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Stanford University
Department of History
May 16-17, 2014

The Department of History at Stanford University will host a conference entitled “Ottoman Topologies: Spatial Experience in an Early Modern Empire and Beyond” on May 16 and 17, 2014. The conference will bring together scholars of Ottoman history who have been working on space-related themes in dialogue with the spatial turn in social sciences and humanities. The papers will discuss how men and women in the Ottoman world imagined, experienced, built, mapped, and administered space in early modern times and how we can understand these imaginers, movers, builders, geographers, and administrators. The conference will also include a panel that considers new possibilities of digital technology in space-related historical studies.

Ali Yaycioglu
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Stanford University

* Please direct any inquiries to Vladimir Troyansky, PhD student, Department of History, vtroyans@stanford.edu.


MAY 16

Introductory Remarks (9:00-9:15)

Ali Yaycioglu (Stanford University)
Space, Place and Territory: The Ottoman World and the Spatial Turn

Keynote lecture (9:20-10:00)

Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University)
The Politics of Space in Ottoman Historiography: Sacralization, Contestation, and Mulberries in the Middle

Imagining Space (10:00-12:00)

Chair: Shahzad Bashir (Stanford University)

Ahmet Karamustafa (University of Maryland)
Sufi Paths and the Spatial Turn

Nicolas Trépanier (University of Mississippi)
Landscape and the Subjective Experience of Place in Mediaeval Anatolia

Rachel Goshgarian (Lafayette College)
How Big Was the Ottoman Empire in the 17th Century? Placing Ethnicity, Language and the State in an Armeno-Ottoman Manuscript from Kaffa (Feodopolis)

Özer Ergenç (Bilkent University)
Perception of Space in the Early Modern Ottoman World: “Vatan” and “Diyar-ı Aher” within the Triangular Context of “Memalik-i Mahruse”, “Diyar-ı Acem” and “Frengistan”

Mapping Space (13:00-15:00)

Chair: Martin Lewis (Stanford University)

Maria Mavroudi (University of California, Berkeley)
Rendering Ptolemy’s Geography from Greek into Arabic at the Court of Mehmet the Conqueror: Ancient Toponyms

Karen Pinto (Gettysburg College)
Ottomans Mediating Islamic Cartographic Space

Gottfried Hagen (University of Michigan)
Time, Space, and Politics in Ottoman Maps

Pinar Emiralioğlu (University of Pittsburg)
The Ottoman Enlightenment: “Geography” and Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century

Building Space (15:30-17:30)

Chair: Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford University)

Patricia Blessing (Stanford University)
All Quiet on the Eastern Frontier? Early Ottoman Architecture and Its Contemporaries in Eastern Anatolia

Aleksandar Sopov (Harvard University)
Land Reclamation and Expansion of Agricultural Production in Ottoman Istanbul and Mamluk Cairo at the End of the Fifteenth and Beginning of the Sixteenth Century

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh (University of California, Davis)
City and Landscape in the Ottoman Empire: Experiencing Architecture, Narrating Space in Aleppo

Shirine Hamadeh (Rice University)
In and Out of Place: The Everyday Spaces of Istanbul’s Migrants (1720-1840)

MAY 17

Experiencing Space (9:00-11:30)

Chair: Nancy Kollmann (Stanford University)

Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota)
An Ottoman Humanist on the Long Road to Egypt: Space, Time and Belonging in Salih Celalzade’s Tarih-i Misr al-Cedid

Helen Pfeifer (Princeton University)
The Well-Mannered Domains: Adab and the Road to a Pan-Ottoman Sociability

Elizabeth Lambourn (De Montfort University)
Ottoman Horses on the Move – A Window into Ottoman-Mughal Relations

Sinem Arcak Casale (University of Minnesota)
Qazvin to Istanbul: The Journey of a Safavid Prince through Imperial Eyes

Alan Mikhail (Yale University)
Ottoman Iceland

Administering Space (12:30-14:30)

Chair: Aron Rodrigue (Stanford University)

Himmet Taşkömür (Harvard University)
Dividing the Empire to Rule: Juridical Space in the Early Modern Ottoman Legal Discourse and Practice

Will Smiley (Yale University)
Ottoman Space, Empire, and International Law

Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Princeton University)
Insularity and Empire: Ottoman Cyprus as Perceived Space

Şevket Pamuk (Boğaziçi University)
Money and Empire, The Spatial Dimension, 1500-1800

Digitizing Space (15:00-17:00)

Chair: Zephyr Frank (Stanford University)

Owen Doonan (California State University, Northridge)
The Hinterland of Sinop in the Context of Black Sea Empires: A Comparative Perspective

Victor Ostapchuk (University of Toronto)
Tracking the Movements of Masses throughout Ottoman Space: The Views from Non-narrative Documents and Their Value for Spatial History

Amy Singer (Tel Aviv University)
Where IS Edirne? Situating an Ottoman City in the Time-Space Continuum

Hakan Karateke (University of Chicago)
Mapping Ottoman Inscriptions

General Discussion (17:00-18:00)

Concluding Remarks (18:00-18:20)

Kären Wigen (Stanford University)



We invite applications to a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer
Seminar for College and University Teachers, *The Ottoman and Russian
Empires: Citizenship, Belonging and Difference*, to be held at George
Washington University, June 9-27, 2014. The seminar is open to fourteen NEH
Summer Scholars, teachers of US undergraduate students, drawn from
different disciplines and two full-time graduate students. Deadline for
applications is March 4, 2014. For more information about the seminar and
how to apply please consult

Dina Rizk Khoury
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
Department of History/Institute of Middle East Studies
George Washington University
1957 E Street NW #512
Washington DC, 20052
Tel: 202-994-6239

Sergey Globe
Assistant Professor of History

The Collapse of Ottoman and Austria-Hungarian Empires: Patterns and Legacies

Organized by the Turkish Studies Project at the University of Utah, the
Boltzmann-Institute for Social Science History and the Institute for East
History at the University of Vienna

16-17 January, 2014, Vienna

Location: Institute for East European History (University of Vienna),
2/Hof 3 (Campus), 1090 Vienna

THURSDAY, January 16

16.00-16.30     Welcome Address by Philipp Ther
Institute for East European History/University of Vienna

16.30-18.00     Panel 1: World War I: From Imperial Persistence to

Chair Prof. Oliver Schmitt (Institute for East European History/University
of Vienna)

18.00-18.15     Coffee Break

18.15-19.15     Keynote Address Isa Blumi (Georgia State University)

19.15-21.00     Reception

FRIDAY, January 17

09.00-10.30     Panel 2: Austria-Hungarian Ambiguities: Towards Collapse
and its

Chair Prof. Gerhard Botz (Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for Social Science

Arnold Suppan (Austrian Academy of Sciences), “Was Austria-Hungary
Condemned to Fail?”

10.30-10.45     Coffee Break

10.45-12.15     Panel 3: Balkan Wars and Paths of Radicalization

12.15-13.30     Lunch

13.30-15.00     Panel 4: Nation State and Other Possibilities: Concepts
and Transfers

Chair Prof. Justin McCarthy (University of Louisville)

15.00-15.15     Coffee Break

15.15-16.45     Panel 5: Ottoman Collapse and its Conflicting Trajectories

Chair Prof. Maurus Reinkowski (University of Basel)

16.45-17.00     Coffee Break

17.00-18.30     Panel 6: Book Discussion

Hakan Yavuz and Isa Blumi (eds), War and Nationalism: The Balkan Wars
1912-1913 and
Their Sociopolitical Implications (Salt Lake City: University of Utah
Press, 2013)

18.30-19.00     Concluding Remarks

Hakan Yavuz (University of Utah), Tamara Scheer (Ludwig Boltzmann
Institute for
Social Science History)

19.00-22.00     Dinner


Turkish Studies Project, University of Utah
Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for Social Science History
Institute for East European History, University of Vienna
Turkish Historical Society, Ankara

M. Hakan Yavuz
260 S. Central Campus Drive Rm 252
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Office (801) 585-7986
Cell (801) 864 6337

From Maribor to Istanbul

From Maribor to Istanbul protests and social movements have shaken the political systems of Southeastern Europe in recent years. These heterogeneous movements represent part of a larger wave of social movements that have been characteristic of the Mediterranean region.
Protests in SEE have tackled a range of issues and concerns including austerity, the privatization of public space, the (non) provision and privatization of welfare and public utilities, poverty, corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency, environmental concerns and authoritarian tendencies.

The conference will bring together scholars and activists to discuss the impact of the protest, how they mobilized citizens and their role in the larger international context of social movements. This conference is the third in the series Southeast European Dialogues organized by the Centre
for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz. The first conference entitled “Debating the End of Yugoslavia” took place in November 2011 with eyewitnesses, journalists and scholars participating. The second conference “Leaving Europe’s Waiting Room. The Crisis of
EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans” took place in November 2012 and included a key note speech by the President of Macedonia Gjorgji Ivanov and other high profile policy makers and analysts.

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Resowi, Universitätsstraße 15, Bauteil A, 2.OG
Graz, Austria

Centre for Southeast European Studies

The conference is open to the public. Registration by sending a short email including affiliation by December 5th to suedosteuropa@uni-graz.at<mailto:suedosteuropa@uni-graz.at>


Thursday, 12.12.2013

15.30-15.45 Conference Opening
Peter Scherrer (Vice-Rector for Research, University of Graz)
Joseph Marko (Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Graz)
Florian Bieber (Director, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz)

15.45-17.15 Panel 1: An Activists’ Perspective

Moderator: Igor Štiks (University of Edinburgh)
Emir Hodžić (Sarajevo), Konstantin Pavlov (Sofia), Gregor Stamejčič
(Maribor), Erdem Yörük (Istanbul)

17.15-17.30 Coffee Break

17.30-18.30 Panel 2: Mapping the Protests of 2012-3 (part 1)

Chair: Kerem Öktem (Oxford University)
Cirila Toplak (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia): The Maribor Protests: Specifics and Patterns from the Perspective of Political Science
Valentina Gueorguieva (University of Sofia “St.Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria): From the protection of public goods and reactive mobilizations to antigovernmental rallies: Street protests in Bulgaria from 2012 and 2013

Friday, 13.12.2013

9.00-10.45 Panel 3: Mapping the Protests of 2012/3 (part 2)

Chair: Norbert Mappes-Niediek (independent journalist, Graz)
Catalin Augustin Stoica (The National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania): Does the Polenta Explode? The Romanian Protests of January-February, 2012
Asim Mujkić (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina): On The Way To Bosnian Multitude. Review of JMBG Protests of June 2013
Ali Türünz (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic): A Cultural Sociological Perspective on Gezi Park Protests

10.45-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.45 Panel 4: The International Context

Chair: Christian Pippan (University of Graz)
Mark Kramer (Harvard University, USA): The International Context of Mass Political Unrest in The Balkans
Jaroslav Chodak (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland): Time of People Power. Recent Waves of Global Revolutionary Activity
Heiko Wimmen (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany): Divided they Stand: The Dilemma of Non-formal Political Activism in a Divided Society

12.45-13.45 Lunch Break

13.45-15.30 Panel 5: Political Activism and Protest Movements

Chair: Igor Stiks (University of Edinburgh)
Vedran Horvat (Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Croatia): Leapfroging Toward/Beyond Rebelution in the Western Balkans
Astrid Reinprecht (University of Vienna, Austria): Moving Democracy: Student Activism in Croatia and Serbia
Emin Eminagić & Pavlina Vujović (Members of ‘Front Slobode’ Organization, Bosnia and Herzegovina): Breaking the Silence – A Map of Protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Contexts, Methods and Ideas Towards a De- Ethnicized Politics

15.30-15.45 Coffee Break

15.45-17.30 Panel 6: Who are the people?

Chair: Rory Archer (University of Graz)
Gal Kirn (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany): Urban Contours of Socioeconomic Crisis in Maribor (from 1988 to 2012) and Re-invention of Political Category of “People” in The Recent Uprising in Slovenia
Giorgos Katsambekis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece): The Movement of the Greek ‘Aganaktismenoi’: Somewhere Between the Multitude and the People, or Beyond?
Mariya Ivancheva (Central European University in Budapest, Hungary): Commonism after Communism? The Bulgarian Protest Cycle of 2012-2013

21.00 Vernissage of the Exhibition
Location: CuntRa – La Kunsthure Jakoministrasse 8, 8010 Graz

Saturday, 14.12.2013

9.30-11.00 Panel 7: Protest Triggers

Chair: Andreas Ernst (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Belgrade)
Ana Dević (Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey): Trees and ID Cards as Triggers of Protest, or on the Generations Without Identifications: The Politics of Political Exclusion in Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina
Marius Ioan Tatar (Univeristy of Oradea, Romania): Mapping Protest Politics: The Roots and Patterns of Elite-Challenging Actions in Post-Communist South-Eastern Europe
Chiara Milan (European University Institute, Italy): Seeing the Forest through the Trees: From Single-Issue Protest to Resonant Mass Movements in Greece, Turkey, and Bosnia Herzegovina

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Panel 8: Social Mobilization and Profiles of Protests

Chair: Karl Kaser (University of Graz)
Kostis Plevris (Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France) : The Spatiality of Social Mobilizations in Greece During the Crisis Period
Kivanc Atak (European University Institute, Italy): The Politics of Local Resistance in Gezi Protests
Lora V. Koycheva (University College London, UK): Between Chaos and the Ordinary: Language, Politics and the 2013 Protests in Bulgaria

13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.30 Panel 9: Representing Protests

Chair: Marion Hamm (University of Graz)
Ksenija Berk (Ljubljana, Slovenia: At the Crossroads of Cultural and Ideological Exchange – Behind the Posters of Protest in Maribor and Ljubljana Uprisings
Giorgio Stamboulis (University of Florence, Italy): Imagining a Manifestation
Željka Lekić-Subašić (Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Bosnia and Herzegovina ): Social media and <Balkans’ Spring>

15.30-15.45 Coffee Break

15.45-16.30 Concluding Discussion
Chair: Florian Bieber

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Bieber
Professor of Southeast European Studies
Director, Centre for Southeast European Studies
University of Graz
Universitätsstraße 15/K3
A-8010 Graz

tel: +43/316/380 6822
email: florian.bieber@uni-graz.at<mailto:florian.bieber@uni-graz.at>
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personal homepage: http://fbieber.wordpress.com/


1st International Congress of Turkish Culture
Subject: Turkish Sufi Culture and Traditions
Date and Place: October 13-15, 2014 Suleyman Şah University, Istanbul, Turkey
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: April 1, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2014
Deadline for Full Paper Submission: September 10, 2014
Contact E-Mail for Submissions and Questions : itcc2014@ssu.edu.tr
Congress Website: http://www.itcc-one.com/
Themes and Issues:
*       Main figures of Turkish Sufism
*       The methodological problems in studying Turkish Sufism
*       The literary texts of Turkish Sufism
*       The Arabic and Persian influence on Turkish Sufism
*       Morals and historical developments of various Sufi orders including Mawlaw’īyya, an-Naqshbandiyyah, Khalwatiyya, as well as Alawīs.
*       Oral tradition and Turkish Sufism
*       Sufi music
*       Islamic arts and Sufism
*       Architecture and Sufism
*       Turkish Sufi literature
*       Social life and Sufism
*       Figures, cultures and traditions of Turkish Sufism in terms of philosophy and Islamic theology
*       Modernity and Sufism
*       Postmodernism and Sufism
*       Sufi orders from their emergence to present
The Language of the Congress:
Turkish and English
The Publication of Papers:
Papers will be published and they will be given to participants in the form of cd.
Süleyman Şah University, Turkey
Indiana University, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair, USA
Hacettepe University, Turkey
Motif Foundation, Turkey

Honorary Comittee:
Prof. Dr. Hüseyin EKİZ, Rector, Süleyman Şah University
Prof. Dr. A. Murat TUNCER, Rector, Hacettepe University
Prof. Dr.  Kemal SILAY, Ottoman and Turkish Studies Chair Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington
Prof. Dr. F. Gülay MIRZAOĞLU, Hacettepe University
Zeki BAYKAL, President, Motif Foundation

Dr. Kemal Silay
Professor of Turkish Language and Literature
Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Endowed Chair Professor
Director, Turkish Language Flagship Center
Director, Turkish Studies Program
Member, Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors

School of Global and International Studies
The College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University
1133 Eigenmann Hall
1900 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47406-7512, USA



Please join us for a free webinar about Brill’s online resources in Middle East and Islamic Studies on 13 November 2013 at 4:00 PM Amsterdam time (3:00 PM UK time | 10:00 AM Eastern Standard time). In this webinar we will try to clarify everything you always wanted to know about how to make optimal use of our online resources, including topics such as searching with or without diacritics and with Boolean search terms, saving your personal searches and setting up alerts. Brill’s online resources in Middle East and Islamic Studies comprise (on http://referenceworks.brillonline.com and http://bibliographies.brillonline.com): – Encyclopedia of Islam Online (First, Second, Third and French Editions) – Index Islamicus Online – Encyclopedia of the Qur’an Online – Christian-Muslim Relations Online – Brockelmann Online – Encyclopaedia Islamica – Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures – Encyclopaedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics – Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World The session will be presented by Joed Elich, Publishing Director of Brill’s Middle East, Islamic and African Studies program. During the webinar you are welcome to submit questions. Joed Elich is Publishing Director at Brill. He joined the company in 2000 and has had various acquisition functions. His responsibilities are Middle East, Islamic, African and Asian Studies, including books, journals, reference works and primary sources. Joed has a PhD in Philosophy from Leiden University (1987). Feel free to pass on details of this webinar to your colleagues and interested parties. If you are not able to join but are interested in learning more, do let us know. You are invited to suggest topics you would like to see discussed during the webinar beforehand at the registration form for the webinar. Please register before Monday 11 November. If you have any queries or if we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at marketing@brill.com.

Call for Papers: 7th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its 7th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, 14-17 April 2014, Athens, Greece. 


Second International Turgut Reis and Turkish Maritime History Symposium

at La Blanche Spa & Hotel in Turgutreis-Bodrum

1-4 November 2013

Turgutreis Municipality, Marmara University History Department and Muğla University AKMEDAM

Deadline for submission of abstract: 1 October 2013

For more details about attending the symposium and the cost, please see here.

Call for Papers: “Persianate Studies: A Conceptual Inquiry”: May 9-11, 2014

The Iranian Studies Initiative at Yale is organizing a workshop in May 2014 to explore the dimensions of Persianate Studies as an academic field. The workshop asks whether the term “Persianate” works as a conceptual framework beyond language and literature to such areas as habitat, economy and trade routes, and political and material cultures. Are there tangible historical ties in the pre-modern and early modern eras among such diverse regions as Anatolia, the Iranian plateau and the greater Khorasan region, the Caucasus, the southern rim of Central Asia, Western Xingjian, and the Indian subcontinent? Can these ties create a viable field of study beyond Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and East Asian studies to underscore subtle interregional connections and longue durée commonalities? What circumstances, on the other hand, reoriented these regions and helped break up the Persianate oecumene in modern times?

Papers may explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader historical implications. Please send proposals (synopsis and a resume) by October 15th via email to Ms. Lora LeMosy (lora.lemosy@yale.edu<mailto:lora.lemosy@yale.edu>), Council on Middle East Studies, MacMillan Center, Yale University.

Conference: Knowledge, Exchange, Encounter: Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1718, Monday, 8 July 2013 to Tuesday, 9 July 2013 Location: CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


Registration Open for Postgraduate Conference “ReVision: Editing Across Disciplines”(15th and 16th July 2013, The University of Edinburgh).


Call for Papers: “Through the Balkan Prism”: 25/6/2013. This conference aims to look at Islam in Europe “through the Balkan prism”. What are the historical, institutional and religious traits that characterise endogenous European Muslims? How have they recast themselves vis-à-vis European models and ideas?


Conference: ‘Trade, Travel and Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean’: 8-10th July  2013 at Churchill College, Cambridge (UK). Key note speakers at the conference will be Prof. David Abulafia and Prof. Carole Hillenbrand.


Conference: The Ottomans and Health: A Comparative Perspective (3-6 July 2013): There will be a conference on The Ottomans and Health: a Comparative Perspective at the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, Cambridge, on 3-6 July, 2013.

For further details please contact Kate Fleet (khf11@cam.ac.uk) or Ebru Boyar (boyar@metu.edu.tr).

History Studies ‘From past to present: The Turks in Greece’: The January 2014 issue of History Studies has been dedicated to the Turkish population of Greece, as part of the 100th anniversary of Balkan Wars. Within this context, potential contributions from fellow scholars in the fields of History, Literature, Geography, Sociology, Political Sciences, Law and International Relations in English or Turkish are invited. This special issue will be later published in English as a book, with the support of the Association of Western Thrace Turks in the UK according to the publication guidelines of History Studies.

Email: history.studies@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.historystudies.net/

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East CSSAAME: Please consider submitting articles and/or ideas for multi-article/special themed sections that touch on Ottoman and/or

Turkish studies to CSSAAME. It is a great opportunity for dialogue within and beyond the field. Invites scholars to submit academic articles and multimedia essays.


Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities: 30th May to 1st June 2014, London, United Kingdom. Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities will be held at Regent’s College London. TMC 2014 aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to a scholarly exchange on migration to, from and in Turkey. Organized by:Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 3rd September 2013



Cities: A Bigger Picture An Examination of the Heritage, Archaeology and Art of Anatolian Cities from Prehistory through the Ottoman Empire: Koc University Archaeology and History of Art Graduate Students are hosting the first Graduate Symposium: Cities A Bigger Picture on April 27 in Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) Istanbul, Turkey.



Examining Sources for Writing the History of the Labour Movement in the Late Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Istanbul, November 16-17, 2013. This conference is organized through a collaboration of the Social History Research Foundation of Turkey (TUSTAV), the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) and the History Foundation (Tarih Vakfi).

Proposed papers should either focus on a specific category or genre of sources or should investigate existing sources for a specific time period or topic of the history of the labour movement.

The working language of the conference is Turkish.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words and must be submitted along with a brief CV to emekkonferans2013@gmail.com by May 20, 2013. Accepted papers will be announced in June 2013. Participants are expected to submit their complete papers to the conference organizers by October 29, 2013.



 28th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT): University of Chicago, May 3-5 Welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, or any other topic concerning the Middle East from the advent of
Islam to the present day.  


Sociology of Islam (SOI): Special Issue on the Gülen Movement (“Hizmet”) in Turkey and the World: This special issue of SOI hopes to attract well-researched scholarship whose author’s intend neither to promote/praise the activities of actors inspired by Fethullah Gülen, nor to demonize them. Rather, the intent is to publish a volume that contextualizes the GM’s impact from a perspective that foregrounds academic skepticism, critical sociology, and social movements.


Middle East Critique Special Issue: Orientalism, the Eastern Question and World War I in the Ottoman Empire: For this special issue, Middle East Critique invites manuscript submissions that explore the social and political implications of the World War I, specifically utilizing new theoretical and methodological approaches.  



Call for papers

Travelling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary

International Symposium at the University of Zurich, 29 November – 1 December 2013

Cultures have always been in contact with as well as imagined spaces other than their own. Ever since the age of discovery, however, the relations, links and ruptures between different spaces have played an increasingly significant role in the cultural imaginary, taking on new urgency in today’s world of ever increasing mobility and global networks.

This three-day symposium hosted by the English Department at the University of Zurich will focus on spaces in relation, addressing the importance of issues such as borders and crossings, utopia, travel and exile in the sphere of cultural production. It aims to explore ways in which spaces are represented and textually produced, as well as how boundaries between different spaces are traversed.

The conference is primarily aimed at scholars working in the field of literary and cultural studies. However, as we believe issues of spatiality can be fruitfully examined in an interdisciplinary framework we invite contributions from different segments of the academic community.

The conference will be held in cooperation with the international Border Aesthetics group based at the University of Tromsø (Norway) and the research group Spaces of Language and Literature from the University of Tampere (Finland).

Please send an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biographical note to Johannes Riquet (johannes.riquet@es.uzh.ch) and Elizabeth Kollmann (elizabeth.kollmann@access.uzh.ch).

Deadline for proposals: 10 July 2013

See here for more information.


Call for papers

Asfar is a new online journal which aims to provide a platform for early-career researchers to discuss the politics, culture, and history of the Middle East. It can be found at www.asfar.org.uk

We are looking for contributors to the next e-journal, particularly relating the Balkans to the Middle East (as culturally linked through the Ottoman Empire). The subject range is very broad – the topic can be anything the writer finds interesting and relevant.

Each article needs to be between 1500-4000 words, and the deadline is 7th June (the e-publication will be out by the end of the month)

For more information, please contact info@asfar.org.uk

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