Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Beirut, May, 2017. Call for Papers

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We are pleased to announce the Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies.

The conference will be conducted in two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on Mamluk architecture from May 8-10, 2017.

The first day of the conference, May 11, will be themed. In consideration of the quincentennial of the fall of the Mamluk sultanate of Cairo in 1517, the theme of this part of the conference will be “Time.” This theme may be interpreted in a variety of ways, from problems of traditional historical periodization, to notions and explorations of time and temporality in history writing, daily life, literature, material culture, and other areas of research relating to the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria. Without attempting to offer an exhaustive presentation of possible approaches to the theme, papers may deal with conceptions of time and temporality—cyclical, linear, teleological, etc.—in the construction of chronologies and narratives; the ordering and division of time in daily life, spiritual life, literature, and the study of the natural world; notions of change and continuity over time; temporal practices—the use of and interaction with time; and the experience and understanding of time.

To submit a proposal, complete either the THEMED DAY PAPER PROPOSAL form or the PANEL PROPOSAL form.

Read the full Call for Papers below.Once the full schedule is set, it will be posted here. If you wish to be notified, please complete the form on this page.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We are pleased to announce the Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies which will be held at the American University of Beirut from May 11-13, 2017.

The conference will be conducted in two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on Mamluk architecture from May 8-10, 2017.

The first day of the conference, May 11, will be themed. In consideration of the quincentennial of the fall of the Mamluk sultanate of Cairo in 1517, the theme of this part of the conference will be Time. This theme may be interpreted in a variety of ways, from problems of traditional historical periodization, to notions and explorations of time and temporality in history writing, daily life, literature, material culture, and other areas of research relating to the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria. Without attempting to offer an exhaustive presentation of possible approaches to the theme, papers may deal with conceptions of time and temporality—cyclical, linear, teleological, etc.—in the construction of chronologies and narratives; the ordering and division of time in daily life, spiritual life, literature, and the study of the natural world; notions of change and continuity over time; temporal practices—the use of and interaction with time; and the experience and understanding of time.

A maximum of 12 to 15 paper proposals will be selected. 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, plus ten minutes for discussion.

The following two days of the conference (May 12 and 13) will be structured in panels, which may focus on any aspect of the intellectual, political, social, economic, and artistic life of the Mamluk period. The panels will be organized into presentations of three to four papers of twenty minutes each. Panel proposals must be made by a representative, who will be responsible for its 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. Discussion will take place at the end of each panel.

Language:

The official language of the conference will be English.

Fees:

The conference registration fees will be $50 for participants and attendees. A farewell dinner will take place on the last day (May 13) at a cost to be determined. Payment of the fees (registration and farewell dinner) must be received by April 30, 2017 (information on the method of payment to be used will be provided in the first circular, which will be sent in January 2017). 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 School of Mamluk Studies webpage (http://mamluk.uchicago.edu/school-of-mamluk-studies.html ) by October 31, 2016. Panel proposals must be submitted in the same manner by November 30, 2016. The paper proposals should provide the name and a one-page CV of the speaker, a provisional title, and an abstract of a maximum of 1500 characters (about 300 words) per paper. Panel proposals must be submitted as such, including the relevant information for each component paper as well as the name of the panel’s chair (the chair can be one of the panelists).

Acceptance:

Paper and panel proposals will be peer-reviewed. A first circular will be sent by January 2017 to those whose proposals have been accepted, and to those who have expressed interest in attending the conference as listeners.

Publication:

a) Themed day: the papers will be published in a volume of proceedings.
b) Panels: selected papers will be published in Mamlūk Studies Review.

Intensive course: Mamluk Architecture

A three-day intensive course in Mamluk architecture intended for advanced graduate students and other qualified participants will be offered by Professor Howayda al-Harithy (American University of Beirut) and will be held immediately before the fourth conference of the School of Mamluk Studies held at the American University of Beirut (May 8-10, 2017). The course will be demanding and hands-on in its format, but no previous training is required. The course will cover topics such as building typology, stylistic evolution, patronage of architecture, construction techniques, and decorative styles.

Since the number of the participants will be limited (a maximum of 10), 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 your work to the following email address: sms2017beirut@gmail.com by the end of January, 2017. Those who are selected for the course will be notified by the end of February, 2017, 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 (May 11-13). The fees must be paid by April 30, 2017. Registration and participation will not be confirmed until payment is received. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. The local organizer will provide suggestions for lodging at an affordable price.

We look forward to meeting you in Beirut.

John Meloy, American University of Beirut (local organizer) sms2017beirut@gmail.com
Frédéric Bauden, Université de Liège
Antonella Ghersetti, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
Marlis Saleh, University of Chicago


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