This Web site is for CFPs and other relevant items for those with an interest in Islamic art, culture, and related art subjects. Remember that the gold star highlights open CFPs; when the date for submission of abstracts or papers has passed, the notice is left up as "a conference to attend." Conferences and other opportunities from all countries are listed here, provided that the listing is in English. Summer session courses and related opportunities are listed on the Studyabroad and Foreign Language page
Note that some of these announcements refer to opportunities that while not specifically Islamic in general subject are open to such topics. On the same idea, please see other thematic groupings, such as Medfest and Renaissance and Baroque.
ASSOCIATION FOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE ARAB WORLD, IRAN, AND TURKEY
Held 3-4 June 2012. Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan. "2nd annual conference." Theme: The Longevity of Rupture: 1967 in Art and its Histories. Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2011 to: (firstname.lastname@example.org)." See the Web site for details.
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF PERSIANATE SOCIETIES
Held 28-30 January 2011. Hyderabad, India. Fifth Biennial Convention. "All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate Societies are welcome. We encourage pre-organized panels, but individual papers are also welcome. Submissions for pre-organized panels must include a panel abstract of no more than 300 words plus individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each panelist. Panels must be limited to a minimum of three panelists and a maximum of four...The deadline for submission of abstracts was September 30, 2010. Accommodation, food and events during the meeting will be covered by ASPS." Please see the Web sites for details.
BRITISH SOCIETY FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES GRADUATE SECTION CONFERENCE
Held 3-4 September 2009. Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, Exeter UK. "The conference is open to the submission of papers from all postgraduate students from any university worldwide pursuing either Masters or PhD studies concerning the Middle East region. Please send your abstract (up to 300 words) by e-mail to conference Executive Assistant, Sharifa Hashem at (email@example.com). Please include your name, university/affiliation and contact details in your e-mail." Abstracts were due 1st May 2009. [Site not updated 28 October 2011]
CENTER FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Held 16-18 February 2012. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "Abstracts, not to exceed two pages, should be submitted that relate to any aspect of Islam. Subjects may include, but are not limited to history, Muslim religion, role of women, etc. The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 5 November 2010. Enquiries: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CRITICAL ISLAMIC REFLECTIONS CONFERENCE
Held 14 April 2012. Yale University. 11th Annual Critical Islamic Reflections Conference. Abstract Submission Deadline: November 11th, 2011. For further questions, please see the Web site.
DUKE-UNC GRADUATE ISLAMIC STUDIES CONFERENCE
2011. No date or location listed. "Theme: "How Ideas Win" [Here follows an extremely long description-- no Web site--please contact (DukeUNCconf@gmail.com) or Matthew Lynch (no e-mail address given) for more information. Beyond that, proposals due 5 January 2011.
HISTORIANS OF ISLAMIC ART ASSOCIATION
18-20 October 2012. Biennial. New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The HIAA conference is the biennial forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on various aspects of Islamic art history, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic affiliation...The deadline for submission for all proposals is October 17, 2011." Please see the Web site for details.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE ON ISLAMIC JERUSALEM STUDIES
Held 6 November 2010. SOAS, University of London, UK. "The theme for this year is "Orientalist Approaches to Islamic Jerusalem". This one-day conference will be looking into the religious and political agendas of the Orientalist approaches towards Islamic Jerusalem and its Studies. It will bring into focus not only the importance of this topic in the study of classical Orientalists, but also, the way this has been taken forward by neo-orientalist and Israeli Academics. We welcome papers stemming from classical Orientalist approaches to contemporary ones...Abstracts of no more than 250 words, for 20 minutes presentations, should be submitted to conference organisers, the Academy for Islamic Jerusalem Studies, due 23 July 2010. Contact: Professor Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi. E-mail: email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
Held 30 April-4 May 2012. Warsaw, Poland. "We are very pleased to announce that Islamic archaeology will feature as Session 7 at the Eighth International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE). [See link above]...As in past meetings, papers related to the principal themes of the congress are encouraged, but room will also be made for papers outside these areas. Submission of abstracts (200 words max.) is due by 15 October 2011. Please try and meet this date. Submissions can be made via the ICAANE web-site, but PLEASE send a copy to the dedicated e-mail address for the session at (firstname.lastname@example.org)."
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS
4-7 October 2012. Portland Oregon. "Theme: The Myth of Tradition. Deadline for abstract submission: November 1, 2011. Please see the vast Web site for more information.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF IRANIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
Held 1-5 August 2012. Istanbul, Turkey. Ninth annual conference. "Paper proposals must be limited to 300 words and must present succinct scholarly outlines of the central themes and main arguments of the presentations. Prearranged panels are strongly encouraged. Ordinarily four papers are presented at each panel. Scholars wishing to submit a proposal for a pre-arranged panel should complete the panel registration form. The completed paper and panel proposal forms must be posted electronically at the ISIS website. The submission deadline for proposals is 20 April 2011." The forms for both paper and panel proposals can be accessed on the ISIS website. Note that you must become a member of the society before you can submit a proposal.
[MANUSCRIPTS] ISLAMIC MANUSCRIPT ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
2-4 8-10 September, 2013. Annual; about the same time each year. Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK. Note: "The Association will pay for round-trip economy class travel ton Cambridge, accommodation in Magdalene College, and College-based meals for authors whose papers are accepted." Deadline was for submissions: 22 October. For more information, please see the Web site.
[MANUSCRIPTS] LAWRENCE J. SCHOENBERG SYMPOSIUM ON MANUSCRIPT STUDIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Held 21-22 October 2011. Please see the Web site for more information. [More of these? Chissa!]
McGILL INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES GRADUATE SYMPOSIUM
3 & 4 May 2013. Theme: Tracing Encounters."The Third Annual McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium invites abstracts for scholarly papers to be presented at its third annual graduate symposium. Tracing an encounter is central to any academic enterprise. This can be an overt aspect of inquiry: historical encounters between peoples, ideas, cultures, traditions, moments, and any combination thereof. The encounter can also be more subtly involved through reflexive attention to the encounter between the investigator and their object of study. The myriad forms of inquiry that have come to make up the field of Islamic Studies are, like virtually all branches of the humanities, united by the centrality of the encounter in analyses. The Third Annual McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium will focus on graduate students' and junior scholars' academic work that deals with their own attempts in tracing encounters through their research in Islamic Studies... Deadline: Please submit an abstract (250-300 words) and CV no later than 1 February 2013 to: (email@example.com)."
Held 21-23 November 2012. "First International Conference of Junior Researchers in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures." Apparently biennial.
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY AND THEORY CONFERENCE
3-5 May 2013. University of Chicago. Annual conference. "We are pleased to invite graduate students and faculty to submit papers for the 26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference. We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, development, and religion, and dealing with any topic that involves the Middle East from the 7th century onwards...The deadline is February 15, 2013."
MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE
In Washington, D.C. Offers courses, lectures, various opportunities. Includes a book-length discussion of Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East
MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION
10-13 October 2013. New Orleans, Louisiana 47th Annual Meeting of MESA. Deadline: 15 February 2013. Check the Web site for details.
NEAR AND MIDDLE EAST CIVILIZATION GRADUATE CONFERENCE
"TBD" 2012. University of Toronto, Canada??? Please see the Web site for more information. [FOLKS: please update your site in a timely manner.] [Still not updated 1 January 2013]
RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC HISTORY, ART, AND CULTURE
Located in Istanbul, Turkey. The Web site offers information on conferences, lectures, publications, and more.
TUFTS UNIVERSITY ART HISTORY GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE
Held 10 March 2012. Medford. MA. Theme: Art and Exchange. "For consideration please submit a 250-word abstract and CV as attachments to (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1, 2011." Not updated 1 January 2013. See the link for details.
URBAN HISTORY ASSOCIATION
Held 25-28 October 2012. Columbia University, New York City. Sixth Biennial Conference. Web site not updated 1 January 2013.
PUBLICATIONS, READINGS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
A list-serv for Islamic art and architecture. Promoting conferences, publications, meetings, and other activities. The editor is extremely diligent in finding and posting opportunities.
ARAB MEDIA & SOCIETY
Online articles on many areas of Arab studies.
"The main objective of Art Tomorrow is to focus on contemporary Iranian art and art of Middle East by providing a forum for scholarship and visual exploration in the visual arts; as an insightful and intellectual response to the necessity of the encouragement of knowledge of art criticism, critical theory and in general art appreciation in region."
"The premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world."
"...a new peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published online by Northwestern University Press in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) at the Program of African Studies of Northwestern University. Incorporating the journal Sudanic Africa and retaining its focus on historical sources, bibliographies, and methodology, Islamic Africa covers the field of Islam in Africa broadly understood to include the social sciences and humanities. The new journal seeks to promote the scholarly interaction among Africa-based scholars and those located institutionally outside the continent. The first issue will appear in Spring 2010.
"Islamic Africa invites scholars to submit essays, or short pieces, notices, and reports on research in progress to be considered for publication. Such submissions should make original contributions to knowledge. The material must not have been previously published, or be currently under review elsewhere. Submissions are welcome from any discipline in the social sciences and the humanities; the geographic focus includes the entire African continent, as well as the adjacent islands and the diaspora. Submissions should be sent electronically in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats to: Gianna Mosser, Managing Editor, Islamic Africa, (email@example.com). [no sign of this online journal Jan. 2010]
JOURNAL OF LEVANTINE STUDIES
"...an interdisciplinary journal--published by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute--dedicated to contemporary critical study of the geographical, social, and cultural settings which, in various periods of history, have been known as the "Levant." The goal of this journal is to reclaim the notion of the Levant as a historical, political, social, and literary concept and as a category of identity, classification, and analysis...Journal of Levantine Studies will be published electronically twice a year in English and will feature six articles (blind peer-reviewed), a literary translation, book reviews, and review essays. Abstracts of published articles will appear in Arabic, French, Hebrew, and Turkish. For more details and submissions guidelines, please see: (http://www.vanleer.org.il/Data/UploadedFiles/Files/kolkore_Levan_w_guidelines.pdf) Articles should be sent to the Editor, Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JOURNAL OF SHI'A ISLAMIC STUDIES
"...a refereed academic journal published by ICAS Press for the Islamic College in London. The journal conscientiously aims to provide a scholarly platform for critical and informed articles in all fields of Shi'a studies, including but not limited to, theology, philosophy, mysticism, law, jurisprudence, politics, history, Qur'an and Hadith studies."
Phoenix in domo Foscari
"The online Journal of Oriental studies."
NEW APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF PERSIAN ARCHITECTURE
"Call for paper proposals: Special Issue of Iranian Studies Journal...Deadline: April 30, 2012." See the link for details.
RELIGION AND THE ARTS
"...a peer-reviewed journal from Boston College"
THE SILK ROAD JOURNALOnline publication; a few hard copies are "distributed to academic libraries gratis on request."
COURSES, AWARDS, and other Resources
AMERICAN CENTER FOR MONGOLIAN STUDIES
Many resources and some fellowships.
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF IRANIAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS
See the Web site for details on language study in Dushanbe and Tehran, as well as pre-doctoral dissertation support.
ARABIC AND NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM (ARANAS)
"Over the last 11 years, more than 550 students from 25 nationalities, most of them affiliated with North American universities, have come to the Middle Atlas Mountains in Ifrane, Morocco, to develop their Arabic language skills, learn about North Africa, and experience various aspects of Moroccan culture through club activities and field trips to such places as the sand dunes of southern Morocco, the historical medina of Fez, and the dazzling city of Marrakech." See the large and well-appointed Web site foe details.
BRITISH INSTITUTE AT ANKARA FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Research, study, travel awards. See the Web site.
THE ISLAMIC MANUSCRIPT ASSOCIATION GRANT SCHEME
"In brief, the Grant Scheme is designed to further any activities which support the needs of manuscript collections, particularly in the area of collection care and management and in advancing scholarship related to Islamic manuscripts." Cambridge, UK. From looking at their Web site, it does appear that they will consider applications from students, but be sure to contact them for permission before doing so.
KOC UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTER FOR ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS
"Koc University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul is accepting applications for its Residential Fellowship program for the 2011-2012 academic year. RCAC fellowships are for study of the archaeology, art history, and history of the past of Turkey, from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras. There are two categories of fellowship: junior fellowships for advanced Ph.D. students and senior fellowships for scholars with Ph.D. For more information about the RCAC, and application forms, please visit the RCAC website [above]. Application deadline is December 15.
MMA KRESS INTERPRETIVE FELLOWSHIP: ISLAMIC ART 2010-2011
"The Kress Interpretive Fellowship aims to cultivate students and young professionals interested in museum careers, and focuses on curatorial and educational collaboration. The Fellow will participate in the planning and implementation of academic and public programs in connection with the re-installation of the Museum's Islamic Art collections, the galleries for which will open in fall 2011. The successful candidate will focus on the interpretation of objects in the galleries-- including works devoted to Spain, North Africa and the Western Mediterranean from the eighth to the nineteenth centuries--through didactic materials and programs for various audiences. The galleries will also include works on long-term loan from the Hispanic Society of America. Eligible candidates will have completed a B.A. or M.A. degree in art history and/or museum education or currently pursuing graduate study in one of these fields. The Fellowship stipend for the 12 month period will be $25,000. The Fellow is expected to be in residence 5 days a week and will work jointly with curators and educators. Interested applicants should contact Marcie Karp, Senior Manager for Academic Programs at (Education.Grants@metmuseum.org). [ From UC Irvines' Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture. Ask them if there are any more fellowships]
ALI ASGHAR PAYRAVI FELLOWSHIP
"We are pleased to announce the Ali Asghar Payravi Fellowship, funded by the generous support of the Farhad family. This fellowship is for a continuing international student pursuing doctoral research in pre-Islamic Iranian history and culture. For the forthcoming academic year 2010-2011, the fellowship will provide a stipend of $18,000 plus cover non-resident tuition and fees, and a 2011 summer stipend of $2500. The recipient should be advanced to doctoral candidacy before the start of fall 2011, if he or she has not already done so.
Further, the recipient will receive a dissertation year of funding (ideally in 2012-2013) comprised of a stipend of $18,000 and coverage of fees, and one year of Teaching Assistantships (ideally in 2011-2012) provided by the Dean of Humanities to the recipient's home department in addition to its allocation for that academic year. The fellowship will be administered by the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture. Applicants must submit a research statement including a timeline for research and writing (no longer than two pages typed, single-spaced) and a current CV. The applicant's advisor must also submit a letter of recommendation. All materials are due via e-mail attachments to Angelica Enriquez (email@example.com), Manager of the Jordan Center, by September 7, 2010, Tuesday Noon. For more information, please contact Nasrin Rahimieh, Director of the Jordan Center, at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies University of California, Irvine. 1st Floor Humanities Gateway Irvine, CA 92697-3370
RHONDA A. SAAD PRIZE FOR BEST GRADUATE PAPER IN MODERN ARAB ART
"The Rhonda A. Saad Prize is offered annually to a graduate student (defined as pre-dissertation) working in any discipline whose paper is judged to provide the most significant contribution to the disciplines of Middle East most significant contribution to the disciplines of Middle East History. Papers will be evaluated according to the originality of research and methodological approach, cogency of argument, and clarity of writing. The submission must be solo authored and written in English. The author of the winning paper will be awarded 500USD at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in December 2011 . The Prize is sponsored by the donations of generous individuals.
"Submission rules: 1. The paper must have been produced between June 2010-October 2011.
2. The paper must not exceed 35 pages, excluding notes and bibliography.
3. The paper must not be or ever been submitted for publication. Submissions for the 2011 prize must be submitted via e-mail to (email@example.com) no later than October 1 2011. 2011-2013 Committee: Hannah Feldman (Chair), Jessica Winegar, and Nada Shabout. [Impossible to tell if this is still being offered: 28 October 2011]
FELLOWSHIPS FOR INTENSIVE ADVANCED TURKISH LANGUAGE STUDY IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
"For summer 2011, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer fellowships for up to 15 advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. Application materials are available at: (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.html) or by contacting Erika Gilson at: (firstname.lastname@example.org) The deadline was February 5, 2010. Annual? ["Information regarding the program for summer 2012 will be posted in Fall 2011." 28 October 2011]
TURKISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS
"Doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars in research fields related to the culture and arts of Turkey are invited to submit applications for fellowships. Ten dissertation research grants and five post-doctoral fellowships are available each academic year to qualified applicants. Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2011." For details. see the link.
MA IN MUSLIM CULTURES: AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY, LONDON
"The Aga Khan University/Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations invites you to learn more about its MA in Muslim Cultures which offers a distinctive way of understanding Muslim civilisations as they have evolved over time...We are now accepting applications for the 2010 MA programme. The deadline for application was 1 March 2010 for the September 2010 start." Please see the Web site.
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN HISTORY AND GRADUATE PROGRAM IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES AT CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
"Students interested in Ottoman and Turkish Studies at CEU have achoice of applying to a One Year MA, Two Year MA or PhD. For research topics that focus on the period up to the end of the 17th century students are encouraged to apply to the Medieval Studies Department (http://medievalstudies.ceu.hu), which will also offer an additional Specialization in Late Antique, Byzantine and Early Ottoman Studies. Those interested in later topics should apply to the History Department (http://www.ceu.hu/history)." Much more information on the Web site.
MEMORIES OF OLEG GRABAR
ISLAMIC ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND CULTURE COURSE SYLLABI From ArchNet.
MARGARET B. SEVCENKO PRIZE IN ISLAMIC ART AND CULTURE
"The submission deadline for the 2012 competition: 15 November 2011." See the link, or contact: .
- Bernard O'Kane
- Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture
- The American University in Cairo
Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art This bowl is 10th century, from perhaps Iran or Uzbekistan.