1.Call for Papers, 2nd workshop
RECOVERING ‘LOST VOICES’:
THE ROLE AND DEPICTION OF IRANIAN/PERSIANATE SUBALTERNS FROM THE 13TH CENTURY TO THE MODERN PERIOD
A multi-year research project funded by the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS).
The second of four workshops – on subalterns across the entire Persianate world in the Safavid and Afsharid periods – will be held at the University of Edinburgh, UK, on 19-21 May, 2017.
Read more at:
Accommodation will be provided. Limited funding support for travel and other expenses is available, especially for PhD students and unaffiliated scholars.
Prospective presenters should submit a 500 word abstract, with an indicative list of the primary sources on which the paper will draw, to email@example.com by Friday, 6 January, 2017. The final composition of the workshop will be announced by mid-February, 2017.
Presentations will be filmed and archived and selected papers from the project will be published.
2. CFP – Journal of Islamic Perspective and Culture
by Ugur Bakan
Journal of Islamic Perspective and Culture is a refereed journal dedicated to publishes high quality, peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scholarly articles on all aspects of related to Islam and Muslim societies offered in a variety of other disciplines as well, such as culture, history, geography, art, law, anthropology, political science, philosophy, literature, sociology, economics, and women, gender and sexuality studies, architecture and international relations. Research papers should be original, substantial and unpublished research that can describe work-in-progress systems, frameworks, standards and evaluation schemes.
The journal aims to promote a constructive and critical understanding of the role of Islam and Muslims at different perspective such as the history of Muslim nation, arts and sciences in Islam, Islamic cultural heritage, Islamic Law, Islamic Theology and Islamic philosophy, Islamic economics and finance, Islamic sociology and Islamic psychology, Islamic literature, Islamic art and architecture and all other aspects of Islamic culture and civilization.
The scope of the journal includes the study of a variety of different in knowing and understanding of the religion, comprehensive knowledge of Islamic intellectual history and civilization of Islam as well as a closer comprehension of today’s world and interdisciplinary studies that are cross national and comparative.
If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Editorial Office, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission and Publication Information:
Submission deadline: November 10th, 2016
Final manuscript submissions to publisher: Jan, 2017
Submission to first decision: 3 weeks
Submission to final decision: 6 weeks
Number of papers: 7 to 10 papers
3. Conference – Islamic Art: Reception Processes in Middle Ages and Modern Times (Zurich, 4 Nov. 2016)
University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, Room RAA-E-29, November 4, 2016
Registration deadline: Nov 1, 2016
Workshop “Islamic Art – Reception Processes in Middle Ages and Modern
Looking closely at medieval and modern transfer and reception processes
within Islamic art, the aim of the workshop is to discuss and analyse
theoretical approaches, methods and concepts dealing with such
processes. A range of significant case studies presented by Magdalena
Valor (University of Sevilla), Yuka Kadoi (Edinburgh) and Maximilian
Hartmuth (University of Vienna) will provide the opportunity to examine
interesting overlaps, theoretical innovations and methodological
challenges. Attendants are hereby invited to contribute a short
presentation / poster-presentation on their personal ongoing research
projects dealing with transfer and reception processes.
The interdisciplinary workshop is open to MA, PhD and post-docs
students. It is organized by members of the Institute of Art History,
the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies and the University Research
Priority Program Asia and Europe at the University of Zurich.
08:30 Welcome and registration
09:00 Katrin Kaufmann, Helena Lahoz Kopiske and Elika Palenzona-Djalili
(Universität Zürich): Opening Remarks
09:25 Magdalena Valor (Universidad de Sevilla): “The Iberian Medieval
Conquered Space: The Transformation of Religious Buildings”
10:45 Yuka Kadoi (Edinburgh): “Image Transfer, Object Exchange: The
Case of the Mongol Empire”
13:30 Maximilian Hartmuth (Universität Wien): “‘Austro-Islamic
Architecture’ and ‘Moorish Style’ in Habsburg-ruled Bosnia”
14:20 Poster and short Presentation Session. MA Students, PhD and
15:50 Plenary Discussion and Final Remarks
For more information see:
Florida State University – Assistant Professor, Islamic World
Oberlin College – Assistant Professor of Art / Architecture of the Islamic World
American University – Beirut – Faculty position in world literature
and global film and visual culture
New York University – Visiting Research Scholar Program
5. 2016 MEM Graduate Student Prize
The Board of Directors of Middle East Medievalists (MEM) offers a prize of $250 for the best graduate student paper on a medieval topic. Although modest in amount, it is hoped that this award will provide encouragement to graduate students with an interest in the medieval period. One need not be a member of MEM to be considered for this prize. The prize will be awarded in Boston at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Graduate Students who wish to have their contributions considered for the 2016 prize should submit a copy of their paper (not to exceed 20 pages!) to Antoine Borrut, MEM secretary, at: email@example.com
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016.
6. Thu 20 Oct, 2016 – Sat 22 Oct, 2016 Historians of Islamic Art Association 2016 Biennial Conference
Regionality: looking for the local in the arts of Islam
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London
For further information and the programme, see:
Séminaire « L’Asie centrale dans tous ses États : questions et méthodes »
Responsables : Stéphane Dudoignon (CNRS/CETOBAC), Carole Ferret (CNRS/LAS), Isabelle Ohayon (CNRS/CERCEC), Julien Thorez (CNRS/M2I)
2es lundis du mois de 13h00 à 16h00 – 190-8, av. de France – 75013 Paris
Les 10 octobre & 14 novembre : salle 1 – À partir du 12 décembre : salle du Conseil B
Lundi 10 octobre 2016
Aftandil ERKINOV (Institut des études orientales, Tachkent, Ouzbékistan)
Le grand tremblement de terre du début du xxe siècle à Andidjan
Muzaffar OLIMOV (Centre Sharq, Douchanbeh, Tadjikistan)
Les radicalisations actuelles dans le domaine postsoviétique :
l’exemple du Tadjikistan
Venez nombreux !
8. 2nd GIS Congress
« Middle East and Muslim Worlds »
7 July 2017
Irrationality in the Middle East and Islām
If rationality denotes what complies with the mind, irrationality, by contrast, deals with all that, at first sight, can’t be explained and controlled by the ʿaql. In other words, irrationality is a negatively defined notion marked by lack or loss (ʿadam-, ġayr– ou lā-ʿaql), distance (ibʿād) or deviation (inḥirāf) from the intellect, or even it is the result of reduced rationality (qillat al-ʿaql).
An irrational behaviour is considered rather strange, abnormal, and sometimes contrary to sound norms and moral principals. Consequently, this is the case of liminal states or of more or less voluntary marginal conducts: the insane and the mental ill, the drunk or the intoxicated, the silly, the foolish, the madly in love with beloved or with God, etc.
In other cases, irrationality can be defined either by the temporary loss of self-control (anger, violent attack, fear, etc.), or by the lack of moderation and the inability to abstain from the pleasures of the flesh (uncontrolled appetite, a more or less licit sexual pleasure, etc.).
However, irrationality also bears a specific knowledge, which is beyond the control of the logic, a vision of an alternative world and a different reality along with a set of spiritual insights that cannot be controlled and that are between the sensitive world and the unconscious: emotions, gratification of the senses, dreams, the world of magic and sorcery, divination, prophecy, superstition, miracle, the hereafter, ecstasy, mysticism, love, hallucination, imaginary, etc.
Propositions aimed at analysing all the historical periods of the Middle East and Islām and involving different areas (philosophy, theology, literature, social sciences, anthropology, Islamic law, history, medicine, sciences, mysticism, arts, etc.) are invited to participate.
This panel will take place Friday the 7th of July 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, room 3.26 at Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Pôle des Langues et Civilisations, 65, rue des Grands Moulins, 75214 Paris.
Candidates who wish to participate are kindly requested to send an abstract (300 words, including a provisional title) and a CV (200 words), in French or English, to Danilo Marino (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday the 30th of October 2017.
The registration to the Congress will open in January 2017 through AGIS (Association des Amis du GIS). The cost of registration is 20 euros per person except for PhD and post-doctoral students without employment contract. The registration fee authorises access to the Congress panels, round-tables and shows (except the concert).
Expenses for travel or stay will be at participants’ charges
Danilo Marino, CERMOM, Inalco, Paris, email@example.com
9. Authority and Identity in Medieval Islamic Historiography: Persian Histories from the Peripheries. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Mimi Hanaoka, PhD
Department of Religious Studies
University of Richmond
Intriguing dreams, improbable myths, fanciful genealogies, and suspect etymologies. These were all key elements of the historical texts composed by scholars and bureaucrats on the peripheries of Islamic empires between the tenth and fifteenth centuries. But how are historians to interpret such narratives? And what can these more literary histories tell us about the people who wrote them and the times in which they lived? In this book, Mimi Hanaoka offers an innovative, interdisciplinary method of approaching these sorts of local histories from the Persianate world. By paying attention to the purpose and intention behind a text’s creation, her book highlights the preoccupation with authority to rule and legitimacy within disparate regional, provincial, ethnic, sectarian, ideological and professional communities. By reading these texts in such a way, Hanaoka transforms the literary patterns of these fantastic histories into rich sources of information about identity, rhetoric, authority, legitimacy, and centre-periphery relations.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. Methodologies for reading hybrid identities and imagined histories
3. Contexts and authorship
4. Dreaming of the prophet
5. Holy bloodlines, prophetic utterances, and taxonomies of belonging
6. Living virtues of the land
7. Sacred bodies and sanctified cities
8. Prophetic etymologies and sacred spaces
9. The view from Anatolia
10. Lessons from the peripheries.
10. Important New Developments in Arabographic Optical Character Recognition OCR
May be of interest to those interested in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for Persian (i.e., turning all of those old PDF scans in digital, searchable texts!).
Above all, emailing this out because we are very interested in collaborating with Persianists who want to help expand the Persian training data set and have their texts OCRed in the process. Please get in touch!
Matthew Thomas Miller
Roshan Institute Research Fellow
Associate Director, Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD)
University of Maryland, College Park
PersDig@UMD website: http://persdig.umd.edu/
Professional website: http://www.matthewthomasmiller.com/
Academia.edu Page: https://umcp.academia.edu/MatthewThomasMiller
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