The European Research Council project “SlaveVoices” seeks a Postdoctoral researcher in the history of modern North Africa and the Mediterranean with an interest in the history of slavery and in North African Sufi Islamic sources (hagiographies and biographies of saints) from the mid-18th century to the 1930s.
Funded by the European Research Council, “SlaveVoices” aims at renewing our approach to the end of slavery by collecting and studying the testimonies of North African, West African and European slaves and their descendants written in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and other European and African languages from the mid-18th century to the 1930s. Researchers involved in the project “SlaveVoices” explore the reshaping of the connections that groups of slaves built up within North African societies and between this part of the Muslim world and other adjoining societies in Africa, Asia and Europe in the abolition era.
The successful applicant will start working on the project by September 2022 for one year followed by a renewal for another year upon positive evaluation. The project is based at Sciences-Po Paris, and directed by Prof. M. Oualdi who specializes in early modern and modern history of North Africa.
Le Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques numéro 36 (2022) édité par l’équipe Islam médiéval de l’UMR 8167 et l’Ifao vient de paraître. La revue est désormais disponible sur le site de l’Ifao mais également sur la plateforme OpenEdition pour les trois derniers numéros. Les numéros antérieurs sont accessibles sur la plateforme Persée.
Historical interiors and the digital – the possibilities and limits of virtual reconstructions for researchThe virtual reconstruction of historical interiors – from architecture to wall decoration and furniture to textiles – has been a proven instrument of cultural mediation in recent years, particularly in museums, exhibitions and/or for the study of historical monuments (for instance in archaeology). Questions of spatial proportions and fundamental architectural units are today at the forefront, with emphasis often placed on the possibility of visiting these spaces virtually, either on a 2D screen or with an immersive headset. However, when it comes to the recreation of the aesthetic characteristics of interiors, which are one of the key issues for their understanding, the possibilities of these new models seem limited. Depending largely on the harmonious interaction of different materials such as woods, metals, and textiles, as well as the structures of their respective surfaces, the nuances of colour or gold, or even the traces of artisanship, the existing solutions in rendering the materiality of an historic interior remain insufficient, both aesthetically and scientifically. The hope to swiftly overcome the excessively sanitized surfaces of digital models, expressed in 2013 (Kohle 2013, p. 166), has not yet come to fruition. Nevertheless, there is more to it than that, as the possibilities of using virtual reconstruction effectively for researching historical interiors – for example, through the virtual insertion of materials that are no longer ethically justifiable or prohibited today – are not fully exploited.Focusing on the possibilities and limits of virtual reconstructions of historical interiors, of which questions of materiality are only one aspect, this conference highlights the fundamental issues that occupy current research.
Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art invites submissions of proposals for its final feature article as part of the initiative, “Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History,” which is supported by a major grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Panorama (journalpanorama.org) is the first peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication dedicated to American art and visual culture (broadly defined). The journal encourages a broad range of perspectives and approaches within an interdisciplinary framework encompassing local and global contexts and is published by the University of Minnesota Libraries.
The goal of “Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History” is threefold to increase both inclusivity and access. First, to encourage a more comprehensive approach to the history of American art, we seek to publish digital art history scholarship that focuses on the contributions of constituencies that have historically been marginalized or under-researched. Second, our priority is to create digital projects that are accessible, easily managed, and sustainable. Finally, we encourage proposals from authors who do not have significant digital humanities support at their home institutions. You can read more about the initiative and scholarship supported so far at https://editions.lib.umn.edu/panorama/article/toward-a-more-inclusive-dah.
We are delighted to announce our Intensive Summer School:
Environment and Society in Turkish and Global Contexts June 13-24, 2022, Süleymaniye Complex, Istanbul
The departments of history at Ibn Haldun University and Penn State University are happy to announce an intensive summer school on environmental history titled, “Environment and Society in Turkish and Global Contexts.”
The program will run for two weeks and is comprised of lectures, discussion sessions, and field trips around the historic capital Istanbul. It will feature some of the most prominent figures in the field, including:
Halil Berktay (Ibn Haldun University, Turkey) Lisa Brady (Boise State University, USA) Suraiya Faroqhi (Ibn Haldun University, Turkey) John R. McNeill (Georgetown University, USA) Julia Adeney Thomas (Notre Dame University, USA) The program will be held at the iconic Süleymaniye Complex, built in the middle of the sixteenth century by Sultan Süleyman I.
This colloquium aims to provide a clearer comparative view of the social, cultural, and economic transformations of coastal and insular spaces in Byzantine and Islamic Mediterranean (6th – 11th centuries CE). These regions were affected by the ebbs and flows of Mediterranean politics, trade, and cultural engagements in the longue durée between Byzantine rule and the Fatimids.
1980s: Representational Pressures, Departures, and Beginnings
Nov 3-5, 2022 ** in person **
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Organizational Sponsors: Office of the President, University of North Texas; al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art, NYU Abu Dhabi; Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA)
Conference Committee: Nada Shabout, Salwa Mikdadi, Sarah Rogers, Anneka Lenssen; Program Committee includes Pamela Karimi and Jessica Gerschultz
The 1980s may have reached a conclusion more than thirty years ago, but the decade’s transformations remain active in artistic practice across the countries and communities of what we now call the SWANA region (including, but not limited to, the Arab East, North Africa, Iran, and Turkey). Thanks to consumer recording technologies, experience and memory took new forms–replay and discontinuous viewing–while cultural criticism began to migrate away from the printed page. To look back on the 1980s is not to be nostalgic so much as to confront the very status of beginnings, departures, and ends. The decade features a list of political crises, invasions, occupations, uprisings, forced displacement, coups, emergent surveillance tactics, militias, and hostages, including the grim events of a catastrophic war between Iraq and Iran, that structure narratives about friendship, solidarity, and loss. And, although the 1980s brought rising enthusiasm for contemporary art as a global phenomenon, artists from the region faced a wave of anti-Middle East sentiment that coded their work as resistant or belated. Still other transitions, such as those associated with economic “opening,” came to manifest as intense attachments to things. We see 1980s-era commodities come to double as talismans for artists: a very specific paper shredder known as the Schleicher Intimus 007S; the certain cut of a leather jacket preferred by Cairo taxi drivers; a textile collage featuring doubled Jesus figure on leopard print; Doc Martens tied to a performer’s ankles in Brixton; a Nowruz variety show distributed only on videotape. For every promotion of an idealized fusion of “tradition” and “contemporaneity” issued by a cultural ministry, there have been artists expressing changeable gendered and classed positions in their projects.
The workshop “Travelling matters: rereading, reshaping, reusing objects across the Mediterranean” intends to tackle objects as sources and subjects of the history of cross-cultural encounters in innovative ways. We intend to discuss a most diverse array of objects flowing in all directions and to concentrate on the “second-handedness” of displaced objects: how and why moving objects acquire new functions and new meanings, and with what consequences for the relations between the communities involved? These perspectives demand a broad chronology, extending from antiquity to the present-day, and for the intersection between different time frames, from the relatively narrow scale of individual objects being displaced across the Mediterranean to the much larger one of the histories of their reinterpretation and repurposing.
The mosque, in its diverse architectural and visual expressions and as an institution, is considered one of the most significant manifestations of Islamic cultures. While the basic liturgical concept as a place of prayer is universal, a mosque can acquire further functions, and its form has proven extraordinarily malleable across and within regions and times. Scholarship has dealt with this diversity in studies on formal and conceptual evolution, typologies, and regional or local traditions.Over recent decades many questions became more complicated or persist unanswered. The formal and conceptual sources of the earliest materially extant mosques remain a matter of debate and speculation. Transformations in the visuality, the layout, the elements, and the fittings of the mosque and its place in urban planning have been described from an architectural, archaeological, and historical angle and may require more explanation from a liturgical, religious, social, or ideological perspective. The re-use of mosques in a changing environment (such as in the Iberian Peninsula) has been documented, while its implications for artistic and cultural heritage call for discussion.The 17th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society invites recent research on the mosque in transformation, as an architecture and a visual and functional space in continuous evolution, transcending notions of the mosque as a fixed entity.
NOTE: Application Deadline Extended to February 28
Keyman Annual Conference on Turkey
Sites of Memory, Sites of Loss: Politics of Archeology and Heritage in Turkey and Post-
June 3-4, 2022
Each year, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program brings together scholars from around the world to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Turkey from a global perspective. This year the conference’s theme will be “Heritage.”
UNESCO defines cultural heritage, in its broadest sense, as “both a product and a process, which provides societies with a wealth of resources that are inherited from the past, created in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.” We take this conception, which importantly includes not only tangible, but also natural and intangible heritage, as a starting point for both reflection and critique.
Le programme de recherche « Medieval Kashi Online » cherche une ou un stagiaire à temps plein à partir du 4 avril pour une durée de 3 mois, pour aider à l’éditorialisation de notices dans une base de données sur la plateforme Agorha. Issu d’un partenariat entre l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art, le musée du Louvre et Sèvres – Manufacture et musée nationaux, le programme de recherche vise à réunir dans une même base de données un vaste ensemble d’étoiles inscrites à décor de lustre métallique produites dans les ateliers de céramique de Kashan aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles et aujourd’hui dispersées à travers le monde.
L’Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) est un établissement public à caractère scientifique, culturel et professionnel placé sous la double tutelle des ministères chargés de l’enseignement supérieur, de la culture et de la recherche.
L’INHA a pour mission de développer l’activité scientifique et de contribuer à la coopération scientifique internationale dans le domaine de l’histoire de l’art et du patrimoine. Il exerce des activités de recherche, de formation de de diffusion des connaissance.
Les faits religieux occupent une centralité indéniable dans les sociétés maghrébines et africaines depuis les années 1980, tant au niveau politique que social. Qu’il s’agisse du point de vue politique avec les reconfigurations partisanes, de celui des normes et des valeurs en perpétuelle redéfinition (rapport au corps, notion de mixité, codes et modes vestimentaires), ou des enjeux économiques liés à la « chose religieuse » (produits halal, tourisme religieux, politiques patrimoniales, finance islamique, marketing « islamique »), les références religieuses foisonnent, s’inventent, mutent et semblent parfois surdéterminantes dans le champ des offres et des consommations. Cette référence religieuse, musulmane et chrétienne (catholique comme protestante), se construit en tension entre un discours d’apaisement, de cohabitation et un discours de combat et de prééminence. Des divergences peuvent se manifester entre leaders des deux religions majoritaires aussi bien qu’au sein de chacune d’entre elles. Les raisons des différentes acceptions des normes religieuses sont nombreuses et peuvent être liées à des interprétations endogènes du référentiel canonique, à des hiérarchies historiques, à des transformations internes, voire à des phénomènes de migration à l’origine de formes de « déplacements » et des reconfigurations religieuses.
Face à la complexification du paysage religieux contemporain, et face à la diversité dans ses conséquences symboliques et pratiques, quels enjeux réflexifs se posent pour les sciences humaines et sociales ?
The Art and Art History Department of Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Islamic Art (July 1st, 2022-June 30th 2024). Area of specialization is open. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each), and the University’s signature 4-week Spring Term. The course load will be 2-3-1 or 3-2-1, depending on the needs of the department in a given academic year. The successful candidate would teach an introductory course that emphasizes the trans-regional interactions of the Islamic world, several intermediate courses (focused on theme, period, and/or region), and upper-level course/s related to the candidate’s specialization. The candidate’s course offerings and research would benefit from and contribute to Washington and Lee University’s rich disciplinary focus on Islamic cultures as demonstrated through the Middle East and South Asia program, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Religious Studies, and Politics Department. Of particular interest are candidates whose teaching can support other dynamic interdisciplinary programs such Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Candidates will also demonstrate an ability to support the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
W&L is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the U.S. and the Art and Art History Department is one of the largest in the College. The University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia. The University’s commitment to supporting faculty research will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to apply for summer research and conference funds.
The international research project “Interactive Histories, Co-Produced Communities: Judaism, Christianity and Islam” seeks to appoint Postdoctoral Fellows for a period of two years, to join a collaborative community of scholars pursuing rigorous historical research while also committed to exploring ways to address their findings to a broader public.
Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates “Interactive Histories, Co-Produced Communities: Judaism, Christianity and Islam”, directed by Katharina Heyden (University of Bern, CH) and David Nirenberg (Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, USA)
This is an opportunity for promising early career researchers specializing in the histories of Jews/Judaism, Christians/Christianity, and/or Muslims/Islam to contribute their own research to a large-scale exploration of the long span of history of inter-relation between these three faith traditions.