1.The Department of Comparative Literature and Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at the University of California, Davis invite applications for the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature at the Associate or Full Professor level, effective 7/1/2017.
For full consideration, complete applications should be received no later than November 1, 2016.
For more information and to apply, see
2. CNRS: Mondes iranien et indien
Vendredi 7 octobre, 9h-12h, salle 3.15
INaLCO, 65, rue des Grands Moulins PARIS
« Etymologie et emprunts dans l’histoire des langues iraniennes »
Agnes Korn : « Noms de parenté en baloutchi : une famille recomposée »
Thomas Jügel : « Calquing the Iranian verbal system: the case of Neo-Aramaic »
Sebastian Heine : « Influence of other languages on Kurdish »
Johnny Cheung : « Shedding light on the history of the speakers of Kurdish »
Matteo De Chiara : « Recherches sur la lexicologie et la lexicographie du pashto »
3. Open Access Journal
Mizan, Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations
A Bi-Annual, Peer-Reviewed, Open Access Journal of Islamic Studies Border Graphic
4. Ebooks from the American Numismatic Society,
5. Séminaire ‘Sociétés, politiques et cultures
du monde iranien’
Séance du 6 octobre 2016, 17h-18h30
Sebastian Heine, Bonn University
« Pashto Influence on the other Indo-Iranian languages in Afghanistan »
Persian and Pashto are the most important Iranian Language in Afghanistan, and also the two official languages of the country. While the deep impact of Persian Loans on the rest of the Iranian Group is evident, from a phonological, lexical as well as from a morphological point of view, until now lesser attention has been paid to the role of Pashto as a contact language with the remaining of the Indo-Iranian languages, i.e. languages belonging to the three subgroups of the Iranian languages, Indo-Aryan languages and Nuristani languages.
On the basis of some selected examples, Pashto influence on several dialect groups (Ormuri, Parachi, Yidgha-Munji, Pashai, Nuristani) will be explained.
Lieu : INaLCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, salle 3.03 (3e étage), 75013, Paris.
Matteo De Chiara (INaLCO), Denis Hermann (CNRS), Fabrizio Speziale (Paris 3 – CNRS), Julien Thorez (CNRS).
6. The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) and Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) will be holding an academic conference entitled, Media in Muslim Contexts: Inventing and Reinventing Identities, at its London campus (210 Euston Road, NW1 2DA) on Nov 3-4, 2016.
There is no registration fee but places are limited.
7. The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Visual Culture
Submission deadline: November 15, 2016
The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) is pleased to invite submissions for the 2017 Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished article written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. Awarded annually by HIAA, this prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long‐serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT.
The competition is open to HIAA members only. As well as receiving an award of $500, the recipient of the prize will be announced at HIAA’s annual business meeting. The winning essay will also be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
Submission must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.
All materials should be submitted by email to email@example.com by November 15, 2016.
8. Fashioned from Holy Matter.
A cross-cultural workshop on the semantics of image-making
Call for Papers
Deadline: 30 November 2016
Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
6–7 July 2017
This workshop draws attention to a particular type of image, which has not been studied yet as a group: images that were made of or shaped from holy matter, such as earth, stone, blood, sweat or wood. These materials might have been used as a support for painting, colour itself, as a modelling substance or as building material. The image-relic relationship—in particular, the insertion of relics into images/icons or reliquaries—and the miraculous properties of images in general have been the subject of sustained scholarly interest. In addition, the material properties of images and materiality, more broadly, are now major areas of study in both art history and a number of related disciplines. Yet little work has been devoted to the creative use of matter already perceived as holy or, vice versa, the later attribution of holiness to the substance of images.
The workshop seeks to explore from a cross-cultural and interreligious perspective how holy material becomes semantically charged and/or redefined through the process of artistic creation. How is meaning attained through the interaction between holy substance and image and how is the value of the holy matter communicated to various audiences (through inscriptions or legends for instance)? Does the image authenticate its holiness and, if so, what visual strategies were used? How might written descriptions or representations of images also make this holy presence known? A related objective of the workshop will be to analyse the implications of meaning: how does it contribute to the function, use and activation of such images—in both sanctioned and unofficial devotional and ritual practices—, which might be informed by possible transcultural and transhistorical dynamics. Further, how might the meanings ascribed to fashioned matter express apotropaic, pharmacological or other concerns?
Papers from all fields, from earliest to contemporary times, are welcome.
Please send proposals of max. 500 words and a short Curriculum vitae by 30 November 2016 to the organisers:
9. Conference: “Envisioning a Post-Crisis Regional Order in the Sharq Region – Sykes Picot 100 Years”, Istanbul, 8-9 October 2016
Registration and Program: http://sharqforum.org/events/envisioning-a-post-crisis-regional-order-in-the-sharq-region/
10. Colloque annuel du Cercle des Chercheurs sur le Moyen Orient (CCMO) : « Complots, mukhabarats, conspirationnisme : le Moyen-Orient du secret », Hôtel de Ville de Paris, 26 octobre 2016
Inscription obligatoire à firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: https://cerclechercheursmoyenorient.wordpress.com/
11. International Conference: “Religion: Bridging Gaps and Breaking Paths – Contemporary Approaches towards Discourses of Religion and Knowledge Production in Transdisciplinary Perspective”, Berlin, 2-4 February 2017
This conference is hosted by the Doctoral Program “Religion – Knowledge – Discourse” of the Humboldt-University.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2017. Information: http://www.rwd.hu-berlin.de/de/aktuelles/cfp-conference
12. Tenure-track Position in Sociology, American University in Cairo
The position is beginning in the fall of 2017. Candidates with a PhD in sociology and any area of expertise are welcome to apply, while a focus on the Middle East and/or community development would be an asset.
Deadline for application: 10 November 2016. Information: http://www.aucegypt.edu/faculty/services/faculty-vacancies
13. Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education
Tuesday 28th March 2017
Call for Papers
The purpose of the conference is to bring together academics and language teachers working in UK Universities to discuss the nature and challenges presently faced in the field. This is in the context of a recent rapid growth of demand for Arabic language learning, in particular across University Wide Language Programmes. There are now (2016) almost 60 UK Universities teaching Arabic language, including 12 who offer degree programmes (single or joint honours, undergraduate or postgraduate) in Arabic Studies. The Conference intends to:
- Provide a forum for all teachers of Arabic in Higher Education in the UK to come together, and to act as a catalyst for collaboration across all institutions
- To support the closer integration of the teaching & learning of Arabic with the teaching & learning of other languages in UKHE
- To provide a forum for development of collaborative ideas amongst participants, leading to collaborative projects through external funding
The conference will include two external keynote speakers, and will close with a panel discussion. There will also be parallel sessions to receive presentations on topics of principal interest, a small exhibition and a space for posters. The focus will be towards Arabic teaching and learning in UK universities, submissions from outside the UK will be accepted. We now invite abstract submissions and/or posters that relate to the following sub-themes:
- Pedagogical Approaches to Arabic Diglossia and Language Variation: This may include research findings, presentations on the integrated approach and the questions of MSA versus Dialect.
- Arabic Language Resources, Technology and Innovation: This would allow discussions on textbooks and technology T&L resources.
- Approaches to Assessment and Proficiency Level Bench-marking: This can include discussions on proficiency scales for Arabic language, assessment of the different language skills and the different Arabic varieties and the use of innovative approaches to assessment.
- Arabic Students and Teachers Aspirations: This can include learning motivations as well as opportunities for teacher training and professional development.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Zeinab A. Taha, American University in Cairo
Munther A. Younes, Cornell University
Papers are allotted thirty-minute slots followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Please submit your abstract (In English, 250 words maximum) to ArabicConference@leeds.ac.uk, by 9th December 2016. A scientific committee will review the abstracts and acceptance will be confirmed by 13th January 2017.
Abstract submission deadline: 9th December 2016
Notification of acceptance: 13th January 2017
Registration opens: 16th January 2017.
Registration deadline: 13th March 2017.
For more information, please contact ArabicConference@leeds.ac.uk
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