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  • Kuwait City

    Call for papers - Thought

    Pop Culture in the Arabian Peninsula

    Arabian Humanities No. 14 (Spring 2020)

    The literature on pop culture in the Arabian Peninsula is particularly thin. While a rich scholarship has analyzed oral culture and vernacular poetry, less ink was spilled on those forms of culture that use new media, from tape recording to mobile phone aps and from TV production to YouTube. This issue of Arabian Humanities seeks to fill that gap and to analyze pop culture in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. 

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  • Beirut

    Call for papers - Representation

    The Body in all its states. Aesthetics of the body in the Arab World

    "Regard" Journal

    The current issue of Regards will focus on the relations between the arts (cinema, theater, dance, visual arts…) and the body in the Arab societies and, more broadly, in the Mediterranean region. This sensitive subject suffers from prejudgment and prejudice in both audience’s and critics’ minds.

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  • Beirut

    Call for papers - Representation

    Narrative forms and co-production in Arab cinemas

    Norms, constraints, and margins of freedom

    Film industry in the Arab world remains generally underdeveloped. Arab countries still depend on international film support funds, mainly European. This puts Arab producers, scriptwriters and filmmakers in a subaltern position in relation to European producers and funders, whose expectations in terms of content and narrative forms end up strongly impacting the film creation process. On the other hand, margins of freedom and resistance can be created within this system. This conference aims at addressing the complex relation between Arab cinemas and international film support funds.

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  • Holon | Bordeaux

    Call for papers - Africa

    Street signage in urban Africa and Israel/Palestine

    Memories, identities, politics

    The exhibition will examine street signage in urban Africa and Israel/Palestine as an outcome of dialectic processes, short and long termed, of spatial production and attached imagery and symbolism. That is, beyond being a signifier of a spatial orientation per se.

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  • Beirut

    Summer School - History

    Reading and analysing Ottoman manuscript sources

    During the four-day programme we will introduce young researchers (mostly MA and PhD candidates, but postdocs may also apply) to reading, combining and analysing manuscript sources from various archives of the Ottoman era, produced at local, provincial and imperial levels. We concentrate mainly on materials from the 16th and 20th centuries, but welcome also explorations into earlier archives.

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  • Amman

    Summer School - Epistemology and methodology

    Training in reading and the analysis of sources in the Ottoman administration - doctoral school

    École doctorale

    Nous proposons, sur trois journées et demie, d’initier de jeunes chercheurs (étudiants en master, doctorants et éventuellement post-doctorants) à la lecture et l’analyse de diverses sources manuscrites issues des institutions administratives ottomanes provinciales et impériales en arabe, en osmanlı ou mélangeant ces deux langues.

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  • Jérusalem-Est

    Call for papers - Representation

    Le théâtre palestinien contemporain : textes, jeux et enjeux

    Colloque François Abou Salem

    La difficulté de travailler sur le théâtre palestinien a laissé le champ de la recherche dans ce domaine vide, ou très peu fourni. Les études souffrent d’archives laconiques et d’un manque de ressources qui rend la documentation difficile. La production de savoirs sur le sujet se construit sur l’analyse de pratiques encore récentes dans le monde arabe et sur le terrain palestinien. L’histoire de l’expérience théâtrale en Palestine reste à écrire. Largement dépendante de la réunion de conditions matérielles spécifiques, la production en Palestine est présentée sans la régularité de saisons ou de festivals à la fréquence bien installée qui font habituellement l’activité théâtrale d’un pays. Depuis la construction du mur de séparation, Jérusalem-Est souffre d’un isolement dont n’est pas épargnée la scène du Théâtre National Palestinien/El-Hakawati fondé par François Abou Salem (1951-2011) en 1984, après la fondation de la troupe éponyme en 1977. Dans ce contexte particulier, les gens de théâtre en Palestine, hommes et femmes, s’attachent à définir dans quels termes la création est efficace ou nécessaire, tout en s’inscrivant dans les problématiques du théâtre mondial. Leur propre rôle constitue une question cruciale dans le processus de création au même niveau que celles d’ordre esthétique ou artistique. Malgré les difficultés, l’activité théâtrale palestinienne reste paradoxalement dynamique, ouverte sur les expériences menées dans le monde arabe et à l’international et inscrite dans les questionnements du théâtre mondial aux objectifs d’information et de prise de conscience des populations.

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  • Baku

    Conference, symposium - Modern

    Identities on the move: the Caucasus between the local, the regional and the global

    With a focus on Azerbaijan

    Most of the time, the countries of the South Caucasus are being scrutinized from Moscow, Istanbul, and Tehran, the capital cities of the former empires that ruled the region for centuries and struggled for control over these territories. And indeed, be it the Russian, and then the Soviet empires, or the Persian and Ottoman empires, the Caucasus has been, and still is, very much affected by the influence of regional powers in a wide range of areas. As far as identity issues in the Caucasus are concerned, they tend to be studied mainly through post-Soviet lenses due to the influence of the Soviet nationalities policy. Although this inheritance still appears relevant today, the conference aims to put the emphasis on the complex set of processes that shape identities in a broad meaning. 

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  • Nablus

    Call for papers - Modern

    Living, Consuming and Action in Glocal Palestine

    More often than not, Palestine, characterised by conflict, is analysed through the sole lenses of its political or cultural idiosyncrasy. Yet, new ways of living, consuming and acting that are embedded in the global reality, have emerged in the previous years and remained understudied. This global dimension may be understood as an imposed and inescapable reality, yet it is also adopted, integrated, amended and applied to a local dimension, so as to create a purely Palestinian form of it.This event will gather mostly researchers and PhD students in social sciences specialised in Palestine but will also pursue a comparative approach by resorting to other cases in the Middle East, North Africa or Europe. The conference also aims at confronting various approaches at the crossroads between art and science, research and action; it will create the frame for a dialogue between social sciences and the works of artists, architects as well as the new actions and philosophy of citizen and activist societies.

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  • Arbil Governorate

    Call for papers - Modern

    The evolving relations between nation-states and Kurdish areas

    What impact on the modes of local governance?

    The departments of contemporary studies of IFEA (Istanbul) and IFPO organize a workshop in Erbil, the 29th of May 2014. This workshop aims at analysing the evolving dynamics of the Kurdish populated areas in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. More precisely, it will focus on the changing interactions between the nation-states and the Kurdish political actors, and on the impacts of these transformations on the modes of local governance. 

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  • Ramallah

    Conference, symposium - Sociology

    Contestations, Emotions! Social and artistic expressions in the Public Space

    A theoretical and practical perspective from the ground

    During the recent movements of contestation in Mediterranean countries different kind of aesthetic gestures using the streets and the public spaces as places for a public manifestation of some social, ordinary -or radical- critic. They proceed from an ordinary culture that is transformed, adapted then spread out upon a new form in artistic tracks taking place in public spaces. These actions have both a critical and aesthetic dimension. They rely on the environment, mobilize cognitive, memorial and cultural or ordinary patterns. They also mobilize a common culture . This is the case of rap, new uses of old music, villages against occupation, graphic art in Palestine, in Egypt or in Syria. The conference will present and analyse some forms of experimentations, and public and critical commitments. What kind of “public spaces” is in use nowadays? How it configures new spaces of critic and public space and a new environment ? The panel will adopt a trans-disciplinary perspective by bringing together social scientists and practicers or activists.

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  • Ariel

    Call for papers - History

    The genesis of Jerusalem

    Constructed spaces and historical communities

    La fondation Calouste Gulbenkian soutient l'organisation d'un colloque international au patriarcat arménien de Jérusalem, les 3 et 4 juillet 2014, sur le thème : « La genèse de Jérusalem : espaces construits et communautés historiques ». Il s'agit de s'interroger sur la construction historique et sociale de la Jérusalem contemporaine en étudiant les relations entretenues par les différentes communautés de la ville avec l'espace qui les entoure, dans leurs multiples dimensions, aussi bien religieuses que séculières. Les organisateurs encouragent une approche pluridisciplinaire. Le colloque est ouvert à toutes les aires culturelles potentiellement concernées, et notamment aux spécialistes en études arméniennes. Il mettra l'accent sur les périodes moderne et contemporaine.

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  • Beirut

    Call for papers - History

    Literature, art and the contemporary world: accounts, history, memory

    Parallèlement à l’évolution de la critique littéraire qui revient à considérer aujourd’hui l’objet littéraire à l’intérieur du contexte historique et politique de sa production, l’une des tendances de la littérature postmoderne consiste à mettre en scène des histoires individuelles dans leurs relations avec les événements collectifs. Au Liban en particulier, face à ce qui est vécu comme une amnésie collective entreprise depuis 1990, sponsorisée et entretenue par l’État et la volonté de reconstruction, tandis que des travaux mettent au contraire l’accent sur le travail du deuil et de l’oubli qu’ils envisagent comme une pratique nécessaire par laquelle le passé est interrogé et le présent confronté, artistes, cinéastes et romanciers se donnent pour mission de raconter et de réactiver les processus qui permettent de comprendre le passé refoulé, mobilisant pour ce faire les paradigmes du récit et de la mémoire, voire questionnant et bouleversant l’usage de ces derniers. Ce colloque se donne pour objectif de donner à voir, dans le cadre d’une approche interdisciplinaire (esthétique, historique, sociologique, philosophique, psychologique ou narratologique) comment littérature et arts interagissent face à ces problématiques communes.

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  • Beirut

    Call for papers - Middle Ages

    Light in the Religions of the Book: A Multidisciplinary Approach

    If light is a valuable tool for the development of buildings, it also meets the requirements of practical and functional needs.  Beyond its purely aesthetic role, it is indeed a way to delineate the space and to organize its occupation by defining spatialities and temporalities adapted to the functions of the building. In order to assess the significance of spatial and temporal dimensions of light, a cross-reading of architectural, archaeological, textual and iconographic sources might be particularly fruitful. The theme of light which, somewhat complex, constitutes a privileged entry point not only to the study of man's relationship to space and the sacred, but also to the development – within or between monotheisms – of influences, exchanges, ruptures, continuities and legacies. The goal of the conference is to explore the theme of light in the East and in the West, during the Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, in a transdisciplinary perspective and within five thematic panels.

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  • Beirut | Tripoli

    Call for papers - History

    Exploring time in the Lebanon and the Near East

    On assiste depuis deux décennies à un regain d’intérêt des sciences sociales pour la question du temps et des temporalités. Le monde arabe et musulman n’a toutefois suscité que peu de réflexions en ce sens. Pourtant, l’historiographie sur le temps, qui puise essentiellement dans l’expérience occidentale (centralité du christianisme, de la culture marchande du Moyen Âge puis de la révolution industrielle…), doit sans doute être révisée et ajustée à la réalité du terrain proche-oriental. L’objet de ce colloque est d’explorer la question du temps, dans ses dimensions concrètes et abstraites, au Liban et au Proche-Orient, afin d’en restituer les spécificités et de mettre au jour les mécanismes sociaux, les déterminants qui ont fait évoluer, sur le long terme, cette notion complexe dans la région. 

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  • Beirut

    Call for papers - Modern

    Graduate and Postgraduate Programs in Education in Arab Universities: Quality and Added Value

    This conference is organized by the Arab Educational Information Network Shamaa and the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies and will be held in November 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference's objective is to provide a platform for educational researchers to present their perspectives on the current state of research studies in graduate programs in education and to raise questions regarding the quality of these studies. Papers presented will be subject to peer review process to be eligible for publication in the refereed conference proceedings. We hope that this conference will help capture the current practices in MA and PHD programs in education in the Arab countries, and will allow for a rich professional dialogue among its participants toward developing ideas and recommendations for improving these programs as well as the quality of their graduates and the studies they produce. 

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  • Ariel | Bīr Zayt

    Conference, symposium - History

    150 years of French contributions to Palestinian archaeology

    Colloque organisé par l'Ifpo, l'institut français, le Consulat général de France de Jérusalem, l'université de Birzeit et l’École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem.

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  • Beirut | Amman

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    Ifpo international travel grants

    L'Ifpo propose, au sein de ses trois départements des aides à la mobilité internationale (AMI), attribuées par le ministère des Affaires étrangères, à des étudiants doctorants inscrits en thèse dans une université française et effectuant leur recherche doctorale dans l'un des domaines suivants, correspondant aux trois départements scientifiques de l'Ifpo : Archéologie et histoire de l'Antiquité du Proche-Orient ; Études arabes, médiévales et modernes portant sur le Proche-Orient ; Études contemporaines portant sur le Proche-Orient.

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  • Beirut

    Call for papers - History

    Bulletin d’études orientales – Varia

    Appel à contributions pour le numéro 62 du Bulletin d’études orientales (2013), qui sera non thématique. Les propositions de contribution doivent être soumises avant le 15 janvier 2013.

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  • Beirut

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    Researcher position in Medieval and modern Arabic studies at the Ifpo

    L'Ifpo recrute un chercheur pour son département des études arabes, médiévales et modernes.

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