1. Following BRAIS’s successful conferences in Edinburgh (April 2014) and London (April 2015 and April 2016), the organisers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic Studies, for the Fourth Annual Conference of BRAIS. Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts as well as historical, textual, and contemporary anthropological and sociological approaches.
Keynotes will be delivered by Bryan S. Turner and Gudrun Krämer among others.
For submitting an abstract, see the following link: http://www.brais.ac.uk/conferences/2017/brais-2017-call-for-papers
2. Lebanese American University – Visiting faculty, Islamic Art &
Occidental College – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE HISTORY OF ART OF ASIA
University of California – Riverside – Assistant Professor in Art and
Material Culture of the Islamic World
Swarthmore College – Assistant Professor of Architectural History
3. The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnershipis pleased to announce that it will be offering up to 56 PhD studentships in the Arts and Humanities for entry in September 2017. The universitieswithin the DTP have a particular research strength in the study of the culture, history, literature and archaeology of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, including the later Roman empire and its successor states, early Islam, and contacts between these territories and the wider world. We are therefore keen to encourage excellent applicants whose research interests fall within, or range across, a variety of academic disciplines, including Classics and Ancient History, Archaeology, Theology and Religion, Medieval History, Arab and Islamic Studies, and Celtic Studies.
Eligible students from the UK/EU will be required to identify two potential supervisors from different universities within the consortium. A list of academics and their research interests is provided at the end of this email and applicants are encouraged to approach possible supervisors a.s.a.p. to find out whether they would be willing/able to take on the project, as well as for advice on shaping and refining PhD proposals. The DTP will also be holding an Information Day at the National Museum of Wales on Monday 28th November (although attendance is not compulsory for applicants). Those wishing to attend should register by Sunday 13th November. Applications for studentships will open on Tuesday 29th November and close on Thursday 12th January.
For further information, see:
Dr Nic Baker-Brian (Cardiff) Religion and society in Late Antiquity; Greek and Latin Patristic Literature; Gnostic and Manichaean Literature
Dr Fanny Bessard (Bristol) early Islam, especially economic history; the Caucasus in Late Antiquity
Professor Siam Bhayro (Exeter) Early Jewish studies; Syriac language and literature; medical history; Jewish and Christian magic
Professor Barbara Borg (Exeter) Greek and Roman art and iconography; Topography of Rome; Roman tombs and burial customs; art and text; Roman Egypt; relationship between Christians and non-Christians in Late Antiquity
Dr Filippo Carlà-Uhink (Exeter) Social and economic history of ancient Rome; numismatics; cultural history of the ancient World; Late Antiquity
Dr John P. Cooper (Exeter) Islamic archaeology; maritime archaeology; Islamic material culture and history of the medieval Arab world
Dr Ken Dark (Reading) Late Antiquity; the Byzantine world; early Christianity; Celtic Studies; social and economic organization and dynamics; archaeology; history
Professor Max Deeg (Cardiff) Buddhist history; religious interactions in Asia in Late Antiquity
Dr Richard Flower (Exeter) Roman and late Roman history; religious identity; late-antique and Christian ‘patristic’ literature, especially panegyric, invective and heresiology; authority in its many forms
Dr Alison Gascoigne (Southampton) Islamic archaeology; ceramics; cultural change; urban archaeology; household archaeology
Dr Christa Gray (Reading) Jerome of Stridon; Latin hagiography; Latin linguistics
Dr Peter Guest (Cardiff) Archaeology of Roman Britain and the Roman army; numismatics; the later Roman world; funerary archaeology
Professor Timothy Insoll (Exeter) Later African archaeology (Iron Age) and Global Islamic archaeology; ceramic and bead studies
Dr István Kristó-Nagy (Exeter) Late Antiquity and early Islam; ‘Abbasid culture; social and intellectual history; art history; literature; political thought (mirrors for princes and advice literature); comparative studies between the early and classical Islam and other civilisations; Zandaqa (Manicheism and other forms of dualist thought)
Dr Dan Levene (Southampton) Jewish Aramaic and Hebrew dialects in antiquity; Jewish magic; late antique Jewish and Christian Mesopotamia; Ethiopian popular beliefs
Professor Emma Loosley (Exeter) Oriental Christianity; Middle Eastern Christianity; inter-religious and cultural exchange; Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus in Late Antiquity; material culture of Late Antiquity and Early Islam; special interest in Syrian Christianity
Professor Josef Lössl (Cardiff) Early Christianity; Greek and Latin Patristics; History of biblical and philosophical exegesis and commentaries; intellectual history; Augustine of Hippo; Jerome of Stridon
Professor Morwenna Ludlow (Exeter) Patristic theology, especially Gregory of Nyssa and the ‘Cappdocians’; rhetoric in late antique Christianity
Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading) Late Antiquity; early Islam; Byzantium; economy and society; ethnic identity; ancient multilingualism; Egypt; papyrology; Greek epigraphy
Professor Karla Pollmann (Reading) Classical literature and culture; late antique, early Christian, and partistic literature, especially early Christian poetry, Augustine; reception of classical and early Christian thought in later periods; intermediality; ancient exegesis and hermeneutics.
Dr Alan Ross (Southampton) Late antique ‘pagan’ literature, particularly historiography and panegyric; the sons of Constantine and Julian the Apostate.
Dr Bella Sandwell (Bristol) Late antique religion; early Christianity; preaching
Dr Emily Selove (Exeter) Medieval Arabic banquet and comic literature; sexuality; medicine; magic; and the influence of ancient Greek and Roman literature on these traditions
Dr Helen Spurling (Southampton) Religion in Late Antiquity; Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations; Midrash and Rabbinics; apocalyptic literature; reception history of the Bible
Dr Gabor Thomas (Reading) Early medieval settlements and rural landscapes; the archaeology of early medieval monasticism and Christian conversion; material culture and identity in Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking west.
Dr Shaun Tougher (Cardiff) Late antique and Byzantine politics and culture; Julian the Apostate; gender
4. Conference: “Peace in Islam; Islam in Peace”, Islamic Peace Studies Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Dearborn, 16-18 March 2017
This inaugural academic conference will explore themes of peace in the Islamic tradition, considering topics such as scripture and theology, the role of Muslim women, pacifist social movements, and the centrality of conflict resolution to the tradition. The third day is a public presentation and forum at the Arab-American National Museum.
5. Postgraduate Conference: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of the Middle East and North Africa”, University of Sussex, 27-28 April 2017
The conference is designed as a broad forum that brings together UK-based PhD students working on the MENA region from any perspective.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2016. Information: www.sussex.ac.uk/menacs/events/conferences
6. International Conference: “City and the Process of Transition – from Early Modern Times to the Present”, Historical Institute, University of Wroclaw, 8-10 June 2017
PhD students and early career scholars are invited to participate in this conference. The intention of the organizers is to challenge questions concerning the behavior of the city dwellers who faced the lack of stability, resulting primarily from the progressive urbanization and globalization since the early modern era.
Deadline for proposals: 17 January 2017. Information: https://cityandtheprocessoftransitionconference.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
7. International Congress on Historiography and Source Studies: “Asia and Africa: Their Heritage and Modernity”, St Petersburg State University, Russia, 21-12 June 2017
The major panel of the Congress is dedicated to the Middle Eastern history and sources.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 February 2017. Information: www.orienthist.spbu.ru/?lang=en
Open Rank Position in Religious Studies (Islamic Studies), Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan
The position is available from August 2017. Contracts are for a period of three years and are renewable upon a positive review.
Deadline for application: 11 December 2016. Information: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000341230-01?cid=VTEVPMSJOB1
Three Postdoctoral Fellowships in Global, Comparative, or International Affairs, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Applications are welcome from scholars from any range of social science or interdisciplinary perspectives whose research addresses global, international, or transnational social processes, problems, governance, or conflicts. Fellowships will run from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2019.
Application deadline: 3 January 2017. Information: http://buffett.northwestern.edu/funding-grants/buffett-postdocs.html
9. Articles for Edited Volume on “Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film”
This volume aims to portray how the ‘defenseless’ and ‘silent’ partners of our lives appear in our language. To what extent have they been represented in Turkish literature and film? What roles have they appeared in? To what extent have they been given a voice?
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2017. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/151571/cfp-animals-plants-landscapes-ecology-turkish-literature-and
10. Articles on “Jewish History from the 18th Century to the Present Day” for Journal “Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History”
Deadline for papers: May 2017. Information: www.quest-cdecjournal.it/about.php?issue=9
11. Chapters for Edited Book on “Islam and Applied Ethics”
The editors are Rafik Beekun, Tariq Ramadan and Yasir Qadhi; published by Springer. The aim of this book is to advance both theoretical and empirical research about applied Islamic ethics within various disciplines such as business (e.g. economics, finance, marketing, accounting, and human resource development), the sciences (physical, social, life, etc.), media, the law, politics, and environmental ecology.
Deadline for submission: 28 February 2017. Information: http://production.sant.ox.ac.uk/centre/news/call-papers-islam-and-applied-ethics
12. SYMPOSIA IRANICA | THIRD BIENNIAL
CONFERENCE ON IRANIAN STUDIES
Hosted by the University of Cambridge, 11-12 April 2017
***Call for Papers Deadline: 02 December 2016***
Applications are warmly invited for papers that relate to any aspect of Iranian studies in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences. This includes but is by no means limited to: prehistory through to contemporary history and historiography; anthropology; archaeology; cultural heritage and conservation; social and political theory; Diaspora studies; ecology and the environment; economics; historical geography; history of medicine; art and architecture history; education; international relations and political science; epigraphy; languages, literature, linguistics and philology; new media and communication studies; philosophy; religions and theology; classical studies; sociology; film studies and the performing arts. Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.
All proposals undergo peer review.
Symposia Iranica is the biennial international graduate conference on Iranian studies. We bring together students and early career scholars to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with the field, and seek to deliver a rounded, academically and professionally enriching experience that will have a real impact on the thinking, output and career progression of our participants.
For details on the conference, see our website: symposia-iranica.com
13. Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan) Organized by the Centre for Medieval Literature and the David Collection
Copenhagen, David Collection, 27 March 2017
A one-day workshop on medieval ascension narratives, from al-Sarai’s Nahj al-Faradis to the Liber Scale Machometi and Dante’s Commedia, will be held at the David Collection, Kronprinsessegade 30, Copenhagen, on Monday 27 March 2017. It will be followed by a public lecture on Tuesday 28 March 2017 by Prof. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan), who has written widely on Islamic book arts, ascension images and narratives, and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
This workshop—conducted by Prof. Gruber and an interdisciplinary team of art and literary historians from the Centre for Medieval Literature and the David Collection—will allow for a sustained analysis of the changing values conferred upon ascension texts and images in cross-cultural contexts. We will focus on their circulation in Islamic lands and Europe, since the notion of rising into the heavens was imagined in prose, verse, manuscript paintings, and wall frescoes from Ilkhanid Persia to Medieval Castile and Renaissance Italy. Ascension narratives served as a powerful tool for expressing and exploring theological, philosophical, spiritual, and soteriological concerns in literature and art, within both Christian and Muslim traditions. For these reasons, this workshop seeks to open new avenues and approaches, asking, in particular, how can we conceptualize narratives that travel and are adapted, reformed, and reimagined across various temporal and geographical domains. Additionally, how can we explore questions of world (or trans-imperial) literature through medieval ascension narratives? Is this possible through a sustained engagement with both text and image, positioning the artistic with the literary and vice versa?
Scholars from Denmark and abroad will have the unprecedented opportunity to examine some of the extraordinary manuscripts and precious objects preserved in the David Collection during a private visit led by the museum’s curators and Prof. Gruber.
The workshop is sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Literature in cooperation with the David Collection. Participation is free, and places available are limited to 15 in number. Participants will have to bear costs for travel and accommodation themselves.
Postgraduate students and early career scholars willing to become more familiar with questions of cross-cultural engagement, text and image issues, and medieval narratives are particularly encouraged to apply regardless of their disciplinary expertise. Please send motivation letters (max. 1000 words) explaining your research interests and reasons for applying, along with a brief CV, to either Shazia Jagot (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto (email@example.com) by Saturday 10 December 2016. Applicants will be notified of the decision by Monday, 18 December 2016.
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