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Situated within the MIT Libraries, the Aga Khan Documentation Center, a part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT and Harvard, was established in 1979 by a gift from His Highness the Aga Khan. The Center supports teaching of, and research on, the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies. The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries is partnered with the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. The Centers provide, acquire, and borrow materials necessary to produce the best scholarship possible and play a significant role in bringing together the various interests and fields of inquiry from both institutions and beyond.
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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS Genocide in World History Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island/USA October 16-17, 2015 The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA), the Department of History and Social Sciences at Bryant University, and the Mid-Atlantic World History Association (MAWHA) invite paper and panel proposals for NERWHA’s Fall 2015 symposium, which will focus on Genocide in World History and is scheduled for October 16-17, 2015, on the campus of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Established scholars as well as graduate students in all humanistic and social scientific fields are encouraged to submit proposals for panels and individual papers. The symposium organizers welcome contributions from multidisciplinary perspectives, and they further encourage panels and presentations that employ cross-cultural and transnational approaches to genocide as a historical, political, sociological, and/or legal phenomenon. Possible areas of inquiry might include, but are not restricted to, comparative genocide, memory studies, genocide trials, the anthropology of genocide, genocide reparations, gender issues, genocide prevention and resistance, and humanitarian intervention. These and other issues may be addressed from the disciplinary standpoints of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, legal studies, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. Although the term and concept “genocide” is a modern one, proposals need not be limited to modern genocidal phenomena. Proposals focusing on any and all attempts to eradicate a people or a culture from antiquity to the present and across the globe are warmly welcomed. Regardless of disciplinary approach, contributions should attempt to place their subject matter within the context of societies and cultures in interaction with each other. The theme of genocide and its consequences as the products of sustained contact between societies and cultures in world history is at the core of the symposium. Specific genocides may include mass liquidations and “disappearances” in antiquity and the post-classical era, mass death visited on indigenous peoples by Western colonialism, the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, genocide and mass killing carried out by totalitarian regimes (the Nazis, Stalin, and Mao), and recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Guatemala, East Timor, Bosnia, and Sudan. The symposium organizers also welcome contributions on timely subjects relevant to world history and genocide, such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Boko Haram. Panel and roundtable proposals should consist of: 1) a statement by the organizer of no more than 300 words outlining the purpose behind and focus of the panel/roundtable; 2) an abstract of up to 300 words for each paper or roundtable contribution; 3) a one-page CV for each participant, including the organizer, chair, and discussant (if any). Panels normally consist of three (3) 20-minute papers; roundtables may have up to five (5) participants, each of whom will initially speak for no more than 10 minutes. In putting together the program, the Program Committee will, all other things being equal, give preference to proposals for complete panels and roundtables. Proposals for individual papers, which, if accepted, will be put into panels of the Program Committee’s choice, should consist of an abstract of up to 300 words and a one-page CV. All proposals should be submitted as MS Word documents to: Alfred J. Andrea Professor Emeritus of History The University of Vermont e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for proposals is May 30, 2015. Questions about the symposium may be directed to Professor Andrea at the e-mail address above, or to Professor Michael Bryant, email@example.com.
QLAMA: The Qur’an between Late Antiquity and Middle Ages: Form, Structure, Comparative Studies Siena, 19-22 May 2015 Organized by the Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere of Roma Tre University and the Dipartimento di Ateneo per la Didattica e la Ricerca of the University for Foreigners of Siena . ================ CALL FOR PAPERS ================ Linguistical and exegetical studies in the last few years have increasingly shown a great interest in the inner structure of the Qur’anic text alongside historical questions about its formation and authorship. The study of style and structure of the Qur'an, focused at the beginning solely on Meccan surahs (Neuwirth, 1981; Crapon De Caprona, 1981) has, during the nineties, seen the emergency of a marked interest in the study of all Qur'anic surahs viewed as literary, rhetorical or structural unities (see mostly Mathias Zahniser, 1991 and 1997; Sells, 1991; Cuypers, 1995; Robinson, 1996; but also Mir, 1993 and Rippin, 2013), and according to a methodology that one of the pioneers of the literary analysis of the Qur'an explicitly claimed to be inductive (Mathias Zahniser, 1991, p. 80). Over the last few years, the general results, namely the study of the overall structure of the Qur'an, that, right on the basis of the alleged inductive methodology that was invoked on the theoretical level, could be therefore expected on a practical level, are finally emerging in the works of scholars as Cuypers (2007 and 2012), Farrin (2014) and others. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together scholars and researchers interested in the study of style, rhetoric, form and structure of the Qur'an, in the study of the relationship between micro and macro structures in the Qur'an, in the study of the reception of Qur'anic form and structure by readers and interpreters of all times, in the study of coherence and cohesion of the Qur'an, in the new possibilities arising from the application of computer technologies to the study of style and structure of the Qur'an and, finally, in the study of the formal and structural relationships between the Qur'an and other religious texts from Late Antiquity. Papers related to all topics mentioned are welcomed. PhD students and young researchers working on innovative approaches to these same topics are particularly encouraged to apply. 300-500 word proposals for 30 minutes communications (in English and Arabic) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 1st April 2015 Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by 10 April 2015 on the conference website Giuliano Lancioni Akeel Almarai (Roma Tre University) (UniStraSi) Please contact us to confirm your participation at: email@example.com Short Bibliography • P. Crapon De Caprona, Le Coran: aux sources de la parole oraculaire. Structures rythmiques des sourates mecquoises, Paris, 1981 • M. Cuypers, Structures rhétoriques dans le Coran. Une analyse structurelle de la sourate “Joseph” et de quelques sourates brèves, in 'Mélanges de l'Institut Dominicain d'Études Orientales' 22 (1995), pp. 107-195 • M. Cuypers, Le Festin. Une lecture de la sourate Al-Mā'ida, Paris, 2007 • M. Cuypers, La composition du Coran, Pendé, 2012 • R. Farrin, Structures and Quranic interpretation. A Study of Symmetry and Coherence in Islam's Holy Text, Ashland, 2014 • A. H. Mathias Zahniser, The Word of God and the Apostleship of ʿĪsā: A Narrative Analysis of Āl ʿImrān (3): 33-62, in 'Journal of Semitic Studies' 37 (1991), pp. 77-112 • A. H. Mathias Zahniser, Sūra as Guidance and Exhortation: The Composition of Sūrat al-Nisā', in A. Afsaruddin - A. H. Mathias Zahniser (eds.), Humanism, Culture and Language in the Near East. Studies in Honor of Georg Krotkoff, Winona Lake (Indiana), 1997, pp. 71-85 • M. Mir, Coherence in the Qur'ān, Indianapolis, 1986 • M. Mir, The sūra as a unity. A twentieth-century development in Qur'ān exegesis, in G. R. Hawting – A. A. Shareef (eds.), Approaches to the Qur'ān, London, 1993, pp. 211-224 • A. Neuwirth, Einige BemerKungen zum besonderen sprachlichen und literartischen Charakter des Koran, in 'Deutscher Orientalistentag' 1975, Stuttgart, 1977, pp. 736-739 [engl. transl. Ead., Some Remarks on the Special Linguistic and Literary Character of the Qur'ān, in A. Rippin (ed.), The Qur'an. Style and Contents, Aldershot, 2001, pp. 253-257] • A. Neuwirth, Studien zur Komposition der Mekkanischen Suren, Berlin, 1981 A. Neuwirth, Vom Rezitationstext über die Liturgie zum Kanon. Zu Enstehung und Wiederauflösung der Surenkomposition im Verlauf der Entwicklung eines islamischen Kultus, in S. Wild (ed.), The Qur'an as Text, Leiden, 1996, pp. 69-105 • A. Rippin, Contemporary scholarly understanding of Qur'anic Coherence, in 'Al-Bayān', vol. 11, n. 2 (December 2013), pp. 1-14 • N. Robinson, Discovering the Qur'an. A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text, London, 1996 • M. Sells, Sound, Spirit and Gender in Sūrat al-Qadr, in 'Journal of the American Oriental Society' 111 (1991), pp. 239-259 • M. Sells, Sound and Meaning in Sūrat al-Qāriʿa, in 'Arabica' XL, 3 (1993), pp. 403-430 • M. Sells, A Literary Approach to the Hymnic Sūras of the Qur'ān: Spirit, Gender, and Aural Intertextuality, in I. J. Boullata (ed.), 'Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qur'ān', London, 2000, pp. 3-25