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Mamlūk Studies, Chicago, June 23–June 25, 2016

Third Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, Chicago, June 23–June 25, 2016

Call for papers

We are pleased to announce the Third Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, which will be held at the University of Chicago from June 23 to June 25, 2016.

The conference will be divided into two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on numismatics (June 20–22):

1) The first day of the conference (June 23) will be themed. The theme of this part of the conference will be: “Exchange in the Mamluk Sultanate: Economic & Cultural.” The act of exchanging one thing for another is ubiquitous in the history of all societies. It is found at all levels of commerce, from the local market to international trade, but it is not limited to economic matters. In the diplomatics and court practice of the Mamluk sultanate, the giving of gifts or the granting of rights, titles, or responsibilities are all forms of exchange in which the currency that facilitates the exchange is frequently something other than money. In societal relationships, ties could be strengthened by the exchange of family members via marriage, and in power relations non-tangible goods such as loyalty could be exchanged for wealth, titles, or other rewards. These are but a few examples of what exchange entails. The aim of this themed day is to focus on acts of exchange across these and other aspects of Mamluk society.

A maximum of 12 to 15 paper proposals will be selected. A proposal should represent an original work, not one for which publication is planned elsewhere, so that it may be published in the conference proceedings. Should a greater number of proposals be received, the authors of those which are not selected for the conference may be offered the possibility to publish their contribution in the proceedings. Time allotted to each paper will be twenty minutes, followed by a discussant’s comments and general discussion. In order to allow the discussants to prepare their comments, papers will need to be received by them at least two weeks prior to the conference.

2) The following two days of the conference (June 24–25) will be structured in panels, which may focus on any aspect of the intellectual, political, social, economic, and artistic life of the Mamlūk period. Panels will consist of three to four papers. The panel proposal must be made by a representative, who will be responsible for the panel’s organization. Please note that in case of cancellation of two papers out of the three (or three out of the four) composing the panel, the panel will have to be withdrawn from the program. Time allotted to each paper will be twenty minutes, and discussion will take place at the end of each panel. If more worthwhile panel proposals are received than can be accommodated, the organizing committee will make a selection among them which will provide the greatest possible variety of subject areas.

Language: The official language of the conference will be English.

Fees: The conference registration fee will be $40 for participants and attendees. A farewell dinner will take place on the last day (June 25) at a cost to be determined. Payment of the fees (registration and farewell dinner) must be received by April 30, 2016 (information on the method of payment to be used will be provided in the first circular, which will be sent in January 2016; onsite registration will not be possible). Participants must make their own travel arrangements; information and suggestions for accommodations will be provided in the first circular.

Proposals: Paper proposals for the themed day must be submitted electronically through the conference webpage ( by October 31, 2015. Panel proposals must be submitted in the same manner by November 30, 2015. Paper proposals require the name and a one-page CV of the speaker, a provisional title, and an abstract of a maximum of 300 words per paper. Panels must be proposed as such, not as individual papers. The panel organizer must provide the relevant information for each panel member and each paper, as well as the name of the panel’s chair (the chair can be one of the panelists). See the conference website for more information.

Acceptance: Paper and panel proposals will be peer-reviewed. A first circular will be sent by January 2016 to those whose proposals have been accepted, and to those who have expressed interest in attending the conference as listeners.

a) Themed day: the papers will be published in a volume of proceedings.
b) Panels: papers may be submitted for peer review, and selected papers will be published in Mamlūk Studies Review.

Intensive courseMamlūk Numismatics
A three-day intensive course in Mamlūk numismatics intended for advanced graduate students and other qualified participants will be offered by Professor Warren Schultz (DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois) and will be held immediately before the third conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies held at the University of Chicago (June 20–22, 2016). A reading knowledge of Arabic is required. The course will be demanding and hands-on in its format, but no previous numismatic experience is required.
Since the number of participants will be limited (a maximum of 15), those who desire to take part in the course are requested to submit a CV, a statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation by someone familiar with their work to [] by the end of January, 2016. Those who are selected for the course will be notified by the end of February, 2016, at which time information about the method of payment for the course fees will be provided.
The course fee is $300.00, which also includes the registration fee for the subsequent conference (June 23–25) as well the cost of the annual SMS social dinner. The fees must be paid by April 30, 2016. Registration and participation are not confirmed until payment is received. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. The local organizer will provide suggestions for lodging at an affordable price. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

We look forward to meeting you in Chicago.

Marlis J. Saleh, University of Chicago (local organizer)
Frédéric Bauden, Université de Liège
Antonella Ghersetti, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice    

Professor of Arabic Literature
Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies
The Head of the Department of Arabic Studies
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
ul. Mickiewicza 3
31-120 Krakow, Poland

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