symposium presents current studies in figurative painting of the Pre-Modern Islamic lands. It examines Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman illustrated manuscripts, which were produced in the 13th-17th century, in Iraq, Greater Iran, and the Ottoman Empire. The papers address the relationship between word and image, questions of patronage and reception, as well as theoretical approaches to the study of Islamic painting.
The symposium is generously sponsored by the Myers Foundations, the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
This program is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7th.
Thursday, April 14th
The Art Institute of Chicago, Sustaining Fellows Lounge, Rubloff Building
5:15- Welcome, AIC Representative
5:20- Welcome, Jesús Escobar, Chair, Department of Art History, Northwestern University
5:25- Introduction, Bilha Moor, Northwestern University
5:30-7:00- Session I- Reexamining Persian Illustrated Manuscripts
Priscilla P. Soucek, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
“Historicity in Persian Manuscript Illustrations”
Sheila Blair, Boston College
“The Archeology of a Manuscript: The Case of Khwājū Kirmānī’s Three Masnavīs”
David J. Roxburgh, Harvard University
“On Baysunghur’s Two Kalīla wa Dimnas: Modeling Practices of Emulation in the Persianate Arts of the Book”
Moderator: Jesús Escobar, Northwestern University
Friday, April 15th
Northwestern University Library, Forum Room
9:00-9:25- Gathering and coffee
9:25-9:30- Welcome, Northwestern Representative
9:30-10:30- Session I- Painting before 1250
Jonathan Bloom, Boston College
“Painting in the Fatimid Period: A Reappraisal”
Anna Contadini, SOAS, University of London
“The Bologna Dioscorides”
Moderator: Ann Gunter, Northwestern University
10:45-11:45- Session II- Rethinking the Manuscript and the Page
Rachel Milstein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“The Manuscript, the Page, the Text as Determinants in the Construction of Pictorial Space”
Yael Rice, Amherst College
“The Reconstitutive Codex: The Generation and Regeneration of Mughal Albums”
Moderator: Rajeev Kinra, Northwestern University
1:30-2:30- Session III- Mystical Dimensions of Persian Painting
Chad Kia, Independent Scholar
“Kāshifī’s Rules of Artisanal Ethics: A Principle of Selection for Illustrations of ‘Attār’s Mantiq al-Tayr”
Kishwar Rizvi, Yale University
“Love and the Body: Materiality and Figuration in Early Safavid Art”
Moderator: Rob Linrothe, Northwestern University
2:30-3:00- Coffee break
3:00-4:00- Session IV- Safavid Painting in the 17th Century
Amy Landau, Walters Art Museum
“Humor in Paintings of the Seventeenth-Century Isfahani Artist Shaykh ‘Abbāsī”
Anastassiia Botchkareva, Columbia University
“Refocusing the Gaze: Visual Transitions in Seventeenth-Century Persianate Representations”
Moderator: Christina Normore, Northwestern University
4:00-4:30- Coffee break
4:30-5:30- Session V- Turkish and Ottoman Manuscripts
Serpil Bağcı, Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Ankara
“Illustrated Manuscripts of the Turkish Iskendernāme and Turkmen Patrons”
Emine Fetvacı, Boston University
“The Album of Ahmed I and the City of Istanbul”
Moderator: Bilha Moor, Northwestern University
10. Newly Digitized 12th-century copy of Arabic Astronomy Manuscript now online
11. Second Perso-Indica Workshop
Indian Narratives and Persian Literature
April 8th 2016, 10.00-17.00
10.00: Fabrizio Speziale, Introduction to the Second Perso-Indica Workshop
10.30: Nalini Balbir, « The Pañcatantra Stories in Their Indian Versions: Languages, Contents and Purposes »
11.00: Pegah Shahbaz, « The Translation and Adaptation of Pañcatantra Tradition in Persian Literature: from Kalīla wa Dimna to Pancakhyana »
13.15: Judit Törzsök, « Narrative Strategies and Political Situations: The Hitopadeśa in Context »
13.45: Blain Auer, « From Mufarriḥ al-qulūb (The Rejoicer of Hearts) to Aḫlāq-i hindī (Indian Ethics): Translating Persian and Sanskrit Political Advice Literature »
15.15: Iran Farkhondeh, « The Śukasaptati Within the Sanskrit Tradition of Kathā Cycles »
15.45: Sunil Sharma, « When a Translation is Not Really a Translation: Żīyā al-Dīn Naḫšabī’s Ṭūṭī-nāma »
Place: Salle Claude Simon, Sorbonne nouvelle, 4 Rue des Irlandais, 75005, Paris.
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