dimanche 5 avril 2020

EURAMES Info Service 14/2020


CONFERENCES

  1.  8th International Conference of the National Records and Archives Authority of the Sultanate of Oman (NRAA): “Omani-German Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries”, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 5-6 June 2020

  1. Conference: “Discursive Challenges: Power, State Legitimacy and Counter-Narratives in the Arab World”, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS), Durham University, 9-11 June 2020

  1. Workshop: "Jews and Whiteness in Colonial Spaces", SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies, London, 10-11 June 2020

  1. Workshop: "Travelling Practices and the Emergence of Tourism in the Middle East (16th-20th Centuries)", University of Vienna, 12-13 June 2020

  1. Workshop: “Teaching Israel and/in the Middle East,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 14-18 June 2020

  1. 20th International Conference on Migration: "The Multicultural Condition", University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Olten, 18-19 June 2020

  1. International Research Conference: “Palestine as Epistemic Site: Knowledge Production beyond Fragmentation“, University of Vienna, 24–26 June 2020

  1. International Doctoral Conference in Religious Studies: “Resistance to Order and Authority in Religion“, Central European University, Budapest, 25-27 June 2020

  1. Conference: “Thinking about Violence in Africa through Women’s Experiences: Vulnerability & Subversion,“ Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, 29-30 June 2020

  1. Workshop of the Economic Research Forum: “The Micro-Level Analysis of the Impact of Violent Conflict on Lives and Livelihoods in the MENA Region“, June 2020 (TBD)

  1. 8th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop: “The Regulation of Purity (Ṭahāra) and Impurity (Najāsāt) in Islam: Practical, Socio-Ethical and Theological Implications”, Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, 2-3 July 2020

  1. 7th Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, 2-4 July 2020

  1. 16th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society: “The Arts and Archaeology of Funerary Cultures in Islam”, Sapienza University, Rome, 2-4 July 2020

  1. 15th International Congress of Ottoman Social and Economic History (ICOSEH), University of Zagreb, 13-17 July 2020

  1. Workshop: “Social Remittances and Social Change: Links between Home and Host Communities in the Gulf” during the 11th Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Cambridge, 21-23 July 2020

  1. Workshop 8: “Saudi Youth ‘Policy Relevance’: Dilemmas, Challenges, Opportunities“ during the 11th Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Cambridge, 21-23 July 2020

  1. Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit, Lugano, 20-30 August 2020

  1. Conference: “Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity,“ Leiden University and King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, Leiden, 26-27 August 2020

  1. International Research Conference: “The Work of the Joint Distribution Committee and other International Jewish Organizations in Islamic Countries”, Jerusalem, 1-2 September 2020

  1. Workshop: “Trembling and Inundation: Natural Disasters in the History and Culture of West Asia and North Africa”, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, 8 September 2020

  1. International Conference: “Sovereignty, Legitimacy and Authority in Twelver Shia Islam: Clerics and the State, Past and Present”, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin, 10-11 September 2020

  1. International Conference: “New Perspectives on Middle East Migrations“, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 11-13 September 2020

  1. Conference: “Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa”, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, 13-16 September 2020

24.  27th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO), University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020

25.  Panel on “The Qurʾān and its Cultural and Religious Context in Late Antiquity” during the 27th International Congress of DAVO, University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020

26.  Panel on “Methodological Approaches to the Study of Muslim Traditions” during the 27th International Congress of DAVO, University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020

  1. Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE): “Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 24-26 September 2020

  1. International Conference: “Occupied Istanbul: Urban Politics, Culture, and Society, 1918-1923”, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 25-27 September 2020

  1. Conference: “North Africa in 2020 – Current Challenges and Opportunities, Dominating Narratives, and New Perspectives”, King’s College London, 6 October 2020

  1. International Conference of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII): “From Ancient to Modern: The Current State of Research on Iraq“, Washington, DC, 9 October 2020

  1. 54th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, 10-13 October 2020

  1. Journée d’étude : « Travail et travailleur·se·s au Maghreb (XIXe-XXIe s.) », IDHES, Paris Nanterre, 20 octobre 2020

  1. International Conference: “Culture Made in Arabia: The Arabian Peninsula as a New Major Player on the Arab Cultural Scene“, CEFAS / Sorbonne Abu Dhabi / New York University Abu Dhabi, 31 October – 1 November 2020

34.  Conference: “Land to the Tiller?” Hopes and Ruins of Agrarian Reform in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 12-13 November 2020

  1. Colloque : « La place des Lumières dans les pays arabo et/ou musulmans : pour une nouvelle approche des liens Orient/Occident », Institut Supérieur des sciences humaines, Tunis, 18-20 novembre 2020

  1. Panel on “Borders, Bodies and Ethics: Transnational Religious Networks in the Middle East” during the "American Anthropological Association Meeting", St. Louis, MO, 18-22 November 2020

  1. Symposium on "The Body at Work: Gender, Labour, Migration", University of London, Paris, 20 November 2020

  1. Conference Examining Design, Planning & Construction in the Modern World: “Dubai 2020: Rapid Cities – Responsive Architectures“, American University in Dubai, 22-24 November 2020

  1. Conférence international : "Islam et pudeur", Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique, 3-4 décembre 2020

  1. Conference: “Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond. Al-Safadī and His Pairs”, Venice, 10-12 December 2020

  1. International Symposium: “Foreign Images and Practices of Bibliotherapy: From ‘The Arabian Nights’ to ‘Manga’, University of Strasbourg, 27-29 January 2021

  1. Conference: "Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East: The Silk Roads and Beyond", University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 8-10 April 2021

  1. 20th ISA World Congress of Sociology on "Resurgent Authoritarianism: Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies", Melbourne, Australia, 24-30 July 2022

  1. 6th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-6), University of La Manouba, Tunis, 19-23 September 2022


POSITIONS

  1. Fellowship Program to Support Emerging Displaced Scholars (Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences), Columbia University, Global Center, Amman


OTHER INFORMATION

  1. Book Award Competition 2020 of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS)

  1. MA Islamic Intellectual History (1 Year), MA Islamic Intellectual History & Intensive Language (2 Years), SOAS, University of London

  1. Intensive Summer Course in Modern Standard Arabic, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, 29 May – 24 July 2020

  1. Summer School of Arabic and Kurdish Dialects, French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations (Inalco), Paris, 2 June – 10 July 2020

  1. Summer School “The Middle East in Global Politics”, SOAS, University of London, 29 June - 17 July 2020

51.  Summer Course: "Romanization and Islamization in the Western Mediterranean", Casa Árabe in Cooperation with University of Hamburg, Cordoba, 23-28 July 2020

  1. Summer School: "Cultural Encounters and Ibadi Theological Developments" and Workshop: "Assessing the Study of Early Ibadi Sources: Methodologies, Developments and Perspectives", University of Tuebingen, 7-11 September 2020

  1. Articles on "Visibility of Religious Difference in Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean“ for Special Issue of “Hamsa: Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies”

54.  Articles on “Oman over Times: A Nation from the Nahda to the Oman Vision 2040“ for Special Issue of „Arabian Humanities“

  1. Articles on “The Politics of Religious Dissent” for Special Issue of “International Journal of Religion”

56.  Articles on “Constructing Islam: Politization of Muslim Identity in the Contemporary World“ for Special Issue of “Islamology – Journal for Studies of Islam and Muslim Societies”

  1. Articles on "Religious Transformation in the Middle East – Spirituality, Religious Doubt, and Non-religion" for Special Edition of Journal "Religions"

58.  Articles for “CyberOrient – Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East and Islamic World”

  1. New "Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World"

  1. New Book Series “SOAS Palestine Studies“ with I.B.Tauris

  1. New Book Series “Gulf Studies” by Gulf Studies Center (GSC), Qatar University, in Collaboration with “Springer Nature”

  1. Publications for the "Occasional Paper Series of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)", Georgetown University in Qatar


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CONFERENCES

1.     8th International Conference of the National Records and Archives Authority of the Sultanate of Oman (NRAA): “Omani-German Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries”, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 5-6 June 2020

The scholarly conference will focus on the Omani-German relations since the arrival of the Germans in East Africa and the Gulf, as well as the German role in historical, economic, social and cultural studies of Oman. The conference, organized in cooperation with Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Oman Studies Centre in Germany, aims at bringing together scholars from Oman, Germany and other countries.


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  1. Conference: “Discursive Challenges: Power, State Legitimacy and Counter-Narratives in the Arab World”, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS), Durham University, 9-11 June 2020

The aim of this conference is to understand the dynamics of the protests gripping so many states and communities in the Arab region and also the current challenges to regime legitimacy – traditionally held by a strong central authority – in the MENA region.


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  1. Workshop: "Jews and Whiteness in Colonial Spaces", SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies, London, 10-11 June 2020

The workshop will bring together scholars who work on Jews and race in colonial and post-colonial spaces to reflect on the framework of whiteness, its explanatory potential, and its limitations.


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  1. Workshop: "Travelling Practices and the Emergence of Tourism in the Middle East (16th-20th Centuries)", University of Vienna, 12-13 June 2020

This workshop will analyze travel literature (travelogues and guidebooks) with regard to the practices, patterns and significations of travel. In shifting the focus to routine and mundane aspects of travelling, it will serve to place travel narratives in a relational framework combining basic questions of infrastructure and transportation with the movements and pathways of individual travellers.


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  1. Workshop: “Teaching Israel and/in the Middle East,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 14-18 June 2020

The workshop focuses on best practices to teach about the history, culture and politics of the State of Israel and its political role in the Middle East since 1948 to the present. For this purpose, the workshop will discuss the teaching of current and future challenges of Israel and the region: Israel’s society and political system, Israeli foreign policy, an modern international relations of the Middle East.

Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/5678737/teaching-israel-andin-middle-east

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  1. 20th International Conference on Migration: "The Multicultural Condition", University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Olten, 18-19 June 2020

The conference will discuss the bases and critiques of multiculturalism and analyze the relation of multiculturalism to competing concepts, in particular transnationality, integration and diversity.


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  1. International Research Conference: “Palestine as Epistemic Site: Knowledge Production beyond Fragmentation“, University of Vienna, 24–26 June 2020

This conference aims at uncovering new terrains for critical anthropological inquiry beyond the socio-eco-nomic and territorial fragmentation of Palestinian communities.


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  1. International Doctoral Conference in Religious Studies: “Resistance to Order and Authority in Religion“, Central European University, Budapest, 25-27 June 2020

The conference invites contributions studying the conceptualization, management and instrumentalization of religious ideas and beliefs with regard to past and contemporary resistance movements.


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  1. Conference: “Thinking about Violence in Africa through Women’s Experiences: Vulnerability & Subversion,“ Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, 29-30 June 2020

The aim is to outline different experiences of violence (symbolic, social, domestic, epistemic, political or sexual) as well as to explore how they can be transformed, appropriated and reversed. Young researchers (PhD students, postdoctoral scholars) will share their ideas from various disciplines (anthropology, film studies, gender studies, history, literary studies, psychology, sociology, etc.).


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  1. Workshop of the Economic Research Forum: “The Micro-Level Analysis of the Impact of Violent Conflict on Lives and Livelihoods in the MENA Region“, June 2020 (TBD)

The workshop will address the impact of conflict, insecurity and fragility on people (especially women and children) and the impact of women on peace building.


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  1. 8th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop: “The Regulation of Purity (Ṭahāra) and Impurity (Najāsāt) in Islam: Practical, Socio-Ethical and Theological Implications”, Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, 2-3 July 2020

Papers are invited to historical studies regarding rulings of im/purity, their textual origins, social contexts and processes of codification into Islamic jurisprudence; critical analysis of textual and theological foundations used to derive, or assumed as a result of, rulings about im/purity; (re)assessing potential developments in jurisprudential and theological approaches; etc.


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  1. 7th Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, 2-4 July 2020

The conference will be preceded by a three-day (29 June – 1 July 2020) intensive course on Venetian sources concerning trade in Mamluk territories and Cyprusy. The first day of the conference will focus on Mamluk-Cypriot relations in a wider Euro-Mediterranean perspective under the title “Commerce and Crusade: The Mamluk Empire and Cyprus in a Euro-Mediterranean Perspective.” The following two days of the conference will be structured in panels, which may focus on any aspect of the intellectual, political, social, economic, and artistic life of the Mamluk period.


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  1. 16th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society: “The Arts and Archaeology of Funerary Cultures in Islam”, Sapienza University, Rome, 2-4 July 2020

The colloquium discusses Islamic funerary cultures through art history and archaeology as well as related disciplines and subfields.


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  1. 15th International Congress of Ottoman Social and Economic History (ICOSEH), University of Zagreb, 13-17 July 2020

The Congress will address various aspects of the economic and social history of the Ottoman Empire as well as any aspects of the Ottomans and the Mediterranean and the Ottomans and Central Europe.


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  1. Workshop: “Social Remittances and Social Change: Links between Home and Host Communities in the Gulf” during the 11th Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Cambridge, 21-23 July 2020

The overall goal of this workshop is to advance the body of knowledge about the types, modes, and channels through which social remittances are transmitted and the impacts social remittances exert on social change in the home and/or host countries.


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  1. Workshop 8: “Saudi Youth ‘Policy Relevance’: Dilemmas, Challenges, Opportunities“ during the 11th Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Cambridge, 21-23 July 2020

The workshop focusses on dilemmas, challenges and opportunities present in the contemporary socio-economic, socio-political and cultural spheres as well as ways and means by which these can be addressed.


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  1. Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit, Lugano, 20-30 August 2020

The Summit is designed as an intellectual and social exchange across borders, cultures and languages. The emphasis is on the need and ambition to pursue an incisive analysis and reflection on the complex challenges facing the extended Middle East Mediterranean region. It consists of a seminar (20-28 August) and a forum (29-30 August).


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  1. Conference: “Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity,“ Leiden University and King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, Leiden, 26-27 August 2020

The conference will address key themes in religious, intellectual, and cultural history in Arabia in the period between 570-1000 AD. Central topics include: transmission of ideas and texts; religious and philosophical doctrines and beliefs in Arabia; devotional piety and theology; etc.


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  1. International Research Conference: “The Work of the Joint Distribution Committee and other International Jewish Organizations in Islamic Countries”, Jerusalem, 1-2 September 2020

Themes include: The role played by the JDC in the assistance to the region’s Jewish communities; the impact of colonialism and national movements on the work of JDC and other international Jewish organizations; etc.


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  1. Workshop: “Trembling and Inundation: Natural Disasters in the History and Culture of West Asia and North Africa”, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, 8 September 2020

What happens to our understandings of histories, societies and cultural production when human activity is interrupted by earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, droughts and plagues? What do these mighty forces, impacting on all, irrespective of social position, but experienced differently according to it, tell us about societies? This workshop is intended to facilitate intensive discussion with the aim of producing a published collection.


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  1. International Conference: “Sovereignty, Legitimacy and Authority in Twelver Shia Islam: Clerics and the State, Past and Present”, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin, 10-11 September 2020

This conference seeks to investigate clerical positions towards secular authority and power in different historical periods. The focus will be the Middle East, but a wider geographical perspective with contributions are also welcome on similar debates in South Asia and other parts of world where Shia clerics were or have become influential political actors.


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  1. International Conference: “New Perspectives on Middle East Migrations“, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 11-13 September 2020

Potential themes may include: race, whiteness, and Middle Eastern migration; gender, femininity, and masculinity; youth, childhood, generational change and movement; law and movement; narratives of migration in literature, cinema, and ego-documents; labor migration and the political economy of movement; etc.


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  1. Conference: “Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa”, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, 13-16 September 2020

The conference will present original, current research on the Arabic-script manuscript cultures of North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the care and management of manuscript collections across the continent: historical traditions of Arabic-script Manuscripts in Africa; manuscripts libraries and manuscript heritage centres in Africa; African Arabic-script languages; cataloguing and publishing; preservation, conservation, and digitization; cultural property protection.


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24.  27th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO), University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020

Papers are invited in social sciences and humanities related to the Middle East, North Africa and the entire Islamic World.

Deadline for abstracts of papers and closed panels: 15 July 2020.
Information: https://www.iit.uos.de/davo2020 (click on English version).

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25.  Panel on “The Qurʾān and its Cultural and Religious Context in Late Antiquity” during the 27th International Congress of DAVO, University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020

The panel will focus on the relationship between the Qurʾān and earlier pagan Arab, Christian, and Jewish traditions illuminating the context, its cultural, political, social, and religious environment and leading to a better comprehension of the Muslim holy book itself.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020. Contact panel organizer Ana Davitashvili, Bamberg, aad1988@gmx.de; Information: https://www.iit.uos.de/davo2020

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26.  Panel on “Methodological Approaches to the Study of Muslim Traditions” during the 27th International Congress of DAVO, University of Osnabrück, 24-26 September 2020

The panel will discuss the authenticity of Muslim traditions and the reliability of their ascription to authorities of the first and second centuries of Islam which have been highly controversial topics among Western scholars since at least the early twentieth century.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020. Contact panel organizer Ana Davitashvili, Bamberg, aad1988@gmx.de; Information: https://www.iit.uos.de/davo2020

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  1. Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE): “Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 24-26 September 2020

The aim is to consider the relationship between Islam and esotericism, and Islamic esotericism, in a global context, shifting the emphasis not only from Western perspectives, but also being more inclusive of the experience of Islam beyond the Arabo-Persian domains.

Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2020. Information: http://ensie.site/conferences.html

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  1. International Conference: “Occupied Istanbul: Urban Politics, Culture, and Society, 1918-1923”, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 25-27 September 2020

The conference will focus on developments in the city of Istanbul and surrounding area: Politics and Administration; Trade, Taxation and Finance; Law and Policing; Religion and Inter-Communal Relations; Infrastructure and Urban Planning, Culture and the Arts, etc.


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  1. Conference: “North Africa in 2020 – Current Challenges and Opportunities, Dominating Narratives, and New Perspectives”, King’s College London, 6 October 2020

We invite especially early career researchers and PhD students to present papers for panels on: - Political Islam Across North Africa: Withered to Irrelevance or Continuous Influencer? - Religious Voices and Peace: From Grassroots Peacebuilding Movements to Leading Religious Leaders and their Impact; - Trans-regional Threats and Challenges: Terrorism, Migration and Smuggling.

Information: menakcl2020@gmail.com

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  1. International Conference of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII): “From Ancient to Modern: The Current State of Research on Iraq“, Washington, DC, 9 October 2020

This conference will bring together American, Iraqi, and international scholars to present their findings and exchange their ideas in any subject area.


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  1. 54th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, 10-13 October 2020

This conference is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab world (and their diasporas) from the seventh century to modern times. Other regions, including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which their territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization.


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  1. Journée d’étude : « Travail et travailleur·se·s au Maghreb (XIXe-XXIe s.) », IDHES, Paris Nanterre, 20 octobre 2020

Que sait-on des mines et des mineurs au Maghreb ou des travailleurs du rail ? Comment les rapports de domination liés au genre, à la classe, à la race s’expriment-ils dans la sphère du travail ? Cette journée vise à comprendre les processus originaux de développement d’un salariat coexistant avec d’autres formes de travail tout au long de la période considérée.


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  1. International Conference: “Culture Made in Arabia: The Arabian Peninsula as a New Major Player on the Arab Cultural Scene“, CEFAS / Sorbonne Abu Dhabi / New York University Abu Dhabi, 31 October – 1 November 2020

This conference aims to stimulate discussion of the Arabian Peninsula as a new contender on the regional cultural scene, from state-led cultural policies to the development of a Khaleeji “pop culture”, understood both as commercial entertainment and as the grassroots cultural forms produced by local youth and by diverse migrant communities. Papers are welcome on all aspects of cultural production and policy in the Arabian Peninsula.


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34.  Conference: “Land to the Tiller?” Hopes and Ruins of Agrarian Reform in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 12-13 November 2020

This conference revisits practices and models of agrarian reform and revolution that have been promoted across the Middle East, Africa and Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries. It will explore current research from historical as well as contemporary perspectives.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020.

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  1. Colloque : « La place des Lumières dans les pays arabo et/ou musulmans : pour une nouvelle approche des liens Orient/Occident », Institut Supérieur des sciences humaines, Tunis, 18-20 novembre 2020

Les liens entre ce que l’on nomme les Lumières occidentales et le monde arabo-musulman ont donné lieu à plusieurs études ces dernières années. Les analyses sur la relation entre ces deux entités culturelles ont souvent été confinées à une réflexion sur l’orientalisme et sur le regard porté par les écrivains occidentaux sur le monde musulman.


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  1. Panel on “Borders, Bodies and Ethics: Transnational Religious Networks in the Middle East” during the "American Anthropological Association Meeting", St. Louis, MO, 18-22 November 2020

This panel invites ethnographic and theoretical contributions engaging the question of religious networks in the Middle East whose “traditions” are shaped through historical and spatial interrelations.

Information: Ferhan Guloglu (ferhanguloglu@gmail.com)

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  1. Symposium on "The Body at Work: Gender, Labour, Migration", University of London, Paris, 20 November 2020

Reflecting deep concerns with the reach of capital, in both its colonial and neo-colonial/global guises, the aim is to pose questions about how bodies are identified, exploited, and displaced across different regimes of labour. From sex work to construction, from agricultural day labour to domestic services.

Deadline for abstracts: 4 May 2020.

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  1. Conference Examining Design, Planning & Construction in the Modern World: “Dubai 2020: Rapid Cities – Responsive Architectures“, American University in Dubai, 22-24 November 2020

Seeking diverse perspectives on best practice design, construction and development models for cities and architecture the conference welcomes contributions from a range of disciplines: Urban Design, Architecture, Construction, Sustainability, Engineering, Housing, Public Health, Sociology, Transport, Business, Technology, History and Culture, Media.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020. Information: https://architecturemps.com/dubai-2020/

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  1. Conférence international : "Islam et pudeur", Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique, 3-4 décembre 2020

La conférence se saisira somme toute de la question suivante: comment une meilleure connaissance des traditions et de leur sens permettrait-elle de construire un dialogue des raisons plutôt qu’une disqualification mutuelle et abrupte des styles de vie ? Les communications sont souhaitées en français ou en anglais.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2020. Information: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/46230

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  1. Conference: “Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond. Al-Safadī and His Pairs”, Venice, 10-12 December 2020

The conference will focus on authors as readers (What do they read? How do they read?); their methodology and working method; scholars’ library; readers’ digest and collections; and Al-Ṣafadī and his network.


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  1. International Symposium: “Foreign Images and Practices of Bibliotherapy: From ‘The Arabian Nights’ to ‘Manga’, University of Strasbourg, 27-29 January 2021

The idea that books can cure is very popular in contemporary Western culture, where workshops of “bibliotherapy” and books aiming at strengthening mental health blossom. This new attitude is a turning point in the conception of literature’s role since 1950. The new set of images and practices connect literature not only to the aesthetic sphere, but also to everyday life.


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  1. Conference: "Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East: The Silk Roads and Beyond", University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 8-10 April 2021

The conference examines the relationship between China and the Middle East, ​both ​ ancient and modern. Papers that incorporate additional regions, such as Europe, Central Asia, or South/Southeast Asia are also encouraged, provided they are also incorporate both China and a country in the Middle East, broadly construed.


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  1. 20th ISA World Congress of Sociology on "Resurgent Authoritarianism: Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies", Melbourne, Australia, 24-30 July 2022


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  1. 6th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-6), University of La Manouba, Tunis, 19-23 September 2022

Mind this date!

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POSITIONS

  1. Fellowship Program to Support Emerging Displaced Scholars (Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences), Columbia University, Global Center, Amman

Eligible candidates have been forcibly uprooted from their home countries and respective academic institutions. They could be graduate students who have had their education disrupted or post-doctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers. Creative writers, artists, and curators may also apply.


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OTHER INFORMATION


  1. Book Award Competition 2020 of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS)

Nominations are accepted for any book published in 2019 on women, gender, sexuality and feminism in the Middle East, North Africa, and among diasporic communities from the MENA.

Submission deadline: 15 May 2020. Information: https://amews.org/amews-book-award/

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  1. MA Islamic Intellectual History (1 Year), MA Islamic Intellectual History & Intensive Language (2 Years), SOAS, University of London

Based at the School of History, Religions and Philosophies, this is a programme on historical Islamic studies, which offers in-depth study of the intellectual, religious and cultural history of the Islamic world, past and present, and of wider socio-political contexts. Intensive language programmes include Arabic, Persian, Turkish, South East Asian Languages and Swahili.


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  1. Intensive Summer Course in Modern Standard Arabic, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, 29 May – 24 July 2020

Participants will develop their Arabic language skills, learn about North Africa, and experience various aspects of Moroccan culture through club activities and field trips.

Deadline for application: 24 May 2020. Information: http://www.aui.ma/aranas/

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  1. Summer School of Arabic and Kurdish Dialects, French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations (Inalco), Paris, 2 June – 10 July 2020

Come and develop your proficiency in one of the Arabic dialects people speak in the following countries: Morocco • Algeria • Libya • Egypt • Syria / Lebanon (Levantine). You can also learn Sorani or Kurmandji, the dialects of the Kurds in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.


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  1. Summer School “The Middle East in Global Politics”, SOAS, University of London, 29 June - 17 July 2020

This module will help students place the modern Middle East in its global context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, alongside themes of hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, identity and foreign policy.

Deadline for applications: 25 May 2020. Information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/the-middle-east-in-global-politics/

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51.  Summer Course: "Romanization and Islamization in the Western Mediterranean", Casa Árabe in Cooperation with University of Hamburg, Cordoba, 23-28 July 2020

Intensive text-oriented summer course (34h) directed at university students and scholars who – regardless of their specialization - want to become familiar with the most relevant issues related to the history of al-Andalus. This year, the course will focus on the processes of Romanization and Islamization that led to the formation of the Western Mediterranean first as a Roman and later on as an Islamic society.


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  1. Summer School: "Cultural Encounters and Ibadi Theological Developments" and Workshop: "Assessing the Study of Early Ibadi Sources: Methodologies, Developments and Perspectives", University of Tuebingen, 7-11 September 2020

The Summer School will focus on text studies (early sources) bearing on the emergence and early development of Ibadi theological thinking within the culturally and religiously multifaceted context and spectrum of Early Islam. The workshop is intended to pay tribute to the contribution which Professor van Ess made to research and study particularly on Early Ibadi sources.


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  1. Articles on "Visibility of Religious Difference in Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean“ for “Hamsa: Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies”

The goal of this volume is to show ways in which religion marked a perceptible difference in Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean.


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54.  Articles on “Oman over Times: A Nation from the Nahda to the Oman Vision 2040“ for Special Issue of „Arabian Humanities“

The articles should explore the historical, anthropological, sociological and cultural dimension through the Oman Vision 2040 themes which can be associated in their words: The cultural dimension of a "creative" society - A nation state in "sustainable development" - Natural resources and environmental protection - The modernization of "the responsible state".

Deadline for abstracts: 25 April 2020. Information: https://journals.openedition.org/cy/5291

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  1. Articles on “The Politics of Religious Dissent” for Special Issue of “International Journal of Religion”

Three questions frame the topic in the special issue: - How do religious leaders respond to dissent within their faiths? - How does the state respond to religious dissent? - How do religions react to dissent from feminist and gay activists?

Deadline for manuscripts: 31 July 2020. Information: tsjhayn1@londonmet.ac.uk

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56.  Articles on “Constructing Islam: Politization of Muslim Identity in the Contemporary World“ for Special Issue of “Islamology – Journal for Studies of Islam and Muslim Societies”

Authors are invited to examine the phenomenon of politicization of Muslim identity: on the one hand, what image is being shaped in different sectors of public space? and, on the other hand, how does the Muslim community react to the set frames? In what cases and why does a certain community position itself as ‘Muslim’?


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  1. Articles on "Religious Transformation in the Middle East – Spirituality, Religious Doubt, and Non-religion" for Special Edition of Journal "Religions"

This Special Issue looks to compose a cross section of current work in social science, religious studies, and related fields on Islam/religion and non-religion in the Arab World. It aims at collecting case studies that offer carefully contextualized explorations, grounded in theoretically informed analyses.

Deadline for manuscripts: 1 December 2020.

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58.  Articles for “CyberOrient – Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East and Islamic World”

The peer-reviewed and open-access journal of the American Anthropological Association is devoted to research on the impact of cyberspace and its representation on the Middle East, North Africa and wider Islamic world in Asia.

Deadline for articles: 1 June 2020. Information: https://cyberorient.net

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  1. New "Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World"

The Journal aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the archeology, (art) history, architecture, anthropology and ethnography of the Muslim world. Material culture includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts and archaeological field surveys.


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  1. New Book Series on “SOAS Palestine Studies“ with I.B.Tauris

The series aims to promote innovative research in the study of Palestine, Palestinians and the Israel-Palestine conflict all as a ‘crucial component’ of Middle Eastern and world politics. The first Western academic series entirely dedicated to this topic draws from history, politics, economics, media, social anthropology and development studies.

Information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem145785.html

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  1. New Book Series “Gulf Studies” by Gulf Studies Center (GSC), Qatar University, in Collaboration with “Springer Nature”

The series takes an interdisciplinary approach to documenting the changes taking place in the Gulf societies, and the evolving relationship between the Gulf and the other regions. The series is dedicated to advancing a non-Western perspective for studying societies in the Gulf, and their interactions with the rest of the world.


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  1. Publications for the "Occasional Paper Series of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)", Georgetown University in Qatar

CIRS publishes original research on a range of issues related to the Middle East, including international relations, political science, sociology, and anthropology, among others. All CIRS papers are accessible, for free, in print and electronic formats. Papers are distributed via online academic platforms and search databases, making them widely cited.


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