1.HYBRID Lecture “Invisible Hands: Forgery and Finance in a Colonial Art Market” by Margaret Graves, Center for Middle East Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 9 November 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This project re-encounters ceramics faking and forgery in the Middle East during the late 19th-/early 20th-century as an economically logical, indigenous form of skilled craft participation in modern global capitalism, where the structures of antiquities collection derive ultimately from colonial-era resource extraction and inter-national banking.
Information and registration: https://watson.brown.edu/cmes/events/2023/margaret-graves-invisible-hands
2. ONLINE Seminar “Constructing Culture: Art and Racial Capitalism in the Gulf” by Maia Holtermann Entwistle (QMUL), Centre for Gulf Studies, Exeter, 14 November 2023, 17:00 – 18:30, GMT
Since the early 2000s, a bumper crop of new or transformed museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, herit-age sites, arts festivals, and cultural districts have opened their doors to the public. Artists, curators, cultural institutional managements, and dealers working in the Gulf are keenly aware of how the cultural production occurring across these new spaces is shaped by censorship and underpinned by the exploitation and dis-possession of migrant construction workers.
Information and registration: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/events/details/index.php?event=13228
3. ONLINE Lecture “Brigand Poets (Sa’ālīk) in Ancient Arabia: Social Outcasts and Ascetic Rebels” by Nora Schmid (University of Hamburg), SCORE Lecture Series, Hamburg, 12 December 2023, 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm CET
Information and registration:
4. Professeur-e ordinaire, professeur-e associé-e en études arabes
de la période moderne (18e siècle à nos jours)
Le/la candidat-e idéal-e sera spécialisé-e dans le monde arabe depuis le 18e siècle, idéalement en histoire intellectuelle et/ou en productions culturelles (arts, littérature, cinéma) ainsi qu’avec une expertise sur les questions de religion, globalisation, immigration/émigration, ou minorités, et pouvant faire état d’une excellente maîtrise de l’arabe, attestée notamment par des travaux et publications sur la base de sources dans cette langue.
Délai d’inscription : 30 novembre 2023.
5. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of the History of the Middle East/North Africa, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
We invite applications from scholars with disciplinary backgrounds in History or historically-informed scholars working in the fields of Anthropology or Middle East Studies – especially in the history of the modern or early modern Middle East, North Africa, or the Persian-speaking or Turkic-speaking worlds. We welcome applica-tions from scholars working on a broad range of thematic and topical areas, including the history of science, technology, environment, or medicine in the region.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2023. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/134185
6. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art/Architecture of the Middle East, North Africa, and Iberia, 600-1500 CE, Northwestern University, Illinois
We particularly welcome scholars whose work engages with transregional and intercultural contexts within and beyond the Islamic world; visual and material culture; architecture, urbanism, and the environment; ar-chaeology, heritage, and preservation; or technical art history.
Deadline for applications: 15 November 2023.
7. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in International and Global Studies (Focus Middle East), University of the South, Sewanee
Areas of expertise could include (but are not limited to): the capitalist world system, international media and the arts, migration, postcoloniality, transnational social movements, urbanization, environment and sustaina-bility, and digital and technology studies. We have a preference for individuals who work on Asia or the Middle East but are excited to consider anyone who works in a non-US field and is committed to interdisciplinarity.
Deadline for applications: 10 November 2023. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2023/10/23/international-and-global-studies-assistant-professor
8. ‘The Natural World and the Making of the Modern Middle East’
with Peter Frankopan,
British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)
27 November 2023, 6pm-7pm (UK time)
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
This is an in-person only event.
Please register in advance, at:
9. CfP: 2024 BRISMES Annual Conference
Lancaster University, Lancashire • 1-3 July 2024
Submissions are now open for our 2024 Annual Conference – Proliferating Entanglements: Matter and Meaning in the Middle East
Recognising the challenges of these devastating times, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the value of knowledge sharing and community building, which our annual conference has long championed. With this commitment in mind, we announce that submissions for the 2024 BRISMES conference, hosted by the Richardson Institute, SEPAD, and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, are now open. Please take a look at our full call for papers and submit an abstract for an individual presentation, panel and/or roundtable by 14 December 2023. BRISMES warmly welcomes submissions on any topic or area related to the MENA region. In addition to the main theme and focus of the conference, which changes annually, areas of relevance to BRISMES include (but are not limited to): politics, culture & society, language, literature, history, linguistics and translation studies, in and related to the MENA region.
More info at:
10. Museum am Rothenbaum. Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK), Hamburg, Germany – Full-time Curator for the East and South Asia Collections
Closing Date: Dec 4, 2023.
11. Meriem Ben Ammar (University of Cagliari) will present “The Study of the Sābāt in the Islamic City: Relationships between Architecture and Jurisprudence,” Nov 3, 2023
The next VIAHSS lecture will take place on Friday, November 3, 2023. Please note the time carefully!
Due to the time change in Europe, this talk will take place at noon EDT/4PM UK/5 pm France/7PM Turkey.
Meriem Ben Ammar (University of Cagliari) will present “The Study of the Sābāṭ in the Islamic City: Relationships between Architecture and Jurisprudence.”
To attend, please make sure to register in advance here: https://wellesley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdu2tqz8pG9yy15JOtkAh9_V8UC_XJVur
Upon registration, you’ll receive the link to access the lecture.
As always, you can find a full schedule of upcoming talks and register for our list-serv on our website at viahss.org. Although not every talk is recorded, we also have recordings of several recent talks available on the VIAHSS Vimeo page at vimeo.com/viahss. Lastly, you can follow us on X at @viahss and on Instagram at @theviahss to stay up to date on upcoming events!
Dr. Alexander Brey and Rachel Winter
12. CFP – Creating Holiness: Books, Scrolls and Icons as Carriers of Sacredness, Interdisciplinary Conference in Mainz – deadline: December 15
Every written culture has its sacred texts. Through the regular reading of these texts, which is usually guided by a fixed rite in the same direction, a group of people reassures themselves of their community and constructs a place of cultural identity beyond the profane. The sacred text not only defines the respective beliefs, but also represents the physical expression of divine revelation, and is often itself revered as a representative of the divine in ritual. Such a text has a special quality as a manuscript, since its value can be increased not only by the high quality of the material and decoration, but also by the extraordinary virtues of the scribe and the circumstances of the act of writing itself. There are notions of what requirements such a scribe should fulfill and what rituals writing itself is subject to. The process of writing becomes a sacred act, a divine service, or an ascetic practice.
This conference will address the questions of what turns a book – or an icon of the Eastern churches – into a sacred object in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist cultures, and how is sacredness connected to the material.
- Are there material elements – writing surfaces, inks, colors, letterforms – that are preferred in the making of the sacred artifact? What expectations, memories, or theological concepts are associated with the material?
- Is the manufacturing process subject to ritual rules? What requirements are imposed on the scribe? Is the scribe distinguished by a certain way of living or a special position within society?
- What does the special handling of the sacred writings and icons, their veneration and performative choreography within the liturgy or prayer tell us about their functions within the religious community?
- How are the sacred artifacts received? Are there legends about the scribes and the documents they produced? How are narratives about the magical potential of sacred objects to be assessed?
Please send your abstract (150-200 words) to PD Dr Annett Martini by December, 15th 2023. (see contact address below)
Travel and accommodation costs can be covered by the organizers on behalf of the ToRoll project.
Visit our website for more information about the research project ToRoll: Materialized Holiness
ToRoll: Materialized Holiness (Freie Universität Berlin)
Principal investigator: Annett Martini
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